3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Sampled @ brewery, July 2004. Pitch black. Creamy tan head. thick and frothy up front, then a little sweet between a hefty dark chocolate presence with some smoked malts. Nose is strong roasted malts. Sweet in the end. Also a little fizzy, with a sweet chocolate malt finish... the only major complaint is the high carbonation, I would think that 11+ ABV would be less fizzy. lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Aroma: chocolate, smoke, cherries, some cream, burnt malts
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Appearance: dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: chocolate, cream, sweet cherries/strawberries, smokiness, roasted malts
Palate: smooth but almost too carbonated, smokey cream chocolate finish
Pour is black with thin tan head...smell is roasty coffee and sweet toffee...flavor is nice and with tons of caramel, toffee, lots of character here...alcoholic toward the finish... Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Beer #22 RBSG 06. Darkest brown black appearance, decent head. Slight aroma of milk chocolate, raisins, and alcohol. Flavor was a dead on match, although the chocolate perhaps leaned a bit more towards the dark chocolate side. Some cherry as well. Bit of alcohol heat. Really nice. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Sampled at RBSG06. Dark black color with a small creamy brown head. Sweet roasted malt aroma. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor.
hopscotch (11439) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 Bottle(?)... RBSG2006... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, well-tanned head. Nose is of chocolate, caramel and blackstrap molasses. Chocolaty, caramely flavor with burnt, bitter notes. Ultra full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes chocolaty, burnt and lightly bitter. World class beer! TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Growler at RBSG 2006. Black with a light almost a maple-syrup-on-lightly-burnt-pancakes aroma. Some chocolaty and roasted malt compliment to that as well. Taste is malty, roasted, dark fruits, molasses and chocolate. Body is rich and full with a big carbonation feel to it. Finishes with more roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. Nice one! jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
RBSG 2006 Grand Tasting. Jet black with ruby edges and a beige head. Chocolate, floral/grassy hop character in the nose. Flavor has notes of dark roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, caramel, plum, raisin and a welcome ton of hoppage. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Excellent. Why haven’t I moved to the Pacific Northwest yet? BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
RBSG DC 2006: Deep brown-black with a medium sized, tan colored head. The aroma is pure coffee, mocha, and grapes. Taste is dry cocoa, strong vanilla/oak tannins, alcohol, but the richly bitter roasted malts really come through, figs, prunes, and finishes somewhat sweet. jsquire (4666) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Out of a growler at the ’06 RBSG. Very dark beer with a foamy brown head. Sweet dark malt nose. Very rich, smooth beer with burnt caramel, coffee, chocolate and dried fruit sweetness. Excellent sipping beer.