Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

Lion StoutLion Stout
BA SCORE
3.91/5
1,630 Ratings
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:
#6,288
Reviews:
907
Ratings:
1,630
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
147
Trade:
0
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Photo of Risenhower
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large can served in a Belgian snifter after some time for warming.

Pours thick and essentially black with a moderate size, semi-durable tan head. The glass gets coated with lacing each time its tipped but the lacing doesn't stick to the glass/ .

The aroma is relatively strong and fruity, with some alcohol esters and a hint of coffee.

The flavor is moderately strong and surprisingly sweet. Mainly dark roasted malts with no char or burnt grain notes. Subtle hints of coffee and dark fruits.

Smooth, medium-full body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall: I drank this beer somewhat frequently when it first came to the US. It was a bargain at the time and, of course, quite good. Now it tastes sweeter than I remember and not quite as good but plenty good enough to recommend. Well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of rw1992
2.53/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dmecca
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: dark brown with ruby accents; 1+ finger medium tan head that receded to a thin cap; very nice, thick, lacing;

S: sweet with a rum-like quality; a little alcohol; a little roasted grain;

T: follows the nose - sweet with a rum-like quality; a hint of roasted grains way in the background; almost no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate creamy carbonation;

O: too sweet for my taste; body was quite light;

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SFNC
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is sweet and chocolaty, body black and oily. More chocolate in the taste, with very mild coffee bitterness. Sweet and slick, goes down easily. Some very mild lingering bittersweet flavor. Worthy of its reputation.

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Photo of OleDixie
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puncha1978
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my every friday beer when I was in Sri Lanka before 2006. Great blak stout and only stout in Sri Lanka. This finishes with a long roasted caramel, sweet chocolate and then creamy flavour. They only produced 700ml bottles back then, alcohol % is so high in this one, I only needed one bottle before start feeling heaven. Ceylon brew produces a great larger beer as well, which is a so drinkable everyday beer. And they had a beer called Stone which was again a high alcohol product and was a quite bitter and hoppy flavor whic I believe a light pale ale type but they dont produce this any more. Overall lion stout is a great beer

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wajohnst
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RickS95
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks gorgeous, if you like the dark stuff. Pitch black pour with a cascading head that starts off dark brown before finishing a dingy, yellowish color. Great retention, the head never goes away entirely. Very creamy with a thick lace.

Very roasty nose. Initially a bit on the coffee side before warming slightly and taking on a bittersweet chocolate aroma.

Nice taste as licorice evolves from all the roasty notes. The chocolate becomes more dark chocolate than bittersweet.

Sweet then bitter then sweet again. The licorice tames the bitterness giving it a dessert like finish. Full bodied and creamy, the 8.8 ABV is very well hidden.

What a good beer this is. Easy to drink.

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

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3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Urk1127
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

-Half the glass was a light brown head, black beer
-Mocha coffee, cream, burnt malts
-Sweet malts, some cocoa, bittering black coffee is subtle but enough
-lingering is absolute ZERO. Disappeared immediately with the swallow. Creamy, light but not watery. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden for 9%

-The best foreign stout ive had to date. Maybe don't seek it out but if you see it, pick this up.

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

Photo of brbrocc
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gardner254
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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