davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice stout. Perfect color, carbonation and head. Taste is roasty, dry and very pleasing. Label states 8% abv. I had a hard time believing this beer was that strong. If so, it is well concealed. Nice beer.
Metalhead (620) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2004 This beer has been sampled several more times and re-rated downward. BB date 3-05. Huge dense head.Beer was dark as strong coffee. It was very soft and the mocha,chocolate notes were too subtle for my taste. Doesn't taste like an 8% beer,more like a 4.5-5%. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. I like my strong stouts to taste just like that,strong with inyerface huge mocha,coffee,chocolate.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, nice head. Aroma from licorice and coffee. Flavor is cocoa, fruity and with some licorice. Quite a mild stout.
rlgk (9016) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, brownish head. Aroma from coffee and licorice, but also with some nuts. Flavor is coffee, cocoa and licorice, Bitter finish
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice stout with a chocolate flavor that comes out more as it warms. I drank this with a bowl full of some tart cherries, which made an excellent companion.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 A roasty and oily f.s. with just a whisper of oak. Deep, rich and smooth despite the alcohol showing through. A great and powerful (read 8.0%) stout that’s always available at a fantastic price.
thehoff (580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black/ruby body with a tall foamy tan head. Burnt smell, chocolate, coffee. Nice and thick beer here. Quite bitter and you can taste the alcohol. Tastes of burnt marshmallow, caramel. Perhaps a little bit of a chocolate flavor here. Very nice stout.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, light brown head, strong aroma of roasted chocolate, dark black, oily, slightly sweet and delicious, with a little bitterness in the finish.
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found this at Thomas Liquors in St. Paul. Big bottle for $1.99. Couldn’t believe it. Grabbed two. This is a really good stout. Sri Lanka...who’d a thunk it? Bitter chocolate smoothed by roasty and smoky goodness. A very solid stout. Creamy mouthfeel.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAY 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color of motor oil with a brown foamy head. Rich roasty malt scent. Sweet with traces of coffee, smoke and prunes. Light and very easy to drink. 8% well hidden. I’m still amazed that this is from Sri Lanka!