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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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1,304 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 49
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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 Yeastcakes


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

A - subtle but firm coffee aroma and bitterness with some sweetness in the background
A - billowing beige head that forms pockets of larger bubbles. Deep brown-red body with ruby around the edges.
M - medium carbonation just a bit high initially, silky smooth body.
T - Perfect balance of coffee bitterness and a rich toffee sweetness that could also be described as dark plum notes. Just a hint of warmth at the end, but very easy to miss.
D - Once the carbonation subsides this is a very smooth stout that is dangerously drinkable for its alcohol content.

01-12-2010 03:57:07 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of roadhouse


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours up deep opaque black with a one and a half inch dark tan head.

Aroma is chocolaty with a hint of dark fruit, raisins coming to mind. A bit of a creamy "milk stouty" sweetness and a touch of molasses and wet wood.

Taste is again quite chocolaty with some molasses flavor prominent. A hint of dark fruit in the middle, a mixture of dark cherry and raisin. Some light roasted coffee in the finish alongside a wet wood character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite smooth and creamy.

Quite an enjoyable stout. I like the balance of sweetness and roastiness.

08-17-2009 06:45:30 | More by roadhouse
Photo of gford217


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

07-07-2010 02:49:28 | More by gford217
Photo of DannyDan


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance is a black bodies brew with a tan head that has good retention with some lacing, decent carbonation. The smell is cocoa, coffee beans, some licorice and the taste is bitter chocolate along with coffee, licorice followed by some sweet fruity taste, maybe blackberry that leaves a sweet aftertaste. The taste also has a smokey and roasted flavor to it that makes you want to drink more of it. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and seems to be a medium to heavy feeling beer that is pretty drinkable even though it is filling.
I did enjoy this one, but I have noticed that this site says ABV is 8.00 %, while the bottle says 8.80%.

12-16-2010 09:33:47 | More by DannyDan
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

A very, very dark mahogany coloured body with mocha collared trim. Opaque but not intimidating. No bubbles although responsive to swirling.

The aroma is a robust blend of flat coffee, mocha/hazelnut liqueur, roast malts, molasses, soy and Worcestershire sauce, chocolate mousse and burnt sugar. It is sweet.

The beer has a tremendously balanced presence of roast. The 8% alcohol gives never a hint as to its presence. A distant note of sourness that competes with roast and bitterness and seems to linger on the tongue for lengthy periods of time.

The taste is foremost of burnt sugar - torched, charred, burnt sugar. Also, creme caramel, bitter coffee beans, a creamy chocolate filling, charred oak, molasses, light anise, burnt toffee, a hint of smoke, maltose, and pure cocoa.

This stout is always a treat and remains still, probably, the finest example of a foreign stout I've tried. It is balanced, endlessly drinkable and chalk full of an unlimited long list of flavours. This would pair wonderfully with a number of desserts and is something I'd recommend every beer drinker try.

06-03-2008 03:51:13 | More by biegaman
Photo of armock

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate and coffee scents

T - Surprisingly really good roasted malt gives off stronger coffee and some chocolate taste

M - This beer has a creamy smooth fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - I went in to this beer expecting sub par results just from my experience with other beers from that part of the world and must say that the can't judge a book by its cover applies here it even has a MJ quote on the back cover worth a try

01-26-2010 22:20:56 | More by armock
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

11.2 oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black brew with a tan head that thinned out but left a trail of lacing.
S - roasted malty aroma with a hint of chocolate licorice.
T - rich, roasted, chocolatey malty taste somewhat similar to a 'Malta' with an alcohol kick.
F - medium bodied brew with a sort of refreshing feel for a stout.
D - goes down easy enough to have another, pace yourself.

04-28-2010 02:12:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Naerhu


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Made 15July02
Consumed 28Feb03
Ingredients; Malts, hops.
Appearance: Black body, tan head and long lacing. It seems you can see the alcohol.
Aroma of black currants, dark chocolate and ester alcohol
Taste: slightly burnt hot chocolate and molasses. Alcohol and sweetness dancing on my tongue. Long lasting rich finish and respectable bitterness. Believe the hype!
Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Is this beer or a chocolate sunday? Fine carbonation.
Drinkability: Give me another! Drink! Drink! Drink!

02-28-2003 17:29:50 | More by Naerhu
Photo of yemenmocha


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

This ale pours near black, near opaque, with generous brown head.

Nose is excellent, with whoppers nougat, chocolate, and roasty components.

Roasty malty sweet on the palate, with a proper balance of hops in there to make it just right. Again, balanced.

Good cocoa on the finish. Not too sweet. Just right.

01-04-2009 02:22:18 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of mmmbeer


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

330 mL bottle - served in a chalice. It pours medium black with a finger of mocha head that subsides, never totally dissipating, and leaves some wisps of lace. The flavor takes awhile to fully develop, but I eventually find nice roasted malts, dark fruits (grapes, figs), almonds?, cocoa, coffee, and a light vinous character. On the palate it is quite similar, with additional notes of charred malts, blackberries?, and a faint smokiness on top of a medium to thick, dry body that contributes a powdery yeast feel. Overall an above average stout that is quite drinkable considering its strength.

01-05-2007 20:24:23 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Polished mahogany with generous garnet highlights that are created by bright morning sunshine pouring through my front window. The tremendous, cascading, golden ecru head has now settled down to a firm, three finger cap. I'm sure the 8.0% ABV is at least partially responsible for the disappointing amount of lace. A classic look.

The nose is dominated by roasted black malt. Dark chocolate is present as well, although it smells powdery and dry rather than sweet and rich. Faint coffee notes add additional interest. Unfortunately, there's just enough mustiness to keep me from loving the nose.

Lion Stout is much, much better on the palate. The flavor is multi-faceted, distinctive and just plain ol' good. My initial impressions are roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, light molasses and a hint of anise. There's something else present, something sweetly floral, that makes me think there's a secret ingredient. Some exotic jungle flower perhaps? It's probably just hops, but it's different and delicious.

Sweet and bitter work well together, from start to lingering end. The various flavors are well-integrated when beer hits taste buds, then fan out beautifully and allow one to savor each in turn if desired. The mouthfeel is initially no better than acceptable for the style, then develops a lightly silky smoothness as the beer warms. The ABV is as well-masked as possible, drinking much lower than 8.0%.

I imagine Lion Stout is the pride of Sri Lanka. It's an incredibly flavorful beer whose singular, exotic deliciousness impresses me to no end. In fact, it's one of the best foreign/export stouts (that are actually foreign) that I've ever had.

09-18-2005 15:18:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from the 21 oz. bomber into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque black with an inch and a half tall tan head which receded slowly to even surface foam and dense lacing

s: Dark chocolate, caramel and black coffee

t: Chocolate/black coffee dark malt up front with a significant hop bite which lingers at the back edges of the tongue. Sweet/bitter finish. 8.8 ABV is well covered. Later, smokiness emerges.

m: Medium, good body. Some carbonation tingle.

o: A very tasty stout, light bodied enough to be enjoyable in warm weather as well as cool.

07-25-2014 03:53:13 | More by scotorum
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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%

Sitting in my hotel room here in Colombo

A - pours an oily thick ebony colour. Nice creamy tanned head that retains well

S - heaps of toffee, coffee and vanilla

T - up front some nice vanilla flavours, followed by some caramel and toffee. Espresso finish.

M - full body and low carbonation. Impressive

O - well you don't expect great stouts to come from Sri Lanka but this is a great stout. Full of flavour,body and balance. One of those really nice surprises that you get every once in a while.

06-28-2014 09:15:04 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

A: black with a solid two+ fingers of chocolate
hued head. I don't know that I've seen such
a strong crown come out of a bottle.

S: Sweet malty aroma with strong overtones of
coffee and cocoa.

T: Intense flavor, sweet upon introduction with
a coffee bittnerness at the back of the
pallet. The malt concentration is intense
and the blend of cocoa and coffee is master-

M/D: Nice and creamy with moderate carbonation
and a supremely smooth drink. The ABV
makes having a few nice and easy.

06-14-2009 01:52:29 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of Hugh37


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-13-2013 00:42:18 | More by Hugh37
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

First off, let me say that this stout delivered much more than I was expecting. It's very unique, enjoyable, and highly drinkable. It pours an opaque black body with no visible highlights, topped by a full, very creamy light tan head that holds quite well and leaves really nice, full lace. The aroma is fruity, cocoaish, and mildly chocolatey. The body is medium with a very fine and gentle carbonation that leaves it quite smooth and creamy in the mouth. The taste starts fruity, becomes sweetly chocolatey, and finishes with a light, almost smoky roastiness and lingering softly sweet notes of chocolate and caramel. Very mocha! The dark malts lend a light acidity which accentuates the fruitiness and helps to balance the malt. It never becomes cloying. The well balanced bitterness is subtle, and it relies on the roastiness and light acidity to help balance the sweet malts. Although it's probably not the best beer for a night out with the lads, it makes a great appertif, dessert beer, or nightcap. Well worth trying.

10-23-2002 18:21:36 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of dirtylou


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

It should be noted that was labeled and served as "Sinha Stout"

Appearance: served in a Maredsous tulip at Cookie in Melbourne…huge chocolate head that takes a second to settle, very dark body, delicious appearance

Smell: rich roasty aromas, dark chocolate malts, light coffee grounds

Taste: smooth chocolate, creamy and milky, bakers chocolate, cookie, roasty malts…great

Mouthfeel: silky smooth

Drinkability: high

06-30-2007 23:53:13 | More by dirtylou
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-28-2013 14:38:36 | More by Seaba
Photo of chiapete


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a medium to dark brown color with a tan to medium brown head. Produced a nice thick head.

Aroma was of chocolate and roasted coffee, slight nutty or molasses under tones.

Mouth feel was very nice, slight carbonation but very drinkable.Slight after taste but not over powering. Finished well.

Good with a spicy meal or as a winter warm up.

03-19-2008 16:25:56 | More by chiapete
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-19-2014 18:58:34 | More by warpig372
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12-08-2012 17:46:23 | More by Rostie
Photo of DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Enjoyed via the LCBO for around $2.50/330ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a medium body wine glass.

A- Excellent! Opened with a mighty pop and brown head 2" high that dissipated down to a thin film in a couple of minutes.

S- Very good. Caramel, malts and other stout goodness

T- Almost as good as it looks. Pretty nice for mass production beer.

M- This one let me down a bit and dragged the whole rating down... A bit bland, dry, carbonated too much and a bit metallic.

O- Very good. If they could get this nice stout a lot creamier and possible a hint of Sri Lankan/Indian coffee style that would really pick this up.

Food Pairing...

This wonderful mass produced stout went well with... Lamb Shank. An excellent slow roasted lamb shank with garlic mashed potatoes and root vegetables in a reduced balsamic glaze.


02-12-2014 23:13:17 | More by DaveBar
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Color: pours very dark brown. sits black with a very small dark brown rim

Smell: mellow but obvious alcohol presence. no roast to speak of. slight chocolate presence with a hint of dark fruitiness

Taste: low roast flavor dominated by chocolate and dark fruit. slight alcohol presence. hint of roast in the finish. bitterness is very low

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. low-full body. low carbonation

Notes: tasty stout with rich flavors lacking the usual coffee flavors. great tropical export stout.

11-20-2009 04:08:52 | More by Frosty80
Photo of Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12oz Lion Stout into snifter

A soft pour generates a black body with ruby and brown highlights with
a two inch creamy tan head. Nice stick on the way down, and a creamy
top lingers forever.

Nose is dark fruits and a soft sweetness. Roasty malt and lightly
cream and sugar coffee. Some soft milk chocolate.

A soft and delicate carbonation brings forth a palette of lightly
roasted breakfast blend coffee, melted milk chocolate, and a touch of
earthyness from the hops.

Easy drinking, soft and supple. Not intense, but the balance and
complexity are great. I concur with The Beer Hunter, this is a great

03-15-2010 22:37:37 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of LittleBreeze

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

This one is outstanding. It opens up so much when warmed to a proper temperature. Bold aroma. Bold Flavors. Smooth.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Coats the tongue and allows each flavor to play. ABV wasn't aggressive. I felt the beer went down rather easy. However, it is more of a sipper.

Served to cold it seems like a bitter assault. I'm looking forward to laying down a few.

12-13-2007 06:16:13 | More by LittleBreeze
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.