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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

887 Reviews
THE BROS
83
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Reviews: 887
Hads: 1,565
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 73
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka | website

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 woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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 +10.4%
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 +10.7%
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 +10.7%
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 +10.7%
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 +10.7%
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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Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black colored beer with an average tan head.

Smell is chocolate; coffee and figs with some cake like malt aromas. Slight acid edge to this mixes with the fruitiness to give it the smell of sour plums.

Taste is on the sweet side with a big chocolate flavor. There is a little blistered coffee bean flavor to this that gives a mocha flavor but it is really chocolate more than anything else is. Fruity flavors are in this too figs, and cherry. Quite tasty but this is my first beer of this style.

Mouthfeel is good and thick.

Extremely pleasant to drink. Tasty and a more complex than your average stout there are only few Stouts that are better than this one. Highly recommended.

Checked the other reviews, mine might seem a bit high but I stand by it, this is a damn tasty beer.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour into a pint glass, gives 3 fingers of mocha colored foam with little to no lacing. The beer itself is a opaque brown/black.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Definitely a sweet and inviting smell. Taste follows smell heavy with coffee, dark chocolate, and malts. There is a little bit of bitterness in its aftertaste, though more that of dark chocolate than hops.

It is surprisingly light bodied for a beer that is this dark and sweet- I was expecting a residual sweetness. The relatively simple, but good, flavor makes this a fairly drinkable brew.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish black color and has a huge, rocky, tan head. The aroma is very sweet and coffee like. It smells like a Starbuck's Frappachino. The taste is very full and smooth... lot's of coffee, chocolate and peat to tantalize your tongue. This is a very balanced stout, on par with a Sam Adam's Cream Stout. The only thing that hold it back is it's price. There are equal or better stouts for less than $9 a six pack.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw some potential in their Imperial Lager, I figured the Stout would prove solid. The beer pours an expected rich dark-brown hue, and an unexpected dense, viscous texture. The foamstand rises to an inch and remains firm through the session. Solid aromas of roasted barley, toast, rich coffee, and cocoa swirl around a mild fermented lactose sweet scent. Flavors closely follow those found in the aroma and remain bold and clean without ever waivering. The beer has no single character that rises above the rest, relying on balance and maturity to produce high quality. Full and rich to the mouth, without becomming thick or chewy. Finishes sweet and with a solid roasted barley flavor (not charcoal). It's difficult to find a more solidly brewed Stout, however it's lack of challenging character leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of EPseja
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed Lion glass from a 12oz can at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Dark, sepia brown with a creamy tight-bubbled cocoa-colored head. Very good retention and patchy, sporadic lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with background notes of raisins, soy and smoke.

T - Nicely smoky, like a slow-burning campfire. Almost burnt coffee sweetness up front followed by a slightly "stale" and mellow middle and a medium dry finish with warming alcohol and an aftertaste of charred dark fruits.

M - Thick and creamy as would be expected. Carbonation is tingly at first, but smooths out for a thick and satisfying finish.

D - A delicious choice for those who like a stout with a big, smoky character. Would also be a good find for devotees of rauchbier. Very enjoyable as a wintertime warmer, or a nightcap.

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Photo of pumarocks
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the king of the jungle when it comes to stout! This is a great brew from Sri Lanka of all places. I picked this up at the Wine Cellar in Kenwood, OH. If has a deep rich chocolate/roasted coffee flavor that I associate with this style. It has good head retention and solid mouthfeel. so far, it is the best stout I have tasted.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single at the 6 pack shop in Mt. Lebanon, PA (Brews Brothers)

11.2 oz Bottle poured into a Tervis Tumbler (OK, stop laughing, it does a good job keeping it cold)

Appearance: Pours very dark, not much head. Almost looks like Coca Cola

Smell: Doesn't smell too much like alcohol, which is surprising considering the 8%. Nice licorice / chocolate / coffee type of smell.

Taste: Not bitter, nice flavor. Maybe a little too much carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Very good. Nice body.

Drinkability: This can be deadly. Goes down way too smooth considering the 8%.

Nice price. Will definitely try again.

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Photo of Musky
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark reddish color with a massive head that has tight and large bubbles that lace the glass as they recede into the beer. A nice bottle with different shaped labels which is a change from most countries. You receive a nice whiff of chocolate malt when first stick your nose in intialy. Smooth with a roast character that melds around the tongue, you can definitely pickup the alcohol taste which warms you through and through. An excellent interpretation of this great style from a surprising country.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. (330 ml) bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, nearly black and completely opaque. The head formed creamy and light brown, 1-2 fingers thick, and faded into a thin layer that clung to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Sweet roasted caramel and chocolate malt, a little alcohol as well.

Taste: Coffee and dark chocolate flavors up front, some bitter hops come through in the middle as the beer warms, I couldn't identify them, oh well. The finish is of dark chocolate, semi-sweet, almost bitter, and lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, fairly thick but still smooth. The carbonation was more lively than I expected, but it balanced things nicely.

Overall: Excellent. I really enjoyed this one, and will definitely go back for more.

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.00.

A: Cold coffee brown with garnet edges and luscious 1-2 finger German chocolate cake colored head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Fresh sweet milk chocolate aromas mingle with cold coffee, leafy, tobacco-ish hops, and abundant dark roasted malts. The sweetness has a milky quality.

T: The flavor is exceptional and intense for the style with big roasted, dark malt with slight lactose note followed by molasses, a short burst of coffee, and a chocolatey creaminess finished decisively with tobacco, leafy, earthy hoppiness which is a great touch to this fine underrated brew.

M: Medium-full in body with a solid smoothness and exceptionally well-hidden alcohol and a long, long aftertaste of leafy hops and mocha.

D: A fantastic stout with numerous aromas and flavors that form a cohesive whole that is a fine brew and a fabulous value for the contents.

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Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a unique take on a stout..reminds me of a baltic porter in some ways but not quite as full bodied or thick...

Black...whisp of a tan head..

Nose has some fruitiness and also a good dose of molasses sweetness

Full bodied but not ultra big like Bells Expedition...smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

A different tasting stout than most...the roasted malts are evident but this also has a uniquie combination of light fruitiness and sweetness (molasses like)...also some sweet milk chocolate like notes....finishes slightly dry leaving you craving another sip...

I like this one a lot...the ABV is hidden...it's highly drinkable...I could see getting in trouble sucking back about six of these in an hour if I wasn't careful...reminds me a little of Sam Smiths Imperial stout

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Photo of markaberrant
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours jet black in the glass. Moussy, tan head holds up quite nicely. Leaves some splotchy lacing.

S - unique for a foreign stout - you've got your basic roast, but also some interesting earthiness, tobacco and smoke.

T - Smoky, sweet dense malt to start. There are all sorts of complex earthy, roasty flavours that really round things out. Long roasty finish with more smoke. As the beer warms, the malt sweetness becomes more evident and brings some dark fruit flavours to the forefront, while the roast and smoke fall into the background.

M - creamy, mouth filling, but not thick. Gentle carbonation, soothing alcohol is mild. Just about perfect for the base beer.

D - I'm hella impressed with this one, wish I had bought more than just a 6-pack.

Never heard of this beer until I saw it sitting on a shelf in Fargo, ND. I did a quick BA search via my phone in the store, and saw it had solid reviews, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

This kicks the crap out of anything I've tasted from England or Ireland in terms of a Foreign or even Imperial Stout. The smoke doesn't dominate, but it's presence is certainly obvious and blends in quite well. What makes this stout stand out from the others is the smooth, complex flavours that are still bold... I find the "bold" part to be missing from most "classic" examples. Incredible stuff.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque inky black with a tan head that leaves envious lacing.

Roasty & yeasty with a hint of that foriegn extra sourness. Very malty roasty nose that seems to good to be true. Coffee semi sweet chocolate and a nice layering of tart souring that remind one of the old sour mash bourbon. WOW this rivals the untouchable guiness foreign extra for sure.

Thick and creamy roasty goodness leads the way. Nice chocolatey dark coffee goodness leads to a dry roasted grain. Again with the hint of sour dryness that leaves one longing for more.

Full and dry, wow this beer rocks the house.

When availible on draft and fresh, buy mass quanities.

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Photo of drxandy
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625ml to tulip glass, pours a deep dark opaque black/brown with a hint of red in light, creamy tan head retains excellently eventually fading to lacing

smells of plums, raisins, brown sugar, yeastly goodness, smells sweet and complex

taste is of sweet dark fruit at the start blending into chocolatey depth and wonderful complexity, almost sherry like, malts are solid, roasty and complimenting the sweetness, licorice, coffee presence, alcohol is present but masked well.

mouthfeel is slightly bitter, roasty, sweet, low carbonation, very nice indeed

paired with scharffen berger 70% cacao dark chocolate wonderfully :D

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice dark reddish/light blackish color with a light brown creamy two finger head.

Smells of very sweet dark roasted malts. Hint of toffe, with some spicyness in there.

Exceptionally smooth, creamy, toffe like taste to it with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and had the right amount of carbonation.

I would say you could kick back a couple of these due to its smoothness and well balance, plus you cant really taste the alcohol

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big creamy mocha head over a deep black body. Outstanding lace and head retention. Aromas of vinous fruit, toasted malt, coffee and a hint of hops. Initial flavors of vinous fruit are soon joined by coffee, chocolate and roasted malt and a lingering toasted biscuit-character. Sweet, but not syrupy, with a faint trace of a hop bitterness lending it some balance. Warming alcohol is noticeable, but doesn’t detract from the flavor. Full-bodied with light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel from start to finish with a faint lingering bitterness. Coats the mouth and throat.

A beautiful well-crafted beer from Sri Lanka of all places. Multiple layers of flavor with a nice alcohol backbone. South Asia’s finest beer—by a long shot.

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Photo of zosoworm
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Mocha and Toffee up front with a toasty and caramel behind. A little alcohol warming as well.

Appearance: Black with a hint of copper. Dark tan head that last a good while.

Flavor: Sweetness on the tongue. Chocolate and toffee flavors. Moves to a dry finish and a caramel after taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy.

Overall: Nicely balanced. Good dark stout to drink on a cold night.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dense black color with a thick creamy head that settles slowly. Lots of tan lace left in its wake.

Aroma gives off a sweetness like fresh cream; graham cracker; cherry pipe tobacco; roasted nuts; toffee. Subtle coffee in the background. The aroma seems to move from good to great as it warms.

Smokiness hits first, with chocolate, coffee, cherry, toffee, vanilla and graham cracker swirling around in the mix. Simply delicious.

Feels just a tad over-carbonated for the style and flavors. It's not thick, but doesn't need to be, maintaining a pleasing airy butteriness.

A bit dry, very smooth, and extremely well-incorporated 8% alcohol. A very good stout. Would be an excellent introduction to someone just discovering the style.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep, opaque black color. Large, thick, creamy brown head with very good retention and lacing. Certainly looks the part.

S: Molasses, sharp prune sweetness, coffee and dark chocolate are most noticeable. Definite alcohol aroma as well. A somewhat leathery nose, with vague hints of vanilla and smoke.

T: Sweet brown sugar and prunes up front, with coffee/dark chocolate lurking in the background. An almost lactic undertone as well. Some earthy hops give a bit of a bite and work well with the mocha flavors. A definite leathery/dried fruit nature to this one.

M: Actually much lighter in body than you might expect at first. Smooth and creamy, with subdued carbonation. Just a hint of dryness at the finish.

D: This one sips very, very easily. I actually wouldn't have minded it being a little thicker and chewier, with a fuller body. It's super easy to drink and very tasty. Count me as a fan.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.