Month: March 2016

Honest fizz Root Beer

013 - Honest fizz

Producer: Honest tea
Obtained At: From a friend
Container: 12 ounce aluminum can
Ingredients: Carbonated water, organic erythritol, organic caramel color, natural flavors, organic stevia leaf extract, citric acid
Calories: 0
Sugars: 0g
Caffeine: No

This is not good at all. I didn’t seek this one out or even buy it myself. I was given two cans of this and tried them about two months apart. I wasn’t able to finish either can, which is not a good sign. I have never been a fan of the organic sodas because they are always disgusting. And this one is no different. Avoid this drink at all costs. It barely even tastes like root beer.

1/10

XS Energy Drink Root Beer Blast

012 - XS Energy Drink Root Beer Blast

Producer: Amway, XS Energy LLC, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Obtained: from family member
Container: 8.4 ounce aluminum can
Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Taurine, L-Glutamine, Adaptogenic Blend (Eleutherococcus Senticosus, Panax Ginseng, Panax Quinquefolium, Schisandra, Astragalus, and Reishi), Natural Root Beer Flavor WONF, Citric Acid, Acesulfame Potassium, Caramel Color, Caffeine, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sucralose, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Pyrodoxine HCL, and Cyanocobalamin.
Calories: 8
Sugars: 0g
Caffeine: Yes

Another energy drink, but luckily this time there were no floating chunks. See Eric’s Famous Energy Root Beer for that debacle. I was given this drink as I was about to embark on a twenty-hour drive from Wisconsin to Connecticut, so I welcomed the caffeine with open arms. The design of the can is interesting. The background behind the large “XS” is a jungle of buzzwords, like “explosive” and “performance.” Other than that it is standard for an energy drink. The root beer itself wasn’t anything to get excited about. The taste is exactly what you would expect: a blend between diet root beer and an energy drink, neither of which usually make for top tier ratings. Nonetheless, this drink did its job and provided energy for a long drive without making me want to throw up.

4/10

 

Eric’s Famous Energy Root Beer

010 - Eric's Famous Energy Root Beer

Producer: Eric’s Energy Co., Mill Creek, WA
Obtained At: Ordered online from the Root Beer Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, cane sugar, raw honey, maltodextrin, natural flavors, guarana extract, phosphoric acid, caffeine, niacin (B3), kola nut, ginseng, guarana seed, vanilla
Calories: 160
Sugars: 42
Caffeine: Yes

This root beer has a long story. During my last year of law school, I celebrated the end of a semester by ordering several new kinds of root beer from the Root Beer Store. They were all fantastic except for this one. I like the idea of root beer with caffeine because I love root beer (obviously) and often like to consume caffeine as well, so the combination usually works well for me. I decided to bring this with me to work so I could fully benefit from the energy aspect of this drink. When I got to work, however, I noticed that the bottle was full of particles, large and small. It was disgusting to say the least. If I let the particles settle, they filled up the bottom third of the bottle.

I chose not to drink it at work and instead to contact the Root Beer Store when I returned home. Here is the email exchange that took place:

Me: “I ordered six bottles of root beer from you recently. Five of the root beers were great, but the bottle of Eric’s Famous Root Beer Soda has large chunks of solid particles floating in it. I haven’t opened it because it is full of huge particles and am obviously not going to drink it. I was wondering what your policy is on returns/exchanges considering the shipping costs involved.”

TRBS: “Hello, this is a very common question and I totally understand your thinking. However, that is the way that it is made and that is totally normal. We have gone around in circles with this and called the manufacturer and spoke with them and that is the way they manufacture it.”

Me: “So it’s supposed to have chunks floating in it?”

TRBS: “It’s actually quite gross…but yes it is:)”

They suggested that I contact the bottler if I was still concerned, which is exactly what I did. I sent the bottler an email outlining the story and asking whether it was actually supposed to have chunks floating in it. Unfortunately, I received no response.

I eventually decided to open the bottle and strain the root beer through a coffee filter so I could at least taste it. It tasted horrible. I’m not convinced every bottle is in the condition mine was because there is no way they could stay in business. I am open to trying this one again and may order it in the future simply to ease my incredulity. But for now this gets zero out of ten, a rating I reserve for atrocities such as this.

0/10

Coney Island Brewing Co. Hard Root Beer

009 - Coney Island Brewing Co Hard Root Beer.JPG

Producer: Coney Island Brewing Company
Obtained At: Big Y in Avon, CT
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Ale made with natural flavors and caramel color added
ABV: 5.8%
Caffeine: No

I have always gone out of my way to search for new kinds of root beer online, but I only just recently started searching the #rootbeer hashtag on Instagram to find pictures of root beer I have never tried. I noticed a lot of people posting pictures of this one, so I decided to look it up. Since I live in Connecticut, I figured this one would be close to me (since it is from New York), but I didn’t realize how close. It is all over the Hartford area and I had my fiancée pick up a six pack at the nearest Big Y.

I like the bottle and the label here. It has an amusement park theme (surprise!) and uses phrases such as “Thrill Your Tastebuds” and “Are You Tall Enough To Ride?” The underside of the bottle cap says “ADMIT ONE”. All around, it’s a great design. The drink is very good. I actually like it more the more I drink. It’s very sweet, which is good, but I don’t think I could drink more than one bottle of this at a time. And like some of the other hard root beers, it tastes a little bit like root beer schnapps to me. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a mix of root beer and alcohol, this is a great choice.

7/10