A citizen of the Carbo-Nation suggested that we try out Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer. Well no such luck as they were out of root beer when my good friend Dustin arrived as a location that sells Henry Wienhard products. Thankfully Dustin was able to procure some Henry Weinhard’s Black Cherry Cream Soda! The label has a nice old timey feel to it, and the literature on the front of the bottle makes it seem like they use high quality ingredients. Let’s check it out! It seems that the flavoring they use is high quality as they include the all natural flavors of black cherries, black raspberry, and bourbon vanilla. Deeee-lish! Once you look past the flavoring though you get HFCS and sodium benzoate, bringing this soda a little bit closer to the realm of “nothing special”. Hopefully the top notch natural flavors will push it to the top of the heap. Let’s see what Henry has to offer.
Wow, this is one of the most delicious smelling sodas I’ve had the chance to inhale in a long time. The odor is rich combination of vanilla and cherry. It does worry me a bit because it likens itself to sno-cone syrup in that it seems concentrated to the point of being overly sweet. This will either work very well for Ol’ Henry Weinhard, or be his undoing.
Well that’s a little disappointing. The hype the odor created only set me up for sadness. Don’t get me wrong, this will end up being a positive verdict for Ol’ H.W. If they had been able to make the taste as rich as the smell… we’d probably be talking about a serious top soda contender. I’ve whined enough, so it’s now time for the actual review. You’re initially greeted with a punch of black cherry, which is a pleasant way to start. The “punch” lingers for a bit, and then cross dissolves (I work in television, so forgive the lingo) to the vanilla cream promised in the soda’s name. I originally described the vanilla cream as “smooth” but realized I’d be lying as the finish on this drink isn’t as smooth as you might predict… and I think I know why.
While I’ve had drinks that felt much more syrupy in my mouth, this definitely lines the inside of it much like the smell of fast food lingers in your car hours after you’ve taken the bags out. The aroma just sits there like a heavy cloud of sadness in your car, waiting for the next potential passenger to enter your car and be instantly depressed by the death gas your fries have created. The HFCS is going to be the bane of Ol’ Henry Weinhard. If they’d just replace the HFCS in this soda with sugar we’d be talking about a potentially amazing beverage. I think the longer I drink this the more average it tastes… so I’m going to stop now before I go away from my initial score.
Verdict – Buy a Pack!
Twist was unable to review this weeks beverage as he is part of the Weinhard family... not the soda making Weinhards, but a completely different unassociated Weinhard.