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


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RATINGS: 1792   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.

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   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1820) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2015
Itís a wonder I have this beer in front of me and all of my thanks goes to Cantabrian. I had two friends and a relative visit Sri Lanka and despite me imploring them to pick up this beer, none of them did. Eduardo did not let me down, so my heartfelt thanks. Itís a blacker than sin with a covering of greyish brown head and aromas of coffee, charcoal, cola nut, carob (I hate carob), dusty cocoa and dessicated coconut. This comes through in a rich flavour contained in a body that suggests that this beer is not to be trifled with. It has all the heat and danger of a beer that is 8.8% and needs to be treated with a healthy amount of wariness. Still, a very tasty drop and a remarkably complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (327) - Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2015
16oz can poured into an English pint glass. Lion Stout pours a very dark brown to black color with a thick tan brown head that lasts forever. The aroma is chocolate, caramel, vanilla and woods. The flavor is chocolate, molasses, caramel and woods. Overall this is a solid brew. It is rich from the first to the last sip and full of flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
magicmn (69) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 18, 2015
Brown to light black. Light aroma of roasted malt or barley. Roasted bread and barley taste but body is too light and you can feel alochol at finish. Good for a mass beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shdougan (48) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
This is definitely one of the more wild and interesting stouts Iíve had the pleasure to enjoy, thanks to fellow RateBeerian BrewGoblin. Pours black with a frothy brown head. Aromas of dark berries, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, chiles, and earth. Has the aromas youíd expect in a stout, only with some surprises along the way. This has a lighter body than iíd expect for such a strong stout and had a rather soft carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Thereís a delicious sweet malty vanilla flavor. Definitely some boozy flavor present, but just enough to be warming. Has a nice fruity espresso aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (3482) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 11, 2015
Black with lasting, creamy head. Sweet malty aroma with some chocolatey notes. Taste is rich and smooth with flavours of dark malts, sugar and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minihame2 (221) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2015
Dark body, thick tan head. Faint aroma, malts and some caramel. Nice taste, very easy to drink stout. Easy on the palate, smooth mouthfeel. Decent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1621) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with light tan head, thicker too. Raw cocoa, roasted malt, and brown sugar on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Karstenborg (374) - DENMARK - DEC 31, 2014
Very dark brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma is coffee, tobaco and roasted malt. Taste is coffee, toasted bread and caramel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (6685) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
33 cl bottle.
Pours black color with a small off-white head. Some salmiac on the nose, faint licorice, dark malts and distant chocolate notes. Licorice on the flavor, quite dominant actually, subtle orange notes too, a tad of caramel with cocoa on the finish. Decent sweet Foreign Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (659) - USA - DEC 21, 2014
Rated based on notes taken on 15 Apr 2012 -- This is a very nice Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is light so it is dangerously easy to drink. Flavorful as well.

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