jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle labeled as Sinha Stout. Black bodied. Moderate chocolate brown head foreshadows the aroma of mild roast and chocolate. A thin layer of acidity lurks beneath. Flavour is surprisingly not sweet, with both a hoppy bitterness and a mild roasty acidity swirling beneath the dark roast malt character. Medium palate is smooth yet oddly watery all at once. Nice beer that failed to impress on this palate.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to JPDIPSO for this one. The pour was obsidian with a 2-finger tan head. Big chocoff in the aroma, plus a roasty malty aroma, nuts, and cabernet. The flavors were roasty malt coupled with chocoff, cabernet. Dense palate and complex, with great balance. This is an elite stout, and yes, it should be an Impy IMHO. Regardless, it’s great.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick rich creamy head and oily black body. Full bodied, rich roasty and sweet with good complexity. Hides its alcohol masterfully well. One might think that at 8% abv this is more of an imperial stout, but it really has a smooth laid back stout body to it. A very unique and great beer that I'm glad found its way to my stomach from Sri Lanka.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market in Charlottesville, VA.
Pours a very dark reddish tinted brown. Huge frothy head, good
retention and lacing. Aroma is fruity with roasted malt notes.
Taste is roasted malts and lots of caramel. Some slight nutty
notes as well. Full bodied.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Selfridges. A new rate for me but I am previously aware of its quality. Sri Lanka is not somewhere I would think of when considering quality beer but this is well worthy of its lofty position. The nose is obviously stout like but there is a wonderful note of vanilla cake too. The roasted malt is a given but here it is well pronounced and quite excellent. Hints of plum in there too. The body is deepest darkest brown with a thin tan film. Flavour is just like the aroma but with a noticable kick of alcohol. It is almost too much but just before it starts to be unpleasant there is a dollop of sweet malt and a very late rush of bitter hops. A well balanced full bodied gem. An excellent beer.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 First rating
Black and strong. Very good taste, almost like a meal when you drink it. No alcohol in the taste, typical stoput like smell. Some yeast sediment in the bottom. This one I can really recommend to people who likes stout!
(33 cl bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to deft!)
BB Dec 2008
On October 11, 2008
Pitch black color, light brown head. Acidic and buttery, strawberry yoghurt scent, wierd. Some smoke, alcohol and roasted also. Salty, rosted, grainy, dry, coffee taste. Dry mouthfeel. Medium bitterness. Not sure it’s quite OK this bottle.
MEdium way rating, since I think my first is probably too high and my seconde might be a faulty bottle: 7/4/7/4/15=3.7
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Yes, it comes in a can now too. Pours the darkest brune almost completely black with ruby cola highlights topped by a massive, mocha brown head that sticks around with excellent retention. Not much lace. Aroma of raisins, milk chocolate, roasted malt, burnt cherries. Taste is sweet raisins, roasted malt, burnt wood, light olives. Suddy, dry, palate. Will need to retry out of the bottle.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely beautiful pour! Nice midnight black with a solid 1" well-retained caramel head. Intricate lacing as it went down. Aroma was fantastic even before it warmed to drinking temp. Dutch cocoa, coffee, caramel, and vanilla all came through. There was some slight bitterness in the aroma too. Flavor started and finished with bitter notes. The middle had a strong roasted chocolate backbone, with some dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel. This was an excellent brew all around!
Rune (6905) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle bought at GBBF and consumed at a hotel room in Earls Court. Opaque, and dark as the night. Huge, brownish bubbling head with satisfying duration, leaving nice laceworks on the glass. Woody, dark malts in aroma. Complex flavoured with initial spicy, roasted malt followed by sweet prunes and finishing with a dry bitter touch. Maybe a bit overpowering in the mouth (08.08.2008)
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew is black with a thick and rocky tan head that fizzes away rather quickly. Thick patches of lacing. The aroma is big on roasted malt, with some semi-sweet chocolate in the background. Rich body with a tasty blend of mocha, malt and plum flavors. Frankly I am surprised they make them this good in Sri Lanka. The finish is dry and roasty, with a coffee aftertaste. Proof you can’t judge a book by the cover.