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:
1,619
Reviews:
901
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
144
For Trade:
0
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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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 +6.4%
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 +1.8%

Photo of Jmamay22
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 jucifer1818
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mobrockman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 DoctorDog
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A- Oily black/opaque. Pours with ~2 fingers of fluffy light brown head, which fades slowly, leaving a thin cap. Ample lacing noted.

S- Even with severely diminished olfactory capacity due to a cold, smell of sweet chocolate, coffee, and a hint of a liquor/molasses. Extremely pleasing aroma that has me ready to dive right in.

T- A bit of sweet chocolate, coffee, and molasses flavors. The alcohol is very well concealed/blended here. Excellent.

M- Smooth and creamy.

D- A fantastic desert/late night sipper, but even so, I could've sucked down a few of these in a row. Very, very drinkable for an 8% ABV stout.

Future outlook: Repeat business imminent.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 07/21/2010:

330 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours jet-black with a full finger of khaki-tan head that shows its bottle conditioned carbonation and laces very well.

S: Chocolate, roastiness, and some nuttiness.

T: Sweet chocolate is about the only discernable feature. Fortunately it opens up a bit as it warms.

M: It has a medium body with some creaminess and stickiness.

D: This is a dessert beer for certain.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into my Duvel tulip.

A – She is big and black with a full three fingers of mocha head. Sticky lacing.

S – Coffee, mocha, dark chocolate stouty goodness.

T – Much like the taste it’s got a roasty coffee flavor. Mocha and chocolate (chocolate like those bakers squares) as well. Tastes like a bit of a vanilla sweetness. Caramel. Has sime bitterness that finishes it off.

M – Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves an almost clean feel on the mouth which I find unusual in a stout but still manages a creamy texture.

O – Really decent stout here. It’s not top shelf but it holds it’s own. Well worth a buy and I certainly will again.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

This beer is marketed as "Sinha Stout," rather than "Lion Stout" in Ontario, although I'm pretty sure it's the same thing (I bought it at an LCBO in Toronto, so YMMV).

Pours a deep brown, almost black, with some orangish highlights when held up to the light. My pour resulted in a billowing mocha head that stuck around for a nice long time, and left residue as I drank it.

Smell is very nice, if a bit simplistic (or maybe that's just my nose!) -- caramel, coffee, chocolate, and cherries.

Mouthfeel surprised me, as it was lighter and fresher than I expected for such a strong, dark beer. However, I found it matched the flavour of the beer very well.

Flavour is malts, coffee, ear-warming alcohol, lots of hay, with some planty and earthy elements. Some bitterness creeps in to compete with the sweetness of this beer's odour and initial taste, which makes the flavour much more complex and enjoyable in my mind.

At 8% ABV, this beer is extremely, dangerously drinkable for the alcohol content. I could easily sit down and have three or four without even thinking about it -- and then fall on the floor when I tried to stand up again. Might be worth it though -- one of my favourite stouts so far!

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this is a solid and drinkable stout. I generally don't expect much from export stouts, but this one is good.
Dark black with a big cake-like head.
Smells of unsweetened chocolate, molasses, caramel, and noticeable alcohol.
Tastes sweet and malty to start, but rounds out nicely in the end. Some roasted coffee/mocha. Alcohol is present, but well blended.
Mouthfeel is smooth and full with nice carbonation.
I'm not jumping out of my chair, but I can't find much wrong with this beer. Worth a look.

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

Photo of stoutman
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge light brown head that lasts. Aroma is a palate of impressions. Sweet roastyness is the dominant impression, but coffee comes to mind as well. Flavour is very coffeeish and roasty. Pleasant bitterness imediately on the tongue and palate. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Both nose and flavor are full with chocolate and over ripe plums. A slight hoppiness seems to flow through near the finish.Excellent brew! Not a bad effort.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one looks like a damn fine stout--pitch black with big creamy tan head that sticks around for a while. Smell is primarily sweet with substantial coffee notes. One dimensional, but pleasant. Taste is good, with coffee, roasted malt, and maybe a bit of hops poking through. Dark chocolate is in there too. A hint of phenol and some alcohol as well. Smooth drinking stout, but not extremely robust. A good session beer for sure, and a tremendous value at $3.29 a bomber.

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Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of happygnome
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: pours a deep dark black color with about a half inch of tan head that dissapears relatively slow but leaves a good amount of sticky lacing that leaves notches along the side of the glass as i sip away at this masterpiece. barely any light is able to transcend the deep dark black color of this brew
s: deep roasted black malts definatly dominate the overall aroma of this brew, cocoa coffee and even hints of brown sugar are also present, there really isnt a any hop aroma which i exppected. even though there is a lack of hop aroma, the overall sweetness of this is not overwhelming it seems balanced
t: phenominal, exceptional. roated balck malts, hints of coffee dark chocolate and brown sugar, not too overly sweet. no real hop bitterness here but it is not an overly sweet brew nicely balanced not sickening sweet
m: medium to full bodied beer deffinatly closer to the full bodied side of that, little carbonatoin on the tongue

overall, this could be the necter of the gods, one of the best brews that i have ever had his will always have a place in my fridge

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

A: Pours black, with a thick bubbly tan head. A small layer of head retains well, leaving relatively nice lacing.

S: Sweet mollasses and slightly nutty roasted malts. Full bodied aroma.

T: Sweet and full flavored, with a bitter coffee-like bite. Finishes dry, with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

M: Medium amount of prickly carbonation, full bodied, slight chewiness.

D: The carbonation and dry finish help balance the full flavors, resulting in nice drinkability (though it is higher ABV at 8%).

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Photo of khiasmus
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black with perfect, dark tan tight head that lasts forever. really.
Aroma is of coffee, black patent, soy sauce, sherry, sweet malt, cocoa, roasted barley, slight alcohol, and more coffee. Reminds me of Founders breakfast stout with just a bit less coffee.
Flavor is rich dark malt, coffee, a hint of smoke in the finish, a bit oif molasses, and some alcohol at the end. Overall it's quite sweet, and the bitter cocoa, coffee, etc. gets overridden.
Mouthfeel is creamy. Just tons of cream. Smooth, chewy, slightly fluffy? barely dry finish, with a bit of warming.
This beer is very drinkable, but just a hint too balanced towards the sweetness for my taste.

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Photo of silverking
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- It's pretty mush pitch black with a dark tan head. Head retention is poor. The ring of foam that remains leaves nice lacing down the sides of the glass

S- IT smells roasted, almost to the point of being smokey. notes of coffee, cocoa, ad caramel are first noticed in large quantities. Upon further inspection, dark fruits can be found.

T- Dark roasted coffee and caramel. A little smokey. The finish shows notes of dark cocoa and dark fruits, figs, black cherry.

M- Medium bodied with low amounts of gentle cabonation.

O- A big surprise from Sri Lanka.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a snifter-style tulip glass from the bottle.

A - dark opaque black with a thick head that settles slightly but is very well retained

S - rich roasted chocolate like malt scent with some sweetness, very faint trace of hops

T - rich chocolate-like malty taste - very much like the aroma - with a dry finish from the hops, slight alcohol flavor perceptible, some slight oxidation is also present

M - full body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a very tasty stout. I find it amazing this comes from Sri Lanka considering the climate.

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Photo of Joel12
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tjsmith910
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,619 ratings.
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