Death Valley Root Beer

Bottle and Label: Brown bottle with cream colored label that proclaims this root beer is “A taste of the old west.”

Ingredients: Indian Wells Artisan Spring water, cane sugar, caramel color, natural flavor, real vanilla, and citric acid

Smell: The strongest smell from the bottle is licorice with wintergreen coming in a close second. After being poured, the licorice becomes even stronger with a medicinal smell also coming through strongly

Carbonation: Low level of carbonation leaves this brew just a bit flat. Not terrible but it could use a bit more

Color: Nearly black

Head: Almost non-existent when being poured. Just a few bubbles and very little foam

Flavor: My first through when I tasted it was, “Cinnamon?” The traditional root beer elements are definitely present but the strangely medicinal cinnamon flavor is dominant. It is not bad but it seems a little over done and the I don’t really notice much of the vanilla mentioned in the ingredients

Conclusion: Death Valley Root Beer is probably not for everyone. That said, it is not terrible and is definitely worth trying. It is not one of my favorites but I appreciate that some might like a more medicinal root beer. Also, if you like beverages with a bit of cinnamon you should give this brew a try

RBR’s grade- C


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