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


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RATINGS: 1918   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1785) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Lion Stout has an extraordinarily thick, creamy, beige head and a black appearance (light reddish-brown around the edges). The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, licorice, and confectionery sugar. Taste is of licorice, dark-roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark coffee, cream, brandy wine, and grain. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and Lion Stout finishes heavy, sweet, syrupy, and awesomely delicious. Overall, this is one of the best beers I have every had the pleasure to drink. I rate it about as high as one could rate a beer. Terrific! RJT

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dbass2 (3) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2012 does not count
I really like this beer. Not much after taste. Not really crazy about the 11.2 oz size bottle, but I would definitely buy this brew again. Very fine beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jlocolorado (10) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2013
It is like dinner in a bottle. Excellent complex flavor caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, toast, herbs, earthy, smoke, woody, my favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
CanCrusher (933) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle 0,33L. Black colour with creamy, light brown, long lasting head with excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, strong coffee and caramel. Taste starts light sweet with cocoa and coffee, than turns to moderate bitter finish with long lasting aftertaste. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, alcohol is very well hidden. Excellent stout, nice surprise. Didn’t expect that good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brew_Cat (119) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 29, 2015
35cl bottle @home, bought at Beer Corner, Athens. This was part of my DIY beer&food pairing experiments. Today’s plate was pork steak marinaded in chilli, coriander, paprika spices, fresh tarragon and rosemary, olive oil and scotch ale, along with mashed potatoes and whole grain bread roasted in the remnants of the pork’s juices. The pairing was one hell of a success! Couldn’t even imagine how beautifully this stout would be paired with my food. Definitely one of the most tasteful stouts I’ve had so far. Pours opaque black with dark brown long lasting head. Fizzy carbonation, excellent lacing, full body with bitter-sweet finish and smooth sweet aftertaste. Heavy in alcohol content and strong malty character. Aromas of roasted coffee, caramel. brown sugar and hints of chocolate. Resin and pine hops. Hints of licorice, raisin and dried fruits melting sweetly in your mouth. The food and beer pairing created complex layers of several sweet tastes, and made me smile like a five-year old. Great stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DirkSalmon (2) - Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013 does not count
This stout has a beautiful long lasting dual colored head. It’s flavor has strong chocolate characters with hints of coffee. The alcohol is smooth for 8.8%. Overall very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jamesie1857 (1954) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
330ml bottle - Pours a pitch black with mahogany hues and a thick tan head that recedes into a thin froth, but still leaves decent lacing. Nose is ripe dark fruits, liquorice, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is cocoa, roasted malt, dried fruit and burnt brown sugar. A mellow light coffee finishes it out. Nice creamy mouth feel. The ABV is hidden perfectly. Good stout. A good one for beer 700.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartlebier (3425) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2013
33cl bottle via CH, merci vielmals an Allen for this surprise haul. - Meant to save this for a special occasion, but then the coldest days of end of May arrived and stayed.
Truly spectacular beer both in its "wise" balance and boldness of taste, apparently juggling UK, CZ, DK, A aka Old Europe ingredients with postcolonial ease (by virtue of an "English yeast strain", which must have prefered to secede from the UK for the occasion).
Tar black (added colorant) with confident beige adhesive foam, contained malty and roast-acidic aroma: getting a lot of precarious road in this. Taste is a suavely shifting Rorschach of dark chocolate bitter, charcoal tartness, malt cream, upfront liquorice (usually not a fan), toasted caramel, old figs/prunes and assertive hop spice. Lingering charred and slightly briny aftertaste (despite the 3,500 ft above sea level). None of the near 9% apparent, nor does the added sugar make this less dry.
World-class, deserving of Micheal Jackson’s effigy on the back label. For further cross-cultural and linguistic background info on this one and more, consult Cantabrian’s digressive eulogy and eulogic digressions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoufCustom (1618) - HONG KONG - AUG 10, 2013

330 ml bottle bought at AJ’s Sri Lankan Cuisine in Sai Kung.

Colour: Deep blackish brown with dirt-like yeast sediments.

Looks: One finger head and coffee-like beige foam which last for about 1 minute. Small sticky lacing with notable carbonation.

Aroma: Quite fragrant roasted malt, with coffee, raisin, vanilla, dark fruits, ginger, Jasmine-like floral and molasses.

Taste: Sweet and pleasant roast malt, with toffee, light black coffee, strong ginger, strong spice, nuts, smoke, light liquorices, pretty strong grass and hops.

Body: Mid to light, with slick and slightly creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Very solid stout base - good roasted malt, very nutty, toffee and coffee are moderate and in right doses. Surprises being the ginger and Jasmine-like elements, making this brew very fragrant and fresh both in smell and taste, make me say “wow!” a few times already.

Booze: The 8.8% abv is very well-hidden all the way and has no knock-on throughout. Incredible!

Hoppiness: Mostly on the nose - pleasant flower and grass plus some citrus, and bitterness is moderate for a FS, sapping and slightly lingering for a finish. Quite nice.

After Taste: Slightly dry, nicely spicy to mouth.

Comments: This one is highly praised by many, and for me this really is a nice surprise: I was expecting a really heavy stout; Instead, its moderate body and taste is massively boosted by some very nice ginger / flower / spicy elements to make it very enjoyable and interesting. I know I’ll back to AJ’s very soon to stock some more for the winter. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
migwell (277) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Southern Asia is not a place to go if you are looking for good beer. I’ve travelled extensively in the region, and most of the beers are real crap, so imagine my astonishment when I arrived in Sri Lanka and had a 650 ml of this outstanding brew. Definitely a world class stout, and at 8.80 ABV, it certainly makes for a cheap night out! This is a really dark brew, with lots of full toasted flavor. It goes down easy but packs a wallop. Absolutely the top brew in this part of the world.

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