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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,196 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1196
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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codewarrior

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330mL from a mix and match 6-pack, poured into a snifter

Picked this bottle up on recommendation of the beer guy at Joy Wines on 6th. It's not a bad 6-pack stout, all things considered.

A: Pours dark and thick, pitch black with 2-fingers creamy thick head. Looks like a stout.

S: Rich bitterness, and a slight unexpected hoppiness. Something else in here, but not sure what. Slight hints at smokiness.

T: Good front, bitter, good back, fading into chocolate, middle is kind of implacable and lost. Smokiness increases a lot as the beer opens up, and ultimately makes the middle a bit better down the long-haul.

F: Bit on the thin side for a stout, feels nearer a porter to my mouth.

D: Similar to B.O.R.I.S. in a number of ways, only not as good. Still, for the price, this is a very tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 16:29:06 | More by codewarrior
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to Founder's tulip.

A - Poured black with 2 fingers of foamy light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, a touch of licorice, some hazelnut and a some light coffee notes. Alcohol is slightly noticeable and the overall nose is somewhat bland.

T - Roasted malts, a touch of coffee, chocolate and some sweetness. Not overly complex for the style but still an enjoyable and easy to drink beer. The alcohol is also somewhat noticeable on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:30:37 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is coffee black. The dark cream head dissipates to a wisp. Minimal lacing. Smells weird, like Elmer's glue. Tastes of sweet vanilla over roasted malts and bitter chocolate. There is a brown sugar thing in there too, I swear. And to mimic the smell, a hint of glue! ??? The mouthfeel is a carbonated soda like feel.

Overall, this beer is weird. Not necessarily in a bad way. But I do detect a weird glue smell and taste. I picked up the brown sugar presence later on as the beer warmed up. I will say that for 8.8% ABV, the alcohol is hardly detectable, which is awesome, I hate boozy beers. I've seen this in stores for years, and was curious. I won't ever have one again, but at least I know what it is. Not bad, just interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 02:12:08 | More by JuicesFlowing
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samyoung

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hamtramck liquor store on north Jo. Campau had a special on Lion. Have seen this one many times but have never bitten the bullet. This time the price was right.

A-Very nice, thick, creamy, black as night.
S-Roasted malty with hints of cream.
T-Smooth, with some hoppiness. Somewhat weak for stout. No doubt Haywards Black is a half assed copy of this recipe.
M-Fleeting.
O-Sri Lankans make a decent stout. Michael Jackson cannot be wrong as the label correctly implies.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:14:32 | More by samyoung
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Has a thick brown head that slowly disappates. No light can be seen through it

S- Has the typical toasty stout smell, but lacks the chocolate or mocha overtones

T- Has the burnt stout taste with an ever so little hint of chocolate. Little detection of the slightly higher abv

M- Actually feels a bit watered down... less chewy than other chocolate stouts

D- Would drink another, but if there was other options... I would try something else

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 01:27:52 | More by bbeane
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claytong

Vermont

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - wort brown in color. thick. solid tan head. looks a bit odd.

smell - malt overload. malt here, a malt there, a malt everywhere. samichlaus meet lion. minor coffee and brown sugar.

taste - a bit of grain. otherwise finishes the nose.

mouthfeel - everything is mediocre. mediocre carbonation, mediocre taste, mediocre body eh.

cheap but not really worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 22:25:11 | More by claytong
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DmanGTR

New York

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured very dark, nearly black, with 1.25" tan head that retained nicely with decent lacing in my pint glass

S - dark chocolate, coffee, bread, oatmeal, mild floral tones, and a hint of currants. Of course, the alcohol is quite prominent.

T - coffee, burnt sugar, yeast, light chocolate notes, but in somewhat disproportional amounts. I'm detecting a bit much in the fruity and sweetness and not enough body to hold it together, especially with a high alcohol.

M - medium bodied, heavy carbonation, warming down the throat

D - not bad but the high ABV takes away in this department

Overall - A decent stout that gives a pleasant alcoholic kick to your evening, but it doesn't have enough body to keep it together. I found it actually slightly watery for a stout with too much carbonation. Still, stout lovers should give it a try. 'Tis a different catch.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 03:23:28 | More by DmanGTR
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black with a modest tan head the retreats quickly lacing the glass on the way down. Smell of dried fruit, and a bit of cocoa, some phenolic or higher alcohol in there to. Tastes of bitter roasted chocolate and coffee with a bit of dark fruit, then ends with some roast bitterness and a bit of alcohol or maybe fusel, its muted but there and I can't put my finger on it. Medium to thin body with a creamy/oily mouthfeel. Lingering roast bitterness after each sip. Good stout, a bit to vinous for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 02:57:24 | More by johnnnniee
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blatherbeard

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is dark...and i mean DAAARK. It pours an almost pitch black in color but has a white 1.5 inch head that actually dissipates quite fast.

The smell of coffee assaults my nostrils along with hops and malt. More malt than hops, but also an alchoholish smell.

Taste is a bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate, alot of malt and almost a taste of ....well vodka. And not good vodka.

Mouthfeel is very thick. Slides right down the back of your throat but doesnt stick to the back of your throat like some stouts.

For a beer that has an overpowering taste of alchohol, its drinkability is good. The alcohol taste fades quickly and the aftertaste is just, for lack of a better description, nice.

Id buy this again, just not every day.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 01:53:50 | More by blatherbeard
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gruberbeer

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As my esteemed beer colleagues have noted, this beer is malt-ball malty. However, I dare to disagree with some impressions of its appearance and carbonation.

The appearance is lovely, black as night, and it has a frothy beige-brown head that foams and lasts long enough to tell you that this beer is appropriately carbonated.

My only qualm resides in this beer's overly enthusiastic chocolate flavor. I'm usually a fan of chocolate, but this beer's bitter chocolate mixes with the strong smokey ash flavor to make this taste more like I dropped a Hershey's bar into a campfire and then licked it clean.

Nevertheless, it augments a piece of pizza and will effectively hide any cumin flavor (if that's what you want) with its powerful smoke-screen.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:05:57 | More by gruberbeer
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with a very tall mocha coloured foam head. Pretty good retention with some decent lacing.

S: Caramel and molasses-like malts are quite dominant in this. Fainter hints of chocolate follow. Lingering grain aromas can be detected as this warms.

T: Caramel, molasses, some chocolate, and quite a potent herbal anise taste. Fair amount of smoke, especially in the finish, which adds another dimension to this. However, the distinct taste of anise coupled with smoke is actually giving off a medicinal taste that I find a bit unpleasing.

M: Lighter body for the style with an appropriate carbonation.

D: Don't think I'll be revisiting this one, as the medicinal herbal taste I was picking up was off-putting and really controlled the taste for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:24:42 | More by Digimaika2
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HarrySTruman

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge frothy head, nearly 50% head. Lot's of lacing. Really looks the part of a beautiful stout.

The taste is a bit sweet for me when comparing it to other stouts. Coffee is the predominant flavor and alcohol is the predominant smell.

The price and the ABV of this, while having a very strong drinkability, make this a solid choice. I would certainly drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 15:18:19 | More by HarrySTruman
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown in color. There's a very nice frothy, espresso like head that forms on top. Plenty of carbonated bubbles racing towards the top of the glass.
Smell is lactic, heavily roasted malts and some cocoa. Taste is more of the roasted malts. There is a certain lactic, metallic flavor that is not jiving with me. Medium mouthfeel and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 21:31:02 | More by FtownThrowDown
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, with a three-finger tan head that slowly subsided. Left a good bit of lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits, caramel sweetness, roasted malts, wet cardboard (at first I thought the bottle might have been oxidized, but I had two, and both had the same smell), and a certain astringency that I couldn't place. Somewhat of a chemical sweetness to it, which was a little bit off-putting.

Taste: Bitter roasted malts and coffee up front, but an unpleasant chemical sweetness in the background. There were dark fruits that contributed to the sweetness, but the artificial nature of it was kind of off-putting. It mellowed out a little bit as I worked on my glass, but left a noticeable aftertaste that lingered long after the glass was finished. If you could get past the sweetness, it's a very smooth, very good stout...but that sweetness just bothered me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little thin, but nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: If you can get past the sweetness it is easy to drink a couple, but it's a definite sipper. Not a bad beer, but if I have the choice there are plenty of other stouts I'd rather get. However, this was the only one available for me at the bar I was at, and it satisfied my craving. Good, but that artificial sweetness just bothered me.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 02:18:55 | More by StarlightSeraph
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle cold to a glass

A - 3 inches of head being the head is reddish tan. Color reminds me of Dark chocolate/coffee. Couldn't see through the glass

S - Strong hop/malt smell but at first couldn't figure out but my first guess would be like a dark chocolate or coffee.

T - Creamy taste at first but turns a little bitter, just a little! But it does turn smooth going down.

M - Creamy and smooth but full bodied

D - Good beer, one was good enough for me though. Great beer to share when your with others.

Over all not my kind of beer. This won't stop me from trying others in this class. I recommend this beer even though not my style. Someone with a more seasoned palate will appreciate this more than me.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 02:27:54 | More by FreshmanPour77
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blackie

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Nice mocha head recedes to a decent ring and small island of bubbles. The beer is a very dark brown, nearing black.

s: Creamy chocolate infused with roast coffee. Maybe some hazelnut. Weird salty Play-Doh in there. Eh.

m: low, smooth carbonation and a full medium body

t: Even for the style, the flavors are a little timid for my taste. It's still an okay beer, just a little bland and one-dimensional. Sweet, smoky roasts dominate over and earthy hoppiness. Roasted chocolate after the swallow.

d: easy enough but not a great beer

from zrrbrrt for my bombing

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 02:25:20 | More by blackie
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maxpower

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a nice creamy brown head that leaves good lacing in my glass, roasty, fruity malty aromas. Taste like plums, chocolate and smoke, medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, finishes a bit sweet, alcohol comes through as it warms, not as good as I was expecting but still a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 21:15:35 | More by maxpower
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured pitch black with a huge bronze head. Soem carbonation. Nose was big on roasted malts, some black licorice. Taste was to the sweet side. Again, black licorice was dominant. Nice malts. Very smooth, light bodied...a little too light bodied i would have to say. Lingering sweetness...a touch of raisin off the finish. Alcohol warmth. As far as a stout goes, i was looking for a little more body and fullness. Drinkable but not where i might want a stout to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 01:26:58 | More by Popsinc
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very creamy and has a great coffee flavor with chocolate in the background. No one would ever guess the alcohol content of this just by drinking it. Very drinkable beer with an awesome bottle. It only has one downfall. The aftertaste. Its not bitter or even dry. Its very prevelent. It almost seemed like a teriyaki or some other Asian flavor to it. This is different and makes it stand out against other similar stouts but it does not seem to match with the rest of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 04:48:38 | More by PittBeerGirl
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown, but in the glass is completely opaque. Nice 2 finger head chocolate milk colored head that sticks around for a bit, falls to a thick film. Great lacing. Usually don't see this kind of retention/lacing from a stout.

S - Extremely buttery aroma with a touch of roasted character; almost a mesquite wood chip thing going on. A little sourness shining through reminiscent of a porter.

T - Good, but more bland and mild than I'd expected. Mostly a subdued roasted taste along with buttery notes from the nose. Some coffee kicks in near the finish, with a touch of caramel. Finish is only slightly bitter and fairly clean for a stout. Borderlines on sweet. ABV is hidden well.

M - Creamy and smooth, with moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. No problems here.

D - This brew is blander than I'd like, and while I normally don't find myself reaching for stouts, if I did, this wouldn't be near the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 07:45:45 | More by PatrickJR
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is good, a very dark brown and almost black hue with a nice crown of head that leaves some good lacing.

Smells very malty, molasses, chocolate, a hint of roasted malts. Something just slightly off, a slight sour smell.

Taste is good, but nothing outstanding here. This is a run of the mill stout that is good for its price. Surprisngly low on chocolate, I was waiting for it to hit and got nothing, instead you get a lot of cream and molasses. Again, good, but plain.

Mouth is a bit of a problem, the body is right on at thickness but it seemed way too bubbly for my stouty tastes.

Overall if I'm at a store and see a sixer of this next to a four pack of Great Lakes Blackout for the same price, I'm going to the GL every time. Just no reason to revisit this beer, though I can't find anything to say outwardly negative. Just nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 23:07:08 | More by sonicdescent
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Cs1987

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, 3 fingers of beige head with very good retention.

Smell - It is hard to explain what, but something seems wrong with the odour. It is not too different to the odour of most stouts, but it seems a little off.

Taste - The predominant taste is one of sweet coffee, but it isn't particularly strong. This didn't appeal to my preference for more complex stouts.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth.

Drinkability - Good for an 8% ABV stout.

Overall - This just didn't quite stand up to my favourite stouts. Perhaps Arjuna Ranatunga peed in it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 12:11:32 | More by Cs1987
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle, 275 15:47 inkjetted above label.

Inky black with cordovan highlights. Thick layered head of burnished khaki bubbles of varied size. Slow to settle, leaving some light lacing. Rich coffee dominates the smell along with some sweet notes as well, perhaps a touch of molasses. Sweet white sugar up front with a solid roasty middle that provides a firm backbone. This finishes sweet, in a 'would you like some coffee with your sugar' way with only a hint of roasted bitterness at the last moment. There is also a slightly overt alcohol note as well. Medium body with a soft cushy mouthfeel that contains almost no carbonation, smooth. This was enjoyable, but may have been better showcased with some spicy food rather than on its own.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 00:45:46 | More by hopsaplenty
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mostly dark brown, almost black beer.

It smells like a great stout. A lot of roasted aromas, especially coffee.

Taste is similar to a lot of stouts, except this one seemed a bit more roasted. More chocolate flavors than coffee. It finished with a metallic aftertaste, however, which definitely hurt the beer. Otherwise tasted great.

Felt a mix between oily and creamy. Not bad.

Overall not a bad beer, but there are plenty of other stouts I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 18:47:18 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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Shumista

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On sale at Whole Foods for $7.99 a six pack how could I pass this up?

A- Lion Stout pours black with a medium brown head. Good amount of lacing after each sip.
S- Sweet ripe dark fruits and some chocolate.
T- Much sweeter than I expected. The ripe dark fruits are present in the taste, and the chocolate is as well. Honestly the taste is too sweet for me, almost cloying.
M- A little bit too thin in my opinion.
D- I don't really want another one.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this one, but I don't think I'll be buying it again, even on sale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 06:24:01 | More by Shumista
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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