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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1876   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2004
Entirely opaque black colour. Small, diminishing head. Woody, slightly fruity, aroma. Lots of licorice in the flavour - like liquid Pontefract cakes. Pruney fruity and nuts too, with chocolate in the background. Rich texture. Becomes progressively bitter and dry, finishing sweet and sour. Plenty of backbone and complexity. Very nice. And that’s another country ticked off. 330ml bottle from beersofeurope.co.uk. BBE 31July 2004.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2004
First bottle from Sri Lanka. High yeast flavor and sweet undertone to make this a very unusual tasting Stout. Sweet also gives a slight acidic nature to the beer. The rest of the contents are a very balanced mix of malt, hops, bitter and full bodied flavor. A very unique beer that deserves mention as it is best in its category.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2004
i was pretty excited to find this in sydney for the first time today (only under the name "Sinha stout"). now this is what stouts should taste like. oh yeah. perfect balance of flavours, and everything ’s there: creamy full malt, burnt toast, powdery chocolate, bitter espresso, peppery styrian flavour and long hop bitterness, fruitiness from the yeast, and a nice oily, sweaty woodiness like you used to get in coopers stout back when it was actually good. smell is all of the above elements + a bit of toffee and marmalade. light enough and bitter enough to swill happily, but intense and complex and satisfying too. fucken good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bottled. A big black beer with a quickly dissipating off-white head. The aroma is quite sweet for a stout with some perfumy notes. The taste is also sweet but there are good licquorice notes. A very tasty clean beer. Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.6 and 3.4. Average becomes 3.6

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2004
sweet dogfood and blueberry aroma. nice black color with a moderate head that subsides. very easy to drink. moderate palate. sweet and smooth through the entire swallowing experience. as chuggable as guinness with 10x the flavor. this would make for a good ’session stout’. sweet aftertaste that lingers... not too shabby.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Totally black in color, with a fluffy light brown head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, and molasses. Strong hop character with a nice smooth roasted malt flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3354) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Black body does allow a little bit of light through the extreme edge. The dark tan head is like a froth of chocolate milk. Toast, chocolate, caramel and plums are in the aroma. The same follows into the flavor with the addition of a little char in the back. Very tasty stout that really doesn’t taste as strong as it actually is.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6337) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2004
Bottled. Black with a brown head. A salty aroma from chocolate and some coffee. Rather sweet and fruity.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
Bottled. Dark muddy brown. Rich aroma and flavour: Aroma: Fruits and cocoa. Flavour: Milk chocolate, coffee but a bit too swet maybe with a clean maltiness. Creamy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Dark fudge brown, nearly black, thin and firm light brown cap, a slight skim remains once it settles, lacing in thin sheets. Aroma of slight roast, stale raisin, parched prunes, dry cocoa, and anise. Taste is mild with tame roastability and soft chocolate, slight floating sweetness of dry dark fruits, touches of molasses and toffee roast. Doesn’t withstand too much in the flavor dept. or in its length, over far to quickly, but it does incur a certain broad range of capable character. Feel is smooth, a bit sweet and tangy, lightly roasted edge, just shy of a medium body mostly, seems to pick up a bit towards the finish where it drys out with some light cocoa. A fairly decent effort; quick stout flavors and a somewhat healthy body, but good be better. I would consider this over a Guinness on nitro-tap I think?


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