Bottle and Label: Boylan Root Beer has a very attractive bottle. It actually has raised lettering on it. I really appreciate the work that went into making the bottle reflect the pride Boylan takes in its beverages.
Ingredients: Carbonated water, cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, natural yucca extract, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness)
Smell: Strong smell from both bottle and mug. The dominant smells are wintergreen and licorice
Carbonation: This brew has a medium-low level of carbonation. In other words, the carbonation is obviously present from the front of the mouth to the back, but it is hardly noticeable at first. Most of the carbonation hits at the back of the mouth.
Color: Dark, amber brown color that is barely transparent when held up to light. Overall, a pleasing color for the brew.
Head: Very tall and long lasting head when poured. This would be a primo root beer float beverage as the head is one of the best I have seen on a root beer.
Flavor: Boylan Root Beer has a very traditional root beer flavor. I suppose the best way to describe the flavor would be heavy or dark. Some brews taste watered down or flat, but Boylan tastes like a root beer from start to finish. There is no bitter aftertasteand the flavor is very pleasing from start to finish. There seems to be just the slightest hint of honey that helps give the brew a smoothness despite the strong flavor.
Conclusion: Boylan Root Beer is a solid brew that should be on your short list if you prefer brews with a strong, traditional flavor. This brew’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness. While I think the flavor is spot on and the carbonation is good, it doesn’t have anything else to help it pull away from the pack. That said, this is a very good brew for you if you are looking for an introduction to gourmet root beer. Starting with something like Virgil’s or Gale’s might be a little off-putting with their slightly less traditional flavors. Boylan, however, would fare well in the hands of a newcomer to gourmet root beer or a veteran. It would also work well as a root beer float brew as the awesome head and strong flavor would be perfect with your favorite brand of vanilla ice cream. If you come across Boylan and you like root beer, it would be hard to go wrong with this brew.
RBR’s Grade- B