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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,198 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1198
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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cbl2

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Black with a hint of red; 1/4 inch tan head.

Smell:

There are many words that could describe this gorgeous beverage's aroma, though it can be summed up in but one: mochacino.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Delicious!!! Smooth feel on the tongue that is creamy to begin, but finishes with a bit of coffee kick.

Note:

This was part of a "Beers around the World" sampler, and was by far the best of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 21:12:54 | More by cbl2
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Almost black. Thin light brown head. Bubbly collar leaves some adequate lace. Aroma reminds me of a charcoal barbecue. There's also some nice milky notes and blackened malts and coffee. Really nice nose. Flavor's got some nice bitter roasted notes to it. A little chocolatey. Dry. Vanilla bean. Sweet lactic sugars add a bit of a "baltic porter" feel to this stout. I like it. The body is medium-full. Lightly carbonated and easy down the chute. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 05:21:13 | More by Bighuge
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aracauna

Georgia

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

Black body does allow a little bit of light through the extreme edge. The dark tan head is like a froth of chocolate milk. Toast, chocolate, caramel and plums are in the aroma. The same follows into the flavor with the addition of a little char in the back. Very tasty stout that really doesn’t taste as strong as it actually is.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 02:26:31 | More by aracauna
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark fudge brown, nearly black, thin and firm light brown cap, a slight skim remains once it settles, lacing in thin sheets. Aroma of slight roast, stale raisin, parched prunes, dry cocoa, and anise. Taste is mild with tame roastability and soft chocolate, slight floating sweetness of dry dark fruits, touches of molasses and toffee roast. Doesn't withstand too much in the flavor dept. or in its length, over far to quickly, but it does incur a certain broad range of capable character. Feel is smooth, a bit sweet and tangy, lightly roasted edge, just shy of a medium body mostly, seems to pick up a bit towards the finish where it drys out with some light cocoa. A fairly decent effort; quick stout flavors and a somewhat healthy body, but could be better. I would consider this over a Guinness on nitro-tap I think?

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 02:12:17 | More by tavernjef
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 330 mL bottle, into a snifter. The color was black, with a ring of white head. The smell was a strong roastiness, with a slight bit of licorice. The taste starts somewhat licorice sweet, with a bit of a roastiness as the beer warms in the mouth, with a slight alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel had a nice thick consistency and carbonation. As for drinkability, this is one that's good to enjoy a couple of, but not one that I could really session with (too rich).

A very enjoyable stout, and one I'd been looking forward to trying, and I'm glad I did. Nice and rich, and though I don't think I could pound these all day, a couple of these are worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2004 19:47:37 | More by beergeek279
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce bottle served in a LaTrappe goblet that poured thick and completely opaque, leaving a somewhat thin, but beatiful dense layer of foam that stayed put for several minutes. I think to myself that this is going to a dense stout. I am right. The aroma is of heavy with cocoa and espresso. The first sip is sweet and smooth, with cocoa and/or dark chocolate up front, followed by more cocoa notes laced with bitter espresso. There's more bitterness mixed with dark rum flavors towards the finish which is long and warming. Nice lacework is left on the sides of my glass as I continue to sip this beer. The carbonaton is a bit high and detracts a bit from the quality of this beer, but overall an excellent, potent stout that is sweet without being too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 01:21:27 | More by marcobrau
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jackndan

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout: from Sri Lanka. In a 22 ounce bomber bottle. Pours a deep black, but a great garnet color shows up when held up to a strong light. Great thick coffee and cream head, very rocky and extremely long lasting. Aroma is sweet, like a mocha espresso. Great taste, fairly complex, leaning definitely toward the sweet side of things, to say the least. Some flavors from the coffe family as well, and some roasted malts flavors are notable as well. I think I'm beginning to understand warm weather stouts: thick, sweet and cool, and nowhere near as heavy as cake or the like. Nice, and well worth picking it up.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2004 02:32:02 | More by jackndan
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abents

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with HUGE tan head that's real chunky. Laces glass real well, it looks amazing. Smells of coffee, chocolates, and alcohol. Nose is pretty big. Tastes of big roasted malts that leads to a nice alochol warming, but finish stops pretty quick with no real lingering alcohol you get in most big stouts. Tastes noted include: bitter chocolates, coffee, and fruits. Nice dry finish that makes this a very drinkable stout. Moderate carbonation with nice warming quality to it. Great beer can't drink a lot of them, but this is a nice last beer before bed kinda thing. Great brew, will have again and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 04:47:34 | More by abents
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, almost opaque. Nice head of foam, a rocky and mouse-like medium tan. Laces in fat garlands. Pale dry cocoa aroma, some carob and nutiness. Pleasant mouthfeel, very creamy. Sweet caramels, light butteriness, malted milk dominates the flavor profile. Finishes similarly, without a hard roast or hop bittering to the second half. Little sense of the 8.0% ABV stated on the bottle. M.J. says this beer is "tarry" -- not to me, and it could use some for balance. Very drinkable and agreeable, uncomplicated, perhaps a touch too sweet overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 14:27:23 | More by ADR
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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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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is so dark brown it is almost inky black and light will not pass thru it and it has a brown to light brown head. The smell of sweet roated malts beckons to you from the glass. I expected more roasted flavor but the taste is a well rounded smooth sweetness and roasted malt together. A nice easy drinking stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 22:51:34 | More by ybnorml
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edchicma

Massachusetts

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

Outstandin appearance...almost black...rich creamy head and outstanding lacing...real eye candy. Nice rich aroma with roasted notes and light malt presence. I picked up a light coffee flavor that was nicely mild considering the brew's strength. Initially sweet, it branched into a start tartness at mid-palate and ended with a light bitterness and dry finish. Mouthfeel was full-bodied, but smooth. Easy on the drinkability side, especially at 8 abv. Definite recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 00:01:39 | More by edchicma
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle with freshness date: Best before Feb. 2005. A very heavy bottle for the size, nice packaging.

Pours out dark brown and sits nearly black, with only a bit of deep crimson showing through the very edges. A large, fluffy dark tan, going on brown head sits a top this nice looking beer. Great lacings on the sides, a very attractive brew.

Smells of light roastiness, chocolates with a bit of creaminess, and just a small amount of peppery aromas that pick up on the chocolatey sweetness. Some coffee and other bitter hues present as well. All these blended with nice floral aromas that bring it all together. I'll also note that even with the higher 8.0% ABV, it goes without a trace in the nose.

Tastes of roasted grains and coffee, but is initially sweet, with chocolates and minor fruity tones that breifly introduce you to the beer. Warms the stomach nicely, but, as in the smell, the alcohol slips through without a trace. Finishes with a mild bitterness that houses some nutty, maybe a bit of smoky flavors and overall earthy tones that go hand-in-hand with the roasted grains and coffee found near the front. Excellent flavor, complex in flow and just tastes so good.

A big, full body is the package for the abundance of flavors and aromas that take this beer to another level. Perfect carbonation makes its easy to drink, and allows you to wade through the ocean of flavors presented. A high-quality brew that stands out from most competition. Drink at cellar temperature for best results.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 22:37:15 | More by Skidz
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CortexBomb

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out as black as expected with a nice tan/beige head which hangs around for awhile and then leaves lacing. Smell is floral to pruney with some hints of roast and strong.

Taste is deep and wonderful, chocolate, the roast from the aroma, dark fruits, and a gentle hop bite on the finish. Excellent all the way through.

This taste is accompanied by a good medium coating mouthfeel and good drinkability.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, it has a high ABV, yet hides it extremely well and has a lot of character. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 23:38:54 | More by CortexBomb
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

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

Pours a dark black with brownish reddish hues. Large, creamy tan head develops leaving some messy lace on the glass.
Aroma of caramel, roasted barley and some over-ripe dark fruits like prunes.
Flavor is sweet mocha and caramel and maybe some honey or molasses in the back.
Mouthfeel is very thick, smooth malt starts that transitions to spicy bitter finish with some hints of oxidation or metallic hint.
Drinkability is fairly high, very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 00:40:58 | More by CRJMellor
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Hex92

Virginia

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

This is a very good beer. It looks like it should in the glass. Dark with a nice head. It has a hint of chocolate in its aroma. Goes down smooth. Who knew that a damn fine beer could come out of Sri Lanka. I think this has to be one of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 03:12:55 | More by Hex92
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a reddish tint near the bottem of the glass with a slight brown head,aroma is of burnt fruit and bitter chocolate.Very intense flavors in this one burnt fruit and bitter sweet chocolate with some nice earthiness in the finish.I really like this stout very intense flavors a nice one to savor in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 23:19:49 | More by oberon
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours pitch black with brown highlights. The head is brown, unbelieveably huge (three fingers tall), and laces the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma is chocolate, roasted, and coffee. There is an ever so slight sourness to the aroma.

The flavor is chocolate, roasted, and once again coffee. The flavor has a slight sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. The beer is full bodied. The finish dries out into coffee and chocolate.

Wow, I had no idea this was a stout with a higher alcohol content! Great beer!

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 03:12:19 | More by GCBrewingCo
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ebony with an attractive camel head. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Colour is dark as midnight. Smells like a good stout should. Roasty malts, coffee, prunes, and hints of Belgian chocolate. Mouthful is a rewarding combo of thick and creamy perfection.

Taste is more complex than the nose, as dried fruits(prunes and raisins) and a touch of hops make their entrance. Very satisfying from start to finish.

Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, had a bunch of these and advertised the Michael Jackson accolades. The Vintage Cellar also posts the Top 50 BA ratings, and had a few Westy 12's when I stoppee by. I'll review the Westy later.

Lion Stout is a worthy concoction. Thoroughly enjoyable and English in character. Deserving of its praise.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 01:56:25 | More by merlin48
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice. Quite rich, chocolatey, fruity nose. Taste of caramelised sugar (which i didn't particlarly like), then some dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, and bitter roastyness. Pretty famous in beer circles, and hard to belive its from Sri Lanka, i'm happy i finally had it.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 00:45:12 | More by rastaman
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I loved the look of this. Pitch black with a beige colored head that came large and stayed at medium size for awhile. Smelled of strong semi-sweet chocolate chips and a hint of alcohol. Taste of roasted malts and intense chocolate (like a mochachino). Only problem is that the flavor is withdrawn and doesn't fully show itself. There's also a sourness in the beer that seems like it shouldn't be there. Is that supposed to be the hops? Is it some astringency from the grains. I don't know, but I do know that it mixes with the chocolate and creates an off flavor. Body is medium to weak in thickness. Could be much better than it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 21:34:20 | More by granger10
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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

Brown glass bottle. Bottled on date (12.02).

This stout poured an opaque black color with light brown foam. The smell was malty, but not overly strong. The taste was rather sweet and malty. A bit of roasted malt flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with low carbonation feel. The body was medium. The drinkability was OK.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 20:42:47 | More by UncleJimbo
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nixhecks

Rhode Island

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

This stout came in a 625ml bottle, reasonably priced at $2.69. Poured a jet black with a large tannish head that had good retention. The aroma was sweet with malt, smelling like dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. The same was evident in the forefront of the taste, with the finish featuring a slight hop bitterness with chocolate malt flavors also coming through. The mouthfeel was light, a little bit watery, definetely not as thick as some of the stouts I have most enjoyed. I can't say that I was let down, but after seeing Micheal Jackson's endorsement on the back, I did expect a little more. Overall not bad, but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 17:20:20 | More by nixhecks
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Loki

North Carolina

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

Pours midnight black with a rich caramel colored head. Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate and mocca. The smell carries through to the taste promissing a semi-sweet chocolate but finishing with a bitter coffee flavor. There is a mild hoppiness throughout The head lasted quite a while. The beer finishes smooth. A very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 19:12:53 | More by Loki
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stoutman

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge light brown head that lasts. Aroma is a palate of impressions. Sweet roastyness is the dominant impression, but coffee comes to mind as well. Flavour is very coffeeish and roasty. Pleasant bitterness imediately on the tongue and palate. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Both nose and flavor are full with chocolate and over ripe plums. A slight hoppiness seems to flow through near the finish.Excellent brew! Not a bad effort.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 18:26:39 | More by stoutman
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.