Sunday, April 9, 2017

Freaky Dog Roof beer - #80, 5.0 out of 12

Freaky Dog Soda Company is founded by Tom and Jim Magill.  They are the self-proclaimed “Sultans of Soda”. “Brain trust of Beverage”, and “Friends of the Fizz”.   They are the owners of Drinks Unlimited Inc.  Although freaky dog is their creation.

They desired to create a low-sodium, caffeine-free soda that contains no high fructose corn syrup and tastes great? They use pure cane sugar in environmentally friendly glass bottles. 

Tom has 25 years of experience selling every kind of alternative.  He loved Nehi Soda as a kid because of its amazing flavors and colors.  Grape was his favorite.  Jim learned the ropes as a route salesman for Joyce Beverages in New York before joining the family business. Tom and Jim’s father had been in the industry over 40 years. It was his experience and mentoring that taught them how to transform the alternative beverage business.


Carbonated water, cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, sodium benzoate and caramel color (contains sulfites).

Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)

130 Calories
30 mg Sodium.
50 g (16%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 1.0 out of 3 mugs

Immediately upon opening I was well aware licorice or molasses was on the way.  There is a slight hint of vanilla and very small caramel.  Rather medicinal and less than a desirable taste for me.

Head – 1.0 out of 3 mugs  

This is a moderate head that disappears as quickly as it forms.

Zip – 1.5 out of 3 mugs  

I have to credit the intensity of the flavors.  They are just flavors that I do not prominently.

Post Consumption Impression – 1.5 out of 3 mugs  

While I imagine drinking a root beer, I am not believing that fact.  Maybe that is why it is called Roof beer.  It is a mix of other less than traditional flavors loved by the dog? 

Would I recommend this at 5.0 out of 12 mugs?

I would assume someone who wants to reminisce of old time soda that has a licorice flavor would really enjoy the drink.  I may have enjoyed it more if I was not expecting a cool refreshing root beer.  The more I consumed the more enjoyable it became.


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