Barq's Famous Olde Tyme Root Beer


Canned under the Authority of Barq's Inc., Atlanta, GA 30301 by a member of the CCE Bottling Group, Atlanta, Georgia 30313
The Pitch:
Famous Olde Tyme Root Beer / Since 1898 / It's Good!
My great-grandfather created the unique flavor of Barq's (pronounced BARKS) back in 1898. It's his secret formula that gives Barq's its famous "bite." Barq's is special to me, and I'd like to know what you think.
Edward "Sonny" Barq IV
Box 1278 Biloxi, MS 39533
The Ingredients:
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sucrose, caramel color, sodium benzoate (to protect taste), citric acid, caffeine, artificial and natural flavors, acacia.
The box:

Spike says:
Starts off good with a nice head...unfortunately it dies rather quickly. Doesn't anyone else understand the joys of a root beer foam mustache other than me? So anyway, nice color - just a shade darker than medium. Not too much carbonation, so that famous Barq's "bite" must come from the spices...a nice change from the burn-your-tongue burp-all-night over-carbonated brands. Still, it's not too harsh. Smooth, yet zippy. Speaking of zippy, this is one of the very few root beers to add caffeine, though only about half the amount found in Coke. (could this be the source of the bite? see below) Do you think they added caffeine back in 1898? Nah...back then it was probably cocaine. It's just as well they don't use cocaine today - I wouldn't be able to afford a single can! Maybe my tastebuds are on the fritz but I can't really identify the spices. I can say this: Barq's is definitely spicier than the other mass-market brews. Good choice out of a vending machine: B-
Spike also says:
Barq's is owned by Coca-Cola (gee...canned in Atlanta...CCE Bottling Group? What company has the initials 'CC' and is found in Atlanta?). According to Coke, Barq's is the number one selling root beer in the U.S. (though other sources say Barq's isn't root beer at all). Also according to Coke, "The caffeine that is added to Coca-Cola classic, diet Coke and the other products in which it is used is for flavor purposes only."


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