May 162012

The first thing that jumps out at me with this is that it looks bland and cheap. I mean, white and blue on a clear bottle? Even their trade mark “GOLD COIN” is still just a blue outline. They couldn’t even afford some gold ink for their trademark? And then there’s the the logo. “Always Ask for Avery’s” but using only 2 ‘A’s and 2 S’s. I’m all for efficiency and cost cutting, but stacking your words in three lines just so you can use one ridiculously large ‘A’ as the first letter of each word in the stack seems a bit of a stretch. When you consider that they do the same thing with the ‘S’ at the end, it just looks silly. Especially since since the bottom of said ‘S’ doesn’t line up with the rest of the curve for some reason. Oh well, they have been making sodas for over 100 years, so maybe this is their original label and was all the rage at the time. I can only guess.

The Body of this is medium with a sweet caramel flavor. It tastes very generic, though. It is slightly creamy with maybe the tiniest hint of vanilla. The Bite is pretty nonexistent. The Head is the classic “two second Head.” The Aftertaste is a fleeting caramel with a hint of sour fruity.

So as with their label, it seems they’re cutting costs with the actual root beer. It’s like they aren’t even trying to make it good or bad, just add some water to the wholesale extract, chuck in some sugar and call it a day. If I had to use only one word to describe this it would be “meh”. See how it rates against other root beers.