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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good

1,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 50
Gots: 33 | 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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starsbleedblue

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a-jet black in color with a thick caramel colored head
s- very sweet smelling, like a malty mocha with some vanilla notes
t- super rich espresso and chocolate... its like dessert in a bottle:)
m- thick, creamy, and velvety smooth
d- this is already one of my favorites so ill definitely be having it again

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 03:44:41 | More by starsbleedblue
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adamette

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into clean, clear glass.

A 3 finger head light brown head and the deepest black body of any beer that I have seen.

S dark chocolate, molasses, dark stout. Sweet and intriguing

T Now THIS is a stout! Dark, heavy chocolate but smooth, velvety with a pleasant aftertaste which dissipates quickly at first but then lingers for a minute or two.

M Full but not bitter and undrinkable like some other stouts I have had (like Great Lakes Blackout Stout). I heard of Guinness described as "liquid bread" once and that certainly applies here.

D good for a stout.

Notes: I am not the biggest stout fan (2 to 3 Guinness's a year) but this one is quite enjoyable. Certainly if you enjoy stout then you should try this. I would love to find it on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 03:01:29 | More by adamette
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a huge amount of brown colored head. This is one of the best-looking stouts I've seen.

S: Had aromas of malt, coffee, chocolate and some light fruit. Nicely done.

T: At first, this beer did not impress me. After a while it grew on me. Coffee, malt, light and chocolate all appear. Unlike some other stouts, the coffee in this one didn't dominate the other tastes.

M: This had high carbonation rate a smooth finish.

D: The Lion Stout is definitely a drinkable beer. While not my favorite in the stout category, it's still solidly done.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 12:59:35 | More by avalon07
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Lukie

Australia

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sinha Stout, as the bottles are in Australia.

Pours out a jet ink black, with a firm brown head, which looks like coffee, dissipitating to small lacing, which clings to the sides of the glass like a spider web.

A huge hit of coffee, vanilla bean, cooking chocolate, and rum. Very rich smell which would put most other stouts to shame.

Coffee and cocoa, with some raisins, plums and roasty flavours that kick in. Very little hop character, but just a touch in the back.

This is amazingly smooth and creamy. Just a wonderful stout that is easy to drink, high in alcohol, and a must try for stout (or any) lovers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 15:02:41 | More by Lukie
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a pitch black body with the slightest hint of ruby-red highlights and a good inch or so of tan head that persists and leaves lacing. Smells roasty with strong caramel notes, coffee, baker's chocolate... Tastes very roasty with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee notes. Fairly sweet right to the finish. Rich full mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Very tasty, fairly drinkable considering the ABV and rich flavors, and an old favorite for sure. Surprised I haven't reviewed it sooner!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 00:57:37 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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Beerking721

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man... Michael Jackson's favorite stout of all time. What more can I say?

Absolutely phenomenal!

A = Midnight out in the middle of the country (with no light polution). This beer is as black as they come. Rich head and lace upon pour and consumption.

S = Wonderful scent of deeply roasted malts complimenting with a buttery richness and essence of wood (hickory?).

T = Highly concentrated flavors of holland chocolate, roasted expresso, and a hint of oatmeal. This beer is all about the roast.

M = Rich - viscous - creamy - smooth.

D = Definalely not a session beer, this quaff is best served at cellar temp and allowed time to "breath." As this occurs, a velvety smoothness will eminate. To be slowly savored!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 14:40:19 | More by Beerking721
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ibbjamin

California

2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Paid $1.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle from City Beer Store in San Francisco.

One inch tan head after an aggressive pour. Moderate head retention for a stout. Some lacing that slowly disappears. Black color.

Smells of breads, alcohol, sweet and roasted malts and some yeast esters.

Tastes a bit over-roasted. Alcohol is present.

Thick and moderately creamy. Little carbonation. Full bodied. Not the easiest to drink.

Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:19:29 | More by ibbjamin
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hoegaardenhero

California

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

a: nice opaque super dark brown/black that is totally opaque; copious frothy head that leaves light lace

s: light coffee; sweet chocolate syrup; raisins; molasses; light metallic overtones that are quite unpleasant; vanilla; possibly light menthol scents

t: powdered swiss miss chocolate; light alcohol; vanilla; coffee; dark chocolate; coke; again an unpleasant metallic taste though

m: ok; a little on the cloying syrupy side

d: very sweet and interesting but has very unenjoyable metallic aftertaste despite being a year from the exp date

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 03:51:41 | More by hoegaardenhero
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Baileyuk

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

tasted a full bottle at a beer tasting (it was my first drink so my tastebuds were clean).

poured an excellent looking black with a great off white/brown head. Lacing was superb.

Smell of alcohol, roasted malts, oak and cider.

sweet taste with some of the cider smell definately displayed.

was very smooth, especially for a stout. I could, and did drink a couple. I am not the greatest stout fan but will have this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 01:12:19 | More by Baileyuk
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle from Little Raven Vineyards; thanks for the great recommendations Peter.

A-Thick black body with a small quick receding nougat colored head.

S-Sweet coffee and caramel with a very understated alcohol scent

T-Chocolate and caramel sweetness with espresso bitterness that blend real well. Not all that complex. Seems to almost have a bourbon cask smoky/roast flavor.

M- Really nice. Comes in thick and creamy but has enough CO2 that it washes clean without any CO2 burn.

D- For as high of ABV as it carries, pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 04:50:26 | More by MinorThreat
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BlueHammer

Connecticut

4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In one word: Excellent. I do love stouts and I was excited to try one from a country I do not usually purchase beer from. The beer was poured dark brown, almost black with a thick tan head that left decent lacing. It smelled of caramel and raisins. The taste had a tangy start and a malty finish, giving it a great balance. It was fun each time I put it in my mouth and I looked forward to each new sip! The taste, much like the smell also had hints of caramel, raisins, and espresso. The finish was like bittersweet chocolate. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 03:49:03 | More by BlueHammer
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured very dark, nearly black, with 1.25" tan head that retained nicely with decent lacing in my pint glass

S - dark chocolate, coffee, bread, oatmeal, mild floral tones, and a hint of currants. Of course, the alcohol is quite prominent.

T - coffee, burnt sugar, yeast, light chocolate notes, but in somewhat disproportional amounts. I'm detecting a bit much in the fruity and sweetness and not enough body to hold it together, especially with a high alcohol.

M - medium bodied, heavy carbonation, warming down the throat

D - not bad but the high ABV takes away in this department

Overall - A decent stout that gives a pleasant alcoholic kick to your evening, but it doesn't have enough body to keep it together. I found it actually slightly watery for a stout with too much carbonation. Still, stout lovers should give it a try. 'Tis a different catch.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 03:23:28 | More by DmanGTR
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a rich, jet black with a dense and massive tan head. The last bit of pour lets some floaties in, too, which are visible at the edges of the glass. Head recedes to a pretty full lace and leaves some messy stick on the sides.

Smell is bold coffee and chocolaty sweetness that combine to make a sweet, mocha sort of smell. Very nice.

Taste starts off with a bit of harsh bitterness before giving way to sweet milk chocolate flavor. There is some coffee going on there, too, and there is a lactose sort of creaminess to it. Something seems slightly off and a little rough around the edges, although the flavor is good. There is a hint of alcohol in the finish, as well. Some lightly roasted flavor and bitterness comes in at the end, too.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy with a lactose sort of quality. Hefty medium body to it.

This is a pretty tasty beer that just seems a little rough around the edges to me. Still, I could see myself drinking this when it's chilly outside and being very happy.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 19:01:05 | More by number1bum
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown, but in the glass is completely opaque. Nice 2 finger head chocolate milk colored head that sticks around for a bit, falls to a thick film. Great lacing. Usually don't see this kind of retention/lacing from a stout.

S - Extremely buttery aroma with a touch of roasted character; almost a mesquite wood chip thing going on. A little sourness shining through reminiscent of a porter.

T - Good, but more bland and mild than I'd expected. Mostly a subdued roasted taste along with buttery notes from the nose. Some coffee kicks in near the finish, with a touch of caramel. Finish is only slightly bitter and fairly clean for a stout. Borderlines on sweet. ABV is hidden well.

M - Creamy and smooth, with moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. No problems here.

D - This brew is blander than I'd like, and while I normally don't find myself reaching for stouts, if I did, this wouldn't be near the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 07:45:45 | More by PatrickJR
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

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

330 ml bottle poured into my DFH pint glass yields a big black body with a crown of fine-bubbled khaki foam with excellent retention that leaves scattered lacing.

Smells nice and roasty with chocolate and coffee and a nice roasted barley note.

Tastes of roasted malts with brown sugar and tangy caramel with chocolate and coffee highlights and a touch of licorice.

Medium-full-bodied with a sting of carbonation. Excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 01:54:56 | More by cvstrickland
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Hoagie1973

New York

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

Overall this is a solid and drinkable stout. I generally don't expect much from export stouts, but this one is good.
Dark black with a big cake-like head.
Smells of unsweetened chocolate, molasses, caramel, and noticeable alcohol.
Tastes sweet and malty to start, but rounds out nicely in the end. Some roasted coffee/mocha. Alcohol is present, but well blended.
Mouthfeel is smooth and full with nice carbonation.
I'm not jumping out of my chair, but I can't find much wrong with this beer. Worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 04:34:17 | More by Hoagie1973
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

A very, very dark mahogany coloured body with mocha collared trim. Opaque but not intimidating. No bubbles although responsive to swirling.

The aroma is a robust blend of flat coffee, mocha/hazelnut liqueur, roast malts, molasses, soy and Worcestershire sauce, chocolate mousse and burnt sugar. It is sweet.

The beer has a tremendously balanced presence of roast. The 8% alcohol gives never a hint as to its presence. A distant note of sourness that competes with roast and bitterness and seems to linger on the tongue for lengthy periods of time.

The taste is foremost of burnt sugar - torched, charred, burnt sugar. Also, creme caramel, bitter coffee beans, a creamy chocolate filling, charred oak, molasses, light anise, burnt toffee, a hint of smoke, maltose, and pure cocoa.

This stout is always a treat and remains still, probably, the finest example of a foreign stout I've tried. It is balanced, endlessly drinkable and chalk full of an unlimited long list of flavours. This would pair wonderfully with a number of desserts and is something I'd recommend every beer drinker try.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 03:51:13 | More by biegaman
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle version from Spikes..
Poured black with a slight brownish tint of brown in the light. Head was pretty nice, light brown and somewhat thin. Nose just smelled extra smooth and subtle. Some dark chocolate and mocha with a slight roastiness. Taste is chocolate upfront and the mocha hits you about halfway to finish. Not dry either like most stouts. This was very smooth and no bite. Very interesting stout. This stout is one of the most drinkable stouts I have ever had. The ABV was just right and very mellow with lots of taste!!!. EXCEPTIONAL

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 03:25:25 | More by barleywinefiend
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DontCallMeSurly

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Obtained via the 80's BIF; thanks Walter!

This stout pours with a ton of milk chocolate-colored head, maybe 2-3 fingres worth. Jet black with a syrup-like consistency. The lacing is very interesting in that when I splash the beer around the snifter it coats the edges in a very foamy, consistent manner. The aroma is primarily of chocolate with a slight scent of black coffee bean. Wow. It has a very prominent roasted coffee and extremely dark chocolate flavor to it. The mouthfeel is sort of thin, but it's a great sipping beer. Not too much carbonation either.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 03:03:51 | More by DontCallMeSurly
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Pencible

Virginia

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

This poured an opaque black with lots of tan head. It smelled like earthy malt and roasted dark chocolate. It tasted like roasted (or even burnt) coffee beans, and super earthy dark chocolate. It was watery with no carbonation and had a dry chocolate aftertaste. Overall this was a good quality beer that was clean and easy to drink. However, I expected (hoped for) a little more flavor, especially considering its high alcohol percentage.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 16:50:04 | More by Pencible
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srrn

North Carolina

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

This beer pours a deep brown, almost black with a minimal head and some lacing. Smell was roasted malts and a bit of hops. Taste is the same with a bit of licorice and coffee and chocolate in the aftertaste, pleasantly bitter, nice contrast to the sweetness you get initially. Mouthfeel is good, makes this a great sipper. I'll have another! Very nice stout and I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 02:11:04 | More by srrn
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bradybeer

California

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

Pours a deep black with chocolate brown head-slight hop aroma in pour. Sweet malt flavor-almost port sweet? Alcohol is very evident in finish-which is very sweet. Mouthfeel is thin-and drinkability takes a hit because of the sweetness and the alcohol-still a solid export stout. One that should be enjoyed by all stout lovers.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 21:30:21 | More by bradybeer
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botham

New York

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours almost opaque black with distant garnet highlights. moderate lacings, and good head retention (about 7 minutes).

aroma is roasted, with notes of chocolate, caramel and a bit of vanilla. nicely proportioned, with a rich character. wonderfully composed.

taste is sweet, with the same notes as above, and a distant nutty character as well. finishes on a malty note with residual roasted malts. nicely proportioned, but a bit sweet on the palate.

mouthfeel is great. the brew is medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and rich stout, with only one flaw: a bit too sweet. no other complaints, as this is a solid stout. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 01:10:30 | More by botham
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ROMER79

Pennsylvania

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

This beer poured a nice thick brown/black if you will with a tan one finger tan head. It appeared to be nice and creamy from the pour. As soon as I poured, I could smell chocolate, roasted malts, and some fruits. After it settled I caught a fresh moca aroma. The taste was chocolatey with the roasted malts and moca present, with smokey after notes to follow. It was rich and filling and I found it quite easy to drink. Definitely a great beer to enjoy whenever you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 11:46:13 | More by ROMER79
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Natural510

Ohio

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

Pours pitch-black with a very thick, creamy head and beautiful lacing which coats the glass for the entire session.
Smells of deep, roasted malts with a strong coffee backbone and cocoa essence.
Tastes malty with sweet mocha-coffee flavoring. Almost like a milk stout with its cocoa sweetness. Slight tobacco note, but not in a negative way. Hops are subtle, but ever-present.
Mouth throbs with the creamy maltiness and creeping hop spiciness.
The alcohol is surprisingly masked behind the other flavors...it drinks like a beer of about 4%, not eight. Very smooth, flavorful and pleasurable. A stout for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 12:31:05 | More by Natural510
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.