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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Reviews: 878
Hads: 1,533
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 64
Gots: 96 | 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 barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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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 Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to Founder's tulip.

A - Poured black with 2 fingers of foamy light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, a touch of licorice, some hazelnut and a some light coffee notes. Alcohol is slightly noticeable and the overall nose is somewhat bland.

T - Roasted malts, a touch of coffee, chocolate and some sweetness. Not overly complex for the style but still an enjoyable and easy to drink beer. The alcohol is also somewhat noticeable on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Good carbonation. Nose is coffee/caramel. Strong coffee/carmel flavor, nice, sweet, beefy stout. $6.49 for a 6-pack of 330ml bottles from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dark black body but it is not super dense however no light comes through the glass. The only carbonation that can be seen is the few random bubbles stuck to the glass. The head is a creamy thick foam of oatmeal color that fades to a film after a bit.

S- This beer has a dark smooth malt flavor with a note of cream and a slight perfume note to it.

T- This beer has a creamy dark roasted malt flavor with a light band-aid hint and a soft sour note to it. The finish has a very faint alcohol nip in the finish. As the beer warms the note of chocolate malt comes through with the dark roasted malt.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel but no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer is smooth and mellow but has a nice malt flavor and some subtle depth that is hard to put in words. A bit of some wild notes or perhaps smoked malt but whatever it is, it is soft enough to be intriguing and not offensive.

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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 Tone
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 2/3 inch head of a light tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and some slight hop aroma is noticeable. Fits the style of a Foreign / Export Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, with some earthy grass undertones, hop bitterness throughout, and a sweet chocolate finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. I was a little wary of this beer after not enjoying the Lion Lager, but this is a vast improvement - worth a try.

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

Poured from 330mL aluminum can into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely opaque black body with three thick fingers of foamy tan head. Just beautiful.

Smell: coffee, chocolate and vanilla all rolled together with a nice fruity alcohol bite. It actually smells a helluva lot like Bailey's & Kahlua mixed together. Mudslide beer? Nice.

Taste: like the aroma, but fruitier. Very Baltic-porterey. Extremely smooth, there's also almost a creamy taste. This is an extremely delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy and delicious. Even though there's not a huge amount of carbonation, the thick body gives the beer a really good feel.

Drinkability: very drinkable. The alcohol contributes a lot to the nose, or at least it seems, but it's not fusely or unpleasant in any way. If they sold this around here, it would definitely be a regular in this household.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a cherry tan head.

S: A nice roasted malt character on the nose with a touch of smokiness.

T: Dry roasted malt palate, dried fruit (raisins, dates) with a bittering hop presence. Finishes dry with a big roasted malt fade. There is some fresh dark roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, mocha, and some vanilla bean rounding out the flavor. There is also some burnt woodiness and a nice earthy hop bitterness that is evident

M: slick, almost oily on the tongue and drinks with the complexity of a wine.

D: overall very rich and good drikability. One of the better bears to come out of Asia. The 8% drinks very nicely and is well hidden. A dark roasted treat with a lot of complexity woven within.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch, motor-oil black with an enormous tall brown thick head; it's so very thick, almost like hard whipped cream. Slow dissipation leaves quite nice lacings.

S: Roasted sweet malts, some chocolate and strong black coffee. Dark dried fruits. A salty sour backbone, not bad but interesting...

T: Sweet, syrupy dark roasted malts. Dark dried fruits; mainly figs (the figs are both dried but also ripe - kind of strange). Some caramell in the back.

M: Short aftertaste. Medium body and very low carbonation. I expected more.

O: Considering the geography of Sri Lanka/Ceylon this is probably the best beer ever. I you don't take the logistics in consideration, still a damn good producte.

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Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sinha Stout.

A: Black, with a touch of tan head.

S: Sweet, roasted malt.

T: Very refined, smooth roasty flavour. Doesn't have the burnt bitter flavour of a lot of stouts. Very well balanced (though perhaps it's less bitter than the style calls for?).

M: Moderate, almost chalky.

D: No harsh bite for the beginner, but enough flavour for the geek. The alcohol could certainly be trouble!

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head, considerable lacing. Smells great, chocolate, malts, coffee, slight alcohol. Taste is good chocolate, malts, finishing a tad bitter. Feels creamy in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fine brew.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with ruby highlights and a tan head. Plenty of fine lacing was left behind as the foam subsided a bit. Malty aroma, with lots of chocolatey sweetness and light roasted coffee. Light bitterness with a strong sweetness. A bit of dark malt character, but not as much as I expected. It finishes a little acidic with just a hint of dry, grainy astringency. The carbonation is well integrated, with fine bubbles supporting the body somewhat. Not bad at all, though the flavour doesn't quite pull through like the aroma does.

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

Pours from 625ml bottle(room temp) a pitch black with a pretty large head of foam that shrinks slowly and then completely dissipates. There's some lacing present with each new pour but that too disappears after sitting in the glass for a while.

The smell is of roasted malt but it's pretty light. Not much going on for me as far as the nose goes.

The taste has coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and...right near the finish, a hot cocoa flavour but they are all on the light side and make for a very smooth brew overall; I can't beleive it's 8%abv, it's *that* smooth and easy drinking but Iknow better than to think that the alcohol won't catch up to me so I'm only taking small sips.

Further sips and and nothing really changes. I note that the body on this one is on the thin side though the taste never does lean towards the watery side. It's good. I'm glad I got to try it but...it's not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass april21 2010

A near jet black with a large mocha head that has good retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S a fair bit of molasses with a little chocolate and some booze

T not far from the smell, the booze is a little more concealed but still quite apparent and I pick up on a little coffee

M quite thin for the color not at all what I expected a little disappointing a little flat too considering how big and thick the head was

D not bad for the strength but not going to blow you away by any means

I don't think of Sri Lanka when I think of a stout but this is a respectable attempt, nothing worth bragging about but no reason to be ashamed either

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black, some dark red shows at the edges, big tan head, some lace. Smells like bitter roast, grass, some skunkiness is detectable? Wow, coffee and cream, little yeasty and sour, pretty roast. How the hell is this beer so smooth? The 8% doesn't show at all, insanely smooth and creamy, very slick mouthfeel. Excellent.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost black. Thin light brown head. Bubbly collar leaves some adequate lace. Aroma reminds me of a charcoal barbecue. There's also some nice milky notes and blackened malts and coffee. Really nice nose. Flavor's got some nice bitter roasted notes to it. A little chocolatey. Dry. Vanilla bean. Sweet lactic sugars add a bit of a "baltic porter" feel to this stout. I like it. The body is medium-full. Lightly carbonated and easy down the chute. Good stuff.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black to super dark brown pour, not much in the way of head to this one. Aroma was roasty, lacking chocolate or coffee.

I pulled more brown sugar out of this than any type of dark fruit. Seemed thinner in body than it was in appearance, would like to see it thicker, might cover up the discernable alcohol presence a little better. The chocolate that was lacking in the nose rears its non ugly head in the taste, although it is far from awe inspiring quantities. Lots of booziness, seems the brown instead of black aspect may have been from some caramel and brown sugar.

Extra half point for it being inexpensive and made in an area you would never guess could make a decent beer. For me, its on par with Guinness, even though they are very different beers. This has more 'taste' per se, but Guinness is smoother and less inconsistency.

EDIT: After having it in the can while doing some disc golfing, I found it to be better than my previous drinking foray in the bottle. Less alcohol, more chocolate, good.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I haven't heard of this beer before, but when I went to DiCarlo's Liqours in Willowbrook, IL. I saw the six pack with beer dork Michael Jackson on the cardboard and had to pick it up. With a plus to the exotic locale the beer is produced.

Appearance- Poured a 0ne and a half finger head into a chalice/oversized wine glass very similar to what M. Jackson was drinking from on the cover. The almost complete liquid black with hints of a reddish-brown at the top of the beer.

Smell- Excellent roasted malt sweetness nicely subdued by a hint of hops. Hint of whipping cream to help define the malt induced aromas.

Taste- Was much better than I would ever have expected beautiful blend of smokey malt with excellent bacjup by the hop bitterness although there wasn't much. Creamy vanilla notes with an overall whole milk nuance.

Mouthfeel- Medium palate, but not filling.

Drinkability- I would love to have a couple of these with in a day. Maybe with a chocolate pecan tortie.

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Photo of bark
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pitch black; the liquid is clear. The high head slowly sinks down into a finger thick brown lid, leaving almost no lacing.

The smell is mild and sweet; lots of roasted malt and a touch of smoke.

The taste is more complex than the smell. Lots of creamy sweetness, some passing sour flavours, light yeasty dough. The taste is full bodied. The aftertaste got notes of roast beef and gravy, some roasted malt and a mild clean bitterness. The finish adds some chocolate.

The carbonation is mild yet fresh; the soft bubbles are small. The liquid is very smooth.

A little more bitter and lighter than the Baltic porters that I am used to.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this from Julio's.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a great deep oily almost clear though black hue with a soft mocha head that leave great haloing and clouding.

S - Big chocolate, brown sugars, roasted malts, and some dark fruits.

T - Similar to the nose, there is a great rich, roasty malt flavor that gives way to sweet almost fruitiness. There is a slight bitterness at the end as well.

M - Nice mouthfeel. The ABV is nicely hidden, good carbonation, sweet in the mouth. Good finish.

O - Nice foreign stout here. Quite accessable but I kinda liked Guiness more than this one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the new Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark brown color with an inch and a half foamy tan head. Lacing and head retention is excellent. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. Taste is definitely on the bitter side, mostly like coffee and dark chocolate with a bit of roasted malt. The sweetness comes out a bit more as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is medium, it's thinner than I expected it to be. WIth that being said, the beer is still smooth, dry and a bit slick. Drinkability is very good, it's easy to drink and the alcohol isn't very noticable at all. Overall I think this is a pretty decent stout. If you get the chance to try this beer you should, but that's just my opinion.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5-7 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, chocolate, coffee, a smokiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it had a very full bodied taste. I can taste lots of chocolate and coffee flavour mixed with a slight smokiness. I can also pick up on some metallic notes and also some dark fruits - it almost has a port wine type of flavour. It finishes with a roasted/toasted coffee and chocolate aftertaste.

Drink - The beer has a somewhat low price and has a pretty good bang for your buck. It's worth checking out for sure.

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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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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.