Friday, July 29, 2016

Deadworld Slow Decay vanilla root beer

Background information: (from the website) "Our premium beverage offerings provide great flavor by using all-natural blends of ingredients and are completely free of artificial substitutes.

Deadworld Zombie Soda is a premium beverage line conceived, marketed and sold by Caprice Brands LLC based in Livonia Michigan. The premium bottled drinks are manufactured by Intrastate Distributors located in Detroit Michigan. Intrastate Distributors is one of Michigan's largest beverage bottlers with brands such as Frostie Root Beer and Towne Club.

Currently the Deadworld Zombie Soda beverages are available in 12 flavors. What makes the zombie sodas unique is our partnership with various comic book artists who have provided their own creative spin to the bottle labels with depictions of various zombie images. Primarily based on the characters and events that take place in Deadworld comic book universe."

(from the bottle) "All natural flavors for un-natural tastes."

Product details: 12 fl. oz.  Bottled by Intrastate Distributors Inc., 20021 Exeter St., Detroit, MI 48203. 144 calories, 382g sugar.  Glass bottle with twist off top.

Ingredients: Carbonated water, pure cane sugar, caramel color, sodium benzoate (a preservative), citric acid, natural flavor.

My thoughts: Having just recently reviewed Deadworld's regular root beer, I'm curious to see what the "vanilla" version brings to the table. I can tell you one thing (okay, I can tell you many things, but I'll start with this one thing), this is an entirely different taste than their regular root beer. In fact, it hardly tastes like a root beer at all. If I was handed this drink without being told what it was, based on the flavor, I would have said it's a cream soda. No root beer involved. But dang, it's one fine cream soda. Is there some root beer components in there? That's hard to say, as the strong, delicious vanilla flavor overpowers everything else. Complimenting this vanilla is ample amounts of butterscotch. The aftertaste is just more vanilla/butterscotch.

Like it's root beer counterpart, Deadworld absolutely nails the sugar content. A typical bottle runs around 42g of sugar, while this one gets by with 37g and doesn't feel at all like it's lacking for it. This one is also nice and carbonated, with a strong fizz. Like it's rooty counterpart, however, the last bit of the bottle tends to run a little flat. Even though it's probably just as equal in effervescence, somehow the vanilla aspect makes the lack of carbonation towards the end not quite as egregious as it seems on a root beer. And boy, is this a smooth drink. It seems so creamy, the sensation, no doubt, aided by the vanilla taste.

So, how do I rate a root beer that doesn't taste like a root beer? Well, in this case I'm going to rate it high, as I was thoroughly impressed with the drink, with the caveat emptor that this is more a cream soda, and not really a root beer in my book. If you have a hankering for specifically a root beer, look elsewhere. If you enjoy a high quality cream soda, like myself, then you'd be hard pressed to pick up a better example. I'd be curious to try this side by side with Deadworld's cream soda and vanilla cream soda to see what the differences are.

Rating: A
flavor: A
aftertaste: A
sweetness: A+
smoothness: A
carbonation: B

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