Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka

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.

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Reviews: 919 | Ratings: 1,659
Photo of hophugger
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..

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Photo of RichardLeahy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of chitoryu12
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!

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Photo of Lembeh
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.

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Photo of npolachek
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.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
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.

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Photo of beersampler6
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.

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Photo of generallee
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of spectru
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Trailboss76
4.81/5  rDev +23%
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!

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Photo of Nass
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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-

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Photo of josanguapo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of beardedindian
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of 88caprice
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Yoann
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Glass. Perilla Restaurant, NYC.

AROMA: Toast. Coffee.
LOOK: Large Tan Head, Dark Black pour
TASTE: Yummy. Creamy Coffee - kind of like a cappuccino.
FEEL: Creamy. Full.


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Photo of Glasscloud
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly if I didn't know it was a stout the body and taste would make me think it was a barley wine. Nothing against them I absolutely love barley wines. I just prefer my stouts to be less sweet and more thick/rich. This has a very sweet raisin/date smell and taste and is fairly thin for an 8.8%. Not bad, would be good for a barley wine but very middle of the road for stouts.

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Photo of TheWolfofMibu
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I suppose unlike other reviews, I'm unable to taste all the different flavors in beers. I do, however, taste a bit of mocha in this brew. The alcohol isn't as well hidden as others in the same category. But it's still very easy drinking. As far as I know, stouts aren't known for their bitterness and this one is no exception. I've only had the pleasure of trying around 8-9 stouts, but this one is definitely the best, thus far. Not only one of my stouts, but one of my all-around favorite brews. Delectable.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into pint glass.
A: pours a pitch black body, my aggressive pour yields a 2 finger chocolate milk frothy foam head
S: chocolate, roasted malt, molasses syrup gives a slight sweet aroma
M: medium body with slight dry puckering finish in the tongue.
T: chocolate, coffee, slightly burnt malt, molasses, hint of hops, slightly earthy taste in the finish, also dry in the finish
O: solid brew with great taste

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