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


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RATINGS: 1838   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 10, 2004
Sampled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Black, pretty thick brown head. A bit sweet nose with notes of fruits. Full body. Roasted flavor with notes of coffee, fruits and chocolate. Was my last rate at evening so sense of taste was allready gone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2004
625 mL bottle: Full rocky brown head that leaves a dusty Styrofoam layer on the inside of the glass and emits a milk chocolaty aroma with hints of tar and dark blueberries. Light peppery bitterness on the tongue that mixes with some blackened fruits and sweet truffles to offer up a nice mouth feel and a tasty treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2004
Fully ebon hue, rich, tan hand, thick and rocky...good looking stout, so far. Nose, soft and creamy, with notes of nuts and cocoa. Taste is smooth at first, but fills the mouth well. Huge malts, caramelly, thick and nearly chewy, very full bodied. Perfect integration, wonderful balance, sweet and tasty, but never too, with a delicate fruitiness, just underneath. The ABV peeks in just a bit, but doesn't mar the enjoyment of what's nearly a perfect stout! Beats the hell out of Guinness, but gets me yearning for an Expedition. Hearty and proud as it's namesake, Lion is a stout fit for a king. Lightly spicy in the end, nutty, and never-ending tastiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (543) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2004
Almost pitch black, but the merest hints of ruby around the edges. A brown head of average sized bubbles that left some lacing. Some alcohol, chocolate, malts and some fruits that were hard to pick out, but I finally settled on plums, also some soy sauce I belive. Dark fruits in the taste as well as bitterness from chocolate, some malts and alcohol. Soft mouthfeel, but a clingy quality as well. Really good for one at a time, but I would be hard pressed to drink more than one in a sitting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4413) - Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2004
Bottled. Poured a large creamy tan head with fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. It had a opague body with a black hue. The aroma was malty, sweet, fruity and smokey. The taste was sweet, mild coffee and smokey. The mouthfeel was velvety smooth. This was a medium bodied beer with good lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5163) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14267) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4353) - 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

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