Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good
1,623 Ratings
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83
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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
Ratings:
1,623
Reviews:
904
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
145
For Trade:
0
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Photo of shadow1961
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lion Stout pours out a rocky tan head over a black brew. The
carbonation is hard to guage, but the nose is is bitter chocolate
raisin, and molasses. The flavor is molasses up front with a bitter
chocolate finish, and as with a lot of stouts I've had, a sort of scotch
boozieness in the background. The aftertaste is more of that bitter
chocolate and hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, also a bit
dry and astringent as well. I associate stouts with cold misrable countries,
but this one comes from Sri Lanka, a hot and miserable country. I'm given
that this 8% alcohol by volume version is strictly for export. It's kind of too
bad native Sri Lankans can't have any. Maybe they would stop shooting
each other...

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Photo of dmamiano
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a big, off white head. lacing hangs to the end.
Smells of chocolate from a factory. Huge odors with a nice mix of sweet, roastyness.
Taste is nice a smooth, big mouthfeel. Very thick and viscous. Chocolate malts, coffee and a hint of alchohol.
Nice beer for the ages.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black with a two finger, sparkling nut-brown head. Smell is slightly sweet with coffee and roasted malt notes and a touch of smoke. The taste reminds me of Guinness, only slightly bitterer and with more ABV. The malty roasted profile does a good job covering the alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall, this is a drinkable stout, especially given the ABV. In the short time it has took me to write this review I have finished nearly half of my 330 ml bottle.

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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 mtrog313
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has some age on it. Expires June 2002. Has been properly cellared. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black, no light gets through. Light tan head, drops to a wisp. Some lacing on the aged bottle version that was not there for the can, "fresh" version.

Aromas of sherry, dark fruits, ever so light roastiness.

Flavors of prune, fig and raisin. No hops. Thin iced coffee. Hint of cocoa. Short finish, with some alcohol and prune lingering.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery. Mouthcoating alcohol warmth.

Overall, this ages fairly well. A bit on the low end for aging, and the high end for aging this beer. Might be a little passed its prime, but still a fine beer. This may show up in a blind BIF.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass.

A: Black with a hint of brown, 1 finger head nice tan color with a little lacing.

S: Burnt coffee.

T: Taste is OK, it has a burnt coffee flavor. Maybe some little bitter chocolate, & some roasted malts.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation here... Not as creamy as most stouts I've had... The alcohol is not over powering & the bitterness is pretty light.

D: Not a bad brew, just not very stout like to me.... Got a little better as it warmed up.

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Photo of Rojada1988
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330-mL can. Unsure of bottling date.

Very dark chestnut brown. 1-finger dark tan head. Decent alcohol legs. 1/2-finger collar lingers. Malt roast, sweet cream, touch of cola. Vigorous swirl opens up licorice and fruit. The dark fruit intensifies with warmth

like Tsunami, the roast doesn't get acrid here. all told, however, the flavor's a tad muted - dark fruit (more similar to an ris or baltic porter), dark brown bread sweetness, but less coffee, dark chocolate than I'd like

thinner mouthfeel, despite the creaminess on the nose, but very, very drinkable. ultimately, I enjoyed this, but I think it strays off style

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Photo of gory4d
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip pint. Dark, almost black; fluffy tan head. Smell is sweet roastiness, maybe some coffee notes. Taste is quite sweet, but the slightly charred flavor at the back keeps it from being cloying. Thick and smooth. A pleasant beer.

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Photo of Skidz
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle with freshness date: Best before Feb. 2005. A very heavy bottle for the size, nice packaging.

Pours out dark brown and sits nearly black, with only a bit of deep crimson showing through the very edges. A large, fluffy dark tan, going on brown head sits a top this nice looking beer. Great lacings on the sides, a very attractive brew.

Smells of light roastiness, chocolates with a bit of creaminess, and just a small amount of peppery aromas that pick up on the chocolatey sweetness. Some coffee and other bitter hues present as well. All these blended with nice floral aromas that bring it all together. I'll also note that even with the higher 8.0% ABV, it goes without a trace in the nose.

Tastes of roasted grains and coffee, but is initially sweet, with chocolates and minor fruity tones that breifly introduce you to the beer. Warms the stomach nicely, but, as in the smell, the alcohol slips through without a trace. Finishes with a mild bitterness that houses some nutty, maybe a bit of smoky flavors and overall earthy tones that go hand-in-hand with the roasted grains and coffee found near the front. Excellent flavor, complex in flow and just tastes so good.

A big, full body is the package for the abundance of flavors and aromas that take this beer to another level. Perfect carbonation makes its easy to drink, and allows you to wade through the ocean of flavors presented. A high-quality brew that stands out from most competition. Drink at cellar temperature for best results.

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

625 mL bottle

A: Deep black under a large brown head. No lace and very little retention.

S: Smells of sweet malts, light roastedness, chocolate, bit of coffee, slight burnt aroma.

T: Very subtle in taste. Sweet with mild roasted malt in an other wise sweet finish. Bit of chocolate and light coffee. A certain hop and dark fruit character shows up too.

M/D: Full bodied, light carbonation, a little slick. Very good drinkability for a big stout. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Schmoog
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ski271
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear, very-dark ruddy brown, with a small, tan, creamy, head that diminishes to just a ring.
S: Like a port wine in a way! Alcohol, plum, cassis, and light roasted malt aromas.
T: Wow that’s big and beautiful. Fruity, dark and balanced. Chocolate definitely present, especially in the finish.
M: slick up front with a dry finish, medium body, low carbonation.
D: Hell yeah! This is my kind of brew. Very good, and doesn’t hurt that it came at a time when I was getting tired of all the summer brews I’d had been having lately. But something about this one just really impressed me… made me smile. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DioS
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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

A: Extremely dark brown, not transparent at all. Fluffy 1 inch head.
S: Cocoa powder malt, coffee girth but not bitterness, thick and heavy.
T: Earthy malt, coffee (minus bitterness), slight tang in the aftertaste.
M: Like heavy water leaving your tongue slightly dry.
O: Nice stout, easy going down.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SargeC
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dense, black brew with a thick tan head that sticks around.

Smell: Dark chocolate, rich roasted malt.

Taste: Balanced with a hint of minerals. Slight sweetness that is not over the top. Coffee and toffee flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Starts smooth with a dry bite in the aftertaste.

Drinkablity: Decent stout. It is an interesting variation within the style that makes it unique An excellent session brew. It was neat to try a brew from Sri Lanka.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer from Sri Lanka, eh? I'm game. This is a solid, sweetish stout with a rocky, fragrant head and a nice oiliness to it (from the hops maybe?). Different enough from other brews to make it interesting, although slicker than perhaps the very best stouts. Milky, juicy, with what I imagined as a rummy, sugar-cane undercoat. I thought it very drinkable. Perhaps not worth a trip to Ceylon, but definitely worth picking up out if you find it in your local store (as I did). Bottle had a drink-by date of September this year (bought it in February).

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise as part of a "Beers of the World" sampler I got for my 22nd birthday as I've been wanting to try this one.

Pours pitch black with a finger of creamy tan head. Dark and milk chocolates, roasted espresso bean and smoked peat dominate the senses. Mouthfeel is rich and the alcohol is warming. A decadent stout here, quite a surprise out of Sri Lanka, but kudos to Ceylon brewery, Michael Jackson can't be wrong....go ahead, it's there for the taking. No seriously, it's a gimme...

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Photo of EricCioe
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmartinger
4.52/5  rDev +15%

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,623 ratings.
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