argo0 (10384) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(BCTC, 12oz handbottle, thanks frumptydumpty) Muddy brown-black body with smooth brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, sour raspberry, cocoa, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, sour raspberry/cherry, alcohol. Medium-full body.
hapjydeuce (888) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG ’08. Keg brought to the Grand Tasting at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Black center with clear brown edges. Smoky aroma with a pronounced sourness. My first impression: is this really a stout? Roasted malt and more smoke in the flavor, with a good play of personality between sweet coffee and tart grape. Dry, smoky finish. Interesting.
illidurit (1629) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not sure who brought the keg of this to the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting but thanks. Pours a dark opaque brown with a large-bubbled head. Aroma is chocolate malt and red fruit with a very wine-like acidity. Flavor is sharp and winey with a cocoa/roasty finish. Interesting beer for sure, but I’m not so convinced that a winey stout should exist.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a keg at the Grand Tasting. Dark brown pour, wet white head, turbulent lacing. Nose has lots of vinegar, some interesting elements of strong liquor, tart funkiness. Flavor has some chocolate notes, mostly vinegar and sour fruit, feels over-ripe. Creamy mouthfeel, easy to drink, but doesn’t feel like what they were trying to go for.
awaisanen (1312) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Draught. Official RBSG "roadie" beer. Dark brown, borderline blackish colored pour, tinged a ruddy brown, topped with a thick layer of creamy tan head. Huge black cherry nose, complimented by some mild underlying balsamic notes. A lightly acidic, pinot grigio vinous character creates a light, crisp freshness in the nose. Pleasant chocolate malt notes come through, but the cherries and acid dominate the nose. Medium light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a creamy texture and moderate acidity. Lots of cherry flavors, skins and flesh, highlighted by a hint of roast and chocolate. Cherry cordial. The vinous notes donít seem to come through as much on the palate, but they arenít really missed - the dark cherry flavors are awesome. My favorite part about this beer is that itís really more of a chocolatey Flemish Sour than a soured stout. The acid complexities dominate the flavors, while the roast malt lies subtly in the background. At the same time, the creaminess of the palate creates a beautiful balance with the sharpness of the acidity. Thanks to Mike for donating such a special treat!
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Massive tan creamy head. Black and opaque. Strong sour aroma similar to cherries with a dusty chocolate aroma underneath. Very tart up front tempered by the extreme creaminess of the beer. High abv is completely hidden in this beer. Wow, this is excellent. Right up my alley.
StefanSD (1796) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some insanely generous person brought a whole keg of this to the RBSG grand tasting. It was my first beer at that tasting. Pours blackish dark brown with a medium tan head that had good retention.The aroma was rich with sour dark fruits and a bit of funk. The taste was of dark roasted grains, sour cherries, plums, dates, and a fair bit of acidity. The mouthfeel was silky smooth and full with lively carbonation. The finish was long and sour. Overall: Very nice, very tasty; a great way to start the grand tasting, I had to go back for a second glass.
TURDFERGUSON (3565) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz handbottle, courtesy of FrumptyDumpty, Friday at BCTC. Thanks, Ryan! Tried this during my "volunteer" shift. Woops. Nose of tart cherry, roasted malt, a bit of chocolate. Flavor is very complex and tasty, cherry pits, roasted malts, cocoa. This was delicious. My comment was this was what I wish Bells Cherry Stout tasted more like.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The official beer of the RBSG 2008 Bus tour. Nice tart sourness over an overall malty beer. Perfect for a morning hang-over.
kmweaver (3143) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Draft @ Bistro BA Fest. Pours a dense, ruby-brown color; light tan head with decent retention and patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of dried, solidly tart red fruits, intense, full fruit leather, and just a touch of tobacco in the aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: intense, chewy and sour tart cherries and red fruit, heavy, lively presence in the mouth, with excellent levels of viscosity; nicely dense, solidly drinkable sour ale with plenty of tart red cherries. Medium finish: tart, bing cherries, fruit leather, and some honey; nicely reserved sweetness. 184.108.40.206.16=4.1
12oz handbottle, courtesy of FrumptyDumpty, Friday at BCTC. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a murky, chocolate-raspberry color; slightly oily; light tan head with patchy lacing. Lots of pitty red fruits (raspberries, cherries), fruit rollups, and solid citrus tartness; touch of chocolate. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy dried red and dark fruits; touch of warming alcohol; very dense, viscous, oily goodness; lots of pitty red fruit character and viscous cocoa-tinged maltiness; great stuff. Lengthy finish: dark chocolate, pitty red fruits (raspberries, especially), and toasted malts. Really nice beer. 220.127.116.11.16=4.0