boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 Black pour. Very low evident carbonation, so it looks calm, sedated. Very oily, very menacing, very interesting. No head forms, no lacing after the first tilt. The aroma is very vinous, tarry and potent. Intracate notes of very old Porto, chalky dark chocolates, pressed anise, plum wine, oak and sweet sherry. Alcohol is noted but unintrusive, really lending more character to the aromatic structure. The flavor is incredibly vinous, though it’s well integrated into a controlled, focused attack of sweet and charred grains, bitter chocolates, mild dark fruits, plenty of barrel influence. Smoke sneaks up and explodes near the finale of each sip. Bitterness is relatively high, sweetness is as well; these two components balance each other out at the peak of their (respective) aggression. The finish is chocolatey, bittersweet and as long as the wait for a tax return. The mouthfeel is very full, lightly tannic, velvety and lush. Very exciting and rewarding beer, a pleasure to sample. bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2007
It is hard to put into words my feelings for this beer. From the moment I saw it in the glass I was drooling, and I still drool now nearly 6 months down the track thinking about it. I have loved licorice ever since I was a young boy, with especially a fondness for licorice ice cream. Seeing this beer in the glass it just looked like liquid licorice, and on having a whiff my delight escalated in realising it was there in substance. There were also some delicious chocolate notes and a touch of soy sauce. On tasting it was exceptionally smooth, with some lovely sweet and roasted malt. At the time of tasting this it was by far and away the best beer I ever had, although the very next beer bridged that gap slightly (Mikkeller Black Hole). It will take an utterly amazing beer to depose this from the top of my list. joergen (29790) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
Dark brown coloured with a beige head.
Aroma of dried fruits, liquorice and chocolate with dusty notes.
Roasted flavour of liquorice, dried fruits and chocolate. JK (6379) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Thanks to Chris_O for bringing one of the highlights of RBSG 07. This is an excellent beer. This is a thick and heavy beer. It pours like syrup from the bottle, black and nearly still. The aroma is complex and has port, wine, soysauce, and lightly roasted malt as well as chocolate. Flavor is sweet malt, very light smoke. More wine, sugar, cherry. It could hardly be better on the palate. One of the world’s best beers. Comparable to Harvey’s, but better. madsberg (11818) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Light dusty chocolate, barral, prunes, cocoa and ligourice in the aroma. Flavour as well is full of cocoa, prunes and chocolate. Alcohol notable. Some roasty notes, but by no means dominant. More subtle. Smoothed a bit by the barral. Full body. Has a alcoholwarming chocolatish end. Thanks to Chris_o for this treat.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
RBSG 2007: Bottle thanks to Chris_O! Poured an oily black color with a tiny tan head. Aroma, chocolate, thick malty sweetness, dark fruits, molasses. Flavor, dark fruits, sweet chocolate notes, some barrel characteristics, really smooth and roasty on the finish. Very very nice beer. yespr (49173) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 RBSG07. From 33 cL bottle (2002 version). Aroma with barrel notes and dried raisins. Very dry and slight acidic going very dark roasted malty into the finish.BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Bottle from Phil_L, cheers mate! Lovely roasted aroma yet with a slight burning alcohol note. Solid roasted malt flavour with a nice smoothness of chocolate. Lovely liqourice bite. Ends warming alcohol flavoured and acidic roasted malt. Lovely
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Dark brown color with no head. Sweet molasses in the nose with a roasted malt body. Smooth finish. Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2007
Bottled. 2002 vintage. Almost black coloured. Roasty malts, oxidation, prunes, molasses and other stuff in the aroma. Sweet oaky flavour with notes of salt and dark fruits. Full bodied. Low carbonation level. Soft and pleasant. badgerben (5387) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 RBSG 2007; Rating 2300. Chris_o brought this bottle over to share. Apparently the only way to get this beer is to trek to the brewery and basically get it from the hand of the brewer himself. You are a saint for having brought this. Black color with no head. Great aroma of molasses and brown sugar. The taste… god the taste… slightly burnt and roasted malts, very salty (almost like bacon), rum and a little oak. Feels like velvet. This is probably a solid tan head away from becoming a new number one for me. The sad part is, I only had a few sips, and I’ll probably never have it again. I am going to go cry in a much inferior beer. 8/4/9/5/20
Brewed 13.11.2008; Opened 10.2.2015. In 2011, Cgarvieuk was a kind enough soul to trade two bottles of this to me. I waited forever for the right moment to final open one. Writing a brewery business plan was the time. Thanks, Craig. Jet black color with wisps of a head. Huge aroma of oak and vanilla. Very rummy with molasses notes. Pronounced alcohol, despite the age. The flavor... Merciful Odin the flavor... Strong, sweet malt. Big vanilla. Suggestive of bourbon, even though it was in virgin oak. Light chocolate. Plenty of molasses and brown sugar. Alcohol is ridiculously hidden. Hints of bitterness from barley, but this is incredibly port-like. Thick, velvety body. Some almost vinous, raw oak as it warms. This is just friggin glorious. 9/4/10/5/20