FatTony (175) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 ounce bottle- poured out an opaque, shiny black with a thick foam head. Aroma was burned wood and toasted malts. Excellent pallet, smooth and mouth-filling. Taste was everything one could expect from a world class stout. Smokey, with a wash of toast, a slight alcohol tang at the finish kept this fine beer from a truly stratospheric score. Sri Lanka? Who knew?
Cbuk1013 (150) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice intro to stouts. Hints of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. A bit skunky but roasted malt still present. A little thin for a stout.
GPSpilot (1) - - JUN 16, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is too metallic. But nothing to complain about in the taste, which has a wonderful smoke component like a fine scotch. I keep coming back to Lion Stout again and again because it more than holds its own against domestic stouts. And the price is right! To beat Lion Stout, you have to spend a ton more money, on brews such as Avery Mephistopheles.
If they could just do something about the metallic aroma, it would be tough to beat at any price!
Jerm719 (24) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2013 Bit of head. Medium black color. Creamy lactose body. Light roasted notes. Mild earthy euro hops. Short finish. Creamy balance. Meh- itsís OK
jaghana (2876) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - JUN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33cl. A dark beer with medium head. A very dark chocolate and coffee like beer, with onctuous caramel notes associated with vinous touch, prune, red fruit, locorice, toffee, excellent and full bodied.
williamstome (571) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, big brown head.
Big chocolaty aroma, with licorice and cocoa notes.
Chocolaty flavor, quite creamy and smooth!
rand (1020) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330 ml from Drinks of the World - Bern (CH). Powerfull ans tasty Stout, coffee, bitter chocolate and fruity of plum. The mouth is similar, creamy and a little chalky, strong and roasted of mocha, licorice, molasses, vanilla and raisin. A complex beer, rich with a bitterness of torrefied, earthy and dark choc.
bartlebier (524) - Baden-WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle via CH, merci vielmals an Allen for this surprise haul. - Meant to save this for a special occasion, but then the coldest days of end of May arrived and stayed.
Truly spectacular beer both in its "wise" balance and boldness of taste, apparently juggling UK, CZ, DK, A aka Old Europe ingredients with postcolonial ease (by virtue of an "English yeast strain", which must have prefered to secede from the UK for the occasion).
Tar black (added colorant) with confident beige adhesive foam, contained malty and roast-acidic aroma: getting a lot of precarious road in this. Taste is a suavely shifting Rorschach of dark chocolate bitter, charcoal tartness, malt cream, upfront liquorice (usually not a fan), toasted caramel, old figs/prunes and assertive hop spice. Lingering charred and slightly briny aftertaste (despite the 3,500 ft above sea level). None of the near 9% apparent, nor does the added sugar make this less dry.
World-class, deserving of Micheal Jacksonís effigy on the back label. For further cross-cultural and linguistic background info on this one and more, consult Cantabrianís digressive eulogy and eulogic digressions.
Arcanor (23) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source : From Westmere Bevrage NY, 355ml can.
Appearance : Pitch black with a nice brown head.
Aroma : Caramel and oxyde
Taste : Hard to say, itís very strange nothing come out and nothing taste very good.
Palate : Full body and lot of carbonation.
Overall : Got two of them, I taste the second the following night and I still donít get it.
artyom (226) - Osijek, CROATIA - MAY 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33l bottle. Black color with beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Very tasty beer, I recommend it.
SarkyNorthener (656) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Stirchley wines. Black beer with small beige head. Aroma of chocolate with a touch of roasted coffee. Taste is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a touch of licorice. Medium bodied. What a surprise this is. Great FES.