Brewed by Lion Brewery (Sri Lanka)
Style: Foreign Stout
Biyagama, Sri Lanka


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RATINGS: 1764   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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The 8.0 per cent abv, bottle conditioned beer is brewed from British, Czech and Danish malts with Styrian hops and an English yeast strain. All the ingredients are transported along precarious roads to the brewery located 3,500 feet above sea level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
Very nice stout which I could drink all day every day without a problem. Lots of mocha in the aroma in flavor. Black of course with a brown head and good lace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4537) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
(Dutch ratebeermeeting) Aroma of roasted malt. Bit like meat or a smoked beer. Black coloured with a decent brown head. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, mocca, meat and bitterness. Very smooth, very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5185) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
Can they brew beer in Sri Lanka?!! Yes they can! Deep black color, medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, bacon or meat. Taste is bitter, roasted malty. Bitter palate. Simple stout, but nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2004
dark, black with tan head. some lacing. flavors include mocha, molases and plum. full bodied and quite sticky. nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2004
10.22.04 625ml bottle. Totally black beer with thick, fluffy, biege head that lasts and clings. Maybe the best looking stout Iíve poured. Big chocolate and coffee aromas; rich smelling and deep. Slight aromas of olivey brine and far-off lamp oil smoke. Less attenuated flavors than I expected: charcoal, chocolate dusted truffle, coffee finish. Palate begins damp and easy but expands to a creamy goodness that coats and fills the whole mouth. Very nice, a world class stout to be sure. Definitely the best beer Iíve had from Sri Lanka.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (5740) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled(330ml). -found this one in Boras, Sweden. the best beer I found on my trip to sweden and back, deep black coloured with creamy brown head, dark chocolate aroma with some coffee hints, nice chocolate alcoholic finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2004
deep black with nice tan head. Aroma of dark fruits. Flavor is slightly sweet (but not as sweet as a milk stout or oatmeal stout) with flavors of dark fruits--plums and raisins, along with a hint of black chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2006 Perfect appearance for a stout - opaque black with a thin but solid yellow, creamy head. Marshmallowy dark chocolate aroma with tar, very sweet cafe latte, fresh malt like the smell of a mash, jersey caramels, faint avocado and a hint of the smoke of the open fire at my parents place (redgum?) Sweet and creamy flavour with rum and chocolate. Light roast in the finish, not that bitter. If anything itís a tiny bit thin. Some alcohol in the finish. Really nice, but a bit too sweet and not burnt enough to be my ultimate Foreign Stout. Many thanks to ol_juntan.
RR: Yes! Finally this is available in Melbourne (and dirt cheap!) Vague prune and sultana aroma like Sam Smithís imperial, beautifully round and multi-faceted roast with big, rich malt. I donít think itís too sweet anymore; thereís not much hop but the roast balances it all out well. So rich and soft and great and cheap! I wonder if they use their lager yeast in this...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2004
smells like prune wine in a corn cob pipe, and looks black as hash. This has got some buzz to it, I can smell the alcohol. My bottle has appreciable carbonation that with the help of the alcohol cuts the stout malting. Burnt bread pudding. Some raisin, burnt sugar, a picture of one black raspberry on a leaf, burnt sugar, bittersweet chocolate shavings on a bed of barley straw....carmelized bread crust, and a little bit of black licorice. Awright. The "8.0%" alcohole has kicked in... Burnt chocolate bread pudding. Thereís a photo of hops thrown in the brewing process, and a carbon copy is retained in the after taste. I agree with the overall ranking, a good, not bad stout with a good price. Personal flavor picture: Imagine trying to cook Ghiradelli brownies (from a mix) in aluminum foil on the engine of your brother-in-lawsí small pick up engine while you drive 75 miles to tailgate a pro-football game. When youíre drunk enough to pull the foil out, AND youíre drunk enough to lick it clean, thatís where youíll find the flavor of this stout. Itís a nice average brew from a long way away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Bottle: Excellent aroma of malts with coffee, cream, and chocolate. Pours a very dark brown, virtually black with a big tan head with great retention. Excellent lacing. Great flavor. The balance of coffee and chocolate malt provide and excellent combination. Mild hops in finish never become too dominate as they do in some stouts. Pleasant mocha and coffee aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too bitter. No strong alcohol presence considering the 8% abv, which I like. Alcohol becomes a little more noticeable near the end of the bottle but never to the point where itís overpowering. Creamy mouthfeel. This is just an excellent beer. I donít drink too many repeat beers because Iím always looking to rate something new, but Iíll make an exception for this considering itís quite the bargain at $2.49 for 625 ml. Complete opposite of their lager. Finally did this side by side with Speedway Stout and had to knock the score down a few points.

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