douglas88 (9058) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 A 750 ml bottle, 2004 edition bottle number 98/228. A huge thanks go out to Eric for this, it was the gem of his awesome party. It was a festivus for the rest of us. Pours a dark brown color with a very thick light beige colored head. A awesome aroma of sweet fruits, chocolates, some coffee and just loads of milky sweet chocolate and mocha. The taste was excellent, sweet and milky chocolate and coffee, dark fruits, maybe some fudge. So very, very smooth and almost silky. Not aggressive, but excellent. The aging has done wonders to this, no alcohol noticed at all really. What a rarity and a wonder. One of my favorite beers ever. Re-rate: Eric shared a 2010 growler of this. It was hot, nasty and super aggressive. Pure goodness. Not the complex beer it was with four years on it, but still super good. A great brew. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
UPDATED: APR 13, 2010 Bottle at Holiday Alesmith tasting. Bottle was of the most recent batch. Almost no carbonation. Stains the glass. Flavor is sweet. Molasses and vanilla. Raisin and fig. No bitterness anywhere. Really good. Rerate after multiple samples and pours fresh from tap and from the growler. Taste and aroma are everything you could want from a barrel aged stout. Coffee and cocoa and vanilla and molasses and creaminess and a hint of bitterness. Fat and smooth and rich. Up from 4.3 to 4.5 BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2008
2007 vintage. I found this one to be quite enjoyable. Great aroma which I enjoyed more than anything else. Really well attenuated. I feel like the barrel definately took the edge off the base beer. Im pleasantly surprised as I really didnt care for the other BA Alesmiths or the regular speedway. Did I say killer aroma? dchmela (3062) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Thanks to Beerlando for breaking this out at the opening of the new Redlight!! 2006 bottle, number 183 of 235. Black oily pour with a thin white head and coats the glass with a thick oily film. Amazing aroma of vanilla, tobacco, roasted grains, molasses and it just keeps going on. This is a seriously complex beverage. Taste is big roasted grain, vanilla, oily smooth sweet malt and a slight hint of citrus orange. Absolutely beautiful with a strong hint of tobacco in the finish. Incredibly complex and smooth, i loved it. xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Pours a bit thin for the ABV, or maybe I am used to a little underattenuation for the style, but an imposing black color with no head.
Aroma is deep candied fig, coffee, port.
Taste follows suit with more coffee, some alcohol.
Very, very nice.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2008
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
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 (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2008
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 (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2008
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
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.