Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and roasted nose with hints of burnt malts, blackberries, apples, molasses and coffee beans.
Starts sweet with a hint of molasses, cocoa and coffee. Mid-palate dries out a bit and bitters a bit as well, with notes of blackberries and dark chocolate. On the finish is a lovely roasted malt bitterness and just a hint of mocha.
This is a very nice stout. It’s not great, but at $ 7.99/6 Pack it might become a regular around the house.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The colour is opaque black. Big bubbles build the large chocolate-coloured foam. It sinks slowly into a veil on the glass and surface of the beer.
The dominating smell is sweet, burned malt. There are also notes of yeast, coffee, cocoa and a touch of juniper berries.
The carbonation is pretty strong with small, almost sharp bubbles.
The taste is unexpectedly mild and sweet, with a strong flavour of burned malt (caramel?). The almost toffee-like taste is replaced by a mouthfeel of alcohol and an aftertaste with hints of raisins, coffee with cream and a vegetable-like taste (cucumber?).
The lasting aftertaste is almost all alcohol.
I would rather call this brew “porter” than “stout”. And it is an OK stout/porter, but nothing to write home about.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a great head and mouthfeel. Some flavorful nuances show through more than in most high-alcohol stouts but my personal preference is for less sweet stouts including the most famous, Guinness. This is great for people who enjoy stout like a barleywine. One thing that's easy to forget is that this decidedly Western brew comes from .. SRI LANKA! Lion Stout gets 4 extra Overall points for being able to come in as a novice and become one of the establishment big boys.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had an expired bottle that was marked May 2003 which I’ve been cellering.... Dark, dark black hue.... light brown head. Fruity aroma musty aroma of apples. Sweet malty creamy flavour of sweet stuff... beautiful!!
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, nearly opaque, rich brown. Thick, foamy cocoa colored head that lasts. Chocolatety aroma. First taste gives me a toasty molasses that remains in your mouth just the right amount of time. As stouts go, it’s perfect. It’s not so bogged down with earthy flavors as some others, but definitely moreso than some more pedestrian stouts out there. I daresay it’s "The bomb".
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown color with a large brown head that lasted for a long time then faded slowly to a nice bubbly lace.Malty,caramel aroma with a nice roasty side and some mild hops coming through.Nice sweet malty flavor with a slight smoky side and a nice roasty side as well.Over all i’d have to say probably the best Foreign Stout i’ve ever had sofar.More then worth trying again and again.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opaque black with creamy mocha head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and burnt toast. Dark chocolate lingers on the mouth for 60+ secs. Great roasted barley flavor, excellent balance
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice. Pours an opaque black with a HUGE lasting tan head. Aroma is slightly sweet, roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is a well balanced mix of sweet and sour: hints of plum, sugared dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate with a pleasant undercurrent of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is slightly gritty ... not sure about that. Overall, though, an excellent stout.
aardvark95 (2) - Venetia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent Stout. This is not Guiness. It should be classifed as an Imperial stout with all that alcohol. So many flavors you won’t be able to drink just 1.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2004 Pours black with a thick head that stays. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, chocolate and something else that I couldn’t quite place but was a little odd. Flavor is a mix of bitter dark roast, bitter chocolate and sweet dark fruit. From the aroma I thought that this beer would be too sticky sweet but the roasted bitterness balanced it nicely. The palate was full in the beginning but finished thin yet not in an unsatisfying way, making it very rich yet very drinkable.