boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crimson highlights are barley visible underneath the murky dark amber body. A thin head forms and recedes quickly, fully. The aroma has tons of caramel, but in a surprise twist it also spews forth notes aplenty of vanilla. Plenty of aromatic hops, decently masked alcohol and ample toastiness, along with light molasses. The flavor is lightly to mildly bitter, moderately astringent, medium sweet and preety nice overall. The finish somewhat bitter and medium in duration. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium-full bodied and sticky. Very low carbonation throughout allows easy focus on different subtleties. A great barbeque barleywine, from experience.
tennisjoel (1299) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 > RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting
Sharp alcoholic bite to this one. Red body with little to no head. Some medium bitterness with the hops but this seems a little unbalanced.
Nuffield (3953) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, light amber; big-form bubbles. Vanilla aroma, hops, more balance than in some comparison barleywines. Oily smooth going into my mouth but a bit astringent once it gets there and...thereís something ugly in the finish (I canít identify what).
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 2007: Bottle: Poured copper with a light tan head. Aroma, fruit, caramle, molasses. Flavor, spicy, caramel, some sweetness, with a good helping of fruits, some nice bitter hops on the finish. Very nice beer.
yespr (38511) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG07. From 32 oz. Bottle. Pours amber with a nice orange head. Aroma very floral and grapefruit. Slight malt sweetness presence. Flavour is sweet, fruity, not really raisins but close. Perfect blend. Long hoppy sweet finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Clear dark copper body with a small off-white head. Sweet piney hops aroma with some caramel. Sweet citrus and pine flavor with a very sweet caramel background.
holdenn (2101) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 L bottle thanks to drewbeerme. Pours an orange red with a thin white head. Nose is carmelly sweet and fruity. The flavor matches with lots of brown sugar, carmel, toffee, and red fruit. This is really sweet when its cold as it warms the darker flavors attempt to counteract the sweetness tar, charred and roasted flavors try to balance off the sweetness but the sugar and syrup is a little too much for me.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1L bottle. thanks to kmweaver for this. awesome label and name! pours dense dark orange with the thinest of off white heads, the bottle made no popping sound. nose of sweet plums, cotton candy. flavors are sweet, cotton candy, brown sugar, sweet plums, slight tar and tobacco in the finish. the finish is brillant and makes this beer something special. it actually balances the sweet notes and makes this something to be respected. alc is very well hidden, iím amazed itís 12.2%. the carbonation is extremely low but it works real well. hardly any hop notes. iíd love to age this 1-4 years, but itís awesome now. delicate, complex, and balanced.
DragonStout (1409) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanx to beachbum for this brew.Pours a nice amber color with a small head.Aroma is sweet.Full onslaught of brow sugar and molasses sweetness here.Finish was a little on the hop side.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy DragonStout, in large flip-top bottle. Amber color with a broken sopay head. Slightly honeyed aroma but a significant hop presence is detected. Mild dark pit fruit also. Sweet caramel tastes, alcohol, spice as well. Accomodating palate. A bit of sharpness in the finish. A unique and well-balanced barley wine. More please.