Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Virgil's Root Beer
Virgil's is an all natural root beer with no preservatives. The label states that the ingredients have been imported from all corners of the world. Made in Los Angeles, CA by Reed's Inc.
12oz brown glass bottle with an interesting paper label. 160 calories and 42 grams of sugar. Sweetened with unbleached cane sugar & caramelized unrefined cane sugar. Flavorings listed are: anise, licorice, vanilla (bourbon), cinnamon, wintergreen, sweet birch, molasses, nutmeg, pimento berry oil, balsam oil, & oil of cassia.
Fairly dark with a small head that disappears quickly. It's easy to pick out the anise, cinnamon & clove in the aroma. Taste is licorice, vanilla & cinnamon upfront, with notes of wintergreen. There is a bit of a medicinal quality that works well. Carbonation is on the lower side and the mouthfeel is pretty thin.
A pleasant and pretty complex flavor profile. But the thin mouthfeel and low carbonation really brings it down a notch or two.