dbass2 (3) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really like this beer. Not much after taste. Not really crazy about the 11.2 oz size bottle, but I would definitely buy this brew again. Very fine beer!
jlocolorado (10) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It is like dinner in a bottle. Excellent complex flavor caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, toast, herbs, earthy, smoke, woody, my favorite.
CanCrusher (781) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAY 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 0,33L. Black colour with creamy, light brown, long lasting head with excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, strong coffee and caramel. Taste starts light sweet with cocoa and coffee, than turns to moderate bitter finish with long lasting aftertaste. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, alcohol is very well hidden. Excellent stout, nice surprise. Didnít expect that good beer.
Brew_Cat (97) - St. Ives, Cornwall, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
35cl bottle @home, bought at Beer Corner, Athens. This was part of my DIY beer&food pairing experiments. Todayís plate was pork steak marinaded in chilli, coriander, paprika spices, fresh tarragon and rosemary, olive oil and scotch ale, along with mashed potatoes and whole grain bread roasted in the remnants of the porkís juices. The pairing was one hell of a success! Couldnít even imagine how beautifully this stout would be paired with my food. Definitely one of the most tasteful stouts Iíve had so far. Pours opaque black with dark brown long lasting head. Fizzy carbonation, excellent lacing, full body with bitter-sweet finish and smooth sweet aftertaste. Heavy in alcohol content and strong malty character. Aromas of roasted coffee, caramel. brown sugar and hints of chocolate. Resin and pine hops. Hints of licorice, raisin and dried fruits melting sweetly in your mouth. The food and beer pairing created complex layers of several sweet tastes, and made me smile like a five-year old. Great stout!
GoufCustom (1218) - HONG KONG - AUG 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bottle bought at AJís Sri Lankan Cuisine in Sai Kung.
Colour: Deep blackish brown with dirt-like yeast sediments.
Looks: One finger head and coffee-like beige foam which last for about 1 minute. Small sticky lacing with notable carbonation.
Aroma: Quite fragrant roasted malt, with coffee, raisin, vanilla, dark fruits, ginger, Jasmine-like floral and molasses.
Taste: Sweet and pleasant roast malt, with toffee, light black coffee, strong ginger, strong spice, nuts, smoke, light liquorices, pretty strong grass and hops.
Body: Mid to light, with slick and slightly creamy palate.
Mouth Feel: Very solid stout base - good roasted malt, very nutty, toffee and coffee are moderate and in right doses. Surprises being the ginger and Jasmine-like elements, making this brew very fragrant and fresh both in smell and taste, make me say ďwow!Ē a few times already.
Booze: The 8.8% abv is very well-hidden all the way and has no knock-on throughout. Incredible!
Hoppiness: Mostly on the nose - pleasant flower and grass plus some citrus, and bitterness is moderate for a FS, sapping and slightly lingering for a finish. Quite nice.
After Taste: Slightly dry, nicely spicy to mouth.
Comments: This one is highly praised by many, and for me this really is a nice surprise: I was expecting a really heavy stout; Instead, its moderate body and taste is massively boosted by some very nice ginger / flower / spicy elements to make it very enjoyable and interesting. I know Iíll back to AJís very soon to stock some more for the winter. Highly recommended!
migwell (155) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Southern Asia is not a place to go if you are looking for good beer. Iíve travelled extensively in the region, and most of the beers are real crap, so imagine my astonishment when I arrived in Sri Lanka and had a 650 ml of this outstanding brew. Definitely a world class stout, and at 8.80 ABV, it certainly makes for a cheap night out! This is a really dark brew, with lots of full toasted flavor. It goes down easy but packs a wallop. Absolutely the top brew in this part of the world.
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great stout. I can hardly wait for my next bottle to fill a tall and frosty glass. :-)
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Dzhigga (283) - Kirov, RUSSIA - MAR 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Almost black color with huge steady head. Aroma is very pleasant: roasted coffee, rye bread, bitter chocolate. Taste is complex and rich: lightly sweet with dry fruits notes at the beginning than it goes to nice bitterness in finish. Slightly oily and rich texture. Great stout! Especially surprising that it brewed in tropical country.
Dacrza (692) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
DATE TASTED: April 9, 2015... GLASSWARE: Guinness retro pint... OCCASION: a stout battle--Lion vs. Dragon... APPEARANCE: jet black body that sports a dense, thick, clumpy, clinging brown head that has its show stolen by the web of lacing that paints the glass... AROMA: the Styrian hops initiate a peppery, spicy aroma that suggests candied fruits and a winy, cordial intimidation... PALATE: immediately full-bodied, with a balance of milky softness and substantial warmth... TASTE: mellow prune, mocha chocolate, and warming peat; a formidable collection of flavors; ... OVERALL: the smoothness of this beast is starting, as I have had stouts with half the ABV that went down as easily; a perfect standalone nightcap....
jbuskirk (931) - Lincoln, 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?