Jul 182018
 

Kiss Army Root Beer BottleSo Rocket Fizz is back with another new celebrity type root beer. They all have the same listed ingredients yet they all claim to be unique. Granted “natural flavors” can be wildly different, but I wish they’d go a bit of an extra mile to assure people like me. My doubts are beginning to grow to the point that I won’t review another of these until I have some hard evidence that it’s unique. I mean, going over my reviews it seems that they have all tasted different, but I’ll still probably have to dispatch Dr. Percival C. McGilliguddy … Anyhow. This is Kiss Army Root Beer. Load and Proud and dedicated to the Kiss Army. I must confess that I had no idea what the Kiss Army was, though I assumed it had something to do with the band Kiss ’cause I’m not that ignorant. Turns out it’s just their fan club. It’s odd that they would have the root beer devoted to the fan club and not the band, like if Faygo released a special Juggalo Root Beer (please do actually).

The Body is really dark with a lot of licorice flavor. There’s a bite of vanilla and it’s slightly creamy, yet there is also a hollowness to it, despite the copious amounts of licorice. The Bite is there. It’s got some spice and some carbonation. The Head is excellent! I’ll give them props for that. But the Aftertaste is really strong licorice, maybe a tad bit of wintergreen. It lasts too long and builds the more you drink. So I like it less and less.

I’m not a fan, no offense to the Kiss fan club, but this is one of my least favorite Rocket Fizz celebrity brews. I really don’t like this at all, yet it isn’t super horrible. Kiss fans, you should not be fooled by this, and demand a better drink to bear your name. See how it rates against other root beers.

2 out of 5 root beer kegs




Jul 122017
 

Dad-Gum-It! Butterscotch Root Beer Bottle Another brew from Rocket Fizz. Those makers of strangely themed craft sodas are at it again, this time, rather than go all celebrity themed, they decided to go hunting themed. Finally, a root beer that embraces the most glorious sport and pastime that is hunting. But you can tell that they are true hunters, for they’ve named it Dad-Gum-It! in a clear reference to a frustrated bird hunter. Who’s name is Ryan if the hat is to be believed. I’ve been there Ryan, more times than I care to admit, after burning through all three shots at a single pheasant flying straight away from me. How could I have missed? When just yesterday I was able to shoot quail. QUAIL! They’re like a quarter of the size and move faster. How could I have missed something so much bigger and slower?!? Dad-Gum-It! … well anyways, root beer. And butterscotch root beer. I do like me some butterscotch. Will this be the Seal of Approval brew to console my crushed ego after future bird hunting failures?

The Body is dark and spicy with licorice featuring prominently and some wintergreen as well. I also taste a distinct lack of butterscotch. The Bite is solid and strong from spices and ample carbonation, a little too strong. The Head is excellent! It’s there as long as you drink it (within reason). The Aftertaste is a little wintergreen and licorice. Also, no butterscotch.

Dad-gum-it! They tricked me. I was promised butterscotch. Maybe that’s the whole message of this brew. That what you really want will escape you. Ryan, for all his prowess, was unable to get his birds just like Rocket Fizz, despite their vast collection of soda ingredients, was unable to actually put butterscotch into the root beer. In the end all you’re left with is bitter dissappointment, much like a failed hunting trip. I don’t recommend either. See how it rates against other root beers.

2.5/5 Root Beer Kegs




May 312017
 

The Three Stooges Wise Guy Root Beer Bottle So Rocket Fizz is back with another old TV show personality root beer. Since it’s their third, they decided triple down as it were, with the Three Stooges, perhaps a plug at their own inanity in continuing to make ever more root beers which compete primarily against the old TV personality root beers they’ve already made. The “Wise Guy” is a nice touch though, as is having all of the label in black and white other than their hats. Perhaps they’re planning on discontinuing one of the others. Perhaps they’ll keep cycling new ones. That’s good for me as a reviewer, as long as they don’t recycle recipes. This one has ester gum, which is a new ingredient for my list, so at least this one’s new. Now the real question is, will drinking it be like getting poked in the eye or watching someone else get poked in the eye?

It has a rather generic Body that’s rich and creamy. Licorice and something out of place and herbal are also present. There really isn’t much Bite other than carbonation, but it isn’t smooth either. The Head is really tall and foamy, no complaints there. The Aftertaste is vanilla with a little licorice.

This is good but rather unremarkable. It’s better than a poke in the eye, but not quite as much fun as watching those Stooges poking each other’s eyes. It is better than the previous two Rocket Fizz root beers, so they’re improving. Maybe in the future they’ll make one worth buying for more than the novelty factor. But not yet. See how it rates against rates against other root beers.

Three and a half kegs