sleepingbear (27) - Lake Leelanau - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 Lion Stout Ratman197 (15448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Chocolate City meets the Pacific.
I must admit I had a slew of predispositions about this beer.
I was thinking a Sri Lankan brew, really?
After watching the rolling, silky, fat-girl-in-satin-nightie pour- the first taste coaxed me into submission until I was lapping at the lion’s paw.
A beautiful soft, round mouth feel is accented with rich, delicately sweet notes of cacao and coffee muted with a beautiful slightly sweet finish.
There’s something about a beer with a purpose that turns me on.
I mean anytime I eat any coconut curry (Indian or Thai) I will either be drinking this beer or thinking about drinking this beer. The Lion Stout even at room temperature is absolute fantastic combination with all hot curries dishes. This will be in attendance in the cellar for its occasions.
*side note: This brewery stopped brewing its beer to bottle water for victims of the tsunami.
Bottle pored a translucent brownish black with a small, lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee,roasted malt, and some hints of chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, some fruitiness, and a bit of smoke with a smooth, ligering mildly bitter finish. GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Pours a dark blackish brown with a small medium brown head. Strong coffee aroma with traces of something fruity floating around the top. Taste is sweet foillowed by a very nice burnt ending. Lingering bitter finish. Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2006
330 ml bottle. Black. Coffe aroma. Rich green apple aromas. Dry roastiness from malts. The richness from esters dominate too much, and hides the malts and their roastiness. Disappointing. "The beer for curry". Hello? A photo of Michael Jackson on the back label -- please get over it -- focus on the quality of the beer instead. At the moment it is not at all impressing. I tried this about two years ago. I remember it as much better then. shrubber85 (11666) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle. Coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Opaque black-brown color with slight head. Cappuccino and smoky malt flavor. Very nice flavor but just a bit on the lighter side
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Nice deep brown, almost black body. Good brown head with a medium volume. Malts and coffee dominate the aroma. Bacon and malts are highly evident in the taste, some hops as well. A clean ending for this beer. Good, but not the best stout I’ve had. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2006
where’s the aroma? lacking. appearance is normal, but loses points for its tendency to be heady. pretty looking head though. i love the taste though (clearly). it’s strong and unapologetic, but doesn’t overstay its welcome like stouts often do. very coffee. the first few sips there was a strange bite about 4/5 of the way into the sip, but that went away. terrific viscosity (low) as well. my highest rated beer so far. Zeswaft (1783) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Wasn’t sure about a beer from Sri Lanka. Especially at <$3 for a bomber. But this is a pretty great stout. It’s my first foreign stout. Nowhere near as complex as an imperial stout but not as boring as a regular stout. Has a good chocolate flavor and a little smoke on the aftertaste. Looks great, huge light brown head. Aroma is a little lacking. Overall a pretty good beer. Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
[ Bottled ; few deg below room temp ; B/B Feb 07 ] BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
A mostly lasting average frothy tan head that tops up a clear very dark black body. Moderate lacing. No particules. To the nose, malt are moderate chocolate while hops are very faint spruce. Also, there are evident traces of bitter coffee beans. Initial flavor is moderate sweet and acidic, well balanced, while development tends to lead to a sweet chocolate. Finish is long and sweet chocolate/coffee. medium to full body... creamy texture... Soft carbonation...
Dark, nearing night appearance with a big, full tan head. Aroma was prunes and plums with some molassas and roasted malt. Flavour was vinous with roasty malts and some cocoa. Medium-to-full bodied with light carbonation with a smooth, slightly bitter, long lasting finish. A solid international beer.