Wednesday, March 2, 2016

O-Zell root beer float

Background information: Normally, I would include a brief summary of the history behind the drink. But this one, which involves the Disney family (specifically Walt's father) is interesting enough to warrant reading the whole history, which can be found here:

Product details: 12 fl. oz.  The O-Zell Company, Silverlake, CA|Chicago, IL 323-663-7878. 140 calories, 35g sugar.  Glass bottle with twist off top.

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Hawaiian Cane Sugar Blend, Caramel Color, Natural Flavor, and Phosphoric Acid.

My thoughts: Since my last root beer was a "float", I figured I'd follow it up with another float to better compare the two. Kind of makes me want to attend a parade. Speaking of parades, I hate to rain on this one, but this is a completely different experience than the last root beer. Gone is the dominate vanilla. Instead, this root beer exhibits one of my least liked flavor traits, the dreaded sour note. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but I don't know why some of these root beers have a tangy, sour flavor to them. It's not pleasant. This drink isn't particularly rooty, or at least in the sense that one expects from a root beer. I can definitely taste some very natural, plant based flavor, but can't quite put my finger on what it is. It's not bad, but combined with the root beer flavor, it leaves an aftertaste that reminds me of licking the wooden stick in a frozen root beer popsicle: part root beer, part woody -though subtly reminiscent of an apple as well- kind of taste. Weird.

This isn't an overly sweet feeling drink and doesn't seem to leave an egregious sugary coating behind. I like where it's at. Carbonation started out fine, but by halfway through the bottle it had fizzled out, leaving behind only very weak bubbles. It's not particularly smooth or creamy, which is a disappointment.

If I were attending a parade and needed a root beer float to satiate my thirst, alas, this would not be a consideration. Seeing as how the Disney family was originally involved in the company, I would have hoped for a bit more magic in the bottle. It was not meant to be, so I'd have to recommend passing on this one.

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

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