Sep 302015

Antiqology Root Beer BottleAntiqology is an antique shop of sorts in Huntington, IN. They sell a blend of old and new and claim to have many unique items not found anywhere else. They also sell ice cream and a large selection of craft sodas because antiques and craft sodas are often purveyed together… They made this Special Edition Root Beer for their “Heritage Days 2015″ which some festival that happens in Huntington. This year’s theme was Broadcasting in the 1930’s which is the theme of the root beer label itself. I managed to get two bottles in a trade with the mighty anthony. The label doesn’t say who makes it, though on their site they say that there will be other Antiqology flavors to come. I have a sneaking suspicion that this was a custom recipe from one of the private labelers but I don’t know and I don’t think it warrants such an investigation.

This has a mild Body with a generic creamy flavor that seems a little watered down. The Bite is pretty mild as well. The Head is amazingly tall and lingers forever. The bubbles get big as it fizzes down. The Aftertaste is a light vanilla with some bitter notes.

This is really nothing unique or special, other than the good Head. I’m kind of disappointed because with a limited run Special Edition brew, you’d think that they’d take more risks or make it more distinctive. But they played it safe, so no one will really hate it, unless they hate root beer in general. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs

Sep 262015

Deadworld Slow Decay Vanilla Root Beer BottleSeal of ApprovalThe other flavor of zombie root beer from Deadworld Zombie Sodas which is bottled by Caprice Brands. I got this in the same combo pack as the Twilight Shuffler Root Beer. The fact that there are two zombie themed brews makes zombie fans like me overjoyed. This vanilla root beer is named after the lepers from the Deadworld comic series. These lepers are the victims of bizarre experiments of killing the flesh with the leprosy infection. As a result, these lepers are neither human nor zombie. But since their flesh is decayed, they can travel undetected amongst the zombie hordes. It’s an interesting price to pay for zombie camouflage. Though my bottle features the chesty woman in white, there are three other label pictures for this as each flavor has four different labels. My favorite for this flavor is the assassin looking woman, but sadly that’s not what I got. This one’s not bad though.

The Body is full of sweet vanilla washing all over everything, including a solid root beer core that has nothing lacking. This is followed by a spicy Bite that finishes smooth with good carbonation levels as well. The Head is tall with moderate staying power. It doesn’t disappoint. It all ends with a spicy vanilla Aftertaste that lasts and lasts. There’s a hint of wintergreen in there as well.

I love vanilla brews and this one is just fabulous, the best one yet, of both the Deadworld brews and all vanilla root beers up till now. So next time you have a zombie tag game or a zombie themed party or you just want to sit down to your favorite zombie show, get some Deadworld. You won’t regret it. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs

Sep 232015

Virgil's Root Beer Bottle I don’t think that any root beer came more ballyhooed than Virgil’s. I was only in high school, yet everyone who had tried it went on about how good it was. Well, everyone who didn’t seem to know anything about fine root beer that is. It was also winner of the NASFT (National Association for the Specialty Food Trade) “Outstanding Beverage”, which they have been putting on their labels for as long as I’ve seen them. Virgil’s originally was brewed in North England, also a place that doesn’t rank high on the “knows about fine root beer” list of places (Philadelphia, Southern California, and the Twin Cities are places that rank at the top). So anyway. Many a folk who weren’t really into root beer were telling me about this brew that won an award from people who aren’t really into root beer which was made by people who don’t really know a lot about root beer. It of course had to be the greatest.

This has a very complex flavor with all sorts of things that in my opinion have no business being in root beer in the quantities they use. However it has an alright Body but the absence of sassafras is very noticeable. The Aftertaste is of anise (one ingredient that I feel has no business being a prominent flavor in root beer). The Head could be much better, and there is not much Bite.

Yeah, um, I don’t really like it at all. You’d think with all of their “superb blend of Spice & Herbs gathered the world over” that they’d drop by the ol’ US of A and pick up some sassafras. Maybe throw some honey in there as well, that’d make it much better. I suppose when rated against the other British root beers it is the best and it really isn’t terrible. The big shame is that they also sell nifty party kegs (which no one else does) but it doesn’t taste any better out of them. I wish it did because that concept is awesome. Oh well. See how it rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs