Diogène (1214) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
Bottle from LCBO. Deep black with a thick mocha head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, cappuccino and vanilla. Taste is not as rich as the aroma. Domainated by roasted malt, notes of coffee, chocolate and tobacco, mouthfeel is a little watery. This is definitely a good stout. xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2006
625 ml bottle
Recent bottling, savoured 09/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.
Poured black with a huge light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing.
Smelt of heavy chocolate, with light coffee, roasted malt, herbs and port.
Taste was upfront moderate sweet chocolate and light acidic fruitiness, followed by a lingering heavy bitter roasted taste, with tinges of clove honey, soy sauce and red wine. Mouthfeel was light, fizzy, oily, and the finish lightly alcoholic and heavily astringent.
Overall, a perfectly balanced foreign stout that packs a punch on aroma and taste, and hides the abv wonderfully.
Side Note: I’ve tried this with freshly squeezed mango juice, 1 part juice 1 part Lion Stout. The Sri Lankan locals apparently make a cocktail that involves mango juice, passion fruit and Lion Stout, but I haven’t a clue where to get passion fruit. Close enough, the result was equally eye opening. aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
Aroma: Malted milk and chocolate, coffee, complex roastiness, lingering alcohol.
Appearance: Pours dark thick and syrupy. Tan head that recedes quickly
Flavour: Thick roasty malt character that disappears quickly, developing into a roasty, dry, complex character with lingering alcohol flavour like irish coffee.
Palate: Surprisingly light for such a big beer. Low carbonation, coats the mouth.
Overall: Very big beer. Complex flavour that starts malty sweet and finishes dry and alcoholic, vinous and with a low final gravity leaving no stickiness on the lips. A dangerously drinkable beer. Beaver (1872) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 625 ml bottle. Pours a dark, nearly opaque, brown with a creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.Nekronos (4213) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 17, 2006
The aroma is musty roasted malts, dark fruits and a little alcohol and some off notes (DMS?).
The flavor is roasted chocolate and sweet creamy lactose with a touch of coffee. It leads to a crisp, lightly bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.
Overall, a decent stout. It’s more subdued than I was expecting, but still nicely done.
VEyr good malty tastes. Good aftertastes. Sweet but not tiring. Good brown light colour foam. Not heavy.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Black pour with a 1 finger tan head. Mild roasted malt aroma, some slight hopiness, coffee, caramel, and brwon sugar. Also found an odd vegetal aroma as it warmed up. Lots of coffee flavor. Some caramel. Slight watery finish with a ligth hop aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. stouby (4859) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle at home.
Dark brown with a large light brown head. Aroma heavy malty (roasted, burnt, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit), light hoppy. Flavor moderate/heavy sweet, light bitter. Full body, soft carbonated. I would like another one! POD (198) - USA - SEP 11, 2006
Bottle. Came recommended from the Root Cellar in Kenwood, Ohio. Stong aroma of fermented currants or dates. Huge tan head. Big, bold sweet fruity flavor smacks your tongue immediatley. The 8.0 ABV provides a sweet burn. The aftertaste is malt and more fruity sweetness. There’s definitley no bitter beer face with this sweet stout. I would drink this one again. blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Has a rather pungent aroma with a whiff of molasses. Pours very dark and has a nice head. Not bad but pretty heavy. It’s nice to enjoy but wouldn’t want to drink it all the time vitamine (35) - USA - SEP 8, 2006
i dont think this is crap, but it is not amazing. it is pretty strong and has an ok taste to it