JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009 arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 2008. Ah, the bus beer! We had a pony keg of this on tap on the RBSG bus; a fine beer for a morning using mass transport. Smell was smooth, like powdery malted milk and melted semi-sweet chocolate; it reminded me of Rock Bottom Chicago’s Clare’s Thirsty. Initial flavor of the beer was a burst of cherry slash Pinot Grigio acidity (light, melony, with a faint touch of honey on the other side) and spiderweb qualities I associate with brett. Finish was Baker’s chocolate dryness with lingering caramel apple, and it lingered long. The "stout" qualities were always there, but they never predominated over the strange Belgian sour and fruit qualities. They also never faded away, letting the sour dominate. It was a great blend of two different but delicious flavors, such that it became a dialectical third, a new beery thing more than the sum of its parts. I know plenty of people on the bus didn’t like this one right here, but I liked it a whole lot. Wonderfulness.
On tap for the RBSG 009, this dark brown pour with a tan head, was pretty good. some fruity flavors, tanginess and other complexities make this an interesting beer.
Ungstrup (38238) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2009
Draft. A black beer with a red shine under a brown head. The aroma is sweet and acidic with notes of berries. The flavor is sweet malty combined with an acidic note of berries. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2009
On tap at The Bistro in Hayward. Color was a dark, reddish brown with a light brown head. Aroma of vinegar, easter egg coloring, fruit, brown sugar, and light cocoa. Flavor of vinegard, fruit, brown sugar, alcohol. Better than expected, but I am not sure it is a stout. pinkzambia (2069) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Tap: Dark, dark brown with a fuzzy brown head. It has a tart cherry aroma with a tangy cherry flavor, In fact, you mainly taste fruit. It has an old fashioned cherry pie aftertaste and a little too much tang because it kind of burns your throat about half way through. But still, a very tasty and drinkable brew.
Ratman197 (15204) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
On tap @ Bistro BA Fest poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of sour cherry, toffee, chocolate and light vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a tart finish. Flavors of sour cherry, chocolate, carmel, light smoke and light vanilla with a crisp lingering tart finish. ZazuH (42) - Brentwood, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
(draught - ’08 Barrel-Aged Fest @ the Bistro, Hayward, CA) Very dark w/ frothy tan head. Sour cherry, funk, wood and bittersweet chocolate nose. Surprisingly medium body w/ astringent fruity sourness followed by smokey, dark roasted coffee. Nice alcohol warmth throughout. Lingering sour funk and toasted malt, dry finish. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
From a keg. Very dark pour with decent head. Lots of dark fruit and chocolate. Nice roasted finish with some more fruitiness. Very nice. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
2008 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Black, dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, cherry, dry finish. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draft at Bistro BA fest. Both sweet and sour in aroma and flavor. Strong malt underneath, and alcohol shows through as well. Good beer.