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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,269 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,269
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 48
Gots: 31 | 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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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
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque brown, as expected from a stout, with thick, pillowy tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma was a mixture of chocolate and toffee, all under the malty sweet umbrella. Flavor was very sweet, and most predominantly caramel, with a hint of chocolate. Because the body was fairly thin, the finish was slightly watery, but mostly a smooth aftertaste of sweet malty toffee and choclate. A good Stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 01:45:40 | More by kimcgolf
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Drew966

Florida

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

Lion Stout pours an opaque black with a thick tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild, but has notes of chocolate and coffe. The taste also has chocolate and coffe notes. Nice thick mothfeel. An enjoyable stout. I would say it is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 23:12:29 | More by Drew966
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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

I've been looking for this one for quite a while and was pumped to see it for a reasonable price at Belmont Party Supply when visiting buddies in Dayton, Ohio.

This export stout pours black to the core and represents with both foamy head and respectabe lacing. Almost picture perfect. Nose is dense and deep with stolid coffee and chocolate.

The taste repeats the chocolate and coffee barrage begun in the nose and finishes with a surprising burst of sourness. The texture is pleasant with thickness and fluidity both.

This is far better than I expected and probably the best Asian beer I've ever had, and I've had a bunch.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 04:10:03 | More by daliandragon
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep black with large bubbles creating a thin tan head.

S - Chocolate with a slight hint of dark fruits.

T - Chocolate with dark fruits. Slightly sweet and roasty.

M - Very carbonated. Creamy but slightly on the heavy side due to the amount of carbonation.

D - This one goes down way too easy for 8%. Feels a little heavier than it is due to the heavy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 01:33:28 | More by brewcrew76
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Jhun

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I was in the liqour store looking through the fairly large beer selection and I saw this by itself and in a six pack, so I decided to pick up the six for ten bucks.
I opened it up and poured it into a nice clear glass and danm me if it didn't look just perfect nice and dark like a stout should be.
It smelt strongly of chocolate to me and just a hint of alchohol just to where it was actually refreshing.
I thought it was a creamy texture and just like the smell a chocolaty flavour and a refreshing amount of alchohol with it to give it a nice bite.
I in the end got drunk off of it and Finnegans Irish amber. I really enjoyed every bit off it. As you can See I highly recomend it!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 05:17:08 | More by Jhun
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DaveFL1976

Florida

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

A bomber of 8% stout for $2.99? Might as well try it, I suppose.
It pours black, like black black, and is topped by a lively tan head that settles down to a skim but never completely disappears. Sticks to the side, too. So far, so good!
Aroma isn't as impressive. A bready nose to it. A little bit of chocolate malt peeks through, though.
The taste comes through, though. Nice and chocolaty. Dry baker's chocolate and maybe some coffee come through as well. A medium. Alcohol's not really noticable, and this brew has a nice, full taste. Mouthfeel's a little heavier than average, and carbonation is moderate. Everything comes together pretty well in this brew, and I'm impressed. Tastes about the same as a Rogue Mocha Porter for $2 less per bomber. Horray!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 20:25:17 | More by DaveFL1976
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – 625 ml bottle from Half Time. What a head, tan, thick, creamy, long lasting and it leaves a solid sheet of lacing. The beer itself is opaque dark brown.

Smell – Subdued aroma, understated roast with some caramel and a distant vinous character. Hard to compare to any other beer that I have had.

Taste – Sweet toffee up front, mild flavor despite the high alcohol. Light chocolate roast, nowhere near as intense as in most other big stouts. Hopping in low, just enough to barely hold the sweetness back. There is also a mild acidity that increases the refreshing character of the beer, but that gets a bit old by the end of the big bottle.

Mouthfeel – Full and smooth despite medium-high carbonation for a stout.

Drinkability & Notes – Talk about a big summertime stout, this beer is exactly right for sipping on a warm evening. I am happy that this one seems to have made it to me in good condition, one of the tastier beers from Asia that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 19:40:20 | More by OldSock
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thelagerheads

Michigan

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

In between bites of my bologna and mustard sandwich and dabblings in the fine delicacies of M&Ms chocolates and swigs of Lion Stout I can't help but be reminded of St. Augustine: "All things that are corrupted are deprived of good. But if they are deprived of all good, they will cease to exist. In so far as they exist they are good. Evil is no substance." But how can this be when EVIL is the man who has never gotten his PAWS around a LION STOUT?!?!

So what is it about me and coffee? I've never drunk the stuff more than 10 times in my life and each time with more sugar than a Pepsi and half milk. I'm a late comer to beer as well so it's quite peculiar that in concert these two should form the corpus of my favorite brews. I literally want to hug this lion. Both for the 8% alcohol involuntary lovefest and also to squeeze the daylights out of Michael Jackson (the brew guru) and his big mustache who adorn the back label. It also comes in a top-notch case which is as good looking as a hat box. 5 knocking stars and filaments.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 21:00:39 | More by thelagerheads
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured from the bottle labeled "Sinha Stout" into the glass a deep almost black with a dark tan head. Smell is clean with some coffee and roasted malt notes. These roasted malts make their way into the flavor, quite pleasant. This is however quite a bitter brew and the roasted malts are very pronounced, this makes it a slow drinking brew, but still a very good one.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 04:23:58 | More by funkengruven
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baiser

Massachusetts

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

Pours a thick, syrupy midnight black, with 2 fingers of tan coloured head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and some toffee notes. Taste of molasses and sweet prunes, with some chocolate and bitter/burnt coffee to finish. Would like to see it a little less carbonated for a smoother beer and better mouthfeel. It has a bit of acidic/twangy character to it. Overall, a pretty good stout, and one where you don't notice the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 03:00:34 | More by baiser
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wjimson

Antarctica

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

The expiry date on the bottle reads July 06, and the name reads "Sinha stout". Poured it into a Guinness glass. The colour is black while the head is of a lighter colour. The smell is not noticeable. The bitter chocolate and roast coffee flavours are pronouced. Yet, the beer surprisingly smooth for a its alcohol strength of 8%. The taste of the alcohol is hidden very well and only comes out near the end. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter without being tangy and flat. I would definately get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 19:18:24 | More by wjimson
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with a thick dark head. As I've said in the past, this is my ideal perfect appearance for a beer, therefore it gets five. Smell is very moderate, a bit malty.

Taste is very malty, sweet and creamy. A hint of fruits, tastes almost like roasted nuts. For strong beer, the alcohal is almost non existant in the taste.

Mouthfull is very thick and smooth, it would seem ideal to drink this in the Winter. Suprising that it comes from a tropical country like Sri Lanka. Drinkability, very easy to drink. Despite having all the qualities of a dark beer, it does not go overboard on any of it's qualities.

Would highly recommend if you can find it. For it's price, taste and content it is definatly worth it.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 05:53:53 | More by CrazyMike
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Higravity

Michigan

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

I had the lager <shudder> now on to the stout. Nice deep cocoa color with a tan head that yeilds some lacing. Smells of a nice blend of roastyness and linger sweet malt but a little too clean. Nice flavoring for a company that makes sucha bad lager. Full robust roasted flavors with a touch of alcohol. Nice decnt stout body, I will visit this again as the $2 price was nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 19:44:21 | More by Higravity
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DrZarkov

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I actually stumbled apon this beer by accident. I ordered something else and was brought the Lion Stout, but after one taste it I was rather pleased by the mix up.
Appearence was dark and rich. The taste and mouthfeel were superb. I was reminded of a Scotch Ale, but much darker with a more coffee and chocolately taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 17:15:15 | More by DrZarkov
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice find from Bottleworks in Seattle. 625ml bottle. Coal black with a sturdy brown head that took up nearly 3/4 of my Lion tulip glass. This one needs a slow, gentle pour. Does not give off a cola-like appearance I've found in other export stouts.

Decent stout smell. Roasted malts, traces of chocolate and mocha. Slightly sweet wine smell. Not nearly as sweet as Dragon Stout, and much more in-line with what I expect from any stout.

Taste wise, this does not disappoint. Rich roasted malt flavour, with a good dose of dark chocolate and hints of black coffee. Lacks the sweet cola notes of Dragon; again, this is more what I expected from an export stout. No traces of alcohol.

Great mouthfeel; good, thick body with minimal carbonation. Easy to drink, even from this size of bottle. A nice rich export stout. I look forward to having more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 06:55:55 | More by BDTyre
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon seeing the country of origin and the bottle’s bible black contents —I had to experience this stout from Ceylon.

It cascaded into my glass producing an immediate dense off tan head which fueled my curiosity as to this beer's meritorious profile.

The head arose, flourished and then retreated to whence it came leaving little trace but a scant bevel of foam clinging to the perimeter of my glass.

This beer presented a small perhaps non-existent nose.

On first tasting, this dark full bodied stout produced a starburst of flavor-- predominant hops, notes of chocolate, toasted grain, a sprite of coffee.

Unfortunately the flavor was a rather curt performance-- a blaze of glory and then—the hole in the middle head heralded what was to come. Under the gusto of the start, the body was lacking-- there was something oddly transparent—maybe the right word is “nonexistent”.

The finish was clean and short. I wasn’t surprised as it trailed along with it’s precursor-- the vestige of the initial flavor.

Nevertheless this beer has a rather cordial mouthfeel and although the flavor endurance in my opinion leaves something to be desired, it is nonetheless an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 06:43:31 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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asabreed

New York

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

Been wanting to try this for a while and recently picked up a bottle. It's almost 90 degrees in Richmond right now, but I'm ready for this guy right now. Here we go.

Appearance: A huge off white head that unfortunately dissipates rather quickly. Body is black and opaque as far as I can tell; not light's coming through in the least. Spotty lacing, but enough to keep it interesting.

Smell: Lots of toasted malt characteristics, along with a lot of sweet malt and fruit. I get some plum and dark berries. Also some semi sweet chocolate, some figs, and a seemingly good amount of hops to curb some of the sweetness and balance it out.

Taste: A very nice balance of everything in the aroma without going overboard. It doesn't pack as much of a punch as I'd hoped for, and with that this would be a much higher rating. I think that's due to the finish; the flavors are so strong and balance initially, but by the end, they don't necessarily die off, they're just fairly vague. There's lots of roasted malt and fruit characteristics in the initial sips, though, that I like a lot. And for how much malt and sweetness there is, enough hops are there to really meld everything together.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy without the creaminess of something like an Imperial. More carbonation and it'd be maybe a bit astringent, but as it is it's going down pretty well.

Drinkability: Lots of flavor without going overboard. And wow, this went down extremely quickly. Without the possible Imperial-like cloying or syrupy nature, this goes down pretty easy. It's balanced, flavorful, and doesn't present itself at all even close to 8% ABV. I'll be drinking this again, especially come fall and winter.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 19:13:26 | More by asabreed
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WonderWoman

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate color with a khaki foam that fell to a trace around the rim of the glass.
Smells of roasted malt, figs, and dates. It kind of reminds me of a camp fire.
Tastes of smoky dark chocolate and tamarind juice.
Mouth feel is heavy and smooth with a lingering coat of film in the back of my throat.
This is a great stout has a lot of body it, great for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 00:32:33 | More by WonderWoman
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark black with a billowing tan and copper head that fell to a small creamy head that left behind a some nice, thin lace.

Smells of dry, roasted barley, a touch of coffee, popcorn and a slight medicinal cherry. There’s also a slight woody, oaky essence that ties the smells together with a very organic feel.

Starts very smooth with a delicately roasted, smoky barley and with a light, sour, tingly sensation around the edges of my tongue but then picks up a blueberry and cherry sweetness. The sweetness then collapses back into the smoke to pick up a toasted coffee in the finish with just a touch of oaky sourness and a dry honey flavor. The dynamics here are really something!

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a very thin carbonation that adds a tingly element to the dryer flavors. This felt a little heavy to me.

I’m liking this one. The flavors are really subdued, but quite wonderfully blended together. Inconspicuous, but delightful!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 00:17:59 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Westsidethreat

California

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

A: Deep deep dark roasted brown color. Pillowing beige head with tight bubble forms nice lace around the glass.

S: Notes of sour, lactose, molasses, prunes, milk chocolate and alcohol

T: Starts with milky sweetness. Hints of caramal, latte, milk chocolate and toffee. Moments of grape juice and marshmallow. Finishes with lots of rounded roasted malts.

M: Good texture and consistency. Not too syrupy.

D: Fantastic stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 00:00:23 | More by Westsidethreat
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,269 ratings.