Review: Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

Review: Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

goslings-ginger-beerThe canonical recipe for the Dark & Stormy cocktail calls for Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Barritts Ginger Beer. The folks at Gosling’s are no fools though — they figure they can horn in on the other half of the D&S equation by making the ginger beer as well. To wit, they’ve spent the last year perfecting their own ginger beer recipe, with a specific eye toward making a companion for Black Seal to be used in this classic mixed drink.

The tagline “a refreshing zip of ginger” is wholly appropriate: This is a classic ginger beer, nicely sweet on first sip then bracing with a hefty dose of fresh ginger flavor. The bite is moderate to strong but fades quickly. It really is just right: Several steps above a regular ginger ale, but not overpowering like too many ginger beer brands which are busy trying to impress you with how much ginger root they can cram into the bottle. Carbonation level is spot-on, too.

Just now trickling onto the market. Give it a try if you find it — available exclusively in 12-oz. cans.

A / $40 per 24 pack of 12 oz cans / [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]

Gosling's Stormy Ginger Beer




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  1. Whiskey River on May 30, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Tried my first dark and stormy a couple of years back … Gosling’s rum is pretty solid.

  2. B.E. Earl on May 31, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    If it is easier to find than Barritt’s then it will be a welcome addition.

    There is only one distributor nearby that sells Barritt’s. But as long as they carry it, it will be my ginger beer of choice.

  3. Rum Runner on June 29, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Gosling has entered into an agreement with Polar Beverages of Massachusetts, USA to produce their new label ginger beer. I’m not privy to the reason that Gosling dropped Barritts, but Polar will have a strong distribution line in North East USA at least.

  4. Robert Burr on June 29, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Barritt’s is now available in bottles as well as cans. D&G (makers of Red Stripe Beer) Old Jamaica Ginger Beer is also very good. Regatta Ginger Beer is popular. Reed’s is available in several variations of sweetness and heat, including Reed’s Extra with plenty of heat. Blue Sky’s Jamaican Ginger Ale is popular in Miami. Stewart’s has more kick.

  5. S Minors on July 4, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I have not tried the new Stormy Ginger Beer, but it sounds like the Original Metro Stone Ginger Beer. Metro and Barritts were competing Ginger Beers. Metro had more Bite (Ginger taste) to it and Barritts was milder and sweeter. Metro’s Ginger Beer was the best for D&S, but was not widely available outside of Bermuda. Barritts bought out Metro, and added the “stone ground” to its label. Hopefully the Stormy Ginger Beer will be as widely available as Black Seal Rum is available now.

  6. Tintin on July 8, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I found the Goslings GB last night. It has a ‘dusty’ taste that I do not like but am fond of it’s spice kick. Maybe it needs to be blended with some Barritts? Either way, I’m looking forward to some taste testing.

    About a year and half ago I spoke to Bruce Barritt on the phone. He answered it when I called looking for Barritts. He told me they had left the guy they had been using (he now makes Regatta) and went with a maker outta Jacksonville, FL. That may have prompted Goslings to go looking.

    For a Barritts / Regatta comparison go here:

  7. Graham Gosling on July 11, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Are where exactly can I get this in Ireland?

    My favourite drink with my name on it – it must be fate!

  8. Baygirl on November 17, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    We have been to Bermuda 7 times and love making and drinking Dark & Stormy’s. We usually use Barritts (which we stock up on every time we go). I recently found Goslings rendition of ginger beer in the USA. I personally don’t like it as much as the Barritts; the ginger is too overpowering. The Barritts is more subtle.

  9. stan on January 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

    try Regatta – most people like it better than the Barritts we used to make.

  10. Gryphonisle on May 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Goslings makes a good transitional ginger beer for those wanting to move up from ginger ale–it has a fairly dry ginger-forward flavor encased in enough high fructose corn syrup that it dulls in perception after the first few swigs. It would be a nice beverage for the flavor-shy folks who like to seem adventurous none the less. For my money, the gold standard of ginger beers is still Fentimans, followed at a distant second by Bundaberg.

  11. Louis de G on July 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I noticed Goslings Ginger Beer in the case at a local lunch place. I almost tried it but in spite of the can saying “All Natural Ingredients” the second ingredient was high fructose corn syrup. Having no desire to gain weight or increase my cancer risk I didn’t buy any.

  12. erica dreisbach on August 5, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Looking forward to trying this out! Haven’t seen it here in New York in any of the stores that typically distribute Polar, though.

  13. tstonedvr on November 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    My first DS was say five or six years ago and up untill last year I couldn’t find the Black Seal, found it then no ginger beer, found some Bundaberg and liked the mix… then had a DS in Nawlins made with the Goslings brand, it was ok but just didn’t have the zip the Bundaberg did….just ordered a case of Barritts so will see how that pans out…a lotta work for a mixed drink but what a drink :)

  14. [email protected] on March 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Where can I purchase Gosling’s Ginger Beer in Canada

  15. [email protected] on March 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Where can I buy in Ontario Canada

  16. Cangey on May 14, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Why on earth does it have to be this sweet? 47 grams of sugar (high fructose corn syrup)? And it’s going into rum, not steel cut gruel. Why can’t they do a natural “diet” version with 30 grams of sugar?

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