Jul 252012

Another one for the dogs it seems. But this isn’t just any dog themed root beer. No, they’ve named their company after their dog Margo (and her bark), and all of the profits from this root beer go to shelter dogs. Who couldn’t like that, unless you don’t like dogs. You know, those people who growing up didn’t have a dog, and the neighbors’ dogs were mean and scared them when they were small and other dogs chased them until their dads taught them that the best way to escape a chasing dog is to charge it as if they had a rock or a stick because they’re bigger than the dogs and the dogs smell fear. So they’ve pretty much had a fight or flight relationship with these animals their entire lives and they have this complex because society tells them that they should be nice to dogs but their personal experience leads them to believe otherwise … I’m sure you know tons of people like this right, there are loads of them. Well anyways, those people might be a bit ambivalent towards the theme here but everyone else would like it and not judge those others because they don’t know what it’s like to be chased by big mean dogs on a daily basis.

This has a rich and complex Body. There is a strong molasses flavor complemented by wintergreen, vanilla, and spices. It has a smooth and creamy texture. The Bite is pretty mild despite the trademarked tagline “Drink a bite!” on the bottle. It is there, some clove and cassia spicing things a bit. The Head is medium height and froth, sufficient but nothing special. The Aftertaste is the best part of this in my opinion. The molasses flavor is presented but much more toned down allowing the spiced vanilla and wintergreen to stand out with vanilla the final flavor left on the palate.

So, it’s close. At first I didn’t like it much but the more I drank the more it grew on me. I’m not a big fan of these stout type brews, but this is also pretty creamy. I found that when I just took little sips I enjoyed it the most. I ultimately couldn’t give it the Seal. I should be able to quaff a Seal of Approval brew and still love it, which I can’t do with this. If you like the darker flavored root beers though, this is one for you. See how it rates against other root beers.