Ingredients: Pure Carbonated Water, cane sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness)
Smell: Strong, mostly medicinal smell from the bottle. When poured the dominant smell is licorice
Carbonation: High level of carbonation gives this brew a pretty hefty bite from the front to the back of the mouth. This is more in line with “mainstream” root beers like A&W than a pretty smooth brew like Weinhard’s
Color: Almost black
Head: Very tall. I couldn’t pour the entire bottle into my frosty mug without stopping. The foam dissipates quickly
Flavor: Strong licorice flavor is definitely dominant here. The high level of carbonation can make it hard to discern other flavors. There is also a persistent medicinal aftertaste that is not particularly enjoyable
Conclusion: Tower Root Beer is a root beer that has a strong smell and a strong flavor. Unfortunately, the flavor also comes with a pretty strong medicinal aftertaste and a large dose of carbonation that makes it impossible to discern any nuances in it. That said, if you like a root beer that could best be described as “robust,” you should probably give this one a shot.
RBR’s Grade- C