Lion Heart Stout
Big City Brewing CO LTD

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Big City Brewing CO LTD
Sweet / Milk Stout
3.34 | pDev: 19.46%
Apr 03, 2017
Jun 09, 2005
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Rated: 3.5 by paulish from New York

Apr 03, 2017
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
A pitch black brew that had an amazingly bland flavor that was non-descript. The most notable part of this beer was the complete lack of carbonation. Not horrible, but on the low end of drinkable.
Jan 23, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by John_Beeryman from Virginia

Nov 06, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by RBorsato from Virginia

Oct 22, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by harpus from Alabama

Oct 18, 2012
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Reviewed by Dogbrick from Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Pours black with a medium thin tan head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Mildly roasty aroma with notes of vinegar and wine. Medium, dry body with flavors of malt, grapes and coffee. The finish is fruity with a light hops and coffee aftertaste. Below average overall.
Oct 31, 2009
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Reviewed by beersabound from Alaska

3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I found this in Jamaica while on a recent vacation. I think I found it in the Hi-Lo in Port Maria. Anyways, this is definitely a Foreign Export Stout rather than a Milk/Sweet Stout. It is very dark (black) with a dark brown head that fell quickly leaving a little bit behind. The aroma at first was sweet but as it warmed alcohol and roasted malts came thorugh. This one is smoother at room temp than cold. The alcohol flavor is strong and it took a little getting used but was pleasant after the second or third sip. It's full bodied with mod/high carbonation. It has some slicknees in the mouthfeel and it is not creamy but is pleasant. The alcohol and roasted flavors blended together nicely as it warmed and this beer went very nicely with a Cohiba cigar. Both are strong and smooth.
Jan 20, 2007
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Reviewed by NClifestyle from North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
As an export stout, I would consider this a pretty good beer. As a milk/sweet stout, it's a bit lacking. There was no real milk/sweet aspect to it, unless you compare it wil Guinness on tap. The beer poured up relatively dark, brownish actually, with a decent head of foam. Smells and tastes were more of the malt and dark fruit variety. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat slick, but very easy drinking. I'll have it again.

Mar 02, 2006
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Reviewed by rodrot from North Carolina

2.49/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
This beer poured nearly jet black with a nice tan head that lingered throughout the drinking experience. The appearance was appropriate, but everything went downhill from there. The aroma was of wine and alcohol. I could "smell" a sourness wafting into my nose. The taste was equally sour and winey, with a hint of coffee and roasted malt in the finish. Has this beer gone bad and gotten sour or is it intentially made this way? I swear I was drinking a glass of wine the whole time and not a stout. Maybe I got a bad bottle. I'll have to try a bottle from a different batch.
Feb 25, 2006
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Reviewed by jtell from Massachusetts

2.12/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
First thought was, a stout from Jamaica? That is interesting. Beer poured a pretty dark, dark brown. When held up to the light it had a tiny bit of redness on the edges. 2 finger head was there for a couple seconds. My first smell of the beer was mostly alcohol. Maybe a little bit of malt and some bread. Subsequent snifs were all a harsh alcohol smell. The first taste was....well quite bland. Thought maybe I had to let the beer warm up a bit. 2nd sip, a little more flavor. Starting to understand why this is a Jamaican Stout. I love stouts but on a hot day by the beach it isnt the most refreshing beer. I guess of any dark beer I have had, I would say this is refreshing. The mouthfeel was thin with some carbonation. The drinkability is low because it has little flavor and high alcohol. Not my favorite beer. Wish it had some more power behind it.
Feb 21, 2006
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Reviewed by SilentSabre from North Dakota

4.64/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
This stuff is fantastic!! Poured black into my glass with a tiny amount of light penetrating the edges with a dark ruby / copper colour. No head to speak of but a light ring of tan coloured lace about the edges of the glass. The smell is incredible. Sweet, Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted Malt, and perhaps a tiny bit of stewed or candied fruit hiding in the back. These same qualities are present in the taste, as well. Very little hops; enormous malt. Quite similar to a Mackeson's XXX. The mouthfeel has a little bit more carbonation than I would like a brew of this calibre to have, thus the 3.0. Everything else about this one is fantastic at least.
Feb 11, 2006
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Reviewed by tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Selection of the beer-of-the-month club.
Poured a very depp brown, virtually black color with modest tannish head. Smell is a nice combination of roated malt, chocolate, and caramel. Taste completes the toastiness, and adds some sweetness. Alcohol is definitelu noticable. Finishes more on the dry side that I would have preferred. An OK beer, but probably not something I would seek out again.
Feb 08, 2006
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Reviewed by WesWes from New York

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet sweet crystal and chocolate malt scent that has some roasted character and a slight mustiness. The taste is average. It has a sweet crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a roasted aftertaste. It has a warm feel, but nothing too intense. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation; almost too good for a stout. This is another Jamaican stinker of a stout. I like sweet beers, but this really doesn't do it for me. It is way too carbonated and the roasted character is not complimentary to the rest of the flavor.
Feb 02, 2006
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Reviewed by edskirk3 from Pennsylvania

2.56/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
A bottle was given to me by a friend of mine who's in a Beer of the Month Club. I couldn't find a freshness date on it. Somewhere on the label it says, "A fine blend of Pilsner and roasted malts, hops, and pure Jamaican water."

Pours opaque black with a little bit of a tan head that went away very quickly. Looks a little syrupy but not that much.

I took several long whiffs just to make sure... it really smells like a Pilsner to me. Grassy, earthy. I don't detect any roasted notes. I don't have the best sense of smell but I should be picking up some roasted malt.

It tastes more like a Pilsner too, with some roasted undertones. There's some alcohol presence but not too much. For a stout, it actually goes down light. Like a Pilsner. And it isn't very carbonated. If there was ever a "summer stout" this would be it, I think.

I'm a fan of sweet stout, and stylewise, this beer doesn't really do it. It seems more like a Pilsner/stout hybrid.
Jan 21, 2006
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Reviewed by Gritsak from West Virginia

3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A- completely black with no light showing through. nice thick tan head that starts huge and reduces to a flim. no lacing which is dissapointing.

S- sweet, roasted, malty flavor with a definite alcohol presence.

T- strong earthy flavor with toffee, carmel and malt. slight alcohol presence but not as noticeble as with the smell.

M- medium to heavy body and very smooth. little to no carbonation

D- although its decently balanced, the overall flavor isnt that pleasent, which hurts the drinkability.

overall- this is a so-so stout. defintely not the best but i would imagine there is worse. alcohol is only slightly present in the taste which helps, but overall there just really isnt anything that stands out.
Jan 18, 2006
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Reviewed by futaboots from Florida

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
It's the Jamaican bobsled team of beers, it tries soooo hard, but ends up in 30th place anyway.

Lets start off with appearance shall we. Impressive head, foam the color of espresso, dies down to a small film of suds and lacing. Very dark, but held up to the light in my kitchen becomes ruby hued and very dark brown, almost clear enough to see through. I like dark stouts, and with over 7%abv I expected a more formidable body. Still, it is a pretty glass of beer, and since I'm a bit partial to this style, I'll give it good marks for appearance. Smells good too.

Taste. This where it totally breaks down. First couple sips reminded me of rubbing alcohol. Now that I'm a third of the way through the bottle it's starting to taste for some odd reason like very cheap red wine. There's also cold coffee, bitter chocolate flavor in the backround, and some fruitiness. Fruitiness, and cheap alcohol burn. Yep. I just took another sip and this definitely tastes like cheap red wine.

Low scores for taste and drinkability. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I like, but entirely in bounds.
Oct 21, 2005
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Reviewed by DaggerEyes from New York

3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer pours a rich and velvety black impenetrable to light. This robust stout packs an extremely rich taste, coloring the palate with a mixture of coffee and dark chocolate flavors. It is medium bodied and very drinkable. Watch out though because it has 7.6 % ABV....

I'll admit I picked this up wanting to try something new...and the cliche "rasta" phrases on the six pack carton and the growling lion heads on the bottle caps drew me in as I gazed into the refrigerator window, but this beer I had never heard of which was sitting right next to the red stripe won me over with a much higher level of quality than I had expected.
Oct 13, 2005
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Reviewed by BRoberts914 from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer pours a lovely opaque black color fitting for its style. Only a little bit of off-white/brown lacing clings to the sides of the glass a few minutes after pooring. The first smell is faintly of burnt coffee with a hint of hops. Not as prominent a nose as one would hope for, but still very pleasant and inticing. The tast hits you hard at first, with the coffee flavor showing up with hints of sweet dark chocolate, lactose, and a rather surprising hop bitterness to finish. The slight bitterness adds a perfect balance to this brew. Not my absolute favorite sweet stout, but certainly one worthy of praise.
Oct 11, 2005
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Reviewed by PorterLambic from Florida

3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours black with no light coming through at all. A 1" tan head then drops to a thick film but leaves no lace.
Smell is kind of light with smoke, coffee, malt, caramel and vanilla. Nice complexity.
Taste is malt, smoke, alcohol (think whiskey), oak, and coffee. Complex and a good balance.
Medium bodied and fairly smooth, the alcohol lingers and becomes more noticeable as the brew warms. Almost as if some dropped a shot of Crown Royal into the beer. A good beer, one of two stouts consumed this evening, wishing it had been the second so as to leave on a good note.
Aug 16, 2005
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating on the label. Roaring Lion graphic on a tan label. Pours rich, dark mahogony, quickly dissipating dark tan head, low carbonation and no lacing left on the glass.Smooth, coating and viscous mouthfeel. Nose is of cafe au lait and powdered sugar. Flavorful sweet stout, notes of caramel, mocha, light coffee and toffee. Chalky and dry late. Pleasant "taste of the islands"/summer sipper.
Jun 09, 2005
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