Brownie Caramel Cream Root Beer
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Mukilteo, Washington
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
What’s that, another root beer revived from Orca Beverage Soda Works? You better believe it. This time, Orca has revived Brownie Caramel Cream Root Beer, a soda originally produced in 1929. Without a definitive source on the issue, my internet searches indicate that Brownie was initially bottled by Atlas Bottling. I could not find any information about when Brownie was discontinued, but if the current Brownie label is the one that was in use when the drink was discontinued, I would guess it occurred quite a while ago.
Brownie sports a very retro label. It has the red, white, and blue circle that served as the old Pepsi logo, but in a slight oval. At the top of that circle, the bust of a crosseyed sprite peers out over the word “Brownie.” Orca’s website references the sprite noting, “With a Sprite on the label, its’ [sic] easy to see how this mischievous and delicious blend of root beer & caramel came about.” So, either this sprite (named Brownie?) invented this root beer and caramel blend, or the mischevious sprite is merely a symbol of the mischevious blend that is Brownie Caramel Cream Root Beer. Either way, this is the first time I have considered that a root beer could be mischevious.
Mischevious or not, Brownie and its caramel cream make for a distinguishable root beer. I am a staunch supporter of caramel. I find it to be part of the upper echelon of dessert flavors. The caramel cream in Brownie has something of a cream soda taste. However, it is a darker, richer creamy flavor, without the vanilla overtones you expect in a cream soda. The caramel itself has a toffee tinge. Brownie was good, but not great. I am not quite sure why I did not love Brownie. I mean, it combines root beer with caramel. Both flavors were good and there was nothing off-putting about the soda, but I just can’t say it was better than good. I do, however, applaud Orca for making a caramel cream root beer. A caramel cream root beer certainly needs to be available on the market. I do also recommend that caramel lovers give this root beer a try.
Overall Score: 7 of 10.