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