LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some nice citrus, carmel, malt, and hoppy flavors in this one. maybe a touch of molasses as well. smoother than i expected from the aroma.
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drum roll please, here it is, my 1,500th rating on ratebeer (where does the time go?). Poured a darker and cloudy brownish-amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, caramel and an earthiness to it. Lots of hops in the aroma for such an old IPA. Tastes of caramel, light pine, oranges, and other malts. Nice lacing left on the glass. Light to medium bitter finish. Impressed me more than I would have thought for its age.
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy reddish amber color with a thin, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, grass, and caramel malt. Malty, oxidized, citrus fruits, and grassy hops in the background. For its age, this is a nice beer.
radiomgb (2504) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy brown in colour, lingering beige coloured head, some lace. Hoppy aroma (pine, grapefruit) but lots of malt (caramel, earthy, gingerbread, cookie) as well. The flavour was of malts (caramel, cookies), some citrus (orange zest and grapefruits). Sticky mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes very long and dry, medium bitterness. This has held up quite well.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky dark amber w/ frothy, pale tan foam. Big hoppy aroma of grapefruit & pine w/ an interesting, complex malt background (caramel, toffee, cookie dough, chocolate?). Full-bodied oily yet sticky feel. Flavour is very bitter but well supported & balanced. Long, dry, very bitter finish.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper, faint white head. Subdued hoppiness for a Rogue. The nose contains as much dark fruits as perfumey citrusy hops. Almost roasty maltiness, rich in dark chocolate and oldish bready toffee. Grassy finish, slightly oxidized edges. Average..
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG ’05 - a 2001 bottle, i think this was a little past its prime, as it really wasnt what one would normally expect from an ipa, loads of malts in both the aroma and flavor, along with some citrus hops, but not really in any strength. appearance was a murky brown with a little bit of white head on top. the flavors that were present were smooth and nicely blended, but if i were tasting this blind, i would never have put it as an IPA.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Grand Tasting
I think this bottle was for the release at the Horse Brass anniversary. Murky dark brown, light head, good lacing. Nose of citrusy, almost lychee like hops and a rich chocolate and molasses smell. The flavor is rich and smooth, light sherry notes with a sweet body. Finishes clean, not as smooth, and slightly acidic.
Radek Kliber (6681) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly cloudy, gold amber with white creamy top. High hoppy aroma, alcohol and some sweet full malt .Touch of spice at the finish. Flavours - slightly medicinal huge hoppy front. Plenty of alcohol out there. Bitter middle with flat end. Alcohol was bit rough. Rough Rogue.
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2005. First auction beer of the night for me - a steal at 5 tickets. Hazy brown body with a smallish beige head. Sweet caramel and malt in the aroma, a mild touch of yeast. Sweet malt in the flavour quickly gives way to a moderate hoppy bite, and a pleasant bitterness that lingers. Very mild roast / toasty caramel in the finish. Smooth medium body. Was glad to have won this one.