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Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
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3.93
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Lion StoutLion Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Abundant froth khaki head, plentiful and scattered lacing. Pitch-black body. 4.5

S- A bit pungent and floral with a sweet malt quality like a Malta Goya soda. 3.75

T- Molasses sweetness and hints of dark chocolate move to touches of soy sauce and brown sugar. It's sweeter in flavor. 3.5

M- Potent floral feels meet a medium-bodied malt feel. Sweetness shows. 3.5

The malt flavor is more sweet and molasses-like than roast-y and coffee or chocolate like and I think I prefer the latter in a stout. I find this awfully close to a Negra Modelo or some other darker beer of that ilk.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into nonic.

Pitch black one finger light brown head that slowly settles to a thick rim.

Roasty malts along with chocolate, coffee, and a slight creaminess. Hop bitterness is low and hidden behind the malts.

Mostly sweet flavors with a touch of bitterness from the roasty malts. A little bit of molasses is in there. Full bodied with good carbonation.

Plenty of dark malts. I felt this one was a little under par for the style. It's good but the smoothness isn't there from other Export Stouts I have tried in the past.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle. Pours black with a long lasting brown head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma has dark fruit, chocolate malt and some brown sugar notes. Body is on a lighter side for a stout with dark fruits (prunes) and chocolate dominate the mouth. Finish is short, sweet and fruity. Hops character is very muted. Not a bad brew but I expected more from a stout.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

625ml. bottle poured into a cople sampler glasses. Dark black at first glance with a thick tight-bubbled tan head. Closer look reveals ruby edges, the head fades slowly and leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, cola, some dark fruits. Taste is roasty with a quick dry finish. Sounds like car wax or something. I do taste some sweet cola with this. Not much if any hop bitterness. Interesting.

Thick and seriously dry.

I would not open another.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

625 ml bottle. Pours a dark, nearly opaque, brown with a creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is musty roasted malts, dark fruits and a little alcohol and some off notes (DMS?).

The flavor is roasted chocolate and sweet creamy lactose with a touch of coffee. It leads to a crisp, lightly bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.

Overall, a decent stout. It's more subdued than I was expecting, but still nicely done.

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Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, almost opaque. Nice head of foam, a rocky and mouse-like medium tan. Laces in fat garlands. Pale dry cocoa aroma, some carob and nutiness. Pleasant mouthfeel, very creamy. Sweet caramels, light butteriness, malted milk dominates the flavor profile. Finishes similarly, without a hard roast or hop bittering to the second half. Little sense of the 8.0% ABV stated on the bottle. M.J. says this beer is "tarry" -- not to me, and it could use some for balance. Very drinkable and agreeable, uncomplicated, perhaps a touch too sweet overall.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lion Stout pours out a rocky tan head over a black brew. The
carbonation is hard to guage, but the nose is is bitter chocolate
raisin, and molasses. The flavor is molasses up front with a bitter
chocolate finish, and as with a lot of stouts I've had, a sort of scotch
boozieness in the background. The aftertaste is more of that bitter
chocolate and hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, also a bit
dry and astringent as well. I associate stouts with cold misrable countries,
but this one comes from Sri Lanka, a hot and miserable country. I'm given
that this 8% alcohol by volume version is strictly for export. It's kind of too
bad native Sri Lankans can't have any. Maybe they would stop shooting
each other...

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into my Duvel tulip.

A – She is big and black with a full three fingers of mocha head. Sticky lacing.

S – Coffee, mocha, dark chocolate stouty goodness.

T – Much like the taste it’s got a roasty coffee flavor. Mocha and chocolate (chocolate like those bakers squares) as well. Tastes like a bit of a vanilla sweetness. Caramel. Has sime bitterness that finishes it off.

M – Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves an almost clean feel on the mouth which I find unusual in a stout but still manages a creamy texture.

O – Really decent stout here. It’s not top shelf but it holds it’s own. Well worth a buy and I certainly will again.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super thick head, dark like a dirty carpet. Beer isn't black, but it's about the darkest brown I've seen,

Smell is yeasty and oaky, slightly sweet. Some sour coffee notes.

On the first sip, I'm getting a ton of coffee and some earthiness, none of the oak I smelled. Some chocolate further on. It's velvety and smooth. Well-balanced but not terribly complicated.

Overall, I would recommend this one.

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Photo of trbergman
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Dark chestnut brown body with one inch of fluffy, cinnamon head.

S - Milk chocolate, roast barley, molasses.

T - Rich, malty chocolate, roasted nuts, a bit toasty, with no detectable hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness. Long, balanced finish.

M - Smooth, creamy, full body.

D - Hides alcohol very well; easy drinking. I wish it were a little more interesting, though.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: nice opaque super dark brown/black that is totally opaque; copious frothy head that leaves light lace

s: light coffee; sweet chocolate syrup; raisins; molasses; light metallic overtones that are quite unpleasant; vanilla; possibly light menthol scents

t: powdered swiss miss chocolate; light alcohol; vanilla; coffee; dark chocolate; coke; again an unpleasant metallic taste though

m: ok; a little on the cloying syrupy side

d: very sweet and interesting but has very unenjoyable metallic aftertaste despite being a year from the exp date

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/black with a rbown frothy head, some fair lacing.

Deep roasted malt and dark dried fruit hints in the aroma. I got a good whiff of booze too.

Dark roasted malt, coffee grounds (burnt), some creamy/slightly sour edge in there -- maybe molasses or licorice - some dark fruit, bitter chocolate. With all of these things going on, still kinda run of the mill. Did not really get kicked in the face by the alcohol, but if you are looking for it, it is not hard to find.

Body was creamy and mouth coating.

Overall -- eh. Glad I tried it, not really blowing me away. It was a sipper for sure, but I'm glad I didn't have 5 more in the fridge. Just worth checking out, but one and done for me.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle. Bottled on date (12.02).

This stout poured an opaque black color with light brown foam. The smell was malty, but not overly strong. The taste was rather sweet and malty. A bit of roasted malt flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with low carbonation feel. The body was medium. The drinkability was OK.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark almost black with a tan head

A nice roasted malt character on the nose with a touch of smokiness.

Smoke coming upfront which is kinda surprising since it was a bit weak in the smell. Roasted taste comes in, coffee and almost no chocolate flavour. Some raisins are present too. Definitively a very nice tasting stout. A strange after taste take away from this stout however.

Mouthfeel is a little tingly, there is medium carbonation which combined with noticeable alcohol and light bitterness. It sticks, not a thick, milky.

I've seen stouts with higher ABV having the alcohol feel much more hidden. I'd get tired of the taste after a few of these.

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Photo of output01x
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that quickly disintegrates after a couple minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a deep, near mahogany black. Throughout consumption, decent lacing can be seen sticking to the sides of the glass like honeycomb.

Dark roasted malts aromas flow out of the head with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, raisins, and plums. The nose is a little on the sweet side with the dark fruit aromas overpowering the chocolate and coffee aromas.

Just like the nose, sweet dark fruit flavors dominate the taste. Notes of plum, raisin, black cherry, and brown sugar hit the taste buds first. A light, almost cognac alcohol flavor is also detected. As the beer is swallowed the dark fruit notes turn evolve into flavors with black cherry and plum being the most dominant. As these flavors settle and wane, a dark chocolate and dry coffee flavor begins to surface but is quickly met by a light rum alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is slick and smooth. The body is there but is not thick or coating and is only slightly sticky. The carbonation is not fizzy and does not create a creamy mouthfeel but can definitely be noticed working behind the scenes.

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Photo of adams82
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours opaque; black with ruby hues when held up to a light source. A big tan head tops this black beer.

Smells of heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, a hint of nuts, licorice and it trails off with a bit of caramel. Pretty intense and complex aromas here.

Tastes a little sweeter than expected. Caramel and toffee really come through, followed by the intense roastiness I was preparing myself for. Dried fruits pop up too followed by a lightly fruit like hop flavour, finishes on a nice dry roasty note.

Full bodied and a fair amount of carbonation; the mouthfeel is creamy and exceptional! This is a great stab at a style that isn't available as often as I would like.

I've always though of Export Stouts being like a mixed beer, Dry Imperial Stout, if you could imagine that hybrid. That being said, the drinkability suffers a little bit... 8%, full flavour, with a full, full body; but very delicious.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque and nearly black, with a modest mocha head that soon recedes into a veil of patchy froth. Aroma is mild, smelling of brown sugar and Saaz-like hops. The taste is bolder than the aroma would suggest, with a roasty molasses flavor, raisins, and far more alcohol than would typically manifest on the front end, even for a beer with a rather high ABV such as this. A stickiness lingers on the lips after sipping. The hop presence, while not especially strong, doesn't seem to meld very well with the malt, lending something of a two-faced dynamic to the flavor profile. Even the finish is conflicted, with a rather enjoyable roasted coffee aftertaste being subjugated by an artificial, metallic flavor that I'm more used to encountering in Baltic porters. This could almost pass for a Baltic porter if I didn't know any better. Acetaldehyde is also noticeable. The mouthfeel has fairly nice body and texture and is on par for the style, making it one of this beer's stronger suits.

While this stout affords bold flavor and nice body, there is little in the way of synergy holding it together, and the alcohol becomes overbearing as the beer warms, making sipping a near necessity. Not a bad stout, but a bit too all-over-the-place for my tastes.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A three finger milk chocolate brown head is very creamy and has nice resilience. Leaves a nice crown of lace as it fades. Body is pure ink black. Nose has tones of old dusty minerals, coco, and soft smokey meat. Enters the mouth with layers. The first wave is smokey minerals than comes some creamy sweet coco. The flavors all come with a general rustic feel to them. A very meaty stout overall. At 8% the alchol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is of a rusty sweetness. Very easy to drink. I would put this somewhere between a smoked and a cream stout.

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Photo of UA8
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Opaque Black in color with a rich and tall cocoa head.

S- Nose is dominated by scents of richly roasted caramel malts.

T- Mostly sweet caramel malts on the palate with a slight bitterness on the finish. Could be more balanced. slight metallic taste as well.

M- Could be a little fuller fades quickly.

D- A acceptable stout. however it could be heavier in body and have a more complex and balanced palate instead of just being such a one note song.

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Photo of texashammer
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label is simple and dark with lion head. I appreciate simplicity. Six-pack holder shows Michael Jackson big with endorsement -- a little tacky on his part perhaps. How are we to trust the "guru" if he gives endorsements, hmm?
Pours black. Shows nothing when held to light but blackness. Head is 2 fingers, fades to 1 and holds there. Thicker head with dark tan color and really sticks to glass.
Cold at the store and I couldn't wait to open it, but it's way too cold and has no aroma at this temperature. Waiting for warming.
Warmer: has a little of a British porter aroma, like the Sam Smith Taddy and Fuller's London. Sorry I don't know what to call that. Certainly and recognizably coffee and bittersweet or baker's chocolate. There is a roasty bitterness to the smell. Some dark dried fruit like prunes perhaps.
Taste is a lot more simple than I hoped and sort of expected. Coffee and roasted bitterness and not much more.
Mouthfeel is slightly chalky and dry, but with some fairly full body. I would almost say "rich" but not quite. Smooth and not overly carbonated.
Drinkable? Definitely, especially for the slightly high alcohol. Not extremely complex, but worth having again as a standby.

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Photo of haningj2
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours black with tan head. As many others said, impressive lacing as the beer goes down.

Smell - I thought it was lacking. You definitely get chocolate and fruit. I didn't think the coffee stood out as much as others. I thought it was very average...not great, not bad.

Taste - A little too sweet for my stout likes. Definitely get that semi-sweetness of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Again, nothing amazing but by no means is it bad. Initially, the beer isn't very active but should deserve credit for mid and after taste, especially nearing the bottom of the bottle.

Drinkability - Here is where the beer shines. Not overwhelming and not extremely heavy. Thought it was very drinkable in terms of "stout-ness". I didn't realize how much I was drinking without taking a second to enjoy it until about half way through it.

Overall, I think it's a solid stout. I probably won't purchase it very often unless I'm trying to get something I haven't had in a while. Love the fact that it's from Sri Lanka, though.

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Photo of KajII
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a murky pitch black with an average (1-2 finger) chocolate shake brown creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film and medium collar that pretty much lasted throughout and had good sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted dark malt, mild resin hops and a leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, dried dark fruit (prunes) and a nice mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was very malty and just a tad sweet with a hint of chocolate early on, then progressed with a mild bitterness, a touch of dark fruit and a bold coffee note towards the finish. The flavor hung on for a decent duration after the swallow with a smooth choco-coffee taste and a mild alcohol warming sensation at the end.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a thin oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a nice a roasty brew, although I did find it to be just a little thin for a stout it did possess very nice taste and a great drinkability...

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Photo of kevinlater
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into nonic pint. "B/B AUG 2016". enjoyed on april 28, 2015

a: pitch black, slightly ruby/dark brown on the bottom, topped with almost 4 fingers of light brown head

s: sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate/cocoa. a pinch of raisins and prunes. some soy sauce presence. little roast character

t: follows the nose -- nice and chocolatey in the front, but has a salty-sour soy sauce flavour. these flavours are integrated with a mild black coffee presence in the mid-palate. tapers off at the end with the malt sweetness and salty soy sauce

m: great medium mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation

o: would be great without the soy sauce quality

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Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Format: a solid dark brown 330mL bottle with a standard SEA-style label.

Appearance: a thick, syrupy black beer with a staggeringly creamy - almost greasy looking - two-finger grey and brown head. Drops to a creamy half-finger with decent lacing. Looks good.

Aroma: an interesting combination of coffee, brown sugar and some earthen qualities. Some definite meat / umami flavours too, maybe pork.

Taste: very strong in flavour, which is nice - those roast coffee and earth flavours again, with biting alcohol and plenty of smoke. Doesn't quite seem rounded out, a touch harsh with the alcohol. Still, not bad.

Aftertaste: the sharp alcohol backs off a bit to leave the flavours fairly well combined.

Mouth feel: a thick body that really works quite well. Low in carbonation but just enough to carry plenty of flavour, nice and crisp to boot.

Overall: an decent and unusual stout, a bit expensive at AU$90+ a case. The flavours come across a bit harsh with an alcohol fug, but the flavours are reasonably well rounded. I will have one every now and then.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thick brown head, but eventually becomes just a lace. The high alcohol is very present in the aroma with some roasted malt too. Taste is very pronounced with bitter roasted malts flavor. I sense a little coffee malt also. The high alcohol content is also very pronounced in the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth going down and a little bitter, but carbonation is minimal. Overall this is a decent beer and a good stout.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.