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Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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3.91/5
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1,630 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:
#6,297
Reviews:
907
Ratings:
1,630
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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Photo of jbehlar
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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 Botulizard
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chipotle
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 StormAles
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of petrusek23
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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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3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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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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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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

**
12/14/2012
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 emerge077
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satorn
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,630 ratings
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