This brew is a Midwest brew that is more of an energy drink than a soda. The website reads “RootJack's a tasty Root Beer with a hint of Orange flavor and Vanilla, Guarana to liven yer step, and a full daily dose of Vitamin C to keep scurvy in check.”
Jonathan Zook, the founder’s husband, explains the name. “Back in Caribbean pirate times they’d drink out of a wooden mug lined with tar that was called a ‘black jack.’ So we sort of speculated if you were ordering a root beer out of a black jack you might eventually just call it a ‘Root Jack,’ so that’s the name.”
So it is time for the review. (Click here for information on the rating criteria and a table of all the root beer tested or to be tested.)
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Citric Acid, Quillaja, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbic Acid, Caffeine, Potassium Citrate, Caramel Color, Guarana Seed Extract.
Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)
0 mg Sodium.
49 g (16%) of Daily Carbohydrates
120 mg Caffeine
100% of daily Vitamin C
Aroma and Flavor – 1.25 out of 3 mugs (Docked 0.5 for HCS)
I see Quillaja once again. This is the fourth time Quillaja was in a drink the past three were lower rated. We have GUS at 6.25, Boots Sarsaparilla at 4, and Tree Fort at 5.75 (all out of 12). The first sensation I get from the bottle is root beer with orange cream, which is appropriate as the bottle said it is orange flavored. After a few drinks it I like it yet the orange cream dominates and it loses any resemblance of a root beer. This reminds me an orange sweetart.
Head – 2.0 out of 3 mugs
This is as near a perfect hear for the amount of foam with very slow dissipation. The foam is really dense with few noted bubbles. Seems the Quillaja beverages have similar heads, coincidence or not?
Zip – 1.5 out of 3 mugs
The orange cream taste is the most prominent. It has a solid zip for a soda, yet one for root beer purists.
Post Consumption Impression – 1.25 out of 3 mugs
I like it and old purchase another bottle, if I wanted a soda. However, I would not purchase this again if I wanted a pure and smooth root beer.
Would I recommend this at 6.0 out of 12 mugs?
Give it a try if you want a soda which heavy orange cream. Use caution if you are sensitive to caffeine. This is loaded. Also, the more I consumed, the less I enjoyed it!