Lion Stout
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #19
Ranked #11,432
3.94 | pDev: 11.68%
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka
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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brap from New York

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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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monkist from Hungary

4.53/5  rDev +15%
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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FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
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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SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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
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hophugger from Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
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
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RichardLeahy from Australia

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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Lembeh from New York

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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
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npolachek from New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.39/5  rDev -14%
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
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generallee from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Jun 26, 2018
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spectru from Florida

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

May 15, 2018
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
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!

Apr 23, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | 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. Cheers! A-

Feb 22, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Nov 02, 2017
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beardedindian from England

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Oct 15, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

Aug 19, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Jul 25, 2017
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88caprice from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Jul 02, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Jun 28, 2017
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Yoann from France

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint
A - Black with red reflections and a quickly disappearing golden brown head
S - Strong Roasty malts giving a coffee flavor
T - That is Roasty all right!
M - Flat but that is what you would expect
O - A classic but strong stout

Jun 28, 2017
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, number on bottom of can: 1603181632

Great dark, pour, with amazing head retention.

Smell is of dark fruits (not what I expect out of an export stout).

Taste is of malts and dark fruits.

Very rich and full mouth-feel.

The aroma and taste of this beer reminds me much more of a Belgian Dark Strong than an Export Stout; not that that is a bad thing, quite the opposite: I enjoy Belgian Dark Strong beers.

Apr 01, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I see this one around, in stores and bars, all the time and finally got around to giving it a shot.
Pours a deep and dark brown that appears nearly black in the glass. Thumbnail size mocha foam head retains well.
The aroma has roasty, coffee and chocolate qualities. Later on, there is a mild scent of alcohol, lightly charred malt and burnt grass.
What I'm struck by, as soon as it hits the mouth, is the relative lightness of the body and ultra soft carbonation. These qualities make it very drinkable for a stout, albeit perhaps a bit thin at times. A sweet and creamy sweetness coats the mouth; it is noticeable yet subtle, as in not too sweet. It is balanced by the roasted, even slightly charred, malts and mild dark fruit zest. Although the alcohol flavor is well masked, its warmth is felt about halfway through.
I'm glad I got to try it. Overall, it is balanced, smooth and quite pleasant.

Mar 04, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Fizzy sounding pour out of the bottle, but makes a deep rich cascading head. Dark and tall at an easy three fingers of height with a slow dissolve. Light milk chocolate head, and a creamy flat top settling down to an opaque dark walnut colored body.

Large banana ester on this, with good amounts of chocolate quality. Milky and slightly sweet, but hints more dark rich than caramel. Light roast but has more milky tones. Pretty solid, almost reminds me of a doppelbock without the caramel character.

Woah what a great delivering brew on the palate. Soft and velvet feeling texture and more surprising since the beer on the nose hints at wetness. Creamy touches of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Creamy texture gives way to wonderful sweet vanilla tones, almost milk stout but without lactose sugars. Rich finish that really lasts like a blast of cocoa and minimal char.

The roast and char qualities are minimal, but everything feels and tastes rich and lush. Great stout.

Mar 01, 2017
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