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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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very good

1,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 47
Gots: 54 | 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)
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Photo of TerryW
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark walnut with a decent head. The head is short-lived and leaves no lace.

Sweet, roasted nose with coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee and dark chocolate are also present in the taste, along with some toastiness. The beer is a little too sweet up front, but has a decently bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is confused, with sweet syrupiness followed by thinness.

Passable, but there are more enjoyable stouts to be had.

TerryW, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a dense, creamy, initially four-finger thick, deeply brown stained, full tan colored head. The beer is a full black color that shows just a flash of ruby to it when held up directly to the light. Weird, the aroma is quite weird; buttery, but with an almost chemical undercurrent. What is weird is that this might not be diacetyl, this is the most likely culprit, but for some reason it just seems a bit different than your typical diacetyl signature. Buttered popcorn aromas clearly dominate, but there is just a hint of roast character noticeable towards the finish.

Quite sweet with a fairly agreeable flavor until the finish which has a phenolic, chemical edge to it. The body has a nice fullness to it as well as a nice soft, chocolate tasting, roast grain flavor to it. That strange buttery note is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor, but the chemical note still manages to mute my enjoyment of this beer pretty significantly.

This is newly arrived in Arizona, so I don't understand why this is so bad; and to be honest the flavors of this beer seem pretty fresh, it is just that there are also some significantly off components to this beer as well.

Gueuzedude, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of robthepenguin
3/5  rDev -23.5%

robthepenguin, May 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

intoxabroad, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of AndyH
3/5  rDev -23.5%

AndyH, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of HereforBeer
3/5  rDev -23.5%

HereforBeer, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of jereb33
3/5  rDev -23.5%

jereb33, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -23.5%

ShanePB, May 19, 2014
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -23.5%

BrewtalHonesty, Oct 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

byronic, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -23.5%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours almost pitch black in color. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A raisin heavy roasted maltiness; almost smoky on the finish.

(T)- Again, quite heavy on the raisin with subtle molasses combined with an almost smoky but roasted malt profile.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A good malty balance that is a bit on the lighter side but plenty of flavor.

(O)- An easy drinking stout with smooth and mellow carbonation. Surprised this came in cans.

sweemzander, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Softestdog
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Softestdog, Sep 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

doucmehu, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Uniobrew31, Aug 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

ejimhof, Dec 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

khargro2, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of josephwa
3/5  rDev -23.5%

josephwa, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of SamN
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lion Stout in a can. It's gotta be done.

Pours a pretty thick blackness. Head is notable; beautiful notes of brown and tan. Loose and and little filmy. Excellent crown to a big black stout. Smell is a little sour; some vinegar, coffee notes, molasses. Not the typical stout smell; sweeter, a little sour, no oak, vanilla or bourbon notes to be found. Taste follows smell pretty closely. This definitely has a sweet edge to it. I also get some grape skins in the taste. The main roasted malt taste is upfront, which gives way pretty quickly to a sweet/sour and tinny finish. Some coffe and cocoa detectable. Not bad, interesting tastes, not a stout I'd drink very often. I can see drinking this fresh off the tap on a tropical island, beachin it up.

Has a distinct sour bite to it I don't care for. Don't know if it's a bad can; is that possible? I seem to like it much more out of the bottle.

SamN, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of ShakaShakaShaka
3/5  rDev -23.5%

ShakaShakaShaka, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of BigDank
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a goose island matilda goblet. In the air the pour stream is a very dark brown but once in the glass becomes enough to be opaque / black. The head is a light brown and very tall so the carbonation must be somewhat high. Head reduced to a lumpy foam then dissipated completely in a short time. Smell is light, not too rich or outstanding. Taste is somewhat light and sweet and not really anything amazing as far as I'm concerned. Not a bad beer but not really what I would look for in a stout. To each their own I suppose. Drinkability is high as the abv is not too high and the mouthfeel is smooth and easy. The beer rolls across the tongue lightly with the bubbles biting just a little bit. Overall drinkable, but not my cup of tea (or beer). Was worth the try.

BigDank, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of fatboyPeter
3/5  rDev -23.5%

a little bitter on end, not so creamy ;( Metallic Taste Yuck

fatboyPeter, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of maltyb
3/5  rDev -23.5%

maltyb, Apr 18, 2014
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.