zach8270 (3173) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [330 ml. bottle] Dark black pour with a thick brown head. Chocolaty and malty aroma with a slight touch of hops. Flavor starts with a chocolate malt taste and goes to a smooth coffee middle and a slight hoppy bitterness at the end.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with thin mild tan head. Nose is of chocolate and sweet malt. Flavor is velvety smooth, oily and rich, coffeish and dark chocolate. Vibrant hop bitterness lingers in the finish.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark oily brew with a nice tan head.
rich roasted malts and dark chocolate.Tastes very good as I got what my nose was telling me: rich roasted malts,I like that.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark roasted malt aroma. Dark, opaque body. Small, light brown head. Very nice robust flavor. Surprising for Sri Lanka. Easy drinking. Lacks some oomph but a pleasant surprise. Solid. Not as good as Baltika 6, but in a similar vein.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 Chocolate malts and some hops in the aroma. Awesome balanced taste. Almost no alcohol taste. Good smooth roast flavour, more chocolate as well. Very good.
Dowdfather (8) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great balanced carmely choclate flavor. There is a certain temp. it hits about 10-15 min. in and it is at it’s best. Nice creamy head that holds. Beautiful dark color. One of my favorites thus far.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark with a big fluffy tan head and great lacing. Smoky/roasty malt nose with notes of oxidation. Very smooth caramel and roast flavor with a nice hop bittternesss in the finish. It hides the 8% abv. very well. Not great but not bad either.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured jet black with a light brown head that left a thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is rather weak for a stout, with notes of chocolate and some roastedness. Taste is slightly sweet in the very beginning with some subtle chocolatiness, but then moves to a mocha flavor and an intense bitterness that lingers stubbornly throughout the entire palate. Makes me want to wash my mouth out with something. I had high hopes for this, and overall I’m not impressed.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 28, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: A deep dark brown color with a full, foamy, tan head (low retention. Aroma is dull and muted: Roasty and chocolaty with a light hop presence. Metallic notes. Flavor: sweet start with a dominant roasted taste, chocolaty, and a lightly dry and metallic finish. Palate: medium bodied and creamy with low co2. This beer seems to have under utilized the assets of the ingredients. Not a bad beer, but not well balanced and not memorable.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark with a mild aroma-smoky caramel molasses notes and faintly vinous with a long lasting collar of lacing. Medium to full bodied, creamy with a lovely semisweet chocolate flavor and coffee, BBQ and bacon rind notes. Not skimpy at all but very drinkable with an ABV that will sneak up on you. I’ll be buying this one again.