SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub during RBSG09. Dark brown with a creamy, off-white head. smooth chocolatey, malty aroma. Sweet, dusty, powdery chocolate flavor with almost no hops. Light bodied and a little sticky. This was ok, although a little to sweet, be it for lack of hops or under-attenuation.
IrishBoy (4085) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the pub RBSG Bus Tour! Nose of light coffee and yeast. Clear dark brown with a medium tan head. Flavor had caramel and a hint of molasses.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I sampled this at the brewpub during RBSG 2009.
This is a light bodied, black beer with some very subdued flavors.
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG09 on tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark clear brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is cocoa with some roasted coffee and a hint of caramel. Lots of chocolate malt balls in the flavor along with caramel that melts into a roasty finish with moderate bitterness. Better than expected.
dchmela (3005) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the brew pub. Dark brown pour with a creamy head. Nutty malt, yeast aroma. Taste is smooth dark malt, nutty molasses with a clean finish.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours, you guessed it, ruby-tan! didn’t note the aroma. Tastes of dark rye, quite crisp. Coffee and caramel in the finish. Very light and easy to drink, and I was pleasantly surprised that Bear Republic could actually make a beer this light bodied.
ElGaucho (2387) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at brewpub. Chocolate malt aroma that isn’t that strong. Dark reddish brown with a slightly off-white head. Head is light in color for a beer this dark. Nice lace. Commercial description indicates that the recipe is loosely based on Negra Modelo. I can see that, although Oso Negro is somewhat sweeter with a more discernible hop presence. This is clearly better than Negra Modelo but it probably wouldn’t go as well with Mexican food. Somewhat thin in the finish but still an excellent brew. I’m guessing this is a different beer than their "El Oso" which also has a strain of yeast from the Modelo brewery.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a dark brown-orange color. Aroma was mostly malty chocolate. Sweet on the tongue with chocolate and toasted bread notes. No discernable hop flavor, aroma, or bitterness. A bit watery maybe.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy brown with a fizzy white head. Faint bready aroma. Roasted malty taste with a bready finish.