Nov 282012
 

Bawls Guarana had just recently changed the name of their root beer from G33k B33r with the Root Beer name only on the cap to simply Bawls Guarana Root Beer. When asked if the recipes were the same the company responded “same delicious stuff! We simply changed the label to make it easier for people to know what was inside.”

While the first statement (it being delicious) is debatable, all those who aren’t fluent in 1337 will likely agree that the name is significantly more readable and even the leetspeakers will find it significantly less ambiguous as G33k doesn’t usually imply root and hence the jump from G33k B33r to root beer was hardly logical. Though, why they didn’t just call it r00t b33r from the start is probably something we’ll never know.


Oct 212011
 

So I’d had this sitting around for awhile. The problem is that I’m pretty susceptible to caffeine since I hardly ever drink anything caffeinated. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that I usually taste test in the late evening, not the time you want a cup of coffee portion of caffeine. Then last night, as my wife began to go into labor with our second child, I realized that, like with the first baby, we would be spending the entire night in labor and delivery, without sleep, and with a lot of waiting. That’s when it hit me, this would be the perfect time to taste test the two bottles of G33k B33r. So, in addition to all of the other things we had packed, in went the G33k B33r, my A&W mug, and a bottle of Henry’s for comparison. In the wee hours of the morning, as the miracle of life was manifesting itself, I passed the time and kept my energy up by drinking this root beer. Though, I must admit, because of its genre, I didn’t have high expectations.

The Body is sweet but with a strange fruity watery flavor. Something in it just tastes out of place. The Bite is sort of weird like teeny tiny needles on the tongue with some strange acidy burn. After that mild assault it goes down pretty smooth. The Head, however, is wonderful! It builds to a good height and is very frothy and foamy. It lingers long after the drink is finished. It doesn’t taste the best though. The Aftertaste is a fruity weird guarana herbal-ness.

Though this stuff is not good, it is probably the best energy drink root beer I have encountered. Sadly though, that isn’t saying much. It did accomplish its task as I was able to temporarily escape the inevitable fatigue that comes with an all night labor and an early morning birth. I hope our new daughter, Liliana, and my wife don’t begrudge me for using my time thus. See how it rates against other root beers.

Update: This has since been renamed to be simply Bawls Guarana Root Beer.