I can't help wondering why the brand of root beer would matter in a float. The ice cream is going to change the flavor anyway. It's like choosing a tonic based on its flavor when you're going to be pouring rum into it.
After thinking about this for a couple days, I still don't understand this post. It's like saying it doesn't matter what vermouth you use in a martini because the gin (or vodka) will mask it anyway. It's an absurd statement to say that because the flavors mix, that it doesn't matter about the components. It's also not like vanilla ice cream is an overpowering flavor. I do realize that with the mixing, different flavors come out, which is why I asked about which ones make the best floats (as this might be different from the ones that are best alone). But to say that it doesn't matter just doesn't work for me. If you can't tell the difference, that's your cross to bear.
As far as the taste test goes, I'm going to do two rounds. I will be taking samples of all of the ones I can buy locally and testing them with a group of my friends. For the second round, I will take the top three and pit them against homemade root beer. For the homemade root beer, I will be using Zatarian's and McCormick concentrates, and the recipe recommended for floats in Homemade Root Beer, Soda and Pop
by Stephen Cresswell.
post edited by Midnights - 2013/11/02 15:50:43