According to my research, this is a major commercial root beer created in 1979 by Coca-Cola. I though, why introduce a root beer when there was Hire's, A&W, Mug, Dad's, Barq's, Shasta, Faygo, Nesbitt's and various store brand knock-offs available. I assume it was market share grab Coca-Cola already had Dad’s. It was a memorable advertisement from my younger days with a young Sarah Jessica Parker. I am not sure I ever consumed it, but must have, as I always loved Root Beer.
It was limited production after Coca-Cola purchased Barq’s Root Beer in 1995 with some saying it was out of production for over a decade and was recently reintroduced into the market (this year – 2015).
One thing I noted is it has Quillaia Extract in the ingredients. What is Quillaia Extract? After significant reading, it is a foaming agent! An artificial ingredient to make foam in a drink. I thought that was reserved for detergents?
Now for the official root beer review. (Click here for information on the rating criteria and a table of all the root beer tested or to be tested.)
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, Potassium benzoate, natural and artificial flavors, gum Acacia, Quillaia Extract, and Phosphoric Acid
Nutrition (from the bottle)
0 mg Sodium
39g Sugar (14%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine
Aroma and Flavor – 1.8 out of 3 mugs
Upon the twist of the cap, it was just a root beer aroma. At the first taste, I knew I was drinking root beer, although it had a slight medicine taste. There was no vanilla. It seems to have a slight sarsaparilla taste, yet it was very artificial taste.
Head – 2.5 out of 3 mugs
This was so foamy, it was past ridiculous. You need to be cautious when pouring! It was the most significant I have ever seen, but it was foam, not bubble style foam, but thick foam, like the thickest Afro one could imagine. I guess I should not be surprised as it has Quillaia Extract, which is intended to create foam! It received a lower score as the foam impacted the enjoyment. If I did like the advertisement and guzzled this, it may not matter!
Zip – 1.5 out of 3 mugs
The beverage is uneventful. Then I found nothing that gave me a solid sensation of enjoyment yet nothing to stop me from wanting another sip.
Post Consumption Impression – 1.7 out of 3 mugs
This was an odd review to complete as I could see loving this like no other or hating it like no other. It really depends on how I drink the beverage.
Would I recommend this at 7.5 out of 12 mugs?
I am not sure what the huge push to bring the beverage back was, unless it was to guzzle and move on to the next task at hand. I would love this is I was really thirsty and wanted a quick sugar drink. I think in the middle of an ultra-marathon it would do the trick. Otherwise, I would look for another option, yet would not turn this beverage down.