When you think Barq's, you typically think about that root beer with a "bite". It's a root beer that contains caffeine, which is a little different. However, there are actually a couple other products in this product line that is owned by Coke. One of them is Barq's Red Creme Soda (which incidentally, is caffeine-free!)
I haven't seen this around too much in the Chicagoland area, though I know it's possible to obtain. I actually bought my bottle somewhere in South Carolina a few months ago. I don't think the age really mattered in this case. According to that illustrious bastion of knowledge, Wikipedia, "for decades, this was the only other product under the Barq's brand name, long known in New Orleans as Barq's Red Drink."
Well, yes… it is red.
This drink is actually very red. (Red 40, to be exact!) It has a very sweet scent. In fact, it smelled a lot like Jones Soda Cream Soda. Upon first drink… wow, was this stuff sweet! Of course, it also initially tasted like cough syrup. But when you got beyond that, you had this super sweet red syrupy drink in your mouth… followed by a super sweet red syrupy aftertaste. It still wasn't as sweet as Jones clear cream soda entry, however.
The drink itself isn't something very different from other beverages we've tasted. There is no Barq's "bite" here. It's sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. And it has an influx of bubble gum flavoring, sorta like Jones Blue Bubble Gum Soda. The packaging itself is rather boring as well.
I can't say I'm much of a fan of Barq's Red Creme Soda. You aren't missing anything if you not try it. Barq's should stick to root beer!