BrainDead (30) - Derby, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2005
Bottle. Mine was not live. I think the bottles are pasteurised despite what it says on the label. Even so, this is one of the better bottled stouts I’ve sampled this winter. tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
This is good stuff, period. I will have a hard time buying any other dark beer after this. This will become the measuring stick for all things dark! MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2005
22 oz bottle. Deep dark brown, tan head. Big roasty, nutty aroma with a hint of alcohol. MMM. This is smooth and creamy. Lucious malts. Creamy chocolate. Roasty, with some malt bitterness. Really like this one. Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Black body, quickly dissapating tan head. Aroma is coffee and more coffee. taste is caramel with espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
much thanks to enniskillen for sharing this brew.the lion poured totally black with a nice 1/4 head.the aroma was full of coffee beans,and a hint of liquorice.the flavor was a smooth mix of coffee,chocolate,and roasted malts.damn this stuff is tasty!!!
Sigmund (8025) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2005
330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. Label says for some reason "Lion Dark Beer" in stead of "Lion Stout", but there’s no doubt that this is the very same beer. Otherwise the label is exactly the same, so is the ABV and the characteristics of the beer. Pitch black colour, impenetrable for light. Large and thick brown head. A real beauty! Excellent aroma of various types of wood, tar, leather, tobacco. Full and rich flavour where the roastiness and hops are perfectly balanced with the velvety sweetness. Extremely drinkable. It’s debatable whether "the perfect stout" exists, but the Lion must be pretty close! Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2005
Bottle. Black with a beutiful brown head. Well balanced and comlpex stout. Roasted, coffee, tar, soft and smooth mouthfeel, medium-full body. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2005
I hadn’t had this in years, glad to see it show up again, even if it was being sold in the same month as its best by date. Black, light passing through edges is dark brown, lush tan head fades slow and leaves decent lace. Aroma is assertively coffee, with a slight charcoal note. The flavor is also coffee oriented, with faint bitter chocolate underpinnings, some dried dark fruits, and a hint of ash. An excellent brew, very enjoyable. Extra point for the efforts of the brewery during the tsunami relief effort. ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
A late-night sample. Pleasant memories in addition to notes: "Fluffy head, darkdark brown body, aroma of sweet Belgian [person? yeast?], slightly smoky, sour grace notes, tasty tasty. Yes, get this again." kwik-lime (2116) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 Dark brown with a fizzy head that doesn’t last that long, it looks a little like Coca Cola. Strong aroma dominated by coffee with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Strong alcohol content but that’s hardly noticable in a flavour dominated by coffee as well as roasted malt and chocolate. Slightly bitter aftertatse. This is an excellent beer, complex and fully-flavoured.