Those neck-less brothers are back. After my scathing review of their attempt at an orange juice substitute it seems they went back and reformulated and renamed their brew. I didn’t realize this for many years and passed it by as I went searching for root beers. I was even conversing with someone on the subject of gourmet root beer (which is something I do quite a bit actually), about which ones had a strong vanilla flavor, and they mentioned Barrel Brothers. I told them they were crazy and Barrel Brothers was nasty. One day I took a closer look and realized that they’d added “New” to the label and “Creamy Vanilla” to the name. I dug up my bottle and compared ingredients and nutritional info. They were different. Yay! A new root beer. I quickly ordered some from Beverages Direct and got down to business.
Firstly, this smells rancid. I don’t know why but it does. The Body, however, doesn’t taste like its aroma at all. It has a very mild flavor with lots of rich, creamy vanilla. There’s a hint of something out of place with it. I can’t put my finger on it, but something doesn’t taste right. The Bite is ok from carbonation but no real spices to speak of. It is very smooth, as I prefer. I wish it had a bit of spice tingle to it, though. The Head is perfect. Yup, nothing more to say about that. The Aftertaste is vanilla, lovely vanilla. There’s the slightest hint of that out-of-place flavor but it quickly vanishes and is replaced by that wonderful vanilla.
So this root beer truly lives up to its name. So much so that it seems to be more of a cream soda than a root beer. Though I used to describe a cream soda as a root beer with a lot of extra vanilla so no harm there. It’s quite an improvement over their original root beer for sure, but not quite Seal of Approval stuff. I will agree with my friend though that it is a seriously smooth vanilla concoction. See how it rates against other root beers.