Mar 252015
 

A bottle of Moose Wizz Root BeerSeal of ApprovalI dislike toilet humor. I’m sure I thought it was funny when I was 5, maybe as long as until I was 8. After that, it just seemed such a crude and base attempt at humor (as opposed to puns which are the highest form of humor EVER). I cringe whenever I’m watching a movie or Anime and see poop jokes. Why bother putting that stuff in there? And then I come across Moose Wizz Root Beer, with a picture of a large moose with a stupid half smile as if saying “ha, ha, I peed…” Really? REALLY? That’s what you’re going for? Your label has such vibrant colors and a nice nature scene, and you have to ruin it with a pee joke? Supposedly the name came from The Moose Tooth Grill, the full service restaurant of the Adirondack Brewery, who makes this stuff. Being in upstate New York, it gets nasty in the winter. The customers often asked them what they’d do up there in the winter and they said they collected Moose Wizz. Seriously? SERIOUSLY? … Seriously. *sigh*

The Body has sweet honey and spices complimenting a nice, complex sassafras core. Rich and creamy vanilla is also present. The Bite is solid from spice yet oh so smooth in your mouth, like velvet. The Head is nice; really tall though it does fizz down quicker than others. The Aftertaste is vanilla and honey with traces of wintergreen.

… and it’s freaking amazing. I really wanted to hate on this brew, but, Wow! It’s delicious and complex and smooth and spicy and pretty much everything I could want in a root beer. I still don’t particularly like the name, but honestly, if the root beer is that good, they can call it anything they want. See how it rates against other root beers.

4.5 Kegs


Feb 112015
 

Haley and Annabelle's Vanilla Root Beer BottleSeal of ApprovalThere’s a lot for me to like about this root beer without even trying it. For one the inspiration for these girls to start their own root beer came out of a party at their French Immersion School. I love French. Then they use Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, and I lived in Madagascar. Then there’s the fact that it’s a vanilla root beer, one of my favorite kinds. They launched this brew as a way to pay for the girls’ college. While noticing the picture on the label of the girls in front of the Eiffel Tower, I’m going to have to say that if you’re short on college funds, trips to France generally don’t help. But some people want their college and their trips to Paris, and if a new brand of root beer is the ticket to both then who am I to complain. Now these aren’t the first siblings I’ve encountered using their own root beer to get to college, as D-n-A use the same gimmick. I wonder if they’ve ever met? What if they do meet in the same college and Alphonse (my name for the A in D-n-A) and Annabelle fall in love? Then they could combine their recipes to make Double AA Root Beer to rival/defeat Triple AAA Root Beer! One can only hope.

The Body is rich and creamy with a ton of luscious bourbon vanilla flavor. This perfectly complements a solid root beer core. There isn’t a lot of Bite on this one; they’re going for silky smooth. I do prefer a bit of spice, but the smooth is always good. The Head is tall and frothy like it should be. It foams up right to the top of my 20 ounce mug and hangs around for awhile. The Aftertaste is lots more bourbon vanilla that lasts awhile. I do love that.

Yummy! This is an amazing root beer. Such sweet, smooth, Bourbon Vanilla flavor. I’ve never had that flavor in a root beer save my own home brew. If you are a vanilla lover, this root beer is definitely for you. I’m proud to give this my Seal of Approval. D-n-A got one too … I think those boys should definitely meet these girls. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs


Jan 282015
 

Hank's Premium Root BeerSeal of Approval More than any other root beer, Hank’s is the reason that Eric’s Gourmet Root Beer Site exists. You see, the web was young and free hosting was just recently made available at places like Geocities. It was the cool thing to do to make a website. After seriously considering making a website about a combination of three of my favorite things, cheese, Jethro Tull, and Star Craft, (The Eric’s Cheese, Jethro Tull, and Star Craft Site was going to be AWESOME I swear) the idea came to make one about gourmet root beer instead. Since I’d only tried eight different kinds of gourmet root beer (there wasn’t a lot of variety in a town of 5,000 people) at that point I figured I needed to expand a bit. I found Hank’s online and asked my Mom to order it for me. I had a whole $15. She called and they said that they’d never sent anything to Washington State before and they figured it’d be very expensive. She said she’d have to call back because she was buying it for her son who was making a website but he didn’t have much money. Then they decided that since it was for a website, and thus free publicity, they’d send a whole case as a free sample. How very generous. Also, it put a lot of expectation on me to actually follow through and make the website since I was paid in advance as it were. And thus Eric’s Gourmet Root Beer Site was born.

This is sooo goooood! It has a wonderfully full Body that is rich and creamy and a nice spicy Bite. The Head is almost perfect. Aftertaste is very pleasant.

As you can tell, I really liked it then (I’ve kept what I originally wrote back in 1998). It put me in quite an enigma because at the time it was the best brew I’d ever had, but I hadn’t had very many. I put it at 4.5 kegs and after many years I revisited it in my Ultimate Root Beer Showdown and realized that after nearly 150 root beers, it was still the best. I really love this stuff. It is perhaps as close to perfection as we can come in this imperfect world. See how it rates against other root beers.

5 out of 5 Kegs, Elixer of the Gods