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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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very good

1,395 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,395
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 47
Gots: 54 | 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 untitledeuphoria
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No idea on a bottling date, and because of that, I guess it really doesn't matter when I drank it. Poured from a bottle into a 10oz wine glass.

First off, initial impressions. That is to say, I didn't have any. I had initially grabbed a Evil Twin Doughnut Break, some Ten Fidy, and a Stone Coffee Milk Stout. Once the cashier got to the Stone he just gave me a disapproving look and said "Are you sure you want this? I dont think you want this. Give me ten seconds and I'll get you something better... same price" I respond with a "what the hell, sure" he promptly chucks the Stone, runs off, and returns with a bottle of what looked like a trashy euro brew that your drunk uncle Janek chugs every night in an attempt to finally kill his liver. Sensing my skepticism (a stout made in Sri Lanka? really?), the cashier assures me that this is a quality beer, going so far as offering that i could return the bottle empty and get anything of the same price in exchange.

Persistence pays off, and I walk out with the official stout of MGM studios in my bag.

So lets get to it.

A: Pours an incredibly deep, opaque brown...borderline black, with a fine mocha head. The heady quickly builds to a full finger, and then quickly fades to a thin milky cap with a minimal collar. Appears to be quite thin, as it does not coat the glass much at all when sloshing.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, dark roast coffee, banana, hints of vanilla... and after much deliberation, and many a sniffs as the beer warmed... tobacco. Extremely pleasant aromatics, the layering of which was a very pleasant surprise.

T: Chocolate covered coffee beans, roasted malt, eastern spices, and dark fruit. Possibly raisins or dates. The alcohol is noticeable, but the sweetness and roasted malt/coffee cover it nicely.

M: Well carbonated, no lingering bitterness or aftertaste. Thin and light, with a crisp, clean finish. Not exactly what one looks for in a stout, and easily my biggest problem with this beer.

0: A very unexpected, and pleasant surprise. The aromatics and flavor of this beer left me quite shocked, as it does a great job in both attributes. mouthfeel aside, this is a good beer. Not hunt it down, or a new standby, but one that I could be happy with drinking on most occasions.

untitledeuphoria, Yesterday at 03:55 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Matt_Felix, Friday at 07:57 PM
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3.44/5  rDev -12.2%

Grand-Raggedy, Nov 17, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

Llemon, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

iTunesUpdates, Nov 14, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +15.3%

jmartinger, Nov 12, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Phigg1102, Nov 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DrMindbender, Nov 08, 2014
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2.36/5  rDev -39.8%

jdg204, Nov 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

dcf5ve, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Chief99, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of frooky
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Amazingly complex for a stout. Truly needs to be savored. Unique aftertaste that is crisp for a stout.

frooky, Nov 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

xiaan, Nov 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

ChrisinRI, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

I noted this one specifically for the big complex aromas on the nose. I was getting chocolate, honey, vanilla, banana, pear, apple, coffee, espresso and roast. It poured a very dark, opaque brown with a light brown head. It had a nice silky, creamy mouthfeel, with a medium to full body and a light level of carbonation. To the taste there was big time chocolate and coffee, also vanilla, caramel, toffee and some subtle dark fruits. Aroma was definitely the star on this one, but it's hard to complain about anything really. It's a fantastic beer, very complex and easy drinking for a stout this big.

BrewChatKen, Oct 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ebeye, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of Raymonkaufmann
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Great malty taste right up front. Slight alcohol burn that tastes slightly metallic. Overall a well rounded stout.

Raymonkaufmann, Oct 28, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +4.8%

JamieDuncan, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

wiescins, Oct 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

NJB145, Oct 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

CUBeerBuff, Oct 27, 2014
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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.