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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,287 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,287
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 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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BeerWizard

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A majestic and determined lion runs at you from the shield shaped label. Back label also has a quote from Michael Jackson seemingly touting this beer, so I guess that's a good sign. Poured into a tulip, black with a 2" head that had some stay to it.

The nose on this is roasty and smoky, chocolate, and tobacco which starts to delve into a barnyard element. Taste follows the nose as much as it can but is predominantly chocolate, and the high abv gives it like a chocolate liqueur-like quality. That being said the alcohol isn't very noticeable in either the aroma or flavor, it's just super smooth, light carbonation, medium-heavy mouthfeel.

I like this quite a bit and would handily get this again. Really good stout - one of my favorites that I've had this year.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:07:39 | More by BeerWizard
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OStrungT

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an inky black color, with a thich and fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty solid lacing.

This beer has a bittersweet chocolate aroma. I can detect some coffee also. It has a slightly caramel like aroma.

This beer tastes like it smells. Chocolatr and coffee are dominate. It has some molasses flavor to it as well.

This beer is pretty well balanced. The carbonation fits the style perfectly. It leaves a chocolatey aftertaste.

This beer would make a pretty good session beer. The flavor is great, and so smooth. The 8% ABV might be a problem though.

Overall: This beer was much better than I expected. I enjoyed it a lot. I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 00:13:42 | More by OStrungT
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Other than a hint of ruby around the edges, almost no light passes through the brown-black body. It's topped by a thick pile of fairly well-retained fine mocha foam. Some lacing. There's a very deep fruit aroma, like prunes and berries. Roasted notes give the impression of chocolate. Molasses. Alcohol is present in the nose, giving the scent a boozy character. It tastes of semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, plums, and a hint of black coffee. While there is some roasted bitterness lasting well into the finish, this stout leans toward sweet. Alcohol noticeable, but less prominent than in the nose. Balanced. Medium-full bodied with fairly smooth carbonation. Very easy drinking for such a strong beer. A nice beer to relax with after supper on a fall or winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 01:07:36 | More by mintjellie
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jbowers56

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a formidable black with a dark tan head. Lacing is really good, head retention is not amazing though.

A beer that I've had a lot before so I'm pretty familiar with this. A kind of dried cocoa scent, if that makes sense, dominates the nose. Coffee and roasted malts are there too, along with some caramel. Alcohol is just noticeable, and a raisin/dried plum aroma peeks through if you sniff hard enough! Could be a bit more juicy in the aroma.

This beer is just straight up good, and amazing value for money. Bitter cocoa notes are there, as well as some richer, sweeter flavours like molasses and dark fruits. It doesnt stand out when compared to some other amazing high abv stouts, but it's a real cracker for the price.

Mouthfeel is very very good indeed. Creamy and rich, but not even close to overwhelming. Sits in the mouth for just the right amount of time, given the flavours that are there.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 12:25:26 | More by jbowers56
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HalfFull

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice. This stout pours quite black and with a half inch of mocha foam atop. Head settles to a surface cap and offers a fair amount of lacing.

Nose is full of diluted chocolate, carob, some dark cherry and a touch of alcohol. Rather endearing and reminiscent of a baltic porter as much as a stout. Some coffee notes after a bit of exposure as well as some dark roasted malt notes.

Taste follows with chocolate and some dark fruit. A bit of roastiness is notable and lingers nicely on the finish. Alcohol is not noticeable in the flavor and reveals itself only on the nose as an aside. Has a slightly chewy texture as for the malt structure yet remains quite well balanced given the ABV. Otherwise offers a smooth and clean feel expected for the strength of the beer.

Overall a very flavorful beverage and I would surely try again. Both the style in general as well as this offering in particular.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 04:39:03 | More by HalfFull
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dwalters

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got from Joe P. Been sitting on for about a year - Thanks Joe! The appearance is black with a light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Good lacing as I'm drinking it.
The aroma is a little coffee, a little chocolate and a port smell, kinda like cherries.
The taste is a little roasty, coffee and some bitter hitting the back of the tongue. Pretty good for sitting for a year. Don't taste chocolate but I'm getting a cherry or raisin taste.
The mouthfeel is creamy with a slight watery feel. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is soft.
A very good beer/stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 01:36:12 | More by dwalters
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like rootbeer into a snifter - big popping three finger light tan head slowly settles to a quarter inch.

Smells of coffee and lightly burnt chocolate. Thin body with low carbonation, sweet and chocolaty, some coffee bitterness. Easy to drink and zero sight of the 8% which is tricky of them.

Overall lacking the body I look for in a stout but the flavors, although sweet, make for a pretty solid drinker.

Serving type: can

03-14-2011 00:40:40 | More by OldIronLungs
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Gusler

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer after divorcing the 12 ounce brown bottle it’s resides in its chalice a piceous color with a meaningful chocolate head, the texture creamy and after decomposing the resultant lace a brown drape to cover the glass. Nose is heavy with toasted grain, sweet like over ripe fruit, hint of coffee, pleasant to sniff; start is rich in roasted grain, quite sweet with the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is light in carbonation, the hops mild but noticeable, very dry with a sweet and long lasting aftertaste, quite a nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 21:09:52 | More by Gusler
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Hemi

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black in color with 3 finger head and very sporadic lacing on the move. Fruit, coffee, roasted malts and chocolate nose. Chocolate and Coffee flavor with a residual roasted malt note left behind. Thick mouthfeel with a little co2 burn. Decently drinkable, maybe a bit too heavy to drink more then a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 08:12:52 | More by Hemi
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mostly black in color with cola brown showing when tilted and held to light. Huge tan head pours out, 4 fingers or so. Leaves behinds almost thin, hard to see lacing..it almost looks like my glass is dirty. Normally, I would give this a 4.5, but I spotted some floaters when pouring the beer and while I know it's dumb, it kind of grossed me out.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar. This has everything I'm looking for in the smell of a stout.

T: Largely follows the nose, but for some reason, there's just a little let down here. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee. I'm not getting the brown sugar in the taste, but I do get a little licorice..there seems to be a little floral fruitiness to the taste as well.

M: It's unexpected, but this is a little on the thin side. Dry finish. Nice aftertaste.

O: This is a really nice beer that I may have continued overlooking if not for a friend's recommendation. This has everything one would look for in a stout, but there's just something a little something missing from the taste(not quite sure what) and the body is a bit of a let down. At any rate, I'm glad I picked this up and will purchase again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 01:17:06 | More by titosupertramp
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BB1313

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. First off, I'll say this beer gets better and better as it warms up. It's bottle-conditioned, by the way. Pours black w/ an off-white creamy head that sticks around and nice lacing. Very good looking brew. The aromas were faint at first, but as it warmed up, they opened up tremendously. Tons of chocolate. There's also a nice roastiness to this one. Chocolate dominates this one, but in a very good way. There's also a nice milky sweetness, which is very plesant. There's no lack of flavor, very rich and bold. The mouthfeel is almost perfect. Extremely heavy, thick, and creamy; full-bodied. The carbonation is there, but not overdone. The alcohol isn't noticeable in the flavors, but it finishes w/ some warmth. Very bold beer w/ a vicious body.

I definitely enjoyed this one. Next time I'll have to try it canned. This is an all around great stout that should be respected. It's also very economical considering the style, quality, flavors, and high ABV. Great stout from Sri Lanka.. recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:29:03 | More by BB1313
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TheSarge

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Produced about four finger thick dark tan head. Body is pitch black with slight reddish hues on the edge of the glass.

Aroma is very sweet, chocolaty, and a blend of sour fruit with coffee.

The taste is dominated by chocolate and coffee character.

Feels chalky but creamy, leaves the palate wet with no alcohol warmness detected.

Decently drinkable, with it wetting to the palate. A bit too sweet for my taste, and could use a little smokier profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 17:53:45 | More by TheSarge
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Edwin Tucker online...

Poured completely black - no sign of colour even when held up to the light... Creamy, dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded fairly quickly to light layer... faint wispy lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted chocolate malts, musty notes, espresso / mocha coffee, leathery / tar hints, some vanilla, peppery, faint aniseed, toffee / treacle / burnt sugar notes, some cardboard notes, nutty traces...

Taste – Very nice strong roasted malt bitterness, some faint smokey / dusty notes, creamy milky vanilla sweetness leaves coating on the lips, dark fruits (blackberries, prunes), peppery hops, muscavado sugar notes, some breadiness...

Feel - Smooth and creamy... full bodied... Very drinkable for an 8% stout...

Overall - A very good and well balanced stout... nothing earth shattering but well worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 15:29:30 | More by mdagnew
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've always wanted to try this beer, but never had any idea, until recently, of it's renown. It is certainly a high-end product.

A – Near perfect for a stout, obsidian with a thick tan head.

S – Café mocha, and just a perfect smell for a stout.

T – Not as good as the smell, but still very good. Uncomplicated.

M – Slightly thin, but reasonable.

D – Tremendous quality from a mass-produced beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 09:03:18 | More by ktrillionaire
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WonderWoman

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate color with a khaki foam that fell to a trace around the rim of the glass.
Smells of roasted malt, figs, and dates. It kind of reminds me of a camp fire.
Tastes of smoky dark chocolate and tamarind juice.
Mouth feel is heavy and smooth with a lingering coat of film in the back of my throat.
This is a great stout has a lot of body it, great for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 00:32:33 | More by WonderWoman
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Served on tap into a Lion mug. Dark as night with a white, poor retaining head.

S. Roasted malt and a hint of booze in there too. Earthy grains. Expresso.

T. A wonderfully balanced export stout. Gives me just enough roasted malt, some earthy hop, peat and moss, some torched brown sugar. Coffee notes with cocoa powder. Very tasty.

M. Also thick, black and full bodied. Just how I like my stouts.

D. As sessionable as an 8% stout can be. On tap it is especially nice. Reccommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 20:47:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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GClarkage

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/11/05- Purchased at the Wine Exchange in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Black pour with a full 1 inch dirty white head. Average lacing.

Smell- All your basics. Chocolate, espresso and dark malts. Nothing really spectacular, but still a good whiff.

Taste- Mirrors the are the scents. I think mostly some dark sweet chocolate and a bit of coffee. Malts were mild.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation for a stout and definitely creamy.

Drinkability- A fine stout. Nothing out of this world, but still a very good one worth trying. Heck for $1.75 it's worth buying a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 04:51:29 | More by GClarkage
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JamesS

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark black with nice tan head and good lacing. Very nice scent, a very good coffee/burnt grain and malt scent, faintly sweet. Nice taste, a very nice dry-type stout, with a great burnt grain/malt taste, slightly coffee in taste, with a semi-sweet finish. Goes down extremely well for a higher ABV beer.

(On-tap at Barley and Hops Bottle Shop, Pittsburgh (Bethel Park), PA)

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 13:29:03 | More by JamesS
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mmcave

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at local liquor store and poured into a nonic, full one finger tan, almost gray head, with clumpy lacing and decent retention. The body is opaque polished black color. Smells of subtle chocolate up front with, toasted notes, a smoky character, maybe some sherried raisins, and a pleasant nuttiness. Tastes is of slightly fudgy chocolate with toasted round malt notes, after it warms it becomes rather silky. The bitterness is subtle and comes toward the midsection the finish is a sort of dry and wet at the same time with medium mouthfeel. I have to say this was drunk through out a spicy curry dinner and the ends of a cold, but I’ll stand by this review till I have this again and prove myself wrong. Anyhow this is totally worth hazing not the most amazing, but totally economic and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 03:00:27 | More by mmcave
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a boisterous medium brown head. The head is also foamy and frothy standing at more than two inches tall. It takes its sweet time to recede. This stout has the look of a winner.

S - The scent is very subtle. There are some sweet hints here but it's made up mostly of long roasted malt.

T - Smokey chocolate malt flavors. It's not the most complex but it doesn't have to be. The texture of the brew is really what makes the flavor good.

M - This beer has a throat opening characteristic I've never before experienced with a stout. The feel is super smooth while still doing a great job of brining out the good flavor.

~ I have a story about how I came about the Lion Stout. I was walking through Cellar 70 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and actually noticed this brew but passed it by. A minute later an employee of the store asked if he could help me with anything. He offered that if I were looking to try something new he had a couple of beers I could sample at the store's sampling bar. I took him up on trying the Lion Stout and I'm glad I did. He poured me a sample and I walked out with a sixer.

To those thinking of passing by this cat I suggest otherwise. Give it a try, you'll be satisfied. I am.

(Note to self: number one of six cellared)

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 22:48:47 | More by cdkrenz
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Bachus

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz. bottle with a best before date printed on the bottle. Bottle cap has the head of a lion.

Appearance--Black with some walnut brown hues. Pours a fantastic, rich tan head that looks like puffy clouds that you could jump in. Nice lacing with every sip.


Smell of carmel, dark fruit--raisins, figs.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, mocha, molasses, raisins. Not a big alcohol taste, but can feel it in warming in the stomach and right to the head. Mouthfeel is nice, rich.

Overall a nice, sweet stout. However, not one that I would trade my Stone Imperial Stout for.

Long love beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 01:00:49 | More by Bachus
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black with a two finger, sparkling nut-brown head. Smell is slightly sweet with coffee and roasted malt notes and a touch of smoke. The taste reminds me of Guinness, only slightly bitterer and with more ABV. The malty roasted profile does a good job covering the alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall, this is a drinkable stout, especially given the ABV. In the short time it has took me to write this review I have finished nearly half of my 330 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 02:50:27 | More by gmfessen
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a big, off white head. lacing hangs to the end.
Smells of chocolate from a factory. Huge odors with a nice mix of sweet, roastyness.
Taste is nice a smooth, big mouthfeel. Very thick and viscous. Chocolate malts, coffee and a hint of alchohol.
Nice beer for the ages.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 23:03:59 | More by dmamiano
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cindiwindi1025

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a stout-lover who has never tried the Lion stout, purely because it's just always been around...I guess I became complacent toward it.

A: Opaque dark brown, almost black. Minimal tan head with a nice, retaining thin lacing that is tan colored.

S: Reminds me of coca-cola, only smoky.

T: Taste is good, a burnt taste that's kind of surprising. There's a faint dried cherry flavor, light bitter mocha, molasses, roasted malts and coffee, definite alcohol aftertaste thats a pretty bitey.

M: Mouthfeel is a little tingly, there is medium carbonation which combined with the alcohol and light bitterness in the flavoring puts the tongue in disco-mode. It sticks, that's for sure. Not a thick, milky, creamy stout.

D: This isn't one I can drink much of. It's got some flair in the flavor department, but it's strong, fizzy and heavy....a dessert beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 03:28:05 | More by cindiwindi1025
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beerbutcher

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a espresso creme type head

aroma is perplexing. i get lots of coconut and vanilla, marshmallow, but little if any roasted character.. odd

taste follows the same lines, a deliciously rich sweet drink right from the get go. full and silky with a vanilla sort of sweetness, and maybe a hint of mocha, round and sweet on the finish, but not cloying. no expression of its strength on the palate.

mouthfeel is a bit sweet for a session beer. it's wonderful stuff, but there's little backed against the sweet malt to hold balance. for dessert though, wonderful. sipper.

drinkability is decent. though i wouldn't want a bunch in one sitting it sure is tasty stuff and very well made. the character of the ale is perplexing, like i said. it looks charred but doesn't taste or smell of it. alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 02:36:41 | More by beerbutcher
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,287 ratings.