caesar (5403) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can they brew beer in Sri Lanka?!! Yes they can! Deep black color, medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, bacon or meat. Taste is bitter, roasted malty. Bitter palate. Simple stout, but nicely balanced.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark, black with tan head. some lacing. flavors include mocha, molases and plum. full bodied and quite sticky. nice bitter finish.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10.22.04 625ml bottle. Totally black beer with thick, fluffy, biege head that lasts and clings. Maybe the best looking stout Iíve poured. Big chocolate and coffee aromas; rich smelling and deep. Slight aromas of olivey brine and far-off lamp oil smoke. Less attenuated flavors than I expected: charcoal, chocolate dusted truffle, coffee finish. Palate begins damp and easy but expands to a creamy goodness that coats and fills the whole mouth. Very nice, a world class stout to be sure. Definitely the best beer Iíve had from Sri Lanka.
ogivlado (6022) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled(330ml). -found this one in Boras, Sweden. the best beer I found on my trip to sweden and back, deep black coloured with creamy brown head, dark chocolate aroma with some coffee hints, nice chocolate alcoholic finish
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep black with nice tan head. Aroma of dark fruits. Flavor is slightly sweet (but not as sweet as a milk stout or oatmeal stout) with flavors of dark fruits--plums and raisins, along with a hint of black chocolate
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 Perfect appearance for a stout - opaque black with a thin but solid yellow, creamy head. Marshmallowy dark chocolate aroma with tar, very sweet cafe latte, fresh malt like the smell of a mash, jersey caramels, faint avocado and a hint of the smoke of the open fire at my parents place (redgum?) Sweet and creamy flavour with rum and chocolate. Light roast in the finish, not that bitter. If anything itís a tiny bit thin. Some alcohol in the finish. Really nice, but a bit too sweet and not burnt enough to be my ultimate Foreign Stout. Many thanks to ol_juntan.
RR: Yes! Finally this is available in Melbourne (and dirt cheap!) Vague prune and sultana aroma like Sam Smithís imperial, beautifully round and multi-faceted roast with big, rich malt. I donít think itís too sweet anymore; thereís not much hop but the roast balances it all out well. So rich and soft and great and cheap! I wonder if they use their lager yeast in this...
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells like prune wine in a corn cob pipe, and looks black as hash.
This has got some buzz to it, I can smell the alcohol. My bottle has appreciable carbonation that with the help of the alcohol cuts the stout malting. Burnt bread pudding. Some raisin, burnt sugar, a picture of one black raspberry on a leaf, burnt sugar, bittersweet chocolate shavings on a bed of barley straw....carmelized bread crust, and a little bit of black licorice.
Awright. The "8.0%" alcohole has kicked in...
Burnt chocolate bread pudding. Thereís a photo of hops thrown in the brewing process, and a carbon copy is retained in the after taste. I agree with the overall ranking, a good, not bad stout with a good price.
Personal flavor picture: Imagine trying to cook Ghiradelli brownies (from a mix) in aluminum foil on the engine of your brother-in-lawsí small pick up engine while you drive 75 miles to tailgate a pro-football game. When youíre drunk enough to pull the foil out, AND youíre drunk enough to lick it clean, thatís where youíll find the flavor of this stout. Itís a nice average brew from a long way away.
Pailhead (5193) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Bottle: Excellent aroma of malts with coffee, cream, and chocolate. Pours a very dark brown, virtually black with a big tan head with great retention. Excellent lacing. Great flavor. The balance of coffee and chocolate malt provide and excellent combination. Mild hops in finish never become too dominate as they do in some stouts. Pleasant mocha and coffee aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too bitter. No strong alcohol presence considering the 8% abv, which I like. Alcohol becomes a little more noticeable near the end of the bottle but never to the point where itís overpowering. Creamy mouthfeel. This is just an excellent beer. I donít drink too many repeat beers because Iím always looking to rate something new, but Iíll make an exception for this considering itís quite the bargain at $2.49 for 625 ml. Complete opposite of their lager. Finally did this side by side with Speedway Stout and had to knock the score down a few points.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and roasted nose with hints of burnt malts, blackberries, apples, molasses and coffee beans.
Starts sweet with a hint of molasses, cocoa and coffee. Mid-palate dries out a bit and bitters a bit as well, with notes of blackberries and dark chocolate. On the finish is a lovely roasted malt bitterness and just a hint of mocha.
This is a very nice stout. Itís not great, but at $ 7.99/6 Pack it might become a regular around the house.
bark (255) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The colour is opaque black. Big bubbles build the large chocolate-coloured foam. It sinks slowly into a veil on the glass and surface of the beer.
The dominating smell is sweet, burned malt. There are also notes of yeast, coffee, cocoa and a touch of juniper berries.
The carbonation is pretty strong with small, almost sharp bubbles.
The taste is unexpectedly mild and sweet, with a strong flavour of burned malt (caramel?). The almost toffee-like taste is replaced by a mouthfeel of alcohol and an aftertaste with hints of raisins, coffee with cream and a vegetable-like taste (cucumber?).
The lasting aftertaste is almost all alcohol.
I would rather call this brew ďporterĒ than ďstoutĒ. And it is an OK stout/porter, but nothing to write home about.