IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAY 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color of motor oil with a brown foamy head. Rich roasty malt scent. Sweet with traces of coffee, smoke and prunes. Light and very easy to drink. 8% well hidden. I’m still amazed that this is from Sri Lanka!
thegreenrooster (3056) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep black. No head to speak of. Very nice looking brew. F;avor is of roasted malt and very chocolaty. The taste is subtle but there and that’s where I give it credit.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque black with a thick frothy lasting brown head. Absolutely beautiful. Aroma of roast, molasses, vanilla, dark chocolate, and espresso. Medium thick creamy body with soft carbonation. Nice sweet flavor of roast, plum, raisin, espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, and smoke. A little alcohol comes through in the end. Excellent.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, from Cooler Box, Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia. Supper dark brown, thick coffee colour with a brown skumy head that is still sitting in my glass the next morning. Sweet, milk stout aroma. Rich dark roasted flavour. A genuine foreign stout the origins of which I had to research to make sure its not the same as the Guinness Foreign Stout. The following useful website details the history of Guinness Anchor Berhad and Malaysian brewing in general - http://www.iol.ie/~ange/guinmay.html
Earlier Rating: 4/22/2003 Total Score: 4
Bitch black with a chololate brown foaming head. The roasted black malt just lifted out of the glass. Bitter sweet tasting with a long and full palate. This is a complete beer that fully deserves its score.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with a big Florida blonde tan head and lots of naughty lace. The aroma is serious malt, a touch of roast, and chocolaty. The flavor is heavily roasted, bitter chocolate, and molasses. The palate is as rich as it can get. Overall, a very nice Foreign Stout.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown to black, nice lastng creamy head liked the chocolate coffee, nice soft mouth feel enjoyed this stout
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a creamy head. Nose is sweet and fruity. Flavours are coffee, vanilla and dried fruits. Slightly bitter finish.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Black, pretty thick brown head. A bit sweet nose with notes of fruits. Full body. Roasted flavor with notes of coffee, fruits and chocolate. Was my last rate at evening so sense of taste was allready gone.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
625 mL bottle: Full rocky brown head that leaves a dusty Styrofoam layer on the inside of the glass and emits a milk chocolaty aroma with hints of tar and dark blueberries. Light peppery bitterness on the tongue that mixes with some blackened fruits and sweet truffles to offer up a nice mouth feel and a tasty treat.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fully ebon hue, rich, tan hand, thick and rocky...good looking stout, so far. Nose, soft and creamy, with notes of nuts and cocoa. Taste is smooth at first, but fills the mouth well. Huge malts, caramelly, thick and nearly chewy, very full bodied. Perfect integration, wonderful balance, sweet and tasty, but never too, with a delicate fruitiness, just underneath. The ABV peeks in just a bit, but doesn't mar the enjoyment of what's nearly a perfect stout! Beats the hell out of Guinness, but gets me yearning for an Expedition. Hearty and proud as it's namesake, Lion is a stout fit for a king. Lightly spicy in the end, nutty, and never-ending tastiness.