Ungstrup (38384) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2009
Draft in Carlsbad. A dark brown beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is very malty and fruity combined with light notes of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, hops, and alcohol, as well as light notes of roasted malt, leading to a dry, bitter, and roasted finish. hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Draft... RBSG... Almost pitch black with a burnt orange hue when held up to the So Cal sunshine. Nice, creamy, off-white head with terrific retention and thick, creamy lacework that clings tightly to the side of the glass. Hoppy, fruity, roasted aroma. Full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. A lot of bitterness with low residual sweetness, but near-balance is somehow attained. Deeply roasted finish provides moderate bitterness with a pinch of salt. BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
On draft at O’Brien’s for CBC/WBC.
Appearance is a pitch black hue, thin layer of off-white head dissipates, minimal lacing.
Smell is big grassy and pine hops, subtle roast and caramel malts, alcohol, and sweet candy.
Taste is big hops and alcohol burn initially, opens up to coffee and roast malts, pine resin and caramel linger, finishes bitter and dry with moderate alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery smooth texture, amped up carbonation.
Drinkability is moderate and hampered mostly by the alcohol presence which seems larger than the 8%, overall a nice balance of malts and hops, more of a sipping beer.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2008
RBSG 2008. I really enjoyed this beer, very nice floral flavors that worked off the malts up front. The malts had a nice depth, layers of caramel and cherry, hints of chocolate, all balanced against the hop finish. One of the better "black ipas" i’ve had. RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 On tap. Wow! What an experience. Flavors of licorice(!), grapefruity hops, and a little roasted malt. Dark brown color with a persistant tan head with excellent lacing on the glass. A little hoppy aroma. Completely unique and original. Liked it a lot.
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is strong and hoppy with West Coast prerequisites of grapefruit and pine. Darker malts hit first on the flavor with an interesting roast and a little fruitiness. This is trumped by huge hops. Pine and grapefruit take over and kick my mouth’s ass. Bitter and resiny. Dry and tasty. Unique mix between roast and hops. I liked this one a lot! carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
on draft at carlsbad. pours dark with thin tan head. aroma is citrus and some fruit. mouthful is full of hop that is back with roasted malt. had this right after the poormans, so it took a bit to appreciate the hoppiness after that hop bomb. very nice and well balanced black ipa. yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at Carlsbad. Pours dark brown to black with a little orange glare. Aroma is dense hoppy and fruity. Solid malty and hoppy base flavour. Dry yet smoothly balanced between hops and roasted malt. Dry lingering malty and dense fruity hops flavour. Quite dry in the far finish. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Poured deeper brown with a short cap of beige head.. nice clarity to it. The aroma picked up brilliant pine and citrusy hoppage upfront with toasty caramel and sweeter chocolate behind.. very well balanced. The flavor had sweet chocolate and nutty sweetness surrounded by pine bitterness and faint black cherry tartness.. dry finish with an odd contrast between the malts and hops. Dry overall on the palate and scratchy with bitterness.. just a bit rough for me. bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Sample at the pizza port in Carlsbad. Citrus aroma, nice hops, slight pine in the taste. Good all around.