highlandlad (1443) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 An exceptional foreign stout from Sri Lanka. Beautifully balanced. Poured a dense black with a monstrous pillowy tan head but not a bubble to be seen below the plimsole line. Some lacework. Gorgeous aroma of mocha, rum and raisin ice cream, campfires and Bourneville chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel - Gosh, this is smooth. Medium-bodied. Fizzes a little on the tongue. Sweet dark malts initially and a little alcoholic kick in an otherwise restrained finish, given the 8% abv. Strong coffee notes - if you’re an espresso fan, this beer’s for you. Very drinkable for its abv, but it’s a little like gorging on dark chocolate - a little goes a long way. (Bottle, branded "Sinha Stout", best before April 2005)
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dense, dark brownish appearance, thick head formation. Sweet fruity plum and raisin nose with dryish woody, grain notes. Sweet fruity intro, plum again, turning to a lightly roasted cocoay finish. Slightly burnt bitterness in the aftertaste. Was expecting an onslaght of alcohol and a thick c hewy palate, but it’s much more subtle than that.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A tiger in Africa? No, no, I meant, a Lion in Sri Lanka? Well it appears so. This particular lion looks quite stunning in a snifter. Opaque black body topped by a creamy tan head that collapses into a mat of larger bubble. Glass lace is superb. Smells nothing like a zoo, instead it is sweet and malty with touches of dark fruit and coffee. The flavor is quite nice also. Just enough roast to keep the sweetness in check (unlike some other abominations I have had that are labeled Foreign Stouts). Some vanilla, sweet chocolate and "mochachino" round everything out. The palate is soft, silky, and medium. Some light to medium bitterness develops late but is eventually overwhelmed by the sweetness. It is npt often that I get to add another notch to my country belt AND enjoy the beer!
BrainDead (30) - Derby, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mine was not live. I think the bottles are pasteurised despite what it says on the label. Even so, this is one of the better bottled stouts I’ve sampled this winter.
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is good stuff, period. I will have a hard time buying any other dark beer after this. This will become the measuring stick for all things dark!
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Deep dark brown, tan head. Big roasty, nutty aroma with a hint of alcohol. MMM. This is smooth and creamy. Lucious malts. Creamy chocolate. Roasty, with some malt bitterness. Really like this one.
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 (1798) - 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 (5832) - 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.