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.
CheersBabe (62) - USA - APR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque with dark, small head. Very thick malt flavor, very heavy roast flavor. Finishes clean with taste, not watery. Overall very good beer, very good stout
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. A stout from Sri Lanka. And a darn good one at that. Nice blend of slightly sweet and organic sour notes...the smell of blackstrap molasses...a nice tongue-puckering palate...definitely worth a go.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells like prune wine in a corn cob pipe, and looks black as hash.
This has got some buzz to it, I can smell the alcohol. My bottle has appreciable carbonation that with the help of the alcohol cuts the stout malting. Burnt bread pudding. Some raisin, burnt sugar, a picture of one black raspberry on a leaf, burnt sugar, bittersweet chocolate shavings on a bed of barley straw....carmelized bread crust, and a little bit of black licorice.
Awright. The "8.0%" alcohole has kicked in...
Burnt chocolate bread pudding. There’s a photo of hops thrown in the brewing process, and a carbon copy is retained in the after taste. I agree with the overall ranking, a good, not bad stout with a good price.
Personal flavor picture: Imagine trying to cook Ghiradelli brownies (from a mix) in aluminum foil on the engine of your brother-in-laws’ small pick up engine while you drive 75 miles to tailgate a pro-football game. When you’re drunk enough to pull the foil out, AND you’re drunk enough to lick it clean, that’s where you’ll find the flavor of this stout. It’s a nice average brew from a long way away.
chops (60) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great looking beer. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors. My best rated stout so far! (but the only one)
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!
G_Ram9 (58) - - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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.