joergen (25604) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown coloured with a creamy beige head.
Roasted aroma with notes of dried fruits and chocolate.
Nice sweet flavour with lots of coffee and chocolate, notes of alcohol.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with huge frothy head. Creamy head stays till the last drop. Aroma is lots of chocolate and oats, some yeast may also be detected. A good amount of roastiness as well. Good flavor. Flavor is initally sweet, with lots of chocolate and toasted malts present. Begins to bitter a bit with some hops showing through, and finishes with dryness and some fruityness. Alchol is well hidden in the nose and on the palate. Medium bodied with a silky slick texture. Could use a bit more in the flavor strength department, but otherwise a solid brew.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like 2 a.m.. A dark brown head that quickly dissipates. Very sweet yet somewhat bitter aroma - and very strong scent as well. Almost a savoury flavour with some espresso. Very rich - leaves a cola like tang and some lingering bitterness.
A heavy duty and really nice stout. Ideal as a nightcap, because it is too rich for a session. And itís pretty cheap here in Toronto as well.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black body, donít even try to get light through it. Head is monstrous, heaving with toasted brown bubbles, lacing capabilities are infinite. Smell is rich, roasted chocolates, molasses, smoke, leather, alcohol, and any heavy fruit you can imagine. Powerful, wide open taste slams you with the alcohol and fruit, grapes up front then becomes extremely smokey and roasted. Drink this while barbequing your next swine. Aftertaste is sweet malt and smoke, really a damn good stout from a very unexpected locale. Only gripe is that this beer can be a tad cloying in aftertaste if you attempt to drink the entire 625ml bottle. Picked this one up at Norms in Vienna, VA.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet stout aroma with obligatory coffee character. The rest is standard stout stuff, solid but not distinct from others Iíve had. Very smooth palate and bountiful head.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour, small bubbly tan head. Great aroma - lots of sweetness and roasted notes. Thin to medium mouthfeel, yet does come off as a little syrupy - velvet-smooth down the throat though. Flavours of bittersweet chocolate (almost too sweet) and more roasted flavours. Warming, but not too strong. Maybe not quite as full of flavour as the aroma suggests, but Iím being picky (I love my stouts). Dessert like quality makes it not a session brew (and the hidden 8%) but with this now available regularly at the LCBO, it will be a go to after dinner beer for sure.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the very best stouts available. I bought this expecting something quite a bit less significant and enjoyable. What I got was an extremely smooth, flavorful, and enjoyable beer. The 8% alcohol was a real surprise as it didnít come through to the taste at all. Very nice!
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear and very dark red with a creamy tan head. Sour, dark chocolate, raisen and coffee aroma. Medium bodied with a silky mouthfeel. Chalky, roasty flavor with some burnt astringency, some sweetness and a mild bitter finish. Lightly tart also.
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Sammy for this bottle. Shared with him as well as Tim and Rudy. Vinous chocolatey aroma with some maltiness. Dark chocolate color with mild transparency and a nice tan head. Roasty, chocolate flavor to start with slight astringent vanilla flavors fading out. Very rich and a pleasant beer to consume.
DerWeg (1579) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 "Look to the Stars Above, Cho-Simba One"
"SInha" bottle with the lion on it. Deep ebony and deep tan head, beautiful and thick. Aroma coffee, chocolate milk, a touch smoky, hazelnut, cola. Flavor assertive coffee/chocolate malts not unlike St. Ambroise, but with added sweetish molasses fullness, smoky. Extremely drinkable... alco is dangerously hidden... complex notes of earth and woods play with you and refuse to be figured out. Great integration of hops, which sparkle and yet donít get in the way of the malts. Excellent-value stout from historic Sri Lanka (Ceylon) solidly made with top ingredients.