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Year of Root Beer – Boylan Bottle co

Boylan Root Beer, another brand neither of us had tried before. 
Allison’s Review:
creaminess – 2.5
Eh, average. Nothing special.
flavor – 3.5
A lighter more soda taste. Actually, it tastes like a cross between a cream soda and a root beer. I really enjoy it, however I think there should be more of a root flavor, as it is root beer.
carbonation – 2.5
More carbonation than I would prefer. Burp city, you guys.
packaging- 3.5
The packaging design is simple and to the point. It looks old,  which seems to be the trend most brands are going for. The bottle itself is a good shape and has a nice lip to it.
overall – 3
I liked this one and I think I would definitely repurchase it.

Ray’s Review:
Creaminess – 2.5
This one doesn’t seem like creaminess was something they were concerned with. There is a small bit of creaminess to the root beer but nothing to write home about.
Carbonation – 2.5
This one seems to be a little over carbonated to me. Immediately after starting to sip on it, I had those carbonation burps.
Flavor – 3.5
This is one that seems to have a unique flavor to it. It’s strong on the mint flavoring, something I never really noticed in root beers until we started doing these reviews. I don’t know if that’s something I’ve just missed all these years, or we’ve just happened to find minty root beers. This one is made with cane sugar, which to me usually has a bad after taste. I don’t get as much of that from this root beer. The flavor to this one seems to be a little more complex than your average root beer. There are a few other flavored that I can’t place. But over all it a pretty enjoyable flavor.
Packaging – 4
I’m into the packaging. Simple two color logo on a brown bottle. Vintage inspired, because they boast about being from 1891 so they seem to be appealing to that.
Experience – 3
I neither loved nor hated this root beer. The flavor was a little unique but the over carbonation made it not one of my favorites.


Year of Root Beer: Virgil’s

virgilsWe’re starting off our Year of Root Beer with a bang! Virgil’s Root Beer! Neither of us had tried this brand before and we were both pleasantly surprised.

Allison’s Review:
Creaminess- 2.5
Not bad, but I would normally prefer more of a creamy taste.
Flavor- 4
Great flavor. Very “rooty” with a hint of liquorish. Sweet and no strange after taste. A strange after-taste is the worst.
Carbonation- 3
Eh, average.
Packaging- 3.5
I like that the packaging actually looks like a beer bottle, and I like that the ladies on the label are sitting in giant chairs.
Overall Experience- 3.5
Virgil’s Root Beer is a good pick and I would absolutely repurchase it. Despite the lack of creaminess AND carbonation I really loved it. Very unique and bold.

Ray’s Review:
Creaminess – 2
This one only has a hint of creaminess
Flavor – 3.5
The flavor of this one is unique. This root beer has somewhat of a beer texture to it. The after taste is still good. It’s not as creamy as I usually like in a root beer but it has bold flavored with a hint if creaminess. There is a very slight hint of mint to the flavor which I feel like is unique.
Carbonation – 4
It’s not extremely carbonated, but if it was it would cancel out the flavor I believe.
Packaging – 4
Overall, I like the packaging. It claims to be a recipes from 1916. The label seems old and it’s wrapped around a dark bottle. I also enjoy the boldness of the bottle cap.
Experience – 4
This was a great root beer. Not perfect, but not predictable. Overall from the artwork to the glass bottle to the flavor, it was a very enjoyable root beer.

Have any of you tried this brand? How would you rate it? =)

The Year of Root Beer

rb3Root Beer, the other soda. According to Wikipedia it was made by farmers in the 1800’s and was first introduced commercially by Charles Hires at the Philadelphia Centennial Convention in 1876. Thanks Charles!! rb2We love Root Beer and we’re on a quest to discover the best one. We’ve found a bunch of  different brands that we will be testing out over the next 12 months. Some of them are familiar and some are a little obscure. We’ve come up with a grading scale to rate each brand on creaminess, flavor, carbonation, packaging, and overall experience. We will be posting our results here on the blog. As of right now, we have about 14 different brands in mind but we are absolutely open to any and all root beer suggestions!rb1What’s you favorite brand of Root Beer? We want to know!