armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,5 l bottle from CrackedKetlle, courtesy of Balazs.
Poured deep ruby near black like rock-oil, nice creamy lacing beige head with reddish tones. Peat like tarty, dry and smoked aroma with deep roasted grains, woods, some dark chocolate, cocoa. Medium bodied beer with a dry character, but an oily consistance. Surprisingly fruity hops on the palate after the deep roasted grainy flavor. Tart, wood aftertaste with ash and dry roasted feeling.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the RBSG grand tasting. Very dark brown with a tan head. Nice roasted malt and light coffee aroma with a smokey touch. The flavor is dry, with lots of roasted malt and hops. The character of this struck me as very porterish for some reason, though I’t hard to say exactly what that means.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
US Bottle. Peat and Citrus? That’s a new one. Quite strange, but nice depth and has that mark of Amager quality. Pours a lightly milky chocolate brown with a tall frothy head. Aroma of soft wood and peat, milk chocolate, some bright citrus notes. Flavor follows, citrus, candied pineapple, milk chocolate, bacon, light peat, salty, plastic, bit of a pine kick. Milky body, sharp spread out carbonation. I will say the peat, citrus, roast and chocolate are all in excellent balance.
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Blue Monk. Black with a nice tan head. Nose is kinda plasticy peat with iodine, caramel, pine. Quite restrained. Flavor is piney hop, iodine, roast, smoke, plastic. Piney, solidly bitter finish with nice smoke coming out & lingering.
illidurit (2324) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Darkest brownish-amber color with a tan head. Aroma is big on roasted malt and coffee with a whisper of smokiness. Flavors of cocoa powder, burnt coffee, oak, smoke, and alcohol. Dry finish with moderate bitterness.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black coloured brew. Hoppy, fruity aroma. The flavor is very hopped, some coffee, smoke and pleasant roasted maltiness. Balanced stout with a lot of hops. A bit a combination of an IPA and a smoky stout. Very nice.
Fred82 (2251) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from IPB. Labeled Smoked Stout
Appearance : Black with medium foamy brown head.
Aroma : Acidic cold coffee with roasted malts. Light smoke with light piny hops.
Taste : Acidic coffee with roasted malts. Piny hops. Fairly astringent. Finish is acidic with piny hops. More astringency.
Overall : Nice roasted malt, nice smoke with too acidic. Maybe a bit too much coffee also. Feels a bit too much like a cold coffee. Fairly warm also. A bit hard to drink. Not really my thing.
HonusWagner (2159) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Something’s a little weird about this one, kinda cigarette ashy and not nearly as "smoked malt" as I’d like. Also, not very much of a stout, kinda sour and not rich or remotely sweet.
popery (2141) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG09. This was kind of an odd one. It had a relatively mild, dry flavor for a stout (ok, for an impy stout, which it was not as I now see). There was almost an off cardboard note to it, although I assume it wasn’t aged. Perhaps, it was just something funny about the roasted barley. At any rate, there’s a very good roasted chocolate flavor in there with some good dry complexity. It just might have been too dry for the size of the stout and the strongly roasted barley flavor.
KingCecil (2084) - DENMARK - JAN 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 Bottle.... It pours pitch black with a small creamy tan head.... The aroma is wood, roasted malts and some smoke....... The flavor is very roasted, smoke and chocolate..... long roasted flavor finish.....