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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

887 Reviews
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Reviews: 887
Hads: 1,565
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 73
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka | website

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout | 8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001

The dark caramel, large dense headed brew, with its 8.8% alcoholic content, is unique due to its sweet notes of chocolate and coffee interspersed into a foundation of dark roasted barley. Symbolic black to denote leadership, power, focus and strength, is dominant in the labeling as the lion journeys in the twilight unafraid, unbowed and unchallenged.
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Photo of kpoole25
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hops4me
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with brown edges. Light brown head that falls back into the beer quickly. Leaves a little lace in its place.

S - chocolate, coffee, vanallia, oaky. Not as pronounced as I thought it would be.

T - Chocolate and coffee again. Roasted comes out in the aftertaste. Still not as big as I expected. As the beer warms it takes on a smoky flavor.

M - mouthfeel is medium to full. Just about right for this beer and its softer flavor and smell.

D - Being that it is a softer stout I could have many of these. Well...as many as the 8% would allow. Not a big beer but a good beer. The dryness of this could also make it a decent thirst quencher.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - completely black with a dark tan head.

s - sweetness, coffee, and burnt chocolate. A small amount of alcohol is present and maybe some spices.

t - very roasted with chocolate flavors, slightly metallic. Alcohol is definitely there. Nice warmth. Dry. Something odd is that this really has no aftertaste.

m - soft with good carbonation

d - This is a good stout, very smooth. The alcohol is a little high and definitely present in the taste, but that is really the only thing that stands out to me (as maybe a negative). I found it odd that there wasn't really an aftertaste; It was just dry. It doesn't do anything out of the ordinary, it's just a solid stout. If I can find something similar to this with less alcohol then this will be replaced.

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

App: Very chocolaty dark brown with mocha brown head

Smell: Mochaish with chocolate and perhaps some dark fruits. Very busy this one.

T/MF: Dark chocolaty dark fruit and very light mocha/milky note. Very complex on the palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carb'd. Premier Stout in my opinion

Drink: Could drink a few of these, and have, and enjoy each time. This is a very nice offering.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black and looks like carbonated coffee with a tan head. Aroma is of caramel, coffee, alcohol, and a bit of nuts. There is a light malty aroma too. Alcohol is very prevalent in the brew. It overshadows a lot of the other flavors. There is a slight chocolate coffee flavor but the alcohol masks it.

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

The beer itself is a rich dark brown color that is almost black. No light passes through at all. When I poured it a thick, foamy head about ¾ inch formed. It was a dark tan in color and slowly faded. A spider web of lacing formed on the glass. Overall it has an absolutely beautiful appearance that is both enticing and inviting.

The first thing you notice is a chocolate malt smell. Some coffee malts and a touch of mocha is detectable. A molasses scent is noticeable in the background that rounds out its very appetizing scent. The flavor sets up a well balanced flavor. It starts off with a sweet flavor of coffee and chocolate malts. Molasses accents the flavor and brings the malts as well as a slightly mocha flavor and a hint of hops. AT 8% Alcohol By Volume, you can only slightly note the taste of alcohol

This is a full bodied beer; there is a creaminess to it that coats the mouth. The carbonation is a little heavier than what I normally expect in a stout, but not unpleasantly so.

This beer surprised me. I wasn't expecting an Asian stout to be this pleasant to drink. It wasn't as dry as an Irish stout, but not as strong as a lot of American Stouts. I found myself really enjoying drinking this beer.

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Photo of gregb13
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark with a fine, sticky-creamy head that settles quickly. Smells very rich and roasty; tobacco, cocoa powder, semi-sweet chocolate liqueur, espresso bean and a little booze. Taste is very complex; flavors follow the nose, along with faint brandy and dark fruity notes. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, and there is a very pleasant, lightly bittersweet aftertaste that lingers moderately.

Overall, this is easily one of the best stouts I've had. Even better is that I can pick it up for 8rmb (about $1.30) for a 500ml (16.9oz.) tin here in China.

I couldn't recommend this beer any more strongly. Go and get it!

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Dark, dark brown, bordering on black but still slightly translucent. Very dark, fine head with significant retention.
Smell: Deep woody smell with strong molasses nose. Grainy with a twinge of alcohol. Bready and spicy.
Taste: Very deep roasted grain flavor that blooms into a pleasant sweetness. Opens into an earthy cacao like twinge. Raisins and good pipe tobacco come to mind.
Mouth: Very smooth and heavy. Perfect light carbonation one expects in a stout.

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

This beer was served in a can which I poured into a pint glass.

It was very dark and had an aroma of coffee, chocolate, malts, and a hint of fruit.

It was medium-bodied with average carbonation. It was smooth and creamy, but not thick.

Drinkability was good.

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

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No idea on a bottling date, and because of that, I guess it really doesn't matter when I drank it. Poured from a bottle into a 10oz wine glass.

First off, initial impressions. That is to say, I didn't have any. I had initially grabbed a Evil Twin Doughnut Break, some Ten Fidy, and a Stone Coffee Milk Stout. Once the cashier got to the Stone he just gave me a disapproving look and said "Are you sure you want this? I dont think you want this. Give me ten seconds and I'll get you something better... same price" I respond with a "what the hell, sure" he promptly chucks the Stone, runs off, and returns with a bottle of what looked like a trashy euro brew that your drunk uncle Janek chugs every night in an attempt to finally kill his liver. Sensing my skepticism (a stout made in Sri Lanka? really?), the cashier assures me that this is a quality beer, going so far as offering that i could return the bottle empty and get anything of the same price in exchange.

Persistence pays off, and I walk out with the official stout of MGM studios in my bag.

So lets get to it.

A: Pours an incredibly deep, opaque brown...borderline black, with a fine mocha head. The heady quickly builds to a full finger, and then quickly fades to a thin milky cap with a minimal collar. Appears to be quite thin, as it does not coat the glass much at all when sloshing.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, dark roast coffee, banana, hints of vanilla... and after much deliberation, and many a sniffs as the beer warmed... tobacco. Extremely pleasant aromatics, the layering of which was a very pleasant surprise.

T: Chocolate covered coffee beans, roasted malt, eastern spices, and dark fruit. Possibly raisins or dates. The alcohol is noticeable, but the sweetness and roasted malt/coffee cover it nicely.

M: Well carbonated, no lingering bitterness or aftertaste. Thin and light, with a crisp, clean finish. Not exactly what one looks for in a stout, and easily my biggest problem with this beer.

0: A very unexpected, and pleasant surprise. The aromatics and flavor of this beer left me quite shocked, as it does a great job in both attributes. mouthfeel aside, this is a good beer. Not hunt it down, or a new standby, but one that I could be happy with drinking on most occasions.

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Photo of Raven3464
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black body is topped with a brown "mocha" head.

Smell: Main smells are dark chocolate, coffee and toffee. There is a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: In a word, wonderful! The coffee taste dominates when the beer is chilled and roasted malts start to take over as the beer warms. Along the way there is a hint of chocolate. There is a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste, which should probably be expected from an ABV of almost 9%.

Mouth feel: The beer is creamy but feels heavy, likely from the high ABV.

Overall: This is a very good stout from an unlikely place (Sri Lanka). The coffee and chocolate tastes are perfectly balanced, the aroma is great, and the alcohol content is just right for a stout (in my opinion). I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice thick brown/black if you will with a tan one finger tan head. It appeared to be nice and creamy from the pour. As soon as I poured, I could smell chocolate, roasted malts, and some fruits. After it settled I caught a fresh moca aroma. The taste was chocolatey with the roasted malts and moca present, with smokey after notes to follow. It was rich and filling and I found it quite easy to drink. Definitely a great beer to enjoy whenever you can find it.

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

Let me start by saying my wife went on a "girl weekend in New Orleans and brought home five sixpacks of great beer. WOW.

Great looking beer, pours dark as night with a full two finger caramel head which stay a while before settling to a 1/4 inch. good lacing all the way thru the drink. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle to a snifter at fifty degrees.

damn good smell too, roasted malt, caramel toffee, mild coffee. Can smell a bit of bitter hops at the end. Really nice well blended smell.

Pretty complex, taste as well as it smells. I get a stronger coffee with slight sweetness. Not as bitter on the end as I would like

This beer surprised me in a good way, wasn't expecting this. Overall an exellent beer and would give two thumbs up. Give this one a try.

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Photo of adams82
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours opaque; black with ruby hues when held up to a light source. A big tan head tops this black beer.

Smells of heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, a hint of nuts, licorice and it trails off with a bit of caramel. Pretty intense and complex aromas here.

Tastes a little sweeter than expected. Caramel and toffee really come through, followed by the intense roastiness I was preparing myself for. Dried fruits pop up too followed by a lightly fruit like hop flavour, finishes on a nice dry roasty note.

Full bodied and a fair amount of carbonation; the mouthfeel is creamy and exceptional! This is a great stab at a style that isn't available as often as I would like.

I've always though of Export Stouts being like a mixed beer, Dry Imperial Stout, if you could imagine that hybrid. That being said, the drinkability suffers a little bit... 8%, full flavour, with a full, full body; but very delicious.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
2.56/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown-black appearance with thick dark head. Head lingers for a short time not as long as many I have seen

S: Somewhat chocolaty with hits of coffee, rather bland, nothing exceptional but still decent.

T: Hints of chocolate and hints of coffee, more bitter than what I would expect of a stout, slight hoppiness that is hard to notice at first.

M: Thick mouthfeel with strong taste of alcohol, the 8% alcohol comes out strongly, not covered up well by beer itself.


D: The 22 oz. bottle I drank it from was enough for me, after finishing to bottle was full and had little desire to drink the other beer I had bought for the night.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was stamped with a B/B date of 2006/06/26, purchased in Tokyo.

Poured out a typical stout, jet black bottom with a nice and thick, foamy brown head. Retention was okay, head fell to a brown lacing within a few minutes.

Pleasant aroma. Lightly fruity, like berries, strong caramel and roasted/sweet malt aroma. Slight alcohol presence in the nose. Hints of mocha, and some bittersweet chocolate too.

Dry taste with a finish that leaves the palette wet. Bitter bite. Mocha/coffee taste definitely resurfaces itself on the tongue, powdery feel. Bittersweet chocolate was also strong in the taste, with a sweet accent of fruits and caramel. Mouthfeel was not as creamy as I would've hoped, body was overall light and a bit watery.

8% ABV isn't all that noticeable and this is definitely a very drinkable stout. Still, it's not all quite there. Pitted against the Ji-Biru stout from Baird, I'd say this one comes out on top by a slight edge because it's a bit more complex and has a more interesting taste. Enjoy!

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Photo of caminiti
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plain pub pint glass. 1 in. dark brown head. dark black color with lacing.

Smell was heavy in malt, coffee, and a hint of chocolate and hops at the end.

Initial flavor of roasted malt with coffee and chocolate flavors. finished with some residual sweetness.

Thick and creamy mouth-feel

Wow.... really good stout!!! That's all i can even say... On my list of new favorites for sure. I can't wait to have another

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and clear with a brown head. No strong smells here, picked up on roasted barley a little bit. Flavor was a pleasant surprise, sweet and malty. Light carbonation in the mouth that almost seems to turn into a milky consistency. Roasty and almost chocolatey. Dangerously easy to drink for a beer of this gravity, which is well masked throughout. A fantastic beer that will not disappoint.

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Photo of soulfly967
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with hints of red around the edges of the glass. A nice foamy tan head stuck around for quite a while and left nice clumps of lacing along the sides of the glass. The smell was of dark malts and dark chocolate. The taste wsa pretty good with hints of licorice, caramel, and fresh roasted coffee. The mothfeel was nice and creamy, and rather smooth too. I could drink these all night, too bad I only picked up one bottle of this.

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a espresso creme type head

aroma is perplexing. i get lots of coconut and vanilla, marshmallow, but little if any roasted character.. odd

taste follows the same lines, a deliciously rich sweet drink right from the get go. full and silky with a vanilla sort of sweetness, and maybe a hint of mocha, round and sweet on the finish, but not cloying. no expression of its strength on the palate.

mouthfeel is a bit sweet for a session beer. it's wonderful stuff, but there's little backed against the sweet malt to hold balance. for dessert though, wonderful. sipper.

drinkability is decent. though i wouldn't want a bunch in one sitting it sure is tasty stuff and very well made. the character of the ale is perplexing, like i said. it looks charred but doesn't taste or smell of it. alcohol is well hidden.

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

A fairly firm pour into a large wine glass produced a one-finger tan head that dissipated pretty quickly into traces. The traces stayed around, though. Quite dark, nearly opaque. Looks nice, but not really exceptional in any way.

The smell is really pretty nice, though. Roasted and malty, a tinge of coffee-ish, dark chocolatey...and a bit fruity in that deep way like raisins baked in a muffin. Smells yummy.

And tastes yummy, too. There are pretty strong flavours here, but it's balanced. There's a citrusy sourness that's balanced off against the deeper raisiny fruitiness, and the roasty malty part.

The mouthfeel is pretty full, and the moderate carbonation balances it really well. The viscosity is there that you'd expect at 8% but it's not syrupy. It feels good to slowly swish it around and let it wander.

Drinkable? Sure. It's easy to drink. It's a nice drink to sit down with on a cold winter evening, and if you've got some dark chocolate to go with it, that would be lovely.

This is a plenty nice beer. I've had it twice before, and this was my first time really carefully thinking about it. I liked it enough to come back. I'll be back again.

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Photo of idResponse
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average porter. Average price. Average... ho hum... blah... move on... If you want something interesting, certainly don't look here. This beer is a porter... sure... it's a porter... yup... it sure is a porter! I'm pretty certain it's a porter. It tastes and looks and smells like a porter. It's a porter allright! I'm bored of this porter. It's unremarkable and average all the way through. Certainly an excellent find if it's on a bargain shelf but I'm sure you can find better tasting porters near you and not from halfway across the world... Unless you live in Sri Lanka!

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yikes!

Definitely in my top 3, all-time favorite Stout list. Right up there with Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout and Young's Double Chocolate.

Pours an immediate 4 fingers of head and leaves an impenetrable quilted layer of pillowy, chocolately goodness. No need for lacing because the head stays to visit for the entire vacation. The smell and taste is 100% chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky and luxurious. Drinkability is incredibly high however at 8% I was feeling tingly pretty quick.

I was definitely shocked and pleasantly surprised at how good this beer is. Highly recommended.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.