Whenever I review a beverage with a particularly lengthy name I always make mention of it. Today will be no different as I review Cicero Beverage Company’s Salted Caramel Root Beer which will from hereon be called CBCSCRB which will from here on be called SCRB or Scrub. Now I don’t mean to be a Creep, but I just don’t feel like typing all that out over and over again. Scrub’s label has that “burnt western paper” look to it, but also includes a picture of a fully realized city on it. Kind of a mixed message if you ask me, but you didn’t. This fully realized city has a river of caramel running through it which eventually flows out onto the singed western paper.
Now it seems to me that salted caramel is seeing a rise in popularity. Hands Up if you’ve noticed this too. I’ve personally seen it in a few different food locations with my favorite being salted caramel peanuts. If you haven’t tried said peanuts you need to. This peanut experience has taught me that I enjoy salted caramel. Coupled with the fact that I enjoy root beer tells me I should also enjoy Scrub.
Looking at the ingredients I see that Scrub is sweetened with sugar and also has a bit of salt in it as well. Seeing salt makes me think three things. That’s Crazy. That’s Sexy. That’s Cool. Crazy because who puts salt in a soda. Sexy because they put salt in a soda and that shows they’re willing to take risks. Cool because...well mostly the same reasons for Sexy. Enough Girl Talk, let me just open this already while it’s still Chilli.
The aroma received isn’t all that strong a smell. I had to sharply inhale to even get the root beer scent to register. Waaaaay in the back of the club you can kind of see Salted Caramel through all the smoke. At least I think that’s him. Perhaps I’d better take a close look.
Wow, Scrub has an incredibly light mouth feel. That’s insane how foamy each sip is. It’s not to the point of being Unpretty, but it’s a little off putting. What’s odd is that the beverage doesn’t create much of a head within the bottle.
As for the salted caramel taste, well it’s very light and I’m somewhat disappointed in that. I’d rather the disgusting in your face (literally) taste of an overly done salted caramel than something so subtle it hardly even registers. Now as you know, I Ain’t too Proud to Beg so PLEASE someone make a salted caramel root beer where the salt just walks in with a swagger and sits on your tongue daring you to not like it. I would send so much Fanmail if someone could pull that off.
Even with that complaint, Scrub still tastes pretty dang good. The root beer that’s used is a solid foundation on what could have been a knock it out of the park kind of drink. Here is where the incredibly foamy mouth feel helps set it apart from other root beers. Even though it does a great job at being a root beer I will lower the ranking some because I don’t believe the listed taste is represented well enough in the product.
So, what is a Scrub. A Scrub is a soda that gets some love from me...due to the reasons listed above. Should you pick up a pack? Only if you find it during some Red Light Special. Personally I think you’d be fine… (elipses for suspense)
Verdict - Buy a Bottle
This soda was purchased at World Market