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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,289 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 50
Gots: 33 | 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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treedoctor5002

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Trying this beer from a 330ml bottle.
The pour is nice, very dark and luscious. Head is light brown. When swirled around the glass it leaves some small bubble groups.
Smell is bourbon and chocolate. Very nice and sweet.
This beer is really smooth. None of that overdone burnt coffee flavor. Chocolate mocha and molasses rule the day here.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. For as big of a beer as this is you don't hardly taste it at all. I could drink this all night, seriously that good.
One of my new go to stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 01:00:12 | More by treedoctor5002
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle with freshness date: Best before Feb. 2005. A very heavy bottle for the size, nice packaging.

Pours out dark brown and sits nearly black, with only a bit of deep crimson showing through the very edges. A large, fluffy dark tan, going on brown head sits a top this nice looking beer. Great lacings on the sides, a very attractive brew.

Smells of light roastiness, chocolates with a bit of creaminess, and just a small amount of peppery aromas that pick up on the chocolatey sweetness. Some coffee and other bitter hues present as well. All these blended with nice floral aromas that bring it all together. I'll also note that even with the higher 8.0% ABV, it goes without a trace in the nose.

Tastes of roasted grains and coffee, but is initially sweet, with chocolates and minor fruity tones that breifly introduce you to the beer. Warms the stomach nicely, but, as in the smell, the alcohol slips through without a trace. Finishes with a mild bitterness that houses some nutty, maybe a bit of smoky flavors and overall earthy tones that go hand-in-hand with the roasted grains and coffee found near the front. Excellent flavor, complex in flow and just tastes so good.

A big, full body is the package for the abundance of flavors and aromas that take this beer to another level. Perfect carbonation makes its easy to drink, and allows you to wade through the ocean of flavors presented. A high-quality brew that stands out from most competition. Drink at cellar temperature for best results.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 22:37:15 | More by Skidz
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: pours a deep dark black color with about a half inch of tan head that dissapears relatively slow but leaves a good amount of sticky lacing that leaves notches along the side of the glass as i sip away at this masterpiece. barely any light is able to transcend the deep dark black color of this brew
s: deep roasted black malts definatly dominate the overall aroma of this brew, cocoa coffee and even hints of brown sugar are also present, there really isnt a any hop aroma which i exppected. even though there is a lack of hop aroma, the overall sweetness of this is not overwhelming it seems balanced
t: phenominal, exceptional. roated balck malts, hints of coffee dark chocolate and brown sugar, not too overly sweet. no real hop bitterness here but it is not an overly sweet brew nicely balanced not sickening sweet
m: medium to full bodied beer deffinatly closer to the full bodied side of that, little carbonatoin on the tongue

overall, this could be the necter of the gods, one of the best brews that i have ever had his will always have a place in my fridge

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 19:24:58 | More by happygnome
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danimal22

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received Lion Stout in a holiday gift pack from work, and was pleasantly surprised! Served in a pint glass poured from 12oz bottle

A: Pours a very nice dark, near opaque color. Decent fluffy brown head lingers for some time leaving noticeable lacing.

S: Dark roasted nut/grain smell. Very pleasant.

T: Very nice! Dark roasted, near smoky nut flavor with hints of cocoa. Nice balance with a very slight hopping.

M: Mouth feel is good. Moderate carbonation allows the taste to "tickle the taste buds".

D: Very drinkable stout. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 03:36:09 | More by danimal22
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krustster

Michigan

4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I decided to re-re-review this as my first one was based on a mildly infected box, then my second attempt was a drunken, rambling mess. I actually ended up increasing some of my scores now that my nose isn't so stuffy and I'm in a better state of mind to pick up on the subtleties.

Awesome appearance. Nearly black, but just a bit of light shines through at the edges. Big, creamy, tan head with excellent retention. Kind of hard to describe but the best way I can put it is that the bubbles are extremely fine, almost like a nitro stout. Thick sheets of lacing everywhere. An oddly unique look, and one of the most appealing that I've seen.

Nose is lively with some coffee, dark fruit (I still hate saying that), sweet roasted malts, and a slight hint of alcohol. There's another scent under there that's hard to identify which I like a lot, and which gives this beer a lot of its character. Oh, that's it, chocolate! Almost a milk chocolate, not the bitter dark of most stouts (well, imperial ones, which what I normally reach for).

Delicious taste that reveals some more nuance. Assertive coffee/roast flavor that is kept in check by the underlying fruity sweetness. I guess you could say that the entry has more fruit and sweetness and creamy milk chocolate, with the roasted character coming out in the... mid palate? Is that a thing? The finish goes back to more of a fruit and light chocolate taste, with very light bitterness coming out as it fades. It's hard to to fully express my appreciation for this beer's taste, because it's got a lot of flavor, but the balance is what's important, and that's difficult to describe. I think it's the balance of chocolate and fruit that does it to me. And it's really not that sweet overall, which is another plus.

Mouthfeel is another strong point. The carbonation is fairly high, but once again, oddly fine. It's sharp on the entry, but not too much. Body is on the lighter end of medium, really quite unusual when you consider the nearly 9% ABV, but this is another oddity that ends up working very well for me. Rather dry finish. Smooth, creamy, incredibly drinkable for how strong it is. Compared to most stouts, it's almost like drinking a champagne, and it works! I'm used to drinking imperials that blast my throat with extreme viscosity and just saying "oh man it's so thick I love it." This one is a little strange and the various elements all come together to make something unique and, to me, fantastic.

One of my favorite stouts overall, and definitely my favorite one that isn't limited/fancy/hard to find. When you factor in the price, this is very nearly a perfect beer. Less than $10 for a four pack of 500ml cans or under $5 for a bomber, unbelievable. I'm sure a lot of the low reviews are of infected/"off" batches, judging by how different some of the descriptions are. I've got a pretty big backlog of beers at home to work through, and yet I just keep buying more Lion Stout. It's a versatile beer suitable for thoughtful sipping or just partying and tossing back. A true classic!

Serving type: can

01-05-2014 03:42:16 | More by krustster
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.20 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. 8.0% ABV, 0933...(smudged).

A - A rather vigorous pour creates some fast cascading and a massive three-finger head. The dark tan dollop of foam sits gently on top of the clear but very dark brown beer with good retention and patches of thick lace.

S - Smooth milk chocolate and rich mocha flourish in this roasted malt beauty. Light notes of coffee and cream blend in too. It smells like it will be very smooth and creamy in both flavor and texture.

T - Incredibly creamy and smooth in terms of taste and texture, bold roasted malts with a rich milk chocolate and mocha flavor. The finish has a small coffee bitterness.

M - Amazingly velvety smooth and creamy, the soft texture is a supple, full body of pure enjoyment. Very light roasted bitterness to the finish.

D - This stout is absolutely fantastic. I've been meaning to get pack of it and next time I'm at a store that carries it, I surely will. I could have it all night!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 04:26:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
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ohiohophead

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Poured into imperial pint glass. Mocha colored thick head of foam. nice, brownish lacing the whole way down the glass. Beer is a deep, black color.

aroma: Nutty, light alcohol scented aroma. Nose on this beer is quite small. Thought I detected a hint of chocolate and roasted coffee bean in the aroma. After a few minutes, I picked up vanilla in the aroma.

taste: Initial flavor is actually is lightly sweet cocoa with a hint of alcohol and quickly fades to a dry, roasted malt flavor that finishes with a light coffee finish.

mouthfeel: This beer has a light, crisp mouthfeel to it which is quite surprising for an export stout with 8% ABV.

drinkability: Fairly high drinkability, especially for a high ABV stout. Watch out, you can drink quite a few of these before the alcohol catches up to you.

I let the beer sit for a while to warm up a bit and the slightly warmer temp brought out more complexities in both the aroma and the flavor. Overall, this was a surprisingly good beer. This will definitely be put on my "purchase again" list.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 03:28:45 | More by ohiohophead
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a pitch black body with the slightest hint of ruby-red highlights and a good inch or so of tan head that persists and leaves lacing. Smells roasty with strong caramel notes, coffee, baker's chocolate... Tastes very roasty with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee notes. Fairly sweet right to the finish. Rich full mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Very tasty, fairly drinkable considering the ABV and rich flavors, and an old favorite for sure. Surprised I haven't reviewed it sooner!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 00:57:37 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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hhboulder

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oil black with ruby around the rim when held up to the light. Tan with some orange head with decent retention and thin wispy lacing.

Get the typical roasted and chocolate malt nose, but, beyond that, is much more interesting than typical stouts, even compared with guiness extra foreign--a great stout. There are sweet caramel notes as well as fruity esters similar to a port wine.

Sweet roasted toffee and chocolates but also goes above and beyond with dark fruits. Minimal bitterness, definitely balanced to malts. Finish is a little dry but very enjoyable with lingering sweet caramel and toffee.

Warming alcohol that is somehow very pleasant for this ABV. Creamy with medium body and moderate carb.

Surprisingly VERY good stout in a can from Sri Lanka. I'll be buying this over Guiness Foreign Extra from now on. It just has more going on than the typical "chocolate, coffee, espresso, roasted" flavors of a stout...

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 02:40:51 | More by hhboulder
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gregb13

California

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark with a fine, sticky-creamy head that settles quickly. Smells very rich and roasty; tobacco, cocoa powder, semi-sweet chocolate liqueur, espresso bean and a little booze. Taste is very complex; flavors follow the nose, along with faint brandy and dark fruity notes. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, and there is a very pleasant, lightly bittersweet aftertaste that lingers moderately.

Overall, this is easily one of the best stouts I've had. Even better is that I can pick it up for 8rmb (about $1.30) for a 500ml (16.9oz.) tin here in China.

I couldn't recommend this beer any more strongly. Go and get it!

Serving type: can

01-13-2014 14:46:13 | More by gregb13
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Tolnik

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good deep brown almost black beer. When poured into a pint glass it was a inch and a half of foam reducing down to a good lingering lacing. Great aroma greats the nose from the beer of a cooking chocolate and mocha malt. Flavor agrees with the nose and has a good full flavorful mouthfeel overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 22:32:22 | More by Tolnik
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There are no confirmed reports of melanistic (black) lions, either in the wild or captivity (http://www.lairweb.org.nz/tiger/black.html). Well, I found one: this Lion is jet black with a huge, rocky head that lasts forever. Oh, and it had a cat hair in it, but I'll blame that on my new kitten and not the Lion. Smell is surprisingly subdued, with a gentle roasted character. The taste, though, explodes with delicious bitter roastedness that's smooth as can be. Just a hint of plums/raisins. What a great beer. I might move to Sri Lanka.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 02:15:41 | More by battlekow
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MisterClean

California

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Commercial style example at homebrew meeting.

A - Pours a dark black with 2 fingers of mocha head. Head doesn't dissipate, but leaves little lacing.

S/T - Dark roast coffee, chocolate, and grassy hops. Fairly resiny too. Yummy.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, dry finish, and smooth. Exactly how this beer should finish.

D - Damn, very drinkable perfect. Rated as best of style by BJCP for a reason. Great example of a foreign stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:15:10 | More by MisterClean
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fischerr3

Maryland

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW

what can i say... chocolate chocolate chocolate... but i am pretty sure they used actual chocolate so its not getting a 5 from me

but damn... its done right. not like the sapparo chocolate which just tastes like a yoohoo. this is good

the mouth feel was a little grainy but that could have to do with the glass i drank it out of ... or not... but it was good

another one of those strong beers that you just cant sit down and drink 3 of... crap 2 of these and im ready to switch to water hahahaha but... its worth every bit of it

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 05:11:50 | More by fischerr3
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lion Stout was a favorite of the wisemen years ago, and we longed to try it again.

Split between Wiseman Nick and Wiseman Zach, though Zach chose not to participate in the review.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours thick and black from the bottle. Two finger, light brown, latte-like head sits on top. Shades of deep red can be seen around the edges when held to light. Head dies slowly, leaving thick, web-like lacing in it's wake. Looks deeeelish!

Smell: Plums, raisins, coffee, roasted malt, perfumy hops, bread, and other dried fruit. Fruity, smoky, and complex. Awesome!

Taste: Starts with plum, raisins, and fruity esters, then smoothly transgresses to coffee and roasted malt. Possibly some toffee in there too, and definitely some tartness (sour cherries maybe?). Finishes with perfumy hops that slowly give way to smoke and roasted malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Feels a bit lighter than an American stout. Smooth and tart, with nice amount of creaminess. Carbonation is on the low end. A bit chewy, and a bit of mouth-numbing.

Drinkability: Perfect. Lighter body allows you to enjoy this one for a looong time. Excellent complexity and flavor progression. Zach and I will definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 18:24:30 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully ebon hue, rich, tan hand, thick and rocky...good looking stout, so far. Nose, soft and creamy, with notes of nuts and cocoa. Taste is smooth at first, but fills the mouth well. Huge malts, caramelly, thick and nearly chewy, very full bodied. Perfect integration, wonderful balance, sweet and tasty, but never too, with a delicate fruitiness, just underneath. The ABV peeks in just a bit, but doesn't mar the enjoyment of what's nearly a perfect stout! Beats the hell out of Guinness, but gets me yearning for an Expedition. Hearty and proud as it's namesake, Lion is a stout fit for a king. Lightly spicy in the end, nutty, and never-ending tastiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 00:28:52 | More by feloniousmonk
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pitch black with a large dark tan head with moderate retention and lacing. aromas of prunes, chocolate, roasted malt. some sweetness to the taste with a stale or burnt coffee and chocolate. full bodied with a moderate carbonation. nicely balanced stout, hard to believe that a beer this good can be brewed in sri lanka.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 19:50:32 | More by billybob
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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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slyke

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout pours an inky black color with a generous and lasting tan head.

The smell is roasty and chocolatey with a touch of coffee. The taste is chocolatey, malty, and coffee-like with the warming note of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste. This is an outstanding beer to sip, but it's smoothness makes it slide down easily. Try this beer if you find it, if you enjoy stouts, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 18:27:53 | More by slyke
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Pours a deep, opaque sable with a fine-bubbled and fairly persistent tan head. Aroma is smoky with firm tones of coffee and unsweetened chocolate with more than a hint of burnt caramel. Rich, smoky flavor is mainly of fine roast coffee, unsweet chocolate and caramel, subtly sweet. Texture is fairly smooth yet quite fizzy. A must for stout fans!

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 02:53:32 | More by Cyberkedi
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was recommend to me by the beer guy at my favorite beer store. I have enough respect for his opinion so I bought it on a whim. Man am I glad I did!!!
Pours a pitch black with an everlasting 3 finger head. Tons of sticky lacing lines the sides of my now empty pint glass.
Bitter/sweet chocolate smell with a faint mustiness.
This is delicious! Same bitter/sweet chocolate that was in the nose dominates the flavor with a nice mocha flavor intertwined. Smooth. Sweet, but not overly so. The 8% abv is totally hidden.
Mouthfeel is a bit light for a typical 8% stout, but I think it fits this beer well and adds to the drinkability.
The most drinkable 8% beer I've ever had. Lion stout will find it's way into my fridge again.
Note. It has one of the nicest bottlecaps I've ever seen.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 02:51:08 | More by wcudwight
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MorningDove

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the bad - Jackson promoted it

The good.

Tastes great, chocolate and molasis (actually tastes more choclaty then your average chocolate stout or porter)

Smells good, sweat strong stout

I like the lion look, some people may not care for cats

Drink, leaves you wanting more

I also have to state here a plus. This beer is relatively cheap. 7bucks for a 6 pack in AZ. This a great beer for the price

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 23:26:33 | More by MorningDove
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle
8.0% ABV

I tried this beer on August 27, 2007 at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto. The beer poured a dark chocolate brown into a unibroue tulip glass with a very generous brown head. The aroma was reminiscent of malt, chocolate, and coffee. The mouthfeel is thick with mild carbonation. The flavour was very good, some malt and coffee hints.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 01:19:48 | More by cyrenaica
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Lukie

Australia

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sinha Stout, as the bottles are in Australia.

Pours out a jet ink black, with a firm brown head, which looks like coffee, dissipitating to small lacing, which clings to the sides of the glass like a spider web.

A huge hit of coffee, vanilla bean, cooking chocolate, and rum. Very rich smell which would put most other stouts to shame.

Coffee and cocoa, with some raisins, plums and roasty flavours that kick in. Very little hop character, but just a touch in the back.

This is amazingly smooth and creamy. Just a wonderful stout that is easy to drink, high in alcohol, and a must try for stout (or any) lovers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 15:02:41 | More by Lukie
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MissLynx

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one a little while back, at Fionn McCool's on St. Clair in Toronto (where it's called Sinha Stout rather than Lion Stout - apparently two names for the same product). I'd ordered it mainly because it was a stout I'd never had before, and I'm always up for trying new beers of my favourite types. Wasn't sure what it would be like, though -- I'd never really thought of Sri Lanka as a big stout-producing country.

To my surprise, it was really nice. Not necessarily about to be one of my very top favourites, but certainly very good and something I'd happily order again any time. It had a really rich, interesting flavour, with strong overtones of dried fruit -- black currant or maybe dried cherries or something. A little bit reminiscent of Unibroue's Trois Pistoles in that respect, although I certainly wouldn't call them equivalent (Trois Pistoles is a pretty hard act to follow). Also nice hints of dark chocolate and caramel.

All in all, a really enjoyable, unexpected treat. I will definitely order it again next time I'm there.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 07:39:58 | More by MissLynx
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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