Sunday, August 21, 2016

Dad-Gum-It! butterscotch root beer

Background information: You know what? I couldn't find anything about this root beer on the internet other than a couple other reviews. Perhaps, in a bid to be authentic, this root beer is like the stereotypical shotgun toting redneck and comes out of a double wide trailer in a swamp where they have no internet. Whatever it is, there isn't any info about this on the Rocket Fizz site either, even though they produce it.

Product details: 12 fl. oz.  Bottled by the Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops, LLC. PO Box 3663, Camarillo, CA 93011. 170 calories, 42g sugar.  Glass bottle with twist off top.

Ingredients: Spring water, cane sugar, citric acid, caramel color, gum acacia & natural flavors.

My thoughts: I do like my butterscotch, so how does it mesh with this root beer? Well, unlike the camouflaged, gun toting redneck on the bottle, the butterscotch is very subtle. In fact, if the bottle hadn't said "butterscotch" on it, I may never have guessed it was an attribute. The root beer factor is mediocre, with a moderately rooty flavor that quickly feels a bit thin. The aftertaste has some minty wintergreen to it with a very very slight hint of butterscotch, which I find an odd combination. Part way through the bottle, I felt like perhaps there was just a little bit of black licorice showing through, but extremely subtle.

Maybe it's just the lack of sassafras punch, but the sugar content seems to play just slightly too much of a role, as it's a pinch too sweet for the amount of flavor. It's still pretty decent, but worth noting. Carbonation is nice, with a bit of bite, though the last third of the bottle started to feel weak. It also didn't feel particularly creamy or smooth and could have used a little more froth.

Well, the redneck lifestyle has never particularly appealed to me and neither does this root beer. Really, I feel the same way about both: indifferent. The butterscotch failed to elevate this decidedly mediocre root beer and it had no particularly outstanding traits. There are much better options out there.

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

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