bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of cmr1517...thanks Chris. Murky mahogany pour with a wispy tan head. Obviously no hop notes present what-so-ever. Notes of caramel malt, berries and some roasted malts. Very smooth body...flavor had some caramel, dark fruits and bread dough to it, though slightly oxidized it didn’t detract too much from the overall experience. Not bad but way past prime I’ve got to assume.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Stone, RBSG. Amber color, thin white layer of head. Musky English hops, toasty malts, very light oak. Had an almost apple-like taste, English hops on the finish. Interesting beer.
travita (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Red to brown in color and cloudy muddy like look to it. Decent light tan colored head. Aromas of some hops, spices, malts, and some oak. Taste has a nice balance, smooth, some bitternes and a good malty to toasty flavor.
LilBeerDoctor (3678) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a murky red/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of raisin, dark fruit, with a slight hint of chocolate and roast. Flavor is lots of tootsie roll and chocolate malt, also raisin and cinnamon. Quite tasty! Only slightly past its prime, as the hops have faded.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red-brown with a small head with very little lacing. The aroma is woody with a note of chocolate. The flavor is of bitter hops with notes of chocolate and oak. Bitter throughout. Creamy in texture. A good strong aggressive beer: I LOVE IT!
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Interesting beer. Pours with a long lasting, off-white head covering a hazy brown body. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, cinnamon, some wood and a touch of hops. Taste is oxidation, wood, caramel and chocolate malts. Had no idea that this was supose to be a beefed up mild, but it makes sense. Creamy mouthfeel with lively bubbles.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at Stone the day after RBSG. Pours haxy brown amber with a thin, whispy, white head. Smells slightly roasty malty with some nice malty sweetness and a hint of hops. Tastes slightly malty roasty, sweet, with some smoke and some faint chocolate. Medium body with good/vibrant carbonation.
yespr (39461) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at Stone Bistro. Pours hazy brown with a lacing light tan head. Chocolate dense aroma. Light breadish, caramel/chocolate in the initial flavour. Followed by a mild hops presence. Smooth and hoppy finish with a lingering chocolate malt flavour.
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone Bistro for RBSG 08. Muddy red color with a modest but sticky tan head. Aroma is of oxidized caramel and some roastiness. Flavors of roasted coffee beans and light cocoa powder, maybe a touch of soft fruit. Not very robust. Easy to drink, light and well carbonated.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone. Pours a red cloudy color, with a fizzy white head and creamy lacing. Some oily hops in the nose, sweet malts, and sweet ripe fruit. Roasted malt flavors, some caramel, slight chocolate, sweet vanilla and slight citrus. The roasted qualities surprised me but they turned out well here. The finish is also roasted. Dry, good, and has aged exceptionally well considering it appears to be an "imperial mild." Enjoyed it.