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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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881 Reviews

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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 sweemzander
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours almost pitch black in color. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A raisin heavy roasted maltiness; almost smoky on the finish.

(T)- Again, quite heavy on the raisin with subtle molasses combined with an almost smoky but roasted malt profile.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A good malty balance that is a bit on the lighter side but plenty of flavor.

(O)- An easy drinking stout with smooth and mellow carbonation. Surprised this came in cans.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Nice pour produced an inch of mocha head with a nice pitch black color beer. Was pleased to see this beers carbonation.

S - Smells of coffee, chocolates, mild dark fruits, a bit of warming alcohol and licorice but very mild licorice

T - Wow that's pretty creamy! The taste of mostly of coffee and licorice. Very little coffee maybe little than 20% coca but the ABV is well rounded producing very little ABV burn which is a sigh of relief!

M - Medium to heavy. Still a sipper but well covered.

D - I liked it. Came off more like a porter but it was a stout which makes it very drinkable. Beer was smooth and ABV was well concealed which I also love. Try this beer if you can!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black body with an intense roasted and chocolate malt smell along with a good chunk of coffee malt. Thicker, sticky full body that is both smooth and creamy while having a strong roasted/coffee malt presence so it goes down dry with a dry finish. Some sweetness from chocolate in there as well and hints of fruits (like chocolate covered cherries). ABV mostly hidden but does kick up the dry taste a little...just a great sipper that I can have anytime.

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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee, FL.

Pours completely black with a two-finger dark tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, molasses, and dark chocolate, in that order. As it warms the chocolate aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The roasted malt flavors are not quite as strong as the aroma led me to believe as they give way to molasses and dark chocolate flavors fairly quickly. The ending has a nice bitterness but also manages to leave a sweet malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but still manages to go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more, even with the 8% ABV.

Overall this is a very solid stout, comparable to a strong Milk Stout. Worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is not very black, almost brown especially in the light with a unique super light tan head. There is good retention and lacing.

The aroma is very light all you get is a brief whisp of alcohol and light hops.

the taste is super light as well that is a sweet hoppiness that feels like water making it ok to drink but overall nothing very special or exciting. Damn you Sri Lanka.

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Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer after divorcing the 12 ounce brown bottle it’s resides in its chalice a piceous color with a meaningful chocolate head, the texture creamy and after decomposing the resultant lace a brown drape to cover the glass. Nose is heavy with toasted grain, sweet like over ripe fruit, hint of coffee, pleasant to sniff; start is rich in roasted grain, quite sweet with the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is light in carbonation, the hops mild but noticeable, very dry with a sweet and long lasting aftertaste, quite a nice stout.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a huge, 2.5 inch head, that descends quickly, leaving the typical ample dry stout/export stout lacing.

Smells sweet and creamy, if that makes sense- some mocha and vanilla flavors, along with typical roasted malt aromas.

As I move towards the taste, I begin to appreciate how much of a gem this one is. I’d have no problem sucking this one down all the time if I lived in Sri Lanka. Insanely creamy flavor, tons of rich milk chocolate flavors, some mocha cream flavors, vanilla, roasted malt, licorice, and mild dark fruit flavors. Just everything I want in a stout, really.

This one has medium-strength body, leaning closer to heavy, actually. Really creamy, fluffy mouthfeel on it, no alcohol present. Really, really drinkable.

An absolutely excellent export stout. I could drink a ton of this and be really happy.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've lost track of how long I've had this beer - probably a year and a half? I'm finally getting around to drinking it.

Gorgeous black with a dense mocha-colored head that is thick, creamy and long-lasting. Some lace is left as I drink this.

In a blind taste, I'd peg this as a Baltic porter. It's got the dry, unsweetened dark chocolate, cocoa and mildly burnt malt character. In addition, it's got a very characteristic smell of Baltic porters, with a rich, mildly bready and (I hate to say it) lager-like. Solid stuff

Opens fruity with plums (not from oxidation) with a rich, deep chocolate character with some bitterness and a mild tartness too. The tartness is mildly cherry-skin like, and dissipates with exposure to air. Rich coffee characteristics, almost cold-press like with low bitterness and high flavor. The sourness and coffee work well together.

Light in body ( a bit too light) with medium-high carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little disappointing. The finish with its coffee and chocolate bitterness, is quite excellent.

I'm definitely enjoying this, and will grab another and try this again soon.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It should be noted that was labeled and served as "Sinha Stout"

Appearance: served in a Maredsous tulip at Cookie in Melbourne…huge chocolate head that takes a second to settle, very dark body, delicious appearance

Smell: rich roasty aromas, dark chocolate malts, light coffee grounds

Taste: smooth chocolate, creamy and milky, bakers chocolate, cookie, roasty malts…great

Mouthfeel: silky smooth

Drinkability: high

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Photo of tbeckett
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before November 2010, aka tomorrow. Poured into a snifter.

A - Opaque and black. Light tan , two finger head cliging to the side of the glass but fading to a creamy cap fairly quick.

S - Lot's of chocolate and coffee mixing well with roastiness. Nothing out of the ordinary here, typical 'stoutiness'. There is a nice complimentary licorice type of aroma too. No alcohol in the nose. Dark fruits are present also.

T - Coffee and chocolate champ through really well and move really smooth. Licorice comes through nicely again for me. Minor alcohol in the finish. A little bitter in the finish too.

M - Medium body. Mild carbonation. Sort of creamy going down.

D - Hey, why not. This is pretty decent stuff. You would never know this was 8%. Not an amazing brew, but it's a really nice strong stout.

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

11.20 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. 8.0% ABV, 0933...(smudged).

A - A rather vigorous pour creates some fast cascading and a massive three-finger head. The dark tan dollop of foam sits gently on top of the clear but very dark brown beer with good retention and patches of thick lace.

S - Smooth milk chocolate and rich mocha flourish in this roasted malt beauty. Light notes of coffee and cream blend in too. It smells like it will be very smooth and creamy in both flavor and texture.

T - Incredibly creamy and smooth in terms of taste and texture, bold roasted malts with a rich milk chocolate and mocha flavor. The finish has a small coffee bitterness.

M - Amazingly velvety smooth and creamy, the soft texture is a supple, full body of pure enjoyment. Very light roasted bitterness to the finish.

D - This stout is absolutely fantastic. I've been meaning to get pack of it and next time I'm at a store that carries it, I surely will. I could have it all night!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque sable with a fine-bubbled and fairly persistent tan head. Aroma is smoky with firm tones of coffee and unsweetened chocolate with more than a hint of burnt caramel. Rich, smoky flavor is mainly of fine roast coffee, unsweet chocolate and caramel, subtly sweet. Texture is fairly smooth yet quite fizzy. A must for stout fans!

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

Excellent beer! Poured with a dark tan head and some lace. Opaque brown color. Aroma is roasty, malty, a bit sweet and hint of fruit. Flavor's got lots more going on. Kind of reminds me of a cross between a baltic porter and a sweet stout. Has all the aroma characteristics plus much sweeter yet balanced with a bitterness, dark fruit, madiera, and even - cream. Mouth is fine carbonation and creamy, but with a lingering bitter sweetness. A little boozy. A session beer that'd get ya snockered. Impressive brew. Tamil tigers oughta get a few cases and take a break, Ok, cook with it then. sheesh.

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

Pours solid black with a dark brown head. Darkest head I've seen in a long time.
Massive aroma of cocoa and dark chocolate, molasses, with some roasted coffee and barley in the background. Pretty full on.
More massively roasted flavours (but no burnt notes!). Some sweet alcohol shows but is balanced by huge roasted barley notes. A big beer! Quite sweet. A bit too much alcohol?
Quite creamy body, the carbonation is a little high.

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Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a unique take on a stout..reminds me of a baltic porter in some ways but not quite as full bodied or thick...

Black...whisp of a tan head..

Nose has some fruitiness and also a good dose of molasses sweetness

Full bodied but not ultra big like Bells Expedition...smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

A different tasting stout than most...the roasted malts are evident but this also has a uniquie combination of light fruitiness and sweetness (molasses like)...also some sweet milk chocolate like notes....finishes slightly dry leaving you craving another sip...

I like this one a lot...the ABV is hidden...it's highly drinkable...I could see getting in trouble sucking back about six of these in an hour if I wasn't careful...reminds me a little of Sam Smiths Imperial stout

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottom of can says 140503. Not sure what that's supposed to mean.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains and retains before becoming a

S- Dark roasted malt with a hint of sweetness.

T- Biscuity malt that's slightly sweet with a metallic aftertaste. Hint of smoke. ABV is very well-hidden.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- As far as high gravity affordable stouts go, this one's pretty tasty.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle in the US and I did not enjoy this. This is probably due to the fact there is no way to know how long the bottle has been on the shelf and how it was treated getting there. Eitherway, probably not the best beer to chose to export to the US.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: one inch light brown head, black brown in color, opaque

Smell: coffee and dark chocolate

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, light creaminess, and alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: super smooth, low carbonation, sweet with a bitterness that appears in the middle, light body for the style

Drinkability: I really liked this one. It is so nice and light and for the abv, the alcohol is not overly noticable. Very enjoyable, glad I went with the six on this instead of the single.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is black with a thick and rocky tan head that fizzes away rather quickly. Thick patches of lacing. The aroma is big on roasted malt, with some semi-sweet chocolate in the background. Rich body with a tasty blend of mocha, malt and plum flavors. Frankly I am surprised they make them this good in Sri Lanka. The finish is dry and roasty, with a coffee aftertaste. Proof you can’t judge a book by the cover.

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

This is a great stout and, for me, it fits the Foreign/Export style quite well. Lion Stout pours wall to wall black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is cacao nibs, cocoa, coffee and a sharp fruitiness - apricots, strawberries, grapes - that differentiates it from most imperial stouts. The fruit notes come through in the flavor with a refreshing acidity. The beer starts sweet with cocoa and coffee and finishes with acidity and smoke. It's quite easy to drink. The creamy mouthfeel helps, as well. This beer has a lot of roasted malt character and manages also to be refreshing. Great stuff.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with light tan head, thicker too. Raw cocoa, roasted malt, and brown sugar on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roasted malt.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer that doesn't let any light through. Decent bubbles on this, small mocha head that left a little bit of chunk on the sides.

S - A lot of coffee, little bit of licorice, some dark fruit, slight alcohol burn.

T - This is a bit of a milky stout, decent amount of coffee and some licorice and dark fruit that make it taste a little "foreign." I don't care for the style but it's not my favorite. Above average.

M - Creamy, lighter side of full bodied, little kick from the carbonation.

D - It's a solid beer that I did not mind, and would drink again if it were offered. Above average, decent take on the style. Drinks a little harder than 8%.

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

Dark fudge brown, nearly black, thin and firm light brown cap, a slight skim remains once it settles, lacing in thin sheets. Aroma of slight roast, stale raisin, parched prunes, dry cocoa, and anise. Taste is mild with tame roastability and soft chocolate, slight floating sweetness of dry dark fruits, touches of molasses and toffee roast. Doesn't withstand too much in the flavor dept. or in its length, over far to quickly, but it does incur a certain broad range of capable character. Feel is smooth, a bit sweet and tangy, lightly roasted edge, just shy of a medium body mostly, seems to pick up a bit towards the finish where it drys out with some light cocoa. A fairly decent effort; quick stout flavors and a somewhat healthy body, but could be better. I would consider this over a Guinness on nitro-tap I think?

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