AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown in color. There’s a short lived frothy ring of head around the perimeter of the glass. Very subdued bourbon in the nose. Good to see that the bourbon is not dominating. Still some good roasty coffee notes coming through.
There’s much more coffee coming through in the taste. So much in fact that it’s dominating the bourbon barrel aging effects. I expected just the opposite. Also was a bit thinner in the mouthfeel than I was expecting. Ends up being a bit more balanced than I was expecting. Not earth moving, but then again, don’t know if this had a chance to live up to the hype.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Beerlando for sharing this one!!! Pours a nearly opaque ebony, with some burnt brown glinting from the depths. The aroma is is a melange of dark fruits, vanilla, roasted grains, French roasted coffee, absolutely spectacular. The flavor is more of the same, with the dark fruit notes seeming to come to the forefront. An absolute masterpiece.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Beerlando! Rich coffee and chocolate notes, dark and roasty aromas. Pours black with a thin tan head. Dark fruits, raisons and sweet driend figs, with vanilla and molassses, with rich chocolatey flavors. A wonderful beer, such a treat!
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Thanks Beerlando, sharing this was a treat! Pours jet-black with a bubbly chocolate milk colored head. The aromas of chocolate and alcohol are most prominent. The taste is amazingly complex. I felt like I just bit into the saxophone-playing California Raisin dipped in the finest swiss chocolate. The next sip, I get some grape flavors. The next, back to the Raisinets. A little thinner on the palate then I expected. Superb beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 2006 vintage, bottle #183/235, opened to celebrate the opening of the new and improved Redlight Redlight. The pour yields a deep, dark mahogany body that shows nearly black. A small, swirly, tan colored head leaves soapy spots and flares of lacing behind. The aroma is fantastic! Notes of sweet, dark chocolate fudge, roasty Cuban coffee, caramelo, and stewed dark fruits are all infused with a subtle, sour mash bourbon twang. Flavors show perhaps even more depth, as the dark fruity notes begin to better define themselves. Sweet raison and fig join the fudgy-caramel party, while toasty, vanilla laden oak imparts a smoothing effect. There is a good amount of roast throughout, as well as a surprising dose of lingering, earthy hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is substantial, lightly carbonated, and silky smooth, with hardly any alcoholic heat detectable. This is a fantastic beer, though I’m not quite sure it is a significant improvement over the stellar base product. Like most things Alesmith does, this is world-class.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006, bottle 186/233. Poured to celebrate the World Series victory by the Philadelphia Phillies! Pours pitch black, capped with a small brown head. Very appealing aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt, oak, and some alcohol. Flavor is huge chocolate malt, fresh roasted coffee, bourbon, dark fruit,vanilla, licorice, salt, and moderate hops. Chocolate and bourbon cling to the palate for a lengthy finish. Great beer, but I think the barrel treatment takes away from the base beer.
doublea (27) - , California, USA - OCT 29, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black like the night. Totally opaque. Head is tan, well carbonated, not overly so.
The aroma screams bourbon. It overpowers the coffee, chocolate and vanilla. The taste is very heavy bourbon, surprising, and amazing how much flavor the beer draws from its barrels. Definitly some coffee, and some hints of chocolate and vanilla. More aftertaste of coffee and initial hit of bourbon and warming alchohol.
All in all, fantastic. Like no beer I’ve ever had. The bourbon character really sticks out, to the point where every sip continues to surprise me. I split the bottle with a few friends who proclaimed it the best beer they ever had.
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sample from a bottle of 2006. Many thanks to Moejuck for providing the bottle and Rogueone for saving half of her sample for me (you are the Queen!). This is one of very few beers I would kill to try and I was starting to worry that it might come to that. Pours dark brown with a minimal head. Aroma is heavy bourbon with some chocolate. Alcohol hits you at first taste, but quickly smoothes out to a megaton of chocolate with a creamy vanilla finish. The only thing keeping me from giving this a perfect score is the fact that it has way less of a coffee presence than regular Speedway. Aside from that, amazing beer. Lived up to the hype.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#400, Thanks Moejuck! This beer suuuuucks. Just kidding; it’s thankfully what I expected. Heavy vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate and coffee in the nose. Oily black pour. Flavor is burnt coffee and bourbon, alcohol is definitely present, fig, and dark chocolate. The best part of the beer, imo, is the finish. Nice texture, roasted chocolate malts, coffee, rush of chocolate, and an oaky dryness that really compliments the bourbon. YUM!!
bu11zeye (12256) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) body with a spare brown head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, light vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, oak, some burnt, bourbon, and coffee with a bitter finish.