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


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RATINGS: 1707   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
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Very dark with gorgeous chocolaty head and a cramy lace. Roasted malty aroma with noticeable alcohol. Smooth, slightly creamy, moderate but not overpowering espresso presence, malt character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2003
Coffee, chocolate and treacle in the aroma. Jet black, large firm cappuccino head, lot's of lace. Espresso flavour, roasted malt and liquorice. Full bodied, bitter and oily. Incredible!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 I had it on tap at Andy’s. It has a variety of different flavors in it. It is dark brown in color with a nice fluffy head. It is a lovely stout. Nice and robust coffee flavor. Slight hop character. Caramel notes. Well balanced beer. Full bodied. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nigos (630) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2003
Served in a brandy sniffer. Jet black hue with brown fast disappating head head. Strong chocolaty malt and coffee nose. Pruny and mocha flavour and a bitter chocolate finish with toasted malt hints. A good stout, too sweet to be one of my favourites though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
A very dark stout with a medium head. Good tasting stout with chocolate and coffee undertones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Pours with a black body topped by a medium thick to thick light brown lasting head with a good amount of lacing. Sweet malty aroma with abundant coffee notes and chocolate undertones, similar to a good caffe mocha. Very nice aroma. Slightly sweet coffeeish malt flavor with roasty notes and a slight bitterness as well as some alcohol. The finish is roasty with a slight amount of alcohol. Full bodied and smooth with a slight tingle on the tongue and a little warmth down deep.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark, solid black liquid that when held up to light, can not be seen through with a small to medium sized, light caramel colored head that dissipates quickly to near nothing. Aroma is a deeply rich, lightly burned coffee with a lightly sweet caramel tone. Flavor is exactly the same as the aroma. Absolutely NO hop flavor detected - a big plus. Palate is so smooth, I thought I was drinking Militec-1. No alcohol flavor detected - yet this beer warms the belly somehow. An absolute victory - WOW!! This beer is outstanding, incredible, and can be sipped or quaffed in mouthfuls with no restraint. The only thing this beer is missing is a longer lasting, good looking head - otherwise perfect. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2003
BB 3/04: Dark brown/black. Creamy,tan, head. Good retention and lacework. Aroma is malty,roasted,dark fruit,with just slight alcohol.Very creamy mouthfeel,thick but a silky/near watery texture. Caramel,roasty,chocolate, flavors.Dark fruit,and vanilla whiffs. Finish is roasty,creamy,and slightly bitter. Very fresh tasting,good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2003
The aroma is sweet and malty with roasted notes. The color is black and it has a light brown though disappearing head. The flavor is sweet and malty with strong notes of chocolate and roasted malt. A good beer, but not as good as I thought on the basis of Michael Jacksons recommendation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 3:8:2005 Save vintage as below. Expiration date dec 8, 2001. Lets hope this still is wrong, but I suspect this is past its prime. Aroma is a bit ’off’ for a stout. The notes of caramel, chocolate and roasted malt are now more subtle. This actually, is damn fucking good. This is one of the smoothest strong stouts I’ve ever had. This beast is full bodied, but not offensive. This is a real treat. The aftertaste is divine on this, as the chocolate and caramel sweetness start to fall in on this end. Good beer, Great beer when it’s been properly aged. [Rating changed from 3.9 to 4.3] 8:5:03 First impression was rather odd: seeing a ’01 experiation date on the bottle. The smell is loaded with chocolate, coffee and caramel. Dark black stout with a really nice cream colored head. Taste is dryer and a little chalky. But very smooth and tasty. No real aftertaste except for some mild sweetness.

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