ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 12/25/2012. 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark red color with nice opacity. The head is a huge, foaming three finger khaki color that descends to one finger after a while. Plenty of lacing is left behind, as well.
S: Big, massive, hugely sweet chocolate. Some dark fruits, as well. Actually, come to think about it, there’s a minor whiff of sour cherries - infection, perhaps? We shall see. I still enjoy the aroma greatly, but that foamy head should have been a giveaway.
T: The flavor takes on more of a roasted barley and coffee bean tone, especially at first, while waves of chocolaty sweet and - unfortunately - tart cherries seemingly via an onsetting infection. After a while, the tartness takes center stage. Some herbal hop flavors also try to pop up in the finish, as well. So what we have here is a lightly soured stout, and it kind of works. Not perfectly by any means, but there’s enough sweetness here to keep it in check.
M: Quite light in its loafers with wimpy carbonation. There’s actually an esophageal burn and a bit of stomach turning which completely tanks the mouthfeel score for me. On the palate proper, it’s not particularly dry, but nicely bittersweet’n’sour; whatever the blue hell that’s supposed to mean.
O: Infected - it just has to be. But thank Odin it’s a minor infection that actually gives it a pleasant twist, instead of twisting my mouth sideways and dissolving my tongue. This clearly isn’t the final product as it’s intended to be - thankfully I have a penchant for a good Flemish-style ale along side my stout tooth, so I still think it’s quite okay.
If you’re bottle has "123881841" on it, just be wary.
mattyhennessy (373) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Carwyn Cellars. Pours deep dark brown with a tan head and fades slowly to lacing. Roasty aromas of chocolate, cocoa, espresso. Taste is chocolate forward, earthy hop bitterness. Slight alcohol warming. Smooth. Medium-low carbonation. Excellent
alex_leit (189) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Dark brown color. Aroma: roasted, molasses, dried apples. Good roasted malt taste with porto and coffee.
John25 (939) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black, mocha head. Rich dark roasty malts throughout, coffee, dark chocolate. Medium body and carb. Very good.
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sinfull (992) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color , thin beige head. Aroma of coffee , chocolate , malt with some vinery notes. Rich , deep taste of roasted malt , chocolate and warming alcohol. Tender bitterness in the warming aftertaste.Great beet!
G_Ram9 (18) - - APR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice beer indeed! Rich and complex with a subtle chocolatey finish and a mouth feel a bit like a liquor filled chocolate candy. The alcohol burn is noticeable on the palate but suits this one well.
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nmcnair (15) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste also consists of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Body is a bit thin. A little bitter. Great beer!
Manslow (225) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Butelka na Sri Lanka w 2011r.Kolor głeboki czarny, piana średnia. Aromat kakaowy,karmel z mlekiem. Smak gorzko-słodki. Bardzo dobry stout, prawie klasyka.
freretoc (1053) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bue en bouteille de 33cl à la Paris Craft Beer Show, couleur noire avec petit reflets rubis, mousse marron et effervescence moyenne, una attaque sur le cacao, le chocolat et le moka. Bel équilibre sur le côté malté fin de bouche énorme sur le chocolat amer ! Délice.
jbuskirk (551) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Foreign Stout and a damn good introduction to the style. Lion pours black and heady. Aroma has red wine tannens, malt richness, and a hint of booze. Taste is fruity, creamy, chocolaty, buttery, and roasty. Mouthfeel is viscous and smooth. Everything about this stout works, but the complex taste is what keeps you coming back. This is an excellent brew from the beer mecca that is... Sri Lanka?
HuskerTan (700) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Red wine, blackberries, mixed berries, subtle chocolate.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Red wine, blackberries, balanced, subtle dark chocolate.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, long complex finish.
O- Talk about a great beer! I was expected a dry bitter cocoa and watery like stout but this was not it! This was superb! It felt more like a good red wine blended with berries and dark chocolate than anything else. So very complex and balanced....oh, and not to mention, only $3.99 for a bomber! For that kind of price I should’ve bought a case had I know it would be this good.