Saturday, July 31, 2010

Buono Brew Righteous Root Beer

Righteous Root Beer

Brewed and Bottled by:
The Buono Brewery

Front Royal, Virginia

Commercial Description:A full bodied hand crafted old fashion root beer. Please Drink Righteously

General Pricing:12oz bottle, ~ $8.00 6pack

Background:John’s Bier Blog is one year old today. Yes that’s right my first beer review was posted on July 31, 2009. What a better way to celebrate my one year anniversary than to review a very special brew; Buono Brew Righteous Root Beer! Yes I said Root Beer.

A few weeks ago we were visiting family in Front Royal VA. As a summer project my nephews started a home brew root beer brew business. Their father helped design the labels and the business was off and running.

At our last visit a fresh batch of this delicious nectar had just been bottled. We purchased a 6pack and I have been storing it in my bier fridge. I have been waiting for this special occasion to give it a full review.

So lets’ see how the boys from Front Royal brew holds up.

Review:The beer pours a very dark brown almost stout dark with just a hint of ruby hues peeking through the glass. The beer generated a very fairly rich off white to tan head. This brew is highly carbonated and the bubbles of the rich head are growing larger before my eyes. I also may have been a little too aggressive on this pour.

The nose is extremely inviting with sweet dark roasted root beer aromas. There are also notes of caramel, toasted nuts, and I am also getting something sweet and spicy like vanilla and cinnamon. If I didn’t know better I would also say Belgian candi sugar and dark fruit esters are also present. This must be from the unique strain of yeast used at the Front Royal brewery.

Let’s dive into this.

There is a nice roasted malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue then a very pleasant effervescence over the tongue in mid-sip. Before you get to the back-end there is the most wonderful creamy mouthfeel to this brew. I suspect that is from the rich head on this brew. The back-end is wonderfully smooth and easy to drink. There is also a good amount of carbonation in the back end that masks some of the flavors. The finish is exquisite; all of these wonderful flavors from the nose finally come out in the finish. There is of course a great old fashion root beer flavor along with notes and esters that you only find in the best Artisan brews. I’m picking up notes of toffee, dark fruit along with a toasted nutty flavor and that special ingredient that I detect as cinnamon. I really can’t put my finer on that unique taste but I can tell you it’s terrific.

What a nice treat. I’m really enjoying this brew.

The head has dissipated to a rich one finger head over the entire top of the beer. The lacing on the side of the glass has just been out astonishing. Usually you see lines where the previous level was left. Not on this glass. It is solid curtain of lace all the way down the back side of the glass.

That rich lasting head has added a unique creaminess to this brew that you don’t usually have in a soda.

I have been so excited about this tasting experience that I neglected to get a starting temperature. I’m assuming that we were about 43 degrees since my beer fridge is calibrated to 40 degrees. We are currently at 62 degrees and getting toward the bottom of the glass.

Boy I hate to see this one end but you know that expression that all good things must come to and end. So must this exquisite tasting experience.

Wow, now I really mean WOW! This brew is really getting better as it warms. It is even creamier than it was cold and there is a much richer malt flavor to it at this warm temperature.

The final sips were around 65 degrees and all I can say is that this was “Good to the last warm drop”.

What a phenomenal brew I’m so glad I got a chance to review such a splendid beer, even if it is a Root Beer.

I’m going for an A on this one. This truly is one Righteous Beer!

I highly recommend brew to anyone that like a good old fashion root beer

This was a wonderful treat. Thank you to all of the Righteous brewers in Front Royal for this wonderful creation. This is truly an Artisan Brew.


  1. Thanks for the review John. I just picked myself up a 6 pack. I am looking forward to root beer floats next friday. Missy