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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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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 puncha1978
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my every friday beer when I was in Sri Lanka before 2006. Great blak stout and only stout in Sri Lanka. This finishes with a long roasted caramel, sweet chocolate and then creamy flavour. They only produced 700ml bottles back then, alcohol % is so high in this one, I only needed one bottle before start feeling heaven. Ceylon brew produces a great larger beer as well, which is a so drinkable everyday beer. And they had a beer called Stone which was again a high alcohol product and was a quite bitter and hoppy flavor whic I believe a light pale ale type but they dont produce this any more. Overall lion stout is a great beer

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Photo of RickS95
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks gorgeous, if you like the dark stuff. Pitch black pour with a cascading head that starts off dark brown before finishing a dingy, yellowish color. Great retention, the head never goes away entirely. Very creamy with a thick lace.

Very roasty nose. Initially a bit on the coffee side before warming slightly and taking on a bittersweet chocolate aroma.

Nice taste as licorice evolves from all the roasty notes. The chocolate becomes more dark chocolate than bittersweet.

Sweet then bitter then sweet again. The licorice tames the bitterness giving it a dessert like finish. Full bodied and creamy, the 8.8 ABV is very well hidden.

What a good beer this is. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

-Half the glass was a light brown head, black beer
-Mocha coffee, cream, burnt malts
-Sweet malts, some cocoa, bittering black coffee is subtle but enough
-lingering is absolute ZERO. Disappeared immediately with the swallow. Creamy, light but not watery. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden for 9%

-The best foreign stout ive had to date. Maybe don't seek it out but if you see it, pick this up.

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Photo of dar482
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color.

The aroma offers dark fruit, licorice, chocolate, roasted malts.

The flavor follows with toffee, chocolate, a balanced sweetness, roasted malt, licorice, lingering bitterness, a medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Lion Brewery Limited's Lion Stout last week for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. It's been a long time since I've had this beer and I'm pretty sure it was one of the first stouts I had, so lets see what I think of it now. Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. 2015 Vintage.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a black color that barely let any light in and it had three fingers worth of very slightly lighter brown head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a boozy aroma being the first to show up and it's followed by some fruity yeast with some apple and pear aromas sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which have some roast to them, but it's a little on the lighter side and it seems like there more sweet and grainy malt aromas being imparted. The aroma is nice, but I wish it was less boozy with more roast.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little roastier and not as boozy, it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but the time the roast shows up more and there's even a light charred and smokey flavor. Up next comes the fruity yeast and it impart the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by the booze, which is noticeable, but not as boozy as it was in the aroma. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a smokey and lightly charred aftertaste. This a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the alcohol was hidden a little better.

M- Fairly smooth, a little boozy, a little watery, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was a little thicker and chewy.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it tastes pretty similar to how I remember, it's nice, but it's still just a little rough around the edges. This beer has ok drinkability, I think one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and the roasty and charred flavors, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the boozynezz and the body, they could both use some work. I would get this again, but it's nothing that I will buy on the regular. I think it's worth a try, especially if your just getting into Stouts. All in all this was like a trip down memory lane and while I don't like it as much as I once did I still think it's a nice beer to try. It's my favorite beer from this brewery and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, keep it up.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Lion Stout.

Another beer I have looked over a few hundred times. Found a single for $2 and figured I'd give it a shot. Haven't had many export stouts since it isn't a very common style. Let's see what we get .

Look - Pours a deep impenetrable black with a small cap of mocha head that doesn't stick around, quickly turning into a small cloud formation around the top of the glass. Carbonation is unreadable due to the depth. Looks like a glass of motor oil. No lacing is left. 3.5.

Smell - Big hints of coffee and dark fruits with just a touch of chocolate. Odd metallic note all around the nose. Smells sweet and knowing the style the taste will likely follow the nose to a T. 3.25.

Taste - Sweet dark cherries at first followed by a bit of darkened coffee and finishing on the aforementioned metallic note. The metallic aspect lingers around in the mouth forever. 3.

Feel - Body is light and a touch creamy despite the failure of the head. Carbonation is moderate. Metallic flavor sticks around and certainly loses this beer some points in this category. 3.25.

Overall - I didn't like this beer that much. Too sweet with an off putting metallic note that would make you think it came out of a damage can or something. Not the worst beer I've ever had, but likely one of the worst stouts. I'll likely dump this. 3.

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

pitch black, thick head that stays around. nose; could easily be mistaken for a dark-fruited dubbel - plum, licorice, toasted grain and booze. taste; roasted malts, mocha, light licorice and chocolate - the booze present on the nose does not show up here surprisingly. very much like most of the cold-toddy'd stouts, lion is very light on the bitterness and delivers the chocolate and mocha payloads quite softly. medium carbonation and mouthfeel. the 8.8% abv is extremely well tucked away, making for an easy drinker. i'm just not a big fan of the rum/cola and licorice notes here, which come out doubly on the aftertaste.

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Photo of MikefromNYC
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up from the local craft beer shop. Was looking to try a new stout, so I popped this, and drank it out of a Guinness glass.

A - Dark, Stouty, Cold-Brew
S - Coffee, Carribbean stout smell like Guiness Foreign Extra
T - Coffee, Mocha, Light Spices on Back
M - Smooth
O - Very nice stout. I approve

8 bucks in Brooklyn, NY for a 625 ml bottle. Would be curious what you guys have been paying out there.

Happy drinkin'!

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Photo of BethanyB
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque and nearly ebony, with a khaki head almost as thick as its body. A filmy veil sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A rich mix of fermented dark red fruit reminds me of a young Merlot, but this brighter scent soon settles into one of sugared prunes and mocha.

Taste: A good balance of sweet and tart: dark chocolate, plums, and molasses mix with cherry cordial and rhubarb pie. Black licorice and a smoky aftertaste present an interesting edginess, but this beer is like a marriage in that the exciting first impressions ultimately become mundane as the flavors come into balance. In the end, the rhubarb is muddled with chocolate, and the scale tips a bit more towards the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy upfront, and it only gets thicker in the finish. The dark malt brings a bit of dryness, but for the most part, the swallow is smooth. Moderate carbonation is appropriate for both the style and the recipe.

Overall: A very good Stout that veers on the rink of becoming great before settling back into its comfort zone and then some. Initially eclectic, but later blasé, although the bit of spice tartness, and smoke, combined with an excellent frothy mouthfeel maintain the urge to keep sipping.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Abundant froth khaki head, plentiful and scattered lacing. Pitch-black body. 4.5

S- A bit pungent and floral with a sweet malt quality like a Malta Goya soda. 3.75

T- Molasses sweetness and hints of dark chocolate move to touches of soy sauce and brown sugar. It's sweeter in flavor. 3.5

M- Potent floral feels meet a medium-bodied malt feel. Sweetness shows. 3.5

The malt flavor is more sweet and molasses-like than roast-y and coffee or chocolate like and I think I prefer the latter in a stout. I find this awfully close to a Negra Modelo or some other darker beer of that ilk.

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Photo of Rowland55
4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this beer on a night out with my wife. Poured a nice dark black with a tan head a few inches, tasted exactly how I feel a good stout should and am definitely going to try to find some for home.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 625 ml bottle at my local Trig's grocer. I can't decipher the bottling code, but this was a pretty recent arrival with a pretty high ABV; so I'm not too concerned about the freshness. Poured at cellar temperature into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a rich coffee black with a dense khaki head of about three inches that sticks around for a good long while and leaves substantial web-like lacing on the glass.

S: Very nice nose on this one: toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, and a more subtle black licorice are all present in the bouquet. Just a bit of nuttiness and some clear alcohol poking through.

T: Caramel, toasty, and roasted malts are at the front--this one is pretty sweet. The middle has a building creaminess, which also sees the sweet increase a bit, along with the coffee and dark chocolate notes. There's a bit of the black licorice coming through in the middle, along with some toffee notes. I fear that this review is giving the impression of a very sweet stout, but the sweet never gets out of hand. In fact, the middle and back have more of a savory quality to them. The back end sees more of the caramel and roasted malt flavor, as well as just a hint of clear alcohol that's accompanied by just a bit more of the black licorice flavor. The aftertaste has just a bit of bitter.

F: Full-bodied and very creamy without feeling syrupy. The carbonation feels spot-on. Nice feel on this one.

O: This is a very tasty and very drinkable stout, especially given it's relatively high ABV. I was reluctant to try this--knowing nothing of this brewery--but this one is a big pleasant surprise. I highly recommend.

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Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really nice export stout. Big dark fruit presence, some dark chocolate, and some mystery... beer from Sri Lanka? Nice balance and just enough bitterness to cut into the sweet notes. Really nice beer, and a nice surprise.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liquified black licorice in a can. An exceptional offering from Sri Lanka. Not overly complex, it's just a smooth drinkable stout. A little on the sweet side, but I like that.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I don't know what it was about this, but I could tell it wasn't a basic American try at a stout, maybe it was the smoothness, maybe the hint of black licorice, or maybe just a combination of things. BUT, Sri Lanka I would have never guessed, I would have thought that this beer was European and probably from one of the English islands. Having said that I really enjoyed the light licorice notes blended into its other qualities, the creamy malt drinkability, and just the over all taste of this offering.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark and sexy. Very frothy thick dark tan head, beatiful lacing. Smells of malt, and dark sweet fruit. Taste is absolute. Dark rich aroma of light burnt dark fruit. Malt is present yet light with a bit of strong boozy taste. Actually the fruitiness is vey strong in this beer to what expected. Definitely one of my favorites. Cheers.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours deep dark brown to black under a 2”clingy tan foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Chocolate, dark dried fruit, no burnt or harsh aromas.
T: Hits the palate with coffee and chocolate mocha flavors. An initial sweetness highlights the mocha flavors then gives way to a soft, grainy finish. No burnt or harsh flavors.
F: Has an incredible texture that is exceptionally smooth, creamy and soft in the mouth. Full bodied to chewy, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A surprisingly well made easy to drink beer.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into nonic pint. "B/B AUG 2016". enjoyed on april 28, 2015

a: pitch black, slightly ruby/dark brown on the bottom, topped with almost 4 fingers of light brown head

s: sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate/cocoa. a pinch of raisins and prunes. some soy sauce presence. little roast character

t: follows the nose -- nice and chocolatey in the front, but has a salty-sour soy sauce flavour. these flavours are integrated with a mild black coffee presence in the mid-palate. tapers off at the end with the malt sweetness and salty soy sauce

m: great medium mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation

o: would be great without the soy sauce quality

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Photo of MUTINY
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick review. pours a stunning opaque chocolate. Chocolate & a touch of caramel smokiness on the nose follow right through to the palate. Finishes with a nice sweet/boozy combo. Overall a really solid take on the style.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: April 9, 2015... GLASSWARE: Guinness retro pint... OCCASION: a stout battle--Lion vs. Dragon... APPEARANCE: jet black body that sports a dense, thick, clumpy, clinging brown head that has its show stolen by the web of lacing that paints the glass... AROMA: the Styrian hops initiate a peppery, spicy aroma that suggests candied fruits and a winy, cordial intimidation... PALATE: immediately full-bodied, with a balance of milky softness and substantial warmth... TASTE: mellow prune, mocha chocolate, and warming peat; a formidable collection of flavors; ... OVERALL: the smoothness of this beast is starting, as I have had stouts with half the ABV that went down as easily; a perfect standalone nightcap....

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass within the freshness date.

Very dark brown to almost opaque black in color, thick foamy tan head rises up quickly with good retention and leaves some lacing along the way down. There are many small sediments floating around by the carbonation.

The aroma is just fascinating packing well with milky chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and big roastiness. Subtle hint of prune can also be detected.

Through the palate sensation, roasted malt is the backbone given its charcoal and smoky-like character. Roasted coffee beans cling here and there with its bitterness and slight sourness along with a hint of prune. Malt sweetness solidly dominates from the middle till the end and leaves some residual sweetness as an aftertaste. Chocolate is also there with a proper fit to other flavors.

Smooth and well round mouthfeel within its medium to bold body and very lively carbonation, this brew is so drinkable considering its ABV. Yes, the alcohol is so well hidden.

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Photo of mrfreakybig
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. It's well-made and very tasty and drinkable. I'd drink it again without thinking twice. Makes me wonder what it is about beers like this one that make them better than so many of today's overdone imperial stouts.

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Photo of mchegash
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - 4.25/5
Extremely dark brown, almost black. Two fingers of light brown head. The head dies down a little, but stays at about 1/2 finger for a while. Great lacing. There are various small to large particles which can be seen in the beer.

Smell - 3.5/5
Strong chocolate then alcohol aromas fill my nose. I swish the beer around again and take another sniff. Chocolate/mocha, and the alcohol is even stronger this time. The alcohol smell reminds me of vodka. I like the chocolate aspect, don't like the "vodka" aspect.

Taste - 2.25/5
Roasty and smoky, sweet roasty chocolate/mocha. Strong vodka-like alcohol taste. I was going to say the taste wasn't that bad, but then I realized my face cringed upon my first sip. So I can't rationalize this away and say it's great, because clearly my body says otherwise. Yeah, after taking a few more sips I can say that I definitely don't like this beer. It literally tastes like someone poured a little bit of vodka into a stout. It's not good. This is one of those beers I was tempted to pour down the drain (I didn't...mainly because I hate wasting beer, and I wanted to finish the review).

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium-bodied, medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth

Overall - 2/5
I had this beer sitting in my fridge for a few weeks and was excited to try it. I was extremely disappointed. This ranks down in the top 5 worse beers I can remember.

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Photo of gory4d
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip pint. Dark, almost black; fluffy tan head. Smell is sweet roastiness, maybe some coffee notes. Taste is quite sweet, but the slightly charred flavor at the back keeps it from being cloying. Thick and smooth. A pleasant beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruit (prune) subtle coffee and a hint of alcohol.

Heavy medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Above normal carbonation level with effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a blend of flavors that separate into chocolate, a hint of coffee and very subtle prune. In the middle, the big malt sweetness comes forward with a molasses and caramel flavor against a mild bitterness of citric hops and roast. The finish is a slow sweet fade and leaves you with that nice slight alcohol burn at the back of the throat amid an effervescent burst.

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