A blog by Jacob
Posted in Reviewson Sep 9, 2010
I recently performed a taste test of various root beers to determine which is the best. I searched Fort Collins for every plastic bottled, non-caffeinated, non-diet root beer. I found 8 different root beers fitting this description, and I invited 10 people over to rate each root beer.
Each root beer was rated between one and five, with five meaning “excellent.” The results (showing the average scores) are:
The scores for A&W were all pretty positive, so if you were looking to bring a well excepted root beer to a party, you would find little complaining about A&W. Walmart’s root beer had very mixed reviews, with some people hating it and others loving it. It would make a good cheap alternative if you find that you are in the group of people who like it. Kroger’s Big K root beer had similar results to A&W, but with just a few people thinking it was less than average.
Our tasting of Dad’s root beer was very negative. Not one person liked it, and most cared not to finish their sample. It had a very bad aftertaste. We conclude that they are either using a very unique and old recipe for old fashion root beer, or that we got a couple of bad bottles.
A quick word on our experiment setup: We chilled all the root beers on the same shelf in the refrigerator. About 10 minutes before guests arrived, we started pouring 2-3 oz samples into small disposable plastic cups. Each set of samples was labeled with a letter A-H. Each guest was given a score sheet to allow them to rate each root beer on a scale from 1-5.