Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,624 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:
1,624
Reviews:
905
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
145
For Trade:
0
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a huge head of coffee caramel foam in a tulip glass. Dissipates slowly, leaving an attractive film and lacing. Visible carbonation. Colour is jet black.

Nose is really rich. Lot of thick molasses, strong coffee. Roast malt and chocolate flavour comes through. Quite a thick and rich aroma.

Flavour is pleasing and complex. Lot of smooth chocolate, and a bit of tartness. Coffee and slight smoky roastiness also pronounced. The sweetness is present. Finish is subtle and smooth with lingering notes of coffee and a bit dry. Incredibly drinkable and alcohol is not at all present.

This one was a very pleasant surprise. It drinks very nicely, and I found the flavours all blended very nicely. It does drink like quite a full/heavy beer. For the style I think it is quite a solid representation and worth buying again.

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

Aroma: Very prominent molasses. Moderate black malt. Some chocolate and lactose. No coffee. Bold aroma. No alcohol. Slightly medicinal or fresh paint.

Appearance: Black, opaque. Head is medium brown and pours small. Good retention and tons of lacing. Lots of yesty sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Taste: Lots of molasses here too. Sweet lactose, some milk chocolate, little actual cocoa. Bold flavors overall here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bosdy. There is some carbonation, although it's very smooth and hard to detect. Finishes mildly dry.

Overall: Unique taste on this one. The high molasses sets it apart.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed May 3rd, 2012 at The Tin Cow, Pensacola, FL from a can. Poured into a pint glass.

Extremely dark brown with a finger-high mocha colored head.

Aroma is a little on the red grape tip with some subtle roasted malts.

Flavor is a mess. Chalky, thin, weird. Red grapes, weak, lightly roasted malts, mineral notes. Low bitterness.

Unremarkable mouthfeel, save for the chalky, chewy bit.

Think I'll take a pass on this one next time I see it.

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look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge frothy head, nearly 50% head. Lot's of lacing. Really looks the part of a beautiful stout.

The taste is a bit sweet for me when comparing it to other stouts. Coffee is the predominant flavor and alcohol is the predominant smell.

The price and the ABV of this, while having a very strong drinkability, make this a solid choice. I would certainly drink this beer again.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,624 ratings.
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