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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,315 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,315
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 49
Gots: 40 | 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:
 http://www.lionbeer.com 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 330 ml longneck

A: Pours an opaque black with a tight tan head, which leaves nice lacing behind.

S: Smells of rich chocolate malts with some coffee in there as well.

T: Taste is equally chocolaty to the nose reminds me of chocolate icecream. Lingering flavors of coffee.

M: Full smooth mouthfeel.

D: This beer is quite drinkable. The flavors are not too overpowering and they blend well together.

10-21-2009 00:37:48 | More by spartanfan
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naterock

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

poured into a willi, deep black in color with a medium brown head that lingers the whole way down.

Smells of toasted malt and nuts with a tinge of sweet/spicyness in the back, like red chilis. quite enticing.

Tastes nearly like it smells, very earthy and spicy wrapped in a package and toasted. really a complex beer and I wasn't expecting this at all.

Mouth is viscous and thick but doesn't effect the drinkability. really a well rounded beer and an utter surprise to me.

10-18-2009 19:13:35 | More by naterock
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Ragingbull

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

A good beer. I have had it for a while as my wife wouldn't share the bomber bottle with me due to her fears of what a beer from Sri Lanka would taste like. I think its residual fear from Dragon Stout from Jamaica. Anyway, I am drinking the whole bottle myself as she is in Uganda now.

Pours a dark black color with light barely coming through on the edges. Thick foamy tan head. Nice nose of roasted grains and a little smoke. There is a "fig-like" sweetness in the nose as well. There is definitely a silkiness to the nose as well. Robust flavor and a little bit boozy. Some smoke and some hops. I believe I am picking a flavor that is either a spruce or perhaps a spicy peet. Lots of subtle flavors that are tough to separate. Nice structure and body to this beer. The mouthfeel is nice. The finish is nice. Solid beer. I will likely buy this again to share with company.

10-16-2009 02:37:29 | More by Ragingbull
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wnh

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Hearty "pfft" upon uncapping this beer. Overcarbonated? Pours a rich, thick black, with a large, dense light tan head. Nice lacing.

Initial aromas of dark fruit, mineral, and something resembling cheap plastic zip-top bags. Odd. Lightly roasted coffee in the background, considerably lesser than expected. Sharp and somewhat pungent, but there seems to be a lot going on. A touch of meaty smoke comes through as the beer warms, and the chemically plastic quality fades rather quickly.

Smooth fruity and roasty entry, turning sweet in the middle before leading into bitter dark chocolate on the finish. There's a moderate Belgian-ish yeasty dark fruit ester thing going on that my palate isn't quite sure what to do with. It's not necessarily a good complement to the roasty stout, but it's not at odds with it either. As in the nose, the roasty character isn't as prevalent as I'd expect in a stout, especially at 8%, but it's subtle in a well-done way.

Medium bodied, leaning toward light, smooth and rounded on the whole but with a bite that increases the more I drink. Alcohol is relatively well hidden, but again picks up as the beer recedes.

An interesting interpretation of the style, but one that I can probably do without in the future. Good: subtle roastiness, Belgian-like dark fruit, dark chocolate. Bad: chemically plastic bag aromas, sharp pungency, biting mouthfeel.

10-13-2009 20:30:52 | More by wnh
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SpecialK088

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a can into an imperial pint

Pours a jet black and very smooth, Head is big and fluffy but disapates very quickly to about 1 finger, thick at the edges that causes a nice lace.

Chocolate, malt and slight coffee notes in the nose, pretty straightforward.

The flavor is extremly different all the flavors in the nosre are there but very subtley, a burnt toast flavor is what domintates and is actually very good. The red chilis are decectable at the finish but only if you are really looking for it.

Mouthfeel is right down the middle of the road in every way. Medium body, carbonation and overall feeling on the palate, not overly silky or thick but not thin or watery.

Very easy to drink but more of a sipper than something you would be able to drink alot of in a sitting, maybe 2 but thats about all I could see myself doing.

10-11-2009 23:14:20 | More by SpecialK088
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mulder1010

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

500 ML bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A-- Looks like coke pouring out of the bottle. A little darker and much less carbonated but looks almost the same. Head is a mocha color and settled on a 1 1/2 finger head. Lacing is very nice and leaves an almost spider web quality.

S-- Coffee,roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch licorice. Remindes me of the Sam Adams Imperial but this smells a bit watered down.

T-- Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Roasted malts are the first thing that got me.

M-- The licorice comes in the mouth feel as the anise just coats the lining of my mouth. A little carbonation and the sugar does go straight to your stomach. that part is not that great though. It does get a bit sweeter as it warms up

D-- This is from Sri Lanka?? Serious? It's 8 %?? Seems a bit watered down for an 8%. Very drinkable. The licorice I would do with out but a very nice beer. This is a stout you can drink in all seasons.

10-11-2009 06:18:31 | More by mulder1010
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righthereisay

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Purchased a single at the 6 pack shop in Mt. Lebanon, PA (Brews Brothers)

11.2 oz Bottle poured into a Tervis Tumbler (OK, stop laughing, it does a good job keeping it cold)

Appearance: Pours very dark, not much head. Almost looks like Coca Cola

Smell: Doesn't smell too much like alcohol, which is surprising considering the 8%. Nice licorice / chocolate / coffee type of smell.

Taste: Not bitter, nice flavor. Maybe a little too much carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Very good. Nice body.

Drinkability: This can be deadly. Goes down way too smooth considering the 8%.

Nice price. Will definitely try again.

10-10-2009 21:37:48 | More by righthereisay
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

I've lost track of how long I've had this beer - probably a year and a half? I'm finally getting around to drinking it.

Gorgeous black with a dense mocha-colored head that is thick, creamy and long-lasting. Some lace is left as I drink this.

In a blind taste, I'd peg this as a Baltic porter. It's got the dry, unsweetened dark chocolate, cocoa and mildly burnt malt character. In addition, it's got a very characteristic smell of Baltic porters, with a rich, mildly bready and (I hate to say it) lager-like. Solid stuff

Opens fruity with plums (not from oxidation) with a rich, deep chocolate character with some bitterness and a mild tartness too. The tartness is mildly cherry-skin like, and dissipates with exposure to air. Rich coffee characteristics, almost cold-press like with low bitterness and high flavor. The sourness and coffee work well together.

Light in body ( a bit too light) with medium-high carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little disappointing. The finish with its coffee and chocolate bitterness, is quite excellent.

I'm definitely enjoying this, and will grab another and try this again soon.

10-02-2009 03:38:10 | More by DefenCorps
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HiAIPA

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -2%

From a bomber type bottle, this dark elixir poured a molasses brown and formed a nice foam head of two inches. Roasted biscuit and malts frame a medium body brew, with coffee, molasses accents and a nutty finish. Good, I would drink this again. A small step up from dry, smooth and un-flavored stouts.

09-29-2009 16:20:58 | More by HiAIPA
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kpoole25

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-ish oz bottle to glass. Good stout, has classic roasted flavors, not as heavy mouthfeel as I expected. Fairly easy to drink. Wouldn't guess this is 8% alcohol, very balanced. Left a little sludge in my glass, guess I should drink faster next time. Would buy again.

09-26-2009 21:01:11 | More by kpoole25
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dbtoe

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured into a pint glass.
This was a very nice surprise. My wife picked it up for me mainly because of the look of the bottle. It is very tasty and I'll be getting this beer a lot more. Thanks honey.
Looks very dark, black with a two finger head that reduced to a nice cap.
Smell is roasted malt with some sweetness giving a chocolate sent.
Taste is roasted malts chocolate and coffee with a slight bitterness. Balanced towards the sweet malt side, very creamy. Very good flavors.
Feel is a medium body with some good carbonation.
Drink is very high I had to take a second look at the ABV. Could easily get in trouble drinking these. Too darn smooth and drinkable for the ABV.

09-26-2009 04:42:36 | More by dbtoe
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beertooth

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

11.20oz can poured into a goblet.

I picked up a single can of this at West Lakeview today.

A black liquid with dark amber to orange edges and a fizzy two finger cocoa brown head that falls flat fast into a thin ring. Some smaller island of bubbles remain. There is no lacing, but there is some coating when I swirl the glass.

The nose on this stout is great! Lot's of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, some figs and raisins. Lot's of dark malts, and tiny bit 'o booze.

The first sip is dark, roasty, delicious malts. Bittersweet chocolates, coffee, caramel, excellent! There's a slight long bitter finish that works well with the sweet malty middle. The alcohol level is creeping up fast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer and I wish I bought more than one can. This could be a great go-to beer this fall and winter. A good brew when the weather cools down when I want something that's very easy drinking and warming.

09-25-2009 00:34:24 | More by beertooth
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured from a bottle cold to a glass

A - 3 inches of head being the head is reddish tan. Color reminds me of Dark chocolate/coffee. Couldn't see through the glass

S - Strong hop/malt smell but at first couldn't figure out but my first guess would be like a dark chocolate or coffee.

T - Creamy taste at first but turns a little bitter, just a little! But it does turn smooth going down.

M - Creamy and smooth but full bodied

D - Good beer, one was good enough for me though. Great beer to share when your with others.

Over all not my kind of beer. This won't stop me from trying others in this class. I recommend this beer even though not my style. Someone with a more seasoned palate will appreciate this more than me.

09-22-2009 02:27:54 | More by FreshmanPour77
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05Harley

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

11.2 oz Bottle #32308 20:25 (not sure what this means and the lion stout website is currently under construction)

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass

Price - $45.99/case

Appearance: Pours dark with a three finger lite tan head. Creamy and Looks delicious.

Smell: Burnt malts. Some licorice with a hint of booze.

Taste: Bitter chocolate with mocha flavor. Nice hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced not too thin, not too chewy.

Drinkability: Can drink several of these in a row without it getting too heavy or sweet. I keep this one available year round.

Pretty decent beer and the price isn't bad either. I've had their lager and didn't care for it. This is clearly the flagship for this brewery.

09-15-2009 21:53:41 | More by 05Harley
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

330ml brown bottle, laser dated '52008 17:26' (May 20 = my birthday, but I'm leery of this 'gift' 15+ months late?!?!). Picked up the bottle several weeks back on a visit to Sharp Edge Creekhouse; jumped at the chance as this is one I've never seen sold in Oregon. Poured on a cool and rainy Saturday (mid 3rdQ of the MState-JState game) to a pint glass.

A: Deep and dark, we'll say 'ebony' since some maroon-ish (Go State!) hints nudge at the sides, detracting from true blackness. Billowing pillow of khaki head, a full three fingers, that drops gradually to a thin creamy cap. Excellent lace, crisscrossed cobwebs.

S: Husky/earthy aroma of dark/burnt malt - like rich cacao and roasted coffee beans. There's sweet, mesquite-like smoke, a trace of vanilla and toffee. A little weak, but oh so 'Mmmm...'.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate fudge, a sugary coffee. Pit fruit, a dark purple grape, vanilla and big caramel/toffee. Perfect lactose, really an interesting and deeply flavorful version of the style.

M: Velvety smoothness, a creamy mouthful. Medium bodied, seems less heavy, yet a little more boozy as it warms. Some dark chocolate bitterness hangs around on the tongue.

D: I have to rank this right up there with the Guinness 'John Martin', Deep Shaft, Pelican Tsunami and Alameda Black Bear XX among the best I've enjoyed of the style. Weighs in just a little too much on the sweet side and with a not-so-hidden alcohol, but still a delicious treat I'd love to have again and will definitely recommend.

Chalk one up for Sri Lanka (#34 country on my personal list)...well done!

09-05-2009 22:31:13 | More by msubulldog25
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

Very dark colour, slight reddish tinge up to the light. Thick and dense ochre head, sinks steadily but looks nice, like frozen coke. Leaves a ring of lacing at the top. Not too special. Otherwise looks great.

Smells quite sour, a lot of burnt notes, but not overly so. A hint of some unsweetened dark chocolate and roasted coffee, and a sharp hint of booziness as well. Oddly enough blends quite well, but not perfectly balanced.

Taste is quite sour. Chocolatey on the front palate, then gets a fruity, almost wheaty organic sourness to it, dark though, roasted and with a light espresso touch to it. Doesn't have a great deal of flavour, just hands out a slightly roasted malt and maybe a touch of oak as well.

Mouthfeel is not bad, very middle of the road though, not very full but certainly not thin. Leaves a little dry, not bad.

Alcohol is very well hidden and frankly I'm not sure where because there isn't really a huge flavour here, I'm very impressed. It's all well and good for American brew-bullies to bombard heavy beers with hops to disguise alcohol, but I think here they've just utilised flavour well.

Very, very drinkable overall. Possibly the most drinkable Asian beer I've ever had, in spite of being dark, and 8%.

09-03-2009 03:49:42 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours a deep opaque black with a huge bug loosebubbled head of mocha-cream foam. Lacing is superlative. The head looks a little too much like styrofoam to my mind, but it's pretty nice.

Quite odd on the nose. Some dark roasted notes, with a really unnerving hint of weed killer. There's something sharp there - it reminds me of wandering into the garden shed. Otherwise the toasted, slightly smoky aromas are pleasant - maybe it's just a boozy hint that's putting me off, but it's certainly odd.

Deep and toasty palate, crusty and dark at the start, but mellowing to a rounded high-cocoa chocolate sweetness. The full body of the palate is rather short, but there's a single note of carbonised bitterness which lingers through the centre as the rest subsides. A hint of booze just pops up near the end. It doesn't have the complexity to be truly great, and the mouthfeel is certainly weaker than is warranted, but it's not bad all up.

A pretty pleasant stout. It certainly has a good handle on the roasted bitterness. I wish it had upped the sweetness and the body a bit, and lengthened the palate. But not bad overall.

09-02-2009 07:46:58 | More by lacqueredmouse
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

a: This was black, no highlights. It poured with a large, long lived, sticky mocha colored head. Great looking stout.

s: Chocolate cake or chocolate milk, I can't decide which. Plenty of warm, roasty malt, but no heat to speak of.

t: Gentle roasty chocolate that gets a little sweeter towards the finish. Faint coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.

m: Medium bodied with long lasting, gentle carbonation. The aftertaste is long lasting and very welcome.

d: This wasn't "big" tasting, not all that complex either. Just well made and dangerously drinkable.

08-31-2009 10:32:27 | More by DIM
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

330ml (?) bottle. marked with "52008 17:27", whatever that means. tasted in mid-may 2009.

nearly opaque, black/brown, with reddish brown on the edges under the light. 2+ finger, light to medium brown head, very slowly recedes to thin layer. great lacing, forming curtains in the latter half of the glass.

aroma: fruity esters, almost strawberry, upfront. like a fruity nougat. then dark caramel, hints of coffee and some earthy roast and hops.

taste: that fruity, vanilla nougat character again, but not necessarily sweet like the actual candy. then the roast malt, caramel, with coffee tones, and earthy hops. moderate bitterness with gentle underlying acidity. bitterness and medicinal hint can become unbalanced though, without enough malt or ester sweetness overall.

medium body, creamy at times, punctuated by acidity and astringency, peaking in the finish. moderate carbonation has tingle upfront, and helps with creaminess, but doesn't lift the astringent feel.

the fruity nougat character and medicinal off-balancing actually gets a tad distracting. this beer is ok, but i think jackson's hyping of it gives more credit than is really due.

08-29-2009 23:32:10 | More by tai4ji2x
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a pitch black body with an intense roasted and chocolate malt smell along with a good chunk of coffee malt. Thicker, sticky full body that is both smooth and creamy while having a strong roasted/coffee malt presence so it goes down dry with a dry finish. Some sweetness from chocolate in there as well and hints of fruits (like chocolate covered cherries). ABV mostly hidden but does kick up the dry taste a little...just a great sipper that I can have anytime.

08-24-2009 15:25:58 | More by clayrock81
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scootny

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

A delicious and quite drinkable higher abv stout.

A goodly amount of sticky lacing to accent the largish head. Nice.
An intoxicating blend of coffee and roasted malt in the nose. A touch of floral hoppiness.

Taste is soft with a roasted malt backbone. Sweet dark breadiness follows with a strong coffee structure. A firm dry bittering makes this one seem like an Irish stout at the finish but the superb and multilayered malt core makes it much more. Much coffee here. You could easily think the bottle came from Starbucks. The abv is discretely hidden and showcases the dryness of the brew. The feel is short of heavy with a chewiness that promotes savoring. Carbonation is mildly effervescent and well suited to healthy sipping.

Drinkability is dangerously easy. The pleasing profile can lead you to indulgent enjoyment of this one.

A great brew here. Heavy coffee structure and and dry a finish allows you to get loose in your enjoyment of this one. Watch out because it does catch up

08-22-2009 06:32:01 | More by scootny
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

330 ml bottle. Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours nice and black, some light passes around the edges. The off white- light brown head looks thick and rich and fills the remainder of the glass and almost overflows-- beauty. Sadly it only lasts half the glass or so. A little thin lacing.

Smell: Roasty dark malts, sweetness, and some chocolate. Really pretty nice, not overstated, but not wanting for much.

Taste: Surprisingly good. Roasted malts with some nice bitterness and sweetness. There's notes of chocolate and coffee. Its really balanced and finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Seems appropriately full for the style. Not thick like an imperial, but its not one. Smooth and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This is 8% so watch out. Would be easy to accidentally pound this. Delicious and very drinkable. Nice surprise from a foreign stout. Best beer ever from Sri Lanka-- although its the only one I've had.

08-18-2009 02:31:12 | More by rapidsequence
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roadhouse

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours up deep opaque black with a one and a half inch dark tan head.

Aroma is chocolaty with a hint of dark fruit, raisins coming to mind. A bit of a creamy "milk stouty" sweetness and a touch of molasses and wet wood.

Taste is again quite chocolaty with some molasses flavor prominent. A hint of dark fruit in the middle, a mixture of dark cherry and raisin. Some light roasted coffee in the finish alongside a wet wood character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite smooth and creamy.

Quite an enjoyable stout. I like the balance of sweetness and roastiness.

08-17-2009 06:45:30 | More by roadhouse
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flexabull

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Cool looking black can courtesy of khiasmus, thanks again!

Never thought I'd be able to drink a beer from Sri Lanka without going there.

Pours a deep black color with a big tan head.

Aromas are of brown sugars, cocoa, are other dark malt notes. Smells pretty nice.

Taste is very malt forwards, dark cocoa, brown sugars, and molasses. Beer has a nice full smooth feel, and a finish that has a hint of both alcohol warmth and a mineral hop bite.

Nice mouthfeel, full and smooth.

Very good drinkability. Nice stout, wow, this was a pleasant surprise. Tasty, but not to heavy, good stuff.

08-15-2009 05:15:38 | More by flexabull
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance: Black, enormous head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted notes, a little sweet hickory bbq.

Taste: Dark fruit, mild dark chocolate, not too bitter or too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Felt light for an imperial stout (which I now see it is not), still maybe a little light for its strength.

Drinkability: The lightness almost makes it dangerously drinkable.

Saw a can of this on the singles shelf so I figured I'd check it out. I thought it was an imperial stout due to the ABV, but it definitely doesn't have as much flavor as most imperials. It is very drinkable, quite light for a 8% beer. Worth a try.

08-14-2009 16:12:56 | More by Mdog
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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