Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
full on malty sweet aroma, tobacco stain brown, full bodied, stand up and punch you in the mouth malty alcohol that’s sweet like a cinnamon raisin bagel
3fourths (8702) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @ Rose & Raindrop, Portland. m Dark burgundy color. Strong cherries and chocolate covered plums, good syrupy thickness with some barley wine like bitterness under a sweet maple and caramel and ultra sweet malt body.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Rose & Raindrop for RBSG 04
Ruby bronze color, dark mahogany with decent head & lacing. The aroma is very malty with fruity hop notes of carob and Marion berry. The flavor is balanced & sweet with cherry & creamy notes of caramel malts.
argo0 (12459) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(RBSG04) Clear mahogany body topped by tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, orange, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, orange, caramel. Medium-full body, alcohol well hidden.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 2004: Brown ruby with a large creamy off-white head. Sweet fruits in the aroma, starts sweet end ends very sweet, almost too sweet. Medium oily syrupy palate.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 On tap at the Sasquatch brew fest in Eugene,OR. Pours a dark brown/reddish color with an off-white head. Very sweet aroma with hints of chocolate and slightly fruity. Taste was very roasty with very sweet brown sugarish taste and a hint of cherry. Very rich brew but still very smooth with only the slightest alcohol taste on the palate.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
called "the governator"
Deep mohogany body, gorgeous lace. thin, off whit head, little carbonation. Dark, toasty, lightly roasty malt nose with notes of ripe fruits. musty and malty, a hint of alcohol. The bartender claimed this beer to be 10.9 % ABV. Grainy, lightly roasted front, dominateby malts, of course. some leathery hints emerge, also suggestions of chocolate as it warmed. the sweet savory maltiness grows. I can't believe that this is almost 11 percent! GREAT balance
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled 7/28/02 at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Poured dark brown, with a huge head that diminished slowly, and left nice lacing. Very pleasant malty aroma. Smooth palate, with sweet malt and banana/fruity notes. Very good.