motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap at lucky labrador. so-so stout. plenty of cocoa in the aroma with a hint of brandy. a bit on the thin side, iced coffee and asphalt, just didn’t excite me but seemed well made
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick cream colored head. Lots of chocolate and coffee aromas. A bit on the thin side, but nowhere near poor. Semi-sweet with a roasted malt finish. Good looking, good tastin.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, yeast
Appearance: dark brown-->black, off-white head, lacing
Flavor: baker’s chocolate, slight cream, dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, slight hoppiness, melted chocolate chips
Palate: smooth but crisp and bubbly, dry-chocolate finish
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2004 on tap at the brewpub: Brownish black with no head, roasted coffee aroma, medium bodied, thin ending.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black color. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. A medium body stout. Malts are roasted, coffee and chocolate. Slightly spicy. Kind of thin and watery. Very muted flavors. A little weak tasting. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
argo0 (12516) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(RBSG04) BLack body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, roasty, chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, roasty, chococoffee, some earthy/floral. Medium body. A bit too sweet for my liking.
jsquire (3866) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. I had this both on tap and off the cask to compare them. Very dark beer with a mocha foam head. Tap version had burnt coffee nose with a molasses and dark brown sugar sweetness. There was a faint unpleasantness of coffee grounds and cigarette butts. Green hop finish that disappeared quickly. The cask had a much better head and a much creamier mouthfeel. Better coffee flavors in the cask. It seems better balanced. It is definitely better on cask (served at the right temp. too), but not a great stout to begin with. (Numbers reflect cask version.)
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@Lucky Labrador. Really well made. Rich and roasty as you’d expect in a good stout, mocha and chocolate. A bit soapy which was odd, but very tasty.
Braudog (6070) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pitch black with a tan head. Java aroma. Highly bittered at first, but it settles into just the after taste. Medium-bodied.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
So this is their flagship beer, and with good reason. Good taste of fruit, maybe raisins or grapes. Some chocolate elements in play too. Alcohol taste factors in perfectly. Good medium body. Fun stuff.