Wild Bill’s Rocky Mountain Root Beer
Awesome. I love it when this happens. When cool people who love root beer send me free root beer. In this case, it was the good folks at Wild Bill’s. It’s even better when it turns out to be good stuff and I don’t have to slag it in the interest of honest reviewing!
I wasn’t familiar with Wild Bill’s before now, and they’ve got a pretty cool back story (I’ll let you read it yourself – link below). It seems to be not yet widely available, and the guy I spoke to, Donald, says they’re working hard on distribution.
On to the soda: At first sip, it was smooth with a slight carbonated crispness. It’s full of unique yet understated rooty flavors, and the ingredients list details such exotics at quillaia, acacia and yucca. While these are not that uncommon in a quality root beer, quality root beers seem harder to come by these days. In some ways it reminds me of Dad’s root beer. I mean the good original Dad’s, not the HFCS stuff. I handed it to my wife for a sip and she said: “it all tastes like root beer to me, but this one has a nice interesting flavor that isn’t overwhelmingly sweet”. Guys, you have no idea how big a compliment that is.
All in all, a surprising pleasure, and one I’ll be returning to. Donald provided me a sampler of other flavors they make, and I’m looking forward to seeing if the others are as good as the root beer!
*Soda was provided by manufacturer for promotional review
Monthly Root Beer Rating: 8.5
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