Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Penny Froster Root Beer

I opened this an hour ago:

Penny Froster Root Beer

Brand: Penny Froster Root Beer.

Origin: Los Angeles, CA.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This was a bit odd from the first sip. There's a strange weakness/smokiness to this. Once I got past that flavor, it was good, but I'm still not sure what to think of this. I'll give it an average score.

Score: 5 out of 10.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Unknown Dred Formula No 53 Road Rage Red

I needed a pick-me-up this morning, so I opened this "all purpose energy drink" with the weirdest label:

Unknown Dred Formula No 53 Road Rage Red

Unknown Dred Formula No 53 Road Rage Red
It *might* just be a random scuff, but one of the ingredients seems to be perfectly crossed out. Suspicious.

Brand: Unknown Dred Formula No 53 Road Rage Red.

Origin: Unknown.  Possibly Seattle, WA.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: "Cane sugar and/or fructose."

Review: I knew nothing about the flavor other than "road rage red." And at the top of the bottle it was called an "all purpose energy drink with a good taste and mellow finish."

But it did not have a good taste. Or a mellow finish.

It was Red Bull-like, but less sweet and not as good. It had that "red" flavor of red bull that I can't quite nail down. I couldn't drink more than a few sips of that. Stay away.

Score: 1.5 out of 10.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Indian Wells Black Cherry Soda

My boys and I spent a night in a camper cabin in southern Minnesota when it was -15 outside. We were toasty warm. After breakfast, I shared a large $6 bottle of soda with them:

Indian Wells Black Cherry Soda
In our camper cabin. (We were nearly all packed up, so it's empty.)

Indian Wells Black Cherry Soda
The wax seal over the bottle cap. Fancy.

Brand: Indian Wells Black Cherry Soda.

Origin: Inyokern, California.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was pretty fancy, so I was ready to not like it. First of all, I think it was about $6 for a 22 oz bottle of soda. Second, the wax seal. Third, it was made with "artisan spring water." And fourth, it was carbonated "in a special process using recovered naturally created CO2" which is about the biggest line of hippy bull-honkey I've ever read on a bottle of flavored sugar water.

But this ended up being good. Damn good. The black cherry flavor was both deep and crisp. It was really a "full bodied" soda, which is something I don't know I've ever said before. My boys loved it, but they love it any time they get a sip of my soda. This was a good final soda for 2017. Happy New Year!

Score: 9 out of 10.

p.s. Here's more photos from our chilly (but awesome) camping trip.