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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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1,284 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,284
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
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:

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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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
Photo of jasonpeckins32


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

Pours gravity well black with a fluffy tan head and huge lacing.

The nose is dark chocolate, coffee, and sweet dark malts; residual (or adjunct) sugar is clearly present. No hints of alcohol at all. The aroma is simple but enticing, and contains pretty much everything I need from a stout.

Tastes more or less exactly like it smells, with heavy malty sweetness. Black malt bitterness shows itself mostly as dark chocolate flavors with some coffee. The astringency is very light and balances out the sweetness, since hopping is damn near nonexistent in the flavor. There is a little late palate spiciness/fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is awesome, creamy as hell and just the right thickness.

It's too stouty to pound, but I could put a hurt on a case of these over the course of a night.

RERATE: It's still awesome, and fills that perfect middle ground between an imp and a porter. Plus it's cheap as hell.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 20:38:40 | More by kajerm
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 2 finger chocolate head, black in body, good head retention and lacing

Smells of faint alcohol and roasted malt.

Taste is a variety of raisin, fig type fruit and roasted malt. Rather light on the alcohol side. Hops are pretty non present

Mouth feel is a great balance of carbonation. Nice creamy head with a silky body

Highly drinkable, very good beer. Alcohol is hidden well. Cheap great stout, highly recommend

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 22:47:52 | More by angelmonster
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of dense, soapy tan head over the jet black body. The head recedes to a collar and some minimal lacing.

S - Chocolate, licorice, dark fruit and spices.

T - Bitter dark chocolate dominates, with a supporting hint of coffee, ash and a slight alcohol heat.

M - Chalky mouthful, moderate body, medium carbonation, bitter and warming with a dry finish.

O - A quality export stout, and just the ticket with some chocolate bisuits after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:29:51 | More by dansmcd
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Abita ballon glass. The beer poured an inky, impenetrable black, with a huge, creamy inch and a half's worth of foamy, cocoa colored head. Minimal foam cap, but gobs of sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Quite a beautiful beer.
The aroma was a bit of a low point, especially the initial sniff. There was some strange mustiness to the aroma, intermingled with roast, cocoa, and burnt malt. After a moment, the mustiness was gone, replaced with a rich toffee sweetness, roasted barley, sweet dark fruits (raisins and fig), cocoa, and alcohol.
The taste of the beer was huge and complex, with a lead of sweet malt, followed by roasted flavors, rum raisin, alcohol and a burnt, smoky finish. The finish caught me off guard, but I couldn't get enough of it. Huge flavors and wonderful complexity.
The beer felt so smooth and velvety with each and every sip. Good, supple carbonation and a warming effect from the substantial ABV. Creamy and filling. Dangerously drinkable.
Overall, a wonderful beer that I will definitely be seeking out and buying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 05:10:40 | More by KrisPaulk77
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New Mexico

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

Appearance - A frothy chocolate head, pitch black with almost no visible carbonation. Feels very inviting. 4.5/5.0

Smell - Coffee dominates the nose, but you'll also get some mocha and roasted malt in there. Nothing that is all that different from the expected. 3.0/5.0

Taste - A bit different flavor than I was expected based on the smell. While the coffee was more promenient in the nose, the taste seems more focused on the bitter chocolate. There's definitely a coffee flavor to it, but it's not all that robust. In fact, there's some sweetness to it. Nothing as sweet as a milk stout, but definite sweetness at the beginning of each taste. This beer is packing a pretty impressive 8.8% ABV, but you can't taste the alcohol at all. 4.0/5.0

Feel - Thick and rich. The beer definitely coats the mouth well and finishes smooth. The aftertaste is malt and dark chocolate. It takes a while for the flavors to clean up in your mouth. 4.5/5.0

Drinkability - I think I paid $3.99 for this thing and it's probably one of the best beers I've had for that price. Unfortunately, it's not available here in New Mexico...wah wah. Would definitely pick it up again though. 5.0/5.0

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 03:26:48 | More by taxguyjase
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New York

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

Discovered this one at my local deli tonight. I had never seen it before and I figured I'd give it a try. The whole "lion" thing is kind of odd and the guy on the back sipping out of a chalice is kind of creepy. But all of that is just window-dressing for a pretty solid beer.

A: Here's a thick black pool of liquid from which no light can escape. The head forms a nice brown cloud and settles without too much effort. There's a good bit of hang and viscosity from swirling it around the glass. Overall it looks like a stout should and appears pleasing.

S: Not overly rich, not overly complex, not overly ambitious either. But it smells like a stout should. There's a nice mix of chocolate, bits of wood or oak, not overly burnt, and just a hint of licorice. But it also seems like it has a big, heavy, lead foot pressing down on all of it. Nothing jumps out...but nothing is overwhelming. Again it's solid but not a knockout.

T: The best part of the beer, in my honest opinion. I don't think I've ever called a stout "crisp" but this one has a crisp finish. It's got flavor but doesn't linger so long that you feel like you've swallowed a chocolate cake or a full meal. The flavor is a bit front heavy, not leaving much at the back end...but that really didn't bother me much. All in all I'm very happy with the taste of this beer.

MF: This is probably LS's weakest feature. The mouth feel is, for all intents and purposes, lackluster. There's no perk to fermentation or pep in this beer's groove. It sort of falls on my palette and goes "what?!" and I just respond with "oh, sorry...didn't mean to disturb you." I don't know what I want from this beer MF wise...but I don't like that it's as flat as it is.

D: at 8% this beer isn't messing around. At that level of toxicity I might go for something that leaves me a little more...how should I put it...impressed by it over the long term. That being said, I could certainly have more than one in an evening. As far as stouts go you could do much worse...but you could also do much better.

Overall, this is a nice stout that surprised me for being better than I expected initially, but eventually landed in the middle for me beer wise. If you see it in the store, I fully recommend picking it up, but there are far better examples of stouts out there than this beer, regardless of what the creepy man on the back of the bottle might say.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 05:14:51 | More by TheBeerLovesYou
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of the Lion Stout this evening. I like the thick, cardboard box that it comes in. Its also nice to try a stout brewed in Sri Lanka. I have been reading about Michael Jackson blowing this beer for many years now. I'm glad I finally have the chance to check this out.

I had this out of a 11.5 oz brown bottle and served in an imperial pint glass. There is the # 335 15:07 in jet ink on the front of the bottle, but I don't know what that means. Translation would be helpful. The label claims this beer has 5 international gold awards to its credit.

Black in appearance with some ruby highlights on the bottom. Very nice, stained brown head on top with attractive sticky lacings all over the glass. This is a nice looking beer.

Aroma of chocolates, black olives, and roasted coffee beans.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is at a good place. Chocolately malts blend with a zingy olive-like bite. Roasty and robust flavors should make your palate content.

This is a solid Foreign Stout and certainly one worth checking out if you dig stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 02:29:41 | More by Hibernator
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strong beer alcohol wise, but a very good one nonetheless. The beer poured out a very dark, basically black color. The smell was of roasted coffee and the taste had hints of chocolate, coffee. Lastly an alcohol taste comes at the finish. Not a beer to drink with heavy foods but definitely something to try and a good example of an imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 06:39:18 | More by karlf
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had a beer from Sri Lanka before, but at a friend's request I picked this up on special at the LCBO - glad I did!

Pours a near black, with a thin tan head. A bit of lacing, good retention.

The smell is spot on: roasted malts, a bit of toffee or caramel, coffee and dried fruit. Very appealing.

A very flavourful and enjoyable stout, with all of the above flavours, plus a milky butterness that provided lingering sweetness. Hardly bitter at all. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is slick, creamy and buttery.

Well worth a pickup; you wont be disappointed with this stout!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 05:27:47 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big thick black brew with a very solid-looking one finger brown head. Lots of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Swirling brings back one finger even towards the end of the glass!

S - Dark chocolate, raisins, yeast, burnt toast, dark roast coffee and esspresso. Sweeter milk chocolate also. Woody and barky. Very roasty. Alcohol is absolutley transparent for such a powerful beer.

T - Woody and roasty dark chocolate flavors with a little touch of alcohol. I can taste granulated sugar and molasses. Very sweet for a stout, and I like the way that the sweetness balances the woody roasty flavors.

M - Medium to full bodied. Low level of carbonation with a pretty dry finish. Although it is creamy it still seems a bit watery to me.

D - Despite the alcohol content, this is a very drinkable beer. I would session with this, and I will surely look for this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 17:58:44 | More by pmcadamis
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz can, champagne flute, no canned on date.

Opaque with dark chocolate, ruby highlights. Initially overflowing foam that calms down almost too much. Tight silky bubbles.

Alcohol and port. Dark wine berry with an alcoholic edge. A little creamy with a decent toffee note.

The port characteristic is very strong, creamy and would seem to indicate oxidation, but I don't think that's the case. Some full raspberry, blueberry, grape slightly musty sweetness. Same toffee with a nip of coffee in the back. Port like alcohol and molasses.

Fine carbonation with a body that isn't thick.

If I am ever in Sri Lanka or nearby I know what to drink. The can is really good looking, with a proud lion and simple black, red, white only scheme. Try this stout if you run across it.

Serving type: can

03-26-2010 03:05:34 | More by brewerburgundy
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and pure black with a tan two-fingered head. Not much lacing to speak of.
Smells like coffee, molasses and dark fruit, blackberry and currants.
Flavor is roasted grain, dark roasted coffee with a bit of the fruit and a little sweetness on the end. Given the amount of alcohol and how thick it looked I was expecting more sweetness. However, the bitterness from the dark roasted malts (and I am assuming a decent hit of hops) seems to keep that in check.
As the beer starts to warm up I actually get that dark fruit a lot more.
Mouthfeel is nice although I would appreciate a little tighter carbonation.
I like this stout a lot and it was pretty inexpensive for the amount of alcohol it has in it. Another nice option for a canned beer, and I am always happy to see that.

Serving type: can

06-11-2011 02:13:35 | More by BeerAmbassador
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.