Triple XXX Root Beer

Today’s fantastic voyage into my fridge paid off with a bottle of Triple XXX Root Beer and until this point I thought it was “Triple X” Root Beer or “XXX” Root Beer… you know, three X’s.  Upon looking at said bottle I see that it’s actually “Triple XXX” Root Beer which actually means we’re dealing with nine X’s here.  Now I’m not sure where that rates in terms of root beer, but I do know that you’re one X away from having a pretty nice Stetson hat.  The slogan of Triple XXX Root Beer is that it “Makes Thirst a Joy.”  I must say that this is one of my favorite slogans to date as its simplicity is perfect for an “old school” beverage such as itself.  Upon writing that last sentence I felt it was imperative to look up the history of Triple XXX Root Beer and was surprised to see that it’s “roots” (haha) stem from Galveston, TX which is right down the road from me.  If you’re interested at all in soda lore I recommended checking it out on the Triple XXX website.  Don’t worry; we’ll explain it to your parents when it pops up in their history.  Enough of the non-tasting portion of the review, it’s time to hopefully enjoy some cane sugar sweetened Triple XXX Root Beer.  Onward!

Oooh, I like the smell of this.  A rich rooty aroma escapes from the mouth of the bottle enticing me to drink its contents.  Normally smelling root beer doesn’t make me thirsty, but I can honestly say that the scent of Triple XXX Root Beer has me salivating a bit.

Upon first drink several thoughts fill my head about Triple XXX Root Beer.  First off the carbonation levels are higher than I expected, but not so much that the somewhat creamy mouth feel is completely lost although it’s walking a fine line.  Secondly, the root beer flavor is unoffending.  It’s not amazingly powerful nor is it weak and watery nor is it filled with numerous spices and flavors.  In fact with each sip I take I’m realizing how “normal” this root beer is.  There’s nothing really about Triple XXX that sets itself apart from other root beers, unless you count the fact that it could be the root beer baseline.  Fortunately there is a bit of caramel taste at the end of each sip which pleasantly lingers in my mouth.  This “Grand Finale of Flavor” if you will, is the highlight of Triple XXX Root Beer.  Personally I like IBC Root Beer better even if it is sweetened with HFCS, but then again I have a bias towards IBC that delves into the world of nostalgia.

Now for the sentence that makes the previous three paragraphs pointless.  Triple XXX Root Beer has no obviously faults or victories in terms of root beer taste and aside from a pleasant caramel finish just doesn’t make itself that memorable.

Verdict – Buy a Bottle

~A

This beverage supplied to us by The Dublin Bottling Works.

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