JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
About as black as a beer can get, complemented by an exceptionally dark
head. Dominant black-licorice aroma, with sweet coffee and burnt wood also
showing through. The flavour starts off Turkish-coffee-sweet, evolves to a
thick alcohol middle, and finishes with nuances of coffee and black licorice. Smooth palate. Too sweet to make you want more than one in a sitting. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Thanks Brigadier. The beer pours to a very dark blackish body with a lasting tan head and nice lacing. The aroma is minty, sweet lactose, deep chocolate malt, interesting yeasts. The flavor is sweet lactose, minty, black malt. Roasty and dry. Very dry palate. Rich, roasty. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Tosa Tasting - June 24, 2006Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 25, 2006
After ten months, this finally got opened. Iím not sure if you are supposed to age a foreign stout that long but it certainly held up well. A great value at $2.99 for a 625 ml bottle and fairly common in smaller sizes as well. If you have had this, you ought to give it a try.
Aroma / Appearance - An interesting combination of chocolate, caramel and bananas reminded me of an ice cream sundae. That is, if you roasted malt and sprinkled it on top as well. There were also some grainy notes lurking in the background. The deep black one-finger head left sticky tan lacing oozing down the side of the glass. The body itself was pitch black, trapping all light that had the misfortune to try and pass through it.
Flavor / Palate - This was chewy and bitter with a rich roasted malt impression being the first thing to hit my senses. An underlying cocoa powder flavor joined hints of coffee and wheat. Every sip had a nice full body that satisfied the palate with a balance of bitterness and maltiness. If I had to chose when to drink this it would be a cool fall day when the leaves are turning red, brown and orange.
Pours a very dark brown color, almost black. Medium-3sized tan head. The aroma starts with coffee but also has a sour undertone to it. Kind of funky. Flavor is sweet chocolate, not bad stuff.
bubbleflubber (2210) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2006
An opaque pour with a huge mahogany dark tan head. Aromas of chocolates, cherries, toasted grain and a roasted sweetness. It has a sweet milk chocolate flavor, with a roasted finish. Iím also picking up some toasted cherries in the mix. Itís a very good stout... one of the best Iíve had. The mouthfeel is creamy and sublime, never heavy and subtly well-balanced. Great offering!
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
I was really impressed with this stout. The Lion Stout pours black with a decent tan head that diminishes rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing. The aroma is of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor profile follows this exactly. The first sip is fairly sweet and extremely smooth and creamy. You get more of the roasted flavors at the end. Iíll be more than glad to have another soon." Tranquillity (2251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
Very good aroma of burned malt and cigar. The taste is a bit like toast in the morning, with coffee, chocolate and caramel. Long aftertaste. A good beer by all standards but not my thing, even though it should be. Iíd go for Dragon Stout instead. thp1967 (3) - Roskilde, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2006 does not count
Im impressed with this stout, very dark, great foam, great taste of chocolate, the roasty malts, can you smell, after a zip of this great stout, this stout reminds me of íSamuel smith imperial stoutí. rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2006
330ml bottle poured into a snifter glass. Deep, deep dark brown in color an had only a small thin brown head that quickly disappeared. Chocolate, fruit and alcohol aroma. The taste is excellent, with hints of chocolate, light and dark fruit and a very faint roasted malt. It has a very creamy feel on the palate. Nice stuff. Tessic (1146) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2006
Black with a tan head, this stout has scents of chocolate and spice with a little yeast throuwn in. The flavour is very good with flavours of dark chocolate and roasty malts. The finish has a coffee flavour in it.
Thick and creamy, very good stout.