I believe this is the 25th root beer reviewed on this blog, and on this special occasion, I grabbed a bottle of Dang! That’s Good Butterscotch root beer. I saw it, and honestly I couldn’t say no. It’s just too strange. I don’t expect that this brew will be the best I’ve ever had. I do expect that this will be a weird, but very interesting treat.
I took a moment to reflect on my first post, and it turns out I am pretty picky, and I’m still an amateur enthusiast. So I guess I found out a little bit more about what I’m looking for. I’ll note that for this review, I don’t like butterscotch very much, but I’ll keep an open mind. Alright! Let’s get into it.
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Dang! That’s Good Butterscotch’s bottle is almost identical to original, except the colors, and a bit of change to the text. It still has that 1960s feel. It’s still rustic. It’s still fairly attractive (especially how nice the cap looks.) I’m not sure there’s much else to say, but it’s enticing. Am I actually looking forward to this?
- Carbonated Water
- Natural and Artificial Flavors
- Caramel Color
- Citric Acid
- And Sodium Benzoate (Preserves Freshness)
Here’s what I wrote in the first article:
Unfortunately, I don’t like to read “Natural and Artificial Flavors.” I’m not looking for your secret recipe or to supplant your business, but I feel entitled to know what I’m consuming. “Natural and Artificial Flavors” is disrespectful. If you really need to hide what these flavors are, I’m already feeling unsteady about your product.
It smells exactly like butterscotch. I detect maybe the smallest hint of root beer, but mostly butterscotch. Oh boy. Well, the taste is pretty much an exact replica of the smell. It’s surprisingly good, but it’s unbelievable just how much butterscotch flavor is there. It’s airy, just like the original, and the carbonation is pretty darn on point. The root beer flavor, if I can even detect it, is very subtle. And in fact, although it’s overwhelming, the butterscotch flavor is somewhat mild. It’s very drinkable.
Over time, the butterscotch variant certainly loses some of its carbonation, but I don’t think it’s been as significant as the original. Or maybe they’ve improved the recipe. It remains light and airy, and it definitely isn’t sticking around; which is wonderful. I think that one of my biggest complaints about butterscotch typically is that the flavor is so powerful and it sticks around so long, that it’s annoying. I don’t think that’s the case here.
If you love butterscotch, and you already like Dang! That’s Good, then you will love this root beer. Drink it fast, and expect sweetness. Why do I like this one so much? I think it’s the underlying root beer that mellows out the strength found in butterscotch. It’s a pretty decent combination, but it is very sweet (despite having less sugar than many other root beers.) I bet this is great with chips. Try out both the original and the butterscotch and let me know what you think!
When I started this blog, I was looking for a staple as my first root beer that I could depend on. Maybe I was wrong when I said that Dang! That’s Good, wasn’t that. I’m not sure. I might have to revisit it. However, you really do appreciate the better root beers after going through so many poor ones.
Rating: ♛♛♛♕♕ – 3/5