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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1918   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Bottle. Pours opaque with a small bit of dark brown at the bottom of the glass with a tall frothy tan head, quite fizzy. Ends with excellent spotty lacing. Dark roasted caramel malt and toffee initial aromas with a big coffee push and some vanilla notes. Faint floral hop, raisins, neat the end. Flavor is dark chocolate and coffee with a hoppy body(fruit) and dark molasses and alcohol lingering. Full bodied and dark, somewhat dry and astringent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2005
Pours a dark body. Jet black. Aromas are immediate coffee, molasses, raisin bread, sugars, with flavours of raisin bread, chocolate, and LOTS of coffee. Very well balanced. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol not noticable. One of the great stouts of the world. A rare gem at the LCBO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Very dark brown/black color, frothy tan head. Mild roast along with cream, milk, and chocolate. Mild smoke creeps in along with some subtle dark fruit. Medium full body, creamy. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1089) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
Pours almost jet black with a tall tan foamy lasting lacy head. Aroma is short and sweet. Wood roast ripe cherries. Berry tart. Mild chocolate/coffee. Sea water boullion and melon. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Definitely worth a re-rate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown coloured with a creamy beige head. Roasted aroma with notes of dried fruits and chocolate. Nice sweet flavour with lots of coffee and chocolate, notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Dark black with huge frothy head. Creamy head stays till the last drop. Aroma is lots of chocolate and oats, some yeast may also be detected. A good amount of roastiness as well. Good flavor. Flavor is initally sweet, with lots of chocolate and toasted malts present. Begins to bitter a bit with some hops showing through, and finishes with dryness and some fruityness. Alchol is well hidden in the nose and on the palate. Medium bodied with a silky slick texture. Could use a bit more in the flavor strength department, but otherwise a solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2005
Looks like 2 a.m.. A dark brown head that quickly dissipates. Very sweet yet somewhat bitter aroma - and very strong scent as well. Almost a savoury flavour with some espresso. Very rich - leaves a cola like tang and some lingering bitterness. A heavy duty and really nice stout. Ideal as a nightcap, because it is too rich for a session. And it’s pretty cheap here in Toronto as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 8, 2005
Pitch black body, don’t even try to get light through it. Head is monstrous, heaving with toasted brown bubbles, lacing capabilities are infinite. Smell is rich, roasted chocolates, molasses, smoke, leather, alcohol, and any heavy fruit you can imagine. Powerful, wide open taste slams you with the alcohol and fruit, grapes up front then becomes extremely smokey and roasted. Drink this while barbequing your next swine. Aftertaste is sweet malt and smoke, really a damn good stout from a very unexpected locale. Only gripe is that this beer can be a tad cloying in aftertaste if you attempt to drink the entire 625ml bottle. Picked this one up at Norms in Vienna, VA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Sweet stout aroma with obligatory coffee character. The rest is standard stout stuff, solid but not distinct from others I’ve had. Very smooth palate and bountiful head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
Bottle. Black pour, small bubbly tan head. Great aroma - lots of sweetness and roasted notes. Thin to medium mouthfeel, yet does come off as a little syrupy - velvet-smooth down the throat though. Flavours of bittersweet chocolate (almost too sweet) and more roasted flavours. Warming, but not too strong. Maybe not quite as full of flavour as the aroma suggests, but I’m being picky (I love my stouts). Dessert like quality makes it not a session brew (and the hidden 8%) but with this now available regularly at the LCBO, it will be a go to after dinner beer for sure.

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