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


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RATINGS: 1759   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
babycakes (24) - White Plans, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2002
It has a big mocha aromas, bitter and strong in alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jeppe (2631) - Řlbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 This is the darkest beer I have ever seen, the body is absolutely black! The head is tall with a very nice looking dark tan color. Absolutely beautiful!!
Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate and tar. Flavor is bitter of dark chocolate and black coffee. Quite hoppy aftertaste. A dry stout and a little too harsh for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is opaque black. Big bubbles build the large chocolate-coloured foam. It sinks slowly into a veil on the glass and surface of the beer. The dominating smell is sweet, burned malt. There are also notes of yeast, coffee, cocoa and a touch of juniper berries. The carbonation is pretty strong with small, almost sharp bubbles. The taste is unexpectedly mild and sweet, with a strong flavour of burned malt (caramel?). The almost toffee-like taste is replaced by a mouthfeel of alcohol and an aftertaste with hints of raisins, coffee with cream and a vegetable-like taste (cucumber?). The lasting aftertaste is almost all alcohol. I would rather call this brew “porter” than “stout”. And it is an OK stout/porter, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gr0ve (2134) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2006
330 ml bottle. Black. Coffe aroma. Rich green apple aromas. Dry roastiness from malts. The richness from esters dominate too much, and hides the malts and their roastiness. Disappointing. "The beer for curry". Hello? A photo of Michael Jackson on the back label -- please get over it -- focus on the quality of the beer instead. At the moment it is not at all impressing. I tried this about two years ago. I remember it as much better then.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2006
62,5 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Very dark muddy brown colour with a little head. Smooth aroma of alcohol, roastedness and hints of chocolate. Nice smooth but alcoholic flavour very light roastedness and ends up with a dry touch.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2006
Bottle. Brown lasting head. Very dark, against my lamp red body. Aroma. Weak choccolate and something I cannot really spot, something lemonlike. Pleasant choccolate / coffee flavor with low bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tranquillity (1410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2006
Very good aroma of burned malt and cigar. The taste is a bit like toast in the morning, with coffee, chocolate and caramel. Long aftertaste. A good beer by all standards but not my thing, even though it should be. I’d go for Dragon Stout instead.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vitamine (35) - USA - SEP 8, 2006
i dont think this is crap, but it is not amazing. it is pretty strong and has an ok taste to it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lunkie (1404) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2007
Dark brown-black colour with poor lacing. Burnt bitter choc malt aroma. Bitter burnt choc malt flavour and smooth palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Maybe I had a bad bottle but I really didn’t like this beer as much as everyone else has seemed to. Previously I had only known this beer as the one with Michael Jackson on it but later found out that it is actually one of the highest rated foreign stouts out there. And for a mere $2.99 for a 625ml who can complain. Appearance was opaque black with large tan head. Aroma is sweet like cherries, but overall the aroma is not very strong. Flavor is sweet/sour like guiness but with a a more roasted/burnt malt and somewhat smoky with a slight bitterness. Body was very thin and slightly carb. Very interesting, but not very impressed.

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