Two guys dressed in barrels pose for a caricature of themselves. Apparently they loved it so much they decided the picture would look great on a bottle of root beer. These two guys I’m speaking of are the Barrel Brothers, and I will be consuming their soda today. The label gives me no history of Barrel Brothers Root Beer, but it does tell me that this is from the makers of Apple Beer. Apple Beer if you remember had the potential to be amazing, but faltered. Here’s hoping the Barrel Brothers, Mac and Jack (two names I made up), do themselves proud with their product. It’s a HFCS sweetened root beer so it’s not off to a great start in that department, although that doesn’t mean the taste can’t overcome the ingredients.
A pleasant vanilla aroma with a hint of marshmallow rises from the bottle. I’m quickly forgetting I ever saw HFCS on the label at all. Perhaps the taste will completely wash that memory away.
That’s good root beer. That’s really good root beer. The scent translates directly into the taste as each sip is smothered with the smooth sensation of vanilla. The vanilla flavor is so rich that it made me forget I was drinking a root beer for a brief moment. At the end of each sip though the root beer rises from the foamy grave and grasps at the roof of my mouth, biting it with carbonation and a tasty root beer taste. Barrel Brothers Root Beer would pair very well with ice cream as the licorice/wintergreen flavors you might find in other root beers are absent. This is strictly about the vanilla, almost marshmallow, sensations mixed with an already good root beer. It doesn’t build on itself that much which is surprising to me given the richness of it. If I must pick nits about this soda there is a slight chemical taste that arises occasionally, but it’s not enough for me to shoo anyone away. All in all, Barrel Brothers Root Beer is a treat that any root beer enthusiast would enjoy. No, it’s not made from the greatest ingredients, but the flavor more than makes up for it.
Verdict – Buy a Pallet