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 (698) - 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 (1706) - 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 (1278) - 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.
Tmoney99 (13077) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured black with a moderate brown head that diminished slolwly. Complex roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Full well balanced flavor with medium finish. Good not great.
Terminus (3541) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-pours black with a fizzy tan head with lots of different sized bubbles. an interesting aroma of roasted grains, slightly oxidized malt, light smoke, roast, and aged cheddar cheese. nice velvety chocolate notes with a tart finish of light roast and baking chocolate. some nice tart sweetness in there! A truely unique beer that im very happy to have stumbled upon. As the beer warmed, some oaky/woody tones came out in both the aroma and finish. Excellent!
CapFlu (5074) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(330ml bottle) Purchased from the LCBO Ottawa for CDN$1.85. Labelled as Sinha Stout with the same picture and layout. Very cool to finally get this beer again. Pours a foamy, brown head with an opaque body - a tad thin. The nose reeks of a rusted tin, you really have to get in there with your nose to reach the molasses and coffee. The gritty texture amplifies the coffee trigger while the sweet caramel and molasses swirl your mouth. Good.
Eructoblaster (3658) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque dark brown body topped with a thin but lasting beige foamy head. Decent but rather unidimensional dark chocolate/coffeeish aroma. Taste is quite pleasant and hides the alcohol pretty well, but it also lacks complexity. It leaves a short bitter/roasty aftertaste. Not bad at all.