gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells like prune wine in a corn cob pipe, and looks black as hash.
This has got some buzz to it, I can smell the alcohol. My bottle has appreciable carbonation that with the help of the alcohol cuts the stout malting. Burnt bread pudding. Some raisin, burnt sugar, a picture of one black raspberry on a leaf, burnt sugar, bittersweet chocolate shavings on a bed of barley straw....carmelized bread crust, and a little bit of black licorice.
Awright. The "8.0%" alcohole has kicked in...
Burnt chocolate bread pudding. Thereís a photo of hops thrown in the brewing process, and a carbon copy is retained in the after taste. I agree with the overall ranking, a good, not bad stout with a good price.
Personal flavor picture: Imagine trying to cook Ghiradelli brownies (from a mix) in aluminum foil on the engine of your brother-in-lawsí small pick up engine while you drive 75 miles to tailgate a pro-football game. When youíre drunk enough to pull the foil out, AND youíre drunk enough to lick it clean, thatís where youíll find the flavor of this stout. Itís a nice average brew from a long way away.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Bottle: Excellent aroma of malts with coffee, cream, and chocolate. Pours a very dark brown, virtually black with a big tan head with great retention. Excellent lacing. Great flavor. The balance of coffee and chocolate malt provide and excellent combination. Mild hops in finish never become too dominate as they do in some stouts. Pleasant mocha and coffee aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too bitter. No strong alcohol presence considering the 8% abv, which I like. Alcohol becomes a little more noticeable near the end of the bottle but never to the point where itís overpowering. Creamy mouthfeel. This is just an excellent beer. I donít drink too many repeat beers because Iím always looking to rate something new, but Iíll make an exception for this considering itís quite the bargain at $2.49 for 625 ml. Complete opposite of their lager. Finally did this side by side with Speedway Stout and had to knock the score down a few points.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, 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. Itís not great, but at $ 7.99/6 Pack it might become a regular around the house.
bark (255) - LinkŲping, 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 ďporterĒ than ďstoutĒ. 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 (1252) - 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 Iíve 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, itís perfect. Itís not so bogged down with earthy flavors as some others, but definitely moreso than some more pedestrian stouts out there. I daresay itís "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 iíd have to say probably the best Foreign Stout iíve 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.