Carl’s BBQ Root Beer

Bottle and Label: Brown bottle with a label that prominently features the Texas flag

Ingredients: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, and sodium benzoate (preservative)

Smell: Strong licorice and wintergreen smells from the bottle. After being poured these two smells remain dominant but are a bit weaker

Carbonation: A pretty high level of carbonation on this brew. It has a good bite and a strong enough flavor that the even the high carbonation can’t mask it

Color: Dark brown

Head: Very short head but long lasting and quite foamy

Flavor: This tastes like a mainstream root beer done just a little better. The wintergreen and licorice are the strongest flavors and they need to be strong because otherwise they’d be hard to taste over the carbonation. No offensive aftertaste. Stout, unoffensive, and overall pretty good

Conclusion: Carl’s BBQ Old Fashioned Root Beet is a pretty good root beer. It is a little better than average in terms of flavor but don’t let that dissuade you from trying it if you are ever in Cypress, TX. I was not personally there but a friend picked up a bottle of the brew for me. I can’t speak for their food, but their root beer is tasty. The strong carbonation and flavor would probably go good with a plate of ribs. So this one comes in just a hair above average.

RBR’s grade- C+

Note- I usually let my wife finish the last bit of root beer when I’m done reviewing it. She really liked this one. She said it reminded her of Thomas Kemper Root Beer on tap. Take that as a valuable second opinion when you are considering this root beer


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