OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG2005. Couleur cuivrée allant vers l’orangée, moyenne quantité de mousse se renouvellant à souhait. Oranges amères, pamplemousses et résines de houblon faisant allusion aux conifères. Grosse base maltée, malt biscuit, pain au chocolat, caramel et quelques notes de café. Texture pleinement résineuse, corps d’épaisseur moyenne semblant bien atténué, carbonatation douce et bien active. Finale amère, résineuse et quelque peu alcoolique.
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. 2003 vintage. copper-orange body with some yeast floaties. aroma is yeasty, with mild cheese notes, and very faint hop notes. I really like this. flavour is sweet and alcoholic with a fairly large yeast component. some bready notes. alcohol appears in the background but is most enjoyable. tasty.
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 Bottle RBSG05 brought back from my San Diego excursion. Vinous, fruity, sweet plum-like aroma. This is very quaffable and pleasant. Hazy copper/amber color with a yellowish head. Sweet, roasty, malty to start with a mildly bitter finish with more vinousness and bitterness. This is a little hot to finish and a bit hoppy. This needs some time. I remember the samples I had at the brewery being better...(8/5/7/4/15)---RE-RATE. Blind rating at New Year’s Eve Blind Barleywine tasting. 5 ounce sample. Bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Can’t believe I haven’t bothered re-rating this in about 5.5 years. Aroma is nice and vinous with some impressive piney hoppiness. Nice sweetness, and extremely quaffable. Mildly hazy amber body with a large, creamy, off-yellow head. Fantastic lacing. A gorgeous brew. Piney "C" hop flavors to start. It becomes a little more vinous in the middle. A little sweet towards the end. Light booziness. Fairly bitter with nice hoppiness, but a little too much in the way of hops. Needs some time to mellow.
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2005. Orange amber body, small off white head. Resiny hop aroma is sweeter than expected. Bitter, resiny hops in the flavour lack complexity but it remains dangerously drinkable. Medium palate. Bit of a disappointment but only due to high expectations. Briefly lost track of the sample in a small sea of Top 50s in front of me. Panic ensued, followed by relief.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. A little tricky to pour at first, was hard to keep the yeast in the bottom of the bottle. My fault, I was a little too excited to try this beer. Strong taste; alcoholic, with nice mix of flavor. Enjoyed this beer a lot. Will definitely buy again. I would like to age one for a year and see the difference.
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Basket Gourmet in Cincy. Reddish-brown hue with large off-white head. Complex aroma of hops, malt and caramel. Full body with chewy malt texture. Flavor is full with the same complexity as aroma with a medium dry hop finish. This is one of the best.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle came from Axilla. Wow, I loved the malty aroma and found it had a thin head with a wondeful tasty punch of fruit tones, hops, malts and everyone coexists with no one taking centerstage.
I then had the barrel aged version and it was almost nutty with an oak-laden buttery vanilla flavor. The finish on this one from 2002 was very sweet.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alesmith does everything right it seems. Sweet honey notes and a buttery mouthfeel that brings the hops in strong. Pours so nice and gives off a little burst of citrus in the aroma. Great stuff.
Guitarsessions (21) - Crestline, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very good beer. It reminded me of Chimay Special Reserve. It had some fruit notes to it... but what can I say.... good beer.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Very bad first pour (I blame my desire to drink this great beer :)) Pours a dark brown, with a red hue to it. Small vanilla white head. Aroma is very floral, also caramel, citrus and a little vanilla/wood to it. Flavor is wonderful and complex. Sweetness and vanilla hit first, fading into the main body of alcohol, grapes, cherries and just a small ammount of hops. Wow, this is just fantastic. HUGE thanks goes out to Crosling for this one!