Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

Lion StoutLion Stout
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3.91/5
1,629 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:
#6,256
Reviews:
907
Ratings:
1,629
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
147
Trade:
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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 travelguy
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHammer
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

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 fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of FBarber
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown almost black. Thin tan head dissipates down to a thin ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell has aromas of chocolate, malts, a hint of hops and nail polish remover ...

Taste has a strong flavor of cocoa powder. Strong malt presence with some caramel and molasses. Bit of spice on the finish, like cinnamon. Hint of hops on the finish as well as that spice. Its pretty sweet leaving it somewhere between a foreign export stout and a milk/sweet stout.

Feel is very dry with medium carbonation. Has some depth to the body.

Overall a perfectly average stout. Nothing super special, but its solid. The biggest

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Photo of Mojo
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of al_al1357
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin brownish black body with a light tan head rising maybe a notch over a finger's length. Head drops quick after one sip, lacing is a bit uneven.

Smell: Light warm sugar, and descent hit of malts.

Taste: Sweet cream and sugar. Molasses and
Touch of malts. A part of me likes it part of me wants to leave it alone, a little spicy but light...like touch of cinnamon in the stout.

Mouth: Sticky but dry brew, after taste is complex. Almost like raisins at the end.

Overall: Good brew, hybrid brew between and American stout and imperial stout. The lightly spicy note is what attracts me to the brew. Definitely a must grab if you see it. Salud!

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Photo of HardyA
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

From bottle, pours dark brown to black colour with a finger of tan coloured head that disapates to a thin layer.
Aroma roasty, creamy, chocolate, coffee, sweet.
Taste pretty much follows the nose beautiful.

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a infinitely dark brown with a light brown fluffy head. Lacing. Alcohol and caramel in the nose. The mouth gets roasted barley and coffee. Yum!

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Photo of neil104
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,629 ratings
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