Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep brown, almost black body. Good brown head with a medium volume. Malts and coffee dominate the aroma. Bacon and malts are highly evident in the taste, some hops as well. A clean ending for this beer. Good, but not the best stout I’ve had.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
where’s the aroma? lacking. appearance is normal, but loses points for its tendency to be heady. pretty looking head though. i love the taste though (clearly). it’s strong and unapologetic, but doesn’t overstay its welcome like stouts often do. very coffee. the first few sips there was a strange bite about 4/5 of the way into the sip, but that went away. terrific viscosity (low) as well. my highest rated beer so far.
Zeswaft (1639) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wasn’t sure about a beer from Sri Lanka. Especially at <$3 for a bomber. But this is a pretty great stout. It’s my first foreign stout. Nowhere near as complex as an imperial stout but not as boring as a regular stout. Has a good chocolate flavor and a little smoke on the aftertaste. Looks great, huge light brown head. Aroma is a little lacking. Overall a pretty good beer.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[ Bottled ; few deg below room temp ; B/B Feb 07 ]
A mostly lasting average frothy tan head that tops up a clear very dark black body. Moderate lacing. No particules. To the nose, malt are moderate chocolate while hops are very faint spruce. Also, there are evident traces of bitter coffee beans. Initial flavor is moderate sweet and acidic, well balanced, while development tends to lead to a sweet chocolate. Finish is long and sweet chocolate/coffee. medium to full body... creamy texture... Soft carbonation...
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, nearing night appearance with a big, full tan head. Aroma was prunes and plums with some molassas and roasted malt. Flavour was vinous with roasty malts and some cocoa. Medium-to-full bodied with light carbonation with a smooth, slightly bitter, long lasting finish. A solid international beer.
puphus (34) - Carbondale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yummy. A little sweet and not much dry enough. Aftertaste is sweet. Good cocoa stout. Would buy again. Cheap.
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Thanks to core for providing me a bottle of this!) 12 oz. bottle. Pours to a dark brown/black color. Aroma is burnt chocolate with maybe a hint of caramel. Flavor is more of the same. A little more carbonation than your normal stout. Pretty darn good. Get in my belly!
core (19) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Smooth, well balanced. High carbonation for a stout Sweet roasted malty flavor. Finish has a slight cherry taste. Great mouth feel, well hidden alcohol.
harrisoni (17146) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black beer with dark beige head. Bitter dark burnt malts. Intense. Really nice, velvety with good burnt malt finish. Toasty, smokey, charcoal. Really rather nice.
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.