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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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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I would give this a try after walking by it many times. Poured a huge 4 finger milk chocolate head of frothy foam which was well retained leaving sticky lacing all the way down. The body is a deep auburn color. Looks like a dark coke.

Scent is molasses, sweet malt, dark fruit, earthy.

Taste follows the nose but is somewhat more muted with the sweetness coming to the forefront too much for my liking to the point of being cloying. Surprised how much booze comes through up front although it seems to take a back seat as it warmed. Some coffee and mocha comes to the front as it warms.

Body is watery and almost light, some bitterness but not too much for the style with little carbonation.

A drinkable stout however not one that I would actively seek out given the other options I typically have. Glad I tried it and I can now tick off Ceylon on my countries list!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:08:09 | More by Stocean1
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark black with a two finger tall tan head. There is some head retention and significant lacing is observed.

S: Slight hint of alcohol in the smell of this beer but the primary aromas are sweet malts, brown sugar, vanilla, and coffee.

T: Flavors are mostly coffee, vanilla, caramel, and toasted malts. There is a light and pleasant bitterness in the finish but overall this is a sweet beer.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Much better than I was expecting, being that Sri Lanka is not one of the places that is renown for stouts. A little too sweet for me personally but a very enjoyable beer and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:03:14 | More by dbrauneis
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I usually have this at the Union Brewehouse, but decided to pick up a 21.13 oz at Wine Gallery in Brookline.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger mocha head that has reduced and left some clumpy lacing over the top of the glass. This beer is pitch black with little bubbles only seen at the top of the glass near the lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, mocha, slight coffee aroma. Hard to notice anything else.

Taste: mocha, roasted coffee, mocha, smoke, ash, bready malts, vanilla. All of these flavors are blended really well and the slight bitterness from the hops is not really noticed. Good Stuff.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, easy to drink, delicious. You couldn't ask for much else to come out of a beer.

Overall: I have had this plenty of times out of a can at the Brewhouse, but so happy I had the chance to buy it out of the bottle. I can't believe it is 8.8% and not even a hint noticeable. Will be drinking more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 07:08:35 | More by Flounder57
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GNWBC

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hadnt had this in a while so i figured i pick up a couple.

P: pours a jet black with a tan head that has good retention and lacing

S: doesn't really smell like anything....kind of disappointing.

T: Vanilla, burbon, carmel and some toasty malts

O: not bad has good mouth feel with the carbonation, wouldn't mind sessioning with it but its not stellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 22:21:46 | More by GNWBC
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Totally black and opaque, with no highlights. Large, light brown head.

Smell: Caramel malt and sweet chocolate.

Taste: Disappointingly bland-ish, with a little bit of sweet malt but almost nothing on the finish. Uncharacteristic of a foreign export stout.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation.

Overall: Not a favorite -- too boring.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 06:54:25 | More by fountainofyouth
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lion Stout has an extraordinarily thick, creamy, beige head and a black appearance (light reddish-brown around the edges). The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, licorice, and confectionery sugar. Taste is of licorice, dark-roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark coffee, cream, brandy wine, and grain. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and Lion Stout finishes heavy, sweet, syrupy, and awesomely delicious. Overall, this is one of the best beers I have every had the pleasure to drink. I rate it about as high as one could rate a beer. Terrific!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 17:21:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the Wienhous (Asheville, NC). $2.69. No bottling info. Poured into a snifter. 

Near black with 1/2 finger tan head. Almost zero lacing. 

Dates and figs with a hint of bakers chocolate. Overall a bit sweet. 

Sweet dark fruit and mild chocolate. There's a little roast/smokeyness in there. I can taste the alcohol too- I wasn't expecting that, seeing as the abv isn't that high at all. All around flat.

Medium bodied. Heavier carbonation that is really necessary. Dry finish. 

Meh. As far as I'm concerned, Sri Lanka can keep it. It's not awful but I'll never look for it again. There are too many other worthwhile stouts out there to waste any more time/money on this. 

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 06:11:46 | More by ThickNStout
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bjohn84

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours deep chocolate brown with 3 fingers of foaming, creamy light brown head

S - Bitter chocolate,Unique smell for the style.. almost like some form of sour burnt sugar comes though with a slight smokiness. Not really pleasant on the nose

T - Bitter chocolate / chocolate milk upfront with a fruity bitterness throughout the middle and alcohol rounding out the back end

M - Medium High mouthfeel on this and lingering cream texture, but also feels a bit chalky. Dry bittering finish on the tongue to end things. Would be difficult to have too many of these with the lingering numbness on the tongue from the alcohol.

O - Not too bad for the price being on the lower end, and has a decent amount of complexity, but something about the strange smell vs the taste kept if a lower rating for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:48:19 | More by bjohn84
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tvv375ia

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint glass

A-very dark brown/black with about a 3 finger mocha head that fades to a small cap

S-a little burnt coffee smell along with some sweet cream

T-coffee and sweet dark fruit maybe plums with brown sugar

M-medium body with good carbonation

O-pretty good import stout without the heaviness kind of like a guiness with some better flavor and body

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 22:42:36 | More by tvv375ia
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

625ml bottle served in tasting glass. No discernable bottle date.

A: Pours a nearly black, coffee-like color. Larger head than expected, mocha colored. Head retention is decent. Good looking beer.

S: Even at warmer temperatures the aroma never jumps out of the glass. Mild coffee. Sweet chocolate. Faint whiff of green hops. Dark fruit and just a suggestion of tartness. Pleasant for sure, but lacking in intensity.

T: Nice roasted character. Mild coffee with cream. A little bit of chocolate flavor hiding about. Dark fruits make an appearance. Just a little nuttiness. Some bitterness here and there and then a mostly sweet finish.

M: Low carbonation. Silky smooth feel. Less viscous than it's American Imperial Stout counterparts

O: Easy to drink and seemingly simple initially. Complexity becomes apparent over the course of comsuming this one. Versatile. No indication whatsoever of it's 8.8% abv. One could easily confuse this with a much less potent beer. Very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:06:05 | More by AdamGarcia
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StJamesGate

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impenetrible black with rimming lacey beige foam. Tar, ash, and deep roast on the nose, with some plum reduction.
Prune juice, brown sugar, oily espresso, sugar plums, branch hops and a barrel hit.
Sweet coffee finish and dry linger. Med-light, soft, round, chewy, sticky.

Sweet and light – a hot weather FES. Malt bomb, but easy and quenching. Interesting take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 13:10:44 | More by StJamesGate
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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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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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madeofsteel

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours as black as night, with just a trace of reddish brown the very edge of the glass. Finger and a half of brown cappuccino looking froth. Not much retention, but some very sexy lacing.

S - Not much going on in the nose. Faint smell of coffee. Burnt malts.

T - Bitter chocolate and coffee. Some balancing sweetness. Roasty, burnt, with traces of black licorice. Better when it's good and warm.

M - The alcohol here is noticeable, but is warming. Perfect for where I live right now, like a cocoa or something. Kind of dry for my liking, though.

O - This beer should definitely be consumed at a warmer temp, more flavors work together and the body really starts to come out. Reasonably priced for what it is: a very well rounded stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 01:53:02 | More by madeofsteel
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plfahey

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

625mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Brown-black and almost totally opaque. Head is yellow-khaki with decent retention and great lacing.

Aroma-Chocolate syrup with intense berry aromas-tart blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Sweet, blackstrap molasses and black currants as well. Some roast and slight caramel as well. Interesting candy berry sweetness.

Flavor-Chocolatey and fruity up front, with some caramel-like sweetness. In the finish, roast flavors and slight black espresso come through, with medium low hop bitterness and low hop flavor. Some fruity ester notes linger on in the aftertaste which is mostly chocolatey/roasty and semi-dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately high carbonation. Soft carbonation and full body with some alcohol warmth.

Very exotic and tasty-a lovely example of a tropical export stout. Always a good go-to export stout. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 08:00:00 | More by plfahey
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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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dansmcd

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of dense, soapy tan head over the jet black body. The head recedes to a collar and some minimal lacing.

S - Chocolate, licorice, dark fruit and spices.

T - Bitter dark chocolate dominates, with a supporting hint of coffee, ash and a slight alcohol heat.

M - Chalky mouthful, moderate body, medium carbonation, bitter and warming with a dry finish.

O - A quality export stout, and just the ticket with some chocolate bisuits after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:29:51 | More by dansmcd
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hdelavega

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to an oversized wine glass.
Dark oily black in color, light khaki head.
Nice roasty chocolate malt character in the nose, very well masked alcohol, a tiny bit of dark fruit, carmal, and vanilla.
Taste is full of chocolate, a bit of chili, some mote vanilla. I get some mote fruit, defiantly a nice coffee bitterness,
Mouth feel has a pretty high carbonation. A bit creamy, there is a bit more chilli in the finish. Pretty thin body.
Overall not bad, I love using this stout for cooking but rarely buy it to drink. Not a bad beer at all though.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 02:00:11 | More by hdelavega
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch, motor-oil black with an enormous tall brown thick head; it's so very thick, almost like hard whipped cream. Slow dissipation leaves quite nice lacings.

S: Roasted sweet malts, some chocolate and strong black coffee. Dark dried fruits. A salty sour backbone, not bad but interesting...

T: Sweet, syrupy dark roasted malts. Dark dried fruits; mainly figs (the figs are both dried but also ripe - kind of strange). Some caramell in the back.

M: Short aftertaste. Medium body and very low carbonation. I expected more.

O: Considering the geography of Sri Lanka/Ceylon this is probably the best beer ever. I you don't take the logistics in consideration, still a damn good producte.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 19:25:35 | More by Sunnanek
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served into standard pint glass:

A - Pours a non transparent dark brown/black color. The head is two fingers, devoid of cream, and terrible retention. Excusable for the high abv.

S - Bitter chocolates, roasted malts, and a strange olive smell. Relatively mild, and the ethanol is present.

T - Much better than the nose predicted. Sweet cream and chocolate on the open. Roasty backbone is evident throughout. Extremely well built. High abv isn't noticeable until the finish, where it fits.

M - Full bodied, smooth and wet. Nearly perfect.

D - Hides its abv very well, well balanced, and extremely drinkable. I'm very surprised with this one and will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:24:31 | More by blakelive784
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MadeInOregon

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What the heck is Sri Lanka doing making beer like this?! I guess colonialism has had SOME good lasting legacies afterall...

THE APPEARANCE of the Lion Stout is the most surprising aspect of this beer: Thick, frothy lacing follows a dense, mocha-colored head, atop a completely opaque black body. Little yeast is left in the bottle when poured out, and subsequently a good amount clings to the sides of the glass and eventually makes its way to the bottom. This stout looks very malty and chewy, and could easily pass for a big, imperial stout or a barrel-aged brew.

THE SMELL, when cold, is very faint...almost zero. After it warms a lot, I picked out cocoa, big alcohol aromas, and little hops. There are strong Kahlua, sherry, and port qualities to this beer when fully warmed--it's just a shame it takes so much patience to bring out the aromas.

THE TASTE is good, just as I remember from the other times I've had it in the past. Like the smell, the taste is heavily muted and tame when cold so it really needs to warm. I found room temp to actually be the point at which I could really get a sense of everything this beer has to offer: rich, sweet, mocha, cocoa. To me, it tastes like an oatmeal stout with strong barleywine qualities. It has a dry finish and a slight wineyness to it, which are interesting for a stout.

THE FEEL is medium-thin and fairly hot for a stout, due to the high alcohol content. It is incredibly warming and despite being unusually strong for a basic stout it is very drinkable.

CONCLUSION: Lion Stout looks massive but is actually a little underwhelming considering so much of its nature is masked until you hit about 55 degrees in temp. It is a good stout and certainly should be enjoyed for that. However, this is not an "extreme" beer in the American craft beer sense so it will be a let down if approached in that way.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:26:12 | More by MadeInOregon
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ckollias

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 11.5 oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a one-finger tan head that leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Great aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Similar to the smell, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors cross the palate. Smooth brew with a creamy body.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Hands down, one of the best stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:08:59 | More by ckollias
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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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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's while walking around the French Quarter

Appearance: brown/black color with a 1 finger head that sticks around.

Smell: caramel, chocolate, alcohol

Taste: coffee, chocolate, with a hint of anise. A slight fruity finish. A very smooth yet complex stout. Didn't realize the ABV was so high; no wonder I was feeling so mellow.

Mouthfeel: medium, creamy, good carbonation

Overall: The guy at Sydney's said if I liked Old Rasputin, I'd enjoy this stout. It definately ain't Old Raspy, but it's got an easy drinkability like OR. Bold but enjoyable. And all the way from Sri Lanka, no less. A fine sipper while watching the Mississippi River roll on by.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 19:55:21 | More by brewskifan55
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bigdrewsmoove

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a substantial, two-finger brown cream head that sticks around for quite a while. Smell is pungent with a powerful alcohol smell. Almost reminds me of the smell of Name Tag beer which isn't the greatest smell in the world. Taste had some coffee and mocha flavors as the bottle suggested. Going to have to pick this up again from somewhere else than world market. Bottle had stuff floating in the bottom of it and tasted old. I have had other bottles from there that had stuff in it as well and just weren't very fresh. I'll update what I find.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:32:02 | More by bigdrewsmoove
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.