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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,434 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,434
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 54
Gots: 63 | 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

 http://www.lionbeer.com 
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Photo of Zanico
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottom of can says 140503. Not sure what that's supposed to mean.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains and retains before becoming a

S- Dark roasted malt with a hint of sweetness.

T- Biscuity malt that's slightly sweet with a metallic aftertaste. Hint of smoke. ABV is very well-hidden.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- As far as high gravity affordable stouts go, this one's pretty tasty.

Photo of mrn1ceguy
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle in the US and I did not enjoy this. This is probably due to the fact there is no way to know how long the bottle has been on the shelf and how it was treated getting there. Eitherway, probably not the best beer to chose to export to the US.

Photo of Pers
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brismit
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scratch69
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryogirl
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkmiller76
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of headhunter1898
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Format: Draft. Draft pour is noticeably different than when you buy the can or 330ml bottles. Good head retention.

Appearance: Very black with a creamy Guinness type head.

Aroma: Strong coffee, vanilla/mollassas, dirt, and alcohol. You can smell the 8%abv.

Taste: Strong alcohol bite with good coffee and smoke flavors.

Aftertaste: Smooth with a bit of smoke and earthy coffee flavor. The alcohol bite dies off nicely.

Mouth feel: Thick and chewy, just like a stout should be.

Overall: A well rounded stout overall. Now having had this in the US and Sri Lanka, there is a definite difference in the quality of the beer depending on the location. I've had this in can and bottles in the US, but othing beats having it on Draft in Colombo.

Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of weatherbox47
1/5  rDev -74.5%

Photo of MooseBoose
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of seaver41
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Format: a solid dark brown 330mL bottle with a standard SEA-style label.

Appearance: a thick, syrupy black beer with a staggeringly creamy - almost greasy looking - two-finger grey and brown head. Drops to a creamy half-finger with decent lacing. Looks good.

Aroma: an interesting combination of coffee, brown sugar and some earthen qualities. Some definite meat / umami flavours too, maybe pork.

Taste: very strong in flavour, which is nice - those roast coffee and earth flavours again, with biting alcohol and plenty of smoke. Doesn't quite seem rounded out, a touch harsh with the alcohol. Still, not bad.

Aftertaste: the sharp alcohol backs off a bit to leave the flavours fairly well combined.

Mouth feel: a thick body that really works quite well. Low in carbonation but just enough to carry plenty of flavour, nice and crisp to boot.

Overall: an decent and unusual stout, a bit expensive at AU$90+ a case. The flavours come across a bit harsh with an alcohol fug, but the flavours are reasonably well rounded. I will have one every now and then.

Photo of Stoutguy33
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of hugoforte
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Ok - bit watery

Photo of doktorhops
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recommended to me by a colleague as “A pretty good Stout... and from Sri Lanka” - I had to give it a go, I don’t think I’ve even looked in the general direction of Sri Lanka for anything beer related, so on my beer world tour country #34 is (of course I just told you, put away those sticks - there’s no need for a drumroll): Sri Lanka!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours really excitable for an 8.8% ABV Stout (I have a 1 inch tan head going on here) with a deep brown, almost black, body and some large chunks of yeast sitting at the bottom of my glass... just noticed the best before date is July 2014, oh :( 5/10.

S: Bit of the old burnt barley, engine oil, roast coffee and dark chocolate aromas happening right now, kinda reminds me of my very first review those many moons ago (you remember Sheaf Stout right?). 6/10.

T: Interesting flavour, an almost sickly sweet prune character (upfront and all over) with some smoke, roasted coffee notes, and indeed as the label proclaims a: “mocha liquor like character”. I’ve underlined the “liquor” part because Sinha are obviously proud of the fact that their Stout has this fusel alcohol note. The aftertaste is quite proportionally metallic as well. 6/10.

M: Medium bodied with a medium, borderline fizzy-as-hell carbonation. 6/10.

D: This brew shies away from greatness due to the odd fusel and almost sickly sweet prune characters which make it more of an oddity than an enjoyable experience, perhaps it’s my own subjective views but Sinha Stout doesn’t do it for me quite nearly as much as Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout did. I actually found this a bit of a chore to finish, and drinking beer should never become a chore. 6/10.

Food match: I imagine a big Sri Lankan curry would sort this Stout out sharpish.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Served on tap in a half pint glass. Got a lot of prune flavor and smell that I haven't gotten from any other beer before.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.