Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Had it on the tour at Widmer, and they really, really build it up, and deservedly so. Dark as night, and lovely with a bit of chocolate.
Ungstrup (29802) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
[At GABF 2004] A pitch black beer with an orange head. The arom is great with loads of chocolate as well as notes of coffee. The flavor is also great: sweet with notes of chocolate turning towards prunes to end up like coffee on a subtle background of alcohol.
Ernest (6342) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, RBSG 2004.
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a note of brown sugar.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, velvety/creamy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Rich, yummy stuff.
motelpogo (6947) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
perkeo brought out some pretty good widmers at his place. this was pretty black with a slight brown head. nice roast chocolate aroma with a little plum. pretty full, some chocolate coated mandarin flavours and nicely warming, just the thing as the evening cooled down
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2004: Pours a transparent dark brown with a thin light tan head. Not much here aroma-wise, even has some hints of adjuncty lager yeast with some chocolate milk. Starts with some caramel candy sweetness turning mildly sticky, but dry, toward a finish that masks the alcohol well. This could use some more balance and complexity, but does go down smooth. I was a bit disappointed with this.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Eclipse black color. Small head. Aroma is chocolate and cherries. A full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and cherries. Hops are slightly spicy and bitter. Nicely balanced. Very smooth, nearly oily. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. There is a malt roastyness that appears after a while and lasts a long time.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2004, bottle date 2/13/02: Black with a thin tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate with hints of port in the aroma. Start lightly sweet and gets sweeter. Soft carbonation, Syrupy, yet creamy mouthfeel, full bodied.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark black with a dense tan head. Sweet roasted malts and good bit of smoke. The flavor is the real deal, lots of chocolate and coffee with good bitterness. Quite complex and enjoyable. Full bodied with a little bit of alcohol making itself known on the way down the htach. Nice beer.
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(RBSG04) Very black with minimal head. Aroma is medium sweet, strong roasty/coffee. Taste is medium sweet, strong coffee, some cherry, light chocolate, Finish is coffee and some chocolate, light alcohol burn. Full body.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very dark except some slight purple at the edges. Burned coffee aroma; rich chocolate-and-cherries in the nice taste. A tad bit of effervescence in the end compared with other RISes that gave it some originality points. A great example of a great style; well-done.