Chicago Root Beer is this week’s review. It receives low marks on the website access department – the chicagorootbeer.com website had an error and wouldn’t load. Whoops! Through the magic of Wikipedia and the twitter handle of their parent company, @coolmountainpop, I found out that the Chicago Root Beer recipe includes caramel, wintergreen, cane sugar, and Lake Michigan water. Plus, it’s available in kegs!
Logan: Not much fizz. Now that you know there’s mint in it, can’t you taste it?
Derek: Yes. It doesn’t taste like root beer, or how I expect root beer to taste.
Logan: It’s pretty good, I like it but it could use more fizz. I like a root beer with lots of fizz.
Derek: The bottle made me think I was drinking a stout root beer – the dark bottle, dark label, and a jet black cap. Even when pouring the root beer appeared darker than a normal root beer, or at least that’s what my brain perceived. It could just be the mind games that Chicago Root Beer is playing with me.
It was a very good tasting root beer. Logan would like more fizz, but liked the flavors. I thought the flavors were good, but not fully Root Beer-esque. It could have used some more oomph of sassafras type flavoring. I would likely buy this root beer again, but it’s not the exact root beer flavor that I’m looking for.
Derek’s Rating: 7.7
Here are the rankings so far. Feel free to copy and paste into excel to make your own chart. I suggest you import using first column fixed width of 3 characters.
8.1 maine root handcrafted rootbeer
8.0 Virgil’s Root Beer
7.7 Chicago Root Beer
7.2 O-So Butterscotch Root Beer
3.6 towne club root beer
In doing a search for “Chicago Root Beer” in Google, I found that their addrees is the same as Filbert’s Root Beer: 3430 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL. I’m not sure if this is the address of a bottling company, a google mistake, or they are the same company. I need to go through my root beer stash and see if I have a Filbert’s and compare.