FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Brewed 2006, Sampled July 2007Skyview (6055) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, light cranberry tinged, full amber colored beer. The aroma is a mix of herbaceous hops and ample, concentrated malt. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, boozy-brandied over-tones, toasted grain, syrup-crusted soda crackers make up the malt notes. The hop aromas at times contribute a soft berry-like note to this beer as well as a soft pine-like note and almost even a winter-green character. The malt & hops do combine to give this an aromatic fruit component, but it is only noticeable at times.
Fairly sweet, especially considering that this is not the thickest or richest Barleywine out there. The sweetness accentuates a soft, berry like flavor that runs throughout this beer. A herbaceous hop character is also found in this beer, but becomes the most noticeable note towards the finish where it is something like a mix of resinous pine and rosemary notes. Citrusy hop components play a role here, though somehow the straight-forward malt sweetness turns them into berry like flavors; at times notes of bergamot, tangelo and candied orange peel are quite noticeable. As the beer warms up the candied orange peel flavors become quite a bit more noticeable. A solid bitterness is noticeable from beginning to end, though it does not quite tame the simplistic malt sweetness, but it does make a good attempt.
This certainly hides the alcohol quite well, I never would have guessed it was near 12%, though this would never be mistaken for a light weight. The hop character is still fairly vibrant, and this certainly has not picked up much age or oxidation yet. This beer becomes more enjoyable as time goes on; it has become a fitting beer to end the night on.
Supplied by scraff, sampled at the RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting room. Pours a clear light amber brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissolves to a fine film. Aroma is very sweet with scents of citrus, tawny port, chocolate and some caramel malt. Taste is full bodied, sweet, and mild bitterness. Palate texture is slick and oily with a slight bitter aftertaste. Finish is smooth and sweet. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
(1L Bottle) Pours a clear amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, port, and chocolate. Flavor of hops, sweet caramel malt, and fruit with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel and bitter finish. hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Very sweet overall, even in the aroma. Some toasted flavors and a bit of bitterness are hidden in the flavor. Overall, however, it’s pretty damn sweet and is kind of a mess, though it still is tasty. JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2007
RBSG 07. Sweet aroma. A brown beer with almost no carbonation. Flavor is very sweet and sugary. Only a little fruit flavor. Some alcohol on the palate and in the flavor.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2007
RBSG 07 red body with little head and no lacing smells like a milky way. Texture was distracting in its oiliness. Sharpe in the finish. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Crimson highlights are barley visible underneath the murky dark amber body. A thin head forms and recedes quickly, fully. The aroma has tons of caramel, but in a surprise twist it also spews forth notes aplenty of vanilla. Plenty of aromatic hops, decently masked alcohol and ample toastiness, along with light molasses. The flavor is lightly to mildly bitter, moderately astringent, medium sweet and preety nice overall. The finish somewhat bitter and medium in duration. Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium-full bodied and sticky. Very low carbonation throughout allows easy focus on different subtleties. A great barbeque barleywine, from experience. tennisjoel (1460) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 > RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Sharp alcoholic bite to this one. Red body with little to no head. Some medium bitterness with the hops but this seems a little unbalanced.
Clear, light amber; big-form bubbles. Vanilla aroma, hops, more balance than in some comparison barleywines. Oily smooth going into my mouth but a bit astringent once it gets there and...there’s something ugly in the finish (I can’t identify what). sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
RBSG 2007: Bottle: Poured copper with a light tan head. Aroma, fruit, caramle, molasses. Flavor, spicy, caramel, some sweetness, with a good helping of fruits, some nice bitter hops on the finish. Very nice beer.