Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liquorice aroma. Black with a beige, creamy head. Extremely soft mouthfeel. I didn’t expect a beer of this quality from Sri Lanka. Very nice, but it lacks some palate.
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is black as night, with a small tan head. Has a burnt coffee-like taste, with a hint of molasses, a very slight raisin taste lingers. A fine tasting stout that I highly recommend.
BlindSangamon (8) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very satisfying stout - well-developed burnt-malt bitterness, just enough sweetness to balance, comforting mouthfeel, with hoppy finish. Well balanced without the excesses found in many domestic imperial stouts. It’s even cheaper than Guiness at my local booze store, fercryinoutloud. A real winner.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a tan thin head. aroma is malty with a little bit of alcohol in the nose. Taste is very rich there is lots of coffee caramel and bitter chocolate flavors. Overall a good stout even though it is a tad bit weak on flavor and there is a lingering alcohol feeling that takes away from the beer.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a very pleasant, almost scotchy burnt malt aroma. Dark and thick, with a light head. Hints of coffee and chocolate, giving way to a pleasant, fruity aftertaste.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Pours black with a creamy tan head. Lasting, some lacing. Aroma is Chocolate, molases, and some alcohol. Flavor is sweet, molases, some chocolate, but not much bitterness. Texture is smooth, soft carbonation, alcohol is well hidden.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted in Toronto. I believe it was obtained from the LCBO, but in my old age, I may be mistaken. Tasted from a 330ml bottle, in an Orval chalice. Aroma is sweet, intense malt, chocolate, and burnt bitterness with hints of fig, plume and raison. Quite rich and nice. Almost like a deep dark plume pudding on a fall or winters day. Appearance is very dark, almost black with a thin tobacco coloured head. Again, very nice, appealing, yet very very nasty. Flavour is rich and sweet. Nice, coffee like in its richness with slightly sweet ’fruit and nut bar’ aftertones. Very thick consistency, smooth and ’coffee porter’ like ohhh ya. Very difficult to pick up on the alcohol. Deadly.
wxman (1535) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as a moonless night with a coppery-brown head that diminishes but stays enough to lace the glass. Strong, almost tongue-numbing licorice and plum brandy flavor. Some burnt malt notes with hops evident but not dominating. 8% ABV is well hidden. All in all an excellent stout. The Sri Lankans learned well from the British, perhaps even surpassing them.
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 I really like this stout. It is very English in flavor, but not in ABV. Pitch black in color small tan head. Flavor is of prunes, raisin, and brown sugar. It has a very English taste that I can’t put my figure on, but I know it fondly. This stout is one of the most balanced stouts that I’ve had, not acidic, not overly sweet, moderate amount of hops. Simply delicious.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black, thick brown head. Nothing but malt in the nose. Slight alcohol burn, plums, black current, smokey. Thick, chewy. Stings going down. Flavor fades quickly. Well done.