Ingredients: Filtered Water, pure cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate as a preservative
Smell: Weak smell from bottle. Licorice is barely discernible as well as a bit of a fruity smell. The syrupy, fruity smell is only stronger when poured
Carbonation: Medium-low carbonation with a nice balance of bite and smoothness. Overall, a very good mouthfeel
Color: Very dark cherry color
Head: Medium head with a nice bit of foam that dissipates very quickly
Flavor: Because the smell is weak, it takes a moment for any flavor to register. Once a flavor does register, it is almost all aftertaste. There is very little traditional root beer flavor here. There is just an odd medicinal-vanilla flavor and not much else. It’s the medicinal flavor that dominates and makes seem like the aftertaste is the only taste there is
Conclusion: This is one of the strangest tasting root beers I have encountered. It is really like there is no flavor to it other than the aftertaste. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is not enjoyable at all. I don’t hand out the “F” grade very often, but I see little to redeem this brew from its abject failure in the taste department. Unless you like oddly medicinal flavored root beers, I suggest avoiding Cool Mountain Root Beer.
RBR’s Grade- F