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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,289 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,289
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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Waveoff

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-08-2013 02:26:45 | More by Waveoff
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a creamy one and a half finger head that is fairly short lived.

S - Dates, honey, molasses and faint soy sauce, but it meshes well.

T - There is a bit of chocolate and burnt malt flavor. Some faint lemony sour citrus notes make an appearance. Good.

M - Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and refreshing. Velvety comes to mind.

D - This goes down like water and completely masks the abv. It is defintely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 21:23:04 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Weston19

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a creamy mocha colored head that leaves sticky lacing all around the beer. Looks really nice and the way a stout should look like.

S: Smells like mocha, cocoa, vanilla latte, raisins, and roasted coffee. It's a very pleasant and sweet smell that isn't very strong and comes with a variety of smells. For an almost 9% beer it's great that there's no alcohol smell at all.

T: It tastes exactly like it smells and there is hardly any alcohol flavor there. You get the roasted notes almost immediately followed by that coffee/mocha flavor and then some of the alcohol. It ends slightly bitter but not enough to overwhelm.

MF: Heavy and with a semi dry finish bitter finish.

O: I thought this was a great beer. I wasn't expecting much from it for some reason but upon tasting it it was great. It's pretty strong and the fact that the alcohol taste isn't very obvious is a huge plus. Would definitely have it again.

Serving type: can

01-17-2014 06:16:55 | More by Weston19
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in the May shipment of my beer of the month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Black (or at least exceedingly dark brown) and opaque with a nice tan head and significant lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, coffee, burnt malt.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, molasses and some alcohol. Kind of reminds me of dark rum. Little bit of a sugary alcohol aftertaste that I am not a fan of.

Feel: Chewy and somewhat thick. Relatively low carbonation and quite smooth. Oily feel detracts slightly.

Drinkability: Very easy sipper; almost too easy considering the 8%.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 00:56:45 | More by bsp77
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. Picked up cheap from my local beer specialist (short-dated). I've been meaning to try this one for a while.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle-conditioning results in plenty of chunky yeast residue. An exceptionally dark reddish-brown hue with minimal light penetration. Produces a large head of creamy brown foam with good retention; this remains for a few minutes before subsiding. A rich aroma of sweet dark malt - notes of dried fruit, brown sugar, roasted grain, chocolate and booze.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt with a mild bitterness. Notes of dried fruit, molasses, fruit cake and cocoa, in addition to faint hints of coffee, burnt grain and stewed hops. A dry, rounded finish with a warming hint of alcohol and a lingering sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and spicy, with tingly carbonation. Somewhat astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of rich dark malt.

Very nice - rich, thick and sweet. A well-balanced blend of flavours make this stout stand out, while the body does the style justice. A great beer to round off a session. Add this to your must-try list.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:17:25 | More by jazzyjeff13
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haddon

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark almost black into the glass with a massive mocha colored head. Great looking beer.

Lots of stuff going on on the nose that seems to add some complexity: roasted malts, butterscotch, bourbon and faint coffee.

The palate is different than what I was expecting from the nose. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, hops hit hard on the back end with a boozy aftertaste lingering. There is something else I can't place. Very distinct flavor that I've never had before. Like it.

Full body that is light on carbonation. thick and creamy feel.

This is a nice stout with a real distinctive taste that stands out. A great sipper that is good to have around during these cold winter months.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 04:17:16 | More by haddon
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Wegomlegging

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and clear with a brown head. No strong smells here, picked up on roasted barley a little bit. Flavor was a pleasant surprise, sweet and malty. Light carbonation in the mouth that almost seems to turn into a milky consistency. Roasty and almost chocolatey. Dangerously easy to drink for a beer of this gravity, which is well masked throughout. A fantastic beer that will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 13:36:57 | More by Wegomlegging
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beertooth

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.20oz can poured into a goblet.

I picked up a single can of this at West Lakeview today.

A black liquid with dark amber to orange edges and a fizzy two finger cocoa brown head that falls flat fast into a thin ring. Some smaller island of bubbles remain. There is no lacing, but there is some coating when I swirl the glass.

The nose on this stout is great! Lot's of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, some figs and raisins. Lot's of dark malts, and tiny bit 'o booze.

The first sip is dark, roasty, delicious malts. Bittersweet chocolates, coffee, caramel, excellent! There's a slight long bitter finish that works well with the sweet malty middle. The alcohol level is creeping up fast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer and I wish I bought more than one can. This could be a great go-to beer this fall and winter. A good brew when the weather cools down when I want something that's very easy drinking and warming.

Serving type: can

09-25-2009 00:34:24 | More by beertooth
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UncleFlip

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, nearly black, with chestnut and ruby edges and a strong dark tan head.

Smell is roasty and sweet, with just a hint of hops and spice.

Taste is a strong roasty/smoky flavour, full of deep, dark molasses and malty flavours.

Carbonation hits high and low at the same time, but is tight and fast. Liquid is medium viscosity.

This one feels very balanced, making it quite drinkable.

Be well
-UF

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 04:06:31 | More by UncleFlip
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MoustacheHero

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A canned beer from Sri Lanka? I'm skeptical... Sri Lanka, formerly Su Lan. It was about 3 in the morning and I was looking for 1000 brown M&M's to fill a brandy glass, but back to the beer.

A: This can of motor oil poured pitch black into my glass with a milk chocolate head.

S: A faint smell of sweet malt, coffee and hot liquor.

T: An amazing strong flavor of coffee, caramel, fig, and hot liquor. A real surprise.

M: A big body, light on carbonation, high on creaminess and sticky syrup.

O: A mind blowing beer from a can. Like it dark and big? Then wrestle this Lion.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 07:37:03 | More by MoustacheHero
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Loki

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with a rich caramel colored head. Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate and mocca. The smell carries through to the taste promissing a semi-sweet chocolate but finishing with a bitter coffee flavor. There is a mild hoppiness throughout The head lasted quite a while. The beer finishes smooth. A very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 19:12:53 | More by Loki
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark body. Jet black. Aromas are immediate coffee, molasses, raisin bread, sugars, with flavours of raisin bread, chocolate, and LOTS of coffee. Very well balanced. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol not noticable. One of the great stouts of the world. A rare gem at the LCBO.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 13:57:30 | More by mrmanning
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Redrover

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625 ML dark brown bottle. From the label I see it has won 5 international awards. Poured into a an Imperial Pint, the beer is black with garnet highlights and a massive coco colored head. Decent lacing.

When I opened the bottle I got a big whiff of alcohol, but when I smell the beer in the glass, I get molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits and roasted malts.

Nice roasted taste. It is sweet with plums, black cherries, coffee notes & brown sugar . The aftertaste is slightly dry and almost chalk like. Some raisin taste emerges about ½ way through.

The mouth is silky with very low levels of carbonation. This is a nice stout. The 8% keeps it from being sessionable, but this an enjoyable sipper. Where did the alcohol go? Great job by the brewer to mask it.

Great value at $2.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 00:45:14 | More by Redrover
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shows a really low fill line. Also a fair amount of setiment on the bottom.
Aroma is a pretty simple dark malt with a roast quality. A little coffee and a little fruit.
Really nice looking beer. Black a pitch with burgundy hues. Nice full rich tan head with good lacing.
Nice chocolately quality, especially mid to finish. Roast throughout. Well balanced dryness with the bitterness. Pleasing long finish. 8% alcohol is well hidden. There is occassionally a slight metallic taste.
Adequate thickness. Carbonation adds fullness with a bit of softness.
Michael Jackson has quotes on the bottle label that describes many aspects of this beer pretty well. Flavor was consistent throughout the drink, i.e. temperature didn't enhance the quality of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 22:44:36 | More by garymuchow
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david131

California

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend is all about this beer, so I thought it was time to sit down and finally give it a chance.

A- Very black in color with a thick and creamy light brown head. This is not as dark as they come, but it does absorb light. The head has very good retention.

S- Very sweet and English smelling with some chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Not super roasty. I also pick up hints of vanilla and anise. Very refreshing smelling

T- Not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. There is a lot more of a roasty flavor than there is in the nose, but it is actually really interesting. This has quite the milk stout characteristic to it.

M- Luxuriously creamy. The carbonation is just right here.

D- It is a tad on the sweet side, but it is a very enjoyable beer, and even more interesting since it came from Sri Lanka.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 05:13:24 | More by david131
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 625ml with a best before date printed on the glass of Feb '05.

Pours jet black with a khaki colored head that leaves good lacing as it fell.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, slight hops and a touch of alcohol.

Pretty much tastes like it smells with the chocolate notes being more pronounced but its still balanced. Nice long finish. I found the mouthfeel a tad light for the style, but it doeasn't suffer for it. Quite drinkable for an abv of 8%.

I picked up a few bottles for $2.99 a piece at Huckleberry's in Ypsilanti. According to the owner this one might be hard to find in the future as the well this brewery uses became contaminated in the wake of the tsunami disaster. I hope that's just a rumor because this is a killer brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 03:42:11 | More by ypsifly
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IPAescotch

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Molasses black color, poured like molasses too. Thick with a and syrupy with a large beige head disappearing quickly. Some sparse lacing

Smells like tree bark. Well roasted coffee.

Tastes the same as smell, with a touch of metal.

A chewable beer. Consistency somewhere between coffee and espresso.

Drinkable for the abv

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 17:50:38 | More by IPAescotch
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Goliath

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours black and completely opaque. There is a one inch light brown head that forms on the pour and it lingers with excellent retention leaving some spoty lace behind as it receeds.

The aroma is nice and oh so familiar. There are some nice malty tones with a dark and rich chocolate aroma accompanied by a touch of coffee. It's lightly sweet on the nose as well.

The taste is fine. There is some chocolate and coffee. There's a nice smokiness as well. It's a little phenolic on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly efforvescent.

The drinkability is moderate to high. The flavor profile is pleasing enough making for an easy sipper. The ABV is pushing the high end, but it's well incorporated. Overall it's a decent beer.

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 00:29:25 | More by Goliath
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Hex92

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. It looks like it should in the glass. Dark with a nice head. It has a hint of chocolate in its aroma. Goes down smooth. Who knew that a damn fine beer could come out of Sri Lanka. I think this has to be one of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 03:12:55 | More by Hex92
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate with a little bit of fruit and roasted malts thrown in. The flavor is much the same - chocolate, little roasted and a hint of raisin. Moderate body and slightly creamy. Drinks really easily for the alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 19:04:16 | More by clvand0
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this from Julio's.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a great deep oily almost clear though black hue with a soft mocha head that leave great haloing and clouding.

S - Big chocolate, brown sugars, roasted malts, and some dark fruits.

T - Similar to the nose, there is a great rich, roasty malt flavor that gives way to sweet almost fruitiness. There is a slight bitterness at the end as well.

M - Nice mouthfeel. The ABV is nicely hidden, good carbonation, sweet in the mouth. Good finish.

O - Nice foreign stout here. Quite accessable but I kinda liked Guiness more than this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:47:49 | More by rudzud
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Internatbrewlove

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lion Stout pours a dark, opaque, espresso brown, with a light brown creamy head. The scent is surprisingly minimal with the rich flavor that follows. Chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops and a moderate duration of fine tingling on the tongue. It finishes smooth.

This is a very reasonably priced, relatively complex but, very drinkable stout. What is most surprising is that it is from Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:46:37 | More by Internatbrewlove
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brantadid

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very, very dark brown, almost black with a solid 2 finger head that was cocoa in color. It diminished toa bout a finger within a minute. Further diminished to a thin by frothy film over the top of the beer. Very nice lacing.

Smells of roatsted malts and cocoa or mocha.

Taskes of sweet malts on the front palate. Mocha and chocolate flavors follow throught the mid palate, and ending with a slight bitterness on the back palate. Some smokiness presents. Many layers of flavor in this beer.

Nice fizzy quality to this beer from a slightly higher carbonation. Not a completely creamy mouthfeel but not thin either. It falls somewhere inbetween.

Overall, a very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 03:14:41 | More by brantadid
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drizzam

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No discernible freshness date.

A - OPAQUE dark brown/black in color topped by a creamy one finger tan head. Head retention is excellent and a frothy wall of lacing is left down the inside of my glass.

S - Dark malt abounds in the nose, with plenty of bitter chocolate and maybe a hint of dark fruit, raisins or figs perhaps?

T & M - The dark bitter chocolate I smelled in the nose is certainly present on the palate. There is also an underlying sweet, almost fruity taste that lingers in the background. Medium bodied, maybe not as chewy as I would have liked but not bad.

D - A very good stout, and it certainly is unique compared to other stouts I have partaken in. A little higher ABV, but that is a characteristic of foreign stouts. This is certainly a delicious offering from Lion brewery...one I would certainly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 21:48:41 | More by drizzam
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mcsquint

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass.
A - Opaque black in color with thick,foamy, tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.
S - Malt with a bit of milky chocolate.
T - Dark roasted malt,with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Not much in the way of hops.
M - Slick, very little carbonation.
D - Very tasty. 8% ABV. A bit pricey though $10.496 pack. There are better stouts for the money.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 00:20:05 | More by mcsquint
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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