Nov 192014

Frostie Vanilla Root Beer BottleSeal of Approval About a year or so after I found Frostie Root Beer I encountered Frostie Vanilla at a grocery store in Provo where I was studying. They’re still going for the whole Christmas theme though now the snowy field has been replaced with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and the frosty mug o’ brew is now a tall root beer float, or something with a scoop of ice cream. It’s like they wanted it to be a root beer float soda, but wanted me to review it so they’re calling it a vanilla root beer instead. I can only say that that is a wise choice, because everyone knows that a soda that I won’t review based on the semantics of its name is clearly not worth drinking.

This has a sweet, creamy Body with lots of luscious vanilla. The Bite is on the weak side but not too bad. The Head is adequate, though it could be frothier. The Aftertaste is a wonderful vanilla flavor that lasts a long time.

Wow, delicious. This is really got a nice vanilla flavor while still being a root beer. It basically tastes like a normal Frostie root beer with the strange unnatural flavor replaced with vanilla. A wise and excellent improvement I say. Clearly, some great sage was present at the birth of this brew, guiding them so they’d make me happy. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs

Nov 122014

Thunder Beast Root Beer Bottle Prepare yourself for the most Metal root beer I’ve ever encountered. With a name that you’d expect to see for the opening band at a Slayer concert, Thunder Beast is hard core. The label is chalk full of lightning bolts, with one infernal crimson bolt breathing life into the demonic red-eyed bison though an explosion of electric fire. The fiery beast is charging towards the U.S. Capitol, unleashing his fury upon the denizens of the land. All while Abraham Lincoln approving watches from his shattered memorial with shades and a frosty mug of brew, pleased that the current incompetent law makers of this fine land are receiving their comeuppance. You want more Metal, then “Drink Thunder!” Need more, this is fire-brewed, no doubt in the very flames of Muspelheim, at a brewery that fanatically specializes in the arts of root beer.

The Body sports a maple butterscotch flavor on the initial contact which then reveals a rather light traditional root beer flavor. There’s also something else in there that’s a bit out of place. The Bite has kind of a sour acid burn but not much else. It’s not smooth either. The Head is medium-short but very foamy and it lasts as it should. The Aftertaste is light maple and butterscotch.

That is one of the most original tasting brews I’ve ever had. I really like butterscotch and maple and this the first time that I’ve ever had them paired. It could use a bit more depth in the Body and Bite department though. I like what these guys are doing over there in DC. They claim there’ll be other flavors down the line and I can’t wait. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

Nov 052014

Frostie Root Beer Bottle This was part of a mail order variety pack that I got the summer after my mission. It’s one of the more common brands of gourmet root beer out there, but is not sold much on the West Coast. Frostie has been around since 1939, and actually been continuously sold since then, unlike many brands which are being revived these days and tack a “Since 19” It was also first bottled in an abandoned jail house in Maryland … there’s a joke in there somewhere, I know it, but I’m just not familiar enough with the area to make it. The name and label confuse me. It almost seems like they’re going for a Christmas theme, like Frostie the Snow Man, and the picture on the label is of some Santa wannabe. There’s snow as well and a frosty mug of root beer. They’re just oozing with Christmas iconography but they leave it at that, making you wonder if it’s just some happy festive coincidence. Oh well, as far as I’m concerned it’s the Christmas Root Beer until someone says otherwise, or makes a more Christmasy brew.

The Body is good, but has a strange, unplaceable flavor surfacing after the initial contact. There is a good Bite. The Head good as well. The Aftertaste is that same strange flavor, which isn’t gross, but just doesn’t belong.

Not bad, not bad at all. If it were not for this aforementioned flavor, Frostie would’ve rated higher. However, that flavor is there and it really drags it down. It’s still drinkable. Mixing it with food, or with a scoop of ice cream in a float, would probably hide that strange flavor. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three kegs