Bottle and Label: Pretty uninteresting label. The part that jumps out at me is the “Made with Pure Honey.” I’m always interested in honey sweetened root beers.
Ingredients: Water, sugar, honey, root beer extract #214, root beer extract #79-400, citric acrid, sodium benzoate, yucca, vanilla
Smell: Very strong wintergreen smell from the bottle upon initial opening. This fades a bit and then licorice becomes more pronounced
Carbonation: Medium-low which makes the brew smooth without feeling flat
Color: Nearly black
Head: Very tall, foamy, and long lasting
Flavor: Smooth flavor with honey and vanilla dominating. Hints of wintergreen and licorice provide that traditional root beer aftertaste. This is really a very smooth and delightful tasting beverage
Conclusion: Folks, Dominion Root Beer is delicious. It reminds me of the root beer that introduced me to gourmet root beer: Henry Weinhard’s. Like that brew, Dominion is smooth with strong vanilla and honey flavors. This brew strikes that delicate balance between carbonation, smoothness, and flavor that your typical big name brand can’t match. I’m going to award this root beer an Editor’s Choice award.
RBR’s Grade- A