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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This brew has a recipe change every year. You never know what it may be, you'll just have to wait and see. It will always be a nice winter treat coming in above 8.5% ABV and never spiced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chinreallyfat (21) - Chula Vista, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Having consummed this several times at bars in the SF bay area, I miss it around XMAS. The skull and crossbones wearing a Sant Claus hat always put me in a jolly mood. One of Rodgers best at the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2163) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Another winner form these guys IMHO. I would really like to get my hands on some of their other brews, ’cause between this beer and the Expedition, I am sold. Poured quite dark with a very dark head. Strong malt in the nose and the perfect burned qualities on the tongue as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrDick (346) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004
(on tap for strong beer month ’04 in san francisco) Sweet bubblegum aroma from the dark brown pour. This year was made to resemble a scottish wee heavy, but it’s closer to a barleywine. Lots of spices and sweet flavors balanced with malts. This was tasted very young (4 months old), so I’ll have to re-rate once I drink the bottle in my fridge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Black color with a tan head & small lacing. Notes of fig, raisin, plum and roast in the nose. Smokey flavor with sweet apple pie. Finishes thick and warm. Balanced and tasty, seems like there is spices but there’s not. Good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Dark mahogany with an off white almost tannish head with big spotty lace. Big malt aromas. Caramel, brown sugar, spicy hops. Roast malts. Figs. Flavors have just a hint of coffee. Caramel and roast malts. Fruits. Maybe raisins. Maybe fig. Sweet and cloying palate, sticky body and a bitter alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6797) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Bottle. Deep mahogony color with no head. Sweet malt aroma. Malt flavors with toffee, brown sugar, slight spiciness, a little fruit and a hint of bitterness. Good overall mouthfeel - nice and full. A little alcohol warming at the end, but otherwise hidden nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Real rich and creamy dark brew here. Head on top is also rich, creamy, dark and fully lasting. Aroma is very sweet, brown sugar, and malty, alcohol is apparent. Alcohol stood out a bit too strong on this one, in my humble opinion. Could have been a bit more balanced. 11/30/2004: I tried this beer again on tap at the Hopyard with some hot wings. This time the beer was an IIPA. The wings were really spicy they went great with this high hop, high alcohol brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
2004 Version Scotch Ale. Medium brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied scotch ale. Malts are malty, chocolately and fairly sweet. Lots of bourbon flavors as well. Hops are slightly spicy. Nicely balanced. Touches of brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2004
RBSG 2004: Clear ruby with a small off-white head. Rich full spicy aroma, starts and ends sweet. Oily texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
sampled at RBSG 04 this pours murky brown with a malty nose. The flavor is sweet. The carbonation was low.

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