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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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1,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 49
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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:

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%

Got 2-6pks from BOTW in Rochester.

The beer pours an opaque nearly jet black colour, very little head.

Smell is of burnt toffee, coffee, chocolate and mocha

Taste is malty upfront, full robust flavours of caramel, chocolate, coffee and toffee. taste is slightly sweet (but not too sweet) with a nice balanced bitterness, this is nearly perfection in my book.

Mouthfeel is excellent, the flavors just explode into the mouth, thick and chewy, for a 9% ABV, this is really drinkable.

This is one of my top 3 beers to drink at any point. This will be a staple in my fridge for the forseeable future.

12-10-2009 02:22:33 | More by keithmurray
Photo of maketheheartglad

North Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +23.2%

A - It's black with a chocolate milk head.

S - It's smells like dark fruit and rum.

T - It tatses like dried fruit, particularly prunes (which i like) and rum at the end.

M - It feels thick.

O - I love it. It is the best stout I've had so far. Sure I've had Guinness . I didn't enjoy Duck-Rabbit's milk stout. I liked North Coast's Old Rasputin, but I like this even more than the others it seems like I can tastes more things. Perhaps the flavors I perceive and enjoy will change in the future.

05-27-2013 04:05:54 | More by maketheheartglad
Photo of tendermorsel


4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

This beer is awesome. Truly a great and unique stout.

I found this beer in a 22 oz bottle at a local liquor store. I drank it in two servings. It was ice cold for the first glass. Poured brown with a nice thick head. Sort of creamy with distinct coffee notes.

The second glass (slightly warmer) was much more complex. Simular coffee notes but also subitle fruit flavors appeared. Very easy drinking beer for a stout. Strong in alcohol but not overpowering in alcohol taste.

All in all an awesome and unique beer. I haven't seen it around. I heard rumors that the brewery was not producing it any more. If you see it get... If you like stouts you won't be disappointed.

12-26-2006 05:19:06 | More by tendermorsel
Photo of mambiso1123


4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

I bought a bottle of this on impulse at a bar that sells beer from around the world. I'd never heard of this brew, but I decided to give Sri Lanka a try.


This blew me away. It has a nice chocolatey flavor, but it's thick and smooth at the same time. It's strong enough that you can only have 2 without getting plastered.

I just bought a six pack from a high end liquor store for 9.99. Imagine, swill sells for about 2 dollars less. This will be on frequent rotation in my fridge. A great find!!!!

05-05-2009 23:58:03 | More by mambiso1123
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

This stout is the black of black chocolate. The head is huge, mocha brown, creamy and frothy. The head has great stamina and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and a dash of lemon peel. The mouth feel is full and creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor is that of everything in the aroma. It is well bittered and the long aftertaste tapers to the semi-sweet of dark chocolate. Incredible beer!
(rated Feb 13, 2007)

12-15-2008 14:24:38 | More by yesyouam
Photo of americanwolfdrea


4.78/5  rDev +21.6%

This beer poured a near black and relatively thick consistency. It produced a nice head, and just looked great in the mug. It had a deep flavor that paired exceptionally with my cheese plate. It had a filling mouth feel(which is great to me) and finished really clean.

03-04-2008 21:09:50 | More by americanwolfdrea
Photo of Sigmund


4.78/5  rDev +21.6%

330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. Label says for some reason "Lion Dark Beer" in stead of "Lion Stout", but there’s no doubt that this is the very same beer. Otherwise the label is exactly the same, so is the ABV and the characteristics of the beer. Pitch black colour, impenetrable for light. Large and thick brown head. A real beauty! Excellent aroma of various types of wood, tar, leather, tobacco. Full and rich flavour where the roastiness and hops are perfectly balanced with the velvety sweetness. Extremely drinkable. It’s debatable whether "the perfect stout" exists, but the Lion must be pretty close!

03-02-2005 20:49:36 | More by Sigmund
Photo of Beerking721


4.78/5  rDev +21.6%

Man... Michael Jackson's favorite stout of all time. What more can I say?

Absolutely phenomenal!

A = Midnight out in the middle of the country (with no light polution). This beer is as black as they come. Rich head and lace upon pour and consumption.

S = Wonderful scent of deeply roasted malts complimenting with a buttery richness and essence of wood (hickory?).

T = Highly concentrated flavors of holland chocolate, roasted expresso, and a hint of oatmeal. This beer is all about the roast.

M = Rich - viscous - creamy - smooth.

D = Definalely not a session beer, this quaff is best served at cellar temp and allowed time to "breath." As this occurs, a velvety smoothness will eminate. To be slowly savored!

07-24-2008 14:40:19 | More by Beerking721
Photo of Bestuurder

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +21.6%

Exceptional beer! Poured from a standard brown bottle into a 350cl dunkel glass.

The colour was dark, black and non-luminous. With a beautiful brown head about an inch thick, with balanced lacing throughout consumption.

Excellently balanced with hard malt and chocolate notes. Mild off-bitterness to the nose and moderate coffee aroma.

Flavour is pronounced and affectionate. Chocolate, coffee and oak are very apparent. The higher alcohol can be noted on swirling, but not over-powering.

Drinkability and mouthfeel go together very well. Very easy on the palate and another bottle is of easy consumption.

Overall, this is fantastic brew that deserve higher credit amongst all dark brew drinkers. Very balanced and original.


03-08-2010 02:16:12 | More by Bestuurder
Photo of JasonEames


4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

02-20-2013 23:36:34 | More by JasonEames
Photo of hbis2gut

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

For me, this stout fits exactly in the middle of the two extremes. Namely dry and milk/sweet stouts. It has both a dryness and a sweetness. It has a creamy texture that is not cloying. Lion Stout would be by far the best stout to ever cross my lips provided Guiness had never existed. Cheers!

07-28-2001 12:36:47 | More by hbis2gut
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

04-13-2014 15:57:50 | More by tjsmith910
Photo of Noelito76

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

10-14-2013 11:25:52 | More by Noelito76
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-30-2014 14:24:25 | More by ThatsStout
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

05-14-2012 05:38:58 | More by rednuht
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-27-2013 21:55:40 | More by Smokezz
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-26-2014 00:00:34 | More by tjdrewry
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-23-2012 14:00:31 | More by corzocl
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

03-29-2012 00:41:31 | More by gleemonger
Photo of Baileyuk


4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

tasted a full bottle at a beer tasting (it was my first drink so my tastebuds were clean).

poured an excellent looking black with a great off white/brown head. Lacing was superb.

Smell of alcohol, roasted malts, oak and cider.

sweet taste with some of the cider smell definately displayed.

was very smooth, especially for a stout. I could, and did drink a couple. I am not the greatest stout fan but will have this again in the future.

07-16-2008 01:12:19 | More by Baileyuk
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

05-29-2012 23:16:32 | More by belindatookus
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

01-14-2014 02:39:15 | More by altheimera
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-11-2014 03:13:48 | More by frommination
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-20-2014 03:25:10 | More by Hrodebert
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-26-2012 18:30:42 | More by Jonnyg41
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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