MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip. This Imperial stout poured a thick, opaque black color with a one finger thick dark tan head that slowly faded away, leaving behind some excellent lace. The aroma consisted of creamy dark chocolate, vanilla, and some faint molasses notes. A very big, robust aroma. Beautiful!!! The flavor did not disappoint. Very roasty and chocolatey. There are also notes of coffee and spices. The mouthfeel was definately full-bodied and a bit oily. Very minimal carbonation. A very impressive Imperial stout from Hoppin’ Frog. Highly recommended!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting - Tar black, thin tan creamy head. Deep intense aromas of espresso, chocolate crčme brűlée, toffee, and vanilla oats. Big chocolate and black coffee flavors are well balanced with vanilla graham cracker undertones. Full bodied and oily, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Any thought of distribution to MD?? Rockin brew from start to finish...
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, pretty intense aromas and flavors of chocolate, coffee, mollasses and roasted nuts. Awesome!
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Thanks Marsiblursi.
Thick black appearance with fast diminishing brown head. Ice-creamy chocolate aroma mostly. Thick, oily, and raw sweet body with burning, fiery backbone, with notes of chocolate. Small hints of almond paste. This needs time to settle I believe.
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, yellow at the edges. Nice vanilla aroma, a little spice. Good swirl, oily, but it doesn’t appear in the palate in equal degrees, where it is cut by the alcohol. Roasted, smooth, coffee, strong flavors--a bit crass at times. The alcohol comes through fine. Interesting and good on its own terms, but not exceptional within the style.
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, thanks moejuck) Pours black with a brown head. Heavy chocolate roasted aroma with coffee, light smoke, light caramel and some other sugar sources like molasses and syrup. Some alcohol warmth. Vinous undertones of dark fruits, dark berries and rum raisins. Some roasted nuts. Sweet and roasted flavour with chocolate and some late coffee taste. A bit to raw sweet and sugary. Some roast sourness. Light to medium bitterness. A bit vinous in the flavour as well. Thick, a bit oily and cocoa dry mouthfeel. Full body.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black and thin color with caramel head. Aroma is of moderate roast. Taste is well balanced with enough hops to counter the heavy roast and malt flavor. Full-bodied but not overbearing. A very nice evenly flavored brew.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first US beer after returning home. Very black rich tan head. Nose is rich caramel, tar, a good amount of cherry, some hop. Flavor is tar, very drich malt, some dark fruits, tingly hops.
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with toncatcher. Lots of chocolate and mocha coming off of this very very dark beer. Nice tan head that stuck around. Flavors were very good too. More Chocolate and some molasses. Very very tasty
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 Bottle on 01/02/2011. Dark black body with a medium creamy brown head. Sweet chocolate, light oatmeal, rum soaked fruit and light roast aroma. Roast, chocolate and light oatmeal flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. 8/5/9/4/17 - 4.3
06/28/2007 - RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Dark black body with mohogany hints and a small creamy light brown head. Sweet fruity rum soaked molassas aroma. Chocolate and molassas flavor with some caramel and a bitter finish. 9/6/9/4/18 - 4.5