Saturday, February 2, 2013

Thomas Kemper Root Beer

This past week, I was heading to a impromptu "Photo Lab" party where I work. (One of my work-study students brought a former student back to visit, and a few people were gathering to catch-up and party.) So I thought I'd bring some beverages.

Party in the Photo Lab Check-Out

I saw some Thomas Kemper Root Beer at Kowalski's, and someone commented on this post that it was good and I should try it. It's a "higher end" root beer. So I grabbed a 4-pack to share.

Thomas Kemper Root Beer

Because some of those students knew about my "root beer blog," I told them to tweet me their reviews and I'd post them. Here's what they all said:

Michelle said "that pop, soda, or whatever foul beverage that was- tasted like what pop will taste like when the world ends. #apoptolyptic" [spelling fail]

Jake said "there was something wrong with that pop."

Liz said "it tasted like root beer. But with a specialness to it. It was like roots and beer. With a ginger root-y-ness too. #forreals"

Sawyer said "If i had rank that rootbeer on a taste scale of 1 to 10 I'd rank it an overly frosted turd."

Elly said "The RB was pretty good. I thought it was a little sweet at first, but it had a nice flavor that lasted for a while."  And in a 2nd tweet, she added "and also it's sweetened with honey which I thought was pretty cool."

So obviously Elly was the only one who was a little impressed, and Liz thought it was OK as well. But Sawyer nailed it on the head.

Brand: Thomas Kemper Root Beer.

Origin: Portland, OR.

Purchase Place: Kowalski's Market, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar, maltodextrin, and Honey.

Review: It tastes strange from the first sip. I first described it as "burnt brown sugar." You can taste the honey, but that has a burnt taste as well. There's a mix of smooth and bite that was good, but that's ALL that was good. I think this was the first root beer that I didn't finish.

Score: 2.5 out of 10.

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