Margo’s Bark Root Beer
Sweetener: Evaporated Cane Juice
Bottled at: Los Angeles, California
Purchase Location: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
Margo is a black lab-pit bull mix and “spokesdog” for Margo’s Bark Root Beer. Margo was abandoned in a parking lot in Long Beach, but was rescued and eventually adopted. Some time later, Margo’s seven year old owner, Oscar, made root beer for a school science fair project. The root beer was a hit. Oscar and his family determined to make and sell root beer in order to donate the proceeds to dog shelters and to help dogs less fortunate than Margo.
The label for Margo’s Bark Root Beer is all about Margo. It pictures a profile of Margo’s head, in front of a large shadow profile of Margo’s head. I like the way the name of the root beer, Margo’s Bark, looks to have been scrawled out by seven year old Owen in the corner of the label.
Margo’s Bark is a complex and unique root beer. It has a deep, dark flavor. The mixture of evaporated cane juice, molasses, vanilla, clove, cassia, nutmeg, wintergreen, and yucca extract combine for a smooth drink. None of the flavors stand out strongly, but the molasses is the base for its deep, dark quality. Toward the end of the flavor experience, Margo’s lightens up into a wintergreen finish. I enjoyed Margo Bark’s complexity, and was interested in the flavor combination. However, I tend not to love root beers containing yucca extract. Still, it is worth a try, especially if you want to support dogs down on their luck.
Overall Score: 6 of 10.