Lion Stout
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka
Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #27
Ranked #15,681
3.91 | pDev: 11.76%
Mar 31, 2023
Jul 28, 2001
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Rated: 4 by zotzot from Vermont

Mar 31, 2023
Rated: 4 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Mar 19, 2023
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Absolutely beautiful pour. Luscious, thick head that hangs out.

No noticeable smell.

Nice smooth taste. Nothing exceptional, but very solid.

Worth having, reasonably priced.
Jan 29, 2023
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased at Beer 360 in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne, in Australia.

A jet black beer with ruby highlights where the light reflects from the glass. Head is tan and thin, yet persistent.

Aroma is mild with maybe the slightest hint of sweetness. I expected more.

Taste is salty, dark, sweet chocolate. There's some lightly burnt caramel in there too. Alcohol warmth is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and exactly as imagined when looking at the beer.

All in all, this is an excellent beer.

Apr 24, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by einman from Minnesota

Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Nov 13, 2021
Rated: 3.74 by Hopweiser from Korea (South)

Mar 13, 2021
Rated: 3.59 by Mikexw from New York

Nov 08, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by BdM from Netherlands

Jul 21, 2020
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Rated by mhuber from New York

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Very dark, thick head. Burnt caramel smell. Intense burnt caramel flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Lightly carbonated. Very good!
Jul 11, 2020
Rated: 3.91 by GC2020 from New Hampshire

Jun 03, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania

Mar 18, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Jan 31, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jan 19, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by BrentMcQuirk from Texas

Dec 09, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by beerrat from Virginia

Nov 10, 2019
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Reviewed by brap from New York

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pleasant surprise. A local deli carries this in four-packs in my neighborhood, which is something of a beer desert. Very solid stout - nice and boozy with coffee, salty chocolate, and earthy notes. Drinkable and interesting enough to keep your tastebuds dancing.
Aug 16, 2019
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Well, this beer was easy. This was a really good British Stout, at a perfect balance between sweetness and mildness, smoothness and caramel/chocolate/coffee tones. Quite some booziness in the flavor (8.8% it says), but nowhere and of the usual twisted roasted malts, just a pleasant taste instead, like a dessert.
This was perhaps the best traditional (British) Stout I have ever had.
Aug 02, 2019
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Reviewed by FrMatthewLC from Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A nice powerful stout on the sweeter side. The flavor is slightly different from other strong stouts, but I found it very pleasant for sitting outside in the evening, despite generally looking higher IBUs. Very smooth drinking. The only discernable negative was that the head got really big fast but didn't remain.
Jul 25, 2019
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle - poured into a squat flared pint at room temperature.

Bottle completely fixed over upon opening, and I lost about an ounce or two of beer. Pours a deep stout brown, sitting black,in the glass, with three fingers of dark brown head that quickly recedes to a thick cap and collar, leaving considerable lacing. A nice looking stout, despite a violent start.

Nose: Deep roasted barley malt, bringing notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, cinnamon, walnut, as well as a strong metallic aroma. There is some unique subtle spice character beneath everything.

Palate: Deep roasty flavours set the stage in a typical stout format, with that unique spice character being front and centre. Nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a round, caramel-like sweetness to it, but it stays relatively tame. It's not overly sweet, with the roast bringing a dryness, and some typical cocoa and coffee bean notes, with the mild roasty bitterness peaking about midway through. Not nearly as much metallic flavour as the nose would suggest. There's some round nuttiness, giving way to some tangy dark fruit notes, just before the finish which once more emphasises the charry roast. It's fuller than I expected it to be, with a strong delivery of flavour and no watery weakness.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is on the fuller side of medium bodied. It isn't a small beer, considerably thicker than a particular Irish stout, with a little bit of texture to chew on. At the same time, it isn't a massive beer, and doesn't feel as full as an Imperial Stout - which it shouldn't, because it isn't one, but it isn't terribly far off. Not a thin beer. It's satisfying for 8.8%, yet doesn't put up a fight, either. Could potentially pair with food, especially dessert, but is in no way a thirst-quencher.

Overall: It's a simple stout, with some unique flavour characteristics to be found. It isn't particularly exciting or exotic in any way, but there isn't much to complain about either. It's enjoyable for what it is, with no glaring faults or flaws. A fair choice for someone looking to switch it up every now and than.
Jun 25, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by digitalflood from New York

Apr 19, 2019
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Reviewed by hophugger from Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Lion Stout. Brewed in Sri Lanka. Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle and have no idea of the bottling date. Color is just about pitch black with a half finger of tan head. Aromas come out with molasses and sweet malts. Taste is sweet with raw sugar, light toasted malts and a bit of dark fruit. Mouth feel is lightly sweet and not too thick or coating. Finish is of slightly caramelized sugar. The complexity is lacking but this is definitely a better stout than is brewed by other third world countries..
Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by Branlott42 from Missouri

Feb 20, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2019
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Reviewed by RichardLeahy from Australia

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L. From 330 ml bottle into tall glass. Black/dark brown body and tan, frothy head to 2 inches. Head subsides to about 1 cm cap and lacing. Bottles I have are differently branded to that shown but seems to be the same beer. S. Always a weak point with me. Maybe some coffee/blackened grain. T. The smell amplified, dark grain and coffee and a faint, smoother, creamy taste/feel on the back end. Also notice the alcohol power on the back end and after a few! That power also adds a cough syrup hint. Not much sweetness, dry, lingering coffee finish. F. Smooth, not overly carbonated despite the initial pour. Slightly creamy finish. O. Very good, somewhat exotic stout. On the light side, but that isn't surprising given its origins. 3 Dec 2019 upped my ratings slightly after drinking one recently. Very good stout.
Jan 15, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by Dourrieu from Florida

Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Pitch black and completely opaque. Half a finger of creamy off-white head.

Smell: Sweet, creamy malt. Chocolate and mildly bitter roast coffee.

Taste: Mildly bitter roast malt. Sweet and chocolatey.

Mouthfeel: Thick and decently carbonated.

Overall: A strong showing from a country that traditionally wasn’t exactly a stout producer!
Dec 21, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Lembeh from New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sipping on a Lion stout while watching the sun setting over the Indian Ocean on the East Coast of Sri Lanka might be one of the most out-stoutic experiences I've had.

Pitch black pour coupled with a taste of dark malt, burnt coffee with a faint condensed milk after taste. Mouthfeel is above average, however the classic stout taste holds court with this beer.
Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 4 by shelby415 from Oregon

Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This is definitely a solid stout especially at this price point of around $2 a can. The taste is solid although the finish is weak. Either way definately recommend for stout on a budget.
Oct 07, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by robotic_being from Florida

Sep 19, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Sep 14, 2018
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Reviewed by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Malt in all its glory. Nothing fancy, no adjuncts, just malty, dark-roasted, bready, earthy goodness. Nice chocolate and espresso notes on the nose and tongue, with a lovely, lingering bitterness and faint sweetness. Really a rock solid stout.
Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 3.58 by desint from Belgium

Aug 17, 2018
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Aug 14, 2018
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

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.
Aug 02, 2018
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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