AJ Stephans Root Beer
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Fall River, Massachusetts
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
AJ Stephans is a New England company established in 1926. AJ Stephans is most well known for its ginger beer, which I have not yet tried. Its root beer is made with an interesting list of ingredients: pure carbonated water, cane sugar, flavor, caramel color, and sodium benzoate as a preservative. I am not an expert on the government standards for listing the ingredients for foods and beverages, but listing “flavor” as an ingredient seems a little broad. If flavor is an ingredient, shouldn’t pretty much every food and beverage have it listed as an ingredient? I mean, who wants to eat or drink something without flavor?
I can confirm that AJ Stephans Root Beer does in fact have flavor. It has a rich root beer flavor. It is sweet and deep, and just about everything you could want in a root beer. Unfortunately, AJ Stephans has another flavor, an aftertaste which may make you forget about the original root beer flavor. The aftertaste is slightly metallic. The more I had, the more it reminded me of the taste of blood. You know when you bite your tongue and get that blood taste in your mouth? That is similar to this aftertaste. Maybe there is a reason AJ Stephans does not expound on the ingredient “flavor.” Kind of disappointing after a good start.
Overall Score: 5 of 10.