Cicero Beverage Co. is located in Chicago. My girlfriend is highly excited this is a Certified Women Owned business. I guess that explains why I find little about the history? I find women, unlike men, typically don’t brag about themselves or their success.
They are also the makers of Capone, a beverage that was a rated both high and low in my review. It is a unique beverage. A web search stated after trying to figure out the best tasting root beer, the company stumbled upon the idea of Salted Caramel Root Beer after eating a delicious caramel candy and the rest, as they say, is history.
So it is time for the review. (Click here for information on the rating criteria and a table of all the root beer tested or to be tested.)
Carbonated Water, Sugar, Caramel Color, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Salt (Sodium Chloride), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), and Citric Acid.
Nutrition 12 oz. serving (from the bottle)
130 mg Sodium.
45 g (15%) of Daily Carbohydrates
Aroma and Flavor – 1.5 out of 3 mugs
Immediately upon opening the aroma of caramel was in the air. This is one of the most aromatic beverages I experienced. At first drink, I was turned away by the sweetness. I imagined I just melted a whole batch of caramels and carbonated them followed by a sip. There is a splash of vanilla noted. I also could tell immediately this was a high sodium drink. More than I could handle. Of over 70 brews reviewed, there was only one higher (Sky Valley Organic which rated very low at 3.25 out of 12) and all but three were half the sodium.
Head – 1.0 out of 3 mugs
While there was a head, it was small and uneventful.
Zip – 2.0 out of 3 mugs
Tis scored higher in zip, not because of complexity but for the intense caramel and salt. These should not gain much merit, yet the zip is noted.
Post Consumption Impression – 1.5 out of 3 mugs
The brew is sweet, excessive for my liking. I score this at 1.5 as it has some merit, if you love caramel and salt. Not for me in general.
Would I recommend this at 6.0 out of 12 mugs?
If you want an intense rich caramel dessert, this if a sure hit. If you want to enjoy a beverage with a burger, brat or good conversation, this is a little too much. So depending on your preferences, try it. I find it hard to dislike, but would prefer a 6-ounce bottle.