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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,326 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,326
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 42 | 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 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ajfrantz, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a creamy liquid which is black as oil. Forms a medium creamy beige head. Medium retention and some thin, spotty and molasses lacings. Some brown particles cab be seen in the bottom of chocolate

S: Great smell of roasted malts. Notes of dark chocolate, chocolate malts, flowery hops and some earthy notes in the end. Alcohol is perfectly hidden

T: Slightly sweet and quite roasted upfront. Strong notes of dark chocolate and chocolate malts. In overall, taste is crispy and dry. Good medium bitterness

M: Heavy and creamy body. Medium carbonation. Roasty and earthy aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Excellent Foreign Stout. Big surprise

eduardolinhalis, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours with a a great waterfall, big fluffy head, nice retention and lacing to start though it fades after time. Near black with a dark tan head.
Smell is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoked beef. Well balanced.
Taste is notes of toasted malt, coffee, alcohol (whiskey?) and smoke.
Slightly watery with a dry finish, a la Guinness. Medium effervescence . Nice warming alcohol bloom. Relatively rich for a weak body. Smoothish and flavorful. Quiite quaffable in a way that an Imp. stout would not be because it isn't a meal, more of a companion to one or even as a sessionable beer despite the 8% ABV. Drink it a little slower.

PorterLambic, Apr 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

JayKay412, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Beautiful black body topped with a full tan head and perfect lacing. Looks better than i remember.

Chocolate dominates the nose with toasty accents to compliment the sweet malt.

Only subtle chocolate with a larger role played here by the toasted flavor and some nuttiness (and just a little sourness) on the finish.

There's actually a bit of a thin feel for something that seems like it should have a motor oil consistancy. Also a bit more carbonation than I want from a stout with an ABV of 8%.

You know, it's not perfect but it tastes good and I'd gladly have another. A beer that represents South Asia like none other I've tried.

malcontent, Feb 04, 2007
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jwps214, Jul 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

GonzoHomebrewer, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poupae, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Pours black, with a thick bubbly tan head. A small layer of head retains well, leaving relatively nice lacing.

S: Sweet mollasses and slightly nutty roasted malts. Full bodied aroma.

T: Sweet and full flavored, with a bitter coffee-like bite. Finishes dry, with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

M: Medium amount of prickly carbonation, full bodied, slight chewiness.

D: The carbonation and dry finish help balance the full flavors, resulting in nice drinkability (though it is higher ABV at 8%).

seand, Dec 22, 2009
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

RudnicsMEB, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

RoryOMoore, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

A= The can pours a nice black color with a little bit of an amber highlight to it and a nice two finger head rising out of it. The head is a mocha color and makes some nice hissing noises while it sits there with some decent retention as well as a little spotty lacing.

S= Interesting. Smells like a lot of overripe melons and a little sweet maltyness. I don't really smell much roast or coffee to it at all. Smells sort of fruity. Smells exactly like dates! That's it! Dried dates is the smell all the way. Or maybe rasins.

T= Tastes a little more like a beer than a raisin juice. There is a little roastyness to it while not much it is there. The dates and rasins are still there and the most prominant aspect of the beer for sure...

M= Nice coating feel to it but a little too bubbly.

D= Pretty good. After the initial shock of the raisin date juice it is pretty solid. I would but this again sometime just because it's so unique and I've yet to have a beer like it. Who knows I may have a hankerin

jjanega08, Apr 09, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

rkf1976, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours black and looks like carbonated coffee with a tan head. Aroma is of caramel, coffee, alcohol, and a bit of nuts. There is a light malty aroma too. Alcohol is very prevalent in the brew. It overshadows a lot of the other flavors. There is a slight chocolate coffee flavor but the alcohol masks it.

whtguitarguy, Dec 26, 2009
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Out of a 625mL bottle and into my Really Big Frickin' beer glass
(those in Northwestern Ohio know the site)...

A - The pour is basically black. Ruby highlights can be found when held up to direct light. Provides a big frothy tan head.

S - Bitter chocolate combined with molasses is very prominent. I also get some green olives and malted milk balls.

T - Not as roasty as I'd hoped, but I really enjoyed the bitter chocolate. The green olives reappear, but to a much lesser degree. There's a coffee bitterness, albeit watered down, that really steals the show. This tastes pretty good.

M- Not so good here. I just need something thicker to match the taste.

D - Very drinkable. I could easily session this one. Creamy feel with no real presence of alcohol. I was quite surprised by this one and I'd most definitely have it again.

alkemy, Feb 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

dmorgan310, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

discdueler, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Pours black with some brown creeping in on the edges. One finger of tan head.

S: Nice roasted smell is coming through in the nose. Sweetness is right behind it. Perfect for an export stout.

T:Sweet bitter up front then into a slight roasted taste. The taste fades out and there really is not much of an aftertaste.

M: Little to thin for my liking.

D: Super easy drinking. The export stouts are great for that while still giving you a reasonable amount of flavor. For the $2.99 I paid for the bomber it is definitely worth it.

aerozeppl, Jan 27, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

A - Opaque with cream colored head. Nice retention and lacing.

S - sweet and roasty

T - like the smell. sweet and roasty. a bit of fruitiness. similar to Sam Smith Imperial

M - medium bodied, smooth carbonation.

D - quite drinkable. A nice stout.

MSchae1017, May 01, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

WOLFGANG, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jak, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

da_beers, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

smithj4, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ksimons, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Spunky, Dec 06, 2011
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,326 ratings.