asheft (2678) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle from LCBO]
Opaque black with a nice tan blanket that clings to the sides of the glass as it receded to a thin, bubbly cover. Roasty toasty dark malts with some floral accents coming through somehow. Nicely rounded flavour with significant sweetness and not as much bitter, roasted barley as expected from the aroma. The only fault that I can find in this beer is a slight alcoholic flavour that comes in at the end. Smooth with a full body and medium carbonation. Leaves a pleasant roasty taste on the palate.
legion242 (2323) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice, borderline imperial stout. In fact, except for it being "foreign", I don’t know why it is not considered imperial. Very full mouthfeel and nicely restrained sweetness. Alcohol well-hidden.
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely beautiful pour! Nice midnight black with a solid 1" well-retained caramel head. Intricate lacing as it went down. Aroma was fantastic even before it warmed to drinking temp. Dutch cocoa, coffee, caramel, and vanilla all came through. There was some slight bitterness in the aroma too. Flavor started and finished with bitter notes. The middle had a strong roasted chocolate backbone, with some dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel. This was an excellent brew all around!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is black with a thin tan head...smell is roasty with some light cocoa and coffee notes...quite nice...taste is sweet with cocoa and alcohol with a nice bittersweet alcohol and coffee finish...definately enjoyable...
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and alcohol. Flavor is more of the same. Slightly bitter finish. Thinnish body for a stout. A nice beer and an excellent value, but somewhat overrated.
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly sweet and fruity aroma with some straw like notes as well as some alcohol and of course roasted grains. Large light brown head with good to excellent lacing, but unfortunately the head diminishes rather quickly. Slightly sweet flavour with moderate bitterness which balances out to light bitterness for an average length finish. Full body with a creamy texture.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 Bottle at the GBBF 05’, what a great stout!, thick, creamy, velvety smooth, mild soft roasted bitterness,chocolate milk flavours, caramel sweetness, pretty easy to drink, addictive stuff, who could have guessed that such a great stout comes from sri lanka, sri lanka rules!
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thick black body and dark tan thick foamy head that goes kinda quickly. the aroma is deep roasted malt and "good & plenty" licorice candy-like. the flavor is roasted/burnt malty and a little dry but still sweet like licorice. maybe some faint prune flavor, and some alcohol heat in the finish. went well with spicy Ethiopian food. very funny to see a picture of MJ on the back of the label.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a large long lasting tan head. Smooth silky full body, almost a little oily. Berries in the nose, along with some roast and aniseed. Sweetish liquorice, molasses and roast in the flav. A touch warming but really top stuff.
Radek Kliber (6600) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pleasant rich sweet woody aroma, with touch of dried fruit sweetness added to it. Subtle quality in two words. This dark ale posses the right medium smooth body for its silky flavour. Light sweet malts, oak acidic woody character wrapped by warming well refined alcohol .medium bitter finish just adds the final matching puzzle .Brewmasters took its time brewing this ale. Very good.