Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, though it still brings a lot to the table in the flavor department. Nice color, with a wafting honey-and-hops aroma. Tastes include pine, grass, cookie, caramel, honey, and a little bit of bubblegum. A very sticky, thick mouthfel, that truly coats your mouth. Aftertaste is dry and hoppy.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red orange color with a small offwhite head. Honey, caramel, some vinous notes, and a piney, grassy Cascade family hop aroma. Orange peel, molasses, and an artifical chemical fruit taste. Alcohol heat and sour fruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky.
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
sweet piney hop aroma, but enveloping. amber body with a great head of pillowy marshmallow cream. taste is very hoppy , sweet orange notes. very good, as good as i remembered from the gabf. so incredibly potent. there is some pineapple in the finish and some syrupy molasses in this when it gets some temperature. i really like but can’t seem to find the words.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose-all PNW hops. Taste-sweet like sweet tea. Notes of cherry, yeast, oak with lots of fruit. It tastes like the milk in a bowl of Fruit Loops tastes. The palate is too sweet. If they could find a way to pull the sweetness down, this would be one helluva beer.
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 (25063) - 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 (3851) - 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 (4340) - 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 (2318) - 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.