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Old 11-01-2008, 12:07 AM   #26
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Okay, so my venture was way more fulfilling than yours, I'm sure!

Today's venture was a canned soda, actually revisiting an old fave of mine that I haven't had in quite some time. Canfield's diet (gasp!) chocolate fudge soda. Rarely do you find the words diet, fudge, and soda in the same title.

Initial impression of the smell: Chocolate cake or something like a hard chocolate candy. It doesn't have that milky smell that accompanies a chocolate bar, definitely much sweeter and syrupy with a slight note of coffee about it. You would imagine it would taste a lot like Hershey's syrup.

The color is gorgeous, first off. It's not a typical brown like cola or root beer. It's thick like a good root beer, but has almost a reddish tint to it, like cocoa powder (imagine that!). It also isn't heavily carbonated, which I find to be a problem with most diet sodas. They can be caustic on the tongue where as this seems to have a very gentle bubble about it and even has a creamy head like root beer.

As far as taste is concerned, this is the best diet soda I've ever had. Hands down. I would actually pick this over a lot of regular sodas, and I HATE artificial sweetener. I think the trick is that they don't try to fight to hide the aspartame, rather they work around it and balance it with other flavors. Cocoa seems to be a great deep balance to aspartame's insanely sweet punch. The aspartame bitterness even seems to taste GOOD in this soda.
It TASTES like old fashioned chocolate soda, but more specifically, like a tootsie roll. It has a rounded out flavor that lingers, but leaves a rather pleasant aftertaste. I imagine this would make an incredible soda float, completely destroying its diet potential. It's still as good as I remember.

All in all, I give it a 4.5/5, if only because I would really like to try a non-diet version.
I remember this drink! But I haven't seen Canfield's sodas in my local stores for years. This is a blast from the past!
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The best diet root beer I've ever run across is diet Stewart's. Normally the flavor of aspartame or sucralose absolutely ruins root beer. But in the case of Stewart's, it seems to work.
I was told not to drink fizzy drink after having my lap band inserted. I miss root beer. I do not miss other carbonated drinks though, never think of them.
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I was not able to drink carbonated drinks until six months after my surgery. Now I can drink carbonated beverages in small amounts, say two or three ounces. A shot glass is about the right size.

It is a myth, by the way, that carbonated drinks will stretch your stomach out. The stomach has two openings, so there is no way for the carbonation to build up enough pressure to actually stretch it.
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I remember this drink! But I haven't seen Canfield's sodas in my local stores for years. This is a blast from the past!
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No we don't have. This is something I will have to look up on the 'net.
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Love this thread! Boylan's is one of my favorite sodas, have you done a review yet?

Okay, something which is hard to find outside of nyc and found really in certain neighborhoods (traditionally Italian strongholds)tri-state area is Manhattan Special, still bottled in Brooklyn since 1895. It's an carbonated expresso beverage, made with cane sugar. It's much better than any bottled Starbucks drink, with a much purer coffee flavor. It certainly gives you a boost.

And how can anyone resist the label below, it fascinated me as a child.
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Love this thread! Boylan's is one of my favorite sodas, have you done a review yet?
Yes I have! Here it is:

Up for consideration is Boylan Bottleworks root beer.

The label is quite plain, but the bottle itself is rather stylish. No mere glass bottle, it has an embossed design on the reverse side, and the label itself (along with the ingredient list) is painted onto the glass. I'm impressed with it and I haven't even opened the bottle yet.

I open the bottle and take a sniff. The aroma is STRONG. This does not bode well, but we shall see.

The flavor is equally strong. A very rooty taste, with strong carbonation. This is not a root beer for the faint of heart. But even with the kick it has, the flavor is not offensive. I worried from the aroma that it would have a bad aftertaste or even taste like medicine. Neither is the case here. Now here is something strange, yucca extract is listed on the ingredient list. That might explain the strong flavor.

Conclusion: Not smooth, not creamy, not sweet. But even with all that going against it, it's not bad. Someone looking for a potent root beer should be quite pleased with it. for Boylan Bottleworks root beer.
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Old 11-01-2008, 09:25 AM   #33
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Dromond, have you had a chance to try/review Fitz's from your neighboring state of MO? I'm not a huge rootbeer fan, but I like their offering just fine. I definitely enjoy the food there.

Also, in a previous post you mentioned something had anise flavoring rather than licorice.. isn't anise the spice that gives licorice its flavor? I love sucking on anise candies because they taste like black licorice to me.
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Fitz's root beer is quite good, I do enjoy it.

Anise and licorice are two different spices, though anise oil is sometimes added to licorice candy for flavor. Interesting fact: people with liver disease should not eat licorice because licorice oil contains a chemical that is hepatotoxic, though a healthy liver can deal with the chemical in reasonable amounts. Anise is not toxic in any way.
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My favorite, dry, not too sweet, really refreshing cream soda.. was discontinued back in the 90s. I've been impatiently waiting for its return:

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I never had Barq's cream soda. In fact, I didn't know Barq's had ever made a cream soda. You've just taught me something.
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I dug out my old review of Fitz's root beer!

A new root beer to try!

This time it's Fitz's Premium root beer. Without further ado...

Time to remove the cap and give it the sniff test. Very pleasant aroma. Reminiscent of vanilla and some sort of fruit that I'm not able to identify. This is a smell that invites drinking.

The first drink: A smooth yet complex taste, including vanilla, wintergreen, and that unidentifiable fruit flavor again. A bit sweet, but the sweetness is welcome as it comes from cane sugar rather than corn syrup. There is no aftertaste to speak off, and the carbonation is rather light.

Conclusion: A good root beer experience. It does not stand out as one of the best root beers, but it definitely has a place in my refrigerator.

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I have the diabetes and find this the most delicious diet pop ever.
I DON'T have the diabetes and find this the most delicious soda ever!
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Up for consideration is Boylan Bottleworks root beer.

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Conclusion: Not smooth, not creamy, not sweet. But even with all that going against it, it's not bad. Someone looking for a potent root beer should be quite pleased with it. for Boylan Bottleworks root beer.
I've tried Boylans Root Beer and Cola and I really, really disliked them. I'm not a soda fan, but I felt they were both too sweet, and totally without the bite I expect from either flavor. Worse, both sodas had an overwhelming sticky "bubblegum" taste that got in the way of what they were supposed to taste like. Rather than feeling refreshed, it felt like my mouth was coated after each sip. IBC has it all over Boylans, in my opinion.
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Okay, something which is hard to find outside of nyc and found really in certain neighborhoods (traditionally Italian strongholds)tri-state area is Manhattan Special, still bottled in Brooklyn since 1895. It's an carbonated expresso beverage, made with cane sugar. It's much better than any bottled Starbucks drink, with a much purer coffee flavor. It certainly gives you a boost.
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I used to live down the street from the factory (It's on Manhattan Avenue, in the ginzo section of Greenpoint). My grandmother always had a bottle in the fridge, as did many Jews of a certain age I grew up around. I hadn't had it in years and saw it in a bodega recently and decided to take a trip down memory lane. I was shocked at how unbelievably sweet it is - now I understand why they sell it in 6 oz. bottles. I don't like super-sweet stuff in general, so maybe I'm not the best guide, but I reckon you can take one of the mini-bottles and cut it by 2/3 with seltzer and have a really, really good drink that won't make your ears pop off. Also I could see doing something alcoholic with this, maybe with vodka. For people who dig soda, it's something unique and worth ordering if you're outside the pale of NYCivilization.
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I dug out my old review of Fitz's root beer!

A new root beer to try!

This time it's Fitz's Premium root beer. Without further ado...

Time to remove the cap and give it the sniff test. Very pleasant aroma. Reminiscent of vanilla and some sort of fruit that I'm not able to identify. This is a smell that invites drinking.

The first drink: A smooth yet complex taste, including vanilla, wintergreen, and that unidentifiable fruit flavor again. A bit sweet, but the sweetness is welcome as it comes from cane sugar rather than corn syrup. There is no aftertaste to speak off, and the carbonation is rather light.

Conclusion: A good root beer experience. It does not stand out as one of the best root beers, but it definitely has a place in my refrigerator.

for Fitz's Premium.
I heard of Fitz's through Chowhounds and had the opportunity to go to the restaurant while driving through St. Louis. I liked the root beer on tap better than the bottle which was good, but a little two dimensional. (Their orange cream soda was excellent) The Black and Bleu burger that I had with the root beer was pretty good also.

Thomas Kemper root beer is my hands down fave.
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Thomas Kemper is a good brand of root beer for sure. My all time favorite is a toss up between Sprecher's and Gray's.
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Well, it's such a common mindset I find from people I have known from NYC. "If you're not in NYC, then you're nowhere!" kind of thing. Yeah.
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Default Best of the Best Root Beers

I used to think A&W root beer was the best, and I think it definitely ranks up there still.

Sprecher's is my favorite bottled root beer and their cream soda is one of my favorites too.

A newcomer to the root beer field that might be able to claim the prize as my favorite isn't available, to the best of my knowledge, in bottles. It's only sold at Culver's. Try it, you'll like it!

Creamy, rich, sweet, and even some tanginess. Excellent! I don't believe it's available in diet form, and I believe I heard it uses sugar cane as its sweetner, rather than corn syrup - that's a plus in my book.

If you're there for a meal, try the dinners, even though they're known for their burgers, and of course don't forget dessert! Their creamy smooth rich frozen custard is special, and I love their turtle sundae with hot fudge, caramel and pecans. Make sure to ask for whipped cream, they don't put it on unless you ask usually.

Dieting is so much fun! NOT. Especially with this kind of temptation so near by.
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Well, it's such a common mindset I find from people I have known from NYC. "If you're not in NYC, then you're nowhere!" kind of thing. Yeah.
Oops, yeah, I see what you mean, but it wasn't what I meant. My point was strictly that Manhattan Special is an NYC metro thing. You can find the stuff in delis in NYC suburbs and satellites that would make Wasilla seem like Paris in terms of cultural sophistication, trust me. No one in, say, Patchogue is looking down their noses at anyone.

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Caffeine free diet Pepsi.

Less filling, tastes great! Hands down the best thing ev!
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I have before me a can of IRN BRU, complete with UK compliant packaging. This is obviously an import and not produced locally. The label does not say "high fructose corn syrup" on the ingredient list, but not knowing UK labeling standards I don't know if it would need to. Otherwise it looks fairly typical of a cola.

Okay... this is no cola. I don't know what that smell is, but it's definitely not cola. It smells kinda orangey or kinda peachy. *shrug* I can't place it.

Pouring the drink reveals a peach-like color, no head to speak of, and more of that odd scent. With some trepidation, I take a drink.

It has harsh carbonation, with a flavor that reminds me somewhat of beer. Despite the fruity nose, it doesn't really taste fruity. I have to concede I've never tasted a soft drink like this. The phosphoric aftertaste lingers a long time.

It's strange to my palate. I suppose you'd have to grow up with the drink to truly appreciate it, as it seems like an acquired taste. I wouldn't push it away if someone offered it to me, but I won't be buying any more for myself.

for IRN BRU.
I adore Irn Bru!! Whenever I go to scottish festivals, I buy some. I agree tho, it does have a weird taste.
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