Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

Lion StoutLion Stout
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75%
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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:
#6,182
Reviews:
906
Ratings:
1,625
Liked:
1,219
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
11.76%
Alströms:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
147
Trade:
0
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Photo of ronniebruner
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im not typically a can beer drinker. I put together a random 6 pack from Total Wines. Ive seen this beer before, and finally decided to give it a try. It is your straight forward stout with a dark, creamy color, smoother taste, nice aroma, and that unmistakable stout taste. However, this beer is nothing to write home about. It is not bad, but it is not anything I'll remember 5 years from now.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

A: Near black with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Sweet biscuity malts with a hint of sour beer and bitter hops.

T: Tasty! A decent amount of lactose creaminess. Hops are present, dark malt is present. Really well put together.

D: The big flavors cover up the alcohol nicely, but the intensity of the brew demands attention.

Overall: This is a very tasty and above-ordinary foreign stout. Nicely put together and definitely not over-hyped.

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Photo of IPAescotch
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Molasses black color, poured like molasses too. Thick with a and syrupy with a large beige head disappearing quickly. Some sparse lacing

Smells like tree bark. Well roasted coffee.

Tastes the same as smell, with a touch of metal.

A chewable beer. Consistency somewhere between coffee and espresso.

Drinkable for the abv

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Photo of gopens44
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very much dark. Can't see the football game through this at all. Head was mocha colored, foamy and generous at pour but fell down considerably after a few minutes.

S - Nutty with hints of dark cherries and vanilla.

T - Decent. Dark chocolate with wood accents. Smokey perhaps. A little more watery in taste than most stouts I have had, but still good. Some sorta dark fruit in the taste, like the black cherries in the nose or plums perhaps.

M - thin yet smooth. Some aftertaste in the relatively little carbonated creation.

Decent enough stout. Not my favorite, but you could do worse. A little lighter than most stouts, so this could be a great hotter weather stout.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a 2 finger head that decimates slowly

S - The smell for this one is wonderful, chocolate and caramel, like a milky way!

T - Im a huge fan of coffee, and this one felt like I was having starbucks at 2 am! Great chocolate and caramel flavoring, very earthy one my favorite stout beers that I have tried so far.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - Not a beer that you can drink a lot of, but great to start or end your night on a good note.

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Photo of Chincino
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a can which I poured into a pint glass.

It was very dark and had an aroma of coffee, chocolate, malts, and a hint of fruit.

It was medium-bodied with average carbonation. It was smooth and creamy, but not thick.

Drinkability was good.

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Photo of AEK
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. A dark chocolate coloured stout with a tanned head.

S. Some coffee essence along with hints of chocolate.

T. Chocolatey, oaty, black coffee and some vine fruits. Quite sweet and I thought it had a taste of a weak red wine.

M. Oily and I thought surprisingly thin.

D. A quite tasty beer and a good performer. It is certainly a beer that will make you want to come back for more. Delicious!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Michael Jackson (the beer writer) had good things to say about this beer; he even landed his mug on the packag- ing somehow.

Massive tan head--four fingers' worth--rises slowly. Rocky, dense and bubbly, it drops to a thick lace that sticks all over the glass. Very fragrant with aromas of black currants, blackberries, cocoa powder and mild roast coffee. Amazing smoothness and medium creamy body with a lush mouthfeel. Quite malty to start, with a sweetness similar to sweetened coffee. The 8 percent ABV is deceiving to begin with, but after several sips, the palate warms right up. From middle to end come waves of roasted malt with undertones of dark bitter chocolate and faint espresso bean. Minimal hop bitterness, a little fruity and yeasty toward the end. Finishes on the sweet side with a long note of roasted flavor.

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep opaque black with a thin diminishing head that leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit of roasted malts and slight coffee and molasses. The taste is more pronounced roasted malt body with the usual backup of coffee and bitter cocoa. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with mild carbonation. This is certainly one worth trying on-tap if you ever come across it.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely dark, nice milk chocolate finger of head.

Smell is nice, with lots of milk chocolate and roasted malts. Nice little bit of sweetness.

Chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, sweetness, toasted malts. Slight hop finish.

Feel is medium in body, slight carbonation. I don't expect full body, but it's on the lighter side of medium.

Tasty, and easy to drink. I think the bottle was a tad better, but I'd totally drink the cans any day as well.

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Photo of surlytheduff
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a pint glass. Poured rich, thick and dark; solid two finger cola-colored head with good retention and residual lacing. Smelled of chocolate, caramel, malts, dried fruit; had a very slight soapy smell to it. None of the smells were particularly strong. Taste was sweet roasted malt flavor, molasses, some coffee, dark chocolate. Felt very creamy and rich, decent carbonation, medium body. When you take all factors into consideration (a/s/t/m/d, and most importantly $) this is a pretty darn drinkable beer. One of the best value big beers I can think of.

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

The export stout style, to me, always seems to land a bit short of Russian Imperial Stout, with some Baltic Porter roasted notes. This seemed to fit right into the profile, with some additional full mouthfeel, calling to mind an oatmeal stout without that level of sweetness. Deep roasted flavor, a touch of charcoal, and a nice bit of sweet malt. ETOH was evident but not offputting.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my DFH snifter.

Pours a super dark opaque black that completely blots out all light. Big inch thick tan head at first that slowly recedes into a thin cap, leaving some sticky, stringy lacing. Smell is malty, with nuances of chocolate and coffee wafting around. Bit of sweet caramel too, along with a slight booziness that's just barely detectable.

Chocolate and coffee to start, followed by roasted malts and a little bit of barley. Caramel and toffee also make an appearance. Booziness is almost non-existent, as are the hops. Aftertaste is all bittering coffee. However, all the flavors seem a bit... subdued. Not as big and bold as I was expecting, even after letting the brew warm up for a little while. A little bit of astringency at the end. Mouthfeel is fine, creamy while also being crisp and dry thanks to the carbonation roiling around in there.

Drinkability is good for this stout. It's a bit more subdued than I'm used to from the style, but it's by no means a bad beer. Definitely a candidate for a good night of drinking. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy.

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

330ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with 4 fingers of frothy tan head which retreats leaving ample lacing.

S: Smells of hay, cocoa and coffee.

T: Tastes of mild, sweet coffee and booze.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly rich and the carbonation is not too high.

D: Does a pretty good job of disguising the 8.8% ABV but the slight hotness and the sweetness might hurt the drinkability.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before November 2010, aka tomorrow. Poured into a snifter.

A - Opaque and black. Light tan , two finger head cliging to the side of the glass but fading to a creamy cap fairly quick.

S - Lot's of chocolate and coffee mixing well with roastiness. Nothing out of the ordinary here, typical 'stoutiness'. There is a nice complimentary licorice type of aroma too. No alcohol in the nose. Dark fruits are present also.

T - Coffee and chocolate champ through really well and move really smooth. Licorice comes through nicely again for me. Minor alcohol in the finish. A little bitter in the finish too.

M - Medium body. Mild carbonation. Sort of creamy going down.

D - Hey, why not. This is pretty decent stuff. You would never know this was 8%. Not an amazing brew, but it's a really nice strong stout.

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Photo of dtivp
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black with anice dark tan head, not much retention and litlle lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malt, licorice and strong coffee.
Taste followed the nose, with dark roasted malt, bold coffee, licorice and slight alcohol.
Mouthfeel was a medium body, light carbonation, very smooth.
This was a nice stout, a like a little more bitterness, however, I would purchase this one again.

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

Poured into a Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours a dark cola brown with 2 inches of head the color of milky coffee.

S-Condensed milk sweetness, malted milk balls, Hershey's chocolate.

T/M-Medium bodied and creamy, with low to moderate carbonation. Less roasty than I expected, given the style. Very smooth and creamy, with condensed milk sweetness and light notes of toffee. The finish had a slight metallic tang that diminished as I continued drinking.

D- A 6-pack of this excellent stout sells for just $8.99! Not a bad deal at all.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 10/22/10

Very dark, scorched brown; appears black in the glass. One & a half fingers of light brown foam. The head dissipates at a moderate rate leaving a few smooth swaths of lace. Swirling revives a decent layer of foam.

Solid, smooth aroma of roasted dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate & coffee beans. Faint touch on an almost vanilla-like sweetness; subtlety is key on this one, though. Earthy overtones. At 8% abv alcohol is not appreciable in the nose.

A brief foray into chocolate sweetness is about it before the flavors become roasted in the middle & dry on the finish. To my liking the roasted notes creep right up to burnt territory, making for an enjoyable balance. Roasted coffee & dark malts. A little bitterness, too. Still seems like there's a hint of vanilla. Very well-structured.

Full bodied & smooth, the calm of the beer is set on edge by the carbonation which is fairly vigorous. Though it's a tad pricklier than I'd prefer it's far from too much. Finishes with dry bitterness. Roasted notes linger.

This is a really easy drinking stout. It's just really steadfast all-around. I picked a can as part of a mix & match six pack. Now that colder weather is upon Ohio this is in the running for "nightcap stout" of the season.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330mL from a mix and match 6-pack, poured into a snifter

Picked this bottle up on recommendation of the beer guy at Joy Wines on 6th. It's not a bad 6-pack stout, all things considered.

A: Pours dark and thick, pitch black with 2-fingers creamy thick head. Looks like a stout.

S: Rich bitterness, and a slight unexpected hoppiness. Something else in here, but not sure what. Slight hints at smokiness.

T: Good front, bitter, good back, fading into chocolate, middle is kind of implacable and lost. Smokiness increases a lot as the beer opens up, and ultimately makes the middle a bit better down the long-haul.

F: Bit on the thin side for a stout, feels nearer a porter to my mouth.

D: Similar to B.O.R.I.S. in a number of ways, only not as good. Still, for the price, this is a very tasty stout.

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Photo of kwjd
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label in Ontario says Signa Stout for some reason, but I'm sure it is the same beer. Pours an incredibly dark brown, almost black, colour with thick tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but some lacing on the glass. Looks quite thick. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Flavour has a lot of sweetness to it. Syupy mouthfeel, which works well for the sweetness of this stout. I can't believe this is under $2 for a bottle. If I didn't already have about 50 bottles of imperial stouts at my place, I'd buy a ton of this.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - opaque and black, a frothy thin mocha cover kicks up a thick finger of suds but is gone quickly. A few little islands of bubbles here and there, but a pretty bare top.

Aroma - grainy but with some semblance of roasted grain.

Taste - roasty, malty, tasty. Hints of coffee. The abv is fairly well hidden but peeks out a bit with some warming. A good basic stout, kudos for having it canned.

Mouthfeel - very nice smoothness, though the peppy carbonation could be tamer. Good sturdy body.

Drinkability - a fine sipper for the autumn fireside, though a few of these can sneak up on you.

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Photo of MattyV
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle labelled "Sinha Stout" and 8.8% ABV, but pretty sure this is the same beer.

Pours a jet black colour that totally prevents any light from passing through. A pretty aggressive pour yields a thick and pillowy mocha head that shows good retention and moderate lacing

Aroma is big on the dark roasted malts, with definite touches of cocoa, coffee beans, and tobacco. I pick up hints of alcohol on big whiffs, but not too noticeable overall.

Rich complex flavour with roasted malts that provide notes of dark chocolate mostly, as well as caramel, coffee, and tobacco that are wonderfully balanced by the bitter hops. Finish is of a lightly bitter lingering roastiness with a slight touch of boozy warmth.

Rich, smooth body with just the rich touch of carbonation to keep the beer from being too heavy

Who knew such a great stout could come from Sri Lanka? This will definitely go into my rotation of go-to widely-available stouts; good value and a great rich, complex flavour profile. Well balanced but slightly on the sweet side which hurts its drinkability for me a bit.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Black with a thick,creamy tan head.Great retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Licorice, roasted malt and coffee.

T_Coffee,bitter chocolate,black licorice. Roasted malt and molasses on the back end.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Very drinkable foreign export stout.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one I've always been interested in trying, but I could never find it. That is until I went to Half Time in Poughkeepsie and picked up some nifty cans.

A: Oily black with tan head that faded quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Sugar. Alcohol.

T: Roasty and sweet. The sweetness is weird because it reminds me of the syrupy and sometimes cloying dark fruit sweetness of a Belgian quad. Alcohol comes through in the finish. Perplexing yet pleasing.

M: Chewy and playful.

D: Very good for its high alcohol and strong flavors.

I'm quite pleased with my experience with the Lion. A very good beer that's just a little overrated.

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Photo of taxguyjase
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A frothy chocolate head, pitch black with almost no visible carbonation. Feels very inviting. 4.5/5.0

Smell - Coffee dominates the nose, but you'll also get some mocha and roasted malt in there. Nothing that is all that different from the expected. 3.0/5.0

Taste - A bit different flavor than I was expected based on the smell. While the coffee was more promenient in the nose, the taste seems more focused on the bitter chocolate. There's definitely a coffee flavor to it, but it's not all that robust. In fact, there's some sweetness to it. Nothing as sweet as a milk stout, but definite sweetness at the beginning of each taste. This beer is packing a pretty impressive 8.8% ABV, but you can't taste the alcohol at all. 4.0/5.0

Feel - Thick and rich. The beer definitely coats the mouth well and finishes smooth. The aftertaste is malt and dark chocolate. It takes a while for the flavors to clean up in your mouth. 4.5/5.0

Drinkability - I think I paid $3.99 for this thing and it's probably one of the best beers I've had for that price. Unfortunately, it's not available here in New Mexico...wah wah. Would definitely pick it up again though. 5.0/5.0

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 75% out of 100 with 1,625 ratings
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