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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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880 Reviews

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Reviews: 880
Hads: 1,544
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 66
Gots: 102 | 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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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise as part of a "Beers of the World" sampler I got for my 22nd birthday as I've been wanting to try this one.

Pours pitch black with a finger of creamy tan head. Dark and milk chocolates, roasted espresso bean and smoked peat dominate the senses. Mouthfeel is rich and the alcohol is warming. A decadent stout here, quite a surprise out of Sri Lanka, but kudos to Ceylon brewery, Michael Jackson can't be wrong....go ahead, it's there for the taking. No seriously, it's a gimme...

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Photo of jtingue
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer has an underlying meat or fish flavor, with strong caramel notes. I first tried this beer in Japan and like many of the beers I had on the trip it had an quirks that I have only experienced in Asian beers. Overall one of the more interesting beers I have had.

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Photo of WHROO
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best stout i have so far tasted, rich...full of body, everything you'd expect from a stout with a higher ABV. Chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits...roasty...all hid the alcohol taste
It smelt full, tasted full & loved it. Mouthfeel was very pleasant as well.
The only downside was I bought just 1 stubby...bumma!!

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Photo of jdhilt
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Good carbonation. Nose is coffee/caramel. Strong coffee/carmel flavor, nice, sweet, beefy stout. $6.49 for a 6-pack of 330ml bottles from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of Jayli
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap 7/18 at The Dirty Truth
This beer pours a nice dark brown with a one finger soapy/sudsy dark tan head with phenomenal retention. Thick, solid, sheets of lacing coat the glass the entire way down. Nose is of fruitiness at the beginning - some raisin and date notes, bitter chocolate, a touch of vanilla, and very mild hint of alcohol. Taste is much inline with the nose - starts of with some molasses and caramel malts at first and then moves to a bitter chocolate and coffee flavoring and just a touch of smokey flavoring, the end finishes with some fruitiness most detectable is the mild raisin flavoring. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation with a bone dry finish to it. Mouthfeel is very nice...lively but not abrasive, with a medium body and lightly dry finish. This is a really well balanced beer, one that with a lower ABV would be worthy of sitting with for a night.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized sipper after I had let it sit outside of the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

A-Pours nearly pitch black with a two finger mocha head that slowly dissipates. It leaves some cascading and lacing on the glass.

S-Dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, hint of brown sugar, alcohol. Hops are present, but the malt clearly dominates.

T-Chocolate flavors dominate; not dark chocolate like the nose, but more of a milk chocolate. There is also a somewhat strong alcohol presence. It has a really nice caramel finish. It is delicious.

M-It seems slightly thin. However, its has a smooth and creamy feel.

D-This beer is delicious and much more complex than I ever expected. The booziness and sweetness of this beer cut into its sessionability, but it is great for sipping.

Overall, I loved this beer. I recently drank Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and this was much better all across the board. I will definitely purchase this again.

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Photo of horshack7
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's quite the glass of darkness top to bottom even the head is decently dark beige.

Aroma: Herbs and spice, dark fruits notes of sour cherries. It's mostly citrus hop that lingers. Faint espresso, and some vanilla bean in the back.

Taste: Light carbonation up front but mostly a smooth mouthfeel. Touches of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malt and hops not quite burnt. In the end is a black licorice finish.

Notes: It's a solid beer all over. It's not overpowering even with it's 8.8% abv. Very drinkable and a good pick up. Cheers.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The local stores are starting to branch out. They got this in the other day.
Nice stout roasted malt aroma with hints of ginger and, dare I say it, soy sauce. Very intriguing.
Pours pitch black with a voluminous medium brown head which lingers for a while as it gradually sinks down to a small creamy film on top of the beer.
As for the taste, there's rich deep fruit and chocolate/coffee flavors, tempered by the stout sourness typical of this style. It finishes with a bitter chocolate taste that has a moderate duration.

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Photo of mick303
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a huge head of coffee caramel foam in a tulip glass. Dissipates slowly, leaving an attractive film and lacing. Visible carbonation. Colour is jet black.

Nose is really rich. Lot of thick molasses, strong coffee. Roast malt and chocolate flavour comes through. Quite a thick and rich aroma.

Flavour is pleasing and complex. Lot of smooth chocolate, and a bit of tartness. Coffee and slight smoky roastiness also pronounced. The sweetness is present. Finish is subtle and smooth with lingering notes of coffee and a bit dry. Incredibly drinkable and alcohol is not at all present.

This one was a very pleasant surprise. It drinks very nicely, and I found the flavours all blended very nicely. It does drink like quite a full/heavy beer. For the style I think it is quite a solid representation and worth buying again.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated 4/30/08

Pours from a distinctive 625ml bottle into a globe glass. It's nearly black in color with great white head that sticks around well and leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very nice with lots of chocolate and roasted malt character to it.

Flavor is surprisingly good with great depth and balance. Chocolate and coffee, the malts give it a pleasant sweetness but a good dose of bittering hops balances it out.

Mouthfeel is good too with creamy texture and not too much carbonation. Drinkability is there too as long as you don't mind the 8% ABV.

Overall, very impressive and frankly surprising. I never expected this mass-produced export stout to be this good. This is one beer that I have seen for years but never gave a second glance. Now I think I'll be coming back regularly.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cold fall day in Northern Ontario, so why not have a great beer that has been in the cellar since last fall?. It pours with a creamy tanned head that holds up fairly well but leaves behind lots of lacing. Has a dark black color.

Smells nice and sweet with lots of molasses, coffee, roasted malt, fruits and a bit of chewing tobacco. The alcohol comes through as the stout warms.

Tastes of chocolate, fruits, slight hop bitterness and coffee. The finish has a good lingering roasted malt and molasses taste. A great beer to have anytime, but especially on a cold day as the alcohol is inviting and warming.

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Photo of seagis
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, let me say that stout in general is probably my favorite type of beer.

That being said, Young's Double Chocolate Stout was my favorite stout until I found Lion Stout. This has to be some of the best stuff ever put into a bottle. :-)

It pours a reasonable amount of head, even though I poured it rather slowly (it took me close to 2 minutes to fill a pint glass.) It poured to a totally opaque black color, with a very pleasant aroma. There was a hint of what I detected as raisins, but my wife and children all smelled coffee. To each his (or her) own, I suppose.

Very nice mouthfeel. Not too heavy, not light enough to think that this was someone's first attempt at stout, either. It retains it's light raisinesque flavor, but it expands to a deeper flavor as it goes down. A very nice finish, having a small note of caramel on the very end.

A truly pleasing drink. If you ever have the opportunity to purchase a bottle of this stuff, I heartily recommend it.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, it's nice to be back to beer after such a long illness. Pours out to a dark black as night color with a nice big head of tan foam. Very dense. Uniform lace around the interior of the glass. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, burning wood and pumpernickel bread. Taste was very quaffable; flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, even some sweet milky qualities were present. Mouthfeel was good; could've been a touch thicker and heartier, but I can't complain. Good Drinkability. A definite revisit will be inline soon. Recommended.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time I had this, soooo good!! Thick head pours in nice and stays for a while, actually you gotta be careful about pouring too fast. Taste is of roasted malts, a hints of sweetness and quite a bit like unsweetened cocoa powder. Thick mouthfeel but not bad. Definetly not a session beer, but something to be savored and enjoyed.

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Photo of ericj551
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout pours an inky black with a thick brown head. The aroma is sweet roasted and dark malts. The taste is rich and creamy, sweet but not overly so with a nice rounded roasted malt flavor. The after taste is slightly metallic and sour. The alcohol is not noticeable, and I think its strength is hidden well. This beer certainly didn't suffer from its trip around the world from Sri Lanka.

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Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= At fridge temp, this stout poured a deep dark black (no light was getting through this beauty) with a 2.5" foamy tan head. After letting the glass sit for a good 10 minutes, the head dropped to a ¼" cap that retained well. Incredible sticky lacing clung to my glass all the way down.

S= A nice blend of sweet and roasty-bitter aromas here. The sweetness was reminiscent of raisins, molasses, and chocolate. The rest of the smell was made up of dark roasty malts, coffee, and maybe a hint of chickory.

T= This tasted like a highly sweetened and carbonated café au lait coffee. Lactose sugar, milk chocolate, and treacle came first, followed by some roasted grain and dark chocolate bitterness. There was a complex yet subtle array of ripe dark fruit and earthiness running all through the middle of this beer. Finish was more sweet than bitter, though the roasted grain notes did linger on to the aftertaste.

MF= Heavy body with just a moderate carbonation level. Felt slick and tongue-coating in the mouth.

D= This was a very interesting and delicious beer. The ABV is really well hidden and is not a factor at all. If you are into sweet stouts, this is very sessionable in my opinion.

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Photo of bayougutter
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying my wife went on a "girl weekend in New Orleans and brought home five sixpacks of great beer. WOW.

Great looking beer, pours dark as night with a full two finger caramel head which stay a while before settling to a 1/4 inch. good lacing all the way thru the drink. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle to a snifter at fifty degrees.

damn good smell too, roasted malt, caramel toffee, mild coffee. Can smell a bit of bitter hops at the end. Really nice well blended smell.

Pretty complex, taste as well as it smells. I get a stronger coffee with slight sweetness. Not as bitter on the end as I would like

This beer surprised me in a good way, wasn't expecting this. Overall an exellent beer and would give two thumbs up. Give this one a try.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours nice and black, some light passes around the edges. The off white- light brown head looks thick and rich and fills the remainder of the glass and almost overflows-- beauty. Sadly it only lasts half the glass or so. A little thin lacing.

Smell: Roasty dark malts, sweetness, and some chocolate. Really pretty nice, not overstated, but not wanting for much.

Taste: Surprisingly good. Roasted malts with some nice bitterness and sweetness. There's notes of chocolate and coffee. Its really balanced and finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Seems appropriately full for the style. Not thick like an imperial, but its not one. Smooth and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This is 8% so watch out. Would be easy to accidentally pound this. Delicious and very drinkable. Nice surprise from a foreign stout. Best beer ever from Sri Lanka-- although its the only one I've had.

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Photo of tewaris
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lion Stout
The Lion Brewery Ceylon PLC
Foreign Extra Stout
8% ABV
625 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a Summit pint glass.

Appearance 4/5
Clear, very dark brown, almost black; big brown creamy head that receded rather fast and left moderate lacing.

Aroma 3.5/5
Dark malts and molasses is the first impression; an almost burnt sweetness is evident. I don't detect any hops, which is fine by the style. Also, aroma fades real fast in this one, and very little of the strong molasses aroma is felt later. Some fruity tartness.

Taste 4.5/5
Opens fruity, resiny. Some hop bitterness is felt eventually, but is never overwhelming. Burnt in a nice way. Finishes medium dry and clean for the sweet beginning. Roast can be well felt in the aftertaste. Very good. Some booze as the beer warms up. I won't be surprised if it's actually brewed with molasses.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Silky, with medium carbonation and medium body. Not the richest stout but it's not exactly an Imperial Stout, and mouthfeel is spot on for the style.

Drinkability 5/5
Very good. The body and taste are a perfect match for the alcohol.

I would drink this beer again and again, and highly recommend it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I CAN't believe how many different CANned beers are available. The CANQuest began as a lark and has become an obsession. CAN you dig it?

First, this lion came roaring out of its CAN! It looked like oil from the current slick in the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of BP. The head was outrageous, demanding my immediate attention lest its deep-brown rise above the lip of the glass and spill onto my computer. Two fingers that eventually tamed themselves and sat atop the beer like a real lion on a stool. F**ing rampant animals! I despise that! This cat had a real bite on the nose. Deeply roasty with a bit of dark chocolate sweetness, if that passes for sweet for you. Color was ebony black with the light penetration of a black hole. NONE! Zee-roh! Mouthfeel was somewhat thin for a stout, but the taste was dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, my morning coffee (I am a retired US Navy sailor), and smoke. This tasted like the aftermath of a house fire smells. Wow! The finish was dry, smoky, worth seeking out. Good kitty!

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Photo of biglite351
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark with some red at the edges. Tight medium tan lasting head

S - solid, malty, mild chocolate, inviting. A stout hug.

T - rich and complex. Not as hood as on tap (which I hope to review soon) but great. Malty, chocolate, and it changes from sip through after taste. Complex and nice.

M - good coating but only minor tingle at front sides of tongue.

D - I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml / 11.5oz brown bottle with an expiration date printed on the bottle. Stellar lacing on the glass with a ring being left nearly every sip. Coal black with virtually no light coming through.

Sweet molasses, prunes and black currants, thick roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate and a estery alcohol are all aromas I pick off of this stout.

Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy without a doubt, coffee and unsweetened chocolate come to mind at the first taste. Fruity twang in the middle of black currants, this twang doubles with a roasted grain flavour that is perfectly balanced. Hints of charcoal and earth run middle to end as the alcohol as kicks in with a warming estery character. Finishes slightly sweet with vague remnants of roastedness.

Not as complex as I thought it would be but that is finish being that a brew with such strength can be so drinkable. I’ll going back to this beer for sure.

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Photo of mscudder
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking at this beer in stores for well over a year and finally committed to grabbing a bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A - Dark chocolate brown with a massive tan head. Seems a bit less viscous than other stouts. Interesting.

S - There things here: caramel, chocolate and a bit of coffee. The combination leads to a rich coffee aroma that is not overpowering, good stuff!

T - Starts smooth with a silky texture. The beer moves on following some rich caramel malts into a bit of bitter/tart notes from the coffee. ABV is well hidden with just a pinch of warmth on the back end.

M - A medium body that has very little carbonation (which is a good thing to compliment the silky composition). Drinks fairly heavy but soft to the palette. I like it.

O - Very surprised with this beer, for I anticipated for it to much worse! A unique blend of flavors makes this one to try for sure. A fine way to mix up my normal rotation of stouts. Bravo!

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Photo of jordansbaker
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very sweet stout. Very different from the dry stouts I'm used to (guiness extra stout... etc.). Strong chocolate, light coffee, and roasty malt taste. Mouthfeel is thick and grainy, like a meal in a glass. I like to swish the last bit in the bottom to get the residue out of the bottle. Really fun to drink. What a surprise from Sri Lanka! Similar but better to other cream stouts I've had.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

625 ml Bottle reviewed on it's best before date (Sep 2011).

I was really impressed, this looked, smelled and tasted like a good quality Stout. Lovely velvety looks, those rich, smooth malty aromas of roasted and toasted barley just carried on into the mouth. Chocolate and mild Coffee flavours linger in the mouthfeel as the brew level slips slowly down the glass.

One of the simpleist and best tasting Stouts I've had, ever.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.