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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,264 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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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:
 http://www.lionbeer.com 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lion Stout pours black and appears black when held to a bright light. A small tan head forms on top, which fades down to a thick ring around the surface of the beer. Only a couple spots of lace remain on the glass as the foam disappears.

The aroma is a strong with notes of smoked malt, chocolate, peat and ripe fruit, perhaps cherries. Each sip of this full bodied beer is very smooth with a moderate carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is much like the aroma. Peat, chocolate, smoke and dark fruit are all present. In the end the alcohol and hop bitterness comes through which finishes the beer with a medicine taste. Once gone the peat and smoke linger on the palate.

This is definitely a full flavored beer with a great mouthfeel. It's very earthy and easy to drink. One of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 22:02:41 | More by WanderingFool
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pitch black with a large dark tan head with moderate retention and lacing. aromas of prunes, chocolate, roasted malt. some sweetness to the taste with a stale or burnt coffee and chocolate. full bodied with a moderate carbonation. nicely balanced stout, hard to believe that a beer this good can be brewed in sri lanka.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 19:50:32 | More by billybob
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bark

Sweden

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pitch black; the liquid is clear. The high head slowly sinks down into a finger thick brown lid, leaving almost no lacing.

The smell is mild and sweet; lots of roasted malt and a touch of smoke.

The taste is more complex than the smell. Lots of creamy sweetness, some passing sour flavours, light yeasty dough. The taste is full bodied. The aftertaste got notes of roast beef and gravy, some roasted malt and a mild clean bitterness. The finish adds some chocolate.

The carbonation is mild yet fresh; the soft bubbles are small. The liquid is very smooth.

A little more bitter and lighter than the Baltic porters that I am used to.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 21:30:09 | More by bark
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brantadid

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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Kulrak

Australia

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

Pours a pitch black-brown, can't see any light through it whatsoever. There's a decent amount of creamy tan head that disappears rather quickly, leaving a thin layer that still wants to stick to the glass. I smell malt and chocolate, a tiny bit of roast coffee, and very faintly, some berry. The taste is a lot sweeter than I was expecting, more of a strong porter than stout. It's all malt taste, though. The berry flavor is stronger in the flavor, but it's still mostly coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy, hardly any carbonation there at all, which would explain the lack of head retention. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially for the style, of which I'm not really a fan.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 10:25:00 | More by Kulrak
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rye726

Colorado

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

12oz bottle poured at 45F into goblet.

Dark black color with a nice 1" tan head. The aromas are of sweet English malts mixed with sour Belgian yeasts. The taste is of fresh dark chocolates and well blended with the bitter hops. It is somewhat between a dark Belgian strong ale and a dry Irish stout. The light body makes this very drinkable for an 8% stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 03:54:52 | More by rye726
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metallistout

Ohio

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

Pours a thick black with a lot of lace through the entire tasting of this fine beverage.

Tastes of chocolate malt, coffee, smokey, and the warming of high gravity.

I think this beer for the money is an excellent brew! I was a little skeptical at first, but I came around and bought it. Who would have know that they make good beer in Sri Lanka.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 00:32:58 | More by metallistout
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DrainBamage

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thick brown head, but eventually becomes just a lace. The high alcohol is very present in the aroma with some roasted malt too. Taste is very pronounced with bitter roasted malts flavor. I sense a little coffee malt also. The high alcohol content is also very pronounced in the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth going down and a little bitter, but carbonation is minimal. Overall this is a decent beer and a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 22:54:24 | More by DrainBamage
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Hemi

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 08:12:52 | More by Hemi
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

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

Pours absolutely pitch black with almost two fingers of fairly long lasting light brown head that leaves sporadic lacing. Good aroma, roasted barley which is quickly joined by a pleasant sweetness are dominant but dark fruits and molasses linger in the background, slightly vinous. Taste is initially sweet but then quickly dries out. The dryness is produced by roasted grains, which are ever so slightly burnt. There is some fruitiness here as well as some light molasses that jumps out just after the dryness appears. The fruitiness lingers into the aftertaste, after the dryness has disappeared. In the late aftertaste the roastyness reappears. Not much bitterness to speak of, seems like its more from the roasted grains rather than any hops. Good mouthfeel, medium-heavy body with medium carbonation and a smooth, slightly creamy feel to it. Drinkability is good, alcohol hides its presence quite well. Overall an enjoyable stout that has a good bit of complexity to it. To experience this beer in its full glory I suggest serving this at the higher end of the recommended temperature range, this will bring out the wonderful fruitiness that makes this beer so enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 01:46:23 | More by mnj21655
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cold fall day in Northern Ontario, so why not have a great beer that has been in the cellar since last fall?. It pours with a creamy tanned head that holds up fairly well but leaves behind lots of lacing. Has a dark black color.

Smells nice and sweet with lots of molasses, coffee, roasted malt, fruits and a bit of chewing tobacco. The alcohol comes through as the stout warms.

Tastes of chocolate, fruits, slight hop bitterness and coffee. The finish has a good lingering roasted malt and molasses taste. A great beer to have anytime, but especially on a cold day as the alcohol is inviting and warming.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 06:11:51 | More by irishkyle21
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BeardedSquash

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, like a brick wall clad in black velvet, this glass is where light goes to die. Half-inch tan head that sticks for a minute leaving no lacing behind.

S: Chocolate, anise and alcohol. As it warms, some roasted malts come around, brining with them a host of woodsy aromas, including spruce tips and bark.

T: Black patent and charcoal answer the door. The alcohol rides on on a wave of sweet toffee and chocolate. A well balance beer.

M: A full bodied mouth spiked with surprisingly refreshing dose of carbonation.

D: This beer is amazingly sessionable for how big and rounded it is. A very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 02:47:55 | More by BeardedSquash
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JanM

Sweden

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

As a frequent visitor to South Asia I have done my best to find a good, locally produced beer. Despite being leading beer producers India, for instance, have yet to put a decent beer on the market. As things stand it's Sri Lanka that is the beer champion of the region. The market is dominated by two breweries: McCallum and Lion in a pretty much even race. Both of them do a good stout. My Lion Stout poured pitch black with little foam. Smelling of ashes, cold cuts, coffee and some alcohol. The taste was rather sweet and a little bitter with a strong note of alcohol. There were also notes of chocolate, coffee and ashes. Maybe a tinge too sweet for my taste but proves that good beers can be produced in South Asia.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 18:02:25 | More by JanM
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Jmamay22

New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some love this beer and others call it over hyped. Time to find out for myself. Some spotty, but generally no lacing.

A gentle pour creates a thick creamy dark tan head atop an opaque black brew.

Smells of chocolate malts, anise and black currant. There are some very distinct coffee notes as well as a whiff of toffee.

Time for a taste. Less chocolate taste than in the nose, but what is there is more of a bittersweet chocolate. In place of the diminished chocolate is a wonderful roasted near smoke flavor that is very original that blends well with the anise.

Smooth mouthfeel provided by the smoke and on the heavier side of medium. Very drinkable for a stout of this abv. I really wish I picked up more.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 00:59:03 | More by Jmamay22
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark tan head of solid, tight bubbles. As it dissipates, large bubbles form with remnants left on the glass with a similarity to hot cocoa. Pours a dark brown where light cannot pass through.

Strong chocolate aromas; a little chaulky. Very mild.

Creamy body with a low carbonation. The flavor is similar to milk chocolate without sugar. The aftertaste lasts a long time with a coffee-ish touch and strong alcohol warmth.

I'd love to try this against some milk stouts and some imperial stouts as this beer seems to have attributes of both.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 21:42:17 | More by smcolw
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black with red highlights showing thru, sporting a big fluffy head

Aroma is soft roasted malts hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is nice roasted malts with soft chocolate and a decent coffee flavors that seem to leave a bitterness that is like a cheap coffee bitterness, more so then hops. No hints of the 8% it is smooth easy drinking and tasty.

Mouthfeel seems a little light for a stout but carbonation levels are good. Plus side it is smooth and tasty.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable enough stout. Want to thank wcudwight for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 19:54:00 | More by mntlover
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MYJELLOMISFIT

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was real dark brown, black even. Beer had very little slivers of light bouncing in the glass. Two thick fingers of mud puddle colored head that was thick and receded to lace slowly.

The smell was like a smoldering temptress with heavy notes of chocolate, smooth malt, and coffee. No bitterness detected and a slight hint of some roasted malt.

Finally I get to taste the world renown Lion Stout. I shouldve done it a long time ago. Smooth chocolate base with heavy malt character. Coffee taste without the bitterness that lingers with the signature drink, however there seems to be a slight bitterness on the back of tongue. Other notes that appear but are not so prevalent are grains and that burnt toast taste from roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is very important with this beer. I think because of its smooth effortless flow from glass to stomach it makes this beer that much better. No zing from carbonation, no bite from hops, it is just smooth. Lion Stout has a way of coating your entire mouth with it's wonderful milky smooth chocolaty goodness. Hooray for Good Beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 13:59:27 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear, very-dark ruddy brown, with a small, tan, creamy, head that diminishes to just a ring.
S: Like a port wine in a way! Alcohol, plum, cassis, and light roasted malt aromas.
T: Wow that’s big and beautiful. Fruity, dark and balanced. Chocolate definitely present, especially in the finish.
M: slick up front with a dry finish, medium body, low carbonation.
D: Hell yeah! This is my kind of brew. Very good, and doesn’t hurt that it came at a time when I was getting tired of all the summer brews I’d had been having lately. But something about this one just really impressed me… made me smile. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 19:16:53 | More by ski271
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dark black body but it is not super dense however no light comes through the glass. The only carbonation that can be seen is the few random bubbles stuck to the glass. The head is a creamy thick foam of oatmeal color that fades to a film after a bit.

S- This beer has a dark smooth malt flavor with a note of cream and a slight perfume note to it.

T- This beer has a creamy dark roasted malt flavor with a light band-aid hint and a soft sour note to it. The finish has a very faint alcohol nip in the finish. As the beer warms the note of chocolate malt comes through with the dark roasted malt.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel but no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer is smooth and mellow but has a nice malt flavor and some subtle depth that is hard to put in words. A bit of some wild notes or perhaps smoked malt but whatever it is, it is soft enough to be intriguing and not offensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 02:13:49 | More by rhoadsrage
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DoubleJ

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml bottle and into a Guinness pint glass, on to the beer:

Pours a velvety dark brown to black, leaving a pitch black body in the glass. The head implodes from a thick three-finger head into a paper-thin sheet. Smells of hard chocolate and a mild roasted character tease the nose. The roasted flavor isn't bitter at all, but this brew isn't as deep as I would expect. Is it a good beer? Yes, but it lacks a strong flavor and/or complexities related to a strong stout. But hey, it's easy to drink, and that's not a bad quality to have.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 03:32:26 | More by DoubleJ
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle
8.0% ABV

I tried this beer on August 27, 2007 at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto. The beer poured a dark chocolate brown into a unibroue tulip glass with a very generous brown head. The aroma was reminiscent of malt, chocolate, and coffee. The mouthfeel is thick with mild carbonation. The flavour was very good, some malt and coffee hints.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 01:19:48 | More by cyrenaica
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Redrover

Illinois

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

625 ML dark brown bottle. From the label I see it has won 5 international awards. Poured into a an Imperial Pint, the beer is black with garnet highlights and a massive coco colored head. Decent lacing.

When I opened the bottle I got a big whiff of alcohol, but when I smell the beer in the glass, I get molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits and roasted malts.

Nice roasted taste. It is sweet with plums, black cherries, coffee notes & brown sugar . The aftertaste is slightly dry and almost chalk like. Some raisin taste emerges about ½ way through.

The mouth is silky with very low levels of carbonation. This is a nice stout. The 8% keeps it from being sessionable, but this an enjoyable sipper. Where did the alcohol go? Great job by the brewer to mask it.

Great value at $2.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 00:45:14 | More by Redrover
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vancurly

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labelled as "Sinha", but ostensibly the 8% Lion Stout.

a: pours a broiling rusty tumult, which settles to an iced coffee coloured head, thick & creamy

s: prunes & black olives, iron, wood

f: initial hint of blood, then roast malt, and iced coffee

m: astringent, with a burnt bitterness, and fairly dry

d: could accompany a barbequed steak, but also good on it's own, on a cold rainy day

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 09:46:40 | More by vancurly
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Blupoet03

Illinois

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

This stout pours solid black - and watch out for the head! If you're not careful, it will overflow very easily. The over all appearance is excellent for a stout.

The aroma is full of roasted malts: dark chocolate, bread, and rye notes.

The mouthfeel is intense. It is tingly, fizzy, bitter in the back of the throat and the front of the mouth, and slightly metallic. The alcohol presents itself in the aftertaste.

The taste is just as full as the mouthfeel: chewy (yet not filling), metallic, and dry dark chocolate notes.

The drinkability is lower than great because this beer is so strong. The alcohol hides so well, that it is too easy to drink too much of it.

Respect this beer and it will give you a great new stout for your fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 00:28:55 | More by Blupoet03
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Andbrew

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 20:15:57 | More by Andbrew
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.