SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy aspidites. Very dark brown, brown/ruby edges, small off white head. Awesome aroma- roasted malt, sour yeast (barn funk and lactic), cherries, earth, oak, light smoke. Flavor adds chocolate, subtle toffee, more cherry, creamy oak, and subtle white wine. Dry, sour, vinous finish. Medium to medium full body, balanced carbonation. Awesome brew.
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.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy SoLan. Extremely dark amber pour, thin soapy white head. Fantastic aroma - Brett and cherries at first, then as it warms, fresh cut oak. No real defined stout characters, save for a slight roast mixed in with the cherries. The finish contains some remarkable vinous character and combines smoothly with a mild tartness that has just enough edge to it. A great, unique sour. Props, Alan.
hopscotch (9364) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft... RBSG ‘08... This beer rocks!... Murky, dark brown ale with a small, creamy, beige head and fat bubbles here and there. Cinnamon, brown sugar, tangy acidity and cherries are a few of the snippets I’m picking up in the nose. The aoma, in fact, reminds me a bit of the Lost Abbey 2008 Sinners (blend) I sample earlier in the day. Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor starts off sweet, but is also very nicely bittered with additional notations of fruits and cherries. Dry finish. I love it!
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of SoLan. Poured a reddish brown color, with virtually no head at all. The aroma is mind blowing. Cherries, vanilla, oak, sour funk, the slightest hint of roasted grain. Some dark fruits as well. The flavor is amazing. The wine component really shines in the mid-palate, with a creamy flavor closing it out. A bracing acidity finishes this gem out, absolutely spectacular.
awaisanen (1304) - 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 don’t seem to come through as much on the palate, but they aren’t really missed - the dark cherry flavors are awesome. My favorite part about this beer is that it’s 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!
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 2008. Ah, the bus beer! We had a pony keg of this on tap on the RBSG bus; a fine beer for a morning using mass transport. Smell was smooth, like powdery malted milk and melted semi-sweet chocolate; it reminded me of Rock Bottom Chicago’s Clare’s Thirsty. Initial flavor of the beer was a burst of cherry slash Pinot Grigio acidity (light, melony, with a faint touch of honey on the other side) and spiderweb qualities I associate with brett. Finish was Baker’s chocolate dryness with lingering caramel apple, and it lingered long. The "stout" qualities were always there, but they never predominated over the strange Belgian sour and fruit qualities. They also never faded away, letting the sour dominate. It was a great blend of two different but delicious flavors, such that it became a dialectical third, a new beery thing more than the sum of its parts. I know plenty of people on the bus didn’t like this one right here, but I liked it a whole lot. Wonderfulness.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the Cleveland tasting by me, courtesy of Aspidites! Thanks Mike! This was a VERY unique beer and I am so glad I got to try it. An interesting stout indeed. Dark brown pour with some ruby highlights. Smelled like coffee and chocolate covered cherries. The taste was wild from the start, this was a sweeter stout then I was expecting, with the cherry flavor coming out in the finish. Then it turns a bit sour on the end. Providing a very unique sensation in the mouth. Excellent brew.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the May Northern California Beer Tasting. This stout pours a deep black color from the bottle. Small to medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is tart cherry and chocolate. A medium bodied stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee. The hops are earthy. Lots of sour cheery and funk, with some of that nice stout chocolate and roast malts. The sour flavors dominate. Totally unexpected and very nice. Interesting beer. One of two sour stouts during this tasting. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly tart and funky.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours pitch black, with a huge, froth light brown head. Smells of tart fruits mixed with chocolate cream, and light acidity. The flavor is a really nice blend of those flavors as well. Wouldnt call it sour, but it was definitely tart, with a combo of dark fruits, and lightly roasty chocolate and vanilla cream. Im not usually a sour stout fan, but this is probably the best Ive had to date so far. Pretty darn good.