Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 05. Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a small head and high carbonation. An earthy and somewhat herbal aroma with some oak and spice in there as well. Nice light malt profile with lots of spice, phenols, more wood, and a hint of citrus in the end. The high carbonation helps the mouthfeel in this one. Modearelty sweet finish and some hot alcohol in the end.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75 cL bottle from Jeremy!! THANKS!!!!!! It is an orange/amber color with not much of a head and not much lacing. Aroma you ask? WOOD! Lots of woody characters. The flavor? WOOD. Plus some alcohol, vanilla, malt. Not much hop character and it’s somewhat dry. It has English beer characteristics and I’d like some more malt to balance but it’s still an incredible beer. Score a bottle if you can.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 RBSG ’05 - interesting aroma, wood, yeast, brown sugar and latex coming from a cloudy golden brown pour. flavors matched the aromas and were very well put together. the aftertaste was tangy and had a lot of carbonation feel on the tounge. no hint of the abv. maybe i was expecting more, but i wasnt overwhelmed by this.
RERATE: a bottle shared as a christmas gift by Firemoose15, sampled under a much better set of conditions, and in much greater quantity (half a bottle). my original profile is still the same, just much more pronounced flavors and aromas.
fly (1425) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has "woody" been used yet? While I did thoroughly enjoyed this, it did not quite reach the expected heights anticipated by the name nor did it match the beauty of the bottle. Okay, perhaps it was more spectacular than the bottle, but I hate having my sights set so high even when I know the potential for having it all shattered. Back to the beer - the woodiness mentioned definitely mingled pleasantly with all else - caramel and nuts and perhaps figs with an oxidation present that was not detrimental.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange colour, low dissapearing head. Complex aroma of oranges, cognac, cherries, pineneedles, alcohol and wood. Flavour of oranges, wood, marmelade, wood and aalcohol. Thick mouthfeel. Long sweet aftertaste of honey and wood.
zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours orange/amber, with a fairly large head. Aromas are fruit, grapes, malt, sugar, and some yeast. Flavors are fruit, sugar, malt, yeast, and alcohol. Alcohol isn’t hidden in the medium to heavy body. A little bitter at the end. Thanks to footbalm for this one.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Grand Tasting
Particulate yeast suspended amber. Nose of alcohol, mild caramel and ripe grapes. Not very complex, just bloody strong. Finishes smooth but strong, almost like a shot. I’m not one to shy away from strong beers but this seems a bit too unbalanced to me to hold up the flavors.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG2005. Couleur tirant vers l’ambrée parsemée d’une mousse blanche concassée. La mousse est plutôt diminuante mais se renouvelle facilement à la moindre agitation du verre. Arômes de bois, de cire à crayon, d’épices et d’alcool. L’alcool se manifeste davantage en bouche, les flaveurs rappellent celles de raisins noirs ou bleu foncés combiné à celle d’un jeune bois vert. Corps d’épaisseur pleine, carbonatation assez active rempli la bouche de fines bulles. L’alcool nous réchauffe sur son passage.
asheft (2678) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[large bottle at RBSG]
Hazy copper with wispy, marbly top and a thin ring. Butter and curry aroma that fortells of some bitterness. Orange notes and spicy melanoidin malt mixed with corriander. Spicy pumpernickel taste with plenty of residual sweetness and some buttery-ness and a pleasant alcohol flavour. Syrupy thick and warming with moderate carbonation.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is hazy golden yellow with a small white head...smell is fruit and sweet malts with some hints of yeast...alcohol too...taste was thick and syrupy alcohol and raisins...alcoholic finish...I was not impressed by this...good it was, I think it is rated so highly because of its availability...