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.
jsquire (3553) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG ’04. Dark beer with a whispy brown head. Dusty chocolate malt nose. Smooth mouthfeel. A delicious beer of dark dried fruit, faint coffee, and chocolate. The aging melded all the flavors into a wonderful whole that is almost a gentle imperial stout.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 04. 2002 vintage. Pours black with a small mocha colored head. Burbony smell first hits you from the aroma followed by some great coffee and chocolate tones. Taste starts rich, sweet and malty, with a nice bitterness at the end to balance it out. Incredibly smooth from aging, a really treat.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled at RBSG 04
Thx to perkeo for sharing this 2002 edition.
Huge coffee nose with a velvet tongue feel, this is a smooth Imperial Stout. Very nice
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very nice, thick and roasty, chocolatey, very full mouthfeel. Couldn’t say too much bad about this one, very solid.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF '03, deep black with a medium tan head.Dark fruit and roasted/chocolate aroma.Malty, bitter/sweet,fruity and warming.
TimE (3353) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly light bodied, but its complexity of chocolate, liquorices, dark fruit and bourbon played well into my palate and didn’t disappoint in the least.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with a brownish head. Roasted aroma with some chocolate. Roasted malt flavors with alcohol. Smothers the mouth with an alcohol finish. Pleasing stout to drink while watching Buck_Dich suffer from the night before.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 (score is for the bourbon aged version) Aroma is full of alcohol and burnt chocolate. Pitch black color with a great nutty looking head. Flavor is bitter and complex, very chewy. This is one of widmer's best, it's too bad I wasn't at my prime to enjoy it.
ReRate Bourbon Barrel Aged: Black color, dark tan head, lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is very unique, lots of oak & chocolate. Roasted would be an understatement, lots of bourbon. Almost a shot, feels thick & heavy, lots of flavor, complex balanced. Lots of bourbon though.
boozehound (1) - USA - JAN 11, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big and dark. Maintains a beautiful head through out pint, with nice lacing. Alcoholic aroma, with roasty notes. Nice balance from start to finish. Found only at the brewery, and 2 small accounts around the Portland area