Root Beer Review #25 – Jack Black’s Dead Red Root Beer

There’s nothing dead or red about this root beer. And I don’t see the association with the Victorian Rat Catcher and Mole Destroyer that this root beer is named for. Why have a pirate on the bottle? So odd.


This root beer is one of the few available with caffeine. The root beer smells like wintergreen, and was a pretty smooth flavor. It’s a little refreshing to have a traditionally flavored root beer after all the  varieties that we’ve been tasting lately.  The root beer has a little aftertaste of anise, or black pepper – something slightly biting that gets the back of your tongue.

 The cafffeine is unnecessary, and there’s a disconnect between the wintergreen smell and bite at the end.

Derek’s Rating: 4.8

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
8.5 Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer
8.1 maine root handcrafted rootbeer
8.0 Virgil’s Root Beer
7.7 Chicago Root Beer
7.4 Bulldog Root Beer
7.3 Thunder Beast
7.2 Cicero Salted Caramel Root Beer
7.2 O-So Butterscotch Root Beer
6.8 J.J. Stewart Root Beer
6.6 Frostie Root Beer
6.2 Bedford’s Root Beer
5.9 Red Arrow Root Beer
5.1 Saranac Root Beer
4.8 Jack Black’s Dead Red Root Beer
4.7 Filbert’s 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
0.4 The Pop Shoppe
0.1 GuS Dry Root Beer

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