Ingredients: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Quillaja Extract, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate as preservatives
Smell: Strong vanilla smell. This brew has a stronger vanilla smell than any I have encountered to this point. In fact, it is almost like a lighter cream soda smell.
Carbonation: Medium-low level of carbonation makes this brew feel very smooth without coming off flat.
Color: Light, semi-transparent brown
Head: Short head, but very foamy and long lasting. Even after a minute the head had not completely dissipated.
Flavor: Incredibly smooth flavor with the dominant taste being one of vanilla. It definitely has a cream soda vibe in the flavor. This brew leaves no bad aftertaste and offers pleasant flavor from start to finish.
Conclusion: Barrel Brothers Root Beer certainly lives up to the “creamy vanilla” billing on the label. This is one of the most pleasant brews that I have had in a long time. It strays a bit from traditional root beer flavor in favor of a creamier more “cream soda-esque” approach. Thankfully, it does not run so far to the cream soda side that it loses its root beer elements. If you like a brew that is smooth from start to finish or if you are looking for a good brew to compliment ice cream or other deserts, this is one for you. I think just about anyone would like this brew and the smooth vanilla flavor sets it apart from the pack enough for me to award this tasty brew an Editor’s Choice award!
RBR’s Grade- A- (minus) – Editor’s Choice!