Saturday, November 29, 2014

St. John Brewers Root Beer

My root beer pal Brad from Ohio sent me this brew many months back.  I waited and waited for a special day to crack it open.  I figured that hey, in honor of my friend in the USA who sent this to me and being so thankful for it, I waited for American Thanksgiving.

St. John Brewers Root Beer is brewed in the U.S. Virgin Islands by St. John Brewers.   This brew is amazing.  The head on it was large and intense. The flavors are captivating and spicy which gives it so much depth and kick.  Anise, wintergreen, vanilla are the highlights.  I didn't want this bottle to end and when it was ---  Thank you so much my friend Brad. I dont' know if I can repay you for this one.

Burp Rating: 10 / 10
( more like 11 / 10 )

Friday, November 21, 2014

Margo's Bark Root Beer

Margo's Bark.  A brew created by Margo's Bark Soda Company in Los Angeles, CA.  It's another find by my friend and colleague, ML, on his last trip to Denver, CO.  

This brew is really special.  When I read the label, it really touched my heart  "All proceeds go to help shelter dogs!". Margo was a rescued dog and her new family created this brew to help other dogs like Margo. The story is great and you can read it here.

The brew has a decent head.  Molasses, cassia, nutmeg, clove, wintergreen and yucca extract are the prime ingredients.  It is very well balanced with the pure cane sugar.  I did find a bit of an aftertaste though.  Almost perfect..

Burp Rating:  9.5 / 10

I should mention, the bottle cap. It's pretty cute.  "Woof" on the top of the cap.  "Meow" underneath :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tommyknocker Root Beer

Tommyknocker is brewed by Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs, Colorado.  This brew was brought to me by my friend and colleague, ML, who found it on his summer holidays in Denver.  

I was excited to try this one.  It is made with pure maple syrup!  Being Canadian, the maple always catches my eye.  Tommyknocker has a real nice head to it and it actually does a good job to stick around for you throughout the whole experience.  It has a decent kick and initially I found it well balanced, until the end, when the maple syrup takes over.  Maybe a bit too much of the maple (can't believe I just said that).  Regardless, I still thoroughly enjoyed this one.  Not quite perfect, but it definitely ranks high.

Burp Rating:  9 / 10

Friday, November 14, 2014

Buckin' Root Beer

Buckin' Root Beer is made by Jackson Hole Soda Company in Jackson, WY.  This one was brought to me by my friend and colleague, ML.   ML found this in Denver, CO. when he was there this past summer.  

Buckin' has almost no head to it which was a bit concerning at first, until I smelled and tasted the brew.   The smell was strong and spicy and I thought oh boy , is it going to be over powering?   No, in fact, wow, what a nice balance between kick and sweetness.  This was almost a 10... If it only had a bit more head, I would probably of given it a perfect score.  

Burp Rating:  9.5 / 10

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Boulder Birch Beer

Ok, so this one isn't a Root Beer per se.  My friend and colleague, ML, brought this one to me from his last trip to Colorado.

This one had head to it. It was sweetened with beet sugar and the taste was interesting but it didn't leave a lasting impression.  The label gets a 10 - love it!

Burp Rating: 6 / 10