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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Midnight black color and rich dark-roasted aroma. Specially blended hops combine with flaked unmalted barley to give this brew a full body and a dense creamy head. All elements combine in a solid, lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2006
RBSG 2005. Head is mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. I had this once or twice (such as at GABF) before finally rating it with this bomber, ’cause...well...I have never seen this as the best Foreign Stout in the world. It’s a pretty nice beer, sure, but...I just kept thinking I was having ho-hum samples, but they’ve been fairly consistent. 3.5 is the best sample I’ve had, so I’ll be generous with my official score and use that one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1140) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2005
22 oz bottle thanks to Secret Santa! black with brown foam on top, and rich aroma of starchy oatmealy roasted barley. flavor is a cacaphonous experience of bitter roast and sweet sugar and starch, and a grapefruit cascade-like hops finish that i only really notice at the end. woody and vinous earthy flavors, nutty and dark. very good stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bomber. Pours beautiful and dark with a frothy tan head. Aroma could have been a little stronger, but was very smooth (can an aroma be smooth??) with a nice combination of chocolate, coffee and a few dark fruits. Very silky and smooth in the mouth. It starts off a little roasty with a bit of a kick, but slides down oh so smooth. Nice and complex with the aforementioned coffee and semisweet chocolate but also a nice helping of vanilla, dark fruits and a little nuttiness. This is another great one from this great brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and light roasted malt. Pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head. Vanilla and dark chocolate up front. Finishes moderately roasty with roasted malt and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (30390) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2005
A pitch black beer with a disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet with lots of chocolate and coffee. The flavor contains lots of chocolate, wood, coffee, and grapefruit, leading to a dry end. But the body is thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3488) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 Dark and mostly black with a tan head. Very appetizing nose ... a big bouquet of chocolate, roast and toast. Chewy, rewarding texture. Very tasty malts, with chocolate, coffee and more. Interesting balance/interplay between sweet, bitter, sour and roast. Bit of tar and char in the background. Solid stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
GABF 2005. Nearly opaque with dark brown highlights and a rich tan head. Aroma of cocoa, mild coffee, and burnt plum. Flavor beats a great espresso. Has subtle fruity tart acidity. Very pleasing with great depth of character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12113) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
(GABF05) Black body with tan head. Aroma is rich, medium sweet, roasty, coffee. Taste is medium sweet, roasty, coffee, light cocoa. Watery medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Dark, slight reddish brown head. Nose prunes, charcoal, and coffee bitterness. Flavor full of dark fruit sweetness and chocolate, rich and tasty. Dry and smoky, finishes sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4961) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Very vinous aroma with red wine. Sweet with fermented fruit. Unfiltered for sure, because my last sip contained something in solid form about the size of a quarter. I like sediment, but this is going a little far. Fairly heavy but very easy to drink due to the smooth body.

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