So another root beer from Anthony’s wonderful package from the East. I’d known about this one for awhile and was looking forward to giving it a try. Curiously, the week I had slotted to taste test it, I got an email from a nice chap named Fred giving me a heads up about ABC Root Beer and telling me that I should try it. It was thus ordained to be. Due to my recent luck of excellent brews, I expected the best. I really like the honey theme to the bottle as well. I love honey in root beer. And this is “brewed with a delightful blend of honey” which I assume means there’s more than one type of honey in it. Or, does it mean that the amount they blend in is a delightful amount leaving a total blend that is a delightful one?
Well, this is quite a ‘stout’ brew. It has a very rich Body with accents of honey and wintergreen. There is a tad too much licorice for my tastes. The Bite is a bit harsh from carbonation though light on spicy. The Head is medium height and fizzes down too quickly. The Aftertaste is a sticky licorice and wintergreen with some honey. It lasts a little too long in my opinion.
Huh, where’s all of that honey they boast about on the bottle? I mean, I could taste some honey, but their whole label was covered in honeycomb with picture of a black bear (what do bears eat?) With that kind honey focus, I was expecting Langer’s or So Duh! Rockin’ levels of honey. At least Thomas Kemper levels. But alas, the honey isn’t quite at the level. It isn’t bad though. This is good ‘stout’ root beer but I prefer creamier, smoother ones. See how it rates against other root beers.
Great site you’ve got here. I just posted my review of Appalachian over my site (rootbeerrundown.blogspot.com). I rated it a little higher than you, but then maybe I got a better batch or maybe mine was a little fresher. Either way I really enjoyed it. It was a good sipping root beer rather than a chugger. It’s always interesting to read other people’s reviews and see where your opinions on certain brews overlap and where they differ. Keep up the great work!
I had actually seen your rave review of Appalachian. It didn’t do it for me (the root beer), though, I consider 3.5 a high rating by my standards.
Thomas Kemper is sewer water compared to ABC’s root beer.
Bought a 6pack from the Weis store in Bellefonte Pa and it’s was some of the best root beer soda I’ve tasted. It’s good to see other brands then just the big name companies producing sodas
Different viewpoint from yours — we love it! We did a family taste test of nine root beers that were not sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Appalachian came out on top by a long way. It’s hard to find in our area but I always look for it when I am driving through Pennsylvania.
Honestly, if there’s ever been a root beer that the majority’s opinion differed from mine it was on this. Maybe I got a bad one.