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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 

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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
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botham

New York

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours almost opaque black with distant garnet highlights. moderate lacings, and good head retention (about 7 minutes).

aroma is roasted, with notes of chocolate, caramel and a bit of vanilla. nicely proportioned, with a rich character. wonderfully composed.

taste is sweet, with the same notes as above, and a distant nutty character as well. finishes on a malty note with residual roasted malts. nicely proportioned, but a bit sweet on the palate.

mouthfeel is great. the brew is medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and rich stout, with only one flaw: a bit too sweet. no other complaints, as this is a solid stout. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 01:10:30 | More by botham
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HighestGravity

Georgia

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

A - Poured well with not too much head. Very dark in color though not as dark as some Stouts. The head had a chocolate brown color to it.

S - Smelled good though there was nothing overhwelmingly great about it. It certainly did not grab my attention in either a good or bad way.

T - A tasty stout. Not too bitter or strong tasting especially compared to other beers at 8%, yet still having an array of flavors to offer.

M - This beer was very smooth. When I drank it, it was very cold and it went down well.

D - Definitely a sipping beer (as with most stouts) though probably a little more drinkable than most other stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 19:47:56 | More by HighestGravity
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

a very smooth stout with a well hidden high abv. pours a rich dark chocolate color with a small tan head. smells semisweet, with dark malts and a touch of coffee. flavor is velvety chocolate malts and just the slightest alcoholy sting. mouthfeel is excellent. moderate carbonation and a silky smooth fuller medium body. this is dangerously easy drinking, and pairs well with big barbeque flavors. i dont know why i waited so long to try this one, i look forward to my next. who knew sri lanka made great beer?

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 18:14:22 | More by StonedTrippin
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

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

This one pours a solid, deep jet black color. Almost reminds me of roofing tar. There is a huge layer of brown, cappuccino-colored foam that seems to last longer than the beer itself. When I first cracked open the bottle, I caught a wiff of red wine. Maybe that was just the alcohol content. After I pour, I notice an immense smell of chocolate. Sort of like some kind of chocolate/mocha flavored cappuccino. The taste is very good. Roasted and chocolately up front, with just a little bit of a hop kick towards the end. Finishes smooth. It has a slight warming effect at 8.0%. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied, but yet its surprisingly easy to drink. Tasty brew here, definitly a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 04:37:15 | More by jasonpeckins32
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spoony

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle (with a code that I can't decipher) into a snifter.

A-The brew pours heavily, but produces a tall (two-plus fingers) head of brown head. The head drops steadily into a hummocky cap. The beer is nearly black and opaque. Good looking stuff.

S-The smell is all dark, roasty malts. It is chocolatey and sweet up front, with a decent dose of sweet, dark fruit (dates and prunes) on the tail end. Some licorice flavor, as well.

T-The taste is more complex than the smell. There is still cocoa, licorice, sweet dark fruit, and just a hint of hop bitterness. The malts really dominate here in all of their dark, sweet, roasted glory. The booze creeps up on you; by the end of the glass, the alcohol is noticeably warm on the palate (in a good way) and more fragrant.

M-A little thin, with mild to moderate carbonation. Drinkable for the style and ABV.

O-I was not sure what to expect here, but I enjoyed this brew. One of my favorite aspects was that it was devoid of coffee/whiskey/brett/barrel-aged gimmickry, but still managed to produce a pretty full-flavored stout. This is not Parabola, and it isn't trying to be, but I sort of like that.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:48:55 | More by spoony
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gatorbreath

Fiji

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

App: Very chocolaty dark brown with mocha brown head

Smell: Mochaish with chocolate and perhaps some dark fruits. Very busy this one.

T/MF: Dark chocolaty dark fruit and very light mocha/milky note. Very complex on the palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carb'd. Premier Stout in my opinion

Drink: Could drink a few of these, and have, and enjoy each time. This is a very nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 02:41:00 | More by gatorbreath
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plfahey

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

625mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Brown-black and almost totally opaque. Head is yellow-khaki with decent retention and great lacing.

Aroma-Chocolate syrup with intense berry aromas-tart blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Sweet, blackstrap molasses and black currants as well. Some roast and slight caramel as well. Interesting candy berry sweetness.

Flavor-Chocolatey and fruity up front, with some caramel-like sweetness. In the finish, roast flavors and slight black espresso come through, with medium low hop bitterness and low hop flavor. Some fruity ester notes linger on in the aftertaste which is mostly chocolatey/roasty and semi-dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately high carbonation. Soft carbonation and full body with some alcohol warmth.

Very exotic and tasty-a lovely example of a tropical export stout. Always a good go-to export stout. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 08:00:00 | More by plfahey
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morimech

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan head that hangs around all night. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left behind as the fluid level drops.

Smells very malty with hints of chocolate, coffee, cherries, and a dirty earthy smell. Alcohol is barely detectable.

The flavor has a nice roasted taste. To a lesser extent some more complex flavors are present. I expected more chocolate, espresso, and fruit tastes after smelling the beer. It has a slightly sweet quality as well. It has a medium body with healthy carbonation. A good tasting stout that I am now seeing just about everywhere beer is sold.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 23:48:31 | More by morimech
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one knocked off of the list of beers that I always see but have never bought until right now.

Old size (625mL) bottle poured into my trusty Duvel tulip.

Appearance is a shade lighter than other export stouts I've come across, but certainly stands as the darkest Sri Lankan beer I've ever had. Lucid black turns into a dark brown as I work my way through the glass, all the while under a quickly dissapearing sandy brown head that leaves little lacing to speak of. It leaves some but not what you would come to expect.

Aroma is destinctly imported in that there is a definite hop aroma, but it is rather soft, more aromatic than biting with no trace of American alpha acids to speak of. Aromas of sweet rasins and baker's chocolate, but most of the more notable aspects of the aroma come from the English Ale-like fruitness that eminates forcefully from the depths of this beer.

Flavor is a bit of a change of pace considering what the aroma had me believing about this beer. At first the beer tastes much like it smells with a lighter, smoother mouthfeel with slight noble hop fruitiness that also tastes sort of grapey (if that makes any sense). The beer really comes alive about halfway through drinking. At once it seems that all the smoother aspects drain out of this beer and are replaced with a toasted dryness. Baker's chocolate returns but brings with it toasted (almost charred) malts with touches of tobacco sweetness. Really a wonder of a beer.

From the first sip I was hooked. The mouthfeel is better than it is rated here, it starts out a bit loose but then really tightens up. Drinks much smaller than it actually is, which is to say the ABV is well hidden. Could easily put away a few of these without realizing.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 16:46:22 | More by bluemoonswoon
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely dark, nice milk chocolate finger of head.

Smell is nice, with lots of milk chocolate and roasted malts. Nice little bit of sweetness.

Chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, sweetness, toasted malts. Slight hop finish.

Feel is medium in body, slight carbonation. I don't expect full body, but it's on the lighter side of medium.

Tasty, and easy to drink. I think the bottle was a tad better, but I'd totally drink the cans any day as well.

Serving type: can

11-07-2010 02:53:24 | More by EgadBananas
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i find it hard to believe there's much of a market for this beer in sri lanka. i also don't think there are any native lions on the island. then again, i suppose there are no pyramids in portland or magic hats in burlington

absolutely tar black. no light comes through. the head is tan and leaves some fine lacing: an even pattern around the glass. the head diminishes but retains the sudsy film

deeply roasty aromas with dark fruits shining through. capuccino, chocolate, vanilla and oak. deep and complex, with a hint of soy sauce (it's funny that this aroma is acceptable in mild quantities, yet utterly revolting in greater amounts). the flavor is quite complex as well but is carried by a mouthfeel that is really too flimsy; the finish is uninspiring. sweetness is balanced by robust moderate, yet no grain astringency. ever so slight alcohol spice

bring the FG up a couple of points and this thing is blammo

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 03:46:20 | More by bruachan
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adammills

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this 22 ounce bomber for just over two dollars, so I was not expecting too much, and yet again in my life, I was proved wrong. A nice stout. Black brown body, with a thick tan head. Very smooth with a great alcohol kick. Terrific roasted quality. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 00:27:53 | More by adammills
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark brown body capped by two finger brown head that's fizzy and quick on its descent, leaving no webbing on the glass. just a slight leftover hint of lace and thin halo remain. smells of dark chocolate, chalk, apples, and charcoal. taste is terrific, fruity and at the same time nice and roasty. absolutely no trace of the 8% abv in the flavor. burnt toast finish. mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that makes it all the more drinkable, in a way. caramel, wafers, oats, blackberries... quite the complex flavor. very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 07:02:35 | More by clickpush
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one I've always been interested in trying, but I could never find it. That is until I went to Half Time in Poughkeepsie and picked up some nifty cans.

A: Oily black with tan head that faded quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Sugar. Alcohol.

T: Roasty and sweet. The sweetness is weird because it reminds me of the syrupy and sometimes cloying dark fruit sweetness of a Belgian quad. Alcohol comes through in the finish. Perplexing yet pleasing.

M: Chewy and playful.

D: Very good for its high alcohol and strong flavors.

I'm quite pleased with my experience with the Lion. A very good beer that's just a little overrated.

Serving type: can

10-01-2010 00:02:45 | More by BeefyMee
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donteatpoop

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What the fuck comes from Sri Lanka? Lions motherfucking Stout, thats what. Outstanding stout, dark as night in the country with a blindfold.

Poured a deep dark black with a nice dark tan head.

Smells of chocolate malts... Very enticing. I'm definately salivating.

Taste is superb. Chocolate, silky smooth, good balance of sweet and bitter. Great fucking stout with a nice thick and creamy mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 02:12:17 | More by donteatpoop
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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