I’ve had many different “flavored” root beers. Vanilla root beers, butterscotch root beers, maple root beers, birch, sarsaparilla, honey, caramel, and even cherry root beers. But I’ve not yet had one that calls itself a “brown sugar” root beer. Not that there hasn’t been brown sugar in other root beers I’ve drank before, it’s just no one has ever decided to make that their main selling point. Interestingly, brown sugar isn’t listed on the ingredients, just “pure cane sugar”. This could include brown sugar but it’s kind of odd to not list it separately. Batch is a relatively new soda company. It was established in 2013 with the goal of evoking a connection to authenticity and inspiring the creation of new memories through their soda recipes. They list the batch number on the label, in this case, 714, but I’m not sure if they change that every run. A quick google image search does not reveal any labels with numbers other than 714, but there’s also not many pictures period, so I can’t make a definitive conclusion. Anyways, on to the review.
The Body is mild and generic with fruity overtones and some vanilla. It’s got the kind of fruity that you get if you put too much brown sugar in your oatmeal. There isn’t much Bite and, unfortunately, it isn’t very smooth. The Head is nice and tall with medium staying power, so it’s pretty good. The Aftertaste is more fruity vanilla flavor.
I said it already, but the flavor really reminds me of the times I’ve put ridiculous amounts of brown sugar in my oatmeal and it has an kind of fruity flavor. And you know how I feel about a lot of fruity in my root beer. It’s a shame really, I could have seen this being much better. See how it rates against other root beers.