madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2010
9th October 2008. GABF. Sweet start, then rich sweet porty notes and chocolate. Dry finish with a little (not unpleasant) spiritiness. nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
On tap at GABF 2009. Very solid RIS. Black in color with a large foamy tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roast, and caramel. Flavor is intense roasted and caramel malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and a little smoke. Perfectly to style and very tasty. Palate is smooth and creamy with fairly full body. Surprisingly righteous impy stout overall. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2009
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2008
4/25/2009: Rock Bottom Chicago Redline Imperial Stout is very good with a sweet and sticky caramel maltiness, just a hint of citrus hoppiness, and a nice bitterness.
Sample from growler at Dark Lord Day 2009. Rating #21 for this beer.
Agree with ajm about the simplicity of this beer working in its favor. Pours charcoal from the tap at the brewery with a creamy tan head. Clean, distinguishable, flavors of coffee, bakers cocoa, cream, and malt. Well done. BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Multiple samples at GABF. Poured a deep brown/black color with a moderate tan head that receded to a thick layer but stuck around nicely. Aroma of chocolate, some light roast, a hint of smoke and coffee, and some dark fruit. Smooth, moderately sweet entry leads into some chocolate maltiness, a nice roastiness, some hints of coffee and a nice dark fruit undertone that pairs with a lightly dry smokiness on the finish. Moderate carbonation, full on the palate. Nice stuff.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Tap. For me, this beer’s simplicity is something special rather than a fault. Granted, you don’t slapped with coffee or chocolate waves, just hints. But that also takes out the sugar. The resulting evenness is called plain by some but unified by me, and even borders on dry at times. Aspidites writes about Dark Lord having a whole other unfermented beer inside it; this is the opposite of Redline, I think. DuffMan (10433) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2008
GABF 2008. Oily black pour, modest dense brown head. Aroma of molassess and bitter chocolate. Heavy, smooth mouthfeel with big chocolate flavour, burnt malt, subtle ash, and equally subtle prune fruit. Quite sweet actually, and a little simplistic compared to the many impy’s I’ve tried at this magnificent festival. User29624 (1683) - - OCT 25, 2008
I was actually sort of surprised that I hadn’t rated this already. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nice aroma. Good body of chocolate, coffee, and a lot of malt. Some dark fruit in the beer as well. 10% was well hidden. This was some seriously good stuff. DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 18, 2008
(10/9/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Chicago. Opaque black-colored with a brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and burnt malt. Sweet flavor with chocolate, some caramel, dark fruit notes and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Medium to full-bodied. Nice stuff. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2008
Bold, chewy, potent brewpub Imperial stout that almost feels bigger than its 10% ABV suggests.
Pitch black. Certainly rich and full-bodied. I sure prefer it to the overdone bourbon counterpart. Very creamy, smooth palate whose low carbonation is very suitable. More chocolatey than coffee-like malt profile. Strong cereal components, concentrated bread. A bit of smoke joins in later, as the hops mostly serve a support function. Pleasant strawberry notes.
Not terribly complex for its magnitude, but very solid.