BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2008
33cl brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a pitch black body with the slightest hint of ruby-red highlights and a good inch or so of tan head that persists and leaves lacing. Smells roasty with strong caramel notes, coffee, baker’s chocolate... Tastes very roasty with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee notes. Fairly sweet right to the finish. Rich full mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Very tasty, fairly drinkable considering the ABV and rich flavors, and an old favorite for sure. Surprised I haven’t reviewed it sooner! davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2012 Bottle at Transport. Top-class beer from Sri Lanka. Aroma is chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee. Flavour starts sweet and smooth, and bitterness comes gradually for a good-length finish. Palate is velvety, and there is just a touch of alcohol in the finish. Black colour, long-lasting off-white head. Noelweichbrodt (25) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2009
This is a big, complex stout that straddles between dry and sweet, regular and imperial, session and single. Huge aroma of currant, roast malts, coffee. Ink black. Beautiful deep tan head with lacing. Lots of roast flavor, but also very sweet from a chocolate and toffee flavor, burnt brown sugar too. Finish keeps switching between dry and sweet, and a lingering alcohol taste never overwhelms. Basically a superb stout, deserves many more pours. Hades665 (18) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2010
The color is black with a tan head. The taste is that of malty sweet chocolate. Alcohol is evident though not overpowering. Hops are not really that noticable but then again they shouldn’t be for this style of beer. Overall this is the best tasting stout I’ve ever had. THE BEER OF THE GODS! MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2012
12 oz bottle from Baruni’s Hotel and Grill in Baden, PA. Gotta agree with the master Michael Jackson in saying this is one of the ten best beers in the world. Some may say it’s too sugary, but I find no problem with the sweet side, nor can I find anything that would detract from the perfection of this amazing stout. Hoping to visit Sri Lanka some day to see if it tastes even better fresh from the source.
wlajwl (6815) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Aroma is yeast, malts, earthiness, coffee, fruit and is slightly perfumed. The flavor is coffee, earthiness, malts and a tart fruit flavor in the finish. Very complex but very well balanced. branlovesbeer (14) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Pour: On the pour, it was jet black. After about 5 seconds, a brown, one inch head formed.
Look: Beautiful black with nice strong steady carbonation.
Aroma: Lovely date, prune, raisin, and tobacco aroma. Very light hop spice. While the dark roasted malt is dominant in the aroma, the hop spice comes through.
Taste: Again with the wonderful date, prune, raisin, and tobacco flavors. But there is also a chocolate flavor. And again the hop spice comes through. It’s difficult to pinpoint any particular hop flavor but it is definitely there. There are so many complex flavors in this beer. It is so complex.
Worth the money: I paid $9.99 for a 64oz growler fill at Total Wine. It is sooo worth the money. I look forward to seeing this beer on growler fill again because I will certainly pay it.
Verdict: I give this beer a 9. It is so good. So lovely. I can’t wait to get more of this beer.
Don’t miss out on this beer. You will absolutely love this beer if you are a fan of dark beers. mojorisn (26) - - NOV 3, 2012
For a cheap beer this really doesn’t taste cheap. One of my favourites for a decade now. The high ABV is masked by the roasted coffee and chocolate, but still very there in a good way. Only two bucks a bottle from LCBO and 8.8%. Just bought a Shipyard Imperial Porter, which is delicious, but more than double the price and very comparable. Thank you Sri Lanka for exporting your beer all the way here, my favourite go-to Stout. polaxis (73) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 10, 2014
330 ml bottle, at home @10°C
Pitch black colour. Large and thick brown head. Excellent aroma of various types of wood, chocolate and tobacco. Full and rich flavour with roastiness , hops and sweetness are perfectly and smoothly balanced. Really, really excellent beer. Very recommendable! TorbenJensen (1528) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2015
Color is black, it smells wonderful of smoke, mocha and a little chocolate. The taste is gentle and carefully spread it a smoky flavor of coffee, chocolate and light English licorice in the mouth.