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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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881 Reviews

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Reviews: 881
Hads: 1,545
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 67
Gots: 102 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001

The dark caramel, large dense headed brew, with its 8.8% alcoholic content, is unique due to its sweet notes of chocolate and coffee interspersed into a foundation of dark roasted barley. Symbolic black to denote leadership, power, focus and strength, is dominant in the labeling as the lion journeys in the twilight unafraid, unbowed and unchallenged.
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Reviews: 881 | Hads: 1,545
Photo of kbutler1
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers that I have enjoyed for a number of years!
Appearance: Pours a deep black color with a coffee colored head
Smell: Sweet but I picked up a little hint of smoke as well
Taste: More mild than other strong stouts I have had before. Some sweet characteristics come through from start to finish
Mouthfeel: To me, it has a great mouthfeel, being not too light and not too heavy
Drinkability: Well, being 8%, I'm not sure how many I could drink in a row, but the alcohol is delivered very smoothly and not overpowering.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - As ferocious as its label, Lion Stout (I always want to say "Lion's"), pours an active black, with a 2" head that matches the lion's ... er ... lion mane. Good lacing and retention.

S - I smell chocolate. I smell black patent

T - I taste chocolate. Plus a sweet burst of alcohol, that warms you in the finish. 8% ABV. This is a bold stout Sri Lanka.

M - Nice light carbonation for a stout. Very clean.

D - If you like your stouts with a little punch, then look no further.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 625ml bottle into a chalice.
A - Poured super dense black with beautiful tan head that stays stacked up. Nice lacing.
S - Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit.
T - Dark fruit, rich dark malt with a nice chocolate aftertaste.
M/F - Thick and smooth. It is creamy with very nice carbonation and subtle.
D - It's great - a very nice stout to sip.

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Photo of starsbleedblue
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a-jet black in color with a thick caramel colored head
s- very sweet smelling, like a malty mocha with some vanilla notes
t- super rich espresso and chocolate... its like dessert in a bottle:)
m- thick, creamy, and velvety smooth
d- this is already one of my favorites so ill definitely be having it again

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black into the pub pint glass, with a surprising amount of fizzy carbonation. So, far, not like any stout I've had before. Got a good two and a half inches of mocha head, almost to the point of overflowing the lip of the glass. Head died quickly, leaving some spotty lacing and a thin film.

The most immediate aroma is booze. Subsequent sniffs reveal roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, but the booze is still there.

The taste is another surprise. Smooth, not harsh as the smell would indicate. Silky, but a little watery mouthfeel. I get burnt coffee and malt on the tongue, with a booze bite on the finish. Not harsh, though. Settled on smooth: taste and feel.

The high ABV is noticed halfway through.

This one comes highly recommended by a few folks, and the guy at the bottleshop offered to buy it back if I didn't like it. They were all correct. This one should be on the must-have list for anyone who's a fan of stouts.

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Photo of migwell
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I probably tend to over-rate this stout, having spent a year and a half cycling through Southern Asia, but it stands out so much compared to the general run of lackluster beers and second rate stouts that the difference is quite dramatic.

In a geographical area where finding even an 'adequate' beer is problematic, to tumble on a world class stout was a very pleasant shock. I never found this on tap, which I imagine would have been even better, but it ranks second in my experience to a nicely pulled Guinness pint in a pub in Ireland.

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Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ebony with an attractive camel head. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Colour is dark as midnight. Smells like a good stout should. Roasty malts, coffee, prunes, and hints of Belgian chocolate. Mouthful is a rewarding combo of thick and creamy perfection.

Taste is more complex than the nose, as dried fruits(prunes and raisins) and a touch of hops make their entrance. Very satisfying from start to finish.

Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, had a bunch of these and advertised the Michael Jackson accolades. The Vintage Cellar also posts the Top 50 BA ratings, and had a few Westy 12's when I stoppee by. I'll review the Westy later.

Lion Stout is a worthy concoction. Thoroughly enjoyable and English in character. Deserving of its praise.

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Photo of adsomers
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went from having a dismissive attitude about this beer to considering it a favorite. That it is so cheap and accessible is a welcome bonus.

I'll skip the detailed review and just say that it ain't your everyday stout. It has.a fruity sweetness to it but is not overly rich. There's a sight tartness to it that make it quite refreshing IMO. The head is creamy and leaves a nice lace. Most of all, this beer is digestible, like a good abbey or Trappist ale.

Highly recommended but leave yuor expectations at the door.

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Photo of Greg_MacLeod
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown to black color with thick caramel colored foam.

Sweet toasty malt smell.

There are a lot of different flavors going on in this beer. It starts out with a carmel / chocolate / fruity sweetness, lots of malt grain flavor, and just enough bitter coffee and hops flavor for a great finish. Every sip is a treat.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Well suited for a stout.

Overall this is one of my absolute favorite stouts. It has great flavor and wonderful drinkability. A single serving of this will cost you a small fortune where I live in Thailand, but it is a fortune well spent.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of thepeter
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my favorite Stouts hands down for quite a while. Pours a lamost pitch black with a thich dense tan head leaving velvety lacing and a thin remnance of a head. Aromas of Roasted barley dominate, coffee and cocoa come up big and, nut, raisin, and alcohol round it out a bit as well. Taste also sees a lot of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. The chocolate is there but it is a dry cocoa taste and the sweetness seems to be a bit of dark fruit. The aftertaste is perfect. Dry and clean, and the alcohol is not very noticable.
This beer feels great in my mouth perfect bubbles that coat the tongue and clense the palate. A great Beer to pair with dessert (making my store bought vanilla cookies 10 time better!) For the style I think it is one of, if not the most drinkable example. I am very glad to be able to find this easily once again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dense black color with a thick creamy head that settles slowly. Lots of tan lace left in its wake.

Aroma gives off a sweetness like fresh cream; graham cracker; cherry pipe tobacco; roasted nuts; toffee. Subtle coffee in the background. The aroma seems to move from good to great as it warms.

Smokiness hits first, with chocolate, coffee, cherry, toffee, vanilla and graham cracker swirling around in the mix. Simply delicious.

Feels just a tad over-carbonated for the style and flavors. It's not thick, but doesn't need to be, maintaining a pleasing airy butteriness.

A bit dry, very smooth, and extremely well-incorporated 8% alcohol. A very good stout. Would be an excellent introduction to someone just discovering the style.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep, opaque black color. Large, thick, creamy brown head with very good retention and lacing. Certainly looks the part.

S: Molasses, sharp prune sweetness, coffee and dark chocolate are most noticeable. Definite alcohol aroma as well. A somewhat leathery nose, with vague hints of vanilla and smoke.

T: Sweet brown sugar and prunes up front, with coffee/dark chocolate lurking in the background. An almost lactic undertone as well. Some earthy hops give a bit of a bite and work well with the mocha flavors. A definite leathery/dried fruit nature to this one.

M: Actually much lighter in body than you might expect at first. Smooth and creamy, with subdued carbonation. Just a hint of dryness at the finish.

D: This one sips very, very easily. I actually wouldn't have minded it being a little thicker and chewier, with a fuller body. It's super easy to drink and very tasty. Count me as a fan.

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Photo of Mayhem976
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, unable to pass light through my glass as I hold it up to the light. Has a medium tan size head that fades quickly with small fingers.

S- Strong coffee smell, finishes off with a slight semi sweet chocolate smell. On smell alone I have to say this is the best smelling stout I've ever had the pleasure of inhaling.

T- Strong coffee and hop flavor, finishes with a "slight" bit of sweetness but not a chocolate sweetness which I would have loved.

M- Medium thickness with slight carbonation.

D- Great stout from Sri Lanka, almost perfect!

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big creamy mocha head over a deep black body. Outstanding lace and head retention. Aromas of vinous fruit, toasted malt, coffee and a hint of hops. Initial flavors of vinous fruit are soon joined by coffee, chocolate and roasted malt and a lingering toasted biscuit-character. Sweet, but not syrupy, with a faint trace of a hop bitterness lending it some balance. Warming alcohol is noticeable, but doesn’t detract from the flavor. Full-bodied with light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel from start to finish with a faint lingering bitterness. Coats the mouth and throat.

A beautiful well-crafted beer from Sri Lanka of all places. Multiple layers of flavor with a nice alcohol backbone. South Asia’s finest beer—by a long shot.

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Photo of zosoworm
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Mocha and Toffee up front with a toasty and caramel behind. A little alcohol warming as well.

Appearance: Black with a hint of copper. Dark tan head that last a good while.

Flavor: Sweetness on the tongue. Chocolate and toffee flavors. Moves to a dry finish and a caramel after taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy.

Overall: Nicely balanced. Good dark stout to drink on a cold night.

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml / 11.5oz brown bottle with an expiration date printed on the bottle. Stellar lacing on the glass with a ring being left nearly every sip. Coal black with virtually no light coming through.

Sweet molasses, prunes and black currants, thick roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate and a estery alcohol are all aromas I pick off of this stout.

Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy without a doubt, coffee and unsweetened chocolate come to mind at the first taste. Fruity twang in the middle of black currants, this twang doubles with a roasted grain flavour that is perfectly balanced. Hints of charcoal and earth run middle to end as the alcohol as kicks in with a warming estery character. Finishes slightly sweet with vague remnants of roastedness.

Not as complex as I thought it would be but that is finish being that a brew with such strength can be so drinkable. I’ll going back to this beer for sure.

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Photo of mscudder
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking at this beer in stores for well over a year and finally committed to grabbing a bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A - Dark chocolate brown with a massive tan head. Seems a bit less viscous than other stouts. Interesting.

S - There things here: caramel, chocolate and a bit of coffee. The combination leads to a rich coffee aroma that is not overpowering, good stuff!

T - Starts smooth with a silky texture. The beer moves on following some rich caramel malts into a bit of bitter/tart notes from the coffee. ABV is well hidden with just a pinch of warmth on the back end.

M - A medium body that has very little carbonation (which is a good thing to compliment the silky composition). Drinks fairly heavy but soft to the palette. I like it.

O - Very surprised with this beer, for I anticipated for it to much worse! A unique blend of flavors makes this one to try for sure. A fine way to mix up my normal rotation of stouts. Bravo!

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Photo of jordansbaker
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very sweet stout. Very different from the dry stouts I'm used to (guiness extra stout... etc.). Strong chocolate, light coffee, and roasty malt taste. Mouthfeel is thick and grainy, like a meal in a glass. I like to swish the last bit in the bottom to get the residue out of the bottle. Really fun to drink. What a surprise from Sri Lanka! Similar but better to other cream stouts I've had.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

625 ml Bottle reviewed on it's best before date (Sep 2011).

I was really impressed, this looked, smelled and tasted like a good quality Stout. Lovely velvety looks, those rich, smooth malty aromas of roasted and toasted barley just carried on into the mouth. Chocolate and mild Coffee flavours linger in the mouthfeel as the brew level slips slowly down the glass.

One of the simpleist and best tasting Stouts I've had, ever.

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Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black colored beer with an average tan head.

Smell is chocolate; coffee and figs with some cake like malt aromas. Slight acid edge to this mixes with the fruitiness to give it the smell of sour plums.

Taste is on the sweet side with a big chocolate flavor. There is a little blistered coffee bean flavor to this that gives a mocha flavor but it is really chocolate more than anything else is. Fruity flavors are in this too figs, and cherry. Quite tasty but this is my first beer of this style.

Mouthfeel is good and thick.

Extremely pleasant to drink. Tasty and a more complex than your average stout there are only few Stouts that are better than this one. Highly recommended.

Checked the other reviews, mine might seem a bit high but I stand by it, this is a damn tasty beer.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour into a pint glass, gives 3 fingers of mocha colored foam with little to no lacing. The beer itself is a opaque brown/black.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Definitely a sweet and inviting smell. Taste follows smell heavy with coffee, dark chocolate, and malts. There is a little bit of bitterness in its aftertaste, though more that of dark chocolate than hops.

It is surprisingly light bodied for a beer that is this dark and sweet- I was expecting a residual sweetness. The relatively simple, but good, flavor makes this a fairly drinkable brew.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish black color and has a huge, rocky, tan head. The aroma is very sweet and coffee like. It smells like a Starbuck's Frappachino. The taste is very full and smooth... lot's of coffee, chocolate and peat to tantalize your tongue. This is a very balanced stout, on par with a Sam Adam's Cream Stout. The only thing that hold it back is it's price. There are equal or better stouts for less than $9 a six pack.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw some potential in their Imperial Lager, I figured the Stout would prove solid. The beer pours an expected rich dark-brown hue, and an unexpected dense, viscous texture. The foamstand rises to an inch and remains firm through the session. Solid aromas of roasted barley, toast, rich coffee, and cocoa swirl around a mild fermented lactose sweet scent. Flavors closely follow those found in the aroma and remain bold and clean without ever waivering. The beer has no single character that rises above the rest, relying on balance and maturity to produce high quality. Full and rich to the mouth, without becomming thick or chewy. Finishes sweet and with a solid roasted barley flavor (not charcoal). It's difficult to find a more solidly brewed Stout, however it's lack of challenging character leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of EPseja
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed Lion glass from a 12oz can at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Dark, sepia brown with a creamy tight-bubbled cocoa-colored head. Very good retention and patchy, sporadic lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with background notes of raisins, soy and smoke.

T - Nicely smoky, like a slow-burning campfire. Almost burnt coffee sweetness up front followed by a slightly "stale" and mellow middle and a medium dry finish with warming alcohol and an aftertaste of charred dark fruits.

M - Thick and creamy as would be expected. Carbonation is tingly at first, but smooths out for a thick and satisfying finish.

D - A delicious choice for those who like a stout with a big, smoky character. Would also be a good find for devotees of rauchbier. Very enjoyable as a wintertime warmer, or a nightcap.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.