River City Root Beer

Bottle and Label: Typical brown bottle with a rather mundane label that would make it hard to pick out on a crowded shelf

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Cane sugar, Caramel Color, Natural Flavor, Quillaia Extract, Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate

Smell: Nice strong smell from the bottle with a good balance of licorice and wintergreen with hints of vanilla

Carbonation: Medium level of carbonation that I didn’t really feel until the back of my mouth. At first I thought this brew was flat, but as I swallowed I felt the bite of the bubbles

Color: Dark brown, almost black

Head: Very short, fizzy head that dissipates quickly after being poured

Flavor:  The strong smell of this brew carries over into the flavor. The dominant flavor is definitely licorice with a smooth vanilla finish. There is no bitter aftertaste and it has a nice mouthfeel.

Conclusion: River City Root Beer is the definition of a solid brew. It’s got a great smell and a strong, unapologetic flavor. It’s only real weaknesses come in the slightly flat initial impression and in the very short head. If you like a brew with a strong flavor you should definitely try and find this one. It would go great with a meal because the flavor is strong enough that you can still enjoy it even if you are eating something else. I also think this would make a good brew to serve at parties because the flavor, while strong should be universally appealing.

RBR’s Grade- B

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