Sunday, June 19, 2016

Empire (#38 - Rated 6.0 out of 12)

When I see the name "Empire" I think of flooring.  All those ridiculous commercials you can never forget.  The catch line "Call 800-588-2300, Empire Today".  But this is a soda, not flooring.

If this has been around since 1930, it still has not made it to mainstream media?  Nothing on the history of this maker could be found on the Internet.  They have a facebook page but really lacks in any information.  It says they are the exclusive distributor for the beverage, made on Rhode Island.  Beverages Direct reads “The Company has been family owned and run since its founding in 1930 and has endeared itself to several generations of Rhode Island residents”.

Ingredients: Natural Artesian Spring Water, Cane Sugar, Natural and Artificial flavors extracts, Citric Acid and Sodium Benzoate.

Nutrition 12 oz serving (from the bottle)

170 Calories
35 mg Sodium.
45g (19%) of Daily Carbohydrates
0 mg Caffeine

Aroma and Flavor – 1.75 out of 3 mugs

The aroma is nice, a little rooty.  This root beer has a very strong and dark flavor.  The Sassafras and licorice dominate with a slight hint of wintergreen.  There are no caramel overtones and some other spices I can’t identify.  The aftertaste is a sticky wintergreen and licorice flavor that lingers for quite some time.

Head – 0.75 out of 3 mugs  

The head was fast and small.  Not much more to say about nothing.

Zip – 1.75 out of 3 mugs  

The beverage has very low carbonation.  This is consistent with the other beverages made from artesian spring water.  The mix of flavors is more odd than pleasing

Post Consumption Impression – 1.75 out of 3 mugs  

While it is not the worse root beer I have enjoyed (trying to be nice), it is far from the best.  .   
Would I recommend this at 6.0 out of 12 mugs?

I would not recommend this root beer to anyone who likes heavy carbonation, vanilla or caramel, as it will be to flat and flavor that are not to you liking.  If you like a woody taste and a slight sense of high quality dirt, this may be for you.

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