Rat Bastard Root Beer


Our Review: 6.2/10
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Visitor Rating: 5.5/10
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Rat Bastard is a bit of a puzzle.  The graphics on the label seem to say “edgy rock guitar solo”, but the ingredients list suggests “herbal medicine/organic tonic”.  Included in the ingredients (besides the mandatory carbonated water and sugar) are a herbal blend of ginseng, jasmine, clove, skullcap, capsicum, ginko, and even a mushroom extract.  It’s like a hybrid between root beer and a salad. Rat Bastard is easy-drinking and bright.  It has a smooth, light taste with leafy high notes, but the herbal flavours are not noticeable.  It’s as if the makers tried to downplay the interesting flavours. That’s a shame.  Some of the best root beers embrace their uniqueness, but this one tries to mask it.  Then again, there are more “natural and artificial flavours” in the ingredients (going on ingredient order) than there are herbs, which suggests they were added in minute quantities as an opportunistic marketing ploy. www.skeleteens.com Rat Bastard was purchased in Portland, along with several other root beers.

Rat Bastard Root Beer, reviewed by Aristophanes on 2014-07-20T11:08:59-08:00 rating 6.2 out of 10

3 thoughts on “Rat Bastard Root Beer

  1. Johanna Watson

    This is probably my favorite root beer on the list, but there are many that are missing that are even more delicious (Sparky’s (if you love wintergreen), Crater Lake, Capt’n Eli’s, Crooked Oak, and Boston Tower to name several of the best I’ve had).

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  2. David E Ladd

    We tried rat bastard rootbeer for the first time. Not sure what it taste like but it sure doesn’t taste like root beer. Not sure how it got that high of a rating. Only one worse we have tried is brownies root beer.

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  3. Mr. Root Beer

    As a root beer conteseur with over 200 bottles in my collection(yeah I’m bragging lol) I just tried Rat Bastard this past weekend. I wasn’t a fan, as I do my own reviews here is a little bit from it- “Semi sweet with no overwhelming flavors. Found it to be somewhat bitter with virtually no head”. I gave it a 4 bottle review

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