Monday, October 29, 2012

Dominion root beer

Background information: (from the website) "Our Root Beer grew out of original authentic American recipes found at the Library of Congress & has been perfected through many test batches sampled by our friends. Dominion Root Beer has captured an old-fashioned taste that is full-bodied, rich tasting & aromatic

Made with Pure Honey
No caffeine
No high fructose corn syrup
Available On Tap or In Bottles"

Product details: 12 fl. oz.  Brewed and bottled by Old Dominion Brewing Co.  170 calories, 42g sugar.  Glass bottle with twist off top.

Ingredients: Carbonated Water, Sugar, Honey, Root Beer Extract #214, Root Beer Extract #79-400, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate - a preservative, Yucca, Vanilla.

My thoughts: Smells pungent, sort of like souring root beer mixed with a hint of old gym socks.  Then again, sense of smell has never been a strong suit of mine.  Doesn't really taste any better.  I can't help but wonder if the buck on the label took a piss in the root beer vat.  The flavor quickly dissipates and the ridiculously strong carbonation -besides feeling unpleasantly prickly on my tongue- leaves behind the dreaded soda water taste.  Sweetness is nice and doesn't leave an overly sugary film in my mouth.  Alas, this is not worth drinking and I wouldn't even give it to people that I don't  like.  Save your taste buds and drink something else.  Anything really.  Like battery acid.*  Or drain cleaner.**  Or the stuff in the bottom of the port-a-potty after a sporting event.***

Rating: F
flavor: F
aftertaste: F
sweetness: B
smoothness: D-
carbonation: D
*Please don't really do this.  I was being facetious.
**Seriously, don't do this either.  Really.
***But you should maybe try this out.  However, I'm not liable for anything that happens to you afterward.

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