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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,287 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,287
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 

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Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Shiny brown with dark red/maroon. The head is tremendous with golden avalanches swirling to a firm settled three finger cap. As with a beer of this high octane, didn't expect nor noticed lace.

S: The nose was full of roasted black malt with a dark and dry coco. A dash of coffee but musty overall.

T: First and foremost is the roasted barley rather than the bittersweet chocolate. A slight smack of the lips uncovers the molasses and a spice, anise perhaps. I could not place the hops within, but a floral one and delicious overall.

M: Not impressed at the start, a wee bit light but grows smoother with silk undertones.

D: Lion Stout is a constant mixture of sweet and bitter. The different flavors hit your taste buds and then overtake your entire mouth, cheeks and jowls. This was a very good beer and makes me very eager to find more export stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 02:11:59 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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surlytheduff

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a pint glass. Poured rich, thick and dark; solid two finger cola-colored head with good retention and residual lacing. Smelled of chocolate, caramel, malts, dried fruit; had a very slight soapy smell to it. None of the smells were particularly strong. Taste was sweet roasted malt flavor, molasses, some coffee, dark chocolate. Felt very creamy and rich, decent carbonation, medium body. When you take all factors into consideration (a/s/t/m/d, and most importantly $) this is a pretty darn drinkable beer. One of the best value big beers I can think of.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 02:10:13 | More by surlytheduff
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

625ml bottle served in tasting glass. No discernable bottle date.

A: Pours a nearly black, coffee-like color. Larger head than expected, mocha colored. Head retention is decent. Good looking beer.

S: Even at warmer temperatures the aroma never jumps out of the glass. Mild coffee. Sweet chocolate. Faint whiff of green hops. Dark fruit and just a suggestion of tartness. Pleasant for sure, but lacking in intensity.

T: Nice roasted character. Mild coffee with cream. A little bit of chocolate flavor hiding about. Dark fruits make an appearance. Just a little nuttiness. Some bitterness here and there and then a mostly sweet finish.

M: Low carbonation. Silky smooth feel. Less viscous than it's American Imperial Stout counterparts

O: Easy to drink and seemingly simple initially. Complexity becomes apparent over the course of comsuming this one. Versatile. No indication whatsoever of it's 8.8% abv. One could easily confuse this with a much less potent beer. Very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:06:05 | More by AdamGarcia
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HiAIPA

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber type bottle, this dark elixir poured a molasses brown and formed a nice foam head of two inches. Roasted biscuit and malts frame a medium body brew, with coffee, molasses accents and a nutty finish. Good, I would drink this again. A small step up from dry, smooth and un-flavored stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 16:20:58 | More by HiAIPA
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Andy

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy aroma, yet with some smokey hints. Big, bubbly tan head. Slightly sweet beginning, fruity yeast flavor. Smooth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2002 19:14:28 | More by Andy
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klewis

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A: Pours black with a bubbly off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruits.

T: Typical stout flavors of chocolate and coffee are complimented by a prominent nutty character. Slightly bitter in the finish.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation for a stout IMO, but the texture is a bit watery.

D: This is my first foreign/export, so I can't rate it with an accuracy in accordance with the style, but as a stout it is definitely enjoyable. Well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 01:50:10 | More by klewis
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mentor

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from Liquor Mart (Colorado) and consumed the next evening. Pours a four finger fluffy clingy cavernous caramel-brown colored head over a pitch black liquid. Smells of chocolate, sour black malt, toffee and caramel. Coffee roast only with searching. Tastes smooth silky milk chocolate that persists through and dries a touch in the finale. Soured black malt makes it's presence known in diametric oposition to the chocolate. Coffee modifies the sour and a toffee sweet keeps it from ruining the beer entirely. The aftertaste has a bit of alcohol sting rising up the back of the throat. Hop flavor is missing amid the mix of strong dark flavors...perhaps some cottony fuggles. Any hop bitter is buried beneath the sour and alcohol. Mouthfeel is only medium and carbonation is moderate. The overfoaming head hurts this beer's appearance. Near the end of the bottle, the alcohol became more prevalent in the aftertaste detracting from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 06:17:09 | More by mentor
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a stout, so two guesses if it was a dark, almost black in color with a tan head. (Hint: Yes.)

There's some chocolate, coffee and raisin in the nose with a hint of floral hops. Definitely a roasty aroma overall.

It tastes like it smells with the chocolate and coffee and dried fruit, some molasses, but with a very subtle creamy ripe banana taste to it. There is just the right amount of hop bitterness to keep the sweetness from being cloying. There's bit of a smokey flavor to it like you would find in a porter. Overall it's a bit sweeter than I am used to in a stout, but it works. And if this beer really is 8% I for one can't taste it.

It's light bodied and it may not be the most complex stout ever made, but that could well work in its favor as it's really quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 00:19:51 | More by MeisterBurger
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an unexpected find at the Classic City brewfest, a strong stout brewed in the tropics of Sri Lanka. It is dark brown, nearly black with a fantastically thick head that stays and stays.

The aroma is caramel sweet, and has delicate hints of chocolate, coffee, plum/prune, and has a slight metallig twang that English stouts and porters often have. Pleasant aromas, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Flavor profile follows suit. It is dominated by bittersweet choc and coffee accents of the roasted dark malts. There's a bit of creamy vanilla in there too. It has a definately prune (or Lekvar-brune butter) quality throughout that adds a hint of fruity acidity. Overall it is very mellow and quite subdued.

It has a medium body, which is creamy in texture and very smooth. There is zero indication of the 8%, it would make a fine sessionable brew. Tame, but enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2005 21:01:00 | More by AlexJ
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Shaw

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a huge light brown head.

A very nice aroma of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt.

The taste is roasted and malty with notes of smoke, coffee and chocolate.

The body is glassy and smooth.

Overall this is a fine stout with an exceptional aroma. It's one for roasted malt fans.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 04:06:06 | More by Shaw
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle(with beer guru Michael Jackson on the back label, giving his endorsement), into a standard pint glass.
Black in color with edges of ruby. Nice head of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint whiff of alcohol, chcocolate note.
Taste-Mocha, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, leading to a dry, black coffee finish. A nice match for a char-grilled steak.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 18:03:46 | More by hosehead83
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Friction4now01

Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was a bit on the disappointing side, but that is probably because I had overly high expectations for it.
A: Nice dark brown/blackish color that you typically see in a stout or porter. There was a good amount of head on the beer, but it settled quickly.
S: Strong scent of chocolate with a hint of vanilla and coffee.
T: The tastes definitely reflect the smell. Chocolate is the dominant flavor. However, the beer seemed disappointingly unsweet.
O: This is a good stout, but would be better if it was just a bit sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 03:43:59 | More by Friction4now01
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours a big frothy head of khaki colored foam. the beer itself is almost pitch black, just some dark ruby tones when held up to light. think layer of lace left around the glass.

S - nice and roasty, good amount of sweetness in the form of dark fruits, molasses, dark chocolate and just the slightest bit of stale coffee.

T - very sweet - lots of brown sugar, caramel, candied plums...slight bittering from dark chocolate, boozy. lingering sweetness.

M - incredibly smooth, rich and creamy. carbonation is spot on, barely there.

D - good, solid. a bit too sweet for my liking but other people might love it. lovely body, alcohol is noticeable but adds another layer to this.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 03:40:35 | More by Stigs
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gopens44

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very much dark. Can't see the football game through this at all. Head was mocha colored, foamy and generous at pour but fell down considerably after a few minutes.

S - Nutty with hints of dark cherries and vanilla.

T - Decent. Dark chocolate with wood accents. Smokey perhaps. A little more watery in taste than most stouts I have had, but still good. Some sorta dark fruit in the taste, like the black cherries in the nose or plums perhaps.

M - thin yet smooth. Some aftertaste in the relatively little carbonated creation.

Decent enough stout. Not my favorite, but you could do worse. A little lighter than most stouts, so this could be a great hotter weather stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 20:03:45 | More by gopens44
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle from Little Raven Vineyards; thanks for the great recommendations Peter.

A-Thick black body with a small quick receding nougat colored head.

S-Sweet coffee and caramel with a very understated alcohol scent

T-Chocolate and caramel sweetness with espresso bitterness that blend real well. Not all that complex. Seems to almost have a bourbon cask smoky/roast flavor.

M- Really nice. Comes in thick and creamy but has enough CO2 that it washes clean without any CO2 burn.

D- For as high of ABV as it carries, pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 04:50:26 | More by MinorThreat
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Jhun

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I was in the liqour store looking through the fairly large beer selection and I saw this by itself and in a six pack, so I decided to pick up the six for ten bucks.
I opened it up and poured it into a nice clear glass and danm me if it didn't look just perfect nice and dark like a stout should be.
It smelt strongly of chocolate to me and just a hint of alchohol just to where it was actually refreshing.
I thought it was a creamy texture and just like the smell a chocolaty flavour and a refreshing amount of alchohol with it to give it a nice bite.
I in the end got drunk off of it and Finnegans Irish amber. I really enjoyed every bit off it. As you can See I highly recomend it!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 05:17:08 | More by Jhun
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rabidawg

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dated November 2002.

Appearance: Black coal and tar blended with espresso, with a little red-eye gravy thrown in for good measure. Amazingly fine bubbles in the head, clinging to the side to shade the dark side of ebony.

Smell: I'm catching a certain metallic twang, with gossamer hops leavings fighting their way through the heavy malts. Nothing outstanding here.

Taste: Mouthfeel is thin and watery, and I feel as if I'm drinking a Coke float, with a creamy start washed away by carbonated malty sugar water. Malty and roasty, with a slight drying, yet oily, hop finish. I've never had a beer that so masterfully masked an 8.0% abv. Very drinkable, could be dangerously so if I'd bought more than a single. As it warms, I'm catching an almost ashy finish, but it's not as unpleasant as it sounds. Very carbonated for a stout.

I'd often seen this beer and ignored it because of its corny label. Have to say I'm happily surprised.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 21:01:17 | More by rabidawg
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a huge amount of brown colored head. This is one of the best-looking stouts I've seen.

S: Had aromas of malt, coffee, chocolate and some light fruit. Nicely done.

T: At first, this beer did not impress me. After a while it grew on me. Coffee, malt, light and chocolate all appear. Unlike some other stouts, the coffee in this one didn't dominate the other tastes.

M: This had high carbonation rate a smooth finish.

D: The Lion Stout is definitely a drinkable beer. While not my favorite in the stout category, it's still solidly done.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 12:59:35 | More by avalon07
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: dark brown leaning towards black with a thin head that disappears in about the time it will take you to read this sentence. All that is left behind is a thin ring of foam.

S: nothing stunning but, there are roasts, malts and coffee present.

T: roasted malts, molasses and coffee are the dominant flavors but there is also a slight sweetness to it.

M: medium body and carbonation.

O: not a bad beer, it is easy to drink and a good price. I could see enjoying this beer with a nice meal of spicy Indian food.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 21:43:33 | More by polloenfuego
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turnerk3

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very delectible blackish haze with an even more appealing one inch of brownish head. However, the retention of the head is deceiving. At first it seems to cling quite nicely but then it turns "turtle" (a.k.a. pulls head into shell).

S: Surprisingly I'm not too impressed by the aroma. It may be because I'm used to it on draft and not a can, but it still lacks the true caramelly essence.

T: This is good, but not great. A nice malty taste comes through, but it still lacks the true "coffee" kind of taste I was expecting. There is a bit of sweetness that overcoats that coffee flavor, but it's still not too overpowering.

M: First it feels a little over carbonated, but then it seems to lack true character at the end. A little too inconsistent for me. It's still fairly decent for a stout.

O: It's a great beer to have if you're preference is malt or dark, but if you're a hop-head (like me) I'd tread carefully. Still give it a shot and let the taste buds experience something new.

Serving type: can

07-04-2012 02:25:21 | More by turnerk3
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MrDanno96

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. I could also see some carbonation sticking to the side of the glass after the initial pour. Some moderate lacing. Pretty standard appearance for a stout.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, fruity esters, maybe cherries, molasses, and some alcohol.

T: Strong coffee flavor, dark chocolate, molasses, and some caramel. Roasted malts are also definitely a strong presence here. Hops come through just a little in the finish. As it warms, the sweet fruits from the nose come through a little as well. Overall, a pretty well balanced flavor.

M: A pretty full body and pretty crisp. I feel like there's a little too much carbonation here that interferes a bit with the complex flavors it presents. I had to search around the carbonation for all the flavors I noted above, especially the first few sips. About halfway through my glass I began to feel the warming effects of the alcohol, but it is definitely well hidden.

D: This is a pretty good stout. Lots of good flavors. As I noted above, I feel it suffers just a little on the mouthfeel. I would have this again, but probably not more than one at a time. It's also a pretty cheap, high abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 19:51:27 | More by MrDanno96
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droomyster

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but very dark brownish mahogany with a brown head that hurriedly settles. Smell is good but not extraordinary: milk chocolate, scorched brush, and notes of oatmeal. Very finely carbonated medium-full body transmits strong flavors of dark Godiva, expresso, and a light smokiness and ashy bitterness. Body weight could use a little more heft. All in all, a nice beer; I'm glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 11:13:06 | More by droomyster
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – 625 ml bottle from Half Time. What a head, tan, thick, creamy, long lasting and it leaves a solid sheet of lacing. The beer itself is opaque dark brown.

Smell – Subdued aroma, understated roast with some caramel and a distant vinous character. Hard to compare to any other beer that I have had.

Taste – Sweet toffee up front, mild flavor despite the high alcohol. Light chocolate roast, nowhere near as intense as in most other big stouts. Hopping in low, just enough to barely hold the sweetness back. There is also a mild acidity that increases the refreshing character of the beer, but that gets a bit old by the end of the big bottle.

Mouthfeel – Full and smooth despite medium-high carbonation for a stout.

Drinkability & Notes – Talk about a big summertime stout, this beer is exactly right for sipping on a warm evening. I am happy that this one seems to have made it to me in good condition, one of the tastier beers from Asia that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 19:40:20 | More by OldSock
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Basically pitch black in colour, finger of tan head, good retention, solid lace as well. Smell is of dark chocolate, coffee and a huge roasted malt bill, bits of dark fruit come and go, milk chocolate as it warmed up. Taste is fairly roasted up front with milk chocolate, moderate sweetness, mild bitterness as well as some coffee and dark fruit in the finish. Medium carbonation, medium full body, nice full creamy feel here. Nice stuff and quite drinkable overall, certainly got my $2.05 worth on this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 15:00:18 | More by peensteen
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86sportster883

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Lion Stout is perfectly named. It has many of the more pleasant roasted malt and coffee like features of a quality dry stout, combined with a big 8% abv to boot.

Pours black and opaque with a quickly fading tan head and a faintly sour aroma. I enjoyed the way the alcohol blended with the bittersweet chocolate flavors. Robust and roasty, but at no time harsh. Medium bodied with a good mouthfeel, but I would not describe it as remarkably smooth. Well balanced though, with a relatively clean dry finish.

Overall, a good foreign stout that I wish I had more of.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 04:25:52 | More by 86sportster883
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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