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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,198 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1198
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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Hex92

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. It looks like it should in the glass. Dark with a nice head. It has a hint of chocolate in its aroma. Goes down smooth. Who knew that a damn fine beer could come out of Sri Lanka. I think this has to be one of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 03:12:55 | More by Hex92
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a reddish tint near the bottem of the glass with a slight brown head,aroma is of burnt fruit and bitter chocolate.Very intense flavors in this one burnt fruit and bitter sweet chocolate with some nice earthiness in the finish.I really like this stout very intense flavors a nice one to savor in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 23:19:49 | More by oberon
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours pitch black with brown highlights. The head is brown, unbelieveably huge (three fingers tall), and laces the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma is chocolate, roasted, and coffee. There is an ever so slight sourness to the aroma.

The flavor is chocolate, roasted, and once again coffee. The flavor has a slight sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. The beer is full bodied. The finish dries out into coffee and chocolate.

Wow, I had no idea this was a stout with a higher alcohol content! Great beer!

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 03:12:19 | More by GCBrewingCo
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ebony with an attractive camel head. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Colour is dark as midnight. Smells like a good stout should. Roasty malts, coffee, prunes, and hints of Belgian chocolate. Mouthful is a rewarding combo of thick and creamy perfection.

Taste is more complex than the nose, as dried fruits(prunes and raisins) and a touch of hops make their entrance. Very satisfying from start to finish.

Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, had a bunch of these and advertised the Michael Jackson accolades. The Vintage Cellar also posts the Top 50 BA ratings, and had a few Westy 12's when I stoppee by. I'll review the Westy later.

Lion Stout is a worthy concoction. Thoroughly enjoyable and English in character. Deserving of its praise.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 01:56:25 | More by merlin48
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice. Quite rich, chocolatey, fruity nose. Taste of caramelised sugar (which i didn't particlarly like), then some dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, and bitter roastyness. Pretty famous in beer circles, and hard to belive its from Sri Lanka, i'm happy i finally had it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 00:45:12 | More by rastaman
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I loved the look of this. Pitch black with a beige colored head that came large and stayed at medium size for awhile. Smelled of strong semi-sweet chocolate chips and a hint of alcohol. Taste of roasted malts and intense chocolate (like a mochachino). Only problem is that the flavor is withdrawn and doesn't fully show itself. There's also a sourness in the beer that seems like it shouldn't be there. Is that supposed to be the hops? Is it some astringency from the grains. I don't know, but I do know that it mixes with the chocolate and creates an off flavor. Body is medium to weak in thickness. Could be much better than it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 21:34:20 | More by granger10
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle. Bottled on date (12.02).

This stout poured an opaque black color with light brown foam. The smell was malty, but not overly strong. The taste was rather sweet and malty. A bit of roasted malt flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with low carbonation feel. The body was medium. The drinkability was OK.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 20:42:47 | More by UncleJimbo
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nixhecks

Rhode Island

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

This stout came in a 625ml bottle, reasonably priced at $2.69. Poured a jet black with a large tannish head that had good retention. The aroma was sweet with malt, smelling like dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. The same was evident in the forefront of the taste, with the finish featuring a slight hop bitterness with chocolate malt flavors also coming through. The mouthfeel was light, a little bit watery, definetely not as thick as some of the stouts I have most enjoyed. I can't say that I was let down, but after seeing Micheal Jackson's endorsement on the back, I did expect a little more. Overall not bad, but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 17:20:20 | More by nixhecks
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Loki

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with a rich caramel colored head. Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate and mocca. The smell carries through to the taste promissing a semi-sweet chocolate but finishing with a bitter coffee flavor. There is a mild hoppiness throughout The head lasted quite a while. The beer finishes smooth. A very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 19:12:53 | More by Loki
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stoutman

Michigan

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

Huge light brown head that lasts. Aroma is a palate of impressions. Sweet roastyness is the dominant impression, but coffee comes to mind as well. Flavour is very coffeeish and roasty. Pleasant bitterness imediately on the tongue and palate. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Both nose and flavor are full with chocolate and over ripe plums. A slight hoppiness seems to flow through near the finish.Excellent brew! Not a bad effort.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 18:26:39 | More by stoutman
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black body with mahogany highlights topped by a dark tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma. Some nice dark fruits and a touch of hops spiciness as well. The sweet, roasted malt continues into the taste, with a noticeable alcohol note as well. Just a hint of chocolate as well. The aftertaste is like a bite of a sweet plum followed by a cup of coffee. Maybe it's a jelly donut followed with a coffee chaser. In any event, it's good. The mouthfeel is robust and smooth, having a bit of a creaminess to it. The drikability is good as well, even as the slight tobacco juice note starts appearing towards the end of the glass. A beer that I should have tried sooner.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2003 16:20:58 | More by aaronh
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out an almost opaque black with slight tints of a deep ruby coming through when put up to a light. The head was impressive, rich and a dark tan color. The aroma is alcohol, caramel and heavy sweet malts. The taste was strong in alcohol, bitter roastiness with an astringent aftertaste. It's a complex tasting
stout, but the flavor misses the mark for me - although I do prefer dry rather than sweet stouts in general. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2003 19:10:41 | More by pezoids
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Liquorish with a dark chocolate hue. A deep heavy malt is at once, creamy and sweet. Lacking any real hop aroma the surprise is the full bitter hop bite. Heavy and flavorful chocolate and coffee notes blend in well. Tricky alcochol is certainly there, but hardly noticeable. The creamy head fades quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 20:20:18 | More by BeerResearcher
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rabidawg

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dated November 2002.

Appearance: Black coal and tar blended with espresso, with a little red-eye gravy thrown in for good measure. Amazingly fine bubbles in the head, clinging to the side to shade the dark side of ebony.

Smell: I'm catching a certain metallic twang, with gossamer hops leavings fighting their way through the heavy malts. Nothing outstanding here.

Taste: Mouthfeel is thin and watery, and I feel as if I'm drinking a Coke float, with a creamy start washed away by carbonated malty sugar water. Malty and roasty, with a slight drying, yet oily, hop finish. I've never had a beer that so masterfully masked an 8.0% abv. Very drinkable, could be dangerously so if I'd bought more than a single. As it warms, I'm catching an almost ashy finish, but it's not as unpleasant as it sounds. Very carbonated for a stout.

I'd often seen this beer and ignored it because of its corny label. Have to say I'm happily surprised.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 21:01:17 | More by rabidawg
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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

I really like this stout. I would consider this to be my favorite sweet stout (I do not like overly sweet beer). Pours a little thinner and more carbonated than a lot of stouts, with a nice foamy head (some retention). Very dark, almost black. Smells sweet and roasty. I plan to try this in a taste test with Samuel Smith (my favorite stout), which has the best balance of malt and hops of any stout I've had. Not much hop bitterness evident here. Real smooth for it's strength (8% ABV), will sneak up on you fast. As I said, I've had this beer several times, and have always enjoyed it. Nothing leaps out at you, but it is as easy to drink as any stout I've had, and will put a glow on you in a hurry!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 20:50:45 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.45/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Much less a lion, and much more a feral cat.

A ruby shade of blackness, with a skinny tan edge.
Aromas mirroring the inside of of a raisin box. Cardboard, wax, and stale dark fruits.
Astonishes the mouth with its lack of flavor, especially decent flavor. Slightly roasted with faint chocolate covered prunes. Rummed coffee towards the back of the throat. Some oxidization, wet paper, and building vinegar sourness to round this out.
Not exciting in the least, actually, not even pleasant.

Next.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 22:22:13 | More by cokes
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Naerhu

Japan

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 17:29:50 | More by Naerhu
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that are just classic. I love it, possibly my favorite all around stout that I have tasted. It really is amazing, hell, even Michael Jackson endorses this one, but then again his opinion is just that another opinion. The Lion Stout pours a very dark opaque tone of deep blackish brown with hints of ruby at the edges when held to the light. The head that complements the body is an incredible milk chocolate hue of brown head, and leaves a sturdy even lace down my imperial pint. The aroma is saturated with dark malts especially the chocolate roasts. Very well done, and the flavor of this brew contains the perfect combination of sweet creamy chocolate, full of coffee roasts, and a smooth dryness that mellows the finish so nicely. With the medium light body and the creamy mouthfeel to each sip, this beer is so drinkable that besides the ABV there is no reason why it shouldn't deserve a five. Quite the impressive work of art straight from who would have thought Sri Lanka. MJ make some room cause this BA would like to sign his seal of approval on the Lion Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2003 15:00:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a soapy like head that thickened up to a solid chocolate colored foam.Left rings of sticky brown lace even before the first sip.Consistency poured of oil that gulped.Aroma was of smoke,coffee,and chocolate.Very creamy,but not very crisp on the mouthfeel.Mouthfeel wasnt too impressive,and wasnt almost watery.Alcohol taste is present and noticed.Leaves a dry bitter after taste that stays in the back of the throat.A very good stout but not the best.Overall average.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 09:35:20 | More by kelticblood
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schrist275

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very quick developing head, colored like a frappacino sits easily on top of a very very dark dark maroon/black colored almost wine smelling bier. The first sip delivers chocolate and mellow hops. Its almost syrupy constitution lends itself well to the smell, they work very well together. If the taste could develop more of an after taste or carry the flavor further along the tongue it would be an outstanding beer. The alcohol volume is not readily tasted, but comes across in the wine like smell.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2002 09:17:56 | More by schrist275
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2002 18:21:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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Murph

Arizona

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

Pours a super dark brown/black with only the slightest of light getting around the edges and a nice brown head. The nose has a lot of sweet malt and chocolate aromas along with some slightly alcoholic notes. The taste starts off with some huge sweet chocolatey notes and some slightly biscuity malt. As the brew progresses there is a slightly earthy/smoky taste that emeges as the brew finishes. There is a nice creamy quality to this beer that makes it nice and smooth and rather drinkable. I'm not sure if this one deserves the attention that it gets from Michael Jackson but it is a nice stout that makes a great desert brew with its sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 09:23:27 | More by Murph
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putnam

Michigan

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

Milk-chocolate colored head that sticks to the glass. Deep spicy, exotic aromas of incense, chocolate, allspice and raspberry reduction. Sweet alcohol flavor drives notes of coffee, cane and grape. Good, mild, balancing bitterness on the medium-long finish. A decent stout to drink. Much better if you just smell it though.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2002 17:29:03 | More by putnam
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dpend

Florida

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

The first mistake I made with this stout was to compare it to other stouts(mostly Northern European).My second sampling was taken without the considerations to the others and provided a more non-biased analysis.
This beer is now one of my favorite stouts and will probably work its way on to my top ten overall.A well balanced beer that offered pleasure all the way through.I even enjoyed watching the head give off red rings around the bubbles while dissipating.I think even Alcopop drinkers would like this beer.
My only complaint would be the somewhat fizzy carbonation,but that again is noticed because of comparison to other stouts.I will definitely be having more of this.With cooler weather coming, I may have to stock some.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2002 07:57:57 | More by dpend
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thing & black with a stable beige head. Smell has notes of roasted malts and sweetness. Smooth, soft mouthfeel, very creamy. For the most part, a very good beer. I swear, however, that my bottle had a small metalic-tasting flaw. Still, the beer has great balance. Very tasty. This is the first beer I've had from Sri Lanka.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2002 11:47:13 | More by Suds
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.