cheap (5862) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Smells and tastes like cherries or plums soaked in whiskey. This is fusel, flat....too unrefined. Is this whiskey? This beer tastes much better when warm. Could not find the sweetness that others did. Naturally astringent bitterness clinging long after the finish that makes you sip. Moretti La Rossa has almost as much alky but has a much better beer flavor. The label proudly states it’s alky content and you won’t pass a DUI stop after drinking three of these. Not quite as good as I anticipated. I don’t how it made the 96th percentile. I know hops are bitter but there is something else in there except bitter hops. If you love IPA, try this one Everyone else loves this but I guess I’m not a real beer drinker if I don’t like bitter beer. Probably better if you eat something with this. I bought a case on a recommendation, now I’m sorry. The only reason why I rate this as high as 1.5 is because everyone else around here would think I’m nuts if I went lower Will not buy again, gave a 6 pack away. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
I believe that I had this years ago. At that time, I think it came in a clear bottle with a yellow, silk screened label. It always stood out in my mide as being a really good brew, so I recently picked up a bottle to see how it is these days. Here goes... Opaque - Very, very dark brown - nearly black. Brown head comes and then goes pretty quickly. Smells like chocolate covered raisins. Flavor starts with malty, chocolate flavors, then goes to mocha with a little alcohol bite. Dry, smoky finish. Suprisingly light on the palate - somewhat watery actually and maybe too much carbotation. I am somewhat disappointed with this beer this time around... Update: This one is growing on me as it warms up. The aroma and flavor have gotten better - more complexities are coming out (toffee, chocolate/raisin flavor, roastiness, coffee). The mouthfeel is much better as well - smoother and slightly less carbonation. Less alcohol bite - it seems to be more hidden as the other flavors and maltiness come out more. This is a very tasty beer at a very reasonable price. I’m glad I tried it again.
330 mL bottle; $1.50 from "From the Vine". OldMrCrow (2439) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle.Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Pours pitch black with a large ashen grey-brown head. This aroma is chocolate and bread dough, pumpernickel, a whisper of dark roasted coffee. The flavor is well balanced, hints of sweet chocolate early, mildly lactic, not so much chewy roast malt, grape and alcohol notes late, relatively dry and chalky finish. The mouthfeel is not so much rich as hot.
All in all, a good beer but unlike so many of the other tasters I don’t see this one as being in the top echelon.
Black with a tan head and some fair lacing. Smokey and roasted malt aromas with hints of bitter chocolate. Flavor is smokey and bitter with some more chocolate tones. Palate is dry and chalky with a bitter finish. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Pours an opaque black with a tan, tightly knit head and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, rum and mocha with a touch of diacetyl...very inviting. The body is med. with a bit too much CO2 for my taste. Flavor is caramel and chocolate to the extreme. Some pleasant notes of butterscotch and mocha. The malt character, while being dark, is never burnt. A very complex beer that easily competes with Impy Stouts...In many ways this reminds me of the Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2006 12 oz bottle. Black with a large tan head that hangs around for a couple minutes and then leaves a lot of lace.. Sweet, spicey toasted chocolate/coffee aroma. And as with most stouts, it tastes just like is smells and has some added almond and plum/raisin notes.Mouthfeel is a tad creamy but the finish is a bit thin.
Aftertaste is very nice but does not linger long enough. Makes you want another taste right away, which can be dangerous at 8% abv, which you would never guess from the taste. All in all a very very well balanced and drinkable Stout from Sri lanka! gunnfryd (14895) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a light brown head. Aroma is licorice and rosted coffee. Flavour is the same. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Very nice stout. Has a thick chocolate malt scent and a licorice scent as well. Has a beautiful chocolate malt; roasted flavor, beautifully balanced. The finish is smooth mocha. Great flavor. yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 Bottled. Almost black, with a tan head. Weak aroma with coffee, burnt malt, hints of licorice and chocolate. A mellow flavor with chocolate, coffee and roasted notes. Full-bodied, with a dryish, bitter finish. This must definately be one of the best Asian beers available. Rating: 8-5-8-4-15-4. 060801dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2006
Bottle. A beautiful looking beer, more or less black in color and with a finger-thick, dense, light tan head. Roasted, licorice aroma with a touch of alcohol. Quite fruity too. The flavor too is really nice, sweet, with roasted malts, some dried fruits, a touch of warming alcohol and a hint of licorice. Full-bodied and smooth, really tasteful. A beer I love to repeat. 110827
he taste starts as bitter, but there is a sweet aftertaste that makes it very good. Overall a very nice experience. And a disovery - stouts from South-East Asia are not exactly common.