Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good
1,625 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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:
1,625
Reviews:
906
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
145
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Photo of ncvbc
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout? Sri Lanka, huh? Well, I had never heard of this beer, much less a beer this good from Sri Lanka. Came in a heavy 330 ml bottle. Poured a near pitch black with a thin, brownish head. Smells lovely, roasted malts and a lingering sweetness behind it all. Taste is above the average stout and quite unique. Bold and fairly complex for what I had expected. Definitely not a one-dimensional stout in my opinion. Some chocolate, coffee, and sweetness all in there with an excellent roast bite. Mouthfeel is also great. Medium to full bodied with a creamy texture. Very smooth and enjoyable. There's no way I'd believe this was 8% if it wasn't on the label. Easily drinkable and from what I've seen well worth the price. I'd challenge an entire sixer if I had better access to this brew. Recommended highly.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 625ml with a best before date printed on the glass of Feb '05.

Pours jet black with a khaki colored head that leaves good lacing as it fell.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, slight hops and a touch of alcohol.

Pretty much tastes like it smells with the chocolate notes being more pronounced but its still balanced. Nice long finish. I found the mouthfeel a tad light for the style, but it doeasn't suffer for it. Quite drinkable for an abv of 8%.

I picked up a few bottles for $2.99 a piece at Huckleberry's in Ypsilanti. According to the owner this one might be hard to find in the future as the well this brewery uses became contaminated in the wake of the tsunami disaster. I hope that's just a rumor because this is a killer brew.

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Photo of BHansen214
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of StoutBoi
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of nomad
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yum, new favorite beer of the month....

This puppy pours black, but not terribly ominous, with a head of thin foam that is not well-retained. The lace and stain is okay, but typically doesn't form or stick well.

Smells of a jam-like fruitiness over a fairly nutty body, as a scent of unroasted coffee beans combines with a great vinuous edge. Simple, straightforward, and in my experience a consistent beer to my nose.

Starts of mocha hints with a soft milk-chocolate core blunted by the long roastiness drawn out to be thin and easy. Expansive for a stout, instead of the hard and heavy hitting typical of most, and showing complexity. Specifically, it holds a nascent fruity note with a bare notice of acidity nudging through with slight spots of dark sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but rounded smooth.

What a surprise! For $3.00 USD for a 22 oz. bottle, this beer is a steal, especially considering its smooth complexity. Very easy to drinkability and balanced to say the least.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours nice and black, some light passes around the edges. The off white- light brown head looks thick and rich and fills the remainder of the glass and almost overflows-- beauty. Sadly it only lasts half the glass or so. A little thin lacing.

Smell: Roasty dark malts, sweetness, and some chocolate. Really pretty nice, not overstated, but not wanting for much.

Taste: Surprisingly good. Roasted malts with some nice bitterness and sweetness. There's notes of chocolate and coffee. Its really balanced and finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Seems appropriately full for the style. Not thick like an imperial, but its not one. Smooth and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This is 8% so watch out. Would be easy to accidentally pound this. Delicious and very drinkable. Nice surprise from a foreign stout. Best beer ever from Sri Lanka-- although its the only one I've had.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Lion Stout pours out almost black with a huge, dense, rocky head. The aroma is cocoa, molasses, and grain. The flavor is very chocolatey. Sweet, but not overly sweet. A bit of fruitiness in the middle along with roasted grain. The finish is all chocolate. The mouthfeel is full. Carbonation is too low. This beer could definitely use some more bubbles. Decent drinkability. Despite the flatness, this is a pretty good stout.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one knocked off of the list of beers that I always see but have never bought until right now.

Old size (625mL) bottle poured into my trusty Duvel tulip.

Appearance is a shade lighter than other export stouts I've come across, but certainly stands as the darkest Sri Lankan beer I've ever had. Lucid black turns into a dark brown as I work my way through the glass, all the while under a quickly dissapearing sandy brown head that leaves little lacing to speak of. It leaves some but not what you would come to expect.

Aroma is destinctly imported in that there is a definite hop aroma, but it is rather soft, more aromatic than biting with no trace of American alpha acids to speak of. Aromas of sweet rasins and baker's chocolate, but most of the more notable aspects of the aroma come from the English Ale-like fruitness that eminates forcefully from the depths of this beer.

Flavor is a bit of a change of pace considering what the aroma had me believing about this beer. At first the beer tastes much like it smells with a lighter, smoother mouthfeel with slight noble hop fruitiness that also tastes sort of grapey (if that makes any sense). The beer really comes alive about halfway through drinking. At once it seems that all the smoother aspects drain out of this beer and are replaced with a toasted dryness. Baker's chocolate returns but brings with it toasted (almost charred) malts with touches of tobacco sweetness. Really a wonder of a beer.

From the first sip I was hooked. The mouthfeel is better than it is rated here, it starts out a bit loose but then really tightens up. Drinks much smaller than it actually is, which is to say the ABV is well hidden. Could easily put away a few of these without realizing.

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Photo of seavercm
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of MooseBoose
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Roberto11232
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Boilerfood
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of IronTom
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of talbotjf99
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 TheHammer
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of dubdrop
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Long813
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Note: It was hard to find this beer here because it's also known as "Sinha Stout". Bottle reads "Brewed and bottled by lion brewery (ceylon) plc, sri lanka, under license of ceylon brewry plc.

Best Before: JUN2011
From: liamt07

A: Pitch black body and two fingers of dark mocha head. Retention is decent and lacing is great.

S: Dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and some caramel malts. Huge roasted aroma and has a slight scent of alcohol.

T: Much like the aromas, pleasant mixture of roast malts, mild coffee and some chocolate. Flavour are a bit thin, but still good.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Thicker than water like texure and leaves a dry roasted finish. Was unimpressed by the lightness of the drink.

D: Over all this is a good beer. Thanks liam. The flavours could be better and texture is weak, but it's a good intro stout.

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Photo of TeachChefs
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dtivp
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Mistofminn
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to try this for a while, so I finally caved and purchased a four pack (at a fair price) for Surdyks some time ago. Finally got around to trying it.

Poured into a pint glass, the color is deep black with a huge 3 or 4 finger chunky brown sugar colored head. Excellent retention and tons of lacing all over the glass.

The nose is toasted malts with a spicyness that I wasn't expecting, but it kinda works. There is also a nuttiness and a nice sweet character going on.

The taste is spot on the nose, nice toasted character with a light sweetness and spicyness. Very complex and earthy, a treat for sure.

Mouthfeel is thick bodied with a creamy and smooth feel. Nice carbonation level does wonders for it. Drinkability is awesome. If the ABV was lower this would be an exceptional session beer.

Overall, a great offering. I can imagine this goes well with spicy asian food.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,625 ratings.
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