JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black body, donít even try to get light through it. Head is monstrous, heaving with toasted brown bubbles, lacing capabilities are infinite. Smell is rich, roasted chocolates, molasses, smoke, leather, alcohol, and any heavy fruit you can imagine. Powerful, wide open taste slams you with the alcohol and fruit, grapes up front then becomes extremely smokey and roasted. Drink this while barbequing your next swine. Aftertaste is sweet malt and smoke, really a damn good stout from a very unexpected locale. Only gripe is that this beer can be a tad cloying in aftertaste if you attempt to drink the entire 625ml bottle. Picked this one up at Norms in Vienna, VA.
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet stout aroma with obligatory coffee character. The rest is standard stout stuff, solid but not distinct from others Iíve had. Very smooth palate and bountiful head.
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour, small bubbly tan head. Great aroma - lots of sweetness and roasted notes. Thin to medium mouthfeel, yet does come off as a little syrupy - velvet-smooth down the throat though. Flavours of bittersweet chocolate (almost too sweet) and more roasted flavours. Warming, but not too strong. Maybe not quite as full of flavour as the aroma suggests, but Iím being picky (I love my stouts). Dessert like quality makes it not a session brew (and the hidden 8%) but with this now available regularly at the LCBO, it will be a go to after dinner beer for sure.
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the very best stouts available. I bought this expecting something quite a bit less significant and enjoyable. What I got was an extremely smooth, flavorful, and enjoyable beer. The 8% alcohol was a real surprise as it didnít come through to the taste at all. Very nice!
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear and very dark red with a creamy tan head. Sour, dark chocolate, raisen and coffee aroma. Medium bodied with a silky mouthfeel. Chalky, roasty flavor with some burnt astringency, some sweetness and a mild bitter finish. Lightly tart also.
DYCSoccer17 (3327) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Sammy for this bottle. Shared with him as well as Tim and Rudy. Vinous chocolatey aroma with some maltiness. Dark chocolate color with mild transparency and a nice tan head. Roasty, chocolate flavor to start with slight astringent vanilla flavors fading out. Very rich and a pleasant beer to consume.
DerWeg (1501) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 "Look to the Stars Above, Cho-Simba One"
"SInha" bottle with the lion on it. Deep ebony and deep tan head, beautiful and thick. Aroma coffee, chocolate milk, a touch smoky, hazelnut, cola. Flavor assertive coffee/chocolate malts not unlike St. Ambroise, but with added sweetish molasses fullness, smoky. Extremely drinkable... alco is dangerously hidden... complex notes of earth and woods play with you and refuse to be figured out. Great integration of hops, which sparkle and yet donít get in the way of the malts. Excellent-value stout from historic Sri Lanka (Ceylon) solidly made with top ingredients.
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Sammy for this one. Cola, milk, vanilla, nut, alcohol in the nose. Flavor is sweet chocolate, cola, hoppy but restrained. Vanilla. Not bad. A bit too sweet to be a regular drinker - at least in this hot weather.
Sammy (8719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice head with bubbles in foam. Malty sweet, vanila, milk, good hops. Very drinkable and serviceable stout. This would be a standard beer for me if always available, which reflects that big stouts get higher ratings on complexity and thickness, but this is nice.
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml). (in my Trois Pistoles chalice). Pours thick almost black, hint of red - mocha head, rocky, quick dimishing, not much lacing. Aroma is burnt chocolate, malt and coffee (yum!) - a touch of appropriate sourness, a bit of yeastiness and bitterness in the background. Taste - instant hit of balanced chocolate/malt/coffee, followed quickly with a bit of tart wine, then bitter coffee and chocolate rushes in and grabs you ... Nice mellow, bitter finish - not too heavy, but substantial. Very, very good, not a lot of alcohol in the flavour for an 8% stout - excellent value for money, could drink many of them at a sitting. Packs a wallop!