3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Am I rate-whoring for a new country, or am I trying another new stout? Can it be both? This stout pours deep brown, but with a bit of light through the body, and a large dark tan head. Smells like the quintessential foriegn stout, if you can define such a thing: roasted grains and light smoke, some dry malts, some almost-hot alcohol or bite of some other sort. Semi-thick, very roasty and robust, very sharp on the palate with a bite of alcohol, smoke and toasted grains. I’m into this one, it’s definitely worthy of the praise I’ve heard.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A nice aroma of cola and chicory. Pours an ocean of brown foam that leaves a layer of flotsam in the glass. Deep red-black. Licorice, molasses, sweetness fades with bitter burnt malt in the finish. Some flinty or metallic notes fade after some air. A classic sweet stout with some unique fruity elements.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Sweet malt aroma with a touch of chocolate and maybe some heavily creamed coffee. This was atramentous with little head, but decent lacing. Bitter roasted barley in the fore which melds into slightly less acid coffee flavors and finishes with a touch of nut and grape like sweetness reminiscent of the distinctive flavors of Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. Thanks to Slob for this one!
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black like old motor oil with a thick tan head. Liquorish, coffee, chocolate in the aroma. First taste isn’t overwhelmingly special but as the beer warms the coffee and chocolate flavors really come out. The higher alcohol is masked well by the deep roasted malt flavor. By the end, the coffee really dominates. Hot damn, this is a good beer.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. pitch black body with a large rich mocha head. aroma is largely of roasted malt and creamy coffee notes. creamy roast body with lots of chocolate essence. silky smooth body with a touch of alcohol peering through in the finish. a very nice stout. hopefully the LCBO keeps this on hand on their general list and at $1.85/bottle you can’t go wrong.
sloth (2813) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fairly viscous pour kicks up a handsome, medium sized cocoa powder colored head that lasts longer than most. Laceing is solidly sticky and web like. A coal black brew with red highlights. Nose is chocolatey, fruity and raisiny. Body is med/full, velvetty and slick, nice. Mild roast and chocolate flavors, cocoa, a hint of vanilla. Fairly dry malt flavors with a touch of caramel backing it all up. Finish is almost dry and gently roasty. My favorite Sri Lankin beer! ;}
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild toasted coffee bean aroma with some dark fruits. Pitch black with small streaks of tiny bubbles. Smooth but slightly overcarbonated palate. Burnt coffee, chocolate, vanilla and cognac in good balance, and not oversweet. Familiar yet somehow exotic.
pootzboy (1692) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"330ml bottle: poured a pitch black with a gorgeous mocha puffy cap. Moderate carbonation for a bottle conditioned ale. Nose recalls coffee, dried fruits, toasted caramel sweetness and grassy hops. Full bodied, rich, and silky mouth feel. What a wonderful mix of flavors..all very mellow and not sharp or over bearing: cocoa, chickory, dates, musty apple, slightly charred toast...all kept in balance with lashings of lemon grass acidity from the hops and a soft drying charred finish that is totally in balance with sweet caramel tones...the finish is the mellowest, evenly balanced I have ever tasted in a stout...this is a world class stout and probably the best foreign stout available in bottles. Smooth, well rounded and very drinkable for a stout. "
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large foamy dark tan head. Faint roastiness with a big sweet note in the aroma. Milk chocolate, roast malt combine to create the majority of the flavor profile. Some muted hop fruitiness, noticable as they cut through the mocoa in the finish. Mouthfeel is milky and very sweet.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the big bottle. Dark black in color with a brown head. This is an AWESOME stout! Sweet, but not too sweet. Dry, but not too dry. Great chocolate and roasted malts. Perfectly balanced for a smooth palate.