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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,197 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1197
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%


Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited visit their website
Sri Lanka

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
 http://www.lionbeer.com 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - opaque and black, a frothy thin mocha cover kicks up a thick finger of suds but is gone quickly. A few little islands of bubbles here and there, but a pretty bare top.

Aroma - grainy but with some semblance of roasted grain.

Taste - roasty, malty, tasty. Hints of coffee. The abv is fairly well hidden but peeks out a bit with some warming. A good basic stout, kudos for having it canned.

Mouthfeel - very nice smoothness, though the peppy carbonation could be tamer. Good sturdy body.

Drinkability - a fine sipper for the autumn fireside, though a few of these can sneak up on you.

Serving type: can

10-12-2010 03:02:10 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: one inch light brown head, black brown in color, opaque

Smell: coffee and dark chocolate

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, light creaminess, and alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: super smooth, low carbonation, sweet with a bitterness that appears in the middle, light body for the style

Drinkability: I really liked this one. It is so nice and light and for the abv, the alcohol is not overly noticable. Very enjoyable, glad I went with the six on this instead of the single.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 15:35:04 | More by tigg924
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours pitch black with brown highlights. The head is brown, unbelieveably huge (three fingers tall), and laces the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma is chocolate, roasted, and coffee. There is an ever so slight sourness to the aroma.

The flavor is chocolate, roasted, and once again coffee. The flavor has a slight sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. The beer is full bodied. The finish dries out into coffee and chocolate.

Wow, I had no idea this was a stout with a higher alcohol content! Great beer!

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 03:12:19 | More by GCBrewingCo
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an opaque black color with a huge tan head. The lacing is thorough, and lasts forever. The aroma is of cracker, cream, and is slighly nutty, but not vrey strong. The taste very enjoyable. Creamy, and slightly nutty with some bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 22:43:08 | More by KarlHungus
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dense black color with a thick creamy head that settles slowly. Lots of tan lace left in its wake.

Aroma gives off a sweetness like fresh cream; graham cracker; cherry pipe tobacco; roasted nuts; toffee. Subtle coffee in the background. The aroma seems to move from good to great as it warms.

Smokiness hits first, with chocolate, coffee, cherry, toffee, vanilla and graham cracker swirling around in the mix. Simply delicious.

Feels just a tad over-carbonated for the style and flavors. It's not thick, but doesn't need to be, maintaining a pleasing airy butteriness.

A bit dry, very smooth, and extremely well-incorporated 8% alcohol. A very good stout. Would be an excellent introduction to someone just discovering the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 20:34:52 | More by Metalmonk
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an Ommegang flute.

A: Pours a pure coffee black with a dense, dark mocha colored head that tops out at about 2 1/2 fingers thick. Retention was excellent and multiple rings of lace were left down the inside of the glass.

S: Initially, lots of roasted malt. As it warms aromas of coffee, cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, raisins, plums, and figs begin to emerge.

T: Not quite as complex as the smell. The roast is there, as is the chocolate and coffee. Unfortunately the dark fruit kind of takes a back seat to a dry and dusty cocoa flavor that comes on strong in the middle and on through the finish.

M: Equal parts sweet and roasty. There's also a bit of a fruity twang that pops out at the end. Finishes dry.

D: Very nice. I've eyed this for a long time and finally decided to take the plunge. I'm glad I did!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 15:20:56 | More by GbVDave
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morimech

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan head that hangs around all night. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left behind as the fluid level drops.

Smells very malty with hints of chocolate, coffee, cherries, and a dirty earthy smell. Alcohol is barely detectable.

The flavor has a nice roasted taste. To a lesser extent some more complex flavors are present. I expected more chocolate, espresso, and fruit tastes after smelling the beer. It has a slightly sweet quality as well. It has a medium body with healthy carbonation. A good tasting stout that I am now seeing just about everywhere beer is sold.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 23:48:31 | More by morimech
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before November 2010, aka tomorrow. Poured into a snifter.

A - Opaque and black. Light tan , two finger head cliging to the side of the glass but fading to a creamy cap fairly quick.

S - Lot's of chocolate and coffee mixing well with roastiness. Nothing out of the ordinary here, typical 'stoutiness'. There is a nice complimentary licorice type of aroma too. No alcohol in the nose. Dark fruits are present also.

T - Coffee and chocolate champ through really well and move really smooth. Licorice comes through nicely again for me. Minor alcohol in the finish. A little bitter in the finish too.

M - Medium body. Mild carbonation. Sort of creamy going down.

D - Hey, why not. This is pretty decent stuff. You would never know this was 8%. Not an amazing brew, but it's a really nice strong stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 00:00:17 | More by tbeckett
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argock

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.00.

A: Cold coffee brown with garnet edges and luscious 1-2 finger German chocolate cake colored head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Fresh sweet milk chocolate aromas mingle with cold coffee, leafy, tobacco-ish hops, and abundant dark roasted malts. The sweetness has a milky quality.

T: The flavor is exceptional and intense for the style with big roasted, dark malt with slight lactose note followed by molasses, a short burst of coffee, and a chocolatey creaminess finished decisively with tobacco, leafy, earthy hoppiness which is a great touch to this fine underrated brew.

M: Medium-full in body with a solid smoothness and exceptionally well-hidden alcohol and a long, long aftertaste of leafy hops and mocha.

D: A fantastic stout with numerous aromas and flavors that form a cohesive whole that is a fine brew and a fabulous value for the contents.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:18:23 | More by argock
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Pencible

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured an opaque black with lots of tan head. It smelled like earthy malt and roasted dark chocolate. It tasted like roasted (or even burnt) coffee beans, and super earthy dark chocolate. It was watery with no carbonation and had a dry chocolate aftertaste. Overall this was a good quality beer that was clean and easy to drink. However, I expected (hoped for) a little more flavor, especially considering its high alcohol percentage.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 16:50:04 | More by Pencible
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billab914

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured black with a thick tan head covering the top of the beer. The head faded and clung to the sides of the glass
but left some nice lacing.

The aroma has a little roastedness to it but more of the chocolaty slightly sweet smell than a roasty bitterness. Unfortunately I seem to get a mustiness or almost a very slight sourness to it that I didn't expect and didn't enjoy. I would almost say the bottle might be bad based on the nose but the taste shows no signs of it at all.

The taste shows a lot of chocolate and mocha with a very light bitter roastedness coming through in the finish to help balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it was a pretty smooth drinking stout but wasn't one I'd probably buy again. It had some nice chocolaty flavors to it but it just didn't really wow me.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 00:32:52 | More by billab914
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks absolutely beautiful. Pitch black body, with a foamy toffee coloured head, which cleared up to leave lacing of the same colour. Nice espresso and malt aroma The flavour packs a punch of coffee, chocolate, and perhaps licorice. The finish is long and warming. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 04:21:27 | More by bobsy
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a black color with a finger of tan head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is really full of chocolate with hints of raisin in there as well. The taste is really chocolatey, slightly raisiny flavor on the start that mellows totally to a chocolate finish. Nice. The feel is moderate to thick. Just where I expect things for this beer. Drinkability is fine and dandy for a 8% beer. I would not expect a beer like this to come from a country like Sri Lanka.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 02:09:18 | More by kmpitz2
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.79 for a 625ml bottle. 8.0% ABV.

Pours out to a very dark brown, lighter in color than expected, forming a large and robust soapy dark tan head that looks gorgeous with exceptional retention and beautiful solid sheets of lacing composed of microbubbles. Aroma is akin to a Baltic Porter...lots of raisin, dates, figs, and prunes, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and the faintest suggestion of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very nice...lively but not abrasive, with a medium body and lightly dry finish. Tastes quite nice, what I would expect for a baltic porter. Powdery cocoa with a pleasant light tartness and astringency of black currants, very faint metals in the middle, with some husk and lightly roasted grains. Almost smoky towards the finish with suggestions of diatomaceous earth. The sourness keeps the beer alive, augmenting and balancing nicely with the other subtleties going on under the hood. Alcohol is imperceptable in aroma or taste, but I'm feeling it after one glass. No other off-flavors.

Damn tasty, whatever you call it...I call it a Baltic Porter. I really enjoyed this. Forget the hype and bias and just drink it up. Very easy to drink with a tight body and the brains to back it up. Paired nicely with the 9-grain bread I just made. A wonderful stout and cheaper that Sinebrychoff or D.Carnegie & Co. Highly recommended and an exceptional brew for the price!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 19:32:34 | More by Mitchster
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flexabull

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking black can courtesy of khiasmus, thanks again!

Never thought I'd be able to drink a beer from Sri Lanka without going there.

Pours a deep black color with a big tan head.

Aromas are of brown sugars, cocoa, are other dark malt notes. Smells pretty nice.

Taste is very malt forwards, dark cocoa, brown sugars, and molasses. Beer has a nice full smooth feel, and a finish that has a hint of both alcohol warmth and a mineral hop bite.

Nice mouthfeel, full and smooth.

Very good drinkability. Nice stout, wow, this was a pleasant surprise. Tasty, but not to heavy, good stuff.

Serving type: can

08-15-2009 05:15:38 | More by flexabull
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illidurit

California

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. A couple shades lighter than black with a monstrous 3 finger cascading head that puts Guinness to shame. Tons of webbed lacing and impressive retention.

Aroma is cakey and sweet, with a soft cocoa powder character. The roastiness is subdued.

Flavor starts out with a surprising overripe melon sweetness, but then melds into more classic stout notes of cocoa powder and a roasted finish.

This beer is a little too carbonated but it's nothing major. Finish is semidry, body is a little heavier than medium. Alcohol's only contribution is a little nip at the end of the sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:25:23 | More by illidurit
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle, laser dated '52008 17:26' (May 20 = my birthday, but I'm leery of this 'gift' 15+ months late?!?!). Picked up the bottle several weeks back on a visit to Sharp Edge Creekhouse; jumped at the chance as this is one I've never seen sold in Oregon. Poured on a cool and rainy Saturday (mid 3rdQ of the MState-JState game) to a pint glass.

A: Deep and dark, we'll say 'ebony' since some maroon-ish (Go State!) hints nudge at the sides, detracting from true blackness. Billowing pillow of khaki head, a full three fingers, that drops gradually to a thin creamy cap. Excellent lace, crisscrossed cobwebs.

S: Husky/earthy aroma of dark/burnt malt - like rich cacao and roasted coffee beans. There's sweet, mesquite-like smoke, a trace of vanilla and toffee. A little weak, but oh so 'Mmmm...'.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate fudge, a sugary coffee. Pit fruit, a dark purple grape, vanilla and big caramel/toffee. Perfect lactose, really an interesting and deeply flavorful version of the style.

M: Velvety smoothness, a creamy mouthful. Medium bodied, seems less heavy, yet a little more boozy as it warms. Some dark chocolate bitterness hangs around on the tongue.

D: I have to rank this right up there with the Guinness 'John Martin', Deep Shaft, Pelican Tsunami and Alameda Black Bear XX among the best I've enjoyed of the style. Weighs in just a little too much on the sweet side and with a not-so-hidden alcohol, but still a delicious treat I'd love to have again and will definitely recommend.

Chalk one up for Sri Lanka (#34 country on my personal list)...well done!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 22:31:13 | More by msubulldog25
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Overlord

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber, slightly ruddy black. Big creamy tan head. Looks pretty good.

Smells like roasted malt, a bit, just a bit, of chocolate, and an interesting floral, earthy, mustiness. Unique. Exotic.

Taste is roasted malt, a bit of acrid, sour earthiness that provides a strange twang, and some chocolate. Not much coffee presence. Hmm. It's a good stout, but I'm not sure it's worth the "best stout/porter for the money" hype I hear periodically. Zywiec, Okocim, Stockyard Oatmeal Stout, and Sierra Stout offer a better value.

But, it's a good stout. Drinkable, pleasant. Creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 07:12:44 | More by Overlord
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Michael Jackson (the beer writer) had good things to say about this beer; he even landed his mug on the packag- ing somehow.

Massive tan head--four fingers' worth--rises slowly. Rocky, dense and bubbly, it drops to a thick lace that sticks all over the glass. Very fragrant with aromas of black currants, blackberries, cocoa powder and mild roast coffee. Amazing smoothness and medium creamy body with a lush mouthfeel. Quite malty to start, with a sweetness similar to sweetened coffee. The 8 percent ABV is deceiving to begin with, but after several sips, the palate warms right up. From middle to end come waves of roasted malt with undertones of dark bitter chocolate and faint espresso bean. Minimal hop bitterness, a little fruity and yeasty toward the end. Finishes on the sweet side with a long note of roasted flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 20:54:20 | More by BeerAdvocate
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one is sold as Sinha Stout here in Canada, but the label is otherwise the same.

pours an opaque black with 3/4" of dense brown head. the head is slow to drop and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is nice. roasty and malty. coffee and milk chocolate. bready malt. has a bright and fresh character that is not typical of a stout.

taste is nice. strong burnt roastyness. dark chocolate. dried cranberries. mild bitterness. nice caramel sweetness. very well balanced.

mouthfeel is great. good mouthfeel that isn't overly heavy. nice carbonation level.

drinkability is great. really tasty and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 01:48:51 | More by grub
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML bottle purchased singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Heard this particular beer being well-touted from various different sources, so decided to finally give it a shot...
Very impressive, engine-oil, jet-black appearance with a gigantic foamy and frothy tan, reddish head that lingered on for some time before slowly receding and leaving copious amounts of lacing...
Smell was replete with typical stout aromas, including cocoa, chocolate, dark latte, and roasted malts...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a strong suggestion of bittersweet, dark coffee, roasted malts, strong roasted cappuccino, dark lattee, sweet, caramel sugars, and toasted nuts... Very good, clean, crisp taste bursting with strong flavor and style...
Nice, rich, soft, velvet, clean mouthfeel without any suggestion of the rather hefty 8% ABV...
Easy drinkabilty as well, with attractive, crisp, refreshing flavors... Different, unique, and definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 00:18:56 | More by dsa7783
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Mammoth head. Couldn't fit the whole 11.2oz bottle initially. Black body, light brown head. Great stickage. 4.5

Roasty and malty goodness. Raw grains with some alkali-pressed cocoa. 3.5

Malty and sweet with hefty roast grain presence, dark mocha, subtle booze, and malt bitterness. 4.0

Milky smooth. Medium bubbly. A little heady after many sips. Feels better when it warms. 4.0

Loves me some Lion Stout. Recommended. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:22:02 | More by thecheapies
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StJamesGate

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impenetrible black with rimming lacey beige foam. Tar, ash, and deep roast on the nose, with some plum reduction.
Prune juice, brown sugar, oily espresso, sugar plums, branch hops and a barrel hit.
Sweet coffee finish and dry linger. Med-light, soft, round, chewy, sticky.

Sweet and light – a hot weather FES. Malt bomb, but easy and quenching. Interesting take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 13:10:44 | More by StJamesGate
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, almost opaque. Nice head of foam, a rocky and mouse-like medium tan. Laces in fat garlands. Pale dry cocoa aroma, some carob and nutiness. Pleasant mouthfeel, very creamy. Sweet caramels, light butteriness, malted milk dominates the flavor profile. Finishes similarly, without a hard roast or hop bittering to the second half. Little sense of the 8.0% ABV stated on the bottle. M.J. says this beer is "tarry" -- not to me, and it could use some for balance. Very drinkable and agreeable, uncomplicated, perhaps a touch too sweet overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 14:27:23 | More by ADR
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sweemzander

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours almost pitch black in color. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A raisin heavy roasted maltiness; almost smoky on the finish.

(T)- Again, quite heavy on the raisin with subtle molasses combined with an almost smoky but roasted malt profile.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A good malty balance that is a bit on the lighter side but plenty of flavor.

(O)- An easy drinking stout with smooth and mellow carbonation. Surprised this came in cans.

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 19:49:08 | More by sweemzander
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.