Ingredients: Carbonated water, high fructose corn sweetener, natural and artificial flavor, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preservative), citric acid, acacia and quillaia extract
Smell: Strong wintergreen and mild licorice smell from the bottle. After being poured, the smell becomes very mild vanilla coming to the forefront
Carbonation: Low level of carbonation but just enough to avoid a flat mouthfeel. Definitely what I would call a smooth brew in terms of carbonation
Color: Dark amber
Head: Medium head that dissipates very quickly after being poured
Flavor: The flavor is a lot like the smell after being poured: quite mild. There is a slightly medicinal aftertaste but it is not overly strong. The flavor has some honey hints that add to the smoothness and also to the mild flavor as honey flavored root beers (in my experience) tend to have a more mild overall taste
Conclusion: Dorothy’s Isle of Pines Root Beer would be a great brew to try if you like a more mildly flavored beverage. The flavor and the smooth carbonation make this a good one to drink slowly and savor. It won’t be for everyone but the generally solid (if a bit weak) flavor should appeal to many. I’m not a big fan of the aftertaste of this brew but it is not strong enough to keep it from rising to a slightly above average rating for me.
RBR’s grade- C+