Saturday, June 30, 2012

Thomas Kemper Root Beer: Wild Mountain Honey

Not sure why.... but every time I pop-a-top of Thomas Kemper I immediately begin to softly hum the Steve Miller song "Wild Mountain Honey"....
It could be their bottle cap that displays a wild honey bee...
It could be the fact that Thomas Kemper proudly states that they sweeten their brew with honey...
Or.... it could be because ever swig is like taking a bite out of some wild mountain honey comb that has been soaked over night in a perfect mixture of sassafras and vanilla...... which makes me happy.... and Steve Miller songs always make me happy.

My awesome wife grabbed this bottle for me while visiting "Barrels-O-Candy" in Virginia City, NV (a future post will talk more about this awesome place) and although I have had Kemper Brew on many occasions I decided this bottle would be saved for a review.

It just so happened that I planned on heading to the mountains for some camping and knew this would be the perfect setting for this wild root beer.  I chilled it over night in a small mountain stream that is only fed by melting snow...... this is the way Thomas Kemper was meant to be chilled....

As the day began to warm the time had quickly arrived, the top was popped, the brew gave off a deep rich aroma of honey and root beer.... yes the honey was distinct from the root beer..... it is a very sweet brew but this is offset by the very stout approach Thomas Kemper has taken with the strong sassafras flavor..... the diluted honey remains but ultimately leaving only the unique honey flavor without the sweetness.... the vanilla serves as more of a chaser, very present, but no more prevalent than a caboose on a long train.... the vanilla simply pushes the root beer through the winding stream of your taste buds... similar to a winding mountain stream rolling smoothly through the rocks and trees.....  

This brew would fall within the stout category in my book, not a very heavy stout, but stout none the less.   The head was heavy, thick, long lasting, perfect for frosty mug drinking, but also good straight out the bottle......

This is a great root beer!!!!  I am not partial to honey sweetened brew.... I could take or leave it usually, I am cool with HFCS, cane sugar, stevia, whatever so long as it tastes good...... but there are a few brewers who harness the natural sweetness in honey to produce a serious root beer flavor.... Thomas Kemper is among the best at working this magic!!   4.5 Frosty Mugs
-Adam


check out Thomas Kemper at www.tksoda.com

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