Ok, i feel a little bad that i have been hammering out generic brands lately, and as it turns out i actually have quite a stockpile of root beers to review right now. Therefore, i hope to increase my posting rate over the next couple months and clear some of these out and get to some root beers that are more unique. So breaking from the recent routine, here is a root beer i picked up at BevMo! here in Tempe, AZ. (Just a little inside scoop, my wife pronounces it "beev-moh", where as i prefer to pronounce it correctly and just as it is spelled as any sane person would logically conclude.) So Duh! is made by a brewing company called Hermitage Brewery in San Jose, CA. Hermitage brews beers and sodas on contract for a pub/brewery called Tied House which has been around since 1987. In my limited research i was unable to determine when Hermitage began, but i will go ahead and say it's probably safe to assume it was the same year. The website goes into detail about the process of brewing and bottling, the contests and accolades won, and lots of other info i didn't really care to get into, but you get the idea.
This root beer comes in a traditional 12 oz. dark glass bottle. The label is quite colorful and eye catching. It pictures a dumb looking blond girl with a puzzled look on her face, obviously to play in with the name. Here is a bit of the caption written on the side of the label out of view in the picture. "Duh" means many things to many people... to us, So Duh! means - "Isn't it painfully obvious this is a delicious craft soda made in small batches with quality ingredients & pure cane sugar."[frankly, i think that was technically a question, so it should be ended with a question mark(?) and not a period (.)]So if anyone asks, "is that soda good?", we hope you'll say DUH!So anyway, there is that cute little anecdote from the people at Hermitage. Overall, i like the label. It's unique and fun.
But as far as taste is concerned, i am not as impressed. The ingredients listed include honey and vanilla, but all i can really taste is a molasses taste that i don't much care for. It also lacked carbonation, but that may just be because it's been sitting in my fridge for about a year now. It reminded me of another root beer that i can't quite pinpoint right now, but it doesn't really matter cuz it wasn't good either. This also leaves a bad taste in my mouth (literally, not metaphorically). Therefore, i deem it not that great.
My official review is that So Duh gets 3 (three) IBCs. Not that much of a fan. I honestly don't hate it and was considering giving it a 4, but the fact that it leaves such a bad taste in your mouth made me give it a 3. Not a fan.
To whom it may concern...
It has been brought to my attention that there are several websites out there for root beer reviews. Don't believe me? Just google "root beer reviews" and you'll see what i mean.
My frustration with this is that one common theme you will find with these sites is that the people who create and update them are self appointed "root beer experts", with little other credentials than just saying they know what they're talking about. Well guess what... they don't, and coincidentally, i do.
Therefore, i am creating the only root beer review site you will ever need to visit because my opinion is absolute and extremely biased, just as you would expect from someone who should tell you what root beer is good and what is worth skipping.
Now i know that people are entitled to their opinions, but you should just know that i am also entitled to my own opinion, and my opinion is that your opinion is clearly wrong. So you should just listen to me. Don't argue. Don't fight it. In fact, if you have any complaints, i suggest you send them to my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the reviews! And if you don't, don't come back to my blog.