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 (11927) - Göteborg, 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 (321) - 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 (596) - 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 (1091) - 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!
thegreenrooster (3371) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep black. No head to speak of. Very nice looking brew. F;avor is of roasted malt and very chocolaty. The taste is subtle but there and that’s where I give it credit.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque black with a thick frothy lasting brown head. Absolutely beautiful. Aroma of roast, molasses, vanilla, dark chocolate, and espresso. Medium thick creamy body with soft carbonation. Nice sweet flavor of roast, plum, raisin, espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, and smoke. A little alcohol comes through in the end. Excellent.