Sigmund (7485) - 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! Canuckistani (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Just noticed it in the liquor store a few days ago but didn’t pick it up right away... their feature beers tend to be obscure and crappy. Moving on... sweet and sour perfection. Very strong malty flavour, with excellent aroma of chocolate and some soy with a hint of espresso. Aroma very reminiscent of soy sauce. Alcohol not very noticeable.
Despite the fact that I drank from a bottle, this is worth going out and buying a snifter for this beer. I now consider my favourite to beer to stout. Phenomenal beer! Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2003
another find at another store on the bottom shelf in the back, in the dark.Sweet smell of hops and coffee. Flavours of chocolate. coffee,licorice,raisins.Malty character of cookies,and roasted grains. This is an incredible beer, dynamic, robust hops and one of the best finishes I have ever had,my goodness man this one floored me. Drank at cellar temp, a clear concise choice of quality and absolutley a top 50 beer, Extremely Recommended ! roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark, solid black liquid that when held up to light, can not be seen through with a small to medium sized, light caramel colored head that dissipates quickly to near nothing. Aroma is a deeply rich, lightly burned coffee with a lightly sweet caramel tone. Flavor is exactly the same as the aroma. Absolutely NO hop flavor detected - a big plus. Palate is so smooth, I thought I was drinking Militec-1. No alcohol flavor detected - yet this beer warms the belly somehow. An absolute victory - WOW!! This beer is outstanding, incredible, and can be sipped or quaffed in mouthfuls with no restraint. The only thing this beer is missing is a longer lasting, good looking head - otherwise perfect. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 I had it on tap at Andy’s. It has a variety of different flavors in it. It is dark brown in color with a nice fluffy head. It is a lovely stout. Nice and robust coffee flavor. Slight hop character. Caramel notes. Well balanced beer. Full bodied. Enjoyable.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Absolutely opaque, black with a thick, fluffy brown head that intensifies in color at the edges and fights it’s recession. Warm, almost hot aroma of smoky bacon, roast, subtle coffee, that perfect combination of strength, black malt, caramel, and sweetness. Flavor is intense. Spirited black roast, smoke, sweet caramel, bitterness, milk, it is all there. A great export-style stout and I do not know what they could do to better this beer. 9er (92) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2014 This is a dayum good beer. Found it at the Foodery 324 S 10th St
Philadelphia ca. 2004. It is exceptional and unsuspecting. The bottle modestly designed in contrast to the taste. It tastes well but does not smell all that much like a stout. It has a very acidic aroma yet is tender on the pallet. The tannins are subtle yet the rasin sweetness lingers well past the lips. Unique. Very sweet. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Lion Stout pour to a beautiful, deep ebony color with a thick tan head that fades slowly, and a high to moderate amount of carbonation. This beer is a real ale which means some yeast is added to the bottle. A bottle conditioned beer is meant to continue to condition and develop in the bottle. The nose on this beer is wonderful. Aromas of bitter sweet chocolate, woody notes of cedar, and peppery hints of alcohol flood the nose. The palate is a soft malty body, with flavors of dark chocolate, sweet malt, hints of coffee flavor, and a touches of roast. Lion Stout finishes with more chocolate and coffee notes up front, then ends with a wonderful, refreshing, sour edge, and a slight bitter and warming finish.
This beer is outstanding. It reminds me very much of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, and is similar to Dragon Stout, in its sweetness and alcohol bite. That refreshing sour edge in the finish, makes this big beer very drinkable, even in hot, tropical weather. This beer would make the perfect foil to desert. I would match this beer with coconut layer cake. I understand the locals lace this beer with a strong coconut liquor and enjoy it that way as well. Lion Stout would also make a perfect night cap. Zymologist (30) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2006
This is Arthur Guinness’s wet dream. Bombastic, but not overblown. Apparently, Sri Lanka means "flavor country" in Sri Lankan. Perhaps a hint of alcohol feedback, but it gives Globalization a good name. A head more unique than gryphen’s; enough body it could give venus de milo arms and still have appendages to spare. Littleboob (25) - Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2006
This is my absolute favorite beer ever. No Joke. The chocolaty taste and the bold dark rich flavor is the best lay down and relax type beer ever. 8.0% Alcohol makes my head say yeah thats the beer if you dont wanna wake up early the next morning and just relax till dawn. Love this beer man.