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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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Reviews: 878 | Hads: 1,533
Photo of Mayhem976
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, unable to pass light through my glass as I hold it up to the light. Has a medium tan size head that fades quickly with small fingers.

S- Strong coffee smell, finishes off with a slight semi sweet chocolate smell. On smell alone I have to say this is the best smelling stout I've ever had the pleasure of inhaling.

T- Strong coffee and hop flavor, finishes with a "slight" bit of sweetness but not a chocolate sweetness which I would have loved.

M- Medium thickness with slight carbonation.

D- Great stout from Sri Lanka, almost perfect!

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Photo of jamesm7485
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the first big stouts i had over a year ago so i figured id finally review it.

The appearance is a dark brown with a light tan head not much noticeable lacing.

The smell is very malty with a very thing note of chocolate.

The taste is the same as the smell

Mouth feel is pretty damn light for a stout of this size, but is still enjoyable

The drinkability is just about average not great.

A good stepping stone for me to the bigger beers ive been enjoying.

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Photo of jboucher
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown, almost blackish hue. Unfiltered. Completely opaque. Mocha coffee colored two finger head which settles down to a one finger head. Thin lacing present. The head hugs to the sides of the glass initially, forming a depression in the center. This only lasts for a few minutes.

Smell: Mocha, black coffee, and alcohol notes. Sweet caramel scented malts are in the foreground.

Taste: Prominent mocha notes with hints of caramel and molasses. Very creamy. Hints of chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The alcohol taste is very subtle and underwhelming. Finish is very smooth, long and chocolaty. As it warms, coffee and toffee notes become more prominent.

Mouthfeel: This full bodied stout is very creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: For a stout, this beer is surprisingly drinkable. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but it is a nice treat to get every once in a while.

Ending notes: Coming from someone who seldom likes stouts, this brew is quite tasty. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again, or get this on a regular basis. However, if I wanted a change of pace, I wouldn't hesitate to return to the Lion Stout.

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Photo of MoustacheHero
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A canned beer from Sri Lanka? I'm skeptical... Sri Lanka, formerly Su Lan. It was about 3 in the morning and I was looking for 1000 brown M&M's to fill a brandy glass, but back to the beer.

A: This can of motor oil poured pitch black into my glass with a milk chocolate head.

S: A faint smell of sweet malt, coffee and hot liquor.

T: An amazing strong flavor of coffee, caramel, fig, and hot liquor. A real surprise.

M: A big body, light on carbonation, high on creaminess and sticky syrup.

O: A mind blowing beer from a can. Like it dark and big? Then wrestle this Lion.

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Photo of GNWBC
2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hadnt had this in a while so i figured i pick up a couple.

P: pours a jet black with a tan head that has good retention and lacing

S: doesn't really smell like anything....kind of disappointing.

T: Vanilla, burbon, carmel and some toasty malts

O: not bad has good mouth feel with the carbonation, wouldn't mind sessioning with it but its not stellar.

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Photo of Popkorn615
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a medium, glass goblet.

A - Pours to a black body with a quickly dissipating, one-finger head.

S - A slight hoppy, and almost liquory fragrance (probably due to its 8% alc by vol). Chocolate and coffee are buried underneath this fragrance as well. There's also a slight raisin smell to it.

T - Chocolatey and coffee-like. It has characteristics of a whiskey-like taste (also probably due to its proof). However, the moment it got the slightest bit warm, it got a little hard to drink and slightly unappetizing for me. The flavors, however, make it decently filling.

M - It feels warms on the way down, similar to a whiskey burn, but obviously not as drastic. It is not too thick and not too thin - virtually down the middle (a little on the thicker side, if I had to choose one).

D - Because of the warmth as it goes down, as well as its many flavors, I wouldn't be able to enjoy it with a meal. Personally, I would drink it after as a compliment (with or without a dessert). Because of its flavor and how filling it is, I could really only stomach two at most.

I know that this beer has gotten pretty good reviews, but personally, it's just not for me.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

I noted this one specifically for the big complex aromas on the nose. I was getting chocolate, honey, vanilla, banana, pear, apple, coffee, espresso and roast. It poured a very dark, opaque brown with a light brown head. It had a nice silky, creamy mouthfeel, with a medium to full body and a light level of carbonation. To the taste there was big time chocolate and coffee, also vanilla, caramel, toffee and some subtle dark fruits. Aroma was definitely the star on this one, but it's hard to complain about anything really. It's a fantastic beer, very complex and easy drinking for a stout this big.

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Photo of hbis2gut
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, this stout fits exactly in the middle of the two extremes. Namely dry and milk/sweet stouts. It has both a dryness and a sweetness. It has a creamy texture that is not cloying. Lion Stout would be by far the best stout to ever cross my lips provided Guiness had never existed. Cheers!

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Photo of Edgecrusher
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark,dark, and dark. Used motor oil dark. Minimal head with thick lacing.

Smell: Burnt chocolate, slight coffee aroma, and slight caramel aroma.

Taste:Matches the aroma-chocolety and caramely with a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth-light on the carbonation. Glides down your throat.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Very easy to put a few of these down.

Overall a very good stout. Good representation of the style. If ya get a chance pick a few up.

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Photo of Twerknasty
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent engine oil pour, with a hefty ginger bread color. Chocolate cake, icing, a very sexy nose. The sweetness is balanced by dark burnt raisins, and dark chocolate. The sweetness is piloting and controlling this airplane, but the chocolate covered gingerbread man is rolling in the passenger seat doing work-quitely. I like this stout, very interesting and entertaining while having complexity and drinkablity. A good stout. Creamy, yet carbination to balance it all.

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a substantial, two-finger brown cream head that sticks around for quite a while. Smell is pungent with a powerful alcohol smell. Almost reminds me of the smell of Name Tag beer which isn't the greatest smell in the world. Taste had some coffee and mocha flavors as the bottle suggested. Going to have to pick this up again from somewhere else than world market. Bottle had stuff floating in the bottom of it and tasted old. I have had other bottles from there that had stuff in it as well and just weren't very fresh. I'll update what I find.

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Photo of stodbrew
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with some deep red coming through at the edges. Ok tan head at first, then dissipates to a slight film.

Aroma is dark chocolate and some dark fruit.

Taste is hugely chocolatey up front giving way to a bit of coffee-like roastiness. Somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of turnerk3
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very delectible blackish haze with an even more appealing one inch of brownish head. However, the retention of the head is deceiving. At first it seems to cling quite nicely but then it turns "turtle" (a.k.a. pulls head into shell).

S: Surprisingly I'm not too impressed by the aroma. It may be because I'm used to it on draft and not a can, but it still lacks the true caramelly essence.

T: This is good, but not great. A nice malty taste comes through, but it still lacks the true "coffee" kind of taste I was expecting. There is a bit of sweetness that overcoats that coffee flavor, but it's still not too overpowering.

M: First it feels a little over carbonated, but then it seems to lack true character at the end. A little too inconsistent for me. It's still fairly decent for a stout.

O: It's a great beer to have if you're preference is malt or dark, but if you're a hop-head (like me) I'd tread carefully. Still give it a shot and let the taste buds experience something new.

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Photo of dreamchaser
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Malty, toasty aroma. Thick, fairly quickly dissipating bubbly tan head. Flavours include roasted coffee, with sweet malt notes that fade to a nice, smooth bitter and dry finish, and very faint aftertase. Well carbonated, and striking hop presence challenges the sweetness. Warmth follows throughout.

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Photo of jwheeler85
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass:

A- Pours jet-black, yet has an interesting high, thick, hazelnut colored head.

S- I really like this one... it has some chocolate and bold coffee aromas, a good strong alcohol smell, and even some caramel smells to round it out.

T- Very strong and sweet up front. The bold, yet balanced coffee and chocolate flavors kick in mid way though. It finishes with a quick bitter punch.

M- Medium carbonation, yet thick or chewy feeling. Quite fitting for what it is.

D- I really like that this stout has so much complexity and depth to it. It's also a great value for the money (at least where I live... something like $10 for a 6-pack). Tastes like it should cost more.

Also interesting to note for those homebrewers out there who may be reusing these bottles: watch out, they are really slippery for some reason. I know it sounds odd, but just try it... take a bottle and start rinsing it out in the sink... it almost has that feeling like when you are trying to wash bleach off of something.

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Photo of Andbrew
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to .4l tulip glass.

Pours as black as you can get with a ridiculous brown head with big bubbles. Head sticks around to give a nice lacing.

Aromas of roast malt, coffee and chocolate on the nose and a bit of alcohol as it is a fairly high ABV.

Tastes great with a thickness to it that gives it some sustainability and is refreshingly not over carbonated. Its sweet but not too sweet and nice and dry throughout while letting the roast flavors through.

I really love this beer and despite the 8% ABV I enjoy it as a session beer or with any of my meals.

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

Pours a deep dark reddish color with a massive head that has tight and large bubbles that lace the glass as they recede into the beer. A nice bottle with different shaped labels which is a change from most countries. You receive a nice whiff of chocolate malt when first stick your nose in intialy. Smooth with a roast character that melds around the tongue, you can definitely pickup the alcohol taste which warms you through and through. An excellent interpretation of this great style from a surprising country.

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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 Hemi
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black in color with 3 finger head and very sporadic lacing on the move. Fruit, coffee, roasted malts and chocolate nose. Chocolate and Coffee flavor with a residual roasted malt note left behind. Thick mouthfeel with a little co2 burn. Decently drinkable, maybe a bit too heavy to drink more then a few.

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

Beautiful dark pour out of the bottle with a classic rich tan head. Very sweet and creamy with hints of licorice, chocolate and nutty thrown into a well crafted Stout. Would recommend anyone who likes stouts to give this a try. A big stout that will surely please even the toughest of critics.

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Photo of JBuff41413
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hadn't seen this stout before so I thought I'd give it a try.

A- Oil black with a small light tan head that dissipates to just a film.

S- Coffee, dried fruit, and very small amount of bitter chocolate.

T- Was not impressed. Burnt coffee fading into dried fruit which then becomes incredibly tanic and sour. Not a fan.

M- Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, decent mouthfeel for the genre.

D- If you like the taste I imagine the drinkability would be ok. Unlike many other stouts the 8% ABV definitely shows.

Other BA's seem to like this brew, I, on the other hand did not. Maybe my taste buds are not sophisticated enough lol. For $7 a 6-pack, give it a try and see what you think.

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Photo of Internatbrewlove
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lion Stout pours a dark, opaque, espresso brown, with a light brown creamy head. The scent is surprisingly minimal with the rich flavor that follows. Chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops and a moderate duration of fine tingling on the tongue. It finishes smooth.

This is a very reasonably priced, relatively complex but, very drinkable stout. What is most surprising is that it is from Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

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Photo of migwell
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I probably tend to over-rate this stout, having spent a year and a half cycling through Southern Asia, but it stands out so much compared to the general run of lackluster beers and second rate stouts that the difference is quite dramatic.

In a geographical area where finding even an 'adequate' beer is problematic, to tumble on a world class stout was a very pleasant shock. I never found this on tap, which I imagine would have been even better, but it ranks second in my experience to a nicely pulled Guinness pint in a pub in Ireland.

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Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a near black and relatively thick consistency. It produced a nice head, and just looked great in the mug. It had a deep flavor that paired exceptionally with my cheese plate. It had a filling mouth feel(which is great to me) and finished really clean.

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Photo of trygger87
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack from Val 16 market on 16th and Valencia in San Francisco CA for only 6.99. This beer was picked up February 11 2011, the bottle is dated February 2009. The appearance is black, very black with an inch of initial head that fades quickly. You can see the booze sticking to the sides when i swirl my glass (chalice).
The first thing i smell is cedar, followed by a some what sour milk chocolate scent. It finishes with a dark coffee/toffee smell with a slight tobacco note. I also get a malted chocolate scent.
The taste is unique, at first its kinda grassy, then i get a strange sour note but its not unpleasant. Then i get a big hit of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and burnt toffee. The booze is very well hidden for a beer that is 8 percent.
The mouth feel is smooth and for a two year old beer there is a decent amount of bubbles. It has a surprisingly dry finish for a stout with such high alcohol. The drink-ability is pretty darn good for an 8 percenter. I can barely taste any booze on this one. Its not some thing you can chug, but its quite smooth.

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