Beer Stouts

Lion’s Share VIII Lakewood Brewing Review

Overall Score: 8.9 Lion’s Share is a delicious Russian imperial stout that perfectly blends roasted barley and chocolate with a complex finish from Rhum barrels.


  • Price (2 pack): $20
  • Style: Russian Imperial Stout (56 IBU)
  • ABV: 15.2%
  • Brewery: Lakewood Brewing
  • Location: Garland, TX

Brewery Insights: Lion’s Share celebrates the 8th anniversary for Lakewood Brewing. This year’s release is a Russian imperial stout aged in Rhum barrels on the Island of Martinique (dope). It brings bold roast with a hop backbone and dry finish.


Overall Score: 8.9

Lion’s Share has classy labeling that properly honors Lakewood’s anniversary. The palate is delicious as you’re met with creamy, roasted barely and moderate hops (signature for Russian imperial stouts). Chocolate is the dominant flavor, balanced with vanilla notes that conclude in a boozy Rhum finish. The sweetness is moderate, which should be expected from the higher ABV (higher ABVs come from fermented sugar). This is an exceptional stout with high ratings across beer platforms. The 15.2% ABV makes it the perfect solo beer for a weekday night.

Degenerate Discussion

Lakewood completely nailed it in their anniversary ale, Lion’s Share. It’s sad they don’t keep this stout or a higher ABV on common rotation (the Temptress stout series is 9%). The Degenerates will need to influence change with Lakewood…but that’s years away, since no one gives a fuck who we are right now (someone play Bane – “It doesn’t matter who we are, what matters is our plan.”) The flavors take you around the globe, from Russia to Martinique island. I’d get Degenerately drunk with this beer in the cold of Siberia or in the beauty of the Caribbean. Cheers Degenerates!


You can find Lion’s Share on the following Degenerate listings:

  • Imperial Stout Reviews
  • Texas Reviews
  • Stout Beer Reviews

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