kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBESG05: Light amber with a beige head. Sweet honey, caramel and toffee nose, with a lovely grapefruit hop note. Great tasty hoppy long flavour, with citrus, candy, toffee, grapefruit and pine. Nice stuff.
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 (Bottle 75 cl) As "Wild Dog". Hazy, dark golden with a small, off-white head. Great aroma hops in the nose. Huge, full body with lots of caramelish sweetness. Some fusty notes. Bitter all right, but not overwhelmingly so. 120805
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. RBESG -05.
Dark brown. Loads of us hops - cascade+centennial? Wonderfully chewy. Bit resiny.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours out dark brown almost red in color. taste is hoppy, very hoppy, and sweet and smooth. this is a really good beer, and im surprised to see this good of a quality beer from these people. they should make this a normal release, because damn i would like another bottle. this is simply amazing beer and easily their best brewed beer.
DanielBrown (4163) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2006 Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. Ruddy amber beer. Smells great: hoppy, with a hint of pepper - delicious. Great flavour: fizzy in the mouth, good no, great hoppiness. Smooth finish. Super resin hops in evidence here. Great stuff.
SDalkoholic (2261) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Autumn 2004 bottle: Big fluffy biege colored head, that is sticky and rocky patches of foam. Beer has a brown hue with orange trim and does appear to have sediment and specs of dust resting through out the liquid. Nose has signs of sweet malt and sugary candy aromas along with a touch of hop. After the first sip, i immediately fell in love with this beer and its strong malt/caramel flavors, and its rich sticky texture. Also, a moderate trace of floral hops decorate the background finish as well as wood chip and dry fruit. Perhaps a hint of vanilla bean in here too. Wish this wasn’t such an expensive pint because i’d buy all of the ones left at the store.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber coloured, white sparkling head. Hoppy, alco nose. alco flavour as well, not too disturbing though. Great hoppiness in flavour. Flowery and sweet finish.
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Ruby coloured with a firm off-white head. Extremely sweet malt aromas mixed with citrusy hop notes. Sweet on the palate with loads of bitterness and noticeable alcohol. Great beer.
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled at RBESG 2005.
Clear orange coloured with an off white head.
Nice aroma with lots of sweetness, hops and pine needles.
Nice flavour with lots of sweetness, caramel, hops and pine needles.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2007 Bottle #3432. Poured a nice amber color with a medium foamy head. Some suspended particles. The aroma was a nice citrus and spicy hop scent with some malt in the background. Wow, that’s strong! Great hop presence (spicy and citrus), with a solid malty caramel backbone. Significant alcohol presence and very flavorful overall. Bright and sweet as it warms. Body was slick and warm – medium overall. These guys made a really fine 2IPA. Too bad it’s an anniversary brew. I’d buy it all the time.
The only addition or change I would make from the 12 oz bottle addition is that the hop flavor is much more to the pine/spruce side of things as opposed to my initial comments. Same score.