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


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RATINGS: 1848   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad (1443) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 An exceptional foreign stout from Sri Lanka. Beautifully balanced. Poured a dense black with a monstrous pillowy tan head but not a bubble to be seen below the plimsole line. Some lacework. Gorgeous aroma of mocha, rum and raisin ice cream, campfires and Bourneville chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel - Gosh, this is smooth. Medium-bodied. Fizzes a little on the tongue. Sweet dark malts initially and a little alcoholic kick in an otherwise restrained finish, given the 8% abv. Strong coffee notes - if you’re an espresso fan, this beer’s for you. Very drinkable for its abv, but it’s a little like gorging on dark chocolate - a little goes a long way. (Bottle, branded "Sinha Stout", best before April 2005)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Dense, dark brownish appearance, thick head formation. Sweet fruity plum and raisin nose with dryish woody, grain notes. Sweet fruity intro, plum again, turning to a lightly roasted cocoay finish. Slightly burnt bitterness in the aftertaste. Was expecting an onslaght of alcohol and a thick c hewy palate, but it’s much more subtle than that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2005
A tiger in Africa? No, no, I meant, a Lion in Sri Lanka? Well it appears so. This particular lion looks quite stunning in a snifter. Opaque black body topped by a creamy tan head that collapses into a mat of larger bubble. Glass lace is superb. Smells nothing like a zoo, instead it is sweet and malty with touches of dark fruit and coffee. The flavor is quite nice also. Just enough roast to keep the sweetness in check (unlike some other abominations I have had that are labeled Foreign Stouts). Some vanilla, sweet chocolate and "mochachino" round everything out. The palate is soft, silky, and medium. Some light to medium bitterness develops late but is eventually overwhelmed by the sweetness. It is npt often that I get to add another notch to my country belt AND enjoy the beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrainDead (30) - Derby, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2005
Bottle. Mine was not live. I think the bottles are pasteurised despite what it says on the label. Even so, this is one of the better bottled stouts I’ve sampled this winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
This is good stuff, period. I will have a hard time buying any other dark beer after this. This will become the measuring stick for all things dark!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2005
22 oz bottle. Deep dark brown, tan head. Big roasty, nutty aroma with a hint of alcohol. MMM. This is smooth and creamy. Lucious malts. Creamy chocolate. Roasty, with some malt bitterness. Really like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Black body, quickly dissapating tan head. Aroma is coffee and more coffee. taste is caramel with espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
much thanks to enniskillen for sharing this brew.the lion poured totally black with a nice 1/4 head.the aroma was full of coffee beans,and a hint of liquorice.the flavor was a smooth mix of coffee,chocolate,and roasted malts.damn this stuff is tasty!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sigmund (5832) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2005
330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. Label says for some reason "Lion Dark Beer" in stead of "Lion Stout", but there’s no doubt that this is the very same beer. Otherwise the label is exactly the same, so is the ABV and the characteristics of the beer. Pitch black colour, impenetrable for light. Large and thick brown head. A real beauty! Excellent aroma of various types of wood, tar, leather, tobacco. Full and rich flavour where the roastiness and hops are perfectly balanced with the velvety sweetness. Extremely drinkable. It’s debatable whether "the perfect stout" exists, but the Lion must be pretty close!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2005
Bottle. Black with a beutiful brown head. Well balanced and comlpex stout. Roasted, coffee, tar, soft and smooth mouthfeel, medium-full body.

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