Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dang! That's Good butterscotch root beer

Background information: (from the website) "Imperial Flavors is a family owned and operated business that has been involved in the beverage industry for over 45 years.  Customer satisfaction is our guarantee and your success is very important to us.  Our success is a result of our ability to produce high quality products with the finest ingredients at a fair price.  Whether a fashionable Four – Star restaurant or the local neighborhood tavern we consider each customer a friend."

Product details: 12 fl. oz.  Manufactured by Imperial Flavors Beverage Company Inc., Milwaukee, WI 53218.  180 calories, 46g sugar.  Glass bottle with twist off top.

Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, citric acid, and sodium benzoate (preserves freshness).

My thoughts: Whew!  What a powerful minty smell it has!  This precursor doesn't look good, as too much mint overwhelms the flavor.  Throwing back a swig confirms my suspicions: in fact, it tastes more like a wintergreen soda then it does a root beer.  Not good.  The aftertaste is likewise extremely minty, though a little more root beer shows through.  The butterscotch becomes more apparent as an after-aftertaste, but is very subdued.  The carbonation is nicely balanced, but the sugar is a bit too much, leaving a syrupy coating in my throat.  I had been looking forward to a nice butterscotch root beer and was left sorely disappointed.  Dang! That's [not] Good.

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

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