Rastacouere (6045) - 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.
Crockett (960) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cola pour. Nose of sweet toasted grain. Some resiny pine and grapefuit hops in the nose. Peppery and hot on hops. Way too sweet. Hard to find the bitters behind all the sugar. Lots of caramel, and some decent hops. Thin on palate. It just didn’t do it for me... this time.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG ’05 - sweet hops and hints of chocolate in the aroma, maybe a little anise as well. the pour was a deep brown with a fizzy cream colored head that sat on top for quite some time. flavors were sweet caramels and citrusy hops, highlighted by some bits of chocolate and again the anise. a slightly tangy finish, and alot more malt than any other IIPA i could think of. i thought this was excellent from beginning to end.
TimE (2600) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Creamy white head, brown color, malty nose with some good citrusy hops notes. Starts moderately hppped, but then malts comes in to balances things off nicely with a combination of chocolate and citrus overtones it is interesting. Nice big hoppy succulant finish that makes me pucker. One of the best finishes on an IPA I have ever experienced.
IPFreely (1471) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many thanks to Ungstrup for bringing this across the pond. Pours a very dark amber color, some what cloudy, murky, tan head. Very nice balance with this one, tons of caramel in the nose offset by a healthy dose of herbal hops. Same idea with the flavor, balanced, caramel, tobacco, full hops. Medium to full bodied, low carbo, very little alcohol prescence. Very tasty, a touch simplistic, but it works very well.
BückDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Grand Tasting
Thanks Jens! Murky brown, nice head, awesome lacing. Nose of spicy hops, lots of caramel and rich background body, I’m looking forward to tasting this. The flavor is creamy and balanced, very toasty, full bodied and delicious. The hops are in balance with everything else and it’s not too mild nor too Napoleonic with an overzealous plan to invade your tongue with hops.
willblake (2624) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
07.08.05 RBSG Amber. Dark. Big tan head. Big alcohol on nose. Lots of pepper. Palate is massively alcoholic and cig ashy, but not overly full. Big burn balanced by lovely boquet of sweet malt and c-hops. Finish is more tobacco and dry, lightly bitter. Hard to place this as an IIPA.
tiggmtl (4516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, orange in the nose. Opaque black body is topped by low tan head that lasts forever and leaves sudsy lace down the sides of the glass. Sweet cocoa chocolate and biscuity malts, orange-citrus hop flavour and moderate bitterness. Alcohol very apparent but enjoyable. Creamy texture, medium body, low carbonation. Bottle sampled at RBSG’05.
SpringsLicker (2823) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG Thansk to Ungstrup for this one!
Large head of off white over a dark brown body. This doesn’t have the intense hoppy aroma of the regular IPA, being more malty in that respect. Moderately sweet with a lighter hops bitterness than the regular IPA as well. This hits my palate as more of a Strong Ale or possibly a Barleywine than an IIPA, but other than style classification issues, this is a good solid strong beer.
3fourths (6963) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2011 Dark brown body, similar to the appearance for most brown ales. Nose is an interesting rusty caramel with wood, and some leafy hops as well, very unique hop profile mixing with the more earthy malt scents. Some yeasty brown sugar in the flavor, with some aggressive toast-like, heavy alcohol tastes. Wood tannins, amaretto, a really strange beer, but delicious nonetheless. I pick up some odd off-flavors in the finish, gritty, funky mold, but it’s not so bad as to ruin the experience.