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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This thick, rich ale was brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts, and subtly spiced with American Chinook and Willamette hops. It boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry. We’ve accentuated the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt and aging the brew in an oak whiskey barrel, which also adds notes of oak and vanilla.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
RBSG 2006 - Grand Tasting. Deep, reddish muddy-brown body with a somewhat oily, fading tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and cocoa, light butter, and alcohol fumes. Flavor has lots of roast and is somewhat rummy with a medium sweet chocolate cake quality. A decent imperial stout for sure, but doesn’t jump out and grab me like some do.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Sampled at RBSG06. Dark black body with a creamy brown head. Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2006 Courtesy of Bück Dich, RBSG 06. Pours an almost pitch black; slightly translucent around the edges. Coffee; layers of roasted malts. Very drinkable, with a long roasted finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Beer #10 RBSG 06. An impressive looking bottle I might add. Deepest brown in color, black in the middle, just a trace of a head. Big woodsy aroma, wet earth, and a touch of pine. Flavor is a matchm but with more chocolate in there as well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Thanks to argo0 for this one: Pours to a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity, roasted malt, though it’s a fairly mild roasted malt for an Imperial Stout, prunes, plums, yeast. The taste is yeast, fruit, spice from the alcohol, oak chips, berries, light bourbon flavors, and some dusty sweet grain. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Thanks to CaptainCougar. Poured black with a small tan head. Big coffee and roasted malt aroma. The flavor was filled with chocolate with some smokey notes. Mild bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Sampled at kp’s Cellar Party. Pours black with a thin head. Roast malt, caramel and a touch of smoke. The flavor thins out a bit from what I expected from the aroma. Too much over-roasted malt flavors with a sweet/bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8539) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 ****Re-rate**** Bottle… SMAACMSM O-Town Throwdown, Part Sept… Pitch black with a small, creamy, beige head. Decent retention. Chocolaty, smoky nose with hints of vanilla and oak. Full-bodied and velvety with lively carbonation. Leans on the sweet side of balance, like a foreign stout. Some singed chocolate, wood and diminished whiskey. Finishes sweet and chocolaty.****Original Rating****Bottle... Dark brown ale (almost black) with a small, fizzy, beige head. Smells like chocolate cola with traces of smoke. The flavor delivers burnt, bitter notes with chocolate, coarsely ground coffee and smoke. Full-bodied and mega-creamy with hardly any carbonation. Lengthy, chocolatey, coffee finish. Thanks go out to Argo0 for generously sharing the bottle! (Original Score = 3.4)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2006
05 bottle provided by argo0. Black body with tan head, fading. The aroma is licorice, smokey, roasted with a touch of acidity. The flavor is smoke and roast with plenty of molases and chocolates. Full body, soft and smooth texture, slightly oily.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2006
(2005 Vintage, 1L bottle) Beige head atop a clear black/cola body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, roast, some smoke, light coffee, earthy/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, smoke, some roast/coffee, earthy/grapefruit. Full body, surprisingly rich for its ABV.


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