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


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RATINGS: 1837   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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/25/2012. 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a very dark red color with nice opacity. The head is a huge, foaming three finger khaki color that descends to one finger after a while. Plenty of lacing is left behind, as well. S: Big, massive, hugely sweet chocolate. Some dark fruits, as well. Actually, come to think about it, thereís a minor whiff of sour cherries - infection, perhaps? We shall see. I still enjoy the aroma greatly, but that foamy head should have been a giveaway. T: The flavor takes on more of a roasted barley and coffee bean tone, especially at first, while waves of chocolaty sweet and - unfortunately - tart cherries seemingly via an onsetting infection. After a while, the tartness takes center stage. Some herbal hop flavors also try to pop up in the finish, as well. So what we have here is a lightly soured stout, and it kind of works. Not perfectly by any means, but thereís enough sweetness here to keep it in check. M: Quite light in its loafers with wimpy carbonation. Thereís actually an esophageal burn and a bit of stomach turning which completely tanks the mouthfeel score for me. On the palate proper, itís not particularly dry, but nicely bittersweetínísour; whatever the blue hell thatís supposed to mean. O: Infected - it just has to be. But thank Odin itís a minor infection that actually gives it a pleasant twist, instead of twisting my mouth sideways and dissolving my tongue. This clearly isnít the final product as itís intended to be - thankfully I have a penchant for a good Flemish-style ale along side my stout tooth, so I still think itís quite okay. If youíre bottle has "123881841" on it, just be wary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olliejobbins (1324) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2015
625ml bottle(s) in Sri Lanka. Costs as little as 90p at the state run liquor stores. Thick syrupy dark black pour with thick sticky brown head. Aroma is strong roasted Malts, soy and coffee. Good texture and a great alternative to all the horrible malt liquors in Sri Lanka which taste like paint stripper. Drunk side by side, sando stout is pretty similar, perhaps better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PMgep (136) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2015
Old rating. Gift from a friend. This is quite a nice stout. Dark beautiful colour, nice roasted aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Simmo (27) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2015
An instant favourite! Aroma is roasted malts with coffee and toffee. Pours near black with a foamy beige head that lasts. Some lacing. Feels very slick and slightly sticky with soft carbonation. The flavour is amazing! Medium sweet and light butter taste with coffee, toffee and caramel flavours coming through. I stumbled across this gem, very glad I did!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle shared at Guinnís house thanks to Casey. I believe he brought it back from the UK around 2006. Pours dark brown to black. Aroma is roasted malts, some burnt toast. Smooth beer. Creamy and nice. Very fortunate to have tried this. Thanks so much, Casey!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (1053) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUN 30, 2015
330 ml bottle shared by Werckmeister, thanks!
Dark brown, almost black body, with a medium, dense, dark beige head.
Aroma of cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits.
Tastes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, some liquorice, dark fruits, some fruity hops.
Medium, quite creamy mouthfeel, with a
Finishes smooth, roasty, quite dry, with coffee, cocoa, some liquorice, some wood.

Tasty. Straight, greatly balanced and well hidden ABV. Very solid, classic Foreign Stout, with very nice coffee notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werckmeister (895) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 30, 2015
330ml bottle at home shared with Saeglopur. BB 02/2016. black color, small dark coffee-colored head. smells caramel, malty roast, coffee, light smoke and earthy notes, light fruits. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes malty roasted, smoke notes, earthy, spices, caramel, light ash, coffee, citric notes, lightly alcoholic, spices. finishes with some ash and roasty bitterness. quite nice, just a tad bit alcoholic, but overall quite complex, lovely taste and nice creamy mouthfeel, great coffee notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
einherjar (168) - Rijeka, CROATIA - JUN 27, 2015
Black color, small to medium brown head. Aroma of coffee, brown sugar, liqueur. Taste sweet coffee, roasted malt, earthy, a bit of alcohol hint. Smoky aftertaste. Very good strong stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1445) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Tap. Pours an opaque dark black with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma and taste are nice. Malty, chocolate but not too bittersweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deansmithrn (4) - Richmond, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2015 does not count
Quality export stout: oil black, mild mocha/raisin aroma, & sessionably smooth despite its strong alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (126) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Has an interesting roasted plum aroma that is fairly unusual. The sweetness and alcohol are pretty apparent.

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