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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,289 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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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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hermit990

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-04-2014 02:47:38 | More by hermit990
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1-24-10

A - Pours thick and chunky like stew. Plenty of Vegemite on the bottom. Dark. Opaque, even held against sunlight. Mocha color head. Some continual carbonation. Pretty cartographical lacing.

S - Sweet, like frosting. Lots of chocolate, some espresso. Roasted smoky lightly-burnt toast. A good, standard, solid stout experience.

T - Bitter initial taste. Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. A Latin-American festival. There was a slightly sour aftertaste. Maybe a touch too much yeast.

M - Refreshing. Creamy. Fizzy. Still sour. This beer hides the 8% ABV with spy-like skill. Watch out.

D - Surprisingly good. This beer is a perfect example of why we must try more beers and keep an open mind. Out of all the beers I've had from South or South-East Asia this is easily the winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 13:29:28 | More by jeranbrews
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Shiny brown with dark red/maroon. The head is tremendous with golden avalanches swirling to a firm settled three finger cap. As with a beer of this high octane, didn't expect nor noticed lace.

S: The nose was full of roasted black malt with a dark and dry coco. A dash of coffee but musty overall.

T: First and foremost is the roasted barley rather than the bittersweet chocolate. A slight smack of the lips uncovers the molasses and a spice, anise perhaps. I could not place the hops within, but a floral one and delicious overall.

M: Not impressed at the start, a wee bit light but grows smoother with silk undertones.

D: Lion Stout is a constant mixture of sweet and bitter. The different flavors hit your taste buds and then overtake your entire mouth, cheeks and jowls. This was a very good beer and makes me very eager to find more export stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 02:11:59 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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JLeege

Illinois

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

Appearance- On tap, poured into a snifter. The pour is black with a creamy one finger tan head. Great retention and a little lace left behind.

Smell- Dark roasty malts and sweet milk chocolate aromas.

Taste- Very reminiscent of a milk stout for me, very creamy lots of chocolate notes. Roasted malts towards the back end, finishing slightly bitter. Not quite the bitterness or hop presence as some "export" stouts, but this is solid throughout. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Pretty full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This aspect is great, a very slight alcohol warming noticed as well.

Overall- Very solid beer at a pretty good value. I will be drinking this again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 23:09:05 | More by JLeege
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MrDanno96

Ohio

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

A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. I could also see some carbonation sticking to the side of the glass after the initial pour. Some moderate lacing. Pretty standard appearance for a stout.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, fruity esters, maybe cherries, molasses, and some alcohol.

T: Strong coffee flavor, dark chocolate, molasses, and some caramel. Roasted malts are also definitely a strong presence here. Hops come through just a little in the finish. As it warms, the sweet fruits from the nose come through a little as well. Overall, a pretty well balanced flavor.

M: A pretty full body and pretty crisp. I feel like there's a little too much carbonation here that interferes a bit with the complex flavors it presents. I had to search around the carbonation for all the flavors I noted above, especially the first few sips. About halfway through my glass I began to feel the warming effects of the alcohol, but it is definitely well hidden.

D: This is a pretty good stout. Lots of good flavors. As I noted above, I feel it suffers just a little on the mouthfeel. I would have this again, but probably not more than one at a time. It's also a pretty cheap, high abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 19:51:27 | More by MrDanno96
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Beric

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12oz can into tulip glass
Served: 3 June 13

Appearance: Incredibly dark. Thick. Pours with a magnificent four finger head that takes a long time to dissipate. Great lacing as the head slowly collapses to a small coating of light brown, frothy bubbles.

Smell: Smells rich and roasty. Dark, dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes seem to jump out through the black thickness.

Taste: The dark, bitter chocolate and roasted coffee seems to really come out in the taste. Unfortunately, I'm also getting some metallic notes from the can, forcing the overall rating down lower than what it should be. Really smooth and goes down easy. You can kind of feel the 8.8% on the very very back end, long after a sip, but the high ABV is masked well by the pleasently complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Thick, just like a foreign extra stout should be.

Overall: Wow, a great beer, especially when you consider it comes from and island off the coast of India.

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 00:15:51 | More by Beric
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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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tr4nc3d

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice dark reddish/light blackish color with a light brown creamy two finger head.

Smells of very sweet dark roasted malts. Hint of toffe, with some spicyness in there.

Exceptionally smooth, creamy, toffe like taste to it with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and had the right amount of carbonation.

I would say you could kick back a couple of these due to its smoothness and well balance, plus you cant really taste the alcohol

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 00:06:38 | More by tr4nc3d
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madvermin

California

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

Pours black as night, with a light tan head that laceswell and dissapates to a one finger static cap.

Smells boozy, and sweet, possibly of raisins and molasses. Can't detect much else, but raisin sweetness is very strong.

Taste is of very toasty malt chocolate, with that molasses in the background, and a little bit of bitterness in the finish. Quite pleasing and clean for the style, and really nicely sweet at the beginning of the sip. 8.8% abv makes itself known just a little bit in the breath initially, and helps the flavor out a lot. Coffee hints in the after-swallow breath, which is nice.

Mouth feel is tingly and thick, and drinkability is not fantastic due to the abv and boozy taste, but still pretty good for the style. Bonus points for the awesome lion picture on the bottle art, very Sri Lankan of them.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 09:30:42 | More by madvermin
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DonDonLongJohn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-23-2013 01:59:46 | More by DonDonLongJohn
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CraftFan5

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-20-2014 13:56:35 | More by CraftFan5
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

2.45/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I enjoyed this beer while playing cards at a friend's house. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Nice and dark, but with no head.

Smell: Chocolate and malt.

Taste: Too bitter with a really bad metallic taste. I felt like I was eating tin foil.

Mouthfeel: - thick-bodied.

Drinkability: I'm guessing the metal taste was only part of tihs bad batch we had. Would try it again, but am not holding out hope.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 16:06:02 | More by nsmartell
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mishtif

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01-29-2013 17:33:54 | More by mishtif
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alex021224

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-14-2013 01:15:22 | More by alex021224
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lochef81

Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-10-2013 15:28:30 | More by TeachChefs
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oggg

California

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

This beer pours a dark black with brown tints. A modest head of off white creamy foam fades slowly but leaves very little lace on my pint glass.

Not a whole lot of aroma even after warming to room temp.

At first, this beer threatens to hurt your tongue with harsh artificial bitterness. Syrupy sweet malt surges to subdue the initial impression. It segues to a uniquely soft, roasted finish that lingers nicely, and finishes dry.

Medium to full bodied. Alcohol impercetible/dangerous.

Overall: Too much alcohol to be a session brew, but this would be a great dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 01:10:13 | More by oggg
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xungmound98

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01-08-2014 01:59:45 | More by xungmound98
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Nice very dark black ale with a small light brown head that disappear fast.

S: Everything that you expect. Some coffee and dark chocolate. Vanilla is also present. A little bit of smoke smell and some dark fruits coming from the alcohol.

T: Smoke coming upfront which is kinda surprising since it was a bit weak in the smell. Roasted taste comes in, coffee and almost no chocolate flavour. Some raisins are present too. Definitively a very nice tasting stout. But, there's a strange acid aftertaste that is "meh".

M: Mid to low carbonation. Mid to high mouthfeel. Nicely done here too.

D: mid to low. It warms a lot for such and ABV. I've seen stouts with higher ABV having the alcohol feel much more hidden. Might get tired of the taste after some of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 20:48:51 | More by flipper2gv
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a deep black color and a medium tan colored head with moderate retention.
The aroma is very pleasant and inviting. Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and some coffee.
Tastes bittery and roasted, with some coffee and little caramel in the back.
Very drinkable, creamy and full of taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 19:38:04 | More by MarkoNm
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hawks10

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass...

As always, hard to rate the appearance of a stout, pours a coffee black capped with a nice two finger light tan head. A thin tan film remains of top of the beer for most of the drink...

So I am getting the sensation from the nose that I am about to take communion...I swear, this beer smells like red communion wine. Sweet and a bit sour up front, dark fruits, some fig and maybe some borderline rotten plum. A bit of a roasted malt aroma peeks out but it is pushed back down again by that almost sour red wine smell...

A slight sour taste at first (starting to wonder if this can is somehow bad)...dark fruits dominate the taste and almost reminds me of a Belgian Quad or Strong Dark. Little to no roasted flavor or bitterness as I would have expected, just a slight burn from the alcohol...

Medium bodied and pretty slick. Good carbonation and a nice subtle burn from the alcohol make this a beer with pretty damn good mouthfeel...

The wine like and slightly sour aroma and taste was not what I was expecting and really not my favorite. Interesting stout to say the least and something I may try again if I could find it on tap...

Serving type: can

03-24-2010 04:45:43 | More by hawks10
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tree777

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-18-2013 16:34:03 | More by tree777
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a soapy like head that thickened up to a solid chocolate colored foam.Left rings of sticky brown lace even before the first sip.Consistency poured of oil that gulped.Aroma was of smoke,coffee,and chocolate.Very creamy,but not very crisp on the mouthfeel.Mouthfeel wasnt too impressive,and wasnt almost watery.Alcohol taste is present and noticed.Leaves a dry bitter after taste that stays in the back of the throat.A very good stout but not the best.Overall average.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 09:35:20 | More by kelticblood
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a near black into a pint glass with a small creamy head that receded into a half finger and remained. Great lacing.

The nose is dark roasted coffee beans and expresso. Very burnt. Hops are there in the background too.

The taste is quite well rounded and balanced. Initially sweet and sugary with toffee and licorice flavours. The hop character gives some background bitterness and the alcohol isn't completely hidden. The finish is quite dry with bitter chololate flavours coming through.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a very soft, velvety carbonation.

Really impressive and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 05:06:53 | More by EatsTacos
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

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

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black. Two-finger brown head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and molasses.

T: Sweet malts hit upfront with molasses turning into dark fruit with a sweet chocolate and coffee finish.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, low carbonated but thick and silky. Very drinkable overall, great flavor and no alcohol coming through. Very good stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 04:08:46 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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