TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lion Stout pour to a beautiful, deep ebony color with a thick tan head that fades slowly, and a high to moderate amount of carbonation. This beer is a real ale which means some yeast is added to the bottle. A bottle conditioned beer is meant to continue to condition and develop in the bottle. The nose on this beer is wonderful. Aromas of bitter sweet chocolate, woody notes of cedar, and peppery hints of alcohol flood the nose. The palate is a soft malty body, with flavors of dark chocolate, sweet malt, hints of coffee flavor, and a touches of roast. Lion Stout finishes with more chocolate and coffee notes up front, then ends with a wonderful, refreshing, sour edge, and a slight bitter and warming finish.
This beer is outstanding. It reminds me very much of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, and is similar to Dragon Stout, in its sweetness and alcohol bite. That refreshing sour edge in the finish, makes this big beer very drinkable, even in hot, tropical weather. This beer would make the perfect foil to desert. I would match this beer with coconut layer cake. I understand the locals lace this beer with a strong coconut liquor and enjoy it that way as well. Lion Stout would also make a perfect night cap.
MoritzF (8726) - GERMANY - JAN 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle, best before Nov. 2005) Almost black coloured with a big brown foam. Roasted malt aroma with burnt caramel, dark cacao and dried plums. Bittersweet flavour, full bodied, smooth carbonated. Moderarately sweet initial taste with roasted malt, chocolate, crusts of german Schwarzbrot, caramel and liquorice. Warming alcohol in the bitter and nutty finish, thus it is quite well integrated. Very complex and quaffable Stout.
gnoff (8741) - 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
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer had a nice dark tan head that hangs around for a while. Great roasted , chocolate malt and coffee aroma. Very good dark malt flavors with a slighty dry bittersweet finish. Very full body that helps hide the alcohol content.
A very good Imperial type stout. I would’ve never guessed a beer this good would’ve been from Sri Lanka!
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 pours black, small off-white head, aroma of chocolate and molasses, flavor is chocolatey, smooth, sweet, a tad bitter, but not over the top.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 Bottle on 05/07/2011. Dark black body with a medium creamy tan head. Big molasses and roast aroma. Sweet molasses, roast, caramel and fruit flavor with some bitterness in the finish. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/5/8/3/15 - 3.8
01/18/2006 - Dark black color with a thin off-white head. Strong molassas aroma. Light molassas flavor with a slightly astringent touch. 8/5/7/3/16 - 3.9
agl108 (908) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to lamas for the bottle. 330 ml bottle. Pours opaque black with thin tan head that left a thin ring with lacing. Heavy chocolate nose with black licorice notes. Smooth, creamy, malty, chocolatey. Just the slightest bit of warming alcohol. Very nice.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Who would have thought Sri Lanka made good beer. Pour a pitch black. Head was average with same lacing. Smell of coffee and chocolate. Thick smoot creamy mouthfeel. Very rich taste with a burnt flavor finish. Awsome beer."
balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. Chocolatey, coffeeish, a very good stout. Well balanced, not too bitter, not too sweet.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Near black pour with some crimson highlights. Soft nose incorporates caramel with sweet chocolates and a hint of raisen. There is a real ’malted’ chocolate feel. The body presents more astrigent dark fruits, blended well with bitter chocolate and espresso. Slightly bitter finish gives a nice contrast to the sweet body. Some time in the bottle may help the body incorporate the flavors even more. Good stuff.