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

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RATINGS: 1823   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 4, 2004
This bottled brew poured a very large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized long lasting dark brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was a black as midnight opaque dark black color with no hop of seeing any carbonation on it. The aroma was a pleasant dark malt dough one. The mouth feel was initially tingly and finished with a malty hop bite that smoothened a short time later. The flavor was full of dark malts mild coffee molasses and hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (13697) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
Bottled (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Black opaque. Creamy coffee brown head with bubbles. Caramel, roasted malt aroma. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, like drinking velvet. Slightly alcoholic aftertaste, otherwise ABV is not noticed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Another style I haven't tried yet. Wow- sweet aroma- strong licorice, smoke, and soy notes hit my surprised nostrils upon opening this bottle. Otherwise pours like any other stout, with a very dark brown body and thin light tan head. Flavor is interesting and reminds me strongly of A. le Coq Imperial Stout with its dry, salty character. Lots of wood and soy, a touch of licorice and dry chocolate. I taste a touch of dry fruit underneath the salt, and perhaps some nuttiness too. Very complex. The body is oily and finishes with a dusty, slightly bitter aftertaste. I have to agree with consensus here- this is a fine beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3 bucks for a 750ml bottle.. you hear me 3 bills... that's all. An excellent beer for the price. It was good, but I didn't think as good as everyone else says... just great for the price.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 2003 Bottle. Dark black, oily and viscous and quite opaque. The head on this thing dosent go away. It just seems to be glued on to the top. It’s creamy, sticky and medium tan/beige. Aroma is initially strong of fruit esters, mainly banana with something like oats and sweet chocolate coming on quickly. Light hops mix in and it gets more roasty. The flavor is equally impressive. Lots of sweet sugary malt, mostly chocolate but has a nice english toasted malt appeal, somewhat reminiscent of Sam Smith’s Imperial Stout. Flavor of sweet, chocolatey malt continues to stay strong. Mouthfeel is silky with a slight touch of grit that is pleasing. Tastes of soft black fruit faintly. Finishes lightly bitter, somewhat drier and has a good flavor of hazlenut on the aftertaste. Quite sweet and a bit too much alcohol apparency to give it a perfect on the palate, but it still has a wonderful texture. 8/5/9/4/17
Rerate<i/> Bottle at Bukowski’s Tavern, Boston. After preaching to my friend how great this beer was, and that he should definitely try it, it was quite disappointing when we actually did get it. Not bad, of course, but much less full and flavorful than I recall. Some smoke and ash seems to work against the whole experience, creating some lightly astringent notes on the end with a strange sourness, that I can’t attribute to yeast (otherwise I would like it). 7/5/7/3/15

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800)
- Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2004
This excellent stout pours almost black with a thick tan head. Visually appealing, it continues by being a treat to the nose. Chocolate, fruit, coffee make their way to the senses. Full, creamy body has a taste of vanilla and chocolate and coffee. All this from Sri Lanka. Who'd a thunk it? An excellent stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Wonderful - pitch black, amber head with very good lacing. medium to full body, with a hit of chocolate and coffee. Malty and very drinkable, a very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Dark rich dark with thick medium lasting big buggles brown head. The nose is malty and wheaty. The taste is smokey and malty and very complex with lots of moving around underneath the dominant flavours. The body is medium and this is quite easily drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Bottle, found it at Bukowski in Boston. Black with tan head. Unusual aroma and flavor for a stout, difficult for me to describe. Someone with me summed up the aroma as not unlike pepto bismol, I kind of agree. Marshmallow as well. Sweet, rich, medium to full body, very little bitterness, dry finish. Interesting, and a point for being from Sri Lanka.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1870) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2004 Sampled at Peoria Int'l Beer Festival. Jet black. Massive head, light brown, thick, and with great staying power. Light citric aroma with some sour grains intermingled. Light roasted malt flavor, not coffeeish in the least. Very creamy and smooth. Somewhat light for a stout, but unique and quaffable.


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