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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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1,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 47
Gots: 30 | 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)
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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish black color and has a huge, rocky, tan head. The aroma is very sweet and coffee like. It smells like a Starbuck's Frappachino. The taste is very full and smooth... lot's of coffee, chocolate and peat to tantalize your tongue. This is a very balanced stout, on par with a Sam Adam's Cream Stout. The only thing that hold it back is it's price. There are equal or better stouts for less than $9 a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 23:53:34 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of bahumutx


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

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured almost black with about a two finger brown creamy head.

Smell: Smells of chocolate and roasted malted dominated. Also a slight hint of hops were present.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The beer got sweeter as it warmed. There was also a slight hop bitterness that was present.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: At 8% ABV I could have a couple of these in a sitting but not a session beer.

This was a good stout and my first brew from the Lion Brewery. I did not know what to except but enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 04:47:28 | More by bahumutx
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-05-2012 00:26:31 | More by GoGata
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-06-2013 16:12:04 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sold as "Sinha Stout" here in Australia. I bought it out of pure curiosity, assuring myself I'd be quickly forgotten. It has however suprised me...

The pour was marvelous. The body is pure black, even against the room light. The head is a frothy, froamy brown, but unfortunately fails to stay or lace as much as I'd expect from a brew of this style.

While the smell wasn't strong and far from complex, roasted malts and coffee beans were most evident.

At first sip I can't say I was overly impressed due to my dislike for coffee, but it quickly grew on me. Roasted (maybe even burnt) coffee bean, dark chocolate and some bitter undertones. While 8%, the alchohol is not even noticable.

The mouthfeel is smooth but ligher than anticipated and the aftertaste is more of the same, with the coffee lingering.

It's definately a grower, and as I move closer to finishing this glass, I move closer to considering buying another bottle next trip to Dan Murphy's.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 14:09:12 | More by rec
Photo of Thanby


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of thick lacing and tan head with nearly pitch black body.

Sweet caramel and molasses are the dominant aromas, with some prune and a bit of esters.

Big and meaty. Roasted malt is prominent but not very bitter like most heavy stouts. The dark chocolate and coffee flavors finally make a grand appearance and the major aromas end up as side notes.

Smooth like velvet but the meatiness throws me off a little. Very nicely rounded and carbonated just right, but that odd quality of the body makes it less than I was expecting. It's a prime example of what a full-bodied stout should be, but it's not my personal favorite, though I can definitely understand why everyone else likes it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 02:41:18 | More by Thanby
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cark cocoa color. Black to dark Brown. Chocolate head that starts out big. Very nice lacing that slides down the glass as the beer is consumed. Very little light shines through.

S - Chocolate. Molasses. Thick. Smokey. Very nice. Malt with little hops.

T - Creamy. Very smooth. Excellent taste. Wow. This is one very good stout. Doesn't taste like a forein export stout but more like an American stout. Rich. Thick. Really impressive...like a stout should taste. No alcohol taste present which is nice.

M - Cream but not a milk stout. Full bodied. Covers the entire mouth and tongue.

D - Very much so. Too bad it is 8% alcohol. I really like this Stout. Great to find. Excellent.

Thanks Lion Stout for making me a believer in foreign stouts again. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 05:21:09 | More by schellsbeer
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very, very dark brown, almost black with a solid 2 finger head that was cocoa in color. It diminished toa bout a finger within a minute. Further diminished to a thin by frothy film over the top of the beer. Very nice lacing.

Smells of roatsted malts and cocoa or mocha.

Taskes of sweet malts on the front palate. Mocha and chocolate flavors follow throught the mid palate, and ending with a slight bitterness on the back palate. Some smokiness presents. Many layers of flavor in this beer.

Nice fizzy quality to this beer from a slightly higher carbonation. Not a completely creamy mouthfeel but not thin either. It falls somewhere inbetween.

Overall, a very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 03:14:41 | More by brantadid
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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my very first review and I'm surprised that I've chosen a random impulse buy rather than a favorite. Perhaps this is best though to get used to objective appraisal.

**ORIGINAL REVIEW (6/04/09)**

Appearance - Pours black, as any good stout should. Nice tan head that fades rather quickly, very modest lacing.

Smell - Immediately upon opening there is a strong molasses/soy smell. Seemed odd to me and was a little put off. As it warmed this calmed down to more burnt malt with an "old coffee" undercurrent. Smell may still be a possible drawback to some.

Taste - Sweet chocolate with alcohol at the back.

Feel - Very light and smooth. Seems slightly thin for the 8% as the alcohol is subtly apparent in each sip. Still, flows nicely over the tongue.

Drinkability - Good. Could easily have a few of these due to the smoothness.

Final thoughts: Picked this up since it was cheap and am not disappointed at all. I think I poured it too cold which I believe contributed to the almost overpowering initial aroma. In future I would let this warm slightly before serving as it certainly improved.

Different than other stouts I'm used to drinking and a nice change which I would purchase again, although only occasionally.


Upon further tasting, it would seem the bottle I purchased and reviewed above was infected. I picked up a six-pack at another store and was pleased to find that Lion Stout is an incredibly aromatic and splendid tasting beer.

That soy smell is certainly not the norm! I get roasty malt goodness with a smokey, cigar ash undertone. The smell and taste is very unique to me. Again, there is an ashiness that is very pleasant tasting. Chocolate/coffee tones as well. The alcohol is there but nicely concealed. Drinks easily and can certainly finish a six pack over the course of a few hours.

Very pleased I went ahead and tried this excellent stout again. This has become a regular in the beer fridge and is highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 08:29:25 | More by Brianito
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-10-2012 19:32:05 | More by MumboJumbo
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-16-2013 18:27:52 | More by nullbort
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-01-2012 23:27:17 | More by Softestdog
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Another trip to the mix'n'match pack of imports, pulled out this one at random. Just popped the cap & already smell it (first whiff is the usual dark chocolate bit, comes with the territory really) before even pouring. I finally get around to pouring & it's a really dark opaque brown, half the mug is head at first. The initial scent amps up to 11, plus something that reminds me of roasted nuts almost.

Taste matches the smell, plus some licorice as it warms, though it doesn't go down as thick as it looks like it would. The 8% shows off a bit, but in a good way.

Overall, a by-the-book stout. Doesn't scream at you, but handles what it's supposed to well.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 03:04:13 | More by longbongsilver
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and pure black with a tan two-fingered head. Not much lacing to speak of.
Smells like coffee, molasses and dark fruit, blackberry and currants.
Flavor is roasted grain, dark roasted coffee with a bit of the fruit and a little sweetness on the end. Given the amount of alcohol and how thick it looked I was expecting more sweetness. However, the bitterness from the dark roasted malts (and I am assuming a decent hit of hops) seems to keep that in check.
As the beer starts to warm up I actually get that dark fruit a lot more.
Mouthfeel is nice although I would appreciate a little tighter carbonation.
I like this stout a lot and it was pretty inexpensive for the amount of alcohol it has in it. Another nice option for a canned beer, and I am always happy to see that.

Serving type: can

06-11-2011 02:13:35 | More by BeerAmbassador
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black as hell, cant see a thing through this. Little to no head.

S - Roasted burnt malt, coffee, caramel

T - Much like the smell, nothing is over powering, well balanced, nice mild hop bitterness, very good.

M - Smooth and creamy, nice low carbonation, feels good all the way down, and warms from the inside.

D - I only had one, but I wanted more, lots more.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 03:29:48 | More by Fatduck
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

10-16-2012 23:18:43 | More by MudDrinker
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-05-2014 06:14:49 | More by SiegeSpitfire
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As a fan of full bodied stouts this beer didn't impress me as much as it's reputation in the beer publications indicated it would. I felt it was on the dry Irish stout side but without the creamy head and roasted malt flavors. Bitter roasted barley, but not much malt backbone left me wanting more and not getting it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2002 10:10:29 | More by QXSTER1
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New Jersey

2.23/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle at the House of Brews in NYC. (Michael Jackson picture on the back of the bottle.)

Pour was a nice almost black with dark brown flat head.

Taste left a lot to be desired - as it was very different from what I am used to in a stout. Interesting to say the least, just not exactly what I prefer in taste.

I would suggest trying this if you like a less creamy more carob syrupy flavor beer with a roasted flavor (somewhat smokey).

Give it a shot - always worth it to formulate your own opinion.


Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 02:03:20 | More by HimerMan
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much straight black in color with a long lasting head that is a tan mocha brown.

Plenty of coffee and chocolate scents to go around and just drenched in malt.

Strong flavor right from the start with an upfront bitter coffee taste which slowly gives way to a sweet chocolate taste that eventually finishes bittersweet.

A lighter density than expected due to the ABV.

Even with the strong taste and high ABV this is a pretty drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 01:45:58 | More by TheBear11D
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-08-2012 06:12:48 | More by jtmcgraw
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-22-2011 05:08:37 | More by RepMichigan
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a great deal. Definitely a nice chocolate mocha taste and smell. Well rounded after taste. My one real complaint would be that there is entirely too much carbonation in the beer. It masks an otherwise very good taste. My beer is also being served a bit cooler than it should be, which has an effect. The beer is definitely a stout, but a bit light as stouts go, and combined with the extra cold state, make it not the best winter beer at the moment.

Although, as I said, very good beer, and worth the while.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 21:29:58 | More by andrewm190
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Abita ballon glass. The beer poured an inky, impenetrable black, with a huge, creamy inch and a half's worth of foamy, cocoa colored head. Minimal foam cap, but gobs of sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Quite a beautiful beer.
The aroma was a bit of a low point, especially the initial sniff. There was some strange mustiness to the aroma, intermingled with roast, cocoa, and burnt malt. After a moment, the mustiness was gone, replaced with a rich toffee sweetness, roasted barley, sweet dark fruits (raisins and fig), cocoa, and alcohol.
The taste of the beer was huge and complex, with a lead of sweet malt, followed by roasted flavors, rum raisin, alcohol and a burnt, smoky finish. The finish caught me off guard, but I couldn't get enough of it. Huge flavors and wonderful complexity.
The beer felt so smooth and velvety with each and every sip. Good, supple carbonation and a warming effect from the substantial ABV. Creamy and filling. Dangerously drinkable.
Overall, a wonderful beer that I will definitely be seeking out and buying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 05:10:40 | More by KrisPaulk77
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-05-2012 01:38:12 | More by howard12
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.