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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Reviews: 878
Hads: 1,533
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 65
Gots: 96 | 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:
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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Reviews: 878 | Hads: 1,533
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2 bottle with no freshness date. Poured extremely dark with a copious amount of tan head. Sticky foamy lacing on the side of the glass. Strong malty scent. Heavy malts and cocoa flavors. Pretty smooth mouth feel. Not really drinkable enough to go for another. A lot of other stouts out there with more flavor. Paired pretty decent with some fresh blackberries and blueberrys and yogurt.

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Photo of hawks10
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass...

As always, hard to rate the appearance of a stout, pours a coffee black capped with a nice two finger light tan head. A thin tan film remains of top of the beer for most of the drink...

So I am getting the sensation from the nose that I am about to take communion...I swear, this beer smells like red communion wine. Sweet and a bit sour up front, dark fruits, some fig and maybe some borderline rotten plum. A bit of a roasted malt aroma peeks out but it is pushed back down again by that almost sour red wine smell...

A slight sour taste at first (starting to wonder if this can is somehow bad)...dark fruits dominate the taste and almost reminds me of a Belgian Quad or Strong Dark. Little to no roasted flavor or bitterness as I would have expected, just a slight burn from the alcohol...

Medium bodied and pretty slick. Good carbonation and a nice subtle burn from the alcohol make this a beer with pretty damn good mouthfeel...

The wine like and slightly sour aroma and taste was not what I was expecting and really not my favorite. Interesting stout to say the least and something I may try again if I could find it on tap...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Michael Jackson (the beer writer) had good things to say about this beer; he even landed his mug on the packag- ing somehow.

Massive tan head--four fingers' worth--rises slowly. Rocky, dense and bubbly, it drops to a thick lace that sticks all over the glass. Very fragrant with aromas of black currants, blackberries, cocoa powder and mild roast coffee. Amazing smoothness and medium creamy body with a lush mouthfeel. Quite malty to start, with a sweetness similar to sweetened coffee. The 8 percent ABV is deceiving to begin with, but after several sips, the palate warms right up. From middle to end come waves of roasted malt with undertones of dark bitter chocolate and faint espresso bean. Minimal hop bitterness, a little fruity and yeasty toward the end. Finishes on the sweet side with a long note of roasted flavor.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Dark black with a creamy head. Some chocolate, cocoa and dark roasted malt make up the smell. Smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate, some slight bitterness, and a strong alcohol flavor comprise the taste. A decent, strong stout. A little heavy on the alcohol taste, but otherwise is an OK Stout.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours solid black with a dark brown head. Darkest head I've seen in a long time.
Massive aroma of cocoa and dark chocolate, molasses, with some roasted coffee and barley in the background. Pretty full on.
More massively roasted flavours (but no burnt notes!). Some sweet alcohol shows but is balanced by huge roasted barley notes. A big beer! Quite sweet. A bit too much alcohol?
Quite creamy body, the carbonation is a little high.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with ruby highlights and a tan head. Plenty of fine lacing was left behind as the foam subsided a bit. Malty aroma, with lots of chocolatey sweetness and light roasted coffee. Light bitterness with a strong sweetness. A bit of dark malt character, but not as much as I expected. It finishes a little acidic with just a hint of dry, grainy astringency. The carbonation is well integrated, with fine bubbles supporting the body somewhat. Not bad at all, though the flavour doesn't quite pull through like the aroma does.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with light tan head, thicker too. Raw cocoa, roasted malt, and brown sugar on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roasted malt.

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Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into clean, clear glass.

A 3 finger head light brown head and the deepest black body of any beer that I have seen.

S dark chocolate, molasses, dark stout. Sweet and intriguing

T Now THIS is a stout! Dark, heavy chocolate but smooth, velvety with a pleasant aftertaste which dissipates quickly at first but then lingers for a minute or two.

M Full but not bitter and undrinkable like some other stouts I have had (like Great Lakes Blackout Stout). I heard of Guinness described as "liquid bread" once and that certainly applies here.

D good for a stout.

Notes: I am not the biggest stout fan (2 to 3 Guinness's a year) but this one is quite enjoyable. Certainly if you enjoy stout then you should try this. I would love to find it on tap somewhere.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an opaque black color with a huge tan head. The lacing is thorough, and lasts forever. The aroma is of cracker, cream, and is slighly nutty, but not vrey strong. The taste very enjoyable. Creamy, and slightly nutty with some bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a solid brew.

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Photo of alexgash
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, maple syrup brown with an untamed, creamy tan mane. Very regal.
Smell is a little odd. Kind of sour with some metallic cocoa malt. Off?
Tastes of sweet, dry chocolate with a cardboard edge. Smoky, peaty flavors chime in, and then fade, as roasty coffee bitterness takes over and lasts into the finish. Big bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Not bad—especially for the price and place of origin.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I would give this a try after walking by it many times. Poured a huge 4 finger milk chocolate head of frothy foam which was well retained leaving sticky lacing all the way down. The body is a deep auburn color. Looks like a dark coke.

Scent is molasses, sweet malt, dark fruit, earthy.

Taste follows the nose but is somewhat more muted with the sweetness coming to the forefront too much for my liking to the point of being cloying. Surprised how much booze comes through up front although it seems to take a back seat as it warmed. Some coffee and mocha comes to the front as it warms.

Body is watery and almost light, some bitterness but not too much for the style with little carbonation.

A drinkable stout however not one that I would actively seek out given the other options I typically have. Glad I tried it and I can now tick off Ceylon on my countries list!

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Photo of bark
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pitch black; the liquid is clear. The high head slowly sinks down into a finger thick brown lid, leaving almost no lacing.

The smell is mild and sweet; lots of roasted malt and a touch of smoke.

The taste is more complex than the smell. Lots of creamy sweetness, some passing sour flavours, light yeasty dough. The taste is full bodied. The aftertaste got notes of roast beef and gravy, some roasted malt and a mild clean bitterness. The finish adds some chocolate.

The carbonation is mild yet fresh; the soft bubbles are small. The liquid is very smooth.

A little more bitter and lighter than the Baltic porters that I am used to.

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Photo of nixhecks
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This stout came in a 625ml bottle, reasonably priced at $2.69. Poured a jet black with a large tannish head that had good retention. The aroma was sweet with malt, smelling like dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. The same was evident in the forefront of the taste, with the finish featuring a slight hop bitterness with chocolate malt flavors also coming through. The mouthfeel was light, a little bit watery, definetely not as thick as some of the stouts I have most enjoyed. I can't say that I was let down, but after seeing Micheal Jackson's endorsement on the back, I did expect a little more. Overall not bad, but not the best.

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Photo of bfflo
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black as night with a big tan-colored head, although it doesn't seem to retain for very long. Moderate lacing. Roasted, malty, typical stout smell, with some sort of distinct, slightly pungent fruit note I can't quite put my finger on - maybe dates? Mild chocolate notes and kind of an earthy character to the bouquet overall. Taste: Full-bodied, thick-ish feeling front end and a heavy-leaning mouthfeel, which all sort of smoothly vanishes over the palate in the middle, transforming into a slightly odd, pungently sweet finish. I think it's in the finish the high ABV kicks in a touch, turning it into a slightly challenging brew - but still not something you'd readily take for an 8% ABV. A sort of dry, roasty aftertaste lingers, but not bitterly so. Lion Stout used to be one of my stout go-tos before I'd tried very many kinds, and this is my first return to it in a year in which I've been trying a lot of stouts. I'm not sure it is holding up as well as I'd hoped. It's got some character and body and an ABV that packs a little bit of punch; but the flavor combination, to me, is not entirely pleasant; the weird-sweet finish in particular puts me off a little bit. B-.

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Photo of beerman207
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Seen this around for a while - finally decided to give it a whirl.

A: Dark as night with a geiser of head that goes away quickly - not sure why it was so out of control just to leave in a flash

S: Odd - smells like olives? Some smoke as well as mocha, chocolate. interesting combination. Not sure how I feel about the nose.

T: Olives up front followed by some chocolate and malt. Odd with the olive flavor for sure.

M: Medium carbonation - no problem here

D: Can't say i'd go for this again. For some reason, maybe I was expecting this to be more like an ris. Just not my bag unfortunately.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours like brown sludge (which isn't a bad thing) thick, with an extra bubbly light chocolate head.
S: Smells like sushi. Really got that algae smell coming through. Pretty unique I suppose.
T: Smooth chocolate taste with a little plant aftertaste. Really nothing too spectacular. It got really bitter and sour as it warmed.
M: Heavy with some lingering sour chocolate aftertaste.

Overall a slightly above average stout. Really nothing too great here but nothing too terrible.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black to super dark brown pour, not much in the way of head to this one. Aroma was roasty, lacking chocolate or coffee.

I pulled more brown sugar out of this than any type of dark fruit. Seemed thinner in body than it was in appearance, would like to see it thicker, might cover up the discernable alcohol presence a little better. The chocolate that was lacking in the nose rears its non ugly head in the taste, although it is far from awe inspiring quantities. Lots of booziness, seems the brown instead of black aspect may have been from some caramel and brown sugar.

Extra half point for it being inexpensive and made in an area you would never guess could make a decent beer. For me, its on par with Guinness, even though they are very different beers. This has more 'taste' per se, but Guinness is smoother and less inconsistency.

EDIT: After having it in the can while doing some disc golfing, I found it to be better than my previous drinking foray in the bottle. Less alcohol, more chocolate, good.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle, 275 15:47 inkjetted above label.

Inky black with cordovan highlights. Thick layered head of burnished khaki bubbles of varied size. Slow to settle, leaving some light lacing. Rich coffee dominates the smell along with some sweet notes as well, perhaps a touch of molasses. Sweet white sugar up front with a solid roasty middle that provides a firm backbone. This finishes sweet, in a 'would you like some coffee with your sugar' way with only a hint of roasted bitterness at the last moment. There is also a slightly overt alcohol note as well. Medium body with a soft cushy mouthfeel that contains almost no carbonation, smooth. This was enjoyable, but may have been better showcased with some spicy food rather than on its own.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the LCBO.

Into my snifter.

Note: My bottle reads Sinha Stout instead of Lion Stout, but it is the same brew.

APPEARANCE: Pours black and opaque with next to no carbonation. Pours a medium sized one-finger thick tan head that slowly dissipates to a think film and remains for the entire trip. Minimal to no lacing. Good looking, but needs some lacing to make it a beauty.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt with a nice smokiness in the background. Some coffee notes as well.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt and some dark fruit as well. Mild dark fruit in the aftertaste, but it's not overpowering. Some alcohol too but it's certainly well hidden for the ABV.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, slightly thinner than expected. Would like it to be a little thicker. Medium carbonation and a slightly alcoholic bite in the end. Goes down pretty smooth regardless and finishes on the sticky side of dry.

OVERALL: A pretty good export stout. Drinkable but not memorable. I could have a few of these and it's definately worth re-visiting, but there are certainly better examples out there.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im not typically a can beer drinker. I put together a random 6 pack from Total Wines. Ive seen this beer before, and finally decided to give it a try. It is your straight forward stout with a dark, creamy color, smoother taste, nice aroma, and that unmistakable stout taste. However, this beer is nothing to write home about. It is not bad, but it is not anything I'll remember 5 years from now.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black color with a billowing 2 finger head that camps out for a few minutes before settling to a ring. Smell is roasted malts and dark fruit. Taste is ashtray, raisins, wood, lots of hops, and coffee grounds. Would be pretty damn solid but the ash holds it back just a bit. Medium bodied, normal for the style. This beer packs a lot of flavor but it is not a good enough flavor to justify drinking at 8%. If this were 6% I would probably rate it higher since then it would be sessionable, but at this high of ABV I would rather have something else.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown, but in the glass is completely opaque. Nice 2 finger head chocolate milk colored head that sticks around for a bit, falls to a thick film. Great lacing. Usually don't see this kind of retention/lacing from a stout.

S - Extremely buttery aroma with a touch of roasted character; almost a mesquite wood chip thing going on. A little sourness shining through reminiscent of a porter.

T - Good, but more bland and mild than I'd expected. Mostly a subdued roasted taste along with buttery notes from the nose. Some coffee kicks in near the finish, with a touch of caramel. Finish is only slightly bitter and fairly clean for a stout. Borderlines on sweet. ABV is hidden well.

M - Creamy and smooth, with moderate carbonation. Medium bodied. No problems here.

D - This brew is blander than I'd like, and while I normally don't find myself reaching for stouts, if I did, this wouldn't be near the top of my list.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass april21 2010

A near jet black with a large mocha head that has good retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S a fair bit of molasses with a little chocolate and some booze

T not far from the smell, the booze is a little more concealed but still quite apparent and I pick up on a little coffee

M quite thin for the color not at all what I expected a little disappointing a little flat too considering how big and thick the head was

D not bad for the strength but not going to blow you away by any means

I don't think of Sri Lanka when I think of a stout but this is a respectable attempt, nothing worth bragging about but no reason to be ashamed either

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very creamy and has a great coffee flavor with chocolate in the background. No one would ever guess the alcohol content of this just by drinking it. Very drinkable beer with an awesome bottle. It only has one downfall. The aftertaste. Its not bitter or even dry. Its very prevelent. It almost seemed like a teriyaki or some other Asian flavor to it. This is different and makes it stand out against other similar stouts but it does not seem to match with the rest of the taste.

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Photo of Shumista
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On sale at Whole Foods for $7.99 a six pack how could I pass this up?

A- Lion Stout pours black with a medium brown head. Good amount of lacing after each sip.
S- Sweet ripe dark fruits and some chocolate.
T- Much sweeter than I expected. The ripe dark fruits are present in the taste, and the chocolate is as well. Honestly the taste is too sweet for me, almost cloying.
M- A little bit too thin in my opinion.
D- I don't really want another one.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this one, but I don't think I'll be buying it again, even on sale.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.