Month: August 2016

Rocky Mountain Root Beer

035 - Rocky Mountain Root Beer

Producer: Rocky Mountain Soda Co., Denver, CO
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated Colorado Water, Rocky Mountain Beet Sugar, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate
Calories: 140
Sugars: 39
Caffeine: No

Another one from Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store. That place is amazing. I think I have seen this one online a few times, but have never gotten around to ordering it, nor have I ever seen it anywhere before. The label is really cool and very detailed. The ingredient list is interesting, as it uses beet sugar instead of pure cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup. The taste is unique in a good way. I wonder if it is the beet sugar or something else. I don’t know if I’ve tasted anything quite like it. But it is still very good. If you’re looking for a new taste, check this one out.

7/10

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Mom’s Rootbeer

034 - Mom's Rootbeer

Producer: Core Beverage, Minneapolis, MN
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Purified carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, sodium benzoate, natural and artificial flavor, citric acid
Calories: 160
Sugars: 43g
Caffeine: No

I had never even heard of this one before I saw it at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store. The tagline on the bottle is “The Better Half”, which makes it seem like a response to Dad’s Root Beer. I remember Dad’s being really good, but I haven’t had it recently and have yet to review it. Let’s hope this one is just as good. According to the label, “A portion of your purchase will go towards funding breast cancer research.” That’s really cool. Root beer with a cause. Weird that it calls itself “rootbeer”, instead of “root beer”. Not sure why they chose to do that.

The taste is phenomenal. Wow. I am blown away by the taste. It is incredibly smooth, with a creamy aftertaste. There are almost no root beers out there that taste this good. I will have to try Dad’s again to see if it stacks up, but I think this one might be better. Try this one as soon as you get a chance. This one is definitely going in the Hall of Fame.

10/10

Indian Wells Brewing Company Special Reserve Root Beer

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Producer: Indian Wells Brewing Company
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 22 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Indian Wells Artesian Spring Water, Cane Sugar, Natural Flavor, Real Vanilla, Citric Acid
Calories: 180 per serving
Sugars: 45g per serving
Caffeine: No

I can’t explain how excited I am to have gotten ahold of this root beer. It is made my Indian Wells Brewing Company. They also make Death Valley Root Beer, which I have in my bottle collection but have not yet reviewed. I started seeing pictures and reviews of this Special Reserve Root Beer online a few months ago. I thought I saw somewhere that it was going to be available for only a limited time, but now I can’t find anything saying that. Either way, I didn’t think I would ever be able to find this. But Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store came through and had this in stock.

The bottle is amazing. First, it’s 22 ounces, which is great. Second, it is wax sealed, which is really cool. Finally, the label is really unique and has a lot going on. It describes Indian Wells Spring as follows: “After five days of travel from the Argus Range, the manly-jayhawker parties of 1849 found their first water at this Indian waterhole on the Joseph R. Walker Trail of 1843. During the 1860’s this was the site of a stage and freight station for traffic between Los Angeles and the Coso and Cerro Gordo Mines.” The label is top notch and a great addition to my bottle collection.

The root beer itself is delicious and very complex. It has hints of wintergreen and licorice. But it manages to blend all these flavors together to create a truly wonderful brew. The head, bite, and mouthfeel are all fantastic as well. Although I have no complaints, it doesn’t crack into the 9/10 or 10/10 for me, but I am sure many would disagree with me and put it higher. I suggest doing anything you can to get this root beer.

8/10

Dang! That’s Good Butterscotch Root Beer

032 - Dang That's Good Butterscotch Root Beer

Producer: Imperial Flavors Beverage Company Inc., Milwaukee, WI
Obtained At: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store
Container: 12 ounce glass bottle
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, citric acid, and sodium benzoate
Calories: 120
Sugars: 31g
Caffeine: No

This was the first butterscotch root beer I ever tried. Back then I was blown away by how good it was and even though I have had several others since I was very excited to get my hands on this again. So even though I already had this bottle in my collection, I bought it at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store on my trip to find new bottles. The label is simple, which I like, and is the same basic design as all their root beers. The flavor is amazing, just as I remember it. The butterscotch is the perfect complement to root beer. It’s so good because it’s not overly sweet. In fact, it has less sugar than most root beers. I don’t really know if this is better or worse than AJ Stephans Butterscotch Root Beer because they are both so good. I would have to have them both at the same time to compare. A moment I hope someday happens. If you ever have a chance to get a taste of this, don’t hesitate. This is one of the best.

10/10