Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, thick head and intense taste. Heavy on the coffee and malt with some chocolate coming through--a nice blend! Reminds me a bit of a better version of ABC stout. All in all, a fine example of the type.
RobBestwick (613) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pruny, mocha aromas, classic stout appearance, rich and roasted prune-like flavours developing into a bitter chocolate finish. In Sri Lanka this is sometimes laced with the local "arrack", a spirit made from coconuts. Every brewery in Sri Lanka makes a stout, I don't think there are any other countries that can say that.
madsberg (10480) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Almost black as a moonless winternight in Scandinavia. Huge light brown head that last long. Aroma is a palate of impressions. Sweet roastyness is the dominant impression, but coffee comes to mind as well. Flavour is very coffeeish and roasty. Pleasant bitterness imediately on the tongue and palate. Alcahol is nicely hidden but a little delicious alcaholburnt is present on the tongue. This is a nice surprise, that I will revisit whenever available.
GregClow (2927) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black colour with slight ruby highlights and a nice tan head. Thick and sweet aroma with a hint of earthy smokiness in the background. Creamy mouthfeel, and initial flavours of malt, coffee and vanilla giving way to a bitter finish that holds notes of cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Beautiful stuff - thanks to mr_kimchee for sharing this one!
boto (1898) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely dark, with no head to speak of at all. In fact, the beer was a little flat. Get some fruit in the nose with the chocolate. Full flavored, but still light on the palate. Very good.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coal black pour with a big tan head fading to wisps.Both nose and flavor are full with chocolate and over ripe plums. Dates and figs seem to be swimming in the background also. A slight hoppiness seems to flow through near the finish.Excellent brew!
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a jet black color with a big, lingering tan head. The aroma is slightly alcoholic with chocolate and coffee tones. Full bodied with little carbonation, the flavor is full of chocolate, coffee, and caramel with a touch of hops in the finish. It tastes almost like an Imperial stout, but just barely falls short. A fantastic stout.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 24, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Burnt nose of roasted coffee, fruit (nectarine-ish), chocolate, flowers, smoke, toffee, brown sugar and spices. Pours a pure black. The huge rocky head is the brown commonly found in chocolate milkshakes, lasts a while and has good lacing. The warm and flowery flavor is sweet and roasted with light acidity. The finish is bittersweet. The full and rich body is chewy and soft. The finish is dry. What a pleasant surprise.
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beutiful dark colour. The aroma has hints of smoke, chocolate, coffee. The flavour has hints of caramel, chocolate, coffee, smoke. Full-bodied but still light. Very nice smoothness.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
- dark black color, strong roasted mocha aroma with hints of chocolate and hops; bitter, roasted flavor with a sweet mocha character, very smooth