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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,304 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 49
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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MissLynx

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

12-24-2009 07:39:58 | More by MissLynx
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

A: Deep reddish black, bubbly khaki head which disappears very quickly. Moderate lacing.

S: Espresso beans, Earthy and sweet malts, Dark candied fruits like blackberries and prunes. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and alcohol present themselves.

T: Raw coffee grinds, big espresso coffee bite right off the start. Fades into a more complex flavor, with a thick fruit flavor and sweet caramel-like malts. Nice hop bite levels off with the body. 8% ABV is ideal for this brew. Bitter chocolate and dark coffee aftertaste.

M: Watery, sticky and sweet. Solid body, medium carbonation, which should be a bit lower in my opinion. Great aftertaste.

D: Very nice. A great stout, i love this stuff.

02-24-2011 23:31:59 | More by YouSkeete
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

Came in an attractive brown bottle with a lions head on label.
Poured black as coal, inch thick foamy brown head,which disappated but left round broken puffs all the way down the glass.
Faint whiff of chocolate and coffee.
some tangy hops on the start mellowing to a roasted but sweet chocolate flavor.
nice full and creamy mouthfeel,with a touch of chewiness at the end.
I think the drinkability on this is fantastic!..this is one of the best Stouts I have tried...I highly recommend!

02-29-2008 16:22:47 | More by steinlifter
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

$2.79 for a 625ml bottle. 8.0% ABV.

Pours out to a very dark brown, lighter in color than expected, forming a large and robust soapy dark tan head that looks gorgeous with exceptional retention and beautiful solid sheets of lacing composed of microbubbles. Aroma is akin to a Baltic Porter...lots of raisin, dates, figs, and prunes, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and the faintest suggestion of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very nice...lively but not abrasive, with a medium body and lightly dry finish. Tastes quite nice, what I would expect for a baltic porter. Powdery cocoa with a pleasant light tartness and astringency of black currants, very faint metals in the middle, with some husk and lightly roasted grains. Almost smoky towards the finish with suggestions of diatomaceous earth. The sourness keeps the beer alive, augmenting and balancing nicely with the other subtleties going on under the hood. Alcohol is imperceptable in aroma or taste, but I'm feeling it after one glass. No other off-flavors.

Damn tasty, whatever you call it...I call it a Baltic Porter. I really enjoyed this. Forget the hype and bias and just drink it up. Very easy to drink with a tight body and the brains to back it up. Paired nicely with the 9-grain bread I just made. A wonderful stout and cheaper that Sinebrychoff or D.Carnegie & Co. Highly recommended and an exceptional brew for the price!

08-29-2004 19:32:34 | More by Mitchster
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

This brew was a pleasant surprise! I picked up a single bottle at New World Beverage in Manhattan for $1.00 out of the cooler. Guess it was not a big seller. It is antstanding export stout. It was not exceptionally dry nor cloying in itssweetness. no hint of alcohol. It has a very molasses like character to quote the missus and enough depth and complexity (coffee and chicory, some dried fruit) to make it exceptionally drinkable. I can't wait to grab some more and study it further. If I can get it at a buck a bottle - woo hoo -so much the better.

03-20-2006 04:31:57 | More by Citadel82
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goo

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

A: Pours a pitch black with tinted head. The head fades quickly into lacing.

S: Smells distinctly of coffee with a bit of chocolate. Pretty Fantastic

T: Tastes the way is smells. Some nice sweetness to the drink and a decent amount of coffee comes through.

M:Mild/Moderate carbonation maybe a bit creamy goes down nicely.

D: Dangerously drinkable, i never looked at the ABV until after I drank it and I wold have never guessed 8%

09-13-2006 01:13:09 | More by goo
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seakayak

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-05-2013 12:55:53 | More by seakayak
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Walterho

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-06-2014 23:13:38 | More by Walterho
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-17-2012 01:49:53 | More by CWhite
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pathman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

06-11-2014 00:17:02 | More by pathman
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ZCW

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-31-2014 21:16:32 | More by ZCW
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-04-2014 18:19:48 | More by RBorsato
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MatterOfOpinion

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-19-2013 02:40:48 | More by MatterOfOpinion
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ckollias

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Enjoyed this 11.5 oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a one-finger tan head that leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Great aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Similar to the smell, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors cross the palate. Smooth brew with a creamy body.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Hands down, one of the best stouts I've ever had.

10-25-2011 01:08:59 | More by ckollias
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-03-2012 22:26:05 | More by Hanzo
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thelagerheads

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

In between bites of my bologna and mustard sandwich and dabblings in the fine delicacies of M&Ms chocolates and swigs of Lion Stout I can't help but be reminded of St. Augustine: "All things that are corrupted are deprived of good. But if they are deprived of all good, they will cease to exist. In so far as they exist they are good. Evil is no substance." But how can this be when EVIL is the man who has never gotten his PAWS around a LION STOUT?!?!

So what is it about me and coffee? I've never drunk the stuff more than 10 times in my life and each time with more sugar than a Pepsi and half milk. I'm a late comer to beer as well so it's quite peculiar that in concert these two should form the corpus of my favorite brews. I literally want to hug this lion. Both for the 8% alcohol involuntary lovefest and also to squeeze the daylights out of Michael Jackson (the brew guru) and his big mustache who adorn the back label. It also comes in a top-notch case which is as good looking as a hat box. 5 knocking stars and filaments.

07-22-2006 21:00:39 | More by thelagerheads
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nrweigand43

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-25-2014 22:05:01 | More by nrweigand43
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quakeroatmealstout

New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-30-2013 03:33:23 | More by quakeroatmealstout
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tharper178

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

06-01-2014 13:46:31 | More by tharper178
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sirdrinkwell

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

a: pours a rich and opaque coffee black-brown with ample tan head..

s: sweet hops and malt blending with nice burnt caramel coffee...

t: beautiful chocolate bitterness with a nice smoky edge...

m: very full bodied, a nice mouthful...rich and smooth...

d: a wonderful stout from an unlikely locale, Lion Stout is a complete success in my book and gets 10 thumbs up...i'll drink this again with pleasure!

salud!

12-26-2009 21:32:46 | More by sirdrinkwell
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tmcarter23

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-16-2011 19:59:06 | More by tmcarter23
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CORunner01

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-02-2013 16:24:01 | More by CORunner01
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kboett77

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Wow, this stout rocked me. I wasn't expecting much from a Sri Lankain beer, just wanted to taste it for the novelty, and what do you know, I think this is my current favorite stout. Nice creamy mouth feel with out being cloying or sticky. Just a touch of alchol finish, but not to much. Strong semi-sweet/smoky chocolate flavors without overpowering some lovely hop bitterness. Please try this beer.

01-09-2007 15:47:13 | More by kboett77
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

08-05-2005 21:49:40 | More by pootz
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beerguy23

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

08-14-2014 14:15:56 | More by beerguy23
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.