I cracked into this during my boy's nap time today:
Brand: Tommyknocker 1859 Original Root Beer.
Origin: Idaho Springs, CO.
Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.
Review: This had a sharp flavor that almost tastes a little burnt. It's super earthy, but not "mellow" earth - it's a "harsh" herby and earthy flavor. I can see how some people might like it (super hippies), but it wasn't a good flavor too me. If it were toned down a bit, it could be good. But it was just too strong.
Score: 5 out of 10.