Apr 252012

So the fine people at beveragesdirect.com brought to my attention that there were several fine brews that they sell that I hadn’t reviewed, including III Dachshunds,which just so happens to be the root beer analogue of Dos Equis (Two ‘X’s in Spanish, you know 2 ‘x’s, 3 Dachshunds, it totally makes sense). They sell a lot of it to one man in particular. He travels around the world, so more people have the opportunity to meet him. He gives motivational speeches, just by looking in your direction. He once said something stupid, just to see what it was like. He’s, the Second Most Interesting Man in the World (almost as cool as the Most Interesting Man). He doesn’t always drink root beer, but when he does, he prefers III Dachshunds. Of course when I heard this I immediately made arrangements to procure all of the necessary brews. So why does he prefer it?

Because it has an amazingly sweet and creamy Body. It has the right flavors, sassafras, caramel, vanilla, and hints of wintergreen. There’s a pretty good Bite from carbonation and spices as well, but it is still very smooth going down. The Head, unfortunately, is barely an inch tall. It is however very frothy so it lasts several minutes. The Aftertaste is creamy vanilla with accents of wintergreen.

This is a delicious brew. I understand why the Second Most Interesting Man in the World prefers it. Probably the next time I’m out deep sea fishing, safariing, white water kayaking, or otherwise adventuring in the second most interesting way possible, I’ll have this at my side, at least some of the time. Sayth the bottle, “Time for a Treat” Indeed. I’ll take two if you please. See how it rates against other root beers.

Apr 042012

Wow! A picture of a tower with the caption “Ye olde fashioned root beer”? It just makes me think of old text based RPGs and spoofs of such games. I think, I’ll write the rest of this as if it were a Dungeon Man game, but it’s not, it’s Tower Man!
Thou behold a tower. Thou enter the tower. In the room there is a window, an exit to the north, and a table with a flask and a bottle of old fashioned root beer.
What wouldst thou deau?
>Get ye flask
You cannot get ye flask. You are left wondering why you cannot get ye flask.
What wouldst thou deau?
>Get ye olde fashioned root beer
You pour the root beer into ye flask, for some reason you can now get ye flask of ye old fashioned root beer.

The Head of ye olde fashioned root beer is medium height but gone in mere seconds. The Body is extremely dark and rooty. The dominant flavors are sassafras, licorice, and mint. It’s sort of creamy. There is a strong Bite, both from spices and prickly carbonation on the tongue. The Aftertaste is sticky minty licorice with the faintest traces of vanilla.

You continue to drink ye olde fashioned Tower Root Beer. It definitely tastes ye olde fashioned. It isn’t bad, but not extremely good because you like creamy root beers that have significantly less licorice and much nicer Heads. You decide that if presented with more of this root beer, you’d rather pass and get something else. Hence, you exit the tower in search of better brews. At least you were able to get ye flask. See how it rates against other root beers.

Nov 072011

My 100th root beer review! Since this is such a milestone I definitely need to try a killer root beer, so I’ve got Killerbrew. Wait, it’s actually Killebrew. Killebrew? What’s a Killebrew? Harmon “Killer” Killebrew (see I wasn’t the only one to do that) is a former baseball player who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984. According to the website on the bottle, they stopped having a website since it’s one of those generic ad search engine parked sites. As an aside, why do they DO that? I mean, if you’re going to go all the way of putting the website URL on the bottle, can’t you even afford $10 a year to keep the domain name? They give you a free 1 page website with it. You could say something about who you are or how great your root beer is. As you can tell, this has been happening a lot to me lately. Anyways. It seems that the great Killer’s son actually makes this one and not the immortal Hall of Famer himself. I suppose with a name like Killebrew brewing was just too irresistible.

When I poured it out I said to myself, “Oh look at that, there isn’t really much Head at all … and it’s gone.” Yeah, tragic. This has a very sweet Body, though I wouldn’t call it full. In addition to the standard root beer flavor there is honey and a small pinch of cinnamon coming through as well. It isn’t really creamy at all and that is a letdown. The cinnamon makes for a decent Bite when mixed with the carbonation tingle. The Aftertaste is very little. What there is of it is good, a bit of honey and a dash of cinnamon.

This brew has serious potential if it just had a little more of its core flavors. It says that it is “With the Hall of Fame Taste” but even with more core flavors, I wouldn’t go that far. Maybe Cooperstown does taste like that. Oh well, it still needs more. Oh, a decent Head would be nice too. See how it rates against other root beers.