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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,264 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 47
Gots: 30 | 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:
 http://www.lionbeer.com 

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kelticblood

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a soapy like head that thickened up to a solid chocolate colored foam.Left rings of sticky brown lace even before the first sip.Consistency poured of oil that gulped.Aroma was of smoke,coffee,and chocolate.Very creamy,but not very crisp on the mouthfeel.Mouthfeel wasnt too impressive,and wasnt almost watery.Alcohol taste is present and noticed.Leaves a dry bitter after taste that stays in the back of the throat.A very good stout but not the best.Overall average.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 09:35:20 | More by kelticblood
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep cloudy black, 2 finger tan head, good lacing

S: malt, nutty, smoky, hint of licorice

T: sweet cocoa, malt, nutty, alcohol long light bitter finish

M: med body, slight creamy/smooth body

O: Shocked that a very nice brew could come
from a most unusual place, Sri Lanka.
Well done; sip this gem. Think
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from SE Asia.

VERY NICE, WORTH TRYING!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 16:43:25 | More by BeerLover99
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml (?) bottle. marked with "52008 17:27", whatever that means. tasted in mid-may 2009.

nearly opaque, black/brown, with reddish brown on the edges under the light. 2+ finger, light to medium brown head, very slowly recedes to thin layer. great lacing, forming curtains in the latter half of the glass.

aroma: fruity esters, almost strawberry, upfront. like a fruity nougat. then dark caramel, hints of coffee and some earthy roast and hops.

taste: that fruity, vanilla nougat character again, but not necessarily sweet like the actual candy. then the roast malt, caramel, with coffee tones, and earthy hops. moderate bitterness with gentle underlying acidity. bitterness and medicinal hint can become unbalanced though, without enough malt or ester sweetness overall.

medium body, creamy at times, punctuated by acidity and astringency, peaking in the finish. moderate carbonation has tingle upfront, and helps with creaminess, but doesn't lift the astringent feel.

the fruity nougat character and medicinal off-balancing actually gets a tad distracting. this beer is ok, but i think jackson's hyping of it gives more credit than is really due.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 23:32:10 | More by tai4ji2x
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Augustiner719

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml can with a best by date of Jan 2013 into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black color with a nice 2 finger tan, cappuccino colored head that recedes quickly to leave a film across the top of the beer. The aroma is dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and some molasses and brown sugar notes. On the palate this beer shows the 8.8% with a slight warming sensation that plays nicely with the strong flavor profile of the beer. The flavors i get are burnt sugar, molasses, black stale coffee and a hint of cream. Very roast and malty with a surprisingly refreshing dry finish that leaves traces of hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is dry, slightly astringent and has a much thinner body than i expected. Overall, this might be a "summer" stout as it is bordering on imperial in my book with this ABV. I used to pass this up all the time in the states but now that I am in a beer wasteland in Switzerland, this made its way into my fridge. Worth a shot.

Serving type: can

07-06-2012 18:38:50 | More by Augustiner719
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice. Quite rich, chocolatey, fruity nose. Taste of caramelised sugar (which i didn't particlarly like), then some dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, and bitter roastyness. Pretty famous in beer circles, and hard to belive its from Sri Lanka, i'm happy i finally had it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 00:45:12 | More by rastaman
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Amalak

New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. It is basically black, but some brown hues at the bottom. It has a good foamy tan head with some solid lacing.

S. It has a malty, chocolate and metallic scent.

T/M. It is quite rich and has a bit of a coffee aftertaste. It is chocolaty with a good deal of a kind of grape sweetness. Smooth but carbonated. Medium body and medium alcohol.

O. It's very solid. I like the mix of flavors. A semi-metallic aftertaste is left though.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 20:47:33 | More by Amalak
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Wine fruity with dark roasted notes. I would almost say this beer has a very quad like aroma, strange for a stout I think.

Appearance - A good level of carbonation with a big light brown head. The beer itself was a very dark color.

Taste - Smooth coffee with a slight bitterness and a touch of roast. Slightly sweet and thin tasting. Definitely refreshing for a stout but there was a slight bitter note that I felt kept getting in the way. Still a smooth stout with chocolate and coffee notes.

Notes - Thin to medium mouthfeel but a good level of carbonation. I kind of wish it had a little thicker mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 15:14:43 | More by jwhawkins81
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StarshipPoopers

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the LCBO, was surprised to see its rating so I figured I'd give it a try. The packaging is different in Canada, going under the name "Sinha".

A - Good amount of frothy mocha head. The retention is quite respectable, hanging around as a film for many minutes. The lacing is also good, leaves several thin strands around the glass.
S - Hmmm, not too many bold flavours jump out. I'm mainly greeted by a cold coffee aroma that I am hoping will dissipate as it warms. Extremely subtle hints of milk chocolate are also present, but don't really pronounce themselves.
T - So starting with a bottle fresh out of the fridge, it has that kind of cold and thin coffee taste that carries through into the taste, along with a sweet chocolate flavour. Roasted malts definitely carry through in the finish, which is a saving grace for the taste.

After it has the chance to warm up the flavours come together much more nicely, as one would expect. That kind of old, cold coffee taste remains, but is pleasantly subdued with heavy roasted malts and much darker chocolate notes.

M/D - A little more carbonation and a bit lighter than I prefer a stout, but all in all it's pretty easy drinking and doesn't have that syrupy feeling that some other cheaper ones have.

O - I'd say it's a pretty solid stout. It lacks the character and intensity of heavier stouts from more well-known breweries, but it's still drinkable and is by no means off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 02:47:18 | More by StarshipPoopers
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nate4g63

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A = Nice and dark like typical stouts, nice foam head at first, settled to a lower 1/2 layer as it settled.

S = I feel it had a very strong, almost boozy smell, definitely tastes different than it smells. A little bit of a malty chocoalte smell, but not overpowering.

T = Good chocolate and coffee flavors throughout. It seemed to kind of juggle them back and forth.

M = Pretty thick like normal stouts, nothing crazy or surprising here for me.

D = It's has a great drinkability. Just watch out on the 8% ABV, it could catch up with you faster than you think. I wouldn't go out and get smashed on this stuff, but it can be drank all night if you pace yourself.

Overall, give this beer a try, most stout and porter drinkers should enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 11:07:50 | More by nate4g63
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass (room temp) this brew was coffee black with a brownish gray head that left nice lacing. The brew has a smoky smell with chocolate notes and a mild floral nose. The taste is mild with a medium body. The after taste is very smooth. There are some deep flavors of roasted malts, but not too much on the sweet side. The balance is nice, no bitterness, and very smooth. This is a nice brew, decent balance but not really something I could drink more than one or two at a time.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 02:08:12 | More by WJVII
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always intrigued to try a craft brew out of a can...

Poured a very dark, black almost oil-like liquid. Good first impression

The smell was about what I would expect from a stout; some hints of dried fruit and a little smokiness

Mouthfeel was nothing special and I noticed there was very little carbonation.

I tasted dried fruit, smokiness, some bitter chocolate and a very amount of malt. A decent stout but not by favorite. There was a little bit of booziness at first but that faded as I drank the beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-10-2011 03:11:19 | More by mjpolzin
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a can into a Bruery tulip. Beer is black and forms a huge dark brown head of small and medium bubbles. Head falls away quickly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is unknown but presumably low due to lack of head retention. Falling head leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is overall a little weak, kind of sweet, mildly smokey, some roasted coffee perhaps. Smells OK.

Beer is medium to thin in body, slightly sweet and finishes nicely with some roasty bitterness. There is some ash like flavors to this beer overall that are less than pleasant but fortunately for it they are minimal. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is also good. Its a decent, kind of sweet, stout.

Serving type: can

06-23-2010 18:14:36 | More by drabmuh
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is not very black, almost brown especially in the light with a unique super light tan head. There is good retention and lacing.

The aroma is very light all you get is a brief whisp of alcohol and light hops.

the taste is super light as well that is a sweet hoppiness that feels like water making it ok to drink but overall nothing very special or exciting. Damn you Sri Lanka.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 17:53:33 | More by jrallen34
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Richardberg

New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Black body, tan fringes, and a huge head with good retention.

S: very malty and sweet, like the malt syrups found in ethnic markets.

T: has the sharp sweetness of a milk stout. not much complexity beyond that.

M: nice blend of carbonation and creamy feel. not too far in either direction; good mixture for its style.

D: I sampled this beer at a beer festival a few months ago and didn't like it. This bottle, OTOH, when properly served is solidly above-average in all respects. Goes down easily, and quite inexpensive to boot. Still nothing special though.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 03:52:48 | More by Richardberg
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 19:29:52 | More by andrenaline
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

625 ml bottle. Pours a dark, nearly opaque, brown with a creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is musty roasted malts, dark fruits and a little alcohol and some off notes (DMS?).

The flavor is roasted chocolate and sweet creamy lactose with a touch of coffee. It leads to a crisp, lightly bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.

Overall, a decent stout. It's more subdued than I was expecting, but still nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 05:11:09 | More by Beaver13
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wjimson

Antarctica

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

The expiry date on the bottle reads July 06, and the name reads "Sinha stout". Poured it into a Guinness glass. The colour is black while the head is of a lighter colour. The smell is not noticeable. The bitter chocolate and roast coffee flavours are pronouced. Yet, the beer surprisingly smooth for a its alcohol strength of 8%. The taste of the alcohol is hidden very well and only comes out near the end. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter without being tangy and flat. I would definately get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 19:18:24 | More by wjimson
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

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

very nice head with ample lacing

nose of mild roasty malts

taste was nice. sweet right off the bat with dark flavors of currant, and dark breads. has a nice drying hoppyness that lingers a bit but not overpowering.

what it lacks is the sour note that guinness FES has and makes it much more enjoyable to me. there is a bit of residual sweetness that would get to be to much after a couple though.

mouthfeel is good and what I expected and drinkability is average with that sweetness and abv of 8%

Serving type: can

12-05-2009 20:38:29 | More by OatmattStout
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BierFan

Michigan

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

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my branded Lion beer glass.

Big brown head rises up from the pour. Decent head retention. The body of the beer is, of course, black. Smell is loaded with coffee and chocolate. The taste has the coffee and chocolatey elements of the smell. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking, but a thinner body icreases the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 04:48:20 | More by BierFan
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jeffjeff1

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My fiance picked this up for me.

Appearance- black color, thin tan head

Smell- sweet caramel, bit of malt

Taste- sweet caramel

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it. Going to try some more. I enjoyed it thoroughly.Pretty good stout for a foreign one

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 19:32:31 | More by jeffjeff1
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rec

Australia

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

Sold as "Sinha Stout" here in Australia. I bought it out of pure curiosity, assuring myself I'd be quickly forgotten. It has however suprised me...

The pour was marvelous. The body is pure black, even against the room light. The head is a frothy, froamy brown, but unfortunately fails to stay or lace as much as I'd expect from a brew of this style.

While the smell wasn't strong and far from complex, roasted malts and coffee beans were most evident.

At first sip I can't say I was overly impressed due to my dislike for coffee, but it quickly grew on me. Roasted (maybe even burnt) coffee bean, dark chocolate and some bitter undertones. While 8%, the alchohol is not even noticable.

The mouthfeel is smooth but ligher than anticipated and the aftertaste is more of the same, with the coffee lingering.

It's definately a grower, and as I move closer to finishing this glass, I move closer to considering buying another bottle next trip to Dan Murphy's.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 14:09:12 | More by rec
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, licorice and roasted malts.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of smokiness that is followed by a hearty roasted malt character. Then some flavors of coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit and spices come in along with a mild sweetness. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty with good complexity, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, although there are others in the style that I would choose first, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 04:48:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
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SwordandSorcery

Virginia

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

Pours a dark black with little head if any

Aroma is feint and alcoholic

BIG dark bittersweet chocolate taste with a lot of carbonation, fizzy even

hints of coffee and maybe licorice that gets creamy the more you chew it

sweet bitter finish

one of my favorite stouts, its very different from most of the offerings on the market and will probably taste interesting aged.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:45:31 | More by SwordandSorcery
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bsend

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 625 ml bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep jet black (no light was getting through) color with a mocha cherry creamy looking head. A standard pour yield a 2 finger head.

Smell: Heavy molasses smell mixed with dry candied fruit.

Taste: The beginning of a sip starts out with as previously mentioned sweet molasses that moves into prune undertones. Finally sweet dry fruit (apricots especially) round it out. Light amounts of alcohol while it was cold became very noticeable when warm.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, creamy feel all around the mouth. Good for the style.

Drinkability: I could have had another 625 ml bottle afterwards but then I would have to try something lighter.

Final Thoughts - I have always wanted to try this stout and finally got to with the single bottle. Decent to purchase a single bottle every now and then however a six pack at the current price limits this one a bit for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 16:36:34 | More by bsend
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a well-kept bubbly tan head. Aroma is sweet, cocoa and plum. Flavor is again sweet, but lacks a serious malt profile that is warranted for an 8% ABV stout. Where's the beef? Tastes good enough and is a fairly easy drinker, but lacks complexity and anything to balance the chocolate sweetness and the mildly warming alcohol effect. Though it's full bodied, I expected something with a heartier flavor profile. Despite the bubbly head, carbonation on the palate is quite low. Still, not too shabby, especially if you truly dig stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 01:20:08 | More by IrishRedRock
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.