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


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RATINGS: 1903   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.

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beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2006
Dark brew, compact head, slowly receding. Aroma of coffee and roast grains. The taste is fantastic, a good balance between the sweetness of a B52 coffee, tempered by an elegant acidity (yet again coffee) and a lingering bitter chocolate finish. Palate is a little thin but still one of my favorite stouts.

chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 A bit too much sweetness for a stout, but flavor is good. Works chilled better than lower temperature. Rerated up a couple points after retried a long stored bottle. Aged very well.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2008 In short: A soft un-roasted "refreshing" Stout
How: In tasting sessions first. Then many bottles since Quebec SAQ started to import it. No change in appreciation
The look: Black body, small beige head.
In long: Black body, small off-white head. Coffee beans and vanilla taste with a black licorice after-taste. Not very sweet. Not much roasted or chocolate flavours in there. Body on the bit thin side for a stout. A touch of acidity bothers me and I got that from all bottles. 8% is very well hidden. A decent light stout but not the tasty after-meal stouts that I like. I’d even say that this stout is “refreshing” and that’s not the quality I’m looking for in an 8% stout. Seems to be the most popular beer from Sri Lanka. I always thought buddhists were the calmest most peaceful people on earth, maybe they are just hammered.

jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Pours black with a large tan head. Great roasted malt aroma, with a big dose of molasses. More of the same in the flavor. Delectably heavy mouthfeel. All that a Stout should be.

hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Chocolaty, fruity, roasty dark chocolate aroma. Dark black with a light brown head. Flavors of smoke, chocolate and more smoke! Medium body, creamy texture. Thanks for sharing Brigadier.

Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse beige mince qui persiste. Arômes de houblon amérisant, de café, de levure et de sucre. Saveurs de torréfié, de pain et de carton. Probablement pas une bouteille qui a mal vieillie...

JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
About as black as a beer can get, complemented by an exceptionally dark head. Dominant black-licorice aroma, with sweet coffee and burnt wood also showing through. The flavour starts off Turkish-coffee-sweet, evolves to a thick alcohol middle, and finishes with nuances of coffee and black licorice. Smooth palate. Too sweet to make you want more than one in a sitting.

1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Thanks Brigadier. The beer pours to a very dark blackish body with a lasting tan head and nice lacing. The aroma is minty, sweet lactose, deep chocolate malt, interesting yeasts. The flavor is sweet lactose, minty, black malt. Roasty and dry. Very dry palate. Rich, roasty.

Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Tosa Tasting - June 24, 2006

After ten months, this finally got opened. I’m not sure if you are supposed to age a foreign stout that long but it certainly held up well. A great value at $2.99 for a 625 ml bottle and fairly common in smaller sizes as well. If you have had this, you ought to give it a try.

Aroma / Appearance - An interesting combination of chocolate, caramel and bananas reminded me of an ice cream sundae. That is, if you roasted malt and sprinkled it on top as well. There were also some grainy notes lurking in the background. The deep black one-finger head left sticky tan lacing oozing down the side of the glass. The body itself was pitch black, trapping all light that had the misfortune to try and pass through it.

Flavor / Palate - This was chewy and bitter with a rich roasted malt impression being the first thing to hit my senses. An underlying cocoa powder flavor joined hints of coffee and wheat. Every sip had a nice full body that satisfied the palate with a balance of bitterness and maltiness. If I had to chose when to drink this it would be a cool fall day when the leaves are turning red, brown and orange.

Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Pours a very dark brown color, almost black. Medium-3sized tan head. The aroma starts with coffee but also has a sour undertone to it. Kind of funky. Flavor is sweet chocolate, not bad stuff.

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