This root beer has an interesting gimmick. Supposedly the recipe was discovered by a one Joe Marshall as he futilely looked for the Santa Fe Trail in 1848. According to his “journal” after three days of searching he met some people who gave him food and a brew made from roots and herbs called “root beer.” He liked it so much he gave up looking for the trail and settled there, evidently. Joe was great-great grandfather of Shelly Schierman, who is an owner of the Louisburg Cider Mill and Lost Trail Soda Co. which happens to be in Kansas, so they didn’t really move far from where Great GrandPappy got lost. Joe seemed to have written the recipe down in his journal, but no one really cared for the next 150 odd years when Shelly started making it. The label expectedly features a cowboy on a horse looking quite lost.
This had a strong, almost dark Body. There was a noticeable amount of wintergreen that was not displeasing. The Bite was just right and the bottles were sealed tight (a couplet? Maybe not.) The Head was nice and frothy. It lingered like it should but wasn’t anything extraordinary. The Aftertaste was a rather deplorable sticky type of thing that kind of ruined the otherwise pleasing experience.
Not a bad brew, though it’s a shame about that Aftertaste. I can see a lot of people liking this a lot. The people that like dark licorice-y brews. It is a good root beer that would go great with pizza and other foods, but is not quite at the level of quality for me to drink it on its own. See how it rates against other root beers.