PorterPounder (5537) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good solid stout - how does Sri Lanka (Ceylon) do it? Starts out sweet and finishes with a pleasant bitterness. Heavy, thick pour with black as night appearance - favorite stout to date.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet chocolate aroma. Flavour is sweet at first with some smoke and late roast malt bitterness. It’s good for a tropical stout, but any beer that has a picture of MJ on the label is sure to be a let down.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Both Oakes and Jackson seem to like it so I thought I’d give it a try. Chocolately aroma and a nice chocolately head. very roasty, creamy. No sign of the higher Abv. A solid stout.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
When one thinks of Sri Lanka, they think of chutney and saaris, but not stouts. At 8% alc., the bit of alcohol is noticeable. Nicely smooth and creamy. Maybe even a bit nutty and roasty. Too much bite.
argo0 (11477) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick and deep brown head sits atop this black beauty. Chocolate, fruity aroma. Sweet chocolate and roasty bitter flavor, with hints of mocha. Nice and creamy body that goes down bitter and very smoothly.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a joy to select a beer because of it representing a different country to sample, and it being something other than a skunky international-style lager. This beer deserves a ’10’ for appearance--poured ungently, a unique and gorgeous type of cascading followed, leaving a caramel colored lace head, mostly diminishing after five minutes. Dark as a winter’s moonless night. I could sense some alcohol in an otherwise understated and malty aroma, but that was mostly absent from a relatively (but not supremely) complex mix of smoke, coffee, and bitter chocolate (the smoke was the strongest). Michael Jackson’s endorsement (on the bottle label) of this as a liquor-like beer is perhaps charitable, in that it might also be interpreted as having fleeting moments of medicinal-like flavors--a slight flaw on an otherwise enjoyable beer, one worth seeking out.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not very complex aroma. Nice mild and creamy mocha and dark chocolate flavours. Smooth and pleasant finish.
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - JUN 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black opaque color with a dark chocolately head. The nose was weaker than one expected. Light malty taste with hints of tobacco. This is surprisingly light considering the amount of alcohol. Goes down easy. Don’t notice the alcohol. Very nice dessert beer that is balanced and sophisticated.
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2002
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
sour nose and a black onyx colour. Taste is mainly malty with coffee tones. Kick on the tip of the tongue. Goes away quickly. Goes down easy and you don’t notice the alcohol content
tourette (211) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful stout. Flavor profile is intense and complex. A bit too carbonated, but thats my only complaint. Truly classic.