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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,199 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1199
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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beergoot

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, black body with a thick, creamy head. Sweet chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted malt grains make up the core of the smell. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Silky. Chocolate, hop bitterness, and a rather strong alcohol flavor dominates the taste.

A decent, strong stout. A little heavy on the alcohol taste, but otherwise is a well-rounded dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 20:54:44 | More by beergoot
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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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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured a huge head of coffee caramel foam in a tulip glass. Dissipates slowly, leaving an attractive film and lacing. Visible carbonation. Colour is jet black.

Nose is really rich. Lot of thick molasses, strong coffee. Roast malt and chocolate flavour comes through. Quite a thick and rich aroma.

Flavour is pleasing and complex. Lot of smooth chocolate, and a bit of tartness. Coffee and slight smoky roastiness also pronounced. The sweetness is present. Finish is subtle and smooth with lingering notes of coffee and a bit dry. Incredibly drinkable and alcohol is not at all present.

This one was a very pleasant surprise. It drinks very nicely, and I found the flavours all blended very nicely. It does drink like quite a full/heavy beer. For the style I think it is quite a solid representation and worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 23:35:50 | More by mick303
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

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

Aroma: Very prominent molasses. Moderate black malt. Some chocolate and lactose. No coffee. Bold aroma. No alcohol. Slightly medicinal or fresh paint.

Appearance: Black, opaque. Head is medium brown and pours small. Good retention and tons of lacing. Lots of yesty sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Taste: Lots of molasses here too. Sweet lactose, some milk chocolate, little actual cocoa. Bold flavors overall here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bosdy. There is some carbonation, although it's very smooth and hard to detect. Finishes mildly dry.

Overall: Unique taste on this one. The high molasses sets it apart.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:43:00 | More by soulfly1492
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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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HarrySTruman

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge frothy head, nearly 50% head. Lot's of lacing. Really looks the part of a beautiful stout.

The taste is a bit sweet for me when comparing it to other stouts. Coffee is the predominant flavor and alcohol is the predominant smell.

The price and the ABV of this, while having a very strong drinkability, make this a solid choice. I would certainly drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 15:18:19 | More by HarrySTruman
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Mammoth head. Couldn't fit the whole 11.2oz bottle initially. Black body, light brown head. Great stickage. 4.5

Roasty and malty goodness. Raw grains with some alkali-pressed cocoa. 3.5

Malty and sweet with hefty roast grain presence, dark mocha, subtle booze, and malt bitterness. 4.0

Milky smooth. Medium bubbly. A little heady after many sips. Feels better when it warms. 4.0

Loves me some Lion Stout. Recommended. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:22:02 | More by thecheapies
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herman77

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a rocky, mocha colored head. Pretty nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, lots of coffee, raisins, a hint of chocolate and a bit of metallic funk.

T: Not as roasty in the taste. More of a malty sweetness. Raisins and a bit of light, sweet chocolate. Has a bit of bitterness on the backend, pretty sure its from the roasted malt, not the hops.

M: On the higher side of medium. Average to lower carbonation, a bit smooth.

O: Not bad, not great. About what I expected. Think this was getting a little past it's prime though. Glad I got to try a beer fro Sri Lanka!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 22:54:57 | More by herman77
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on jul´11. Pours pitch black in color. Tan froth creates a creamy lasting & thick crown. Ripe grapes, raisins & hints of chocolate to the nose. Flavors & mouthfeel are dominated by a heavy sweetness. Quite cloying sensation.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 17:55:53 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours like brown sludge (which isn't a bad thing) thick, with an extra bubbly light chocolate head.
S: Smells like sushi. Really got that algae smell coming through. Pretty unique I suppose.
T: Smooth chocolate taste with a little plant aftertaste. Really nothing too spectacular. It got really bitter and sour as it warmed.
M: Heavy with some lingering sour chocolate aftertaste.

Overall a slightly above average stout. Really nothing too great here but nothing too terrible.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 13:20:53 | More by Jamesthebrit
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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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hosehead83

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle(with beer guru Michael Jackson on the back label, giving his endorsement), into a standard pint glass.
Black in color with edges of ruby. Nice head of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint whiff of alcohol, chcocolate note.
Taste-Mocha, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, leading to a dry, black coffee finish. A nice match for a char-grilled steak.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 18:03:46 | More by hosehead83
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. Picked up cheap from my local beer specialist (short-dated). I've been meaning to try this one for a while.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle-conditioning results in plenty of chunky yeast residue. An exceptionally dark reddish-brown hue with minimal light penetration. Produces a large head of creamy brown foam with good retention; this remains for a few minutes before subsiding. A rich aroma of sweet dark malt - notes of dried fruit, brown sugar, roasted grain, chocolate and booze.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt with a mild bitterness. Notes of dried fruit, molasses, fruit cake and cocoa, in addition to faint hints of coffee, burnt grain and stewed hops. A dry, rounded finish with a warming hint of alcohol and a lingering sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and spicy, with tingly carbonation. Somewhat astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of rich dark malt.

Very nice - rich, thick and sweet. A well-balanced blend of flavours make this stout stand out, while the body does the style justice. A great beer to round off a session. Add this to your must-try list.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:17:25 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I would give this a try after walking by it many times. Poured a huge 4 finger milk chocolate head of frothy foam which was well retained leaving sticky lacing all the way down. The body is a deep auburn color. Looks like a dark coke.

Scent is molasses, sweet malt, dark fruit, earthy.

Taste follows the nose but is somewhat more muted with the sweetness coming to the forefront too much for my liking to the point of being cloying. Surprised how much booze comes through up front although it seems to take a back seat as it warmed. Some coffee and mocha comes to the front as it warms.

Body is watery and almost light, some bitterness but not too much for the style with little carbonation.

A drinkable stout however not one that I would actively seek out given the other options I typically have. Glad I tried it and I can now tick off Ceylon on my countries list!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:08:09 | More by Stocean1
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark black with a two finger tall tan head. There is some head retention and significant lacing is observed.

S: Slight hint of alcohol in the smell of this beer but the primary aromas are sweet malts, brown sugar, vanilla, and coffee.

T: Flavors are mostly coffee, vanilla, caramel, and toasted malts. There is a light and pleasant bitterness in the finish but overall this is a sweet beer.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Much better than I was expecting, being that Sri Lanka is not one of the places that is renown for stouts. A little too sweet for me personally but a very enjoyable beer and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:03:14 | More by dbrauneis
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I usually have this at the Union Brewehouse, but decided to pick up a 21.13 oz at Wine Gallery in Brookline.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger mocha head that has reduced and left some clumpy lacing over the top of the glass. This beer is pitch black with little bubbles only seen at the top of the glass near the lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, mocha, slight coffee aroma. Hard to notice anything else.

Taste: mocha, roasted coffee, mocha, smoke, ash, bready malts, vanilla. All of these flavors are blended really well and the slight bitterness from the hops is not really noticed. Good Stuff.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, easy to drink, delicious. You couldn't ask for much else to come out of a beer.

Overall: I have had this plenty of times out of a can at the Brewhouse, but so happy I had the chance to buy it out of the bottle. I can't believe it is 8.8% and not even a hint noticeable. Will be drinking more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 07:08:35 | More by Flounder57
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GNWBC

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hadnt had this in a while so i figured i pick up a couple.

P: pours a jet black with a tan head that has good retention and lacing

S: doesn't really smell like anything....kind of disappointing.

T: Vanilla, burbon, carmel and some toasty malts

O: not bad has good mouth feel with the carbonation, wouldn't mind sessioning with it but its not stellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 22:21:46 | More by GNWBC
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Totally black and opaque, with no highlights. Large, light brown head.

Smell: Caramel malt and sweet chocolate.

Taste: Disappointingly bland-ish, with a little bit of sweet malt but almost nothing on the finish. Uncharacteristic of a foreign export stout.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation.

Overall: Not a favorite -- too boring.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 06:54:25 | More by fountainofyouth
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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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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lion Stout has an extraordinarily thick, creamy, beige head and a black appearance (light reddish-brown around the edges). The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, licorice, and confectionery sugar. Taste is of licorice, dark-roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark coffee, cream, brandy wine, and grain. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and Lion Stout finishes heavy, sweet, syrupy, and awesomely delicious. Overall, this is one of the best beers I have every had the pleasure to drink. I rate it about as high as one could rate a beer. Terrific!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 17:21:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from the Wienhous (Asheville, NC). $2.69. No bottling info. Poured into a snifter. 

Near black with 1/2 finger tan head. Almost zero lacing. 

Dates and figs with a hint of bakers chocolate. Overall a bit sweet. 

Sweet dark fruit and mild chocolate. There's a little roast/smokeyness in there. I can taste the alcohol too- I wasn't expecting that, seeing as the abv isn't that high at all. All around flat.

Medium bodied. Heavier carbonation that is really necessary. Dry finish. 

Meh. As far as I'm concerned, Sri Lanka can keep it. It's not awful but I'll never look for it again. There are too many other worthwhile stouts out there to waste any more time/money on this. 

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 06:11:46 | More by ThickNStout
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bjohn84

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours deep chocolate brown with 3 fingers of foaming, creamy light brown head

S - Bitter chocolate,Unique smell for the style.. almost like some form of sour burnt sugar comes though with a slight smokiness. Not really pleasant on the nose

T - Bitter chocolate / chocolate milk upfront with a fruity bitterness throughout the middle and alcohol rounding out the back end

M - Medium High mouthfeel on this and lingering cream texture, but also feels a bit chalky. Dry bittering finish on the tongue to end things. Would be difficult to have too many of these with the lingering numbness on the tongue from the alcohol.

O - Not too bad for the price being on the lower end, and has a decent amount of complexity, but something about the strange smell vs the taste kept if a lower rating for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:48:19 | More by bjohn84
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tvv375ia

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint glass

A-very dark brown/black with about a 3 finger mocha head that fades to a small cap

S-a little burnt coffee smell along with some sweet cream

T-coffee and sweet dark fruit maybe plums with brown sugar

M-medium body with good carbonation

O-pretty good import stout without the heaviness kind of like a guiness with some better flavor and body

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 22:42:36 | More by tvv375ia
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

625ml bottle served in tasting glass. No discernable bottle date.

A: Pours a nearly black, coffee-like color. Larger head than expected, mocha colored. Head retention is decent. Good looking beer.

S: Even at warmer temperatures the aroma never jumps out of the glass. Mild coffee. Sweet chocolate. Faint whiff of green hops. Dark fruit and just a suggestion of tartness. Pleasant for sure, but lacking in intensity.

T: Nice roasted character. Mild coffee with cream. A little bit of chocolate flavor hiding about. Dark fruits make an appearance. Just a little nuttiness. Some bitterness here and there and then a mostly sweet finish.

M: Low carbonation. Silky smooth feel. Less viscous than it's American Imperial Stout counterparts

O: Easy to drink and seemingly simple initially. Complexity becomes apparent over the course of comsuming this one. Versatile. No indication whatsoever of it's 8.8% abv. One could easily confuse this with a much less potent beer. Very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:06:05 | More by AdamGarcia
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.