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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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peabody

Kentucky

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

Pours out really dark with a nice tan head. Lacing is very prominent.
Smell is coffee and dark chocolate with a plum/raisin fruit aroma.
Taste is very bitter at first then you get this sweet caramel flavor followed by the dark black bitterness again.
No alcohol can be detected even though it is an 8%er.
The mouthfeel is at first a little washy but then the back of the tounge gets bombarded by a plethora of flavors and aftertastes.
I like this beer and understand why Michael Jackson likes this one so much.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 23:54:01 | More by peabody
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kboett77

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this stout rocked me. I wasn't expecting much from a Sri Lankain beer, just wanted to taste it for the novelty, and what do you know, I think this is my current favorite stout. Nice creamy mouth feel with out being cloying or sticky. Just a touch of alchol finish, but not to much. Strong semi-sweet/smoky chocolate flavors without overpowering some lovely hop bitterness. Please try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 15:47:13 | More by kboett77
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Musky

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 00:39:17 | More by Musky
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle - served in a chalice. It pours medium black with a finger of mocha head that subsides, never totally dissipating, and leaves some wisps of lace. The flavor takes awhile to fully develop, but I eventually find nice roasted malts, dark fruits (grapes, figs), almonds?, cocoa, coffee, and a light vinous character. On the palate it is quite similar, with additional notes of charred malts, blackberries?, and a faint smokiness on top of a medium to thick, dry body that contributes a powdery yeast feel. Overall an above average stout that is quite drinkable considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 20:24:23 | More by mmmbeer
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i find it hard to believe there's much of a market for this beer in sri lanka. i also don't think there are any native lions on the island. then again, i suppose there are no pyramids in portland or magic hats in burlington

absolutely tar black. no light comes through. the head is tan and leaves some fine lacing: an even pattern around the glass. the head diminishes but retains the sudsy film

deeply roasty aromas with dark fruits shining through. capuccino, chocolate, vanilla and oak. deep and complex, with a hint of soy sauce (it's funny that this aroma is acceptable in mild quantities, yet utterly revolting in greater amounts). the flavor is quite complex as well but is carried by a mouthfeel that is really too flimsy; the finish is uninspiring. sweetness is balanced by robust moderate, yet no grain astringency. ever so slight alcohol spice

bring the FG up a couple of points and this thing is blammo

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 03:46:20 | More by bruachan
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ndekke39

Ohio

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

Had a 12 oz bottle of this on New Year's Eve (early in the evening). No freshness date on the bottle. Poured an opaque black with a thin white head. Interesting smells of burnt toast (though it wasn't bad) and dark, dark chocolate. Tastes of toasty barley, the dark chocolate, and even light hints of coffee. Medium creaminess - I prefer stouts to be a little thicker, but this was good. Fairly high ABV %, but the alcohol didn't cut through the taste. A great beer, easy to sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 05:16:01 | More by ndekke39
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome. Truly a great and unique stout.

I found this beer in a 22 oz bottle at a local liquor store. I drank it in two servings. It was ice cold for the first glass. Poured brown with a nice thick head. Sort of creamy with distinct coffee notes.

The second glass (slightly warmer) was much more complex. Simular coffee notes but also subitle fruit flavors appeared. Very easy drinking beer for a stout. Strong in alcohol but not overpowering in alcohol taste.

All in all an awesome and unique beer. I haven't seen it around. I heard rumors that the brewery was not producing it any more. If you see it get... If you like stouts you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 05:19:06 | More by tendermorsel
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a dark body. Jet black. Aromas are immediate coffee, molasses, raisin bread, sugars, with flavours of raisin bread, chocolate, and LOTS of coffee. Very well balanced. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol not noticable. One of the great stouts of the world. A rare gem at the LCBO.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 13:57:30 | More by mrmanning
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mhoudeshell

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A roasty, very dark stout in the imperial range for ABV but just low enough not to burn. Sweet, but not too sweet, with notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee. Impressive head for an imperial, but it didn't stay around long. A bit like a high-alcohol version of the old Dragon stout (Jamaica) but with more kick, more roastiness, more subtlety.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 15:44:07 | More by mhoudeshell
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adammills

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this 22 ounce bomber for just over two dollars, so I was not expecting too much, and yet again in my life, I was proved wrong. A nice stout. Black brown body, with a thick tan head. Very smooth with a great alcohol kick. Terrific roasted quality. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 00:27:53 | More by adammills
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

this one is sold as Sinha Stout here in Canada, but the label is otherwise the same.

pours an opaque black with 3/4" of dense brown head. the head is slow to drop and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is nice. roasty and malty. coffee and milk chocolate. bready malt. has a bright and fresh character that is not typical of a stout.

taste is nice. strong burnt roastyness. dark chocolate. dried cranberries. mild bitterness. nice caramel sweetness. very well balanced.

mouthfeel is great. good mouthfeel that isn't overly heavy. nice carbonation level.

drinkability is great. really tasty and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 01:48:51 | More by grub
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark walnut with a decent head. The head is short-lived and leaves no lace.

Sweet, roasted nose with coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee and dark chocolate are also present in the taste, along with some toastiness. The beer is a little too sweet up front, but has a decently bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is confused, with sweet syrupiness followed by thinness.

Passable, but there are more enjoyable stouts to be had.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 21:03:13 | More by TerryW
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 17-ounce snifter at cellar temp (~50 deg. F). Black-coffee dark brown with a rather substantial creamy and crater-pocked dark-tan head. Black cherry and dried fig aromas mix with a pronounced boozy scent. Fruit aromas lighten up and reveal fresh fig and roasty chocolate aspects. Interesting and complex. Black roasted malt flavor up front, becoming dark booze-soaked cherries and prunes. Dry, astringent alcohol presence in both taste and mouthfeel; chocolate and dark-roasted coffee at the finish. Vinous berry flavors in the aftertaste. Some definitely noticeable alcohol sharpness on the palate -- jarring at first, but then it cedes to a smoother, almost (but not quite) silky slickness. Actually, the alcohol seems to meld pretty well with the other flavors, tying them together with a dry oakiness, all while remaining distinct and apparent. Hmmm; root beer flavors in the burps!(?) In all, Lion Stout makes me think -- if it is at all representative of the style -- that Foreign/Export Stouts are akin to "junior" Russian Imperial Stouts -- sort of a "warm up" to those larger, more over-the-top relations. In any case, very drinkable. Secure recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 01:19:03 | More by orfeu
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark brown with average carbonation. The head is a small tan 1 finger and no lace.

The smell is toasty, dark nutty roasted malt.

The taste follows, some coffee and chocolate notes. Nice pleasent roasty taste is very good.

The mouthfeel would be better with better carbonation. Medium to full bady.

The drinkability is good but I can get better and will do so. MK

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 05:43:00 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Rudgers73

New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 330 mL glass bottle.

A- Never seen so much head from an imperial stout. It foams up like a fine belgian dubbel or tripel taking up half of the glass and then cascading down for a few seconds almost resembling a nitro-can pour. Settles into a froathy, foamy head sitting on top of a dark brown/black liquid.

S- Dry, roasted, oak, earthy.

T- This is very much like a dry stout. Deep burnt nutty flavor with hints of burnt hops toward the end. This is very good. There is a sweet alcohol taste at the finish. Coffee taste poking out throughout.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and dry. The bitterness at the end bites the sides of your tongue.

D- Nice, bold flavor. Very drinkable. No wonder it won 5 international gold awards.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 01:09:46 | More by Rudgers73
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 21:39:22 | More by Dogbrick
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

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

Pours a very dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Three finger head, dark tan and creamy, holds well leaving good spotty lacing. Coffee/roasted barley aromas, mild phenols and notes of dark chocolate. Very sweet upfront, big roast flavor, slight phenolic fruitiness. Drying aftertaste with lots of coffee, mild baker's chocolate, and the fruitiness fades quickly. Acrid roast flavor balances fine without need for much hop charcater, good example of style. Medium carbonation and medium-full body lend a silky and rich mouthfeel with an appropriatly mild crispness. Finishes residual with a spicy cola/caramon flavor and hint of phenol but reatains a respectable drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 06:37:17 | More by PBRstreetgang
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from Toronto. Only $1.85 per bottle. Poured a nice dark color, no light passing through. A thick coffee colored head formed but dissipated leaving a nice thin film that left some light lacing. looked the top of an espresso. Nice sweet coffee aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate. A good bitterness sneaks in first on the palate. A very smooth combination of dark roasted and chocolate malts.A good chocolatey sweetness with a smooth almost silky feel like a milk stout. At 8% I didn't find the alcohol overly present or interfering. A good froth sweetens the brew and brings out a nice bittersweet taste from the roasted barley. I drank this as an after-dinner beer and it was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 02:45:14 | More by ByTor2112
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours a coal black with a creamy cocoa head that thins, but maintains. Sparse lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very roasty with pronounced chocolate. There are also some notable espresso and dark fruity scents woven in.

Taste is a fantastic blend of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a layer of espresso and dark fruity flavors. Slightly bitter towards the finsh, it finishes with a lingering roasty chocolate taste.

Medium body, creamy texture.

This is a very fine stout in every regard. The taste says that this beer is quite sessionable, but the ABV lets you know otherwise. I will certainly make this one a regular in my fridge - as long as my local liquor store keeps stocking it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 03:38:23 | More by MaltyGoodness
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xav33

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lion Stout
625 ml bottle
Recent bottling, savoured 09/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured black with a huge light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing. Glass had a very dim brown tinge once finished.

Smelt of heavy chocolate, with light coffee, roasted malt, herbs and port.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet chocolate and light acidic fruitiness, followed by a lingering heavy bitter roasted taste, with tinges of clove honey, soy sauce and red wine. Mouthfeel was light, fizzy, oily, and the finish lightly alcoholic and heavily astringent.

Overall, a perfectly balanced foreign stout that packs a punch on aroma and taste, and hides the abv wonderfully.

Side Note: I've tried this with freshly squeezed mango juice, 1 part juice 1 part Lion Stout. The Sri Lankan locals apparently make a cocktail that involves mango juice, passion fruit and Lion Stout, but I haven't a clue where to get passion fruit. Close enough, the result was equally eye opening.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 04:44:10 | More by xav33
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Beaver13

Colorado

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

625 ml bottle. Pours a dark, nearly opaque, brown with a creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is musty roasted malts, dark fruits and a little alcohol and some off notes (DMS?).

The flavor is roasted chocolate and sweet creamy lactose with a touch of coffee. It leads to a crisp, lightly bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.

Overall, a decent stout. It's more subdued than I was expecting, but still nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 05:11:09 | More by Beaver13
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a creamy one and a half finger head that is fairly short lived.

S - Dates, honey, molasses and faint soy sauce, but it meshes well.

T - There is a bit of chocolate and burnt malt flavor. Some faint lemony sour citrus notes make an appearance. Good.

M - Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and refreshing. Velvety comes to mind.

D - This goes down like water and completely masks the abv. It is defintely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 21:23:04 | More by mrasskicktastic
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goo

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a pitch black with tinted head. The head fades quickly into lacing.

S: Smells distinctly of coffee with a bit of chocolate. Pretty Fantastic

T: Tastes the way is smells. Some nice sweetness to the drink and a decent amount of coffee comes through.

M:Mild/Moderate carbonation maybe a bit creamy goes down nicely.

D: Dangerously drinkable, i never looked at the ABV until after I drank it and I wold have never guessed 8%

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 01:13:09 | More by goo
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 04:32:18 | More by ZAP
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Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as Sinha stout here in Canada, it is the same beer as the label and facts are the same. The pour is stout-like with an opaque beer flowing into my glass and developing a caramel head of creamy foam with only moderate staying power. Lacing is present and abundant.

Aromas are gentle and initially of coffee, molasses and some malt with currants and blueberries creeping into the profile midway through. The finish is reminescent of charred grain husks with a resurgence of sweet molasses, but remains subdued.

As with the aromas the flavours and mouthfeel are toned down and do not give away an alcohol by volume of 8.0%. Slim bodied and medium dry for such a big beer, malt flavours express themselves up front with a touch of cocoa. A hint of brett emerges to highlight a faint spiciness that tries to camouflage some warming alcohol that also lends some bitterness. The finish is on the short side but displays some notes of chocolate and a pleasant residual sugar.

Interesting and somewhat flavourful, it reminds me of the Dragon Stout from another tropical region but lacking the finesse of this brew.

Santé

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 01:54:07 | More by Beersignal
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.