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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

887 Reviews
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Reviews: 887
Hads: 1,565
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 73
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka | website

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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Photo of foogerd
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a tan head and some lacing

S- Sweet malts, honey and powdered chocolate, some sweet lactose. Not as strong of an aroma as I would like.

T- Pretty bitter at the beginning then the sweetness comes through presenting bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, very dry bitter finish with some bitter booze of a finish, I think I get some anise at the end as well.

M- Rich and creamy with moderate carbonation.

O- Above average Export Stout, pick one up if you see it.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml (?) bottle. marked with "52008 17:27", whatever that means. tasted in mid-may 2009.

nearly opaque, black/brown, with reddish brown on the edges under the light. 2+ finger, light to medium brown head, very slowly recedes to thin layer. great lacing, forming curtains in the latter half of the glass.

aroma: fruity esters, almost strawberry, upfront. like a fruity nougat. then dark caramel, hints of coffee and some earthy roast and hops.

taste: that fruity, vanilla nougat character again, but not necessarily sweet like the actual candy. then the roast malt, caramel, with coffee tones, and earthy hops. moderate bitterness with gentle underlying acidity. bitterness and medicinal hint can become unbalanced though, without enough malt or ester sweetness overall.

medium body, creamy at times, punctuated by acidity and astringency, peaking in the finish. moderate carbonation has tingle upfront, and helps with creaminess, but doesn't lift the astringent feel.

the fruity nougat character and medicinal off-balancing actually gets a tad distracting. this beer is ok, but i think jackson's hyping of it gives more credit than is really due.

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Photo of xav33
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lion Stout
625 ml bottle
Recent bottling, savoured 09/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured black with a huge light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing. Glass had a very dim brown tinge once finished.

Smelt of heavy chocolate, with light coffee, roasted malt, herbs and port.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet chocolate and light acidic fruitiness, followed by a lingering heavy bitter roasted taste, with tinges of clove honey, soy sauce and red wine. Mouthfeel was light, fizzy, oily, and the finish lightly alcoholic and heavily astringent.

Overall, a perfectly balanced foreign stout that packs a punch on aroma and taste, and hides the abv wonderfully.

Side Note: I've tried this with freshly squeezed mango juice, 1 part juice 1 part Lion Stout. The Sri Lankan locals apparently make a cocktail that involves mango juice, passion fruit and Lion Stout, but I haven't a clue where to get passion fruit. Close enough, the result was equally eye opening.

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Photo of SAxDRC5
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a fairly large, tan head

S: smells great! chocolaty and malty. exactly what I like in a stout.

T: decent, but I was expecting better. Mild malty flavor, strong chocolate and alcohol flavors.

M: pretty thin feeling for a stout. very bubbly. alcohol taste/feel. reminds me of beer flavored champagne.

D: 8% ABV is kinda rough. I've got will power of steel so I could drink a few but i'd rather stop after one.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating. Pours black, little light shining through the edges. Dark tan head, any lacing sliding down the side of the glass. Nose is funky, and of burnt malt. Taste is a bit on the thin side, just a hint of burnt malt, some chocolate and drying hops. Alcohol is on the hot side and a bit up front. Decent product, but other stouts come to mind to try next time.

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Photo of jamesm7485
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the first big stouts i had over a year ago so i figured id finally review it.

The appearance is a dark brown with a light tan head not much noticeable lacing.

The smell is very malty with a very thing note of chocolate.

The taste is the same as the smell

Mouth feel is pretty damn light for a stout of this size, but is still enjoyable

The drinkability is just about average not great.

A good stepping stone for me to the bigger beers ive been enjoying.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a dense, tan, two-finger head; moderate retention. Virtually black with no visible highlights. Good lacing. Malty sweetness comes through first, followed by prunes, molasses; substantial alcohol content apparent but well integrated. Cardboard/peanut-shell finish. Medium body, light carbonation, warming alcohol.

8.8% alcohol lends a smooth bitterness which is noticeable but not disagreeable. Not the most complex stout, but largely enjoyable.

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Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really nice export stout. Big dark fruit presence, some dark chocolate, and some mystery... beer from Sri Lanka? Nice balance and just enough bitterness to cut into the sweet notes. Really nice beer, and a nice surprise.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours jet black opaque color with a creamy beige head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Smokey malt nose with aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

T- Strong roasted malt flavor with a blend of coffee. Some bitter chocolate can be detected in the finish along with a peppery smoked flavor.

M- Medium/full, smooth and creamy a bit oily though. Somewhat chewy and a lingering roasted aftertaste.

D- Not a bad brew, just nothing overly complex.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml bottle and into a Guinness pint glass, on to the beer:

Pours a velvety dark brown to black, leaving a pitch black body in the glass. The head implodes from a thick three-finger head into a paper-thin sheet. Smells of hard chocolate and a mild roasted character tease the nose. The roasted flavor isn't bitter at all, but this brew isn't as deep as I would expect. Is it a good beer? Yes, but it lacks a strong flavor and/or complexities related to a strong stout. But hey, it's easy to drink, and that's not a bad quality to have.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep cloudy black, 2 finger tan head, good lacing

S: malt, nutty, smoky, hint of licorice

T: sweet cocoa, malt, nutty, alcohol long light bitter finish

M: med body, slight creamy/smooth body

O: Shocked that a very nice brew could come
from a most unusual place, Sri Lanka.
Well done; sip this gem. Think
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from SE Asia.

VERY NICE, WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml can with a best by date of Jan 2013 into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black color with a nice 2 finger tan, cappuccino colored head that recedes quickly to leave a film across the top of the beer. The aroma is dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and some molasses and brown sugar notes. On the palate this beer shows the 8.8% with a slight warming sensation that plays nicely with the strong flavor profile of the beer. The flavors i get are burnt sugar, molasses, black stale coffee and a hint of cream. Very roast and malty with a surprisingly refreshing dry finish that leaves traces of hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is dry, slightly astringent and has a much thinner body than i expected. Overall, this might be a "summer" stout as it is bordering on imperial in my book with this ABV. I used to pass this up all the time in the states but now that I am in a beer wasteland in Switzerland, this made its way into my fridge. Worth a shot.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What the heck is Sri Lanka doing making beer like this?! I guess colonialism has had SOME good lasting legacies afterall...

THE APPEARANCE of the Lion Stout is the most surprising aspect of this beer: Thick, frothy lacing follows a dense, mocha-colored head, atop a completely opaque black body. Little yeast is left in the bottle when poured out, and subsequently a good amount clings to the sides of the glass and eventually makes its way to the bottom. This stout looks very malty and chewy, and could easily pass for a big, imperial stout or a barrel-aged brew.

THE SMELL, when cold, is very faint...almost zero. After it warms a lot, I picked out cocoa, big alcohol aromas, and little hops. There are strong Kahlua, sherry, and port qualities to this beer when fully warmed--it's just a shame it takes so much patience to bring out the aromas.

THE TASTE is good, just as I remember from the other times I've had it in the past. Like the smell, the taste is heavily muted and tame when cold so it really needs to warm. I found room temp to actually be the point at which I could really get a sense of everything this beer has to offer: rich, sweet, mocha, cocoa. To me, it tastes like an oatmeal stout with strong barleywine qualities. It has a dry finish and a slight wineyness to it, which are interesting for a stout.

THE FEEL is medium-thin and fairly hot for a stout, due to the high alcohol content. It is incredibly warming and despite being unusually strong for a basic stout it is very drinkable.

CONCLUSION: Lion Stout looks massive but is actually a little underwhelming considering so much of its nature is masked until you hit about 55 degrees in temp. It is a good stout and certainly should be enjoyed for that. However, this is not an "extreme" beer in the American craft beer sense so it will be a let down if approached in that way.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque brown, as expected from a stout, with thick, pillowy tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma was a mixture of chocolate and toffee, all under the malty sweet umbrella. Flavor was very sweet, and most predominantly caramel, with a hint of chocolate. Because the body was fairly thin, the finish was slightly watery, but mostly a smooth aftertaste of sweet malty toffee and choclate. A good Stout.

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Photo of trygger87
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack from Val 16 market on 16th and Valencia in San Francisco CA for only 6.99. This beer was picked up February 11 2011, the bottle is dated February 2009. The appearance is black, very black with an inch of initial head that fades quickly. You can see the booze sticking to the sides when i swirl my glass (chalice).
The first thing i smell is cedar, followed by a some what sour milk chocolate scent. It finishes with a dark coffee/toffee smell with a slight tobacco note. I also get a malted chocolate scent.
The taste is unique, at first its kinda grassy, then i get a strange sour note but its not unpleasant. Then i get a big hit of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and burnt toffee. The booze is very well hidden for a beer that is 8 percent.
The mouth feel is smooth and for a two year old beer there is a decent amount of bubbles. It has a surprisingly dry finish for a stout with such high alcohol. The drink-ability is pretty darn good for an 8 percenter. I can barely taste any booze on this one. Its not some thing you can chug, but its quite smooth.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well-crafted for the format. Extra-toasty malt aroma that's slightly understated for the style; the toastiness comes out much more on the palate. Not as much backbone as would be expected from the stout; it's pretty much the toasted malt at the front and not a lot of depth after that. Would like to try on tap as rarely does a bottle do something like this justice.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm starting this at 48 degrees farenheit-finish at 52...

smells like prune wine in a corn cob pipe, and looks black as hash.

This has got some buzz to it, I can smell the alcohol. My bottle has appreciable carbonation that with the help of the alcohol cuts the stout malting. Burnt bread pudding. Some raisin, burnt sugar, a picture of one black raspberry on a leaf, burnt sugar, bittersweet chocolate shavings on a bed of barley straw....carmelized bread crust (for those of you who've ever had bread/pizza from a wood-fired oven), and a little bit of black licorice.

Awright. The "8.0%" alcohole has kicked in...

Burnt chocolate bread pudding. Okay, okay, it's stout. I like it. It's strong. It's totally balanced for being a little shallow on the depth side of flavor. Carbonation works with the high alcohol % to carry the burnt sugars to cut short any lingering sweetness. There's a photo of hops thrown in the brewing process, and it's retained in the after taste. I'll say black licorice again, and I meant to say burnt sugar twice. I agree with the overall ranking, a good, not bad stout with a good price.

Personal flavor picture: Imagine trying to cook Ghiradelli brownies (from a mix) in aluminum foil on the engine of your brother-in-laws' small pick up engine while you drive 75 miles to tailgate a pro-football game. When you're drunk enough to pull the foil out, AND you're drunk enough to lick it clean, that's where you'll find the flavor of this stout. It's a nice average brew from a long way away.

BE LIKE MIKE!!

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Photo of jboucher
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown, almost blackish hue. Unfiltered. Completely opaque. Mocha coffee colored two finger head which settles down to a one finger head. Thin lacing present. The head hugs to the sides of the glass initially, forming a depression in the center. This only lasts for a few minutes.

Smell: Mocha, black coffee, and alcohol notes. Sweet caramel scented malts are in the foreground.

Taste: Prominent mocha notes with hints of caramel and molasses. Very creamy. Hints of chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The alcohol taste is very subtle and underwhelming. Finish is very smooth, long and chocolaty. As it warms, coffee and toffee notes become more prominent.

Mouthfeel: This full bodied stout is very creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: For a stout, this beer is surprisingly drinkable. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but it is a nice treat to get every once in a while.

Ending notes: Coming from someone who seldom likes stouts, this brew is quite tasty. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again, or get this on a regular basis. However, if I wanted a change of pace, I wouldn't hesitate to return to the Lion Stout.

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Photo of SargeC
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dense, black brew with a thick tan head that sticks around.

Smell: Dark chocolate, rich roasted malt.

Taste: Balanced with a hint of minerals. Slight sweetness that is not over the top. Coffee and toffee flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Starts smooth with a dry bite in the aftertaste.

Drinkablity: Decent stout. It is an interesting variation within the style that makes it unique An excellent session brew. It was neat to try a brew from Sri Lanka.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from Toronto. Only $1.85 per bottle. Poured a nice dark color, no light passing through. A thick coffee colored head formed but dissipated leaving a nice thin film that left some light lacing. looked the top of an espresso. Nice sweet coffee aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate. A good bitterness sneaks in first on the palate. A very smooth combination of dark roasted and chocolate malts.A good chocolatey sweetness with a smooth almost silky feel like a milk stout. At 8% I didn't find the alcohol overly present or interfering. A good froth sweetens the brew and brings out a nice bittersweet taste from the roasted barley. I drank this as an after-dinner beer and it was excellent.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Lion Stout pours out almost black with a huge, dense, rocky head. The aroma is cocoa, molasses, and grain. The flavor is very chocolatey. Sweet, but not overly sweet. A bit of fruitiness in the middle along with roasted grain. The finish is all chocolate. The mouthfeel is full. Carbonation is too low. This beer could definitely use some more bubbles. Decent drinkability. Despite the flatness, this is a pretty good stout.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a can into a Bruery tulip. Beer is black and forms a huge dark brown head of small and medium bubbles. Head falls away quickly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is unknown but presumably low due to lack of head retention. Falling head leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is overall a little weak, kind of sweet, mildly smokey, some roasted coffee perhaps. Smells OK.

Beer is medium to thin in body, slightly sweet and finishes nicely with some roasty bitterness. There is some ash like flavors to this beer overall that are less than pleasant but fortunately for it they are minimal. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is also good. Its a decent, kind of sweet, stout.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: A dark cola pour with a sudsy tan head that develops. No visible carbonation noted. No light gets through this one and it appears well filtered.

Smell: Just a touch of dry roasted malts here. Not much going on.

Taste: Starts out dry and then turns pleasantly sweet. Hints of carob, walnuts, and dark grains are noted. Finishes dry and leaves a coffee-type aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch creamy.

Drinkability: Very solid. Nothing over the top but very well done. Just a touch of alcohol on the palate which deserves respect. A nice one to enjoy the cooler weather with. Recommended.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is not very black, almost brown especially in the light with a unique super light tan head. There is good retention and lacing.

The aroma is very light all you get is a brief whisp of alcohol and light hops.

the taste is super light as well that is a sweet hoppiness that feels like water making it ok to drink but overall nothing very special or exciting. Damn you Sri Lanka.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 330 ml bottle labeled "Sinha Stout". My understanding is that it's just the name they use for it around here. Pours a dark, almost opaque brown with a huge head. Drops to a permanent thincover and lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Roasty,and some yeast. Smells good, but unremarkable for a stout.

T - Slight roasted tartness. No noticeable hops. Just a thick, roasted malt. Oh there's some hops I think. Got it at the very back end of the finish. Quite a sweet beer. (not sugary sweet, but you know... sweet :P)

M - A light-ish feel for a stout.

D - Quite good. The 8% abv is covered well.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.