gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep color, tan head, somewhat bitter, flavorfull... a very nice stout.
stormking (23) - Cuddy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2002
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Never been robbed before I tried this beer. Glad I had it today so I won’t have the displeasure tomorrow. Looked like a nice enough fellow, good color, a dark foamy head. Lots of boom in the first (hmm what is a very, very small amount of time) ok, as soon as it hits. It’s fizzy (in a stout?) If you can do without the initial flavor, order a Coors light and save yourself 3 bucks. Give me my Guinness please.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Coffee with a bite. It fizzed in my mouth. I’m not used to having a stout fizz. A very interesting experience, had the appearance of a nice chocolate head on it but that was lacking from my taste of it. I’ll give them credit for trying something different but if you want a stout there are better options. Still, probably the best beer you can get in the Indian Ocean.
PorterPounder (5588) - 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 (11562) - 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 (3691) - 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.