MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
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. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark black with a little light passing through the edges under a small somewhat fizzy brown head that quickly faded. Aroma is roasty and chocolaty, with lighter notes of coffee, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is very full and well rounded. Most prominant is the roast and caramel aspects, but some chocolate, toffee, chalk, smoke, and alcohol present as well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate soft carbonation. Finish has some great staying power. Overall, a favorite among Stouts for me personally. Well worth seeking out. thornecb (6063) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha micro head quickly disperses. Spice (clove?) and coffee notes. Creamy and smooth with a sweet caramel upfront and a dry, lingering milk chocolate finish. mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Enters the glass a deep black color producing a thick, dense tan head which falls to a thin, wispy coating. Intricate spider web lacing. Aromas mostly of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and toffee. Didn’t pick up any real coffee notes here. Mouthfeel had an airy but nice fullness to it due to the ample carbonation. Flavor initially leans to the sweet side showing off some semi-sweet chocolate, and cream. Mid palate demonstrates a fair amount of dark roasted malts along with some mild acidity and faint alcohol which balances it all out nicely. Finish is long, dry and roasty. A solid stout. kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Poured an opaque brown, as expected from a stout, with thick, pillowy tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma was a mixture of chocolate and toffee, all under the malty sweet umbrella. Flavor was very sweet, and most predominantly caramel, with a hint of chocolate. Because the body was fairly thin, the finish was slightly watery, but mostly a smooth aftertaste of sweet malty toffee and choclate. A good Stout.
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Old notes from Axillas Impy night. Pours a light black with a beige head. Smells like a good cream or sweet stout- has a very sweet aroma with caramel, ligth chocolate and some coffee notes. Flavor is light chocolate some caramel, toffeee, stale malts, cardboard, and light oxidation. Light fruit as it warms with a dry roast finish. Kinda porter-ish. KingofCastle (208) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 330 mL bottle: Now here is irony. How can a brewer be so pre-occupied with loading in layers of flavour (and there are lots here) that they forgot people are supposed to DRINK this. But then again, how can so many people be so pre-occupied with analyzing a beer’s flavours that they over-looked the fact that you can’t DRINK this bitter tar. 8%, wow, methinks they lost track of a rather important factor! Forget the flavours of toffee, mocha, etc.: the alcohol content overwhelms the overall taste and gives it a very malty/bitter finish (chocolate finish?! that is the taste of too much alcohol). All of this is not necessary (way better stouts out there to DRINK for sure, that are smoother, creamier and well balanced)! If you prefer to write about beer, then Sinha/Lion might be good for you. I can’t believe how over-rated this beer is and how everyone just falls into line. maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Pours deep cola brown with a noisy mousselike mocha head. Intriguing aromas of sweet cherry, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and tobacco. My tongue rejoices to flavors of sweet berry fruitiness, dark chocolate, coffee with cream, flaked barley or oatmeal, sea salt, dark breadcrust, charred raisins, peat, and brett. Palate is rich without being heavy, and reveals tingly carbonation. Firm earthy/herbal bitter aftertaste, lightly tweedy, and accompanied by the smooth sting of cigar smoke. Complex, balanced, mellow yet profound and masculine. NosirIwont (2592) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a brownish head. Aroma is quite smoked and barbeque-like with butterish notes. Flavour is interesting… a mix of wood and a bonfire – actually burning wood maybe. Smoked definitely, and has an oak-aged feel to it. Dryish finish. Palate feels a bit thin. 11-07-06. thewolf (12803) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Pours almost completely black with a big creamy brown head that doesn’t go away easily :o) Slightly coffee aroma and a lot of roasted malts. Actually the aroma seems kind of sweet, with a feeling og dark syrup or dark sugars. The beer starts sweet with coffee flavours and an apparent freshness seldom seen in such a stout. The pang comes later, when the sweetness resides and the roasty malts come to the forefront.