nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really donít have words to describe what is here. Thanks to Allen for all his work and his generosity sharing this beautiful brew.
GregFalk (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2004 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thank you Alan. This was easily the smoothest drinking 58 proof drink Iíve ever experienced.
BŁckDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap @ HotD Tour for RBSG 04í
Holy crap, this is good. Almost oily appearance, not much residual carbonation left with some prune sweetness and very low alcohol notes. Tons of everything else you can think of in the finish. Very complex and strong but not too burning.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewery. 9 years old! Clear ruby with a foamy manilla head, it really sticks to the glass. Aroma is chewy fruity malts and molasses. A hint of alcohol but hardly any at all considering the ABV on this monster. The flavor also contains a hint of alcohol but that is all. Roasted malt and sweet molasses/sugars along with some dark fruit. A truly amazing brew from a truly amazing brewer. Thanks Alan!
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Triple icebock of Adam. Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is brown sugar and molasses. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity, sweet, touches of brown sugar, dark fruit and molasses. Very smooth taste. There is absolutely no trace of the 29% alcohol is this one. I was sure it would be there, but nothing.. AMAZING…Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slight sweet.
3fourths (6960) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - JUL 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Sampled @ the brewery during RBSG 2004. Dark brown, light brown head. Very vinous, with sweet molasses, candy-like flavors... slightly bubbly, roasted wood everywhere. Does not resemble 29% at ALL. A bite of sweet cherries and plums with some brown sugar, warming the mouth and throat as you swallow. Really remarkable that this experience is sweet chocolate and brown sugar in the middle, and itís not as thick as 29% would suggest. Really excellent.
jsquire (2957) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG í04 Alan poured this gem for us out of a tap in his cooler at the brewery. Deep dark amber color with a foamy tan head. Wonderful nose to just get lost in. Lots of dark sugars, molasses, vanilla, and a peaty smoke taste. Lots of alcohol in this beer, but it is so well balanced that it doesnít detract at all. Simply delicious.
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
RBSG 2004: 9 years old, on tap, at the brewery: A firery combination of orange, red and ruby, over which a small head slowly dies. Burnt plum, toffee, brown sugar and vanilla attack your senses, while nuts dominate the port-like aromas. It starts sweet and gets pretty sweet; your mouth tingles, tongue heats up and then only a mild warming as you swallow the elixir. Holy crap. The brewery claims it is this mellow because of its age and that it was hot when it was younger. Westvleteren Abt 12, -0.1.
AceOfHearts (1375) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at brewery: 9 year-old specimen. That makes it the oldest beer Iíve ever drank, and itís also one of the best! Violet brown and INCREDIBLY full-bodied. Somewhat like Adam in its depth and richness: smokiness, earthiness, maple that go from the aroma right into the finish, reminiscent of Jadwiga Mead. Some apples as well; very thick mouthfeel. Spectacular.
Sham (1846) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brow with a creamy, slighly tan head. Spotty lacing. Cinnamon or nutmeg in the aroma. Toffee, oak and vinous as well. Flavors are smoky, alcohol (though it was very well hidden) coffee, caramel, bitter hops and some roast. This beer hides the alcohol so damn well! Thick and cloying with a nice lingering finish