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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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very good

1,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 47
Gots: 54 | 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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4.11/5  rDev +4.8%

JamieDuncan, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

wiescins, Oct 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

NJB145, Oct 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

CUBeerBuff, Oct 27, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Flashbac, Oct 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

I was shocked at how good this was after hesitantly trying it for the first time. It is a solid stout with big flavor that will stand up to most anything. I can't put my finger on the taste but it has a nice sweet, but not too sweet, finish.

barhoc11, Oct 25, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $2.35 CDN. Served fairly cold into a pint glass. Best before January 2016.

Appearance -Pours a dark cola beer, with plenty of cola like bubbles. Small half finger of head is poured and dissipates virtually instantly. Pretty mediocre

Smell - Roasty coffee mostly, some leathery tobacco like aroma too. A bit of sweet booziness as well.

Taste - Big bold coffee flavor followed by a helping of dry coffee beans and maybe a touch of dark chocolate. The leatheriness comes through here too.

Mouthfeel - Wet and somewhat slick with good carbonation, finishes fairly dry. Probably the best part of the beer in my opinion.

Overall - Rather disappointing, was hoping for a big stout with great flavor and feel, and ended up with something limper and less tasty that expected. Maybe it was a bad bottle, but I really don't think so. I'll pass next time.

DenisKolkin, Oct 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

simplejj81, Oct 24, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

The Michael Jackson quote on the back label made me pick this up, i'm really curious about it.
A beautiful pour, entirely black with a generous mocha head, creamy and lasting a long while, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.
Smells nice too, dark chocolate laced with licorice and some vanilla, sweet coffee, plum jam, faintly smoked roasted malts, aromatic herbs, brown sugar and syrup.
Starts with sweet chocolate, creamy, with sour cherry, plum, fig, and an alcoholic warmth, giving the impression of brandy-filled chocolates from the get go. The appropriate spices, with licorice, vanilla, citrus peel and a floral/herbal feel reminding of Breckland thyme tea, faintly minty. Roast brings a big burnt bread crust aroma in the finish, mixed with the lingering sweetness, like molasses, and some sweet coffee too. Finishes fresh, with a mild herbal bitterness in lieu of a big roastiness. A hint of oxidation too, clearer later on.
Thus flavors get through to the aftertaste easily, with nice dark fruit, light chocolate, sherry, sweet dark malts and just a bit of roast. Medium body and carbonation, but full and chewy.
Didn't impress me with the advertised "chocolatey, mocha character", but it has a great complexity, great flavors with just a few faults, ignorable. Never imagined a beer from Sri Lanka of all places could be this good.

dcmchew, Oct 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

An intense stout for sure. Kind of harsh the first time; liked it much more the second time.

dorlandenator, Oct 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

eawolff99, Oct 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Gemini6, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

McBraniel, Oct 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

paulish, Oct 18, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

michiganfootball20, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

dleiner, Oct 18, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Rcaisse, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

KevChiTown, Oct 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

SaisonRichBiere, Oct 14, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330-mL can. Unsure of bottling date.

Very dark chestnut brown. 1-finger dark tan head. Decent alcohol legs. 1/2-finger collar lingers. Malt roast, sweet cream, touch of cola. Vigorous swirl opens up licorice and fruit. The dark fruit intensifies with warmth

like Tsunami, the roast doesn't get acrid here. all told, however, the flavor's a tad muted - dark fruit (more similar to an ris or baltic porter), dark brown bread sweetness, but less coffee, dark chocolate than I'd like

thinner mouthfeel, despite the creaminess on the nose, but very, very drinkable. ultimately, I enjoyed this, but I think it strays off style

StoutItOutLoud, Oct 13, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

gclark_43, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Fr0stb1te, Oct 10, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

TomFoolery, Oct 10, 2014
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,399 ratings.