avalancher34 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Holy goodness, this is one rich and robust beer. Sweet aromas of dark chocolate and almonds fill the air as this pours a rich and deep brown with substantial creamy head. Very nicely carbonated to mix with the robust malt/chocalate/nutty flavors that draw down the gullet leaving a very nice afterbirth. This is one stout not to be missed!
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found this at Thomas Liquors in St. Paul. Big bottle for $1.99. Couldn’t believe it. Grabbed two. This is a really good stout. Sri Lanka...who’d a thunk it? Bitter chocolate smoothed by roasty and smoky goodness. A very solid stout. Creamy mouthfeel.
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark rich mocha color with about three fingers of head that dissipate to none after seven minutes or so. For me, this is how a stout should me. Strong mocha chocolate flavor up front that finishes clean. Palate stout enough for stout but clean enough to not linger. Really really am impressed with this stout and will definately buy again.
NonOperational (55) - ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2014 A delicious and memorably rich stout. Syrupy texture with a good brown head. Taste is full of subtle complexities, on the savory side but just steering clear of the soy sauce / oxo realm. Reminded me a bit of Anchor Porter.
MrBeachtwig (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark colour with tan head. Wonderfult aroma with licroiose, chocolate and coffee. After the promising aroma the taste is a bit dissapointing. I sense some licroise and chocolate but I expected more body. Overall a nice stout, but could have been better.
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick black fluid that generates an enormous fluffy head that lingers for quite a while. The head is the color of creamy hot chocolate! The aroma is dominated by malts with hints of coffee and cocoa. The bitterness of coffee is extremely present in the flavor! The flavor and mouthfeel are BIG! The after taste shows a trace of the 8% abv. Man, this is great stuff. Who knew they could brew this well in Sri Lanka?!
wanderingman (54) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Well here we have a perfect example of a beer that delivers exactly what it promises. Pours almost black with a dark tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma of coffee and sweet chocolate. Taste of coffee and chocolate that lingers to toffee. Its a shame that I don’t care more for stouts. I was forced to down the last 1/4 of the bottle in one gulp.
ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a quickly diminishing light brown head. Lovely smooth roasted flavours, licorice, chocolate etc. Nothing to really grab you by the bollards, but this is a very fine stout. Lengthy bitter finish.
Dorstig (51) - Oegstgeest, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brownish/blaclk with a beige head which leaves a nice lacing. Aroma’s of chocolat, nuts, coffee, dried fruits. Light/medium body with mild carbonation. Dry, salty with enough malt to balance it out in a nice dry warming finish. Excellent stuff and an almost unsurpassed price/quality value. Will buy and drink this again with pleasure!
dink (50) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle consumed a few months after best before date. Pour is almost opaque black, small tan head and lots of lacing left on the glass. The big nose of roast and coffee that has been enjoyed with ’fresh’ bottles is kind of absent here. Earthy aroma., smoke, and like a smoked oysters? Flavour is pretty similar as aroma with a little leather, slight metallic edge, with some good bitterness present. Also getting some sweet alcohol like a port or something? I kinda really like this.