MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
625 ML bottle. Poured almost black with a large creamy light brown head that quickly reduced in size and had excellent lacing. Picked up molasses, dark chocolate, and toasted grains in its aroma. This beer is smooth, initial flavor is slightly sweet, toasted, coffee, dark chocolate, some raisin even a touch of wine. Did I mention smooth. Body was full with a creamy almost syrupy texture and soft carbonation. The finish was long and wonderful, as it warmed the alcohol became a bit more evident. if it has a drawback it is its sweetness, if you drink more than 16 oz, or two glasses at a time it can leave that sryupy taste in your mouth. Excellent!
balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. Chocolatey, coffeeish, a very good stout. Well balanced, not too bitter, not too sweet.
Canuckistani (41) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just noticed it in the liquor store a few days ago but didn’t pick it up right away... their feature beers tend to be obscure and crappy. Moving on... sweet and sour perfection. Very strong malty flavour, with excellent aroma of chocolate and some soy with a hint of espresso. Aroma very reminiscent of soy sauce. Alcohol not very noticeable.
Despite the fact that I drank from a bottle, this is worth going out and buying a snifter for this beer. I now consider my favourite to beer to stout. Phenomenal beer!
browner (41) - Delafield, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark pour out of the bottle with a classic rich tan head. Very sweet and creamy with hints of licorice, chocolate and nutty thrown into a well crafted Stout.
richie747 (39) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2014 Considering Sri Lanka is not a country known for beer, amazing!
8.8%alc in a 625ml bottle at Gateway Hotel near Colombo airport.
A black, almost red body with tan head that whitens with perfect lacing.
Mild aroma, but smashed with dark fruit and strong malt.
Some slight smoke/rausch taste, followed by heavy complex roasty backbone. Some corn or rice help boost the Alcohol. I’ve noticed a varied quality thru several bottles during sessions, yet all are above average that I had.
Soupoftoday (39) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 Probably the best value stout you can get. Perfectly balanced, roasted coffee and chocolate. Medium to thick, velvet mouthfeel that is easy to drink but still satisfying, and not overly sticky or sweet. Pretty much the perfect stout and for its price, unbeatable.
amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The caramel colored head and lovely aroma filled with coffee undertones are a mere hint at how awesome this beer is. Big, sweet (but not overly sweet) flavors balanced out by a light, hoppy finish. Goes with anything, but especially desserts. Or just have it for dessert. One of my favorite "easy-to-find" beers.
beerfront (38) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
625ml bottle from sri lankan shop in wembley, london,uk. pours a lovely black with lovely looking foamy brown/off white cream off white head. aroma is malty with hints of banana bread with sweetness yet also hints of bitter coffee. medium body, very little carbonation. malty, coffee and hint of chocolate completly hide the high alcolol of this beer. Bitter finish. i cant believe it is 7.5%. it is so smooth very very nice stout a one of the most suprising beers i have tasted.
caplinlee (37) - KAZAKHSTAN - AUG 21, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bought in a shop in Sri Lanka. There was a lot going on here in terms of the taste. A rather complex beer. At 8.8% I found it a bit too strong for my liking.
mrbirmingham (37) - Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lion Stout brewed by Lion Brewery (Ceylon) http://www.lionbeer.com/
Beer Style: Foreign Stout
4 out of 5 on over all drink-ability
625ml in a 12 oz bottle, 8.0% ABV
Aroma: A pleasant medium strength aroma of fruity esters with strong notes of dried fruits. Rather pleasant, thought I would like aroma to be a little stronger.
Appearance: Pours deep rich black with a tan head. The beer clings to the class. When the head dissipates it leaves the top of the beer clear and smooth, reminiscent of a deep mountain lake at night.
Flavor: The initial taste is light with smooth roaster grain, malts, and coffee and first. The after taste lingers while the flavors intensify.
Mouth feel: It has a thick, rich and luxurious feel in the mouth. There is a light bite on the lip and tongue. The carbonation starts out strong but dissipates quickly improving the lush feel of the beer.
Overall Impression: It is very easy to drink; when the bottle was gone I was wishing I purchased a second bottle. The flavors are strongest in the after taste, as they should be in a beer you wish to remember.