Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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3.91/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka
lionbeer.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,090
Reviews:
913
Ratings:
1,644
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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Photo of desint
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beersampler6
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A little disappointing considering the great reviews and reputation - I found it to be overly sweet. Looks nice, dark almost black color with some fluffy head that slowly faded and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of roast coffee and a little chocolate and caramel. Tastes similarly, except with some vanilla, biscuit and malt as well. Just a little too sweet for me - not cloying but close. Smooth mild mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Alcohol taste is well hidden, though.

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Photo of generallee
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma hints at a very well roasted and sweet malty beverage with an odd Play-Doh like thing going on in the background. The flavor hits right away with big roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, toasted bread and then its sweet caramel and malt syrup takes over. Deep into the finish I get just a hint of earthy, almost leathery hops trying to add another level complexity and some balance. Overall it remains on the sweet side but in a good way.

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Photo of Eychung
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spectru
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost black, the heard is a creamy tan froth. rich aroma. very tasty; the mouthfeel is what really makes this stout standout against others I've tried. I haven't tried a lot of stouts, but this is the by far the best so far.

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Photo of Trailboss76
4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown darker than black coffee color. Delightful beige, tanned leather colored head. Fantastic aroma throwing off more than hints of mocha,- coffee - chocolate! A deep, full flavor with similar vibes as the aroma but in liquid, drink-me-down form. You pick up a little carbonation from mid-taste to finish. This Stout is off the hook - one of my favorite beverages on the planet!

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Photo of jrc1093
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nass
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a good foreign stout. Cheers! It has nice mouthfeel that is almost chewy. The abv is well hidden for an imperial stout. No complaints from me here folks. Now I can tell my friends that I had a beer from Sri Lanka. A- (90-94) score range

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Photo of AngEo
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shantto
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZeneralGodzilla
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Watching Broken Mirror 3x04. With cured pork loin. Roasted, sweet with chocolate and some plums. A bit metallic and alcoholic but that add its some character instead of being a letdown

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Photo of jbehlar
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beardedindian
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Spiegelau stout glass, two finger tan/mocha coloured head. Malty smell with coffee and chocolate notes. Medium body, brown/black colour. Chocolate and coffee notes with slight bitterness. Overall a nice stout.

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Photo of Botulizard
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chipotle
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque deep brown color with a soft tan head. Dark chocolate, toasted malt, and some char on the nose. Bold chocolatey and roasty notes. A slight tart tinge on the finish but otherwise smooth and enjoyable. Full-bodied and medium-carbed - bottle conditioned. Enjoyable.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from an 11.2 oz bottle into a conical pint glass; serial number 1303100342, but no clear production information.
A: Pours a dark brown to black with a half inch, medium brown head and yeasty sediment clearly swirling in the glass. Little retention of head and no lacing.
S: Aromas strong with yeast and roasted malts giving a mildly chocolate/coffee bouquet. Definitely a licorice note.
T: Flavor follow nose balanced with the moderate bitterness.
M: Lighter bodied than I expected, e.g. light to medium; low carbonation.
O: A palatable and pleasant, if no terribly remarkable stout.

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Photo of StormAles
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 88caprice
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Pitch black. Light brown head. Lots of lacing. Big aroma of sweetened chocolate and alcohol up front. Also dark roasted malts, sugar, coffee, and a hint of butterscotch. A sweet chocolate taste. Low carbonation and hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a dark brown and yields a black body with a nice offf-white two inch head that slowly dies to a half inch and stays for most of the brew. Some really nice spider web lacing glazes the sides of the pint glass and leaving some nice rings. The smell is based around the cocoa, nuts, coffee and malts. The taste is basically the same adding a bit of nice roastiness and letting the alcohol come slightly in as it warms. The sweetness becomes a bit subdued. The palate is about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue and comes across very smooth, slightly silky. Overall, I like it, and with the price, I would definitely come back to it.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,644 ratings