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Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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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
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#6,617
Reviews:
908
Ratings:
1,634
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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 -12.8%
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 +2.3%

Photo of gory4d
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +19.4%
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 +2.3%
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 -10.5%

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ski271
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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 sfprint
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 SargeC
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -1.5%
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 +10.5%
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 +2.3%

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmartinger
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Jmamay22
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some love this beer and others call it over hyped. Time to find out for myself. Some spotty, but generally no lacing.

A gentle pour creates a thick creamy dark tan head atop an opaque black brew.

Smells of chocolate malts, anise and black currant. There are some very distinct coffee notes as well as a whiff of toffee.

Time for a taste. Less chocolate taste than in the nose, but what is there is more of a bittersweet chocolate. In place of the diminished chocolate is a wonderful roasted near smoke flavor that is very original that blends well with the anise.

Smooth mouthfeel provided by the smoke and on the heavier side of medium. Very drinkable for a stout of this abv. I really wish I picked up more.

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Photo of Greggy
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fluffy tan 1 finger head into my large snifter. The body is pitch black and cannot be seen through. As the head recedes, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- Notes of lactose, roasted grains, chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, a slight whiff of alcohol, slight vanilla and cream.

T- Starts off with a big mouthfeel then moves into a silky smooth transition of sweet cream, then finally moves into a nice long dry chocolate and hop finish.

M- Very large mouthfeel on this one and silky smooth at that.

D- 8% is hidden very well in this one. It definitely can only slightly be detected in the nose, but nothing else. I can see having this again in the future.

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Photo of brywhite
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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

It's a stout, so two guesses if it was a dark, almost black in color with a tan head. (Hint: Yes.)

There's some chocolate, coffee and raisin in the nose with a hint of floral hops. Definitely a roasty aroma overall.

It tastes like it smells with the chocolate and coffee and dried fruit, some molasses, but with a very subtle creamy ripe banana taste to it. There is just the right amount of hop bitterness to keep the sweetness from being cloying. There's bit of a smokey flavor to it like you would find in a porter. Overall it's a bit sweeter than I am used to in a stout, but it works. And if this beer really is 8% I for one can't taste it.

It's light bodied and it may not be the most complex stout ever made, but that could well work in its favor as it's really quite enjoyable.

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Photo of kegger22
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with a two finger head that remained for most of the beer. The aroma was a mild coffee. The taste was sweet chocolate and some coffee. The feel was full bodied with decent carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good for an 8.00 ABV. I have read a lot of hype about Lion stout being the best stout out there, so I have to give it a try. It was damned good. Not the best stout, maybe, but an excellent value. I'll definitely be back.

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of drunkenmess
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark and sexy. Very frothy thick dark tan head, beatiful lacing. Smells of malt, and dark sweet fruit. Taste is absolute. Dark rich aroma of light burnt dark fruit. Malt is present yet light with a bit of strong boozy taste. Actually the fruitiness is vey strong in this beer to what expected. Definitely one of my favorites. Cheers.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,634 ratings
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