b3shine (6149) - Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks alexsdad06). Looks good; a dull black with off-white lacing. Smells good; malty, boozy, and funky. Tastes like it smells with some smoke and less booze. Good on the palate. Enjoyable.
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, cherry, smoke, oak, roastiness and dark chocolate. Palate was mediuim to full bodied and smooth with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of smoke, roastiness, cherry, dark chocolate, light oak and light bourbon with a smooth dry lightly tart lingering smokey cherry finish.
Steve_0 (3019) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Crooked Stave’s Final Release Party of 2012. Pour courtesy of Josh, thanks man! Pour is deep brown, almost black with a small brown head. Woody, raspberry, cherries, roast, and light cocoa in the aroma. Taste is toasty chocolate, cherry, raspberry, tart fruit, bready, and oak with a light alcoholic touch on the finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Meh.
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle received from Ratman. Pours opaque with a large, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is vinous, oak, plums, cookie and toast malt with acetic acid and spicy hops. Flavor is malt forward with vinous notes, plums and figs with light hops and bitterness, oak and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (4031) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with frothy, beige head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is sour fruit esters, smoke, roast malt, earthy hops, floral notes, figs, and light leather. Flavor is sour fruit esters, sweet malt, floral hops, and other dark fruits; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at GonzoIllini’s Birthday Party (Western Springs, IL). Happy Birthday, Tony! Pours a richer opaque brownish pour, dark and rich, deep haze. Frothy big tannish head that lingers firm. Aromas are gentle roast, toast, and gentle cherry. Touches of tartness, bisc uit, toffee. Initial is medium bodied, firm toffee and toast, cocoa, and gentle coffee. Some touches of tartness, faint toast and cherry. Middle offers gentle toffee, some toast, cocoa. Backend shows carmelization, toast, carmelizarion, cocoa, toffee. Some oak, spirit. Ok. Not much sour.
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, raisins, grapes, and citrus. Flavor of roasted malt, dark fruit, vinous, subtle smoke, and oak.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One more RBSG 2012 rating unearthed from my notes! Aroma is fruity and tart, notes of various berries. Flavor is blueberries, red wine, smoked meat (rauchbier-like), salt, savory, ash, roasted malt.
Tmoney99 (11463) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good to excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, sour tart fruit and smoke aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This beer exceeded my expectations.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Capped 750ml bottle. Pours near black with dark tan head. Aromas of smoke, bourbon, roasted malts, fruit, and some tartness. Flavors of roast malts, smoke, little bit of the barrel and a nice balanced tartness. Love the base beer and this a nice twist. Thought this was interesting and enjoyable.