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Old 05-11-2013, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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And not weak stuff either... 70 proof!



I had to buy it because it it seemed like something that could only find in a place like Utah, where root beer (non-alcoholic, of course... as I thought ALL root beer was) is practically our official beverage. Decent tasting stuff too, surprisingly!

Anyway, do they sell this stuff in your neck of the woods? Is it weird as hell ...or have I just had too much already?

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Old 05-11-2013, 08:27 PM
 
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Is it like root beer flavored schnapps? Or is it really just root beer with alcohol?
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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It says Root Beer Liqueur on the label so I assume it's not really just alcoholic root beer. Art in the Age's "Root" is probably a lot closer to an actual alcoholic root beer: ROOT Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction They say that this kind of "root tea" was originally alcoholic and someone 100-odd years ago took the alcohol out and named it root beer oddly enough.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:49 AM
 
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According to wikipedia:

"Root beer, popularized in North America, comes in two forms: alcoholic and soft drink. The historical root beer was analogous to small beer in that the process provided a drink with a very low alcohol content."

I guess it was originally a beer then. That would be interesting to try since I like root beer.

Interestingly it goes on to say:

"In 1960 a key ingredient (the sassafras root) came to be known as a carcinogen and its use was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Following this ban companies began experimentation with artificial flavours and preparation techniques to remove the unhealthy effects of root beer while preserving its taste."

I didn't know sassafras root was a carcinogen. So much for all natural root beer I guess then. Maybe they take out the carcinogenic element in production somehow. Actually gumbo file is basically just ground sassafras I believe. I used it once to try to make authentic gumbo. I guess root beer and gumbo might just make a good dinner.
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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Default Alcoholic root beer

Here in Wisconsin, Sprechers has released a "hard root beer". I haven't tried it. A friend of mine did, and wasn't impressed. She compared it to "Mike's Hard Lemonade" with root beer flavoring instead of lemon.

I can't imagine an actual fermented root beer that could have a significant alcohol content. That would require a much larger quantity of sugar that a regular brewer could use.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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It's basically vodka + sugar + flavorings:

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This root beer liqueur is produced by White Rock Distilleries of Lewiston, Maine. It is apparently made from a combination of wintergreen, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, anise and sweet birch; the combination of which creates an authentic root beer flavour. Although I was given a few other samples to take home and review, curiosity got the best of me, and the first of the sample bottles which was opened in my tasting room was the Blackmaker Root Beer Liqueur.

Blackmaker Root Beer Liqueur The Rum Howler Blog
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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It's basically vodka + sugar + flavorings:
That makes more sense. I didn't actually look into it online.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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The marketers made a push here with Blackmakers a couple years ago. The couple places I had it they served it cold/frozen like Jagermeister. I enjoyed it, but like Jager its more syrupy so its good for a couple shots.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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The marketers made a push here with Blackmakers a couple years ago. The couple places I had it they served it cold/frozen like Jagermeister. I enjoyed it, but like Jager its more syrupy so its good for a couple shots.
Liqueurs are meant to be sipped slowly, not chugged. That's why they are thick and syrupy, to go down slowly.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:14 AM
 
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What does it taste? For sure, it's not good. It's better to make a new label of drink instead using others. If you made it, then you should have an originality and for sure it's liqueur not a root beer. Better to take the word "root beer" and replace it with your own originality label.
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