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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dominion Root Beer

Who Made This Stuff?           Old Dominion Brewing Co.

Where’d It Come From?       Huck's General Store, Blue Ridge, GA

Review Date:                                 3/1/15

Commentary:  We made a trip up to Blue Ridge, GA a few weekends ago for a long weekend getaway.  While we were strolling around town, we wandered into Huck's General Store and I hit the root beer jackpot.  I picked up 7 new brews that I'd never tried, many of which I'd never even heard of before.  They probably had another 5 or 6 root beers in the cooler that I had already reviewed.  If you're ever in the Blue Ridge area of north GA, be sure to stop in at Huck's to load up on new brews.

When I opened this bottle, I noticed a nice, close-to-traditional root beer scent.  It was not particularly rooty or spicy, but I picked up some vanilla and something else.  That something may have been honey, since the label prominently announces that this brew is made with pure honey.  The pour produced a small head.  The head didn't last long, but it was of the foamy/frothy variety while it lasted.  That's worth a few points right there.

The first sips indicate a decent carbonation level, sort of middle-of-the-road.  There is a small bite in this one.  The bite doesn't last long and it isn't due to the carbonation.  There really aren't many bubbles forming on the sides of the glass, but I do notice the smaller bubbles when I take a few swigs.

This one is creamy, but not too much.  Definitely taste vanilla in there, along with the honey they mentioned.  It's pretty smooth.  The carbonation is hanging around a good while as I work my way through this one.  I don't notice any licorice or wintergreen in there, so it just picked up a couple more bonus points.

I'll even give it another bonus point for the cool label.

Overall, I think this is an okay brew.  I don't think I'd go out of my way to get more, but if offered one I'd readily accept it.  I'd probably serve it to friends, and if I had easy access to more I might buy a few more bottles.

I've given this one a bunch of middle-of-the-road comments, so it should probably get that same kind of score.  I'll give this one a......77

Who else has tried Old Dominion?  What did you think?

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