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Root beer reviews: Rat Bastard

Rat Bastard Root Beer is a dull, lifeless brew that buzzes with the tasteless annoyance of a mosquito in a bug zapper. It needs to be gulped for the taste to have any sustain, but even that victory is short-lived. “Rat Bastard?” More like … well, no, it’s exactly like “rat bastard.”

Sampling date: August 13, 2012

Ingredients: Carbonated water, cane sugar, molasses, citric acid, caramel color, caffeine, natural and artificial flavors, herbal blend (American, Siberian and Korean ginseng, jasmine , clove, dong quai – angelica, skullcap (Mud Dog weed); African Capsicum, ginko bilboa; gotu kola; goldenseal, echinacea, reishi and shitake and cordyceps), sodium benzoate

Nutritional information: 12-ounce serving, 190 calories, 0 grams fat, 40 grams sugar, 65 milligrams sodium, 0 grams protein

Headquarters: Gardena, California

Rankings to date:
1) Route 66 Root Beer
2) Bulldog Root Beer
3) Capt’n Eli’s Root Beer
4) River City Root Beer
5) Cool Mountain Root Beer
6) Rat Bastard Root Beer 


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  1. Anonymous

    Mosquito in a bug zapper is music to my years.  Guess I should try this stuff.

  2. Anonymous

    I’m going to start requesting beer reviews. You shouldn’t waste “dull, lifeless brew that buzzes with the tasteless annoyance of a
    mosquito in a bug zapper” on root beer, Jon. Good work though.

  3. I actually tried this for the first time last week. It’s like watered-down Barqs.

    Really getting into Birch beer lately, though. Tends to have a more consistent range, if less variety across brands.

  4. New post up top. 

  5. But tell us how you really feel…

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