Friday, January 19, 2018

Lion Stout (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Bottling Code: 1701041951

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 16C Tropical Stout

AROMA: A general "fruity" nose, though no specific fruits stand out other than a dark grape character. Licorice also seems to be prominent. There is a slight red wine/vinous character. The dark malt is clearly present, but without the roasty component. No hops (none needed). Slight alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque black (44+ SRM). Extremely large, dark tan, frothy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Sweet palette with a fruity/confectionery taste. Black grape, licorice, yeast esters, and dark malts combine for a sweet, fruity, slightly chocolaty taste that is authentic and not sickly sweet. There is only mild roasted malt and coffee-like flavors and bitterness on the back end, which does offer a nice balance. Faint earthy/floral hops. Mild alcohol presence, which complements the presentation. Clean fermentation. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy texture. Only minor alcohol warmth at 8.8% ABV, but still highly drinkable. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Essentially a prefect Tropical Stout and very enjoyable for such a niche style. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 46/50

NOTE: See my 2011 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/06/lion-stout-chadz-beer-reviews.html

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