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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,202 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1202
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%


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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Greg_MacLeod

Thailand

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown to black color with thick caramel colored foam.

Sweet toasty malt smell.

There are a lot of different flavors going on in this beer. It starts out with a carmel / chocolate / fruity sweetness, lots of malt grain flavor, and just enough bitter coffee and hops flavor for a great finish. Every sip is a treat.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Well suited for a stout.

Overall this is one of my absolute favorite stouts. It has great flavor and wonderful drinkability. A single serving of this will cost you a small fortune where I live in Thailand, but it is a fortune well spent.

Serving type: can

11-02-2013 08:40:07 | More by Greg_MacLeod
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 mL can poured into a snifter. This can has been in my fridge for about 3 years.

Appearance - Black with a decent pale khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Roasted malt and some cardboard. Lots of caramel.

Taste - Sweet up front with some sherry like oxidation. Cardboardy bitterness builds. Less roast than I was hoping for. Much more caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Pretty sweet, but not enough to back it up.

Overall - Well this is too old, but besides the oxidation, it still tastes like regular Lion Stout.

Serving type: can

10-19-2013 00:08:33 | More by Alieniloquium
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sweemzander

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours almost pitch black in color. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A raisin heavy roasted maltiness; almost smoky on the finish.

(T)- Again, quite heavy on the raisin with subtle molasses combined with an almost smoky but roasted malt profile.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A good malty balance that is a bit on the lighter side but plenty of flavor.

(O)- An easy drinking stout with smooth and mellow carbonation. Surprised this came in cans.

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 19:49:08 | More by sweemzander
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Beric

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12oz can into tulip glass
Served: 3 June 13

Appearance: Incredibly dark. Thick. Pours with a magnificent four finger head that takes a long time to dissipate. Great lacing as the head slowly collapses to a small coating of light brown, frothy bubbles.

Smell: Smells rich and roasty. Dark, dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes seem to jump out through the black thickness.

Taste: The dark, bitter chocolate and roasted coffee seems to really come out in the taste. Unfortunately, I'm also getting some metallic notes from the can, forcing the overall rating down lower than what it should be. Really smooth and goes down easy. You can kind of feel the 8.8% on the very very back end, long after a sip, but the high ABV is masked well by the pleasently complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Thick, just like a foreign extra stout should be.

Overall: Wow, a great beer, especially when you consider it comes from and island off the coast of India.

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 00:15:51 | More by Beric
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz can poured into a snifter

A- Pours very motor oil black with a one finger of a frothy tan colored head. Decent head retention.

S- Roasty. A slight espresso and caramel note to it. Dry and woody. A slight dark fruit.

T- A light roastyness up front. A ton of caramel notes to this beer. It has a bunch of burnt caramel flavors that last the whole way down. A slight smokeyness and char character to this beer. Almost like a smore. This beer has a Slight dark fruit and fruity ester to it. A bit of a sugary caramelized raisin or fig.

M- A good feel to this beer. A roasty and dry finish. High carbonation.

O- I have nothing bad to say about this beer. It is better out of a glass then the can. A big, solid stout.

Serving type: can

02-03-2013 02:54:46 | More by TwelveOunces
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque and nearly black, with a modest mocha head that soon recedes into a veil of patchy froth. Aroma is mild, smelling of brown sugar and Saaz-like hops. The taste is bolder than the aroma would suggest, with a roasty molasses flavor, raisins, and far more alcohol than would typically manifest on the front end, even for a beer with a rather high ABV such as this. A stickiness lingers on the lips after sipping. The hop presence, while not especially strong, doesn't seem to meld very well with the malt, lending something of a two-faced dynamic to the flavor profile. Even the finish is conflicted, with a rather enjoyable roasted coffee aftertaste being subjugated by an artificial, metallic flavor that I'm more used to encountering in Baltic porters. This could almost pass for a Baltic porter if I didn't know any better. Acetaldehyde is also noticeable. The mouthfeel has fairly nice body and texture and is on par for the style, making it one of this beer's stronger suits.

While this stout affords bold flavor and nice body, there is little in the way of synergy holding it together, and the alcohol becomes overbearing as the beer warms, making sipping a near necessity. Not a bad stout, but a bit too all-over-the-place for my tastes.

Serving type: can

01-14-2013 02:57:32 | More by MaximalC
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Augustiner719

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml can with a best by date of Jan 2013 into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black color with a nice 2 finger tan, cappuccino colored head that recedes quickly to leave a film across the top of the beer. The aroma is dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and some molasses and brown sugar notes. On the palate this beer shows the 8.8% with a slight warming sensation that plays nicely with the strong flavor profile of the beer. The flavors i get are burnt sugar, molasses, black stale coffee and a hint of cream. Very roast and malty with a surprisingly refreshing dry finish that leaves traces of hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is dry, slightly astringent and has a much thinner body than i expected. Overall, this might be a "summer" stout as it is bordering on imperial in my book with this ABV. I used to pass this up all the time in the states but now that I am in a beer wasteland in Switzerland, this made its way into my fridge. Worth a shot.

Serving type: can

07-06-2012 18:38:50 | More by Augustiner719
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turnerk3

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very delectible blackish haze with an even more appealing one inch of brownish head. However, the retention of the head is deceiving. At first it seems to cling quite nicely but then it turns "turtle" (a.k.a. pulls head into shell).

S: Surprisingly I'm not too impressed by the aroma. It may be because I'm used to it on draft and not a can, but it still lacks the true caramelly essence.

T: This is good, but not great. A nice malty taste comes through, but it still lacks the true "coffee" kind of taste I was expecting. There is a bit of sweetness that overcoats that coffee flavor, but it's still not too overpowering.

M: First it feels a little over carbonated, but then it seems to lack true character at the end. A little too inconsistent for me. It's still fairly decent for a stout.

O: It's a great beer to have if you're preference is malt or dark, but if you're a hop-head (like me) I'd tread carefully. Still give it a shot and let the taste buds experience something new.

Serving type: can

07-04-2012 02:25:21 | More by turnerk3
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charlzm

California

2.33/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed May 3rd, 2012 at The Tin Cow, Pensacola, FL. Poured into a pint glass.

Extremely dark brown with a finger-high mocha colored head.

Aroma is a little on the red grape tip with some subtle roasted malts.

Flavor is a mess. Chalky, thin, weird. Red grapes, weak, lightly roasted malts, mineral notes. Low bitterness.

Unremarkable mouthfeel, save for the chalky, chewy bit.

Think I'll take a pass on this one next time I see it.

Serving type: can

06-13-2012 05:15:36 | More by charlzm
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's quite the glass of darkness top to bottom even the head is decently dark beige.

Aroma: Herbs and spice, dark fruits notes of sour cherries. It's mostly citrus hop that lingers. Faint espresso, and some vanilla bean in the back.

Taste: Light carbonation up front but mostly a smooth mouthfeel. Touches of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malt and hops not quite burnt. In the end is a black licorice finish.

Notes: It's a solid beer all over. It's not overpowering even with it's 8.8% abv. Very drinkable and a good pick up. Cheers.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 01:22:23 | More by horshack7
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hhboulder

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oil black with ruby around the rim when held up to the light. Tan with some orange head with decent retention and thin wispy lacing.

Get the typical roasted and chocolate malt nose, but, beyond that, is much more interesting than typical stouts, even compared with guiness extra foreign--a great stout. There are sweet caramel notes as well as fruity esters similar to a port wine.

Sweet roasted toffee and chocolates but also goes above and beyond with dark fruits. Minimal bitterness, definitely balanced to malts. Finish is a little dry but very enjoyable with lingering sweet caramel and toffee.

Warming alcohol that is somehow very pleasant for this ABV. Creamy with medium body and moderate carb.

Surprisingly VERY good stout in a can from Sri Lanka. I'll be buying this over Guiness Foreign Extra from now on. It just has more going on than the typical "chocolate, coffee, espresso, roasted" flavors of a stout...

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 02:40:51 | More by hhboulder
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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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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big 'ol two fingers of milk chocolate head over the deepest dark pits of beery dispair!!! Its almost halloween so I'm being spooky...
Anise and wet grains float like ghosts to the nose whispering hints of roasted malts and caramel. Big ghoulish flavor, cocoa nibs, ripe figs, coffee syrup, anise, some bitters and spicy alcohol. This monster is full bodied beast, breathing out a mild carbonation and some stickiness to catch you in its hold.

You really got to hand it to the boys in Sri Lanka, for the price, they make a world class stout!

Serving type: can

10-27-2011 22:23:01 | More by JoeAmerican77
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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque inky black with a tan head that leaves envious lacing.

Roasty & yeasty with a hint of that foriegn extra sourness. Very malty roasty nose that seems to good to be true. Coffee semi sweet chocolate and a nice layering of tart souring that remind one of the old sour mash bourbon. WOW this rivals the untouchable guiness foreign extra for sure.

Thick and creamy roasty goodness leads the way. Nice chocolatey dark coffee goodness leads to a dry roasted grain. Again with the hint of sour dryness that leaves one longing for more.

Full and dry, wow this beer rocks the house.

When availible on draft and fresh, buy mass quanities.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2011 23:46:05 | More by welldigger888
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black to super dark brown pour, not much in the way of head to this one. Aroma was roasty, lacking chocolate or coffee.

I pulled more brown sugar out of this than any type of dark fruit. Seemed thinner in body than it was in appearance, would like to see it thicker, might cover up the discernable alcohol presence a little better. The chocolate that was lacking in the nose rears its non ugly head in the taste, although it is far from awe inspiring quantities. Lots of booziness, seems the brown instead of black aspect may have been from some caramel and brown sugar.

Extra half point for it being inexpensive and made in an area you would never guess could make a decent beer. For me, its on par with Guinness, even though they are very different beers. This has more 'taste' per se, but Guinness is smoother and less inconsistency.

EDIT: After having it in the can while doing some disc golfing, I found it to be better than my previous drinking foray in the bottle. Less alcohol, more chocolate, good.

Serving type: can

10-10-2011 22:46:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always intrigued to try a craft brew out of a can...

Poured a very dark, black almost oil-like liquid. Good first impression

The smell was about what I would expect from a stout; some hints of dried fruit and a little smokiness

Mouthfeel was nothing special and I noticed there was very little carbonation.

I tasted dried fruit, smokiness, some bitter chocolate and a very amount of malt. A decent stout but not by favorite. There was a little bit of booziness at first but that faded as I drank the beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-10-2011 03:11:19 | More by mjpolzin
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dali27

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. can into a pint glass.

A: Completely dark black. As it poured from the can, it gave the impression of syrupy liquid flowing out. Large, light caramel colored head which initially produced really nice lacing but then died out pretty fast.

S: Dark berries, roasted malts and coffee dominate the smell. Faint alcohol scent.

T: The scents move on into the taste. Big and bold, typical stout flavors of malts and coffee, but they're highlighted by the nice fruit accent. Aftertaste is coffee and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

O: Better than I had expected this to be. Wish I had more than just the one can. Worth a try!

Serving type: can

09-03-2011 02:19:46 | More by dali27
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ThaCreep

Belgium

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black dark brown with highlights. Molasses and caramel nose end and candied plums. The body is oily, almost tarry but still quite fluid. The bitterness is good and conveyed by a light coffee and caramel pure, it is sickening. Taste of sugar unfortunately damaging because beer does not really need and what is sufficient in mild bitterness. However, it is true that this allows the drink to be sweeter and more fit throats. The beer is extremely friendly and very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 20:57:04 | More by ThaCreep
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iDrinknewglarus

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a massive and dark tan, creamy looking head that has great lasing.

S: First thing I get strangely enough is fruit, like raisins and plums, soaked in rum. It kind of overpowers the roasty goodness that I usually like in a stout. To be honest, it's a little off-putting. There is some strange odor that doesn't feel like it should be in a beer. Almost smells like a wine, and I'm not fond of wine.

T: Very fruity and a hint of roasted malts on the back end. The more I sip this beer, the better it gets as it seems to build a layer of delicious dark, but not really dark, chocolate across my tongue. The best part of the taste, is IMO after you swallow and let it mellows. As it warms, the alcohol makes itself known.

M: Medium, I was a bit shocked, and this beer makes me long for that heavy chewiness I love. Good amount of carbonation. Creamy... nice.

Overall I was expecting this to be an A- beer, but it surely was not for me. This beer was way too fruity and thin bodied for my taste. Not roasty, no coffee, not a whole lot of chocolate. Not my cup of tea.

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 04:13:32 | More by iDrinknewglarus
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GallowsThief

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into my Duvel tulip.

A – She is big and black with a full three fingers of mocha head. Sticky lacing.

S – Coffee, mocha, dark chocolate stouty goodness.

T – Much like the taste it’s got a roasty coffee flavor. Mocha and chocolate (chocolate like those bakers squares) as well. Tastes like a bit of a vanilla sweetness. Caramel. Has sime bitterness that finishes it off.

M – Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves an almost clean feel on the mouth which I find unusual in a stout but still manages a creamy texture.

O – Really decent stout here. It’s not top shelf but it holds it’s own. Well worth a buy and I certainly will again.

Serving type: can

08-03-2011 23:46:50 | More by GallowsThief
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Coplains

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into pint glass. Pours black with a two finger breadth of mocha foam that dissipates with no lacing. Smells of coffee and chocolate with hint of alcohol. Taste is quite nice with flavor of coffee and slight sweetness. A solid stout from somewhere that I had never thought to buy beer from. Would buy again.

Serving type: can

07-05-2011 23:44:51 | More by Coplains
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

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
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scottyshades

Florida

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

A: Pours pitch black with a solid khaki head. Good retention with ruby highlights

S: Toffee, caramel, cocoa, big roasted notes, and burnt sugar - almost brown sugar

T: Burnt sugar again, bittersweet, dark fruits and berries

MF/O: Pretty viscous but not on the extreme end. A nice one, especially given the $1.20 price tag

Serving type: can

05-13-2011 20:21:43 | More by scottyshades
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SamN

Colorado

3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lion Stout in a can. It's gotta be done.

Pours a pretty thick blackness. Head is notable; beautiful notes of brown and tan. Loose and and little filmy. Excellent crown to a big black stout. Smell is a little sour; some vinegar, coffee notes, molasses. Not the typical stout smell; sweeter, a little sour, no oak, vanilla or bourbon notes to be found. Taste follows smell pretty closely. This definitely has a sweet edge to it. I also get some grape skins in the taste. The main roasted malt taste is upfront, which gives way pretty quickly to a sweet/sour and tinny finish. Some coffe and cocoa detectable. Not bad, interesting tastes, not a stout I'd drink very often. I can see drinking this fresh off the tap on a tropical island, beachin it up.

Has a distinct sour bite to it I don't care for. Don't know if it's a bad can; is that possible? I seem to like it much more out of the bottle.

Serving type: can

04-23-2011 05:30:25 | More by SamN
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color--only some traces of brownish amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It has a light amount of carbonation and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of molasses and raisins plus hints of alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of roasted malts and has notes of alcohol, licorice, molasses and raisins. The initial taste is slightly sweet.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is present in the finish along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength and the presence of alcohol in the smell and taste. This is a good beer to sip on a cold day.

Serving type: can

04-08-2011 13:22:27 | More by metter98
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