ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very black (and thin) color with rich chocolately head that dissipated. Alcohol aroma was immediately released in the pour. Mostly malty nose. Light fruit hints, and some more malt. Relatively thin body for the high alcohol, then again it is not an Imperial Stout (as I originally suspected) and is justifiably ’runny’ or thin bodied. The malty body is not as well balanced as it should be. This is more evident the further I get into the glass. But shit yeah! - that’s a lot of alcohol.
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml brown bottle. Opaque black colour, deep shade of tan head, foams up quick then settles to a fine layer of tight bubbles. Slightly oily appearance. Sharp scent, somewhat fruity, and coffeeish, trace alcohol. Medium body, very light and gentle carbonation. Flavour of dark roasted coffee, some sweetness - brown sugar and chocolate notes. Dry finish, lingering roasty coffee bean taste with back of the throat bitterness. Quite a nice stout.
verge (32) - USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like the last comment, I cant beleive this is from Sri Lanka. It was spawned when European Tea Harvesters in Sri Lanka in the later 19th century yearned for a british brew. Very dark pour with a brown lingering head. Aromas of coffee and molasses. Creamy mouthfeel with a bitter/chocholate finish. I love this stuff for the price and availablity.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not even sure if I could pinpoint Sri Lanka on a map. Is it perhaps on the 41st Parallel? No? Darn. But they do come in at that spot on this count-up. This beer is sure to please the 20+ million people of Sri Lanka. It pleases me even though the body seems a bit thin…..but that’s comparatively speaking.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of milk/cheese. Taste is creamy chocolate. Nothing complex, just pure and tasty. Finish is flat, but sits on the tongue.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brownish black with a very tan light head. Aroma of molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. Flavor follows aroma... and introduces a bitterness on the finish.
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma forced the score to be so low. It smelled like a stale bottle left open overnight. The first gulp was bitter like a coffee flavour, then went down a fruity/chocolatey taste after that. Good beer, especially the last drink, but the aroma threw me off. Maybe my sense of smell was off at the time.
sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 Lion Stout
Chocolate City meets the Pacific.
I must admit I had a slew of predispositions about this beer.
I was thinking a Sri Lankan brew, really?
After watching the rolling, silky, fat-girl-in-satin-nightie pour- the first taste coaxed me into submission until I was lapping at the lion’s paw.
A beautiful soft, round mouth feel is accented with rich, delicately sweet notes of cacao and coffee muted with a beautiful slightly sweet finish.
There’s something about a beer with a purpose that turns me on.
I mean anytime I eat any coconut curry (Indian or Thai) I will either be drinking this beer or thinking about drinking this beer. The Lion Stout even at room temperature is absolute fantastic combination with all hot curries dishes. This will be in attendance in the cellar for its occasions.
*side note: This brewery stopped brewing its beer to bottle water for victims of the tsunami.
Ratman197 (13278) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pored a translucent brownish black with a small, lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee,roasted malt, and some hints of chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, some fruitiness, and a bit of smoke with a smooth, ligering mildly bitter finish.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark blackish brown with a small medium brown head. Strong coffee aroma with traces of something fruity floating around the top. Taste is sweet foillowed by a very nice burnt ending. Lingering bitter finish.