Rat Bastard Root Beer


Our Review: 6.2/10
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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+00:00 rating 6.2 out of 10

One thought 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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