Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dr. Brown's root beer

Background information: (from the internet) "Canada Dry Bottling distributes soft drinks and alternative beverages in the five boroughs of New York City including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island as well as Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Westchester County. Canada Dry Bottling is one of the largest beverage manufacturers and distributors serving the New York metropolitan area. Canada Dry Bottling of New York currently distributes national brands such as 7 UP®, Sunkist®, Canada Dry Ginger Ale®, Evian®, Nantucket Nectars®, and Welch’s® to name a few."

(more history can be found here)

Product details: 12 fl. oz.  Bottled under authority of: Canada Dry Bottling Co. of NY, College Point, NY 11356 800-486-2379.  170 calories, 42g sugar.  Glass bottle with twist off top.

Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors, gum acacia, citric acid.

My thoughts: Great Scott!  That's some thin root beer!  The initial flavor is nice and crisp, but quickly fades away, leaving a vague soda water flavor behind.  Blech.  They should have called it "Biff's root beer", as his character is more befitting of this lackluster beverage.  I think it might be carbonated fine, but relative to the low strength of the aftertaste it becomes overpowering once the root beer isn't there to cover up the soda water taste.  Smoothness is more George McFly than it is Marty; that is, not very smooth at all.  If only I could source some plutonium from some Libyan nationalists, then I could take my DeLorean up to 88, go back in time, and warn myself that Dr. Brown is nowhere near as amazing as Dr. Emmett Brown, saving myself the trouble of consuming this beverage.

Rating: D
flavor: C-
aftertaste: D-
sweetness: B
smoothness: D
carbonation: B

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