Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body, quickly dissapating tan head. Aroma is coffee and more coffee. taste is caramel with espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
much thanks to enniskillen for sharing this brew.the lion poured totally black with a nice 1/4 head.the aroma was full of coffee beans,and a hint of liquorice.the flavor was a smooth mix of coffee,chocolate,and roasted malts.damn this stuff is tasty!!!
Sigmund (5696) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. Label says for some reason "Lion Dark Beer" in stead of "Lion Stout", but there’s no doubt that this is the very same beer. Otherwise the label is exactly the same, so is the ABV and the characteristics of the beer. Pitch black colour, impenetrable for light. Large and thick brown head. A real beauty! Excellent aroma of various types of wood, tar, leather, tobacco. Full and rich flavour where the roastiness and hops are perfectly balanced with the velvety sweetness. Extremely drinkable. It’s debatable whether "the perfect stout" exists, but the Lion must be pretty close!
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a beutiful brown head. Well balanced and comlpex stout. Roasted, coffee, tar, soft and smooth mouthfeel, medium-full body.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I hadn’t had this in years, glad to see it show up again, even if it was being sold in the same month as its best by date. Black, light passing through edges is dark brown, lush tan head fades slow and leaves decent lace. Aroma is assertively coffee, with a slight charcoal note. The flavor is also coffee oriented, with faint bitter chocolate underpinnings, some dried dark fruits, and a hint of ash. An excellent brew, very enjoyable. Extra point for the efforts of the brewery during the tsunami relief effort.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A late-night sample. Pleasant memories in addition to notes: "Fluffy head, darkdark brown body, aroma of sweet Belgian [person? yeast?], slightly smoky, sour grace notes, tasty tasty. Yes, get this again."
kwik-lime (1472) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 Dark brown with a fizzy head that doesn’t last that long, it looks a little like Coca Cola. Strong aroma dominated by coffee with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Strong alcohol content but that’s hardly noticable in a flavour dominated by coffee as well as roasted malt and chocolate. Slightly bitter aftertatse. This is an excellent beer, complex and fully-flavoured.
jerohen (2062) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 Half year past BB date. Opaque appearance, darkest head i’ve ever seen. Aroma of rye and roasted malts. Sweet flavour with obvious bitterness as well, quite complex. Thick mouthfeel. The 8% is well hidden. Very nice beer.
JonMoore (2012) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with hues of red. Nice creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, coffee and caramel. Taste is great and complex; coffee flavoured, with roasted malts, good hops with a chocolately bitter finish. Fantastic creamy mouthfeel. Truly world class (whatever that means).
kane (111) - USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very opaque for a regular stout. large creamy tan head. Strong roasted chocolate malt aroma. Smooth and creamy with the 8% not noticable at all. Nice.