Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The dark caramel, large dense headed brew, with its 8.8% alcoholic content, is unique due to its sweet notes of chocolate and coffee interspersed into a foundation of dark roasted barley. Symbolic black to denote leadership, power, focus and strength, is dominant in the labeling as the lion journeys in the twilight unafraid, unbowed and unchallenged.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in the middle brown on the outside, 1/5" tan head. Aroma was lots of roast, but I didn't really pick up any coffee or chocolate notes from the malting.

A little sweeter than expected, still thick, sturdy and roasty. A little bit of that brown sugar. Its hefty alcohol comes through. Its relatively cheap and a far better alternative than the other world wide distributed stout out there. The cans of this are where its at.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque sable with a fine-bubbled and fairly persistent tan head. Aroma is smoky with firm tones of coffee and unsweetened chocolate with more than a hint of burnt caramel. Rich, smoky flavor is mainly of fine roast coffee, unsweet chocolate and caramel, subtly sweet. Texture is fairly smooth yet quite fizzy. A must for stout fans!

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

Thing & black with a stable beige head. Smell has notes of roasted malts and sweetness. Smooth, soft mouthfeel, very creamy. For the most part, a very good beer. I swear, however, that my bottle had a small metalic-tasting flaw. Still, the beer has great balance. Very tasty. This is the first beer I've had from Sri Lanka.

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Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this from our government-controlled liquor store, SAQ, which they renamed Sinha Stout (no idea why)

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before Aug. 2008.

Appearance: Pours a nice black body with an easy thick 3 finger tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt with hints of coffee bitterness.

Taste: Robust coffee presence but only slightly bitter. Very well rounded & balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little bit creamy, more roasted coffee flavor with a little bit of graininess. Malty presence kind of makes it melt in your mouth.

Drinkability: Strong coffee presence without the the bitterness makes it an easily drinakble stout. Could have had another after this one.

Overall: A solid, easy drinking stout with good strong flavors. One too have again for sure.

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

Sampled at the Plam in Milwaukee. This is from notes, and those notes were kind of drunk...

Very nice pour. It's rare that a pour looks creamy, but I'll be damned if this one doesn't look creamy. Dark, nearly opaque black with a tall brown head.

Smells like a really good, firm dry stout. Strong raw porter grain mellowed out by chocolate malt with a firm hop in the back.

Tastes very much like smells, only everything is lightly improved by the magnificient creaminess of the body.

Really nice.

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

Pours solid black with a dark brown head. Darkest head I've seen in a long time.
Massive aroma of cocoa and dark chocolate, molasses, with some roasted coffee and barley in the background. Pretty full on.
More massively roasted flavours (but no burnt notes!). Some sweet alcohol shows but is balanced by huge roasted barley notes. A big beer! Quite sweet. A bit too much alcohol?
Quite creamy body, the carbonation is a little high.

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Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deepest black color with a thick dark caramel head that vanishes quickly.
Aroma of licorice, creamy chocolate, vanilla and coffee.
Sweet and bold flavor with notes caramels, coffee, cocoa, spices, vanilla, roasted malts and a hint of all major hops, citrus, herbal and earthy. Dry aftertaste with a lingering spiciness challenging its sweetness.
Full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8.8% is hidden behind its malty base.
Bold beer from the unexpected Sri Lanka, nice and complex regarding both malt and hops with lots of chocolate, but a tad on the sweet side which makes it a bit cloying.
Ap.3,75 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,75

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid black in color. In a Duvel Tulip, it's nearly half head and half beer. The head is tan and sudsy and also leaves plenty of lace.

Has a smoky and sweet nose. A smoked bacon scent with caramelized sugar. Interesting.

Smoked bacon up front with toasty malt, raisin, chocolate and some cola coming in at the close. Plenty of smoke and that bacon is interesting, but not bad, just different. I have to say, it works pretty well.

Smooth and the carbonation is mostly soft. For an eight percent beer though, I would have expected a little more heft in the body. Very dry finishing.

A glass of this would be fine, but more than that might be a bit much. Overall though, a unique stout. Seems to be more of a smoke baltic porter. It's a beer that I am glad I finally tried, but can't see myself getting it again in the near future.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark red color with nice opacity. The head is a huge, foaming three finger khaki color that descends to one finger after a while. Plenty of lacing is left behind, as well.

S: Big, massive, hugely sweet chocolate. Some dark fruits, as well. Actually, come to think about it, there's a minor whiff of sour cherries - infection, perhaps? We shall see. I still enjoy the aroma greatly, but that foamy head should have been a giveaway.

T: The flavor takes on more of a roasted barley and coffee bean tone, especially at first, while waves of chocolaty sweet and - unfortunately - tart cherries seemingly via an onsetting infection. After a while, the tartness takes center stage. Some herbal hop flavors also try to pop up in the finish, as well. So what we have here is a lightly soured stout, and it kind of works. Not perfectly by any means, but there's enough sweetness here to keep it in check.

M: Quite light in its loafers with wimpy carbonation. There's actually an esophageal burn and a bit of stomach turning which completely tanks the mouthfeel score for me. On the palate proper, it's not particularly dry, but nicely bittersweet'n'sour; whatever the blue hell that's supposed to mean.

O: Infected - it just has to be. But thank Odin it's a minor infection that actually gives it a pleasant twist, instead of twisting my mouth sideways and dissolving my tongue. This clearly isn't the final product as it's intended to be - thankfully I have a penchant for a good Flemish-style ale along side my stout tooth, so I still think it's quite okay.

If you're bottle has "123881841" on it, just be wary.

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Photo of Pencible
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A random score from the local LCBO...

A - Pours pitch black with a thumb of big bubbled cola looking head which quickly dissipates leaving no real lacing.

S - Burnt grains, dark cocoa and sugary sweetness with a lingering malted milk finish.

T - Dark cocoa, burnt toast, leafy greens, hint of burnt sugar sweetness and a touch of ABV heat. Finishes with the dark cocoa and ABV sweetness lingering.

M - Medium bodied, surprisingly sweet and finishes wet with a touch of heat.

O - Heavy of the burnt characteristics, but tasty nonetheless. The ABV is surprisingly well hidden, making it quite drinkable. I would buy this again and certainly wouldn't pass up the opportunity to drink it if the option were available.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is black with a thick and rocky tan head that fizzes away rather quickly. Thick patches of lacing. The aroma is big on roasted malt, with some semi-sweet chocolate in the background. Rich body with a tasty blend of mocha, malt and plum flavors. Frankly I am surprised they make them this good in Sri Lanka. The finish is dry and roasty, with a coffee aftertaste. Proof you can’t judge a book by the cover.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Lion Brewery Limited's Lion Stout last week for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. It's been a long time since I've had this beer and I'm pretty sure it was one of the first stouts I had, so lets see what I think of it now. Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. 2015 Vintage.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a black color that barely let any light in and it had three fingers worth of very slightly lighter brown head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a boozy aroma being the first to show up and it's followed by some fruity yeast with some apple and pear aromas sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which have some roast to them, but it's a little on the lighter side and it seems like there more sweet and grainy malt aromas being imparted. The aroma is nice, but I wish it was less boozy with more roast.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little roastier and not as boozy, it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but the time the roast shows up more and there's even a light charred and smokey flavor. Up next comes the fruity yeast and it impart the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by the booze, which is noticeable, but not as boozy as it was in the aroma. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a smokey and lightly charred aftertaste. This a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the alcohol was hidden a little better.

M- Fairly smooth, a little boozy, a little watery, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was a little thicker and chewy.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it tastes pretty similar to how I remember, it's nice, but it's still just a little rough around the edges. This beer has ok drinkability, I think one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and the roasty and charred flavors, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the boozynezz and the body, they could both use some work. I would get this again, but it's nothing that I will buy on the regular. I think it's worth a try, especially if your just getting into Stouts. All in all this was like a trip down memory lane and while I don't like it as much as I once did I still think it's a nice beer to try. It's my favorite beer from this brewery and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, keep it up.

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Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great stout and, for me, it fits the Foreign/Export style quite well. Lion Stout pours wall to wall black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is cacao nibs, cocoa, coffee and a sharp fruitiness - apricots, strawberries, grapes - that differentiates it from most imperial stouts. The fruit notes come through in the flavor with a refreshing acidity. The beer starts sweet with cocoa and coffee and finishes with acidity and smoke. It's quite easy to drink. The creamy mouthfeel helps, as well. This beer has a lot of roasted malt character and manages also to be refreshing. Great stuff.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer that doesn't let any light through. Decent bubbles on this, small mocha head that left a little bit of chunk on the sides.

S - A lot of coffee, little bit of licorice, some dark fruit, slight alcohol burn.

T - This is a bit of a milky stout, decent amount of coffee and some licorice and dark fruit that make it taste a little "foreign." I don't care for the style but it's not my favorite. Above average.

M - Creamy, lighter side of full bodied, little kick from the carbonation.

D - It's a solid beer that I did not mind, and would drink again if it were offered. Above average, decent take on the style. Drinks a little harder than 8%.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark fudge brown, nearly black, thin and firm light brown cap, a slight skim remains once it settles, lacing in thin sheets. Aroma of slight roast, stale raisin, parched prunes, dry cocoa, and anise. Taste is mild with tame roastability and soft chocolate, slight floating sweetness of dry dark fruits, touches of molasses and toffee roast. Doesn't withstand too much in the flavor dept. or in its length, over far to quickly, but it does incur a certain broad range of capable character. Feel is smooth, a bit sweet and tangy, lightly roasted edge, just shy of a medium body mostly, seems to pick up a bit towards the finish where it drys out with some light cocoa. A fairly decent effort; quick stout flavors and a somewhat healthy body, but could be better. I would consider this over a Guinness on nitro-tap I think?

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick creamy tan head that shows excellent retention, hanging around as a one-inch head for the duration.

The aroma is heavily roasted malts, coffee and cocoa powder. Almost like chocolate-covered espresso beans.

The taste is excellent for the style - toasted chocolate malts and coffee. There is a bit more sweetness than in the aroma and the finish is dry with bakers chocolate.

The mouthfeel is dry and roasty with a moderate carbonation.

This is an excellent example of an export stout and extremely drinkable for the ABV. Surprisingly good.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very dark colour, slight reddish tinge up to the light. Thick and dense ochre head, sinks steadily but looks nice, like frozen coke. Leaves a ring of lacing at the top. Not too special. Otherwise looks great.

Smells quite sour, a lot of burnt notes, but not overly so. A hint of some unsweetened dark chocolate and roasted coffee, and a sharp hint of booziness as well. Oddly enough blends quite well, but not perfectly balanced.

Taste is quite sour. Chocolatey on the front palate, then gets a fruity, almost wheaty organic sourness to it, dark though, roasted and with a light espresso touch to it. Doesn't have a great deal of flavour, just hands out a slightly roasted malt and maybe a touch of oak as well.

Mouthfeel is not bad, very middle of the road though, not very full but certainly not thin. Leaves a little dry, not bad.

Alcohol is very well hidden and frankly I'm not sure where because there isn't really a huge flavour here, I'm very impressed. It's all well and good for American brew-bullies to bombard heavy beers with hops to disguise alcohol, but I think here they've just utilised flavour well.

Very, very drinkable overall. Possibly the most drinkable Asian beer I've ever had, in spite of being dark, and 8%.

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Photo of illidurit
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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

Dark black with a nice espresso head of foam. Nice lacing as well. Cocoa comes through hard in the aroma of this brew, caramel does as well to a lesser extent, as well as roasted malts and a bit of wood. Taste is chalky, smoky, chocolaty, and roasty with a nice dry dinish that is also slightly acidic and somewhat lactic. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and nice, but a bit light. Drinkability remains very good.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 330ml - 11.50 fl.oz. - 0.58 Pint - standard looking brown glass bottle that looks rather funky and a tad trendy with its rhomboid neck and main labels. Black crown cap has a colorful picture of a lions heads, as does the main label above the words ‘LION Stout Imported Alc. 8% By Vol.’

Appearance: Thick dark brown body with a heavy dose of ruby in the backlit flashes that form at the edges of my Pint glass. Cocoa brown head sits nice and even on the surface and leaves a little lacing as the rink slowly works its way down the libation vessel. Finely dissolved carbonation supports the head throughout and wit vigor when gently swirled.

Nose: Lightly sweet malts mix with a caramel laden molasses. Coffee tinted cum roasted body which is backed by dark chocolates. Some hops in the back end.

Taste: This is a very “soft and gentle” yet big roasted malty Stout with some Cocoa powder and a light hint of milk chocolate in the back end with a smidgeon of freshly brewed black coffee which has just been impacted by a small amount of fresh cream. After a few small mouthfuls a nicely rounded bitterness develops in the finish and mixes well with the roasted chocolate lingering ending. Damn tasty stuff and as slick Teflon®.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and exceptionally creamy in the mouth; it withstands a gentle swirl around the tongue with ease, quite robust and hearty, yet with an attractive lightness thanks to the finely attenuated conditioning. Helps to accommodate the 8% ABV all too easily.

Drinkability: I tried this once back in England many moons ago as a Student and I don’t recall it being this drinkable, it had a more acidic bite to it then, either that or my tastes have changed. This bottle was very soft and incredibly palatable. It didn’t last long!!

Overall: Heard a lot about this one, for whatever reason it seems to have rather the cult following. That is usually a sign of image over substance, but this really is not that bad actually, I’m almost torn to admit that I really quite like it, not sure why, but for $1.69 it ain’t all that bad.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.
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