Pelourinho (1) - NORWAY - AUG 21, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
complex and fruity. Velvety on the palate. The Lafite Rothschild of a beer. Masterly handicrafted. Lovely jobbely! Norway’s absolutely best beer,
DanielBrown (3164) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting 05. Beetroot hued amber. Thick hop aroma, with some tree bark. Slightly burnt roast and clay on the finish, also some smoke. Smooth, fizzy finish. Very tasty. (original score 3.9 on 18/8/05). RE-RATE: Really enjoyable. Big, thick and fizzy. Rooty, hoppy, brooding and intense. Warming and delicious. (New score 4.5, so I’ve bumped the average up to 4.2). Thanks. (1st re-rate was 29th October 2011). RE-RATE again - this should be 4.6 overall. It’s magnificent.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, thick white head. Clear hoppy aroma. Citric, refreshing hoppiness in flavour. Slight sweet-ish and oily mouthfeel. Great bitterness. Finishes of with a great maltiness.
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a fine lasting head. Aromas of american hops adding citrusa and pine and also grainy malt aromas. Taste of hops and rye bread. Off-dry on the palate with a firm bitterness. Good one, but stil perhaps a bit to light on the hop flavour for the Imperial IPA category.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle RBESG. Complex aroma. Some chocolate in the flavor. Some alcohol as well, unfortunately. But a very delicate brew still.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark amber w/ a large, creamy pale tan head. Robust aroma of resiny, woody (pine, spruce) hops against a background of caramel, chocolate, & dark fruit. Full- bodied, sticky, oily feel. Flavour is intensely bitter but well-balanced & surprisingly malty. Finish is very long.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 05. THanks to Jens. Deep amber with a nice fluffy head. A bit darker than I expected esp. for a double IPA. More of the color of Arrogant Bastard. Acutally my notes say that this one is very similar to AB in the aroma and flavor. The columbus hops give it a nice citrusy and distinct pine like aroma and flavor. Flavor is backed by a lot of deep crystal malts. Nice sweet finish but definitely has a slightly harsh bitterness in the end. Perhaps a bit overhyped but the ratings are about right as far as being an excellent beer.
jsquire (2953) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
At the 2005 RBSG. Murky brown beer out of the bottle (but I think I got the bottom of the bottle) with a big foamy egg shell head. Nose of malt extract syrup. Great complex flavors with orange, peach, apple sauce. Lots of citrusy hops on a strong dark caramel malty sweetness. Very well balanced. I would not have picked it as an IIPA, but it is a great beer.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy brown, beige head. very mild hoppy aroma with hints of fruit cocktail, pine and wood with caramel malt and a hint of cocoa. flavours of mixed berries, musk, perfumy detergent hop flavours. different, but definitely not an iipa in my opinion.
Rastacouere (6041) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper, nicely displayed beige head. Big earthy nose, highly hoppy. Toffeeish choco and caramel malt. Gentle toastiness pleases the nose with makes you think of a good breakfast as soon as you grasp those maple notes. greeny hops remain moderate at this point, but in mouth, it feels far more floral, barky and sweaty. A mild alcohol aftertaste surprises the drinker as this seemed so drinkable. Big brown ale base, woody and smoky flavors, rooty. Creamy medium malty palate. Very good indeed.