- My Rating: [C+], I gave it a (2.9 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Old Sarsaparilla Root Beer Style Ale – Phillips Brewing Company, 5.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)
on the front-right label:
“The stranger: Say friend, d;ya have a good sarsaparilla?
Bartender: We’ve got Phillips old sarsaparilla.
The stranger: That’s a good one.”
Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, sarsaparilla, wintergreen, anise seed, spearmint, licorice, ginger, nutmeg and yeast
- Style: (root beer spices) Spice/Herb Beer
- Taste: Mainly toffee barley malt off-dry wintergreen-sarsaparilla-nutmeg exhale no thin carry
- Where I got it : Legacy liquor / Vancouver
- How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 650 ml., November 2011
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah
Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours translucent medium dark copper brown with a dissipating 2mm head, ring and island retention, singular fast loose streams.
Nose: sarsaparilla/wintergreen, hints of nutmeg, caramel malt – quite inviting. (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: off-dry thin body impression, light crisp
Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), grainy toffee metallic barley malt dominant
Finish: wintergreen-sarsaparilla exhale, nutmeg, anise seed-licorice, subtle hops, flat no carry residual thin barley malt.
Summary: The initial sips are somewhat disappointing in that you get mainly a toffee barley malt bomb without the accompanied sugar rush you usually get in a beverage label “sarsaparilla/root beer”. Most of the spices are discernible at the finish, quite nice; I’m not liking the thin watery mouthfeel and lack of carry of the barley malt though.