Ungstrup (33428) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[2 year old bottle at RBSG 2005] An unclear dark amber beer with a disappearing beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of wood, alcohol, and berries - a really powerful aroma. The flavor is very powerful with notes of alcohol, wood, and berries, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol is so strong, that it burns my stomach. The body is very powerful and it is very well aged.
Oakes (14841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber colour. Hot and malty aroma with light maple syrup and dusty yeastiness. Hot, dusty palate with thick, vaguely defined malts. Too hot and simplistic.
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2003 bottle, RBSG05) Beige head atop a brown body with some residue. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, scotch, prune, smoke, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, scotch, oak. Smoke in the finish and alcohol is always noticeable. Full body.
Lubiere (12383) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark burgundy red brown ale with a thin off white head. A pleasant blend of caramel and maple aroma, alcohol, musty notes. In mouth, a superbly attenuated mix of malts, licorice, treacle, rich and maltey. An intriguing and complex ale. Bottle of Quintessence X at DDC 12th Anniversary, Sept. 11 2010.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... RBSG 2005... This beer rocks!... Clear, copper ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, khaki head. Good retention. Dense, malty aroma with notes of caramel, wood, mandarin orange, alcohol, light smoke, tobacco and dark fruit. The flavor is pretty hot and fairly sweet. Very earthy and fruity and balanced well with generous hopping. Full-bodied and oily with moderate carbonation. Lengthy, warm, sweet, malty finish. World class ale!
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG 2005. Bottle dated Jan 2003 First beer at DDC tasting at RBSG. Dark ruby brown body, a fluffy off white head reaches its peak with a swirl of the glass. Aroma is malty – touch of caramel – with hoppy accents. Rich malty flavour with underlying sugar – brown sugar? – Warming alcohol is subtle yet powerful. Full bodied, smooth, with a slightly dry mildly alcoholic finish. A promising omen of things to come.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 (Fresh, on tap): Parsimoniously, hop pepper vapors contemplate and join the voluptuous, sweet maple alcohol...Harmoniously, fluctuating leafy waves embrace the punctuating peated algae...Hop-dappled herb ripples effortlessly undulate over the rich toasted caramel...An exemplary, experimental marine life thrives within, striving to lead us all into a better world...
(Aged Cask): At this point in its maturing process, this marvel simply begs you to sit down and emit orgasmic noises every sip or so...After a year or so in this cask, the flavors have blended into a unique paragon of creativity and nourishment and has reached, to my tastes, world-class levels...You would not even dream it’s over 10%...
(2-year-old bottle, aged at the brewery): Like most of their bottles, carbonation is stronger than the initial version...So many flavors here, all described above, still thrive in joyous, frenzied, bacchanalia...Alcohol is still present, but the malt sweetness and complexity is so appealing that the heat blends superbly with it...There is nothing else like this out there...
3fourths (8984) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Bottle at DDC during the Summer Gathering. Filmy tan head with a body colored like caramel, with some woody brown and dark red hues at times as well. The nose is straight-up intense, sharp bourbon, along with some light belgian-style yeast notes... and the texture and flavor are wrapped up in an extremely dry, bitter, astringent, acidic (etc) complexity. Not exactly in a way that I like, however. Unsettled tasting, young, woody liquor that seems to burn the tongue or at least numb it. Harsh as anything I’ve had, like liking the inside of an oak barrel. Belgian-like yeast is noted, but definitly muted in my opinion... this is one beer that got carried away with the oak. Not my cup of tea, but I can appreciate it for what it’s worth.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG 2005. 2003 bottle.
Body is hazy dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel), with notes of vanilla, sherry, wood, and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Must say the aroma didn’t win me over that much, but then again I don’t like oxidized scents. Quite underwhelming in the mouth experience too. Either past its prime or just not my thing.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle, served at DDC on 7/9/05: Pours a dark murky brown with a frothy cream-colored head with nice lacing. Aroma of dry Belgian malt and lots of complex oak, earth, and alcohol. Body starts with lots of rich caramel and butterscotch sweetness and a hint of cheesiness and warming oaky alcohol in the finish. Nice complexity and balance, but could hide the alcohol better. This could still use another year or two of aging.