This is the first root beer that I’ve had that warns not to give to children under 1 year of age. I mean, giving babies soda probably isn’t ever a good idea, but this uses pure honey, and so they put the warning on it. I imagine they’ve never boiled it or else the botulism spores would probably be dead right? Wouldn’t the carbonation also take care of the bacteria? Either way, better safe than sorry I suppose. Rollie’s comes from the Mt. Tom Beverage Co. Which is a division of the Paper City Brewing Company. I’d been angling for this one for awhile and they finally came through and sent me a bottle. In addition to that infant sickening honey, they use pure maple syrup and cane sugar to sweeten so I had very high hopes going into this.
The Body has a strong licorice flavor with some maple and honey mixed in. It’s not super sweet and has a dark profile with fruity undertones. There’s not much Bite at all but it isn’t a smooth brew by any means. The Head is nice and tall with good staying power. The Aftertaste is sticky licorice with some hints of maple and vanilla.
This is unique but it’s off, sadly. Maybe it’s there’s some anticipointment from what I was hoping it would be based on what the label boasts, but also it’s not made like a maple-y creamy root beer, but a honey, maple dark root beer which I don’t think quite works. See how it rates against other root beers.