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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,268 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,268
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 48
Gots: 31 | 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:
 http://www.lionbeer.com 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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beerbutcher

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a espresso creme type head

aroma is perplexing. i get lots of coconut and vanilla, marshmallow, but little if any roasted character.. odd

taste follows the same lines, a deliciously rich sweet drink right from the get go. full and silky with a vanilla sort of sweetness, and maybe a hint of mocha, round and sweet on the finish, but not cloying. no expression of its strength on the palate.

mouthfeel is a bit sweet for a session beer. it's wonderful stuff, but there's little backed against the sweet malt to hold balance. for dessert though, wonderful. sipper.

drinkability is decent. though i wouldn't want a bunch in one sitting it sure is tasty stuff and very well made. the character of the ale is perplexing, like i said. it looks charred but doesn't taste or smell of it. alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 02:36:41 | More by beerbutcher
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sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Danforth and Broadview LCBO in Toronto. I just had a 500mL Schneider Eisbock before this, so forgive me if I am in love with the world or mistype. Pours black with a small, quickly receding white head. Initial, somewhat thin, aroma of coffee. First taste is nice and richly full, with more coffee on the palate. Taste remains strong throughout. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 03:55:17 | More by sstackho
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86sportster883

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Lion Stout is perfectly named. It has many of the more pleasant roasted malt and coffee like features of a quality dry stout, combined with a big 8% abv to boot.

Pours black and opaque with a quickly fading tan head and a faintly sour aroma. I enjoyed the way the alcohol blended with the bittersweet chocolate flavors. Robust and roasty, but at no time harsh. Medium bodied with a good mouthfeel, but I would not describe it as remarkably smooth. Well balanced though, with a relatively clean dry finish.

Overall, a good foreign stout that I wish I had more of.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 04:25:52 | More by 86sportster883
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown or black - non-translucent with minimal light brown head that quickly dissipated to a single ring. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Coffee and toffey aromas with a touch of sweet malt.

T: Heavily roasted chocolate malt is immediate and predominant, with light hints of sweetness somewhat toffee-ish in nature.

M&D: Heavy mouthfeel and full bodied. Very light but persistent carbonation goes well with the favors and heaviness at hand. At 8% I was expecting some warming but didn't really experience any. Goes down pretty smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 19:09:27 | More by SIRIUS2
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hops4me

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with brown edges. Light brown head that falls back into the beer quickly. Leaves a little lace in its place.

S - chocolate, coffee, vanallia, oaky. Not as pronounced as I thought it would be.

T - Chocolate and coffee again. Roasted comes out in the aftertaste. Still not as big as I expected. As the beer warms it takes on a smoky flavor.

M - mouthfeel is medium to full. Just about right for this beer and its softer flavor and smell.

D - Being that it is a softer stout I could have many of these. Well...as many as the 8% would allow. Not a big beer but a good beer. The dryness of this could also make it a decent thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 00:15:39 | More by hops4me
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morimech

Minnesota

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

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan head that hangs around all night. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left behind as the fluid level drops.

Smells very malty with hints of chocolate, coffee, cherries, and a dirty earthy smell. Alcohol is barely detectable.

The flavor has a nice roasted taste. To a lesser extent some more complex flavors are present. I expected more chocolate, espresso, and fruit tastes after smelling the beer. It has a slightly sweet quality as well. It has a medium body with healthy carbonation. A good tasting stout that I am now seeing just about everywhere beer is sold.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 23:48:31 | More by morimech
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour pitch black in a "maredsous" chalice.

Off brownish white head dissipates slowly to a thin film. Huge aroma of roasted barley and pure chocolate and hints of fresh coffee bean. Flavor is all FES, roasted malt, coffee, soft and pleasant astingency. Alcohol is well cloaked, this would pair wonderfuly with a N-Y cheesecake or a big bowl of ripe cherries.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 04:55:16 | More by bloberglawp
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HighestGravity

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured well with not too much head. Very dark in color though not as dark as some Stouts. The head had a chocolate brown color to it.

S - Smelled good though there was nothing overhwelmingly great about it. It certainly did not grab my attention in either a good or bad way.

T - A tasty stout. Not too bitter or strong tasting especially compared to other beers at 8%, yet still having an array of flavors to offer.

M - This beer was very smooth. When I drank it, it was very cold and it went down well.

D - Definitely a sipping beer (as with most stouts) though probably a little more drinkable than most other stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 19:47:56 | More by HighestGravity
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Rayek

Colorado

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

A very potent Stout that makes a great nightcap.

A: Dark Mahogany, almost black. Thick tan head leaves almost no lace down the glass.

S: Cherry, grape and citrus came through. The alcohol in this beer is present in the aroma as well.

T: Very complex. Dark cherry, coffee, brandy and a hint of bitter chocolate intermingle well. The alcohol adds a little acidity and gives the beer warmth going down.

M: Thick and slick, with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: A powerful beer that I wouldn't want more than one of in a sitting. Great right before bed or on a cold night in front of the fire.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 20:21:56 | More by Rayek
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Dark brown to black with a creamy light tan head.

s: Roasted malt and sweet chocolate.

t: Roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and molasses with a bitter finish.

m: Creamy, smooth, medium body.

d: A deceptively easy drinking stout, don't forget about its high abv. I haven't had many export stouts, but I really like this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 06:00:21 | More by BradLikesBrew
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a dark opaque reddish-black with a thin sliver of mocha-colored head.

The aroma of dark ripe fruits first greet the nose followed by roasted malts and chocolate.

The taste is sweet and fruity with plenty of chocolate and coffee to round it out nicely. The booze is well-hidden in this one.
Thinner-than-expected mouthfeel, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This was an enjoyable and easy to drink stout from Lion.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 02:54:21 | More by Monkeyknife
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slyke

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout pours an inky black color with a generous and lasting tan head.

The smell is roasty and chocolatey with a touch of coffee. The taste is chocolatey, malty, and coffee-like with the warming note of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste. This is an outstanding beer to sip, but it's smoothness makes it slide down easily. Try this beer if you find it, if you enjoy stouts, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 18:27:53 | More by slyke
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aerozeppl

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with some brown creeping in on the edges. One finger of tan head.

S: Nice roasted smell is coming through in the nose. Sweetness is right behind it. Perfect for an export stout.

T:Sweet bitter up front then into a slight roasted taste. The taste fades out and there really is not much of an aftertaste.

M: Little to thin for my liking.

D: Super easy drinking. The export stouts are great for that while still giving you a reasonable amount of flavor. For the $2.99 I paid for the bomber it is definitely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 23:36:16 | More by aerozeppl
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well-crafted for the format. Extra-toasty malt aroma that's slightly understated for the style; the toastiness comes out much more on the palate. Not as much backbone as would be expected from the stout; it's pretty much the toasted malt at the front and not a lot of depth after that. Would like to try on tap as rarely does a bottle do something like this justice.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 15:06:32 | More by IBUnit63
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

2.45/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I enjoyed this beer while playing cards at a friend's house. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Nice and dark, but with no head.

Smell: Chocolate and malt.

Taste: Too bitter with a really bad metallic taste. I felt like I was eating tin foil.

Mouthfeel: - thick-bodied.

Drinkability: I'm guessing the metal taste was only part of tihs bad batch we had. Would try it again, but am not holding out hope.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 16:06:02 | More by nsmartell
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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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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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

This looks absolutely beautiful. Pitch black body, with a foamy toffee coloured head, which cleared up to leave lacing of the same colour. Nice espresso and malt aroma The flavour packs a punch of coffee, chocolate, and perhaps licorice. The finish is long and warming. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 04:21:27 | More by bobsy
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scoobybrew

Indiana

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

This was poured into a snifter-style tulip glass from the bottle.

A - dark opaque black with a thick head that settles slightly but is very well retained

S - rich roasted chocolate like malt scent with some sweetness, very faint trace of hops

T - rich chocolate-like malty taste - very much like the aroma - with a dry finish from the hops, slight alcohol flavor perceptible, some slight oxidation is also present

M - full body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a very tasty stout. I find it amazing this comes from Sri Lanka considering the climate.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 02:28:44 | More by scoobybrew
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getch

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a-extremly dark and black, not brown a black color, thick head and overall a very thick beer.

s-a dull chocolate smell, like a old chocolate that has been sitting at your grandparents house and is still there because your scared to try it, beause of how old it possible could be.

t-a bitter taste with a bad after taste, maybe its the alc. content in the beer, but i guess with the dull smell comes the dull taste, my beer is alittle chilled, i waited for 10 mins after I took it out of the frig, but i cannot image this beer warm, or any warmer than i have, maybe some hidden taste?

m- extremly thick, i like that it is thick and lingers in the mouth for some time, but because of the taste of it, it makes it worse.

d-I will not have this beer, again, i rate it average just because it prob tastes a lot better where consumed in the country of origin, Sri Lanka

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 02:48:52 | More by getch
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stephendr

California

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of India ink, with a thin medium tan head - nose of roasted coffee, anis, earthy, chocolate, vanilla, and milk chocolate – taste of milk chocolate, some bitter sweet chocolate, cappuccino, and - body is medium, silky, and with low carbonation – aftertaste of chocolate, mocha, and veggie???

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 04:33:25 | More by stephendr
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SwordandSorcery

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with little head if any

Aroma is feint and alcoholic

BIG dark bittersweet chocolate taste with a lot of carbonation, fizzy even

hints of coffee and maybe licorice that gets creamy the more you chew it

sweet bitter finish

one of my favorite stouts, its very different from most of the offerings on the market and will probably taste interesting aged.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:45:31 | More by SwordandSorcery
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a short 1/2" head that reduces to nothing in a minute or so. No lacing developed during the session.

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate sweetness leaps out of the glass and is enjoyable.

Taste: follows the nose as the roasted malts and chocolate flavors are dominant with some softer plum and prune sweetness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable and provides some soft warming. Bitterness balances out the sweetness nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste lasts a bit as the roasted malts and chocolate remain around a while.

Drinkability: nice stout that is a slow sipper and mildly warming on a cold winter evening. A few of these can be easily quaffed in a long session.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 15:13:41 | More by Gavage
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color with ruby highlights and a "stout" beige head that dribbles lace all over the pint glass

Smell: Over-roasted coffee beans, molasses and charcoal

Taste: Opens with a mocha flavor that adds a touch of bitter citrus fruit and cocoa by mid-palate, when a dark coffee element also emerges; after the swallow, it becomes much more mellow, and there is a milky flavor that joins the bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice stout from an unexpected part of the globe

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 22:29:22 | More by brentk56
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight vanilla/roast, good touch of toffee, chocolate, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet/roasty, malty, with some nice toffee/chocolate/caramel tones. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very nice stout in deed, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 03:26:36 | More by Wasatch
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GRPunk

Michigan

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

Bottle poured into a Lion tulip glass.

A- It poured jet black except for some deep brown-red tones at the edges. There was a 1 finger red-tan head that became a thick lace.

S- Sweet malts are the strongest aroma. I picked up raisin, chocolate, and coffee tones. There was also a lighter hop presence and a touch of alcohol.

T- Mostly the usual suspects of dark chocolate and coffee along with definite fruty flavors (raisins) as the aroma suggests. The hops make for a dryish finish.

M- Some decent carbonation and a light hop bite.

D- A nice drinker regardless of weather. It was great during a cold evening (wonderful nightcap), but it's also my "go to" when I want something that packs a chocolaty punch in the summer months.

Overall- Sri Lanka's best brew. I'm glad the brewery was able to survive the terrible storms a few years ago. I discovered this one some years back and have come back to it many a time.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 22:22:31 | More by GRPunk
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,268 ratings.