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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: 37 | 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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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
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tjdrewry

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-26-2014 00:00:34 | More by tjdrewry
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corzocl

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-23-2012 14:00:31 | More by corzocl
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

03-29-2012 00:41:31 | More by gleemonger
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Baileyuk

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

tasted a full bottle at a beer tasting (it was my first drink so my tastebuds were clean).

poured an excellent looking black with a great off white/brown head. Lacing was superb.

Smell of alcohol, roasted malts, oak and cider.

sweet taste with some of the cider smell definately displayed.

was very smooth, especially for a stout. I could, and did drink a couple. I am not the greatest stout fan but will have this again in the future.

07-16-2008 01:12:19 | More by Baileyuk
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belindatookus


4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

05-29-2012 23:16:32 | More by belindatookus
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altheimera

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

01-14-2014 02:39:15 | More by altheimera
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frommination

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

08-11-2014 03:13:48 | More by frommination
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Hrodebert

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-20-2014 03:25:10 | More by Hrodebert
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Jonnyg41


4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-26-2012 18:30:42 | More by Jonnyg41
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DUBinMIA

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%

Served in a plain pub pint glass. 1 in. dark brown head. dark black color with lacing.

Smell was heavy in malt, coffee, and a hint of chocolate and hops at the end.

Initial flavor of roasted malt with coffee and chocolate flavors. finished with some residual sweetness.

Thick and creamy mouth-feel

Wow.... really good stout!!! That's all i can even say... On my list of new favorites for sure. I can't wait to have another

06-11-2011 16:01:58 | More by DUBinMIA
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Lauthaha

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%

Appearance: A heavy pour at a 45-degree angle yields an ultra-thick head; nearly two fingers. The beer is opaque-brown and pours moderately thickly. Minutes after pour, head dissipates leaving heavy lacing on the sides of the glass. Head is a beautiful tan color which fits perfectly with the opaqueness of the beer itself.

Smell: Reminiscent of a bakery. Roasted malty character interwoven with hues of dark chocolate, coffee, berries, maybe even caramel. Tastes like something I should be biting into. Simply angelic.

Taste: There is a solid roastiness that is the perfect foundation for the rest of the taste. Chocolate and caramel swirl and effervesce upon my taste buds. Aftertaste is berry-flavored on top of the malty foundation. One of the best tasting beers I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Sits a bit heavy on the tongue, as it should. Leaves a gentle coating on the cheeks and palate which is not easily replaced. Very, very good.

Drinkability: As far as a stout goes, this one is VERY drinkable. In terms of beer in general, however, it IS a bit heavy. One or two should suffice; any more than that would put you up for a long night. ;-) Tasty, good mouthfeel, but not an everyday thing.

This would probably be a great beer to age in a cellar or to keep in the back of the fridge. Like I mentioned, one or two is all you really need. It's a great beer to start a night with as it's both flavorful and high in ABV. One of the tops!

08-14-2010 03:24:34 | More by Lauthaha
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meowimakittycat

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%

Loved this beer! Went to Independent, a local classy bar in downtown St Petersburg for St. Patty's Day to celebrate. Came across this magnificent find. I prefer drinking from the bottle but Lion Stout is best suited for a glass. It had slight head, maybe an inch at most, thick and frothy so I didn't mind it. Chocolate/coffee aromas. dark not in any way translucent. Flavors of natural bittersweet chocolate, smooth texture, not too filling, settles well so I could probably drink a few. Coffee aftertaste without leaving residue behind. An extremely quality beer. Highly recommended.

03-19-2009 15:42:14 | More by meowimakittycat
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%

(4 months past BB date)-This stuff is not over hyped at all...rather it's good!
Pours a huge and beautiful beige head. The aromas literally exploded as I poured it out of the bottle, notes of caramel, chocolate and mocha. All of the same sweet flavors can be found on the palate and it all blends together so well, perfectly hiding a high 8% abv. In the mouth feel there’s an amazing velvety type of texture…so smooth. This is one superb stout!
$2.99 for a big bottle–conditioned 625ml bottle was not much to pay at all! This stuff is great. Overall a superb stout, IMHO....

04-20-2002 14:46:15 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

This is one of those beers that are just classic. I love it, possibly my favorite all around stout that I have tasted. It really is amazing, hell, even Michael Jackson endorses this one, but then again his opinion is just that another opinion. The Lion Stout pours a very dark opaque tone of deep blackish brown with hints of ruby at the edges when held to the light. The head that complements the body is an incredible milk chocolate hue of brown head, and leaves a sturdy even lace down my imperial pint. The aroma is saturated with dark malts especially the chocolate roasts. Very well done, and the flavor of this brew contains the perfect combination of sweet creamy chocolate, full of coffee roasts, and a smooth dryness that mellows the finish so nicely. With the medium light body and the creamy mouthfeel to each sip, this beer is so drinkable that besides the ABV there is no reason why it shouldn't deserve a five. Quite the impressive work of art straight from who would have thought Sri Lanka. MJ make some room cause this BA would like to sign his seal of approval on the Lion Stout.

02-19-2003 15:00:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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blakesell

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a good solid black with a finger of creamy tan head. There is a hint of brown at the top of the head as if someone poured cinnamon over the top like with an espresso, making it look much less tan. Lacing is thick and ample.

Smell- Wow! What a nose, grapes, prunes and just a touch of bourbon upfront. Licorice and chocolate malts are quick to follow. Michael Jackson is on point with this one, even the yeast is amazing for a stout on the nose.

Taste- Holy... Yes, this is an excellent stout. Port grapes, non dairy creamer, chocolate, black licorice, star anise, dark fruits and the yeast here, I would steal this yeast for a stout of my own. I'll see if it is bottle conditioned in the future.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, warming, lightly hopped, full-bodied, and medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- This is about as good as it gets on a foreign/export stout level.

10-06-2008 12:56:26 | More by blakesell
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,311 ratings.