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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,287 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,287
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 50
Gots: 33 | 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 

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spointon

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= At fridge temp, this stout poured a deep dark black (no light was getting through this beauty) with a 2.5" foamy tan head. After letting the glass sit for a good 10 minutes, the head dropped to a ¼" cap that retained well. Incredible sticky lacing clung to my glass all the way down.

S= A nice blend of sweet and roasty-bitter aromas here. The sweetness was reminiscent of raisins, molasses, and chocolate. The rest of the smell was made up of dark roasty malts, coffee, and maybe a hint of chickory.

T= This tasted like a highly sweetened and carbonated café au lait coffee. Lactose sugar, milk chocolate, and treacle came first, followed by some roasted grain and dark chocolate bitterness. There was a complex yet subtle array of ripe dark fruit and earthiness running all through the middle of this beer. Finish was more sweet than bitter, though the roasted grain notes did linger on to the aftertaste.

MF= Heavy body with just a moderate carbonation level. Felt slick and tongue-coating in the mouth.

D= This was a very interesting and delicious beer. The ABV is really well hidden and is not a factor at all. If you are into sweet stouts, this is very sessionable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 16:42:49 | More by spointon
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Crayz

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into an oversized red wine glass. Slow rising rich tan head. Very smooth, with a fluffy characteristic. Lingered for a bit before dissipating to a thin film - minimal lacing. Extra points for the nitro like pour.

S - Very inviting and complex, yet simple and smooth; tons of dark fruit, chocolate, a little coffee/mocha too.

T - Roasted malts. Lots of roasted malts that blend nicely to create a smooth chocolate flavor with underlying dark fruits. Raisins, dates; a great finish with a slight caramel bitterness.

M - Smooth. Have I mentioned smooth anywhere else?! Fairly light mouthfeel for the style and alcohol. Overall a very creamy feel that matches the looks of the pour.

D - Great beer overall. A soild stout that lives up to the style. Could drink a couple in a row, but the roasty presence and warming alcohol as it warms keeps it as a nice sipper. Though the smoothness may lead you elsewhere....

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 05:37:32 | More by Crayz
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TheSarge

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Produced about four finger thick dark tan head. Body is pitch black with slight reddish hues on the edge of the glass.

Aroma is very sweet, chocolaty, and a blend of sour fruit with coffee.

The taste is dominated by chocolate and coffee character.

Feels chalky but creamy, leaves the palate wet with no alcohol warmness detected.

Decently drinkable, with it wetting to the palate. A bit too sweet for my taste, and could use a little smokier profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 17:53:45 | More by TheSarge
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SLeffler27

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An enormous, four fingers of creamy, dark mocha head builds and turns rocky while it deposits sticky lace, eventually settling over a jet black ale.

Exceptionally sweet wheat bread soaked in molasses. There is a hint of rising dough, prunes and toffee detected as it warms.

A sweetness dominates this brew with only a hint of bitterness. Bittersweet chocolate is surprisingly accompanied by grapes just before a quick, subtle finish.

Lion Stout has a light to medium body and creamy texture. Its soft carbonation and touch of alcohol add a pleasant character.

The excessive sweetness may hold this one back, but so what. This is a treat to be savored. I imagine ice cream would quickly fall in love with this lion.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 02:00:36 | More by SLeffler27
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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

Had on tap 7/18 at The Dirty Truth
This beer pours a nice dark brown with a one finger soapy/sudsy dark tan head with phenomenal retention. Thick, solid, sheets of lacing coat the glass the entire way down. Nose is of fruitiness at the beginning - some raisin and date notes, bitter chocolate, a touch of vanilla, and very mild hint of alcohol. Taste is much inline with the nose - starts of with some molasses and caramel malts at first and then moves to a bitter chocolate and coffee flavoring and just a touch of smokey flavoring, the end finishes with some fruitiness most detectable is the mild raisin flavoring. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation with a bone dry finish to it. Mouthfeel is very nice...lively but not abrasive, with a medium body and lightly dry finish. This is a really well balanced beer, one that with a lower ABV would be worthy of sitting with for a night.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2009 02:47:26 | More by Jayli
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Has a thick brown head that slowly disappates. No light can be seen through it

S- Has the typical toasty stout smell, but lacks the chocolate or mocha overtones

T- Has the burnt stout taste with an ever so little hint of chocolate. Little detection of the slightly higher abv

M- Actually feels a bit watered down... less chewy than other chocolate stouts

D- Would drink another, but if there was other options... I would try something else

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 01:27:52 | More by bbeane
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - Three fingers of medium brown head on an opaque black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Sweet chocolate malt with some toffee, caramel, and just a hint of roasted character. Some smoky notes in the background.

T - Lots of caramel and chocolate up front and some light, mocha coffee notes in the middle. Moderate malt bitterness in the finish with some hop flavor and fruity black cherry notes.

M - Moderately thick, oily body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a very sweet beer with intense, fruity caramel character that does not lend itself to great drinkability. It is nonetheless an interesting beer and a good example of a relatively rare style.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 06:42:33 | More by nickfl
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Overlord

California

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

Pours an amber, slightly ruddy black. Big creamy tan head. Looks pretty good.

Smells like roasted malt, a bit, just a bit, of chocolate, and an interesting floral, earthy, mustiness. Unique. Exotic.

Taste is roasted malt, a bit of acrid, sour earthiness that provides a strange twang, and some chocolate. Not much coffee presence. Hmm. It's a good stout, but I'm not sure it's worth the "best stout/porter for the money" hype I hear periodically. Zywiec, Okocim, Stockyard Oatmeal Stout, and Sierra Stout offer a better value.

But, it's a good stout. Drinkable, pleasant. Creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 07:12:44 | More by Overlord
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GarrisWH

Colorado

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

A - Pours an opaque very dark brown/almost black hue that just barely shows a dark reddish-brown at the edges when held up to light. About two fingers of tan head that descends pretty quickly, but leaves a nice coating on top throughout drinking. Pretty minimal lacing.

S - Sweet, roasted, malty aromas dominate, with hints of chocolate, coffee, and maybe a bit of dark fruit.

T - Pretty similar to the aroma. Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate tones most prevalent. Somewhat sweet flavors of dark fruits are also present. Slightly bitter coffee flavor lingers on the tongue after sipping.

M - On the lighter side of the full-bodied spectrum, with a fairly creamy mouthfeel, definitely not the thickest stout I've tried. Pretty light carbonation.

D - Quite a good stout overall. Has a nice combination of flavors and doesn't way you down too much with extreme heaviness. I could definitely see myself trying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 03:41:25 | More by GarrisWH
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

625ml bottle poured into a goblet. I love the Michael Jackson quote on the back. It's top-fermenting AND bottle-conditioned? I'm sold!

A: Black as coal. Absolutely massive head that leaves tons of lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Like a mocha milkshake.

T: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a bit of licorice. Finishes slightly bitter. All the right notes for a stout.

M: Thick and smooth.

D: A world standard among stouts. It'd definitely find a place in my regular rotation if I could acquire it more easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 06:56:17 | More by BarrelO
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kingothewoods

Iowa

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

nice thick, deep rich head. black as night color. smells of roasted coffee. tastes of barley and roasted coffee. smooth, sweet, and tasty finish. not dry like an Irish Stout. the alcohol taste is fairly strong. since it is such a rich beer, I would have a difficult time drinking more than a few of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 02:16:31 | More by kingothewoods
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jwheeler85

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass:

A- Pours jet-black, yet has an interesting high, thick, hazelnut colored head.

S- I really like this one... it has some chocolate and bold coffee aromas, a good strong alcohol smell, and even some caramel smells to round it out.

T- Very strong and sweet up front. The bold, yet balanced coffee and chocolate flavors kick in mid way though. It finishes with a quick bitter punch.

M- Medium carbonation, yet thick or chewy feeling. Quite fitting for what it is.

D- I really like that this stout has so much complexity and depth to it. It's also a great value for the money (at least where I live... something like $10 for a 6-pack). Tastes like it should cost more.

Also interesting to note for those homebrewers out there who may be reusing these bottles: watch out, they are really slippery for some reason. I know it sounds odd, but just try it... take a bottle and start rinsing it out in the sink... it almost has that feeling like when you are trying to wash bleach off of something.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 14:48:13 | More by jwheeler85
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

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

A: black with a solid two+ fingers of chocolate
hued head. I don't know that I've seen such
a strong crown come out of a bottle.

S: Sweet malty aroma with strong overtones of
coffee and cocoa.

T: Intense flavor, sweet upon introduction with
a coffee bittnerness at the back of the
pallet. The malt concentration is intense
and the blend of cocoa and coffee is master-
ful.

M/D: Nice and creamy with moderate carbonation
and a supremely smooth drink. The ABV
makes having a few nice and easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 01:52:29 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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Mayhem976

Colorado

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

A- Very dark, unable to pass light through my glass as I hold it up to the light. Has a medium tan size head that fades quickly with small fingers.

S- Strong coffee smell, finishes off with a slight semi sweet chocolate smell. On smell alone I have to say this is the best smelling stout I've ever had the pleasure of inhaling.

T- Strong coffee and hop flavor, finishes with a "slight" bit of sweetness but not a chocolate sweetness which I would have loved.

M- Medium thickness with slight carbonation.

D- Great stout from Sri Lanka, almost perfect!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 03:10:38 | More by Mayhem976
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Keith238

New Jersey

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

FANTASTIC ! I wish I had bought more than a 6 pack because I could drink 1 or 2 more than that.

Notes of chocolate and coffee in both the nose and the palate. Deep ruby in color with a tan lacing in my glass. Hints of toffee and vanilla as well. Michael Jackson called it his favorite stout so who am I to say anything else. 8% abv, full of flavor, a do NOT miss beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 05:42:51 | More by Keith238
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zosoworm

California

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

Aroma: Mocha and Toffee up front with a toasty and caramel behind. A little alcohol warming as well.

Appearance: Black with a hint of copper. Dark tan head that last a good while.

Flavor: Sweetness on the tongue. Chocolate and toffee flavors. Moves to a dry finish and a caramel after taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy.

Overall: Nicely balanced. Good dark stout to drink on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 03:12:48 | More by zosoworm
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jsh420

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours pitch black with a 2 finger tan head that leaves lacing down the glass

smell is mostly cocoa coffee and burnt malts

taste is roasted malts and chocolate and some sweet fruit which is the 8%abv

mouthfeel is a tad thin with but atleast not guinness thin

drinkability is good - this reminded me of a RIS light

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:21:40 | More by jsh420
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bsp77

Minnesota

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

Received in the May shipment of my beer of the month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Black (or at least exceedingly dark brown) and opaque with a nice tan head and significant lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, coffee, burnt malt.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, molasses and some alcohol. Kind of reminds me of dark rum. Little bit of a sugary alcohol aftertaste that I am not a fan of.

Feel: Chewy and somewhat thick. Relatively low carbonation and quite smooth. Oily feel detracts slightly.

Drinkability: Very easy sipper; almost too easy considering the 8%.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 00:56:45 | More by bsp77
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

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

A: Shiny brown with dark red/maroon. The head is tremendous with golden avalanches swirling to a firm settled three finger cap. As with a beer of this high octane, didn't expect nor noticed lace.

S: The nose was full of roasted black malt with a dark and dry coco. A dash of coffee but musty overall.

T: First and foremost is the roasted barley rather than the bittersweet chocolate. A slight smack of the lips uncovers the molasses and a spice, anise perhaps. I could not place the hops within, but a floral one and delicious overall.

M: Not impressed at the start, a wee bit light but grows smoother with silk undertones.

D: Lion Stout is a constant mixture of sweet and bitter. The different flavors hit your taste buds and then overtake your entire mouth, cheeks and jowls. This was a very good beer and makes me very eager to find more export stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 02:11:59 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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Cs1987

Australia

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, 3 fingers of beige head with very good retention.

Smell - It is hard to explain what, but something seems wrong with the odour. It is not too different to the odour of most stouts, but it seems a little off.

Taste - The predominant taste is one of sweet coffee, but it isn't particularly strong. This didn't appeal to my preference for more complex stouts.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth.

Drinkability - Good for an 8% ABV stout.

Overall - This just didn't quite stand up to my favourite stouts. Perhaps Arjuna Ranatunga peed in it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 12:11:32 | More by Cs1987
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caminiti

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a small growler at Halftime in Poughkeepsie, on the lookout for a beer from Sri lanka for a work project.
Above average head poured into three plastic cups poolside, smelled more "boozy" than anything else. Tasted sweet and malty, too sweet for my taste, and a bit oily.
Perhaps worth a try, but I would not purchase again.

Serving type: growler

05-23-2009 21:22:11 | More by caminiti
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nate4g63

Pennsylvania

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

A = Nice and dark like typical stouts, nice foam head at first, settled to a lower 1/2 layer as it settled.

S = I feel it had a very strong, almost boozy smell, definitely tastes different than it smells. A little bit of a malty chocoalte smell, but not overpowering.

T = Good chocolate and coffee flavors throughout. It seemed to kind of juggle them back and forth.

M = Pretty thick like normal stouts, nothing crazy or surprising here for me.

D = It's has a great drinkability. Just watch out on the 8% ABV, it could catch up with you faster than you think. I wouldn't go out and get smashed on this stuff, but it can be drank all night if you pace yourself.

Overall, give this beer a try, most stout and porter drinkers should enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 11:07:50 | More by nate4g63
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jordansbaker

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very sweet stout. Very different from the dry stouts I'm used to (guiness extra stout... etc.). Strong chocolate, light coffee, and roasty malt taste. Mouthfeel is thick and grainy, like a meal in a glass. I like to swish the last bit in the bottom to get the residue out of the bottle. Really fun to drink. What a surprise from Sri Lanka! Similar but better to other cream stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 14:06:14 | More by jordansbaker
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tpd975

Florida

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

A: Pours a nice rich dark flat black hue. The head is nice and tall made up mostly of big bubbles at first. It tightens up and a nice 1/4 inch pad lingers and lingers. Wonderful lace. A real looker.

S: Rather mild aromas. Hints of roasty malt and chocolate. A touch of plums and a dash of metal.

T: Rather good. Simple but tasty. Nice bold roast character up front. Lots of rich dark chocolate and a touch of coffee and dark fruit.

M: Lighter side of medium in body. It is rich, smooth, and damn drinkable.

Search this one out, its a nice tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 19:09:54 | More by tpd975
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Emerges nearly pitch black with a tiny bit of cocoa nibs highlights around the very edges. A creamy, slightly tan head forms and remains about 1/2 inch in size during the entire consumption of the beer.

Aroma is quite fruity with a minimal amount of roasty, stout like characters. This seems to fall a bit short on the export front. Slightly metallic. Very porter-like.

Flavor resembles the aroma. Minimal roastiness with a pronounced fruitiness and a touch of burnt chocolate. Raw chocolate and raisins. Again, more like a porter.

Creamy mouthfeel and finishes a touch dry. This is perhaps the most drinkable 8% beer I have had. I would have guessed around 5% abv. No alcohol in flavor, aroma or tastes. Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but far from great.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 19:49:38 | More by SaCkErZ9
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,287 ratings.