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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,311 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,311
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 50
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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dcook11

California

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-17-2011 10:10:07 | More by dcook11
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DuffDaddy

Florida

5/5  rDev +27.2%

10-02-2013 12:45:16 | More by DuffDaddy
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EmmetD

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-14-2011 22:45:12 | More by EmmetD
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jmpowell

Georgia

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-04-2011 04:55:33 | More by jmpowell
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RusImpStoLuv

Michigan

4.95/5  rDev +26%

This is my go to stout! At any time a bomber of this goes down sooo smooth, almost too smooth. At above 8% it sure has the ability to go down quick. Beautiful in the glass. Dark fruit aroma, with coffee and chocolates as well on the palate. Some may not like it, some may think its too cheap in a sense...but to me, for the price, year round availability and great all around character of this brew, it's a winner. Cheers!

02-25-2014 01:59:21 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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irishbrendan

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +25.4%

Found at local store wanted to try the difference between Guinness foreign extra stout, and a non-Irish foreign extra stout found that Lion was and exceptionally smooth drink with enough kick to make the stout very well in the winter. I've referred this beer to other to definitely put on there list to try

01-08-2011 04:56:37 | More by irishbrendan
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Ottoman112579

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +25.4%

This is an exceptional tasting stout. The mix of roasted malts, vanilla, cherry, coffee, and chocolate make this stout among the true leaders in taste. Very easy on the pallet making this stout a good compliment to desserts.

The appearance is pitch black and the aroma is very distinct. The smell of chocolate is strong but does not overpower the subtle aroma of cherry and vanilla.

I would highly recommend this to any fan of stouts!

06-10-2010 01:41:00 | More by Ottoman112579
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BlueHammer

Connecticut

4.9/5  rDev +24.7%

In one word: Excellent. I do love stouts and I was excited to try one from a country I do not usually purchase beer from. The beer was poured dark brown, almost black with a thick tan head that left decent lacing. It smelled of caramel and raisins. The taste had a tangy start and a malty finish, giving it a great balance. It was fun each time I put it in my mouth and I looked forward to each new sip! The taste, much like the smell also had hints of caramel, raisins, and espresso. The finish was like bittersweet chocolate. Highly recommended.

06-28-2008 03:49:03 | More by BlueHammer
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +24.7%

Had this beer back in the day from a beer of the month club and I always wanted to get my hands on it again. This beer pours black with a nice light brown head. Smell is great: coffee, chocolate, caramel and brownies. Taste is even better, sweet dark chocolate with roasted coffee, perfectly balanced so its not overly sweet. Very smooth and drinkable; pair this with chocolate chip brownies at you own discretion cause it may cause a diabetic seizure. This is probably the best stout I can remember having. Near perfect.

07-14-2007 07:42:21 | More by saintwarrick
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%

Lion Stout has an extraordinarily thick, creamy, beige head and a black appearance (light reddish-brown around the edges). The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, licorice, and confectionery sugar. Taste is of licorice, dark-roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark coffee, cream, brandy wine, and grain. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and Lion Stout finishes heavy, sweet, syrupy, and awesomely delicious. Overall, this is one of the best beers I have every had the pleasure to drink. I rate it about as high as one could rate a beer. Terrific!

RJT

02-04-2012 17:21:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
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keithmurray

New York

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%

Got 2-6pks from BOTW in Rochester.

The beer pours an opaque nearly jet black colour, very little head.

Smell is of burnt toffee, coffee, chocolate and mocha

Taste is malty upfront, full robust flavours of caramel, chocolate, coffee and toffee. taste is slightly sweet (but not too sweet) with a nice balanced bitterness, this is nearly perfection in my book.

Mouthfeel is excellent, the flavors just explode into the mouth, thick and chewy, for a 9% ABV, this is really drinkable.

This is one of my top 3 beers to drink at any point. This will be a staple in my fridge for the forseeable future.

12-10-2009 02:22:33 | More by keithmurray
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maketheheartglad

North Carolina

4.84/5  rDev +23.2%

A - It's black with a chocolate milk head.

S - It's smells like dark fruit and rum.

T - It tatses like dried fruit, particularly prunes (which i like) and rum at the end.

M - It feels thick.

O - I love it. It is the best stout I've had so far. Sure I've had Guinness . I didn't enjoy Duck-Rabbit's milk stout. I liked North Coast's Old Rasputin, but I like this even more than the others it seems like I can tastes more things. Perhaps the flavors I perceive and enjoy will change in the future.

05-27-2013 04:05:54 | More by maketheheartglad
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

12-26-2006 05:19:06 | More by tendermorsel
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mambiso1123

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

I bought a bottle of this on impulse at a bar that sells beer from around the world. I'd never heard of this brew, but I decided to give Sri Lanka a try.

Wow.

This blew me away. It has a nice chocolatey flavor, but it's thick and smooth at the same time. It's strong enough that you can only have 2 without getting plastered.

I just bought a six pack from a high end liquor store for 9.99. Imagine, swill sells for about 2 dollars less. This will be on frequent rotation in my fridge. A great find!!!!

05-05-2009 23:58:03 | More by mambiso1123
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yesyouam

New York

4.8/5  rDev +22.1%

This stout is the black of black chocolate. The head is huge, mocha brown, creamy and frothy. The head has great stamina and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and a dash of lemon peel. The mouth feel is full and creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor is that of everything in the aroma. It is well bittered and the long aftertaste tapers to the semi-sweet of dark chocolate. Incredible beer!
(rated Feb 13, 2007)

12-15-2008 14:24:38 | More by yesyouam
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americanwolfdrea

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

03-04-2008 21:09:50 | More by americanwolfdrea
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Sigmund

Norway

4.78/5  rDev +21.6%

330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. Label says for some reason "Lion Dark Beer" in stead of "Lion Stout", but there’s no doubt that this is the very same beer. Otherwise the label is exactly the same, so is the ABV and the characteristics of the beer. Pitch black colour, impenetrable for light. Large and thick brown head. A real beauty! Excellent aroma of various types of wood, tar, leather, tobacco. Full and rich flavour where the roastiness and hops are perfectly balanced with the velvety sweetness. Extremely drinkable. It’s debatable whether "the perfect stout" exists, but the Lion must be pretty close!

03-02-2005 20:49:36 | More by Sigmund
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Beerking721

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +21.6%

Man... Michael Jackson's favorite stout of all time. What more can I say?

Absolutely phenomenal!

A = Midnight out in the middle of the country (with no light polution). This beer is as black as they come. Rich head and lace upon pour and consumption.

S = Wonderful scent of deeply roasted malts complimenting with a buttery richness and essence of wood (hickory?).

T = Highly concentrated flavors of holland chocolate, roasted expresso, and a hint of oatmeal. This beer is all about the roast.

M = Rich - viscous - creamy - smooth.

D = Definalely not a session beer, this quaff is best served at cellar temp and allowed time to "breath." As this occurs, a velvety smoothness will eminate. To be slowly savored!

07-24-2008 14:40:19 | More by Beerking721
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Bestuurder

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +21.6%

Exceptional beer! Poured from a standard brown bottle into a 350cl dunkel glass.

The colour was dark, black and non-luminous. With a beautiful brown head about an inch thick, with balanced lacing throughout consumption.

Excellently balanced with hard malt and chocolate notes. Mild off-bitterness to the nose and moderate coffee aroma.

Flavour is pronounced and affectionate. Chocolate, coffee and oak are very apparent. The higher alcohol can be noted on swirling, but not over-powering.

Drinkability and mouthfeel go together very well. Very easy on the palate and another bottle is of easy consumption.

Overall, this is fantastic brew that deserve higher credit amongst all dark brew drinkers. Very balanced and original.

Cheers.

03-08-2010 02:16:12 | More by Bestuurder
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JasonEames

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

02-20-2013 23:36:34 | More by JasonEames
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hbis2gut

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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!

07-28-2001 12:36:47 | More by hbis2gut
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tjsmith910

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

04-13-2014 15:57:50 | More by tjsmith910
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Noelito76

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

10-14-2013 11:25:52 | More by Noelito76
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rednuht

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

05-14-2012 05:38:58 | More by rednuht
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Smokezz

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-27-2013 21:55:40 | More by Smokezz
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,311 ratings.