Saranac Root Beer

Saranac Root Beer

Bottle and Label: Dark brown bottle with a nice, maroon colored label. The label around the neck of the bottle gives a brief history of this brew and claims the people from all 50 states and over 100 countries have sung its praises

Ingredients: Filtered Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, and Sodium Benzoate (preserves freshness), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Citric Acid

Smell: Very strong wintergreen smell from the bottle. This remains the dominant smell after the brew is poured

Carbonation: This brew has a high level of carbonation. It is noticeable from the tip of the tongue all the way to the back of the mouth until it is swallowed. That said, the carbonation fits well with the flavor of this brew and does not detract from the enjoyment of it

Color: Dark brown, almost black. The color fits well with the strong flavor

Head: Very short head that does not start to foam up until almost the entire bottle is poured out. However, the head is very long lasting and foamy despite being so short

Flavor:  If I could describe the flavor in one word it would be, “Refreshing!” This brew has a very traditional flavor with just a hint of vanilla. It is also very smooth from start to finish and leaves no bitter aftertaste. It has a stronger flavor than some brews which some might not like if they prefer a milder root beer, but I like it

Conclusion: Saranac Root Beer is the definition of a great summer brew. Served very cold it is extremely refreshing on a hot day and would be the perfect companion to a picnic or other summer get together. The strong flavor means this root beer is one that you can enjoy with other foods. Some weaker brews need to be had by themselves because other foods will completely mask their flavor, not so here. I also believe that just about everyone could enjoy this root beer. The flavor is enjoyable, but not overly complex and is something everyone from the seasoned root beer aficionado to a kid who has never had a root beer could enjoy side by side. Add this brew to your list of root beers to enjoy on a hot summer afternoon

RBR’s Grade- B


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