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


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RATINGS: 1838   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 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 (743) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ceegod (26) - USA - MAY 10, 2010
Everything you might look for in a stout - deep, rich, dark, huge creamy head. A rounded effect from start to finish, with no false notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanielBrown (4147) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham (7.5%). Pours like a Stout. Which it is. Smells like I wanted it to stench: malty hop oil. It’s smooth and reasonably slippery in mouth. Beautiful balance exists here: I want to sip the gently warming drink, to keep experiencing the sticky, gentle roast of the faintly treacly, malty sweated, pleasantly hopped mouth oil. Extremely proficient. Brilliant in fact.

   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 (1694) - 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
Cantabrian (953) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Bottle purchased in Sydney (Australia, not Nova Scotia), as Sinha Stout. Sinha and Singha both derive from a Sanskrit word सिंह, meaning Lion. Isn’t that cool? Two famous beers from countries where there are no lions as part of the native fauna. To be fair, there was probably a lion in pre-historic Ceylon – now Sri Lanka, but it is believed to have been extinct before the arrival of humans… and…where were we? Sinha! Yes, I had all reasons to be excited before tasting this historical beer. Sinha is a gorgeous stout, indeed one of the best ones. Black as the lion mane on the label, it has a firm tan head that dissolves into a rather charming lacing. Wonderful aromas of chocolates, plums and bourbon barrels. The alcohol is high, but quite well hidden behind the smoothness of those dark chocolates, the espresso (but not too much, not to worry), the fruitiness. I could not precise specifically the fruits, but that basket full of them – red, bluish, plump and yummy fruits – was dancing around my head as the chocolates kept seducing my senses. There is a milky texture, almost as a sweet stout, but never too suave or too delicate. It is a LION stout after all! It comes with a non-tangible sharpness that breaks through the mellow flavours. As the beer spreads horizontally throughout the palate, smoky, woody – still the woods from those bourbon barrels – a nice and subtle bitterness raises vertically along both sides of the tongue, granting a grand finale to the sip. This is a firm and lustrous product, it comes with tradition, solid and seductive as a well-polished teak floor in a colonial property of old Ceylon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartlebier (2668) - 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 (1108) - 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 (120) - 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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