May 312017

The Three Stooges Wise Guy Root Beer Bottle So Rocket Fizz is back with another old TV show personality root beer. Since it’s their third, they decided triple down as it were, with the Three Stooges, perhaps a plug at their own inanity in continuing to make ever more root beers which compete primarily against the old TV personality root beers they’ve already made. The “Wise Guy” is a nice touch though, as is having all of the label in black and white other than their hats. Perhaps they’re planning on discontinuing one of the others. Perhaps they’ll keep cycling new ones. That’s good for me as a reviewer, as long as they don’t recycle recipes. This one has ester gum, which is a new ingredient for my list, so at least this one’s new. Now the real question is, will drinking it be like getting poked in the eye or watching someone else get poked in the eye?

It has a rather generic Body that’s rich and creamy. Licorice and something out of place and herbal are also present. There really isn’t much Bite other than carbonation, but it isn’t smooth either. The Head is really tall and foamy, no complaints there. The Aftertaste is vanilla with a little licorice.

This is good but rather unremarkable. It’s better than a poke in the eye, but not quite as much fun as watching those Stooges poking each other’s eyes. It is better than the previous two Rocket Fizz root beers, so they’re improving. Maybe in the future they’ll make one worth buying for more than the novelty factor. But not yet. See how it rates against rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

May 172017

US Foods Craft Root Beer BottleIn case you hadn’t noticed, craft sodas have really become a thing in the last few year. This is great news for a reviewer of gourmet craft root beers. It’s become so much of a thing that even larger companies are getting into it. US Foods, for those who don’t know, is a large restaurant supplier and wholesaler. They created a Craft Artisan soda line to address our needs of fine craft root beers in our restaurants. They are all natural as well. The picture on the label is some French chef type person. I think he’s a chef. He looks French, with the beret and the striped shirt. His expression is not one you’d expect on a root beer bottle for sure. Despite this coming from a large restaurant wholesaler, they don’t really supply many places in the Puget Sound Area, so I ended up ordering it from Minnesota.

The Body has a nice vanilla and sweet birch flavor accented by spices. It is well proportioned. The Bite is small put present with a bit of cassia and nutmeg burn. The Head is medium but fizzes away very quickly unfortunately. The Aftertaste is a light birch and vanilla.

This is a good one. It has a nice birchy tang to it, but the Head is disappointing. Additionally, it could use a little more rooty depth to it. But it’s definitely worth getting with your meal. I’m glad to see that root beer world is getting this kind of addition. Here’s hoping more companies follow suit. See how it rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs

May 032017

Wisco Pop! Root Beer Bottle Another root beer with crowd funding roots. Like the others I donated, shared on social media and even wrote a blog post about it. And, once again, after all of that work, once the bottled product was hitting the shelves, there was no response to my requests to purchase some to review. I had to get some from a place called Fizzy Waters. This has no preservatives whatsoever, so they had to ship it overnight with an ice pack in it. It was pricey. Supposedly this can never be not cold. It’s made is Wisconsin (hence the Wisco) with only real, whole, natural ingredients like turbinado sugar, Wisconsin maple syrup (that’s a thing?), and sarsaparilla. The label keeps it pretty plain, though they’ve got too many fonts. They also are one of those few companies who likes to put an exclamation point in their name, which means you really should shout it whenever you say it.

The Body has a strong and pleasant herbal flavor with notes of sarsaparilla and molasses and a little maple. There’s quite a lot of other flavors going on in there and the net effect is that it comes across as an herb tea. The Bite is spicy and fizzy with lots of clove and cinnamon. The Head is very short but foamy. The Aftertaste is herbal molasses that lingers awhile.

Another herb tea type brew. These are not my favorite. I don’t know who’s idea of root beer is a carbonated herb tea, but I’ve encountered enough of them to have them as their own genre. It’s the most different take on root beer and I really wonder who started it, because I really wish they hadn’t. Oh well. If you like herb tea brews, this is for you, I’ll pass. See how it rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs