May 182016
 

St John Brewers Root Beer BottleSeal of ApprovalMy first brew from the Virgin Islands! It’s kind of international since it isn’t from any of the States but kind of not since it’s from the US Virgin Islands. It was quite a bugger to get as the brewers themselves didn’t want to ship it. I had tried to trade with someone, but that fellow turned out to be the most dishonorable scum imaginable and so it ultimately didn’t happen. Then I found some truly goodhearted chaps who were going to send me a bottle but before they could I found it at a local store. Ah the virtues of patience. The label of this is simple and island themed. Though the tap on the tree is somewhat concerning; I hope they don’t have palm extracts in here, that could be … strange. The ingredients don’t list palm, but they do have a nice list of quality spices and flavorings which is very promising.

The Body is sweet and creamy and complex. There are some caramel notes and spice with solid sassafras and vanilla. The faintest hint of wintergreen surfaces as well. There is a strong Bite from the ample amounts of spice. The Head is massive and foamy. Each bottle would have foamed over had I poured the entire thing in at once. Additionally, after waiting a minute, I had to sip it down since it didn’t really go away. The Aftertaste is a caramel vanilla flavor with some notes of anise and mixed spices.

This brew is simply amazing! The many ingredients meld perfectly to give you a root beer that’s balanced and delicious. Add an impeccable Head and you’ve got one of the best brews I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking. This was worth the wait. See how it rates against other root beers.

4.5 Kegs




Mar 022016
 

Growler of Sonoran Root BeerSeal of Approval Another growler review! It’s been so long I bet you thought I didn’t do those anymore. Well I do. I just haven’t had anyone get me brews from in a growler. Draft is more fun if you can get it. Sonoran has been on my radar for a long while, but then they stopped bottling for some reason. Some root beer friends of mine had promised to send me some with a trade but held off for a long time, hoping that it would return to its bottled glory. Over a year passed, and it never returned. So they filled this growler for me and sent it my way. I was worried, because they waited a week to send it. I’d never had a growler older than four days before. Would it would be flat and ruined? Would it taste stale? What’s the fresh life on a growler anyhow?

The Body is sweet and spicy and caramely with some vanilla. There’s something a little off about it though. It’s got a good Bite as well, nice and spicy and even some carbonation despite being from a growler. I don’t rate the Head from a growler, but my first glass still had a decent one. I’m impressed. The Aftertaste is more caramel and vanilla, with a hint of wintergreen. There’s a little something funny that pops up, it may just be that it’s old brew, but it disappears quickly.

Wow, yum, yummy and not ruined at all by being so old. Two weeks may not be that long after all. It even had the best Head of any growler brew I’ve ever had, even though I don’t give points for that. Silly me for worrying, they knew what they were doing all along. Finally a growler review that I can give a Seal of Approval. I can only imagine how this would be fresh out of the tap. Definitely get it if you can.

4 kegs




Feb 032016
 

Point Premium Root Beer BottleSeal of ApprovalMy sister first bought this for me when I was at BYU. I had a four pack and put it in the back of the fridge on the top shelf until I was ready to review it a few days later. When I dug it out I noticed that the bottles had frozen, burst their seals, and had leaked root beer below. It was a total loss. I went back to the store she bought them from and they weren’t there. It would be months before I finally found this again. Their big gimmick is that their founder, Nicholas C. Point, had some sort of pointy head or hair or something. Though, they only talk about that on the back of the label. Going by the photo, he also has a pure white chin so I don’t know why they didn’t go with White Chin Premium Root Beer. Ol’ Nic was probably sensitive about the whole albino chin and poked people who mentioned it with his pointy noggin. After while they got the “point” and focused on what he was proud of. They talk up their using the “finest sugars” but the ingredients lists that as “cane sugar and/or fructose corn sweetener”. More importantly though, is the use of honey. As an aside, this brew is made near where my great grandparents settled when they first emigrated to the US. Now, back to the point of this review.

The point of this root beer is a delicious, sweet Body with all the right stuff, a medium frothy Head that sticks around for awhile, a nice but not very spicy Bite, and a pleasant Aftertaste of vanilla and honey.

Yup, I love this stuff. They have earned the right to call it Premium Root Beer. The label boasts the Beverage Tasting Institute’s Gold Medal Winner, but I’ll one up that with Eric’s Seal of Approval. It is clear that when the standards for good root beer were laid down, they didn’t miss the point. See how it rates against other root beers.

4 kegs