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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1704   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
The Lure:
Ashes and dark chocolate bathe sumptuously under the rich, compact head.

The Festivities:
Roasted malt and bitter coffee beans bring me to admit I was expecting a much sweeter Foreign Stout. Excellent! Charred dark chocolate and lactic undertones roam in the smooth and wealthy mouthfeel, where alcohol is well-hidden and all is geared towards soothing and comforting.

Transcendence:
A long purr.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Big thanks to JPDIPSO for this one. The pour was obsidian with a 2-finger tan head. Big chocoff in the aroma, plus a roasty malty aroma, nuts, and cabernet. The flavors were roasty malt coupled with chocoff, cabernet. Dense palate and complex, with great balance. This is an elite stout, and yes, it should be an Impy IMHO. Regardless, itís great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7445) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 First rating
Black and strong. Very good taste, almost like a meal when you drink it. No alcohol in the taste, typical stoput like smell. Some yeast sediment in the bottom. This one I can really recommend to people who likes stout!
8/5/9/5/17=4.4

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(33 cl bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to deft!)
BB Dec 2008
On October 11, 2008
Pitch black color, light brown head. Acidic and buttery, strawberry yoghurt scent, wierd. Some smoke, alcohol and roasted also. Salty, rosted, grainy, dry, coffee taste. Dry mouthfeel. Medium bitterness. Not sure it’s quite OK this bottle.
6/4/7/3/13=3.3

MEdium way rating, since I think my first is probably too high and my seconde might be a faulty bottle: 7/4/7/4/15=3.7

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (7348) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2008
330ml bottle bought at GBBF and consumed at a hotel room in Earls Court. Opaque, and dark as the night. Huge, brownish bubbling head with satisfying duration, leaving nice laceworks on the glass. Woody, dark malts in aroma. Complex flavoured with initial spicy, roasted malt followed by sweet prunes and finishing with a dry bitter touch. Maybe a bit overpowering in the mouth (08.08.2008)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle labeled as Sinha Stout. Black bodied. Moderate chocolate brown head foreshadows the aroma of mild roast and chocolate. A thin layer of acidity lurks beneath. Flavour is surprisingly not sweet, with both a hoppy bitterness and a mild roasty acidity swirling beneath the dark roast malt character. Medium palate is smooth yet oddly watery all at once. Nice beer that failed to impress on this palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7344) - 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 thatís another country ticked off. 330ml bottle from beersofeurope.co.uk. BBE 31July 2004.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2006
This brew is black with a thick and rocky tan head that fizzes away rather quickly. Thick patches of lacing. The aroma is big on roasted malt, with some semi-sweet chocolate in the background. Rich body with a tasty blend of mocha, malt and plum flavors. Frankly I am surprised they make them this good in Sri Lanka. The finish is dry and roasty, with a coffee aftertaste. Proof you canít judge a book by the cover.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Selfridges. A new rate for me but I am previously aware of its quality. Sri Lanka is not somewhere I would think of when considering quality beer but this is well worthy of its lofty position. The nose is obviously stout like but there is a wonderful note of vanilla cake too. The roasted malt is a given but here it is well pronounced and quite excellent. Hints of plum in there too. The body is deepest darkest brown with a thin tan film. Flavour is just like the aroma but with a noticable kick of alcohol. It is almost too much but just before it starts to be unpleasant there is a dollop of sweet malt and a very late rush of bitter hops. A well balanced full bodied gem. An excellent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Almost black pour with some browns. Nose is caramel and coffee malts. Taste is crisp, sweet cream and cocoa. Rated 1/8/01


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