bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is opaque black. Big bubbles build the large chocolate-coloured foam. It sinks slowly into a veil on the glass and surface of the beer.
The dominating smell is sweet, burned malt. There are also notes of yeast, coffee, cocoa and a touch of juniper berries.
The carbonation is pretty strong with small, almost sharp bubbles.
The taste is unexpectedly mild and sweet, with a strong flavour of burned malt (caramel?). The almost toffee-like taste is replaced by a mouthfeel of alcohol and an aftertaste with hints of raisins, coffee with cream and a vegetable-like taste (cucumber?).
The lasting aftertaste is almost all alcohol.
I would rather call this brew “porter” than “stout”. And it is an OK stout/porter, but nothing to write home about. iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2006
Got this one under the name Sinha Stout. Dark and overly sweet coffee. A full body and lightly hopped. Nice, but that about it. jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 A roasty and oily f.s. with just a whisper of oak. Deep, rich and smooth despite the alcohol showing through. A great and powerful (read 8.0%) stout that’s always available at a fantastic price. BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Bottle at WOB, pours black with tan head. Mild aroma of coffee and chocolate. Med sweet, med bitterness, smooth almost velvety feel associated with the average carbonation level. Finish is a touch bitter, but otherwise clean, surpising that no alcohol makes its way through. Its an okay beer, I think very much overated. strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Wow! this brew was great. Full-bodied but not too heavy. Tastes like a smooth chocolate coffee. You won’t even taste the alcohol
Pumpkin87 (250) - - MAR 19, 2015
Pours deep chestnut brown with thick tan head that dissipates quickly.
The nose is subdued at first, but offers typical stout notes of chocolate, coffee and dark cherry. Chilled, the palate at first presents some of the chalkiness common to harsher coffee beers, but this subsides as it aerates and warms.
While Lion Stout smooths out, it provides fizz and a dry, slightly bitter finish. A good stout from an unexpected location.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
12oz bottle purchased from Danforth and Broadview LCBO in Toronto. I just had a 500mL Schneider Eisbock before this, so forgive me if I am in love with the world or mistype. Pours black with a small, quickly receding white head. Initial, somewhat thin, aroma of coffee. First taste is nice and richly full, with more coffee on the palate. Taste remains strong throughout. Very nice. Cbuk1013 (248) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2013
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.
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Bottle. Tasted alongside Obsidian Stout, one of my favorite six-pack stouts. Pours oily black. Sharp malty aroma. Slick mouthfeel. More smooth than Obsidian. Long finish, not sweet, not bitter. trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a medium beige head. Smells is of dark chocolate, bitter coffee malts. Taste is pretty deep and complex, roasted malts, chocolate, and nice sweetness. Full body, nice palate of coffee and chocolate. Nice stout, easy to find too.