Bottle and Label: Brown bottle with a long neck. The label is nicely designed and suitably antique looking for a brew that claims to have been around since 1869.
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, gum acacia, citric acid.
Smell: Very strong smell from the bottle with the strongest smell being wintergreen and also hints of licorice. After being poured, I also seemed to smell something a bit like an orange. It’s certainly a different smell, but I like it because it adds some spiciness to the scent.
Carbonation: Medium-low level of carbonation. Just enough to offer a bit of bite and not seem flat. The low carbonation makes it easy to taste the brew instead of trying to taste around a bunch of bubbles.
Color: Pleasing dark brown color that is slightly transparent.
Head: Short head that is very foamy and dissipates quickly.
Flavor: Dr. Brown’s Root Beer has a very traditional flavor with a nice mouthfeel. The thing that makes this brew different is the aftertaste. The best way that I can describe it is like one of those orange slice candies with a bit of wintergreen added in. It is a bit surprising at first but I think it works. It is not overpowering and it leaves you with a nice taste in your mouth. I would argue that it is the best part of this brew since the initial flavor is merely average.
Conclusion: Dr. Brown’s Root Beer is, overall, a good brew. While the initial flavor is merely average, it is still good. The unique aftertaste is what saves this brew from a “C.” The aftertaste is unique among root beers that I have tried and I kept wanting to drink it just for the aftertaste. I think most people would enjoy this brew as the flavor is very traditional and the aftertaste is not over done and quite tasty.
RBR’s Grade- B