reebtogi (6488) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
750ml bottle pours a golden orangeish color with a huge white head that leaves a healthy lacing on the glass. Aroma is llight fruits and spices with some yeast and alcohol. Taste is fruity and malty sweetness with spices and yeast and a light hop bitterness. Medium to heavy body and an abundance of carbonation leave a nice tingle on the palate. A very complex and tasty ale. GRM (4840) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2007
Brown bottle, 500 ml, best before 2000, part of Old Stock IV with Dum, Ian, Lubière and Steve, enjoyed November 10 2006; eye: golden amber, really light effervescence, clear, no head; nose: Madeira, caramel; mouth: Madeira, pepper, caramel, finale in Madeira with a hint of caramel and bitterness, lightly bitter and sweet
Bouteille brune, 500 ml, meilleure avant 2000, dégustation Vieux Stock IV avec Dum, Ian, Lubière et Steve, savouré le 10 novembre 2006; oeil : ambrée doré, très légère effervescence, claire, pas de mousse; nez : madère, caramel; bouche : madère, poivre, caramel, finale en madère avec une pointe de caramel et d’amertume, légèrement amère et sucrée Lubiere (16721) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2006
Hazed dark golden ale with a creamy thin white head. Lots floaties. In aroma, definite curacao passes throught the maderized malt. In mouth, a peppery malt with light honey. Simple, light, OK, past its prime. Shared with the Outaouais Crew, at Old Stock Tasting No. IV, Nov.11 2006. (1997 bottle). radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2005
1996 Bottle. Orange-peach like colour, thin white dissipating head, some leftover lace. The aroma had some gingerbread, citrus (oranges), spices and yeast. The flavour was of orange and lemon zest, gingerbread, slightly sweet. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness with some pepper. A bit oxidized but who’s going to complain? This held up pretty nice. TimE (7762) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2005
I coincidentally had this about 4 days after RBSG and it was the same vintage, but might have held up a bit better than the bottles at RBSG.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Bright, deep, brown-orange color with thick chunks of yeast hanging about. Still good carbonation after all these years. Big candy sugar nose with oranges and spice. Very senous. Smooth mouth of oranges, cookies and cobwebs. Cookies, oranges, spice and malty finish. Very good, though the Reserve is still better.
0.5l bottle. 2000. Cloudy orange yellow in color with a nice white head. Cardboard aroma. Fruity. Malty fruity flavor, effervescent. Palate is thin. Ok beer. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2005
0.5l bottle with a 2000 date on it. Murky orange-yellow, nice white head, a tad fizzy. Dried fruit and cardboard-like aroma. Spritzy thin malty fruity flavor, with a heavy dose of cardboard. The proteins have dropped out of this for sure. Bet this was great in its day. A very fun try thanks to Rastacouere (David)! Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2005
RBSG 05. 1996 bottle. Ligth orange pour, some carbonation but practically no head. I think my pour was moslty clear, but others got a lot of yeasties in thier sample. Aroma is very sweet, fruity, complex yeast, ripe apple, citrusy, and extremely potent. Also hints of apricop, peach, tart cherry. Flavor was actually a bit of a letdown from what the aroma would have you expect. Somehwat watered down. Slightly fruity, malty, and a bit of spice. Pretty smooth with a relatively clean finish. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
07.08.05 RBSG 1996 bottle. Hazy apple juice pour with no head. Lovely aroma is sweet, potent, big presence of wood and light citrus, honeysuckle. Gorgeous nose. Flavor is woody and old, but unfortunately a bit dull and vegetal. Smells 100x better than it’s flavor, as heavily oxidized, older, high ABV brews seem to often be. Tons of honey emerge on flavor as it comes up to room temp. Man, I love old beer. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2005
1996. Hazy deep golden color, white head. Gingerbread aroma, full, spicy, light yeast. Flavor is a bit fruitier, again with yeast and ginger, a bit oxidized. The body has suffered a bit due to oxidation and the alcohol is present. Overall, though, a nice beer to get to try and I would again if given the chance.