Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

Lion StoutLion Stout
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75%
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Lion StoutLion Stout
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:
#6,178
Reviews:
906
Ratings:
1,625
Liked:
1,219
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
11.76%
Alströms:
3.68
 
 
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78
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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dark black body but it is not super dense however no light comes through the glass. The only carbonation that can be seen is the few random bubbles stuck to the glass. The head is a creamy thick foam of oatmeal color that fades to a film after a bit.

S- This beer has a dark smooth malt flavor with a note of cream and a slight perfume note to it.

T- This beer has a creamy dark roasted malt flavor with a light band-aid hint and a soft sour note to it. The finish has a very faint alcohol nip in the finish. As the beer warms the note of chocolate malt comes through with the dark roasted malt.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel but no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer is smooth and mellow but has a nice malt flavor and some subtle depth that is hard to put in words. A bit of some wild notes or perhaps smoked malt but whatever it is, it is soft enough to be intriguing and not offensive.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with chocolate brown head-slight hop aroma in pour. Sweet malt flavor-almost port sweet? Alcohol is very evident in finish-which is very sweet. Mouthfeel is thin-and drinkability takes a hit because of the sweetness and the alcohol-still a solid export stout. One that should be enjoyed by all stout lovers.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of KG710
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass (saving the rest for later)

A: Midnight dark body under a light and frothy dark tan head. Excellent lacing, leaving rings all over the glass. If the head was a bit smoother (reminded me of a latte) this beer would achieve greatness in this category. As it is, it is still good.

S: Baker's coco powder, slight coffee, medium roasted grains and some caramel malts.

T: Layered chocolate and deeply roasted malts make up the bulk of Lion Stout's flavor. I say layered because this isn't a totally singular beer, but it isn't massively complex. I get some dark fruits on the side, but they don't ever take center stage. The finish is sweet and roasty (reminds me of a sweeter, stronger dry Irish stout).

M: Higher carbonation than I expected, which yielded a lighter body and less smoothness than this style should have. The mouthfeel is this beer's only major weakness in contrast to it's competition. Not full, chewy, or very smooth.

D: Where this beer lacks in mouthfeel it gains in drinkability. This beer feels lighter than it is, but at 8% it should be gulped with caution.

Overall: A very enjoyable stout in my opinion. I imagine the first stout that the people in Sri Lanka ever tasted was Guinness. I find it interesting then that this beer tastes a bit like Guinness Extra Stout. This beer is nicely complex in flavor (probably due to the extra alcohol) and lighter than usual. I enjoyed a glass after a 5 mile run.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Three finger head, dark tan and creamy, holds well leaving good spotty lacing. Coffee/roasted barley aromas, mild phenols and notes of dark chocolate. Very sweet upfront, big roast flavor, slight phenolic fruitiness. Drying aftertaste with lots of coffee, mild baker's chocolate, and the fruitiness fades quickly. Acrid roast flavor balances fine without need for much hop charcater, good example of style. Medium carbonation and medium-full body lend a silky and rich mouthfeel with an appropriatly mild crispness. Finishes residual with a spicy cola/caramon flavor and hint of phenol but reatains a respectable drinkability.

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Photo of RupertRonco
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz on tap at The Porch in Key West, FL 5/27/2014.

A- dark black body, one finger tan head with average retention. No lacing.

S- charred malt, a bit of smoke, some umami, dark chocolates and subtle raisins. Smells solid but not unique or intense in comparison to other American offerings.

F- dark chocolate, roast and charred malt, raisins, still a bit of smoke. Very good, with a nice bit of complexity. Flavourful and interesting.

M- lighter body but not watery. Solid carbonation, not flat or fizzy. A fine dark fruit-filled aftertaste with a bit of earthy bitterness.

O- solid export stout, similar to Guinness FES and probably rates a bit underneath it. Recommended if there isn't anything else good under the stouts section of the draft list.

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Photo of weldchecker
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chincino
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Rayek
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very potent Stout that makes a great nightcap.

A: Dark Mahogany, almost black. Thick tan head leaves almost no lace down the glass.

S: Cherry, grape and citrus came through. The alcohol in this beer is present in the aroma as well.

T: Very complex. Dark cherry, coffee, brandy and a hint of bitter chocolate intermingle well. The alcohol adds a little acidity and gives the beer warmth going down.

M: Thick and slick, with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: A powerful beer that I wouldn't want more than one of in a sitting. Great right before bed or on a cold night in front of the fire.

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Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a huge light brown head.

A very nice aroma of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt.

The taste is roasted and malty with notes of smoke, coffee and chocolate.

The body is glassy and smooth.

Overall this is a fine stout with an exceptional aroma. It's one for roasted malt fans.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz Bottle #32308 20:25 (not sure what this means and the lion stout website is currently under construction)

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass

Price - $45.99/case

Appearance: Pours dark with a three finger lite tan head. Creamy and Looks delicious.

Smell: Burnt malts. Some licorice with a hint of booze.

Taste: Bitter chocolate with mocha flavor. Nice hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced not too thin, not too chewy.

Drinkability: Can drink several of these in a row without it getting too heavy or sweet. I keep this one available year round.

Pretty decent beer and the price isn't bad either. I've had their lager and didn't care for it. This is clearly the flagship for this brewery.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Lion Stout was better than expected. It poured an opaque black with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of vanilla. The taste was malty with hints of vanilla. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's worth a try.

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Photo of Murph
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark brown/black with only the slightest of light getting around the edges and a nice brown head. The nose has a lot of sweet malt and chocolate aromas along with some slightly alcoholic notes. The taste starts off with some huge sweet chocolatey notes and some slightly biscuity malt. As the brew progresses there is a slightly earthy/smoky taste that emeges as the brew finishes. There is a nice creamy quality to this beer that makes it nice and smooth and rather drinkable. I'm not sure if this one deserves the attention that it gets from Michael Jackson but it is a nice stout that makes a great desert brew with its sweetness.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into an imperial pint

Pours a jet black and very smooth, Head is big and fluffy but disapates very quickly to about 1 finger, thick at the edges that causes a nice lace.

Chocolate, malt and slight coffee notes in the nose, pretty straightforward.

The flavor is extremly different all the flavors in the nosre are there but very subtley, a burnt toast flavor is what domintates and is actually very good. The red chilis are decectable at the finish but only if you are really looking for it.

Mouthfeel is right down the middle of the road in every way. Medium body, carbonation and overall feeling on the palate, not overly silky or thick but not thin or watery.

Very easy to drink but more of a sipper than something you would be able to drink alot of in a sitting, maybe 2 but thats about all I could see myself doing.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber of 8% stout for $2.99? Might as well try it, I suppose.
It pours black, like black black, and is topped by a lively tan head that settles down to a skim but never completely disappears. Sticks to the side, too. So far, so good!
Aroma isn't as impressive. A bready nose to it. A little bit of chocolate malt peeks through, though.
The taste comes through, though. Nice and chocolaty. Dry baker's chocolate and maybe some coffee come through as well. A medium. Alcohol's not really noticable, and this brew has a nice, full taste. Mouthfeel's a little heavier than average, and carbonation is moderate. Everything comes together pretty well in this brew, and I'm impressed. Tastes about the same as a Rogue Mocha Porter for $2 less per bomber. Horray!

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SpruceFish
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black and opaque the way a stout should be

S- sweet roasted malts milk chocolate

T- sweet again and chocolate a good amount of roastyness

M- thick a little chewy good carbonation

D- really good no booze to it at all kind of a hot day stout i feel

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of a winter brews pack i picked up at world market in lansing, mi.

pours jet black with a dense tan head that fell into a thin sheet.
the arom a is malty, chocolate, hint of coffee.
the flavor is very rich with malt, some hopsack, little chocolate, carmelized malt.
the mouthfeel is a little creamy, slightly thick, wounderful.
beer is best enjoyed on a cold night.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330mL bottle. there is a bottle code, but no clear date.

almost black in color, with thin khaki colored head. smell is a combination of roasty espresso notes and dark fruit- black cherry, plum. nice. the taste starts with bittersweet chocolate, and then finishes roasty and acidic. thicker bodied with lower carbonation. works well, pretty smooth drinking.

overall - a solid beer, good example of the style

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Photo of bort11
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, pouted into a standard pint glass. Tall fluffy mocha tan head, slow to recede. Leaves spidery rings on the glass with each sip. Color is almost black brown, with ruby/garnet highlights.

Smell is sweet chocolate mixed with chili pepper. Taste is a highly creamered coffee with bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but the carbonation is a little too much. Solid stout.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 625ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. I've been looking for this beer for quite a long time without much success and I finally found it. It did not disappoint. I must confess that the sheer fact that this is from Sri Lanka, an area not really known for its brewing prowess, earned this beer a few sentimentality points in my book, but it can definitely stand on its own. Pours jet black with a nice khaki tan head. Smell is a touch on the sour side, with some sour cherries present. Taste is slightly sweet up front, with cherries, prunes, unsweetened bakers chocolate and alcohol in the body. Not quite as complex as I imagined but still one of the more interesting stouts I've had. Definitely a departure from your everyday stout. Its 8% ABV is well blended, making for a deceptively drinkable brew. I will definitely buy more of this.

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Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid stout that reminds me a little of Mackeson's XXX, but a little less complex. Still for an 8% brew ...there's NO hint of that kind of strength. Other than MJ's strange endorsement (when he himself just called it "surprisingly good") it's a winner.

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Photo of LambicLion
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 75% out of 100 with 1,625 ratings
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