alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - AUG 6, 2006
I wrongly had a BA Speedway and then a Dreadnaught before ending the night with one of these. Its an incredible brew, but it stood way behinde the Speedway. Sent by Drewbeerme, Pours oil black with no head. Tastes of expresso, vanilla, raisins and brown sugar. Hard alcohol is hardly noticable, a tad too sweet and harsh, not so smooth as the Speedway. Finishes roasty and slight bittersweet. A very well made stout, and probably beter than the regular speedway. Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 Bottle from Footbalm. Black as night sludge that is super thick and smells pretty damn good. Very tiny head. Looks wonderful, tastes amazing. So much chocolate and coffee going on. Not something I care to have all the time, but still very very good and deserving of all the hype. I hope to get one of these again in the future, although I will be sure not taste it after something like the BA Speedway (like i did tonight), because the Dark Lord doesn’t hold a candle to it. Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 From bottle courtesy of Naven at the monthly Death Metal Beer Tasting Social Mixer at my house. If you’re in San Diego, this is a highly recommended way to meet fellow alcoholics and drink rare ales while listening to only the finest of grindcore and regurgitated tunes. Anyway, this stuff glugs out of the bottle like molasses. Pretty good sign right there that you’re looking at a world of problems tomorrow. It’s black, leaves brown lacing and could drop a grizzly bear in it’s tracks. Tastes great. Really really heavy chocolate flavors. You don’t realize this is 13% until you pee in the tub later on that night. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 Columbus gathering beer#12. Brought by Sliffy. This wasnt exactly the 100th beer but I am rating it as it was. Aroma was of luscious chocolate, coffee, and molasses. This was very thick and rich almost like a choclate syrup. So glad i was able to try this for a 100th beer. Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Thick dark chocolate, caramel colored head. Very full bodied, with a bitter, roasted flavor. Love it. Had this at Immy’s tasting.
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2006
bottle. thanks glkaiser. I’ve been holding off on this for a special occassion. My buddy got a new and better job so the time has come.
dark black/maple pour with tan thin bubbled head. nice oak barrel, molasses, coffee and alcohol aroma. very rich. great molasses. roasted aftertaste. alcohol bite is very present. vanilla and mild coffee. oak barrel on the palate.
Great job. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 2007 bottle, sample #22 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours an oily, murky brown color; minimal head formation; decent viscosity. Relaxed aroma, showing a bit of chocolate and leather. Lots of green apple, vegetal notes, and chewy nougat; some chocolate at the core, but mostly green apple; not good. Medium, green apple and chocolate. 184.108.40.206.12=3.2
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
2005 bottle, RBSG 06. Full-on coffee and chocolate in the nose. Vanilla appears in a full, viscous mouthfeel - layered with coffee, chocolate, and oak tones. Long finish. Look very forward to having this again sometime. 10/5/9/5/18=4.8
Rerate: 2006 vintage - noticed some protruding vegetal / green apple characteristics the second time around; kind of disappointing. 9/5/8/4/16=4.2
Sampled at RBSG06. 2005 Bottle. Dark black body with a small creamy brown head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and some fruit. Sweet roasted malt flavor with lots of chocolate. Very smooth ending. agl108 (1238) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Thanks to Lamas for the bottle, a real top notch inspiration on how to destroy my liver. Rating #100 for the crown bitch. 22 oz. bottle with orange wax on this one...2005 bottle?? Great googly moogly!! Poured jet black with thick tan head. TONS of lacing left in my pint glass. Nose was of rich coffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. Very roasty. Thick complex flavor with chocolate, molasses, and raisins. Just the slightest notice of alcohol at the finish. Amazing for a 13% brew. Unbelievable mouthfeel, so thick and creamy. Do they ever add any water to this when the brew it?? I can’t fathom drinking a better imperial stout. Badass. This beer kicked my ass too. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 First of all, mega thanks to Rooftoprogue for trading with me for this one. I was hoping to save this for a milestone, but like trying to practice celibacy, you can only go so long before you cave. 2005 bottle. Pours and looks like soy sauce, with a pronounced thin cinnamon head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, maple syrup, coffee grounds, and dark roasted malt. Initial flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, mocha, and molasses that transitions to flavors of currants, merlot, dark plums. More coffee complexities and bitterness come out as this beer warms. Some warming. A tad amount of stickiness lingers. I really expected more hop bite with this considering the brewer, but this was well balanced...probably because it has a year in the cellar. Does this beer live up to the hype? I think so. Overpriced...that’s debatable, but I would gladly pay $18 for a bomber of this.
Rating of 2008 Bottle- This stuff is very thick. Lots of sweetness on this version, joined by smoke, coffee, and chocolate. Bitterness is not as agressive as previous batches. Though young, this is still damn good and should age very well. Too bad I don’t have a bottle to age. It’s good, but not $50 ebay good.