joergen (20807) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown coloured with a small beige head.
Aroma of chocolate with notes of coffee.
Roasted flavour of dark chocolate and coffee.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great beer! Aroma is full of lactose, dark bitter chocolate, caramel, and even some coffee. Thick, oily dark body with a dark tan head. The coffee abounds in the well-balanced flavor. A heavy beer, indeed...the commercial description is entirely right. Nutty roastiness in the finish. Remains with you like a nice morsel of bitter chocolate.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of roasted coffee, and lots, darkest brown, tiny cappuccino head. Flavour is full roast coffee, medium bodied, bitter, wonderful! This was especially nice to have from the mini-keg, Thanks to the generous Founders employees!
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG2005 from a keg
A creamy mocha crown acts as a barrier between the air and the absolute darkness of this Beer.
Smells is comparable to those extra-strong turkish coffees that come in the miniscule cups, ground cocoa aroma.
Chocolate bitterness and roasted malt and somewhat subdued alcohol makes this a very round, rich elixir that I could have sampled again and again. Not as good as Péché Mortel, but close.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Rated July 2006. Black body with a moderate chocolate coloured head. Big aroma of coffee grounds and muted chocolate or high test cocoa. Dry coffee up front cedes some ground to a sweet dark malt and light hints of chocolate in the main body of the flavour. More subtle than I remembered. Average to medium palate. Very solid but doesn’t blow me away like everyone else. Coffee flavours are just one of those things I will never truly love I guess. A very nice beer nonetheless. 7-8/4/8/3+/15-16<P> RBSG 2005. Draft! Black bodied with a small chocolate head. Very dry coffee dominates both the aroma and the flavour. Average palate. Disappointing. Probably much better for people who enjoy the coffee like aspects of stouts. Pitcher may have been sitting out for a bit too. 6/4/6/3/13 - 3.2
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. Keg. Very dark brown colour with a fully lasting creamy tan coloured head. Big coffee/cappacino, and chocolate aroma with some nutty and lightly fruity notes. Big expresso, chocolate and roasty flavours. Creamy and full bodied. Good stuff.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanx to Engelsmann. Black colour with a small baige head. Roasted coffee, oat aroma and a dry roasted oat, coffee prun taste. Medium to full body and a dry finish.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Original Rate - 7/11/2005 - 12 Oz Bottle (948418-4.3)Deep, smooth silky rich oil pour, with a mostly diminished thin line of smooth nut brown head. Bouncy blast of spicy roasted coffee, blended with a super lucious backing of ganache and cinnamon. Great vinous notes in the aroma, with cherries, currants and plum. Aroma is tantalizing! Most complex bouquet I can ever remember a beer presenting. Flavors are a continuation of the aromas, blending with interesting textures. Taste is dominated by strong presence of roasted dark chocolate, roasted grains, and deep coffee. A warming alchol brings up the background nicely, with a soft hint of hops. This beer is thick! Like a smooth sugar syrup. Palate is a ubiquitous and coating, leaving an oily slick of rich hazlenuts and coffee dregs with sugars on the tounge, with a hint of dryness on the smack. This beer is fantastic all around!Rerate - 1/17/2007 - 12 Oz Bottle (848416-4.0)Ripe coffee berry and sweet cinnamon cream aroma, lots of bold grocery store coffee ground dusts and faint wisps of licorice-infused chocolate. Seemingly flat and a little stalish. Pours beautifully, with oil black humours and a frothy mexican chocolate and cinnamon roast head, rimming with large bubbles and lots of lace. On the palate a yeasty, biting sweetness, jam packed with a profuse coffee dance and a myriad of dark chocolate brownies, cakes and cremes. Truffles and divine hot fudge syrup, spooned over an oaty rich, lightly roasted chipotle and seared lamb rack crust. Bright esters hold unique wintery spices and a lot of depth. Ebbing into the background are some minty hop flowers and a parching coffee and hop balance to the ubiquitous sweetness. Coffee plays a little heavier than I remember and the density isn’t quite there. True, this isn’t the breakfast stout of old, but it hasn’t suffered that much.
TimE (3184) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 11, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On Tap RBSG 2005: Dark brown head, subtly floats over bubbling opaque goodness that is about to erupt its fantastic flavour up through my sinuses. Hot damn, piquant BBQ sauce, cocoa, salsa, chillis, dark chocolate hot sauce in the nose. This is the most amazing nose I have ever experienced on a beer. Big coffee mouth with salsa, negro mole, fire pit, caramel and dark chocolate notes. The finish is somewhere between jalepenos cracking over a firepit and a spoon full of cocoa being dumped into a cup of strong coffee, all with a lingering bitter finish. Out of this world.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Earthy, cocoa, coffee aroma. Quite sweet. Very rich in body. The chocolate and coffee come through great and blend in well with some dark caramel and roast flavors. Very nice. Would love to try on draught. The alcohol is drowned out by the thickness of flavor.