Root Beer Review #15 – J.J. Stewart Root Beer

My friends Mike and Sue bought this root beer for me while on their trip to Prince Edward Island earlier this summer. I finally got a chance to meet up with Mike for lunch last week, and he handed over this very fine gift. This is our first foreign root beer tasting! Logan wants to give this root beer extra points for the packaging and label. It’s a 500mL bottle and has the rubber Grolsch style closure. Their website talks about: “A refreshing soda for all to enjoy where the focus is on family fun and a chance to relive your youth. Sure to bring a smile to your face.”

 JJStewart

This root beer was paired with a cheeseburger and salad.

Licorice is the dominant aroma from this root beer and the bottle poured a very nice head. Logan was almost jumping for joy when she saw all that fizz – she’s not a huge anise fan, but I think she was excited for a little change from the usual wintergreen.

With a strong aroma and great pour, I expected a thick syrupy flavor. Instead, it was effervescent and tickled the tongue. A pleasant feeling, maybe slightly on the too-many-bubbles side of the line for my taste. The taste matched the aroma – licorice. Just like those black jelly beans but I expected a little more variety in the flavor. Bottom line, this root beer is very licorice-y. If they lightened up on the anise and added some other natural flavours, they’d really be on to something.

Derek’s Rating: 6.8

Here are the rankings so far:

9.5 Sprecher Root Beer
9.1 River City Root Beer
9.0 Americana Root Beer
8.8 Tower Root Beer
8.1 maine root handcrafted rootbeer
8.0 Virgil’s Root Beer
7.7 Chicago Root Beer
7.2 O-So Butterscotch Root Beer
6.8 J.J. Stewart Root Beer
5.9 Red Arrow Root Beer
4.3 Triple “AAA” Root Beer
3.6 towne club root beer
3.4 Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer
2.5 Mug Old Fashioned Root Beer
0.1 GuS Dry Root Beer

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