tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma forced the score to be so low. It smelled like a stale bottle left open overnight. The first gulp was bitter like a coffee flavour, then went down a fruity/chocolatey taste after that. Good beer, especially the last drink, but the aroma threw me off. Maybe my sense of smell was off at the time.
JaPe (69) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2007 Good Dark beer. Great after taste.The texture is not too heavy good to the palate. Reminds me of Scotch Ale.
9er (69) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 This is a dayum good beer. Found it at the Foodery 324 S 10th St
Philadelphia. It is exceptional and unsuspecting. The bottle modestly designed in contrast to the taste. It tastes well but does not smell all that much like a stout. It has a very acidic aroma yet is tender on the pallet. The tannins are subtle yet the rasin sweetness lingers well past the lips. Unique. Very sweet.
polaxis (69) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 10, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
330 ml bottle, at home @10°C
Pitch black colour. Large and thick brown head. Excellent aroma of various types of wood, chocolate and tobacco. Full and rich flavour with roastiness , hops and sweetness are perfectly and smoothly balanced. Really, really excellent beer. Very recommendable!
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted malty coffee aroma. Tastes like mocha java chips. Slightly bitter finish. Silky smooth and not too heavy. Difficult to have only one at a time. This must be the best beer in Sri Lanka.
mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle compliments of darn1207 who was cool enough to put one aside during this years St Pats acknowledgment. Ink-black pour with attractive 1/2 ovalteen head, settling in the time I’ve written this to pencil thin. Dave Frishberg’s ’Where you at?’ in the background as I take my first sip... Great nose before beautiful creamy mouthfeel. A bit too cold still, but initial taste impressive. Malty yet exquisitely balanced. Dry. Aftertaste trails a little metallic flat, but that’s just another excuse for another sip. As it warms, alcohol more apparent (i guess duh). Liking this beer. Track three: ’You say you care’ -- this guy swings his ass off. Picking up now sour cherry -- wasn’t expecting that. Really dry -- moreso than any other stout I can remember.
SturmWulf (65) - USA - FEB 14, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A vigorous aroma of chocolate, vanilla, cherry, coffee and roasted malt. Poured pitch black with a huge creamy, long lasting tan head. Left a lot of lacing.
Flavor of Sweet Milk Chocolate, Sweet Cherry, light touch of vanilla, strong black coffee, bitter black chocolate,with a hint of smoke and roasted malt. Excellent flavor! Full body, a thick, creamy, yet chewy texture. A bit above average carbonation. A pleasant, short, sharp finish. A excellent stout! I served this in a pint at 45 degrees. This has it all in a stout. If you like them thick, sweet and yet bitter, black and rich this is the stout for you! I am very impressed with this stout and this definitely gets added to my favorite rotation. THe only problem I could see with this brew is that one is enough, but is that a problem? :)
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very opaque black color, presents a good head but the head dicipated a bit quickly (perhaps due to the alcohol content). This one hides the alcohol well and has a good chololate and coffee flavor with other notes such as toffee, also has a good roasted character to it. This one just didn’t WOW me, sorta "been here done that" type of thing.
C2H5OH (64) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick, jet black with a massive coffee and cream head that bubbles away slowly leaving intricate lace patterns on the glass. This is a beer best poured slowly with an un-tilted glass or it will not produce much head. Nose is extremely sweet and rich. On the nose are coffee, burnt coffee bean, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream, caramel, brown sugar, and soya sauce. Mouthfeel is thick and with medium carbonation. The taste is strong in every respect. Sweetened coffee, and dark chocolate are most evident at first, as well as roasted malts and Russian black bread. There is also a distinct dark fruit, almost sherry note of black cherries and raisins, as well as some whisky and soya sauce. Further tasting reveals a fair bit of wood smoke and some nuttiness, strengthening the whisky note. Finish is long, dry and sour, leaving grapes, cherry, dark chocolate, and coffee beans lingering on the palate for a good while. Its only weakness is that there is a strong booziness to this beer, thanks in part to its high alcohol content, but it is easily compensated for by its rich taste. It’s interesting to note that when finishing a glass, I frequently notice small, brown spots sticking the bottom which look a lot like chocolate. Either way, this is a delicious and dark stout at an incredible price, and the stout that got me into stouts.
edward_violet (63) - Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely brew. I mean it.
Pours a very dark reddish-brown, head is pretty dark for just foam.
Aroma of chocolate, dark roasted malts.
Taste of the same... hearty. If I can describe a beer as hearty, here I am.
Sweet and bitter balanced beautifully. Some soy sauce, raisin, woodiness... alcohol is definitely there.
Aftertaste slighly more bitter.
Will buy again, probably often. May replace Guinness in my fridge.