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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,329 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,329
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of pootz
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle: poured a pitch black with a gorgeous mocha puffy cap. Moderate carbonation for a bottle conditioned ale. Nose recalls coffee, dried fruits, toasted caramel sweetness and grassy hops. Full bodied, rich, and silky mouth feel. What a wonderful mix of flavors..all very mellow and not sharp or over bearing: cocoa, chickory, dates, musty apple, slightly charred toast...all kept in balance with lashings of lemon grass acidity from the hops and a soft drying charred finish that is totally in balance with sweet caramel tones...the finish is the mellowest, evenly balanced I have ever tasted in a stout...this is a world class stout and probably the best foreign stout available in bottles. Smooth, well rounded and very drinkable for a stout.

pootz, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of beerguy23
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

beerguy23, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Wobbly, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Josh012012
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Josh012012, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Dapperticus, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of dookiebrown
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

dookiebrown, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of themantis13
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

themantis13, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of tchenery
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks like a true stout. Pourrs a deep, deep brown (pretty much black) color. It has an off-white/tan head that leaves a nice lacing.

It smells like dark chocolate and dates or raisins. At 8% you can certainly smell the alcohol, but it blends nicely.

It tastes very soft on the palate, especially for its ABV level. I had imagined it would taste more of dark chocolate than it does, but to me it has more of a raisin, bread pudding flavor. There are coffee notes on the very very end.

It's not sweet, but it's not dry either. Very well balanced beer, especially for the amount of malts that must have been used.

tchenery, May 27, 2010
Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

hansavijaticar, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of DoctorDog
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A- Oily black/opaque. Pours with ~2 fingers of fluffy light brown head, which fades slowly, leaving a thin cap. Ample lacing noted.

S- Even with severely diminished olfactory capacity due to a cold, smell of sweet chocolate, coffee, and a hint of a liquor/molasses. Extremely pleasing aroma that has me ready to dive right in.

T- A bit of sweet chocolate, coffee, and molasses flavors. The alcohol is very well concealed/blended here. Excellent.

M- Smooth and creamy.

D- A fantastic desert/late night sipper, but even so, I could've sucked down a few of these in a row. Very, very drinkable for an 8% ABV stout.

Future outlook: Repeat business imminent.

DoctorDog, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I got this I saw what the price tag was and I was hoping that it was going to be good. I took a 4 pack to my friends house one chilly night in 2008. The beer poured out as a dark black brew that had foamy brown colored head. The head settles a bit but still managed to leave a pretty good lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer is very roasted with a good amount of coffee on the nose. The taste has some really nice roasted flavors in there mixed with chocolate. The mouthfeel is pretty thick feeling. Overall this beer is very enjoyable to me. I am glad I've had it and I'd really like to have it again one day.

Knapp85, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of richgro
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

richgro, Oct 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

little_star, May 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

aaronblain22, Jun 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

meltroha, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of jbierling
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

jbierling, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of rbthuffman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

rbthuffman, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of tanousa
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful dark tone with a nice tan head.

S- Mocha , roasty smell and bitter chocolate.

T- Nice tasre of molasses , chocolate and coffe, very complex flavors mixed in this stout.

M- Nice body, little to medium carbonation , cramy and delicious.

D- you can drink more than one because its so good but remember the 8 % ABV , this beauty can get you in trouble!

tanousa, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

thinwhiteduke, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

jzlyo, Jul 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great stout and, for me, it fits the Foreign/Export style quite well. Lion Stout pours wall to wall black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is cacao nibs, cocoa, coffee and a sharp fruitiness - apricots, strawberries, grapes - that differentiates it from most imperial stouts. The fruit notes come through in the flavor with a refreshing acidity. The beer starts sweet with cocoa and coffee and finishes with acidity and smoke. It's quite easy to drink. The creamy mouthfeel helps, as well. This beer has a lot of roasted malt character and manages also to be refreshing. Great stuff.

popery, May 30, 2010
Photo of Thirsty_Teacher
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Thirsty_Teacher, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of lilnicky068
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

lilnicky068, Jun 05, 2014
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.