Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a black body topped by a medium thick to thick light brown lasting head with a good amount of lacing. Sweet malty aroma with abundant coffee notes and chocolate undertones, similar to a good caffe mocha. Very nice aroma. Slightly sweet coffeeish malt flavor with roasty notes and a slight bitterness as well as some alcohol. The finish is roasty with a slight amount of alcohol. Full bodied and smooth with a slight tingle on the tongue and a little warmth down deep.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark, solid black liquid that when held up to light, can not be seen through with a small to medium sized, light caramel colored head that dissipates quickly to near nothing. Aroma is a deeply rich, lightly burned coffee with a lightly sweet caramel tone. Flavor is exactly the same as the aroma. Absolutely NO hop flavor detected - a big plus. Palate is so smooth, I thought I was drinking Militec-1. No alcohol flavor detected - yet this beer warms the belly somehow. An absolute victory - WOW!! This beer is outstanding, incredible, and can be sipped or quaffed in mouthfuls with no restraint. The only thing this beer is missing is a longer lasting, good looking head - otherwise perfect. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BB 3/04: Dark brown/black. Creamy,tan, head. Good retention and lacework. Aroma is malty,roasted,dark fruit,with just slight alcohol.Very creamy mouthfeel,thick but a silky/near watery texture. Caramel,roasty,chocolate, flavors.Dark fruit,and vanilla whiffs. Finish is roasty,creamy,and slightly bitter. Very fresh tasting,good stout.
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is sweet and malty with roasted notes. The color is black and it has a light brown though disappearing head. The flavor is sweet and malty with strong notes of chocolate and roasted malt. A good beer, but not as good as I thought on the basis of Michael Jacksons recommendation.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 3:8:2005 Save vintage as below. Expiration date dec 8, 2001. Lets hope this still is wrong, but I suspect this is past its prime. Aroma is a bit ’off’ for a stout. The notes of caramel, chocolate and roasted malt are now more subtle. This actually, is damn fucking good. This is one of the smoothest strong stouts I’ve ever had. This beast is full bodied, but not offensive. This is a real treat. The aftertaste is divine on this, as the chocolate and caramel sweetness start to fall in on this end. Good beer, Great beer when it’s been properly aged. [Rating changed from 3.9 to 4.3] 8:5:03 First impression was rather odd: seeing a ’01 experiation date on the bottle. The smell is loaded with chocolate, coffee and caramel. Dark black stout with a really nice cream colored head. Taste is dryer and a little chalky. But very smooth and tasty. No real aftertaste except for some mild sweetness.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty nice. Quite rich, chocolatey, fruity nose. Taste of caramelised sugar (which i didn't particlarly like), then some dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, and bitter roastyness. Pretty famous in beer circles, and hard to belive its from Sri Lanka, i'm happy i finally had it.
egajdzis (5459) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured jet black, with a large, light, creamy tan head. Smoke, roasty aroma with nice lacing on the glass. Stong coffee taste, decent stout!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick rich creamy head and oily black body. Full bodied, rich roasty and sweet with good complexity. Hides its alcohol masterfully well. One might think that at 8% abv this is more of an imperial stout, but it really has a smooth laid back stout body to it. A very unique and great beer that I'm glad found its way to my stomach from Sri Lanka.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle was 1 day past the 'best before date.' Big thick head. The beer is rather rich, deep. Salty and thick. Better than the typical warm weather fare I would expect to come from a tropical island like Sri Lanka.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice dark stout with a smoke taste to it.this was a good stout that the flavor lasted for awhile.I highly reccomend it.