Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer
Sweetener: 100% Cane Sugar
Bottled at: Bristol, Rhode Island
Purchase Location: Total Wine & More
Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer is one of several root beers made under the California company Real soda in Real Bottles, Inc.’s business umbrella. Recognizing that Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer really can’t be Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer unless it is made in Rhode Island, Empire Bottling Works bottles the brew for Real Soda in Bristol, Rhode Island. This “Olde” root beer is made from an old New England recipe. I hope that old New England recipe is in fact an old Rhode Island, New England Recipe, and not a Vermont, New England recipe masquerading as a Rhode Island root beer.
The label for this root beer is as simple and bland as a label can be. The message it coveys is, “We are so Olde that our label was created at a time before people realized there was value in advertising, and in making one’s product look interesting, appealing, or desirable.” The label displays an image of what I believe to be a poorly drawn pitcher, which appears to have a tail, sitting in front of a root beer stained background. Not very enticing, but not at all relevant to the actual taste of the brew.
I expected Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer to have a dark, heavy flavor based on molasses being the headline ingredient. In actual fact, it had quite a light flavor. Two flavors dominate this root beer, wintergreen and molasses. The wintergreen gives the root beer a light, bubbly, and slightly biting air, while the molasses under-girds the wintergreen with a slightly stronger molasses bite. Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer tastes somewhat unique, but is not delicious. I must point out that several other root beer review websites enjoyed this brew much more than I. Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer does have a molasses taste, so if you like wintergreen and molasses, you should give this soda a try.