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


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RATINGS: 1819   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29988) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2003
Pretty nice. Quite rich, chocolatey, fruity nose. Taste of caramelised sugar (which i didn't particlarly like), then some dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, and bitter roastyness. Pretty famous in beer circles, and hard to belive its from Sri Lanka, i'm happy i finally had it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
Poured jet black, with a large, light, creamy tan head. Smoke, roasty aroma with nice lacing on the glass. Stong coffee taste, decent stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Thick rich creamy head and oily black body. Full bodied, rich roasty and sweet with good complexity. Hides its alcohol masterfully well. One might think that at 8% abv this is more of an imperial stout, but it really has a smooth laid back stout body to it. A very unique and great beer that I'm glad found its way to my stomach from Sri Lanka.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2003
The bottle was 1 day past the 'best before date.' Big thick head. The beer is rather rich, deep. Salty and thick. Better than the typical warm weather fare I would expect to come from a tropical island like Sri Lanka.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2003
A nice dark stout with a smoke taste to it.this was a good stout that the flavor lasted for awhile.I highly reccomend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
Nice, thick head and intense taste. Heavy on the coffee and malt with some chocolate coming through--a nice blend! Reminds me a bit of a better version of ABC stout. All in all, a fine example of the type.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (641) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
pruny, mocha aromas, classic stout appearance, rich and roasted prune-like flavours developing into a bitter chocolate finish. In Sri Lanka this is sometimes laced with the local "arrack", a spirit made from coconuts. Every brewery in Sri Lanka makes a stout, I don't think there are any other countries that can say that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10597) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2003
Bottled: Almost black as a moonless winternight in Scandinavia. Huge light brown head that last long. Aroma is a palate of impressions. Sweet roastyness is the dominant impression, but coffee comes to mind as well. Flavour is very coffeeish and roasty. Pleasant bitterness imediately on the tongue and palate. Alcahol is nicely hidden but a little delicious alcaholburnt is present on the tongue. This is a nice surprise, that I will revisit whenever available.

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