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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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881 Reviews

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Reviews: 881
Hads: 1,545
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 67
Gots: 102 | 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

The dark caramel, large dense headed brew, with its 8.8% alcoholic content, is unique due to its sweet notes of chocolate and coffee interspersed into a foundation of dark roasted barley. Symbolic black to denote leadership, power, focus and strength, is dominant in the labeling as the lion journeys in the twilight unafraid, unbowed and unchallenged.
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Photo of thelagerheads
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In between bites of my bologna and mustard sandwich and dabblings in the fine delicacies of M&Ms chocolates and swigs of Lion Stout I can't help but be reminded of St. Augustine: "All things that are corrupted are deprived of good. But if they are deprived of all good, they will cease to exist. In so far as they exist they are good. Evil is no substance." But how can this be when EVIL is the man who has never gotten his PAWS around a LION STOUT?!?!

So what is it about me and coffee? I've never drunk the stuff more than 10 times in my life and each time with more sugar than a Pepsi and half milk. I'm a late comer to beer as well so it's quite peculiar that in concert these two should form the corpus of my favorite brews. I literally want to hug this lion. Both for the 8% alcohol involuntary lovefest and also to squeeze the daylights out of Michael Jackson (the brew guru) and his big mustache who adorn the back label. It also comes in a top-notch case which is as good looking as a hat box. 5 knocking stars and filaments.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured from the bottle labeled "Sinha Stout" into the glass a deep almost black with a dark tan head. Smell is clean with some coffee and roasted malt notes. These roasted malts make their way into the flavor, quite pleasant. This is however quite a bitter brew and the roasted malts are very pronounced, this makes it a slow drinking brew, but still a very good one.

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Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, syrupy midnight black, with 2 fingers of tan coloured head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and some toffee notes. Taste of molasses and sweet prunes, with some chocolate and bitter/burnt coffee to finish. Would like to see it a little less carbonated for a smoother beer and better mouthfeel. It has a bit of acidic/twangy character to it. Overall, a pretty good stout, and one where you don't notice the alcohol.

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Photo of wjimson
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The expiry date on the bottle reads July 06, and the name reads "Sinha stout". Poured it into a Guinness glass. The colour is black while the head is of a lighter colour. The smell is not noticeable. The bitter chocolate and roast coffee flavours are pronouced. Yet, the beer surprisingly smooth for a its alcohol strength of 8%. The taste of the alcohol is hidden very well and only comes out near the end. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter without being tangy and flat. I would definately get this one again.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with a thick dark head. As I've said in the past, this is my ideal perfect appearance for a beer, therefore it gets five. Smell is very moderate, a bit malty.

Taste is very malty, sweet and creamy. A hint of fruits, tastes almost like roasted nuts. For strong beer, the alcohal is almost non existant in the taste.

Mouthfull is very thick and smooth, it would seem ideal to drink this in the Winter. Suprising that it comes from a tropical country like Sri Lanka. Drinkability, very easy to drink. Despite having all the qualities of a dark beer, it does not go overboard on any of it's qualities.

Would highly recommend if you can find it. For it's price, taste and content it is definatly worth it.

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Photo of Higravity
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the lager <shudder> now on to the stout. Nice deep cocoa color with a tan head that yeilds some lacing. Smells of a nice blend of roastyness and linger sweet malt but a little too clean. Nice flavoring for a company that makes sucha bad lager. Full robust roasted flavors with a touch of alcohol. Nice decnt stout body, I will visit this again as the $2 price was nice.

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Photo of DrZarkov
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I actually stumbled apon this beer by accident. I ordered something else and was brought the Lion Stout, but after one taste it I was rather pleased by the mix up.
Appearence was dark and rich. The taste and mouthfeel were superb. I was reminded of a Scotch Ale, but much darker with a more coffee and chocolately taste.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice find from Bottleworks in Seattle. 625ml bottle. Coal black with a sturdy brown head that took up nearly 3/4 of my Lion tulip glass. This one needs a slow, gentle pour. Does not give off a cola-like appearance I've found in other export stouts.

Decent stout smell. Roasted malts, traces of chocolate and mocha. Slightly sweet wine smell. Not nearly as sweet as Dragon Stout, and much more in-line with what I expect from any stout.

Taste wise, this does not disappoint. Rich roasted malt flavour, with a good dose of dark chocolate and hints of black coffee. Lacks the sweet cola notes of Dragon; again, this is more what I expected from an export stout. No traces of alcohol.

Great mouthfeel; good, thick body with minimal carbonation. Easy to drink, even from this size of bottle. A nice rich export stout. I look forward to having more of this in the future.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon seeing the country of origin and the bottle’s bible black contents —I had to experience this stout from Ceylon.

It cascaded into my glass producing an immediate dense off tan head which fueled my curiosity as to this beer's meritorious profile.

The head arose, flourished and then retreated to whence it came leaving little trace but a scant bevel of foam clinging to the perimeter of my glass.

This beer presented a small perhaps non-existent nose.

On first tasting, this dark full bodied stout produced a starburst of flavor-- predominant hops, notes of chocolate, toasted grain, a sprite of coffee.

Unfortunately the flavor was a rather curt performance-- a blaze of glory and then—the hole in the middle head heralded what was to come. Under the gusto of the start, the body was lacking-- there was something oddly transparent—maybe the right word is “nonexistent”.

The finish was clean and short. I wasn’t surprised as it trailed along with it’s precursor-- the vestige of the initial flavor.

Nevertheless this beer has a rather cordial mouthfeel and although the flavor endurance in my opinion leaves something to be desired, it is nonetheless an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for a while and recently picked up a bottle. It's almost 90 degrees in Richmond right now, but I'm ready for this guy right now. Here we go.

Appearance: A huge off white head that unfortunately dissipates rather quickly. Body is black and opaque as far as I can tell; not light's coming through in the least. Spotty lacing, but enough to keep it interesting.

Smell: Lots of toasted malt characteristics, along with a lot of sweet malt and fruit. I get some plum and dark berries. Also some semi sweet chocolate, some figs, and a seemingly good amount of hops to curb some of the sweetness and balance it out.

Taste: A very nice balance of everything in the aroma without going overboard. It doesn't pack as much of a punch as I'd hoped for, and with that this would be a much higher rating. I think that's due to the finish; the flavors are so strong and balance initially, but by the end, they don't necessarily die off, they're just fairly vague. There's lots of roasted malt and fruit characteristics in the initial sips, though, that I like a lot. And for how much malt and sweetness there is, enough hops are there to really meld everything together.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy without the creaminess of something like an Imperial. More carbonation and it'd be maybe a bit astringent, but as it is it's going down pretty well.

Drinkability: Lots of flavor without going overboard. And wow, this went down extremely quickly. Without the possible Imperial-like cloying or syrupy nature, this goes down pretty easy. It's balanced, flavorful, and doesn't present itself at all even close to 8% ABV. I'll be drinking this again, especially come fall and winter.

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Photo of WonderWoman
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate color with a khaki foam that fell to a trace around the rim of the glass.
Smells of roasted malt, figs, and dates. It kind of reminds me of a camp fire.
Tastes of smoky dark chocolate and tamarind juice.
Mouth feel is heavy and smooth with a lingering coat of film in the back of my throat.
This is a great stout has a lot of body it, great for dessert.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark black with a billowing tan and copper head that fell to a small creamy head that left behind a some nice, thin lace.

Smells of dry, roasted barley, a touch of coffee, popcorn and a slight medicinal cherry. There’s also a slight woody, oaky essence that ties the smells together with a very organic feel.

Starts very smooth with a delicately roasted, smoky barley and with a light, sour, tingly sensation around the edges of my tongue but then picks up a blueberry and cherry sweetness. The sweetness then collapses back into the smoke to pick up a toasted coffee in the finish with just a touch of oaky sourness and a dry honey flavor. The dynamics here are really something!

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a very thin carbonation that adds a tingly element to the dryer flavors. This felt a little heavy to me.

I’m liking this one. The flavors are really subdued, but quite wonderfully blended together. Inconspicuous, but delightful!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep deep dark roasted brown color. Pillowing beige head with tight bubble forms nice lace around the glass.

S: Notes of sour, lactose, molasses, prunes, milk chocolate and alcohol

T: Starts with milky sweetness. Hints of caramal, latte, milk chocolate and toffee. Moments of grape juice and marshmallow. Finishes with lots of rounded roasted malts.

M: Good texture and consistency. Not too syrupy.

D: Fantastic stout.

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Photo of klewis
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A: Pours black with a bubbly off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruits.

T: Typical stout flavors of chocolate and coffee are complimented by a prominent nutty character. Slightly bitter in the finish.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation for a stout IMO, but the texture is a bit watery.

D: This is my first foreign/export, so I can't rate it with an accuracy in accordance with the style, but as a stout it is definitely enjoyable. Well worth the price.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was purchased at Piazza Decepoli for $3.99 for a 625ml bottle. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a straight black coloration. The head is very thick with a creamed coffee colored head. The beer has nice head retention and leaves rings of lace on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a coffee and subdued chocolate malty smell. The beer also has a very present and inoffensive alcohol smell.

Taste: The beer has a ok medium roasted coffee taste. There is a bit of chocolate to the taste. The beer has some spicy anise notes. There is a bit of a metallic twang to the aftertaste that detracts from a otherwise good beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very creamy and very smooth. The beer is full bodied. The beer hides its alcohol well in the taste. If it wasnt for the metallic aftertaste I would rate this beer much higher. This is a pretty good beer inspite of the metallic aftertaste. I will definately purchase this beer again. If I have future bottles of this without the metallic aftertaste I will re-review this beer.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 650 mL bottle served in a Chimay goblet. The beer is cold.

Appearance: The stout is deep black. When held to light, dark ruby colors emerge from the edges. There is a bit of head that has left a nice ring of lace.

Smell: The stout has some nice chocolate notes, as well as a spicier smell to it. It almost conjures up a good molé sauce.

Taste: There is a nice chocolatey flavor that jumps all over the expected roast malt aroma. There are also spices, peppers and cinnamin and other exotic flavors that go very well in the beer.

Mouthfeel: The combination of spices in this stout is quite extraordinary.

Drinkability: The 8% abv and deep stout flavors are little much to continually pound. Overall though, this is a good ale to try.

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Photo of HimerMan
2.26/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle at the House of Brews in NYC. (Michael Jackson picture on the back of the bottle.)

Pour was a nice almost black with dark brown flat head.

Taste left a lot to be desired - as it was very different from what I am used to in a stout. Interesting to say the least, just not exactly what I prefer in taste.

I would suggest trying this if you like a less creamy more carob syrupy flavor beer with a roasted flavor (somewhat smokey).

Give it a shot - always worth it to formulate your own opinion.


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Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A six pack was part of my birthday present from my wife, who doesn’t know much about beer. She picked it out on her own…a great present! 12 oz bottle marked 595 17:18, with a photo and quote of Michael Jackson on the back, poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours solid black with a 1 ½ inch mocha colored head that collapses down nicely into a foamy blob, spotty lacing is produced as I drink

S—fruit and coffee are blended well, alcohol comes out, too, sweet chocolate is also very mild

T—can really taste the bitter roasted coffee and sweet chocolate flavors, somewhat nutty notes, like the smell, the flavors are blended very well, finishes a bit dry

M—thick and smooth, full bodied, perfect carbonation

D—a solid stout, very warming and filling, drinkable, but three might do it due to the thickness and 8% abv.

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Photo of maddamish
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Smell: Butterscotch and malt.

Taste: This is a solid stout. Notes include Coffee and malt. But this stout is very smooth and absent of any bitterness at all.

Ap: This was a good looking stout. The head wasn't creamy enough to make it great.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of body.

Notes: Not a bad little stout. There are much better out there but this one is by no means a disappointment.

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB NOV 2006. Served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a very dark brown, almost ebony hue, some ruby hints are seen against light; the tan head comes effervescent and foamy, gradually settling to a thin carpet and leaving tight lacing.
S: lovely and intense aroma of roast nuts and roasted barleys upfront, on top of more settled sticky toffee, coffee-flavoured milk, and burned sugary coating as on cream-brulee~~ True to the style, the aroma is dense but still manageable, albeit a touch too sweet for me and slightly short of complexity.
T: an effervescent-textured maltiness flows onto the palate, introducing peanut-flavoured toffee, crushed roast almond, lightly bitter-sweet root-spice (licorice), burned sugar, and roasted barleys; the nutty edge speaks out loud, providing a different kind of bitter-sweetness from other burned-malt-dominated Foreign Stouts I've had. Only in the end does a tinge of restrained sourness emerge, complementing the bitter-sweet flavour just well.
M&D: although the texture falls a bit thin, the very light body sits in contrast to a semi-strong flavour, and the high alc. content doesn't leave a wee bit trace throughout the drink, making this a very approachable stout. Somehow my impression of this beer is compromised by (unintentional) comparison with stronger and fuller Imperial Russian Stouts, and robust, less sweet and dryer English Stouts. In a sense, interestingly, its texture and flavour remind me more of Sweet/Milk Stouts instead--I mustn't be the only one to speculate that, surely? A nice, but not great, foreign stout worth trying once in a life time.

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Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every ounce of my body screamed "NO!!!" when I pulled this from the fridge.... Drinking a stout cold just felt like a crime, but I told myself that the ad for Lion Stout says to drink it cold...

Pours pitch black with a thick off-white head, that last quite a while.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and brown sugar.

Flavor is quite nice, coffee, mocha, caramel, brownsugar, raisins, and a hint of hops at the end. This beer gets a bit sweeter as it warms, as opposed to being somewhat dry when cold. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinkability is good, considering the 8% abv.

I was quite impressed to find a stout that is good cold. I was so afraid that it would kill all the flavor, but it's actually quite enjooyable. Now if I have a craving for a stout in the summer, I know exactly where to reach.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black in colour with slightly higher than average carbonation. Aromatic profile begins with a somewhat pilsner-like sulfur hit before evolving picking up notes of licorice, mild coffee and plum. It’s fairly light in the mouth, and has some intriguing yet light flavors of espresso, chocolate, and a bit of caramel. Overall, this is fairly restrained as far as stouts go, but I could see this one being quite nice in the hot weather.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was stamped with a B/B date of 2006/06/26, purchased in Tokyo.

Poured out a typical stout, jet black bottom with a nice and thick, foamy brown head. Retention was okay, head fell to a brown lacing within a few minutes.

Pleasant aroma. Lightly fruity, like berries, strong caramel and roasted/sweet malt aroma. Slight alcohol presence in the nose. Hints of mocha, and some bittersweet chocolate too.

Dry taste with a finish that leaves the palette wet. Bitter bite. Mocha/coffee taste definitely resurfaces itself on the tongue, powdery feel. Bittersweet chocolate was also strong in the taste, with a sweet accent of fruits and caramel. Mouthfeel was not as creamy as I would've hoped, body was overall light and a bit watery.

8% ABV isn't all that noticeable and this is definitely a very drinkable stout. Still, it's not all quite there. Pitted against the Ji-Biru stout from Baird, I'd say this one comes out on top by a slight edge because it's a bit more complex and has a more interesting taste. Enjoy!

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Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black colored beer with an average tan head.

Smell is chocolate; coffee and figs with some cake like malt aromas. Slight acid edge to this mixes with the fruitiness to give it the smell of sour plums.

Taste is on the sweet side with a big chocolate flavor. There is a little blistered coffee bean flavor to this that gives a mocha flavor but it is really chocolate more than anything else is. Fruity flavors are in this too figs, and cherry. Quite tasty but this is my first beer of this style.

Mouthfeel is good and thick.

Extremely pleasant to drink. Tasty and a more complex than your average stout there are only few Stouts that are better than this one. Highly recommended.

Checked the other reviews, mine might seem a bit high but I stand by it, this is a damn tasty beer.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.