Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good
1,623 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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
Ratings:
1,623
Reviews:
904
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
145
For Trade:
0
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of GarrisWH
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque very dark brown/almost black hue that just barely shows a dark reddish-brown at the edges when held up to light. About two fingers of tan head that descends pretty quickly, but leaves a nice coating on top throughout drinking. Pretty minimal lacing.

S - Sweet, roasted, malty aromas dominate, with hints of chocolate, coffee, and maybe a bit of dark fruit.

T - Pretty similar to the aroma. Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate tones most prevalent. Somewhat sweet flavors of dark fruits are also present. Slightly bitter coffee flavor lingers on the tongue after sipping.

M - On the lighter side of the full-bodied spectrum, with a fairly creamy mouthfeel, definitely not the thickest stout I've tried. Pretty light carbonation.

D - Quite a good stout overall. Has a nice combination of flavors and doesn't way you down too much with extreme heaviness. I could definitely see myself trying this one again.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice medium dark foamy head with quite good retention. Aroma of deep chocolate and roasted malt is clearly detectable and quite enjoyable. Taste is also distinguishable by the high-level of chocolate malt with a nice dose of sweetness. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. Great foreign stout and even more surprising coming out of Sri Lanka.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an impressive black with red edges with a creamy tan head that lasts. Aroma of roasted barley, dark chocolate, some prune. Taste was huge roasted barley, with some burnt toast. Mouthfeel was very smooth and lighter in body than expected, definitely appropriate even on a hot day. This is a great export stout, and a good value as well.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this one on a lark, and out of sheer curiosity... let's see how it goes!

A: A nice looking black pour with a creamy, slightly shimmering head of light brown.

S: Some modest chocolate and coffee scents, with a nice maltiness and a little pinch of toffee.

T: Sweet toffee and malts. The coffee and chocolate flavours aren't as intense as some can be, but it's quite a pleasant tasting beer. A little bit of raisin sugary twang in there.

M + D: A well rounded body, though a little more on the medium side of things. Again, that's not a negative point as it ends up being a very nice beer. Alcohol doesn't really stand out here, making it a very easy 8% and something I'd gladly pick up again.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer. I have had it for a while as my wife wouldn't share the bomber bottle with me due to her fears of what a beer from Sri Lanka would taste like. I think its residual fear from Dragon Stout from Jamaica. Anyway, I am drinking the whole bottle myself as she is in Uganda now.

Pours a dark black color with light barely coming through on the edges. Thick foamy tan head. Nice nose of roasted grains and a little smoke. There is a "fig-like" sweetness in the nose as well. There is definitely a silkiness to the nose as well. Robust flavor and a little bit boozy. Some smoke and some hops. I believe I am picking a flavor that is either a spruce or perhaps a spicy peet. Lots of subtle flavors that are tough to separate. Nice structure and body to this beer. The mouthfeel is nice. The finish is nice. Solid beer. I will likely buy this again to share with company.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color--only some traces of brownish amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It has a light amount of carbonation and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of molasses and raisins plus hints of alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of roasted malts and has notes of alcohol, licorice, molasses and raisins. The initial taste is slightly sweet.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is present in the finish along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength and the presence of alcohol in the smell and taste. This is a good beer to sip on a cold day.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The export stout style, to me, always seems to land a bit short of Russian Imperial Stout, with some Baltic Porter roasted notes. This seemed to fit right into the profile, with some additional full mouthfeel, calling to mind an oatmeal stout without that level of sweetness. Deep roasted flavor, a touch of charcoal, and a nice bit of sweet malt. ETOH was evident but not offputting.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,623 ratings.
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