Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very 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%
 
 
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79
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145
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Photo of jackndan
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout: from Sri Lanka. In a 22 ounce bomber bottle. Pours a deep black, but a great garnet color shows up when held up to a strong light. Great thick coffee and cream head, very rocky and extremely long lasting. Aroma is sweet, like a mocha espresso. Great taste, fairly complex, leaning definitely toward the sweet side of things, to say the least. Some flavors from the coffe family as well, and some roasted malts flavors are notable as well. I think I'm beginning to understand warm weather stouts: thick, sweet and cool, and nowhere near as heavy as cake or the like. Nice, and well worth picking it up.

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Photo of mlockman
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of droomyster
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but very dark brownish mahogany with a brown head that hurriedly settles. Smell is good but not extraordinary: milk chocolate, scorched brush, and notes of oatmeal. Very finely carbonated medium-full body transmits strong flavors of dark Godiva, expresso, and a light smokiness and ashy bitterness. Body weight could use a little more heft. All in all, a nice beer; I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of tewaris
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lion Stout
The Lion Brewery Ceylon PLC
Foreign Extra Stout
8% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
625 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a Summit pint glass.

Appearance 4/5
Clear, very dark brown, almost black; big brown creamy head that receded rather fast and left moderate lacing.

Aroma 3.5/5
Dark malts and molasses is the first impression; an almost burnt sweetness is evident. I don't detect any hops, which is fine by the style. Also, aroma fades real fast in this one, and very little of the strong molasses aroma is felt later. Some fruity tartness.

Taste 4.5/5
Opens fruity, resiny. Some hop bitterness is felt eventually, but is never overwhelming. Burnt in a nice way. Finishes medium dry and clean for the sweet beginning. Roast can be well felt in the aftertaste. Very good. Some booze as the beer warms up. I won't be surprised if it's actually brewed with molasses.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Silky, with medium carbonation and medium body. Not the richest stout but it's not exactly an Imperial Stout, and mouthfeel is spot on for the style.

Drinkability 5/5
Very good. The body and taste are a perfect match for the alcohol.

Other
I would drink this beer again and again, and highly recommend it.

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Photo of horshack7
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's quite the glass of darkness top to bottom even the head is decently dark beige.

Aroma: Herbs and spice, dark fruits notes of sour cherries. It's mostly citrus hop that lingers. Faint espresso, and some vanilla bean in the back.

Taste: Light carbonation up front but mostly a smooth mouthfeel. Touches of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malt and hops not quite burnt. In the end is a black licorice finish.

Notes: It's a solid beer all over. It's not overpowering even with it's 8.8% abv. Very drinkable and a good pick up. Cheers.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours deep, dark, and as black as night, with an opacity that reveals no discernible color even when held to the light. It is capped with a rich, creamy, cocoa-brown head that leaves behind a fair amount of lace as rings around the glass.

Coffee and rich chocolate aromas show themselves in the nose in a delightfully inviting combination.

Very rich, chewy, and smooth on the palate, with a strong essence of roasted coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate with a long, bittersweet finish.

A deceptively drinkable brew, as it goes down extremely easily and doesn't rear its 8.0% ABV head until well after it's settled in the stomach, which could prove fatal in the end. Still, I have to ask, would it be such a bad way to go?

An extremely superb stout that would hold up easily against the best Imperial Stouts out there. It's easy to understand Michael Jackson's approval of this one.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into nonic pint. "B/B AUG 2016". enjoyed on april 28, 2015

a: pitch black, slightly ruby/dark brown on the bottom, topped with almost 4 fingers of light brown head

s: sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate/cocoa. a pinch of raisins and prunes. some soy sauce presence. little roast character

t: follows the nose -- nice and chocolatey in the front, but has a salty-sour soy sauce flavour. these flavours are integrated with a mild black coffee presence in the mid-palate. tapers off at the end with the malt sweetness and salty soy sauce

m: great medium mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation

o: would be great without the soy sauce quality

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

A very dark brown to black color pour with two fingers of foamy coco head.Aroma of Semisweet chocolate and burnt malt grain. Flavor is slightly sweeter than the aroma would have you believe,sweet and bitter chocolate,coffee beans,and maybe a hint of earthy vanilla, a nice hint at the alcohol in the very end,nice little bitter aftertaste, velvety mouthfeel,smooth carbonation.Very good, I would love to drink a couiple of these.

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Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Jobin_24
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of jmryan8
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

625ml. bottle poured into a cople sampler glasses. Dark black at first glance with a thick tight-bubbled tan head. Closer look reveals ruby edges, the head fades slowly and leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, cola, some dark fruits. Taste is roasty with a quick dry finish. Sounds like car wax or something. I do taste some sweet cola with this. Not much if any hop bitterness. Interesting.

Thick and seriously dry.

I would not open another.

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Photo of poskok
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of bigdeuce
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this is an outstanding stout! Pours a rich black color with a nice two finger head with lacing all the way down the glass. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Smells and tastes smokey, very different taste than most stouts, although, it does include the coffee, chocolate and toffee like flavors. I was stunned upon trying this, as to it's origin, but this is one of the best out there.

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Photo of GreyGhost4
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huffs
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3.49 for a 625ml bottle w/ no freshness date and a Michael Jackson blurb on the back saying that it is top fermenting and bottle conditioned. Black with a big coffee with cream colored head that didn't hold too well, but left nice lace. roasted malt, some chocolate and a little sweetness/fruit. taste is the same as nose but better. pretty complex, very well balanced. some coffee flavors and some smokiness comes out as well. mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full, but still full for sure and creamy/oily. hint of bitter or maybe bittersweet in the finish. nice and soft. very well done, solid stout. simple yet complex. not overboard or out there. very drinkable and enjoyable. who knew the sri lankans could do it up so well?

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Photo of nhindian
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - The beer itself pours almost as intimidating as the lion on the label, as it appears a pretty thick black with some muddy brown around the edges. I didn't pour extraordinary hard, but it still rustled a fluffy, 2.5-finger head, mocha in color. Retention is fairly standard, with extra points for lasting as long as it did given the ABV. The only slight I have against the appearance is the weak lacing, which only seems to cover a tiny fraction of what it touches.

S - I am enjoying the nose more than I thought I would, as it comes across as more complex than what I expected. It has the typical roast and malts, but it also gives off lots of dark fruits. Some alcohol coming across at the end which seems to soak the fruits. Nice combination and contrast between the malts and the fruits / hops.

T - The taste starts with a nice shot of coffee roast, which paves the way for the rest of the flavors. The coffee doesn't linger in sense of bitterness, but carefully segues into a rich, dark chocolate. Almost immediately after this, the dark fruits come in, like plums and raisins and even some granny smith apples in the finish, which adds a nice sweetness to complement the malts. After this, the alcohol returns, which is nice at first as it adds yet another layer, but as I drink, I find it more and more intrusive. A bit too fusel for my liking, which is probably my only major complaint for the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium carbonation. For coming from all the way from Sri Lanka and sitting for who knows how long, I think this beer has held up pretty well, which can't be said for all beers that are imported. Very smooth and creamy, and leaves a lasting impression of alcohol heat, raisins, and chocolate.

D/O - Drinkability is pretty high. This beer really did exceed what little expectations I had from it. I know it's rated solidly, but I still had my own reservations regarding this beer. I'm happy to say that I greatly enjoyed this stout, and at less than $4.50 for a bomber, it certainly outperforms some domestic stouts at a similar and even higher price point. The only glaring flaw I can see with this beer is the amount of alcohol that comes through in the finish, but at almost 9% ABV, I can definitely see where it's coming from.

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Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of burnstar
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown to black. Big rocky persistent tan head. Smell is roasted barley. Not a particularly strong aroma. Great complex malty flavor throughout. Sweetness. Raisins. Chocolate. A little roasted malt bitterness and hops. Medium bodied, maybe a little light bodied for a stout but it suits this beer nicely. Well carbonated. Perhaps the best thing about this beer is how crisp and refreshing it is despite being a big tasty stout. Astonishingly drinkable. Really great stuff.

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Photo of firstlighthiker
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of LittleCreature
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle reads "Sinha Stout" but it's the same beer.

Appearance - 4.5
A firm pour yeilds a thick, brown, moussy looking head over a an opaque black body, completely impenetrable to light.

Smell - 3.5
I get the impression that this is a stout that would pair very well with oysters. It smells rich, roasted, some burnt astringency, roasted coffee, dried fruit, very grainy for a stout, also somewhat salty.

Taste - 4.0
Very smooth with a good balance of chocolate and molasses sweetness with burnt bitterness. Alcohol presence is barely perceptible amongst the strong flavours, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Very smooth with low carbonation, feels quite thick, heavy and oily in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
Slightly unfortunate aroma aside, it drinks well for a stout of 8%ABV.

OVERALL - 3.9
Possibly the darkest beer I have so far reviewed, only in the final few millimetres did it become cola-like in appearance. Apart from its unusual aroma, I found this to be a highly enjoyable stout, particularly impressive seeing as it comes from Sri Lanka, not a nation known for brewing.

* After typing this I see that I have made an all-to-common mistake. Stouts and and other dark beers are easier to brew than lighter, crisper styles. Despite the fact that most countries in the world brew at least one pale lager, it is actually one of the hardest styles to get right. Still, good to see a generally non-brewing nation making a stout.

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

The beer is a deep black with a fair head that fades to a light layer. There is a small amount of lacing. The smell is smoke, roasted grain and coffee. The taste is rich and the coffee and oatmeal flavors show up prominatly. The mouthfeel is good, with the abv well hidden untill the aftertaste where is shows a little. The drinkability as good as I could 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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