Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a fuge, foamy head. Very smooth, almost a bit watery and light-medium in body for 8%, the taste is very pleasant, coffee and chocolate. A subdued stout, not a standout, but good.
TheBeerGod (5336) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a tall, sturdy brown head. Nose is slightly roasty and nutty with moments of milk chocolate and dark fruit. Taste is very fruity and slightly spicy with notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, and nuts. Body is medium with some smooth creamy parts and alternating carbonation sharpness. Finish is sweet malts, bittersweet chocolate, light cocoa, figs, light spice, and light nuttiness. Great stuff!
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from brickskeller. pours a low head and opaque dark color. very little aroma (could just be the number of beers i’ve had), but flavor is dominated by dark chocolate, nuts, roast, and some other fruitiness (figs?). Finishes far too sweet for my taste: my tongue feels like a sticky mess.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large creamy brown head... dark brown body. Excellent lacing. Nice dry chocolatey aroma with underlying complexities of vanilla. Great subtle yet overwhelming taste of dark chocolate, espresso, and whisky casks. It almost seems a bit too sweet after a while though.
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 An exceptional foreign stout from Sri Lanka. Beautifully balanced. Poured a dense black with a monstrous pillowy tan head but not a bubble to be seen below the plimsole line. Some lacework. Gorgeous aroma of mocha, rum and raisin ice cream, campfires and Bourneville chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel - Gosh, this is smooth. Medium-bodied. Fizzes a little on the tongue. Sweet dark malts initially and a little alcoholic kick in an otherwise restrained finish, given the 8% abv. Strong coffee notes - if you’re an espresso fan, this beer’s for you. Very drinkable for its abv, but it’s a little like gorging on dark chocolate - a little goes a long way. (Bottle, branded "Sinha Stout", best before April 2005)
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dense, dark brownish appearance, thick head formation. Sweet fruity plum and raisin nose with dryish woody, grain notes. Sweet fruity intro, plum again, turning to a lightly roasted cocoay finish. Slightly burnt bitterness in the aftertaste. Was expecting an onslaght of alcohol and a thick c hewy palate, but it’s much more subtle than that.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A tiger in Africa? No, no, I meant, a Lion in Sri Lanka? Well it appears so. This particular lion looks quite stunning in a snifter. Opaque black body topped by a creamy tan head that collapses into a mat of larger bubble. Glass lace is superb. Smells nothing like a zoo, instead it is sweet and malty with touches of dark fruit and coffee. The flavor is quite nice also. Just enough roast to keep the sweetness in check (unlike some other abominations I have had that are labeled Foreign Stouts). Some vanilla, sweet chocolate and "mochachino" round everything out. The palate is soft, silky, and medium. Some light to medium bitterness develops late but is eventually overwhelmed by the sweetness. It is npt often that I get to add another notch to my country belt AND enjoy the beer!
BrainDead (30) - Derby, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mine was not live. I think the bottles are pasteurised despite what it says on the label. Even so, this is one of the better bottled stouts I’ve sampled this winter.
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is good stuff, period. I will have a hard time buying any other dark beer after this. This will become the measuring stick for all things dark!
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Deep dark brown, tan head. Big roasty, nutty aroma with a hint of alcohol. MMM. This is smooth and creamy. Lucious malts. Creamy chocolate. Roasty, with some malt bitterness. Really like this one.