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Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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3.91/5
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1,633 Ratings
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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:
#6,543
Reviews:
908
Ratings:
1,633
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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79
Gots:
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Photo of dcotom
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbaileyg
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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 Greasy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GarthT
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OldSwampy
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, dark brown with a caramel head that's almost the color of the label trim. Classic stout nose of roasted barley and hops with some sweeter elements suggested. Taste: a balanced stout with caramel, dark malt, some hops and some alcohol tingle... very nice. Might be a little sweet for some but for me it is an excellent balance. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy but not cloying. Classic.

Poured from a dark brown bottle into a nonic. And enjoyed!

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Photo of yancot
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ControlVolume
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Black with a fizzy tan head
A - there was a slight funk I could t pinpoint - almost Belgiany, sweet and malty
T - Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted Malt
T - sweet with a light to medium body, boozy finish

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Photo of hanselmerchor
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Shreyas
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have bought 6 packs several times over the last decade and this rich, complex stout has showed me something new almost as many times.
It was the first strong stout I could swallow. Smooth. Not harsh or bitter like its competitors.
Then later, I started to learn about the interplay of different malts and how they could control bitterness.
Then recently, I started eating it with Indian food and it became one of the mysteries of the universe that something that smooth could calm food that spicy.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars and called it "fruity, peppery and tar-like."
Listed in the "1001", the reviewer tells the story of how "The Beer Hunter" found Lion Stout in a Sri Lanka mountain resort.

You want an adventure?
Try this stout with Indian food. You will not view the same way the Conventional Wisdom that lagers go with Indian food.

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

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in the middle brown on the outside, 1/5" tan head. Aroma was lots of roast, but I didn't really pick up any coffee or chocolate notes from the malting.

A little sweeter than expected, still thick, sturdy and roasty. A little bit of that brown sugar. Its hefty alcohol comes through. Its relatively cheap and a far better alternative than the other world wide distributed stout out there. The cans of this are where its at.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

nice looking beer! served in a tall pilsner glass (?) with minimal head. Smells nice with nice roasty malts and coffee dominating the nose. tastes like a classic export stout with coffee, some cocoa and some nice roasty flavors coming through. Mouthfeel is where this lacks, incredibly thin . really throws off the chill of this beer.
overall a nice export stout that i would drink again on tap, but i'm happy i didnt spend the money on a bottle

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Photo of OldDirty
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Lee_Canter
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,633 ratings
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