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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,312 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 49
Gots: 38 | 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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SamN

Colorado

3/5  rDev -23.7%

Lion Stout in a can. It's gotta be done.

Pours a pretty thick blackness. Head is notable; beautiful notes of brown and tan. Loose and and little filmy. Excellent crown to a big black stout. Smell is a little sour; some vinegar, coffee notes, molasses. Not the typical stout smell; sweeter, a little sour, no oak, vanilla or bourbon notes to be found. Taste follows smell pretty closely. This definitely has a sweet edge to it. I also get some grape skins in the taste. The main roasted malt taste is upfront, which gives way pretty quickly to a sweet/sour and tinny finish. Some coffe and cocoa detectable. Not bad, interesting tastes, not a stout I'd drink very often. I can see drinking this fresh off the tap on a tropical island, beachin it up.

Has a distinct sour bite to it I don't care for. Don't know if it's a bad can; is that possible? I seem to like it much more out of the bottle.

04-23-2011 05:30:25 | More by SamN
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ndekke39

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Had a 12 oz bottle of this on New Year's Eve (early in the evening). No freshness date on the bottle. Poured an opaque black with a thin white head. Interesting smells of burnt toast (though it wasn't bad) and dark, dark chocolate. Tastes of toasty barley, the dark chocolate, and even light hints of coffee. Medium creaminess - I prefer stouts to be a little thicker, but this was good. Fairly high ABV %, but the alcohol didn't cut through the taste. A great beer, easy to sip.

01-03-2007 05:16:01 | More by ndekke39
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ricke

Sweden

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Serving date: 2009-02-01. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date printed on the bottle (Best before September 2009).

Appearance: The pour is basically jet-black - held up against the light it reveals only small deep red hues. The liquid seems clear. The head is about 3 cm - bigger than expected and certainly bigger than many stouts - and its color is one shade darker than your ordinary cappuccino. It's a very thick and creamy head - almost reminiscent of a nitro-carbonated brew - and it stays for a while before settling into a ring of lacings. I must say, this beer looks very good.

Smell: Some quite powerful aromas of dark fruits - mostly black currants - and milk chocolate hit the nose. Plenty of roasted malts and coffee are there as well. A faint nutty aroma - perhaps of cashew nuts of almonds - finishes off the smell, which I enjoyed quite a bit, of this one.

Taste: More dark fruits and notes of ripe red apples blend with molasses for a big sweet flavor. Roasted malts are also rather assertive. There is also a somewhat unusual chocolate character present - consisting of a mix of both bitter and sweet chocolate flavors. In the slightly bitter finish, there is a small twang from the alcohol, a sweet taste of toffee and gentle hops. Towards the end, when the beer warms up, the chocolate flavor becomes more prominent. Overall, this one tastes good, but not extraordinary. It has a nice balance between some of the usual flavors found in a stout, and some flavors are even quite big and powerful - almost trying to enter the domain of imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel: Heavier on the carbonation and a bit livelier than I had anticipated. Semi-full (not medium though) body. Towards the end, it gets a little smoother.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer, but as already noted, not extraordinary. It looks and smells really good - the smell actually outweighs the taste, which is a bit of a disappointment. Somehow, it feels smaller than it actually is - the alcohol hides really well - but I don't know whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. However, irrespective of this, it's highly recommended and I would definitely try it again if it was offered to me, but I wouldn't make any huge efforts trying to get a hold of it.

02-02-2009 00:41:17 | More by ricke
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packetknife

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

I was underwhelmed with this beer. I was expecting more. Its got strong hints of chocolate and smells slightly burnt. It's thinner than it looks but still have a good feel. An ok beer but I wouldn't make it a habit.

04-22-2002 16:07:53 | More by packetknife
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mpyle

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

app - monster tan head, somewhat creamy and with excellent retention. Beer is effectively opaque, but bright light shows some garnet highlights.

smell - roasty with some chocolate and an overall sweetness to the aroma.

Taste - some malty sweetness, chocolately and fruity. Good complexity in the malt and esters, but nothing overpowers. Finishes roasty sweet - those flavors linger.

MF - full body and moderate carbonation. Some very gentle alcohol warming. A nice, smooth mouthfeel overall.

D'ability - A bit heavy for an every day beer, but quite drinkable by 8% ABV standards. Alcohol is well controlled.

03-15-2009 23:36:38 | More by mpyle
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lochef81

Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%

I've seen this stout for years on the shelf and avoided it based upon its location of origin; I couldn't have been more wrong. This stout pours a near black color with a small tan head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is a very pleasant familiar blend of coffee, chocolate, sweet roasted malts, dried fruit, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is a little flat, could definitely use a little more creaminess. The flavor is exactly as the nose foretold but, unfortunately, there is a long lasting metallic aftertaste that spoils what would be a truly outstanding stout. Hard to believe the abv, it is so well hidden. For its cost and availability this could definitely become a go to stout for me...just lose the metal in the finish.

04-29-2014 00:44:23 | More by lochef81
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Augustiner719

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a 330ml can with a best by date of Jan 2013 into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black color with a nice 2 finger tan, cappuccino colored head that recedes quickly to leave a film across the top of the beer. The aroma is dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and some molasses and brown sugar notes. On the palate this beer shows the 8.8% with a slight warming sensation that plays nicely with the strong flavor profile of the beer. The flavors i get are burnt sugar, molasses, black stale coffee and a hint of cream. Very roast and malty with a surprisingly refreshing dry finish that leaves traces of hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is dry, slightly astringent and has a much thinner body than i expected. Overall, this might be a "summer" stout as it is bordering on imperial in my book with this ABV. I used to pass this up all the time in the states but now that I am in a beer wasteland in Switzerland, this made its way into my fridge. Worth a shot.

07-06-2012 18:38:50 | More by Augustiner719
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drxandy

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

625ml to tulip glass, pours a deep dark opaque black/brown with a hint of red in light, creamy tan head retains excellently eventually fading to lacing

smells of plums, raisins, brown sugar, yeastly goodness, smells sweet and complex

taste is of sweet dark fruit at the start blending into chocolatey depth and wonderful complexity, almost sherry like, malts are solid, roasty and complimenting the sweetness, licorice, coffee presence, alcohol is present but masked well.

mouthfeel is slightly bitter, roasty, sweet, low carbonation, very nice indeed

paired with scharffen berger 70% cacao dark chocolate wonderfully :D

10-09-2008 00:39:24 | More by drxandy
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

A - pours jet black in the glass. Moussy, tan head holds up quite nicely. Leaves some splotchy lacing.

S - unique for a foreign stout - you've got your basic roast, but also some interesting earthiness, tobacco and smoke.

T - Smoky, sweet dense malt to start. There are all sorts of complex earthy, roasty flavours that really round things out. Long roasty finish with more smoke. As the beer warms, the malt sweetness becomes more evident and brings some dark fruit flavours to the forefront, while the roast and smoke fall into the background.

M - creamy, mouth filling, but not thick. Gentle carbonation, soothing alcohol is mild. Just about perfect for the base beer.

D - I'm hella impressed with this one, wish I had bought more than just a 6-pack.

Never heard of this beer until I saw it sitting on a shelf in Fargo, ND. I did a quick BA search via my phone in the store, and saw it had solid reviews, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

This kicks the crap out of anything I've tasted from England or Ireland in terms of a Foreign or even Imperial Stout. The smoke doesn't dominate, but it's presence is certainly obvious and blends in quite well. What makes this stout stand out from the others is the smooth, complex flavours that are still bold... I find the "bold" part to be missing from most "classic" examples. Incredible stuff.

09-01-2008 01:29:59 | More by markaberrant
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waston

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-06-2014 13:47:46 | More by waston
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DioS

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-28-2012 20:40:17 | More by DioS
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WoostaBia

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-19-2014 19:21:14 | More by WoostaBia
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trbergman

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

625mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Dark chestnut brown body with one inch of fluffy, cinnamon head.

S - Milk chocolate, roast barley, molasses.

T - Rich, malty chocolate, roasted nuts, a bit toasty, with no detectable hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness. Long, balanced finish.

M - Smooth, creamy, full body.

D - Hides alcohol very well; easy drinking. I wish it were a little more interesting, though.

04-08-2009 02:37:25 | More by trbergman
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-29-2013 17:41:19 | More by LooseMoose1978
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Kerne

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-21-2013 00:33:04 | More by Kerne
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John_Beeryman

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-20-2014 15:24:16 | More by John_Beeryman
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Arch578

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-02-2014 19:49:57 | More by Arch578
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VinsanityDiesel

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-04-2014 17:35:08 | More by VinsanityDiesel
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sjrodriguez

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

08-13-2014 02:37:00 | More by sjrodriguez
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -14%

Poured pitch black with a huge bronze head. Soem carbonation. Nose was big on roasted malts, some black licorice. Taste was to the sweet side. Again, black licorice was dominant. Nice malts. Very smooth, light bodied...a little too light bodied i would have to say. Lingering sweetness...a touch of raisin off the finish. Alcohol warmth. As far as a stout goes, i was looking for a little more body and fullness. Drinkable but not where i might want a stout to be.

08-16-2005 01:26:58 | More by Popsinc
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xav33

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Lion Stout
625 ml bottle
Recent bottling, savoured 09/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured black with a huge light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing. Glass had a very dim brown tinge once finished.

Smelt of heavy chocolate, with light coffee, roasted malt, herbs and port.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet chocolate and light acidic fruitiness, followed by a lingering heavy bitter roasted taste, with tinges of clove honey, soy sauce and red wine. Mouthfeel was light, fizzy, oily, and the finish lightly alcoholic and heavily astringent.

Overall, a perfectly balanced foreign stout that packs a punch on aroma and taste, and hides the abv wonderfully.

Side Note: I've tried this with freshly squeezed mango juice, 1 part juice 1 part Lion Stout. The Sri Lankan locals apparently make a cocktail that involves mango juice, passion fruit and Lion Stout, but I haven't a clue where to get passion fruit. Close enough, the result was equally eye opening.

09-19-2006 04:44:10 | More by xav33
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

Slightly opaque black color with a thin tan head that dissipates very quickly - light lacing. Nose is sweet with mild coffee/chocolate. I found the taste to be fairly simple and straightforward - mostly a roasted taste with some chocolate/coffee. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty easy drinking stout. There's nothing crazy about it, the alcohol is blended well and the taste is pretty simple and straightforward.

11-13-2009 14:54:32 | More by Mavajo
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

Bottled in 2010

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance-Oily black, pitch black. 3 finger frothy beige head. Great retention and incredible lacing. Very nice looking.

Smell-Dark bitter chocolate and espresso notes, pretty generic, nothing special.

Taste-Roasted malts. Coffee remains in the middle of the tongue and followed by a sweeter milk chocolate. The alcohol is detected easily on the way down.

Mouthfeel-A little heavy, pretty smooth. Could use a little more carbonation.

Overall-It's a pretty generic beer. It's definitely good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find this again when Old Rasputin is 7.99/4pk and easy to get.

07-08-2011 02:12:30 | More by SWMeyer4141
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Waveoff

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-08-2013 02:26:45 | More by Waveoff
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%

P: A Sri Lankan Stout heavily endorsed by Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter? Bizarre. Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle with the king of beasts adorning the label and various "quality" awards depicted on the neckband. Purchased as a single bottle from Three Cellars.

A: Pours an inky black with a generous tan-colored head. No apparent lacing.

S: Chocolate and caramel malts, dried fruit and wet cardboard.

T: Sweet chocolate malt with notes of earthy peat, smoke, and peppery spice. Suggestions of dried fruit -- primarily prunes -- come to mind. A touch of vanilla emerges on the back end. Finishes sweet and slightly astringent with a flash of well-concealed alcohol.

M: Velvety smooth on the palate.

D: I didn't find this Stout remarkably drinkable. Beware, the alcohol in this brew creeps up out of nowhere.

02-08-2009 01:16:57 | More by CaptainIPA
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.