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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,332 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 42 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

frommination, Aug 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

altheimera, Jan 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

rednuht, May 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

jmpowell, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

hlyons, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of buliwuf
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes...

Presentation - 12oz bottle, gold foil around the top, endorsed by the mighty Michael Jackson

Appearance - pours jet black with a generous tan head, which slowly dissipates into a nice lacing that sticks to the glass throughout the session. As the glass drains, the blackness seems to fade into a dark brown.

Nose - an interesting mix of fruity malt, vague notions of chocolate, and an extremely vague notion of smokiness, all blended nicely to suggest something complex. As it warms, a subtle wood aroma develops but this is not as noticeable as the sweet malt profile that grows with temperature increases.

Mouthfeel - nicely full without being chewy. Creamy, smooth, and not overly carbonated.

Taste - dominated by a sweet malt fullness, complemented by a mix of chocolate, prunes, and coffee. There is just a slight tinge of bitterness, maybe sourness. But only "just". Taste is primarily the same from beginning to end, from first touch of the tongue through the swallow. There is an 8% ABV attached to this beer, which one feels mid-beer and afterwards, but well hidden in the taste. Warmth enhances these flavors somewhat, but I drained my glass rather quickly so there wasn't much time to fully appreciate it. Maybe next time, I'll have two in a row.

Overall - This is a very nice sweet stout, well-balanced and delicious.

buliwuf, Apr 27, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hell ya! This is a great stout! Ruby chestnut edges to a extremely deep brown brew. Beach sand head. Plenty of lacing down the crystal. Only a slight off flavor in this beer, but drowned out by the delicious maltiness and pleasant mouthfeel. Nice balance of flavor -- simple and to the point. Tasted at cellar temperature.

generationmy, Mar 19, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got from Joe P. Been sitting on for about a year - Thanks Joe! The appearance is black with a light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Good lacing as I'm drinking it.
The aroma is a little coffee, a little chocolate and a port smell, kinda like cherries.
The taste is a little roasty, coffee and some bitter hitting the back of the tongue. Pretty good for sitting for a year. Don't taste chocolate but I'm getting a cherry or raisin taste.
The mouthfeel is creamy with a slight watery feel. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is soft.
A very good beer/stout.

dwalters, Nov 27, 2008
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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.

nate4g63, May 21, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the bad - Jackson promoted it

The good.

Tastes great, chocolate and molasis (actually tastes more choclaty then your average chocolate stout or porter)

Smells good, sweat strong stout

I like the lion look, some people may not care for cats

Drink, leaves you wanting more

I also have to state here a plus. This beer is relatively cheap. 7bucks for a 6 pack in AZ. This a great beer for the price

MorningDove, Aug 26, 2010
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3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a chocolately beer overall, however it's that classic roasted chocolate malt with no real no real chocolate chocolate flavor so you're deceived. It has a good mouthfeel and has good focus of qualities, but lingers in too specific of a range to be considered a classic. Don't let this review fool you, it's a significant achievement from a region of the world that doesn't have a history in this style of beer. It was a Sri Lankan student of mine who recommended this to me and almost concurrently, I discovered it on on my own. Great beer from the south pacific. If you like Youngs Chocolate Stout you will like this as a dialed-back derivation.

monkbrewed, Mar 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

CORunner01, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

vvlebedev, Jun 27, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%

Beer-Logy, Sep 15, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, let me say that stout in general is probably my favorite type of beer.

That being said, Young's Double Chocolate Stout was my favorite stout until I found Lion Stout. This has to be some of the best stuff ever put into a bottle. :-)

It pours a reasonable amount of head, even though I poured it rather slowly (it took me close to 2 minutes to fill a pint glass.) It poured to a totally opaque black color, with a very pleasant aroma. There was a hint of what I detected as raisins, but my wife and children all smelled coffee. To each his (or her) own, I suppose.

Very nice mouthfeel. Not too heavy, not light enough to think that this was someone's first attempt at stout, either. It retains it's light raisinesque flavor, but it expands to a deeper flavor as it goes down. A very nice finish, having a small note of caramel on the very end.

A truly pleasing drink. If you ever have the opportunity to purchase a bottle of this stuff, I heartily recommend it.

seagis, Nov 15, 2005
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strong beer alcohol wise, but a very good one nonetheless. The beer poured out a very dark, basically black color. The smell was of roasted coffee and the taste had hints of chocolate, coffee. Lastly an alcohol taste comes at the finish. Not a beer to drink with heavy foods but definitely something to try and a good example of an imperial stout.

karlf, Jan 16, 2009
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

RobeertWimbrew, Nov 14, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown to black color with thick caramel colored foam.

Sweet toasty malt smell.

There are a lot of different flavors going on in this beer. It starts out with a carmel / chocolate / fruity sweetness, lots of malt grain flavor, and just enough bitter coffee and hops flavor for a great finish. Every sip is a treat.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Well suited for a stout.

Overall this is one of my absolute favorite stouts. It has great flavor and wonderful drinkability. A single serving of this will cost you a small fortune where I live in Thailand, but it is a fortune well spent.

Greg_MacLeod, Nov 02, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a little thick head, very little carbonation.

Smells sweet with a touch of coffee, not perticularly strong. Taste is dark chocolate and slightly burnt cofee, malty, bitter, but very pleasent and drinkable, especially as it warms up. Finish is a tad sweeter.

Overall, this is a very solid and drinkable stout.

nrrd, Jun 28, 2005
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4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a pitch black with tinted head. The head fades quickly into lacing.

S: Smells distinctly of coffee with a bit of chocolate. Pretty Fantastic

T: Tastes the way is smells. Some nice sweetness to the drink and a decent amount of coffee comes through.

M:Mild/Moderate carbonation maybe a bit creamy goes down nicely.

D: Dangerously drinkable, i never looked at the ABV until after I drank it and I wold have never guessed 8%

goo, Sep 13, 2006
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pitch black with an impressively thick tan head. Settles down to a hardy lacing which clings to the sides after every sip.

S- Definitely coffee and chocolate and a faint smell of dark fruit.

T- Good carbonation. Coffee and semi-sweet chocolate dominate over smoke, bread and earth tones. Finishes dry.

M- Not as slick on the tongue as a lot of stouts. I was surprised by its dry finish since most stouts I have tried feel pretty thick on the tongue.

D- A wholesome brew that is easy to drink and not too overpowering. A good choice for any lover of stouts.

boynabubble, Feb 06, 2009
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1.53/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I sure hope I just got a bad one because this was arguably the worst beer I've had in years. Color was excellent, smell in the bottle was okay but all downhill after that. In the glass it smelled like sewer water and didn't taste any better. It was bought and stored the same as a dozen great beers so it was either bad when I bought it or its just lousy.

eyefeelgood, Dec 27, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

belindatookus, May 30, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A pitch-black brew from Sri-Lanka, an island off the southern coast of India.

I received this beer as part of a "beer of the month" club type thing.

I was excited to open this beer, but it wasnt quite up to what i was expecting. maybe a little too metallic?

The can it came in looks nicely appointed. Simple black and red with a lion (as expected).

When poured, it looked almost syrup-y. very heady.

The smell is just on-par for a stout.

The taste did disappoint me a little. To me, it was a little bit metallic for my taste.

Not a bad mouthfeel. Pretty smooth.

Overall, it was just Okay. Dont hate it, but would not choose it again if given other options.

ZtremEoj, Jul 03, 2014
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,332 ratings.