Bottle and Label: Dark brown bottle with no label and only raised lettering to tell you what it contains. I like this design with the only downside being I have to look at the case to get the ingredients
Ingredients: Carbonated Water,high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preservative), natural and artificial flavors, modified food starch, citric acid
Smell: Strong traditional smell from the bottle with wintergreen and licorice being dominant. The wintergreen becomes even stronger after it is poured. I would say this has the strongest wintergreen smell of any brew I’ve come across thus far
Carbonation: IBC has a higher level of carbonation than most and you can feel it as soon as it hits the tongue. This gives the brew great bite but also masks some of the flavor
Color: Dark brown color
Head: Tall and very foamy. I had to wait for the head to dissipate before I could pour the entire bottle into my frosted mug
Flavor: The strong smell carries over to the flavor. IBC has a stout and very traditional flavor. I notice a lot of licorice in the flavor with some vanilla adding smoothness. It has a very slight medicinal aftertaste that is just enough to be noticeable.
Conclusion: There’s a reason you can find IBC Root Beer all over the place. It’s a brew that’s easy to like. It has a flavor that puts it on the high end of mainstream root beers. It’s definitely better and more refined than an A&W or Barq’s, but it’s not quite good enough to break into the top ranks. That said, it’s a great root beer to enjoy with food or as a float. The strong flavor makes sure that whatever you are eating it with does not overpower the root beer. If you ever need a root beer that will be a sure crowd pleaser, IBC Root Beer should definitely be on your short list.
RBR’s Grade- B