Thursday, July 16, 2015

Rock Island Brewing Company Pumpkin Spiced Root Beer

I acquired Rock Island Brewing Company  Pumpkin Spiced Root Beer in a trade with Anthony over at Anthony's Root Beer Barrel. This root beer is a creation by the folks over at Rock Island Soda in Wading River, NY.  

This root beer doesn't have a tall head when you pour it, unlike Rock Island's regular root beer.  The flavor profile is built using natural and artificial flavorings.  It is sweetened with glucose syrup and raw honey.  This root beer is creamy and I get the pumpkin spice flavor coming from it but I found it is a bit on the sweet side.  I did enjoy it though.

Burp Rating: 9 / 10  

Friday, July 10, 2015

Rock Island Brewing Company Root Beer

I acquired Rock Island Brewing Company  Root Beer in a trade with Anthony over at Anthony's Root Beer Barrel. This root beer is a creation by the folks over at Rock Island Soda in Wading River, NY. 

I love root beers that pour a decent head.  This one has a nice one that when finished pouring, settles to about a 1/2" tall.  The flavor profile is built using natural and artificial flavorings including quillaia/yucca extract and vanilla.  It is sweetened with glucose syrup and raw honey.  This root beer is creamy and packs comes with a great bite and balance with the sweetness.  A perfect brew for me. :)

Burp Rating: 10 / 10

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Pithy Little Soda Works Root Beer

I acquired PIthy Little Soda Works Root Beer in a trade with Anthony over at Anthony's Root Beer Barrel. This root beer is a creation by the folks over at Pithy Little Wine Company in Paso Robles, CA.

Here is yet another root beer whose head disappears almost immediately after pouring it.   It is sweetened with cane sugar and the flavor profile is built using natural flavorings including vanilla.  The bite was weak and I received an overwhelming taste of vanilla in my mouth and could not enjoy any of the other flavor offerings.  It was also very very sweet.  It was a bit of a disappointment for me. I read good things about this one. Maybe try it for yourself one day as perhaps I had a bad batch.

Burp Rating: 6 / 10

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Michael's Dolce Root Beer Syrup

My girlfriend found out about a new product in town when she came across this article in the Ottawa Citizen. When I learned there was someone passionate about root beer in my own city, I just had to seek him out.   

The brain behind Michael's Dolce Root Beer Syrup is Michael Sunderland.  He is the founder, proprietor and confectioner of Michael's Dolce in Ottawa, ON.

I met Michael today while visiting the Ottawa Farmer's Market at Lansdowne.  He has a booth setup where he sells various jams as well as his root beer syrup.  I sampled a glass of his root beer (sold on site for $4 a cup).  The root beer syrup is mixed with carbonated soda water and served on ice in a 12 ounce cup.   The flavor profile is built using natural ingredients such as star anise, ginger, cloves, orange peel, chicory and wintergreen.  It is also sweetened with sugar.   The bite on this root beer is fantastic and is very well balanced.  Too bad there isn't a nice head to go along with this wonderful beverage as it was the only thing missing.  However, I don't know if it is fair to compare this to other artisan bottled root beers.  Perhaps I need to start blogging about root beer syrups and extracts. :)    Michael, take a bow though, you have something really delicious there and hence why I bought a bottle of syrup to take home with me.   I'll be back for more!

Burp Rating:  9.5 / 10    




Summit Vintage Root Beer

I acquired Summit Vintage Root Beer in a trade with Anthony over at Anthony's Root Beer Barrel. This root beer is distributed by the folks over at ALDI Inc. in Batavia, IL.

Summit Vintage is yet another one of those bottled root beers that pours a head that disappears almost immediately.    It is sweetened with sugar and the flavor profile is built using natural and artificial flavor.  I kept getting an overwhelming taste of vanilla throughout each sip.  It was very sweet and the bite was lacking.  

Burp Rating:  6 / 10

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Capone Family Secret Root Beer

Capone Family Secret Root Beer was given to me by Eric over at Eric's Gourmet Root Beer. (Thanks Eric!)  This root beer is brought to you by the folks over at Capone Family Secret Beverages in Chicago, IL.

This root beer is yet another one of those whose head disappears almost immediately after pouring it.  It is sweetened sugar and the flavor profile is built using natural flavorings.   I thought the bite was a bit weak and the sweetness just a bit overpowering.  I didn't dislike it though.

Burp Rating:  5 / 10

Friday, July 3, 2015

Bawls Guarana Root Beer

Bawls Guarana Root Beer was given to me by Eric over at Eric's Gourmet Root Beer. (Thanks Eric!) This root beer is brought to you by the folks over at BAWLS in Miami, FL.

Wow, what  a large head this one has when you pour it.  It was insane.   The flavor profile is built using natural guarana extract and other natural and artificial flavorings.  It is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.   It also comes with a warning "This product contains high levels of Caffeine".   I went to bed about 2 hours later, so maybe not an extraordinary amount.   I thought this one was so-so in the taste department.  But kudos to Bawls for creating another root beer when you need a pick me up.

Burp Rating: 6 / 10

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hummingbird Hill Birch Root Beer

Hummingbird Hill Birch Root Beer was given to me by Eric over at Eric's Gourmet Root Beer. (Thanks Eric!) This root beer is brought to you by the folks over at Hummingbird Hill in Silverdale, WA.

This one is another root beer with a head that disappears almost immediately.   The flavor profile is built using natural and artificial flavorings.  It is sweetened with sugar.   I found the bite to this one on the weak side.  The flavor reminded me a little bit of a medicinal taste but perhaps that it's coming from the "birch" aspect of the root beer.  I wasn't too fond of this one but it wasn't horrible.

Burp Rating: 6 / 10