Lion Stout is from The Lion Brewery in Sri Lanka, and was one of my Beer of the Month Club selections. It’s a classic Foreign/Export style Stout, with a nice kick at 8% alcohol—but smooth enough so you don’t notice.
Appearance: Opaque dark brown, nearly black—no light is getting through this. Topped by a luscious thick, cocoa powder head.
Smell: Chocolate and mocha notes… sweet dark syrups and lightly roasted grains.
Taste: Very rich and creamy and sweet… roasted malt astringency tempered very well by the dark chocolate body. Caramel, a hint of smoke, black licorice, a touch of alcohol warmth, burnt coffee, toffee, milk sugar.
Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied and chewy. Great balance of sweet and dry.
Overall: An excellent, drinkable stout. Top class; I really liked it.