Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

Lion StoutLion Stout
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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
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#6,264
Reviews:
907
Ratings:
1,630
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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Photo of longbongsilver
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Another trip to the mix'n'match pack of imports, pulled out this one at random. Just popped the cap & already smell it (first whiff is the usual dark chocolate bit, comes with the territory really) before even pouring. I finally get around to pouring & it's a really dark opaque brown, half the mug is head at first. The initial scent amps up to 11, plus something that reminds me of roasted nuts almost.

Taste matches the smell, plus some licorice as it warms, though it doesn't go down as thick as it looks like it would. The 8% shows off a bit, but in a good way.

Overall, a by-the-book stout. Doesn't scream at you, but handles what it's supposed to well.

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Photo of Ottoman112579
4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional tasting stout. The mix of roasted malts, vanilla, cherry, coffee, and chocolate make this stout among the true leaders in taste. Very easy on the pallet making this stout a good compliment to desserts.

The appearance is pitch black and the aroma is very distinct. The smell of chocolate is strong but does not overpower the subtle aroma of cherry and vanilla.

I would highly recommend this to any fan of stouts!

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Photo of Conk
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours an opaque dark brown with a moderate golden brown head that receded to leave faint lacing and a ring of foam clinging to the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted or near burnt malts that carry espresso and dark syrup notes. There are definite roasted nuts and aromas of dark chocolate. This beer has a subtle yet complex aroma profile.

Taste: The initial flavors that I taste are black coffee and dark chocolate. There are certainly some bready flavors of squaw bread and sweet molasses.

Mouthfeel: This Stout has a silky smooth, rich mouthfeel that is both very full in flavor and in body. The carbonation is ever so slight after the pour, though the beer is bottle conditioned and poured rather lively.

Drinkability: Though this beer is rich and full bodied, it would be a very drinkable beer where it not for the 8% abv. Delicious yet more of a sipper than a full blown session beer.

Rating: This is a delicious dark and rich stout with great roasted, rich, malty flavors that are supplemented by the faintest dark chocolate bitterness. Yumm
Final Words: If you like stout, Taste Lion Stout.

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Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a huge light brown head.

A very nice aroma of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt.

The taste is roasted and malty with notes of smoke, coffee and chocolate.

The body is glassy and smooth.

Overall this is a fine stout with an exceptional aroma. It's one for roasted malt fans.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My fiance picked this up for me.

Appearance- black color, thin tan head

Smell- sweet caramel, bit of malt

Taste- sweet caramel

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it. Going to try some more. I enjoyed it thoroughly.Pretty good stout for a foreign one

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Photo of jtingue
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer has an underlying meat or fish flavor, with strong caramel notes. I first tried this beer in Japan and like many of the beers I had on the trip it had an quirks that I have only experienced in Asian beers. Overall one of the more interesting beers I have had.

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Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great stout and, for me, it fits the Foreign/Export style quite well. Lion Stout pours wall to wall black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is cacao nibs, cocoa, coffee and a sharp fruitiness - apricots, strawberries, grapes - that differentiates it from most imperial stouts. The fruit notes come through in the flavor with a refreshing acidity. The beer starts sweet with cocoa and coffee and finishes with acidity and smoke. It's quite easy to drink. The creamy mouthfeel helps, as well. This beer has a lot of roasted malt character and manages also to be refreshing. Great stuff.

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Photo of tchenery
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks like a true stout. Pourrs a deep, deep brown (pretty much black) color. It has an off-white/tan head that leaves a nice lacing.

It smells like dark chocolate and dates or raisins. At 8% you can certainly smell the alcohol, but it blends nicely.

It tastes very soft on the palate, especially for its ABV level. I had imagined it would taste more of dark chocolate than it does, but to me it has more of a raisin, bread pudding flavor. There are coffee notes on the very very end.

It's not sweet, but it's not dry either. Very well balanced beer, especially for the amount of malts that must have been used.

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Photo of brewdub17
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice looking jet black body with light tan beige color head.

Smell: Dark chocolate smell with hues of alcohol.

Taste: Great heavy chocolate taste with strong body flavors. Makes a nice balanced blend of tastes.

Mouthfeel: Light but balanced flavor that makes for a good overall texture.

Drinkability: Great drinkability with its abundant intense flavors that collaborate into an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Wine fruity with dark roasted notes. I would almost say this beer has a very quad like aroma, strange for a stout I think.

Appearance - A good level of carbonation with a big light brown head. The beer itself was a very dark color.

Taste - Smooth coffee with a slight bitterness and a touch of roast. Slightly sweet and thin tasting. Definitely refreshing for a stout but there was a slight bitter note that I felt kept getting in the way. Still a smooth stout with chocolate and coffee notes.

Notes - Thin to medium mouthfeel but a good level of carbonation. I kind of wish it had a little thicker mouthfeel.

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Photo of biglite351
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark with some red at the edges. Tight medium tan lasting head

S - solid, malty, mild chocolate, inviting. A stout hug.

T - rich and complex. Not as hood as on tap (which I hope to review soon) but great. Malty, chocolate, and it changes from sip through after taste. Complex and nice.

M - good coating but only minor tingle at front sides of tongue.

D - I could drink this all night.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of light brown head. I would say that it is black except for the tinge of dark brown around the edges. The aroma is sweet chocolate and dark fruit (plum). The taste mirrors the smell up front, but the roasted malts come more into play. There is just a slight bitterness that offsets the sweetness. It is not a great stout but it is good and worth a try.

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Photo of EPseja
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed Lion glass from a 12oz can at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Dark, sepia brown with a creamy tight-bubbled cocoa-colored head. Very good retention and patchy, sporadic lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with background notes of raisins, soy and smoke.

T - Nicely smoky, like a slow-burning campfire. Almost burnt coffee sweetness up front followed by a slightly "stale" and mellow middle and a medium dry finish with warming alcohol and an aftertaste of charred dark fruits.

M - Thick and creamy as would be expected. Carbonation is tingly at first, but smooths out for a thick and satisfying finish.

D - A delicious choice for those who like a stout with a big, smoky character. Would also be a good find for devotees of rauchbier. Very enjoyable as a wintertime warmer, or a nightcap.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a can. Pours nearly black with a very thick and frothy light brown head. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate, very roasted malts, and light hops. On the palate, the flavor is fruitier, displaying prune, the chocolate is more of a milk chocolate than dark chocolate. The malts taste a little more like caramel than expected, and the hops add a nice dimension as well. On the palate, this beer is actually lighter than expected, due in large part to the heavy carbonation. The finish is not terribly long. Overall, this is a very drinkable stout.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a snifter. no discernible freshness date.

color is a thick, opaque black with just a hint of ruby red highlights. forms a dense, foamy, light brown, 2 finger head that calms to a film pretty quickly. got some nice chunky lacing too.

smells strongly of worcestershire or soy sauce. also has some dark chocolate, dark fruit and a bit of musty, wet cardboard.

taste is dark, rich and fruity. i'm getting roasted and chocolate malts with hints of coffee and a berry like, fruity sweetness. notes of tobacco and molasses in there too before a long, bittersweet hop finish. alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. i can totally see the comparisons to a port or sherry.

mouthfeel is chewy, thick and smooth with a slight alcohol warming.

drinkability is high considering the alcohol content. i see this beer all the time and can't believe i waited this long to try it. pretty damn good, and on the cheap side for an import. i'll definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I CAN't believe how many different CANned beers are available. The CANQuest began as a lark and has become an obsession. CAN you dig it?

First, this lion came roaring out of its CAN! It looked like oil from the current slick in the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of BP. The head was outrageous, demanding my immediate attention lest its deep-brown rise above the lip of the glass and spill onto my computer. Two fingers that eventually tamed themselves and sat atop the beer like a real lion on a stool. F**ing rampant animals! I despise that! This cat had a real bite on the nose. Deeply roasty with a bit of dark chocolate sweetness, if that passes for sweet for you. Color was ebony black with the light penetration of a black hole. NONE! Zee-roh! Mouthfeel was somewhat thin for a stout, but the taste was dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, my morning coffee (I am a retired US Navy sailor), and smoke. This tasted like the aftermath of a house fire smells. Wow! The finish was dry, smoky, worth seeking out. Good kitty!

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with a thick, rising tan head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malts characterized by coffee mostly.

Tastes of big roasted malts with some small hops to it. Notes of dark chocolate are prevalent with the coffee playing off of it. Some molasses sweetness comes through. Notes of vanilla are also present. A touch of hops form a floral presence.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly rough amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Stigs
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours a big frothy head of khaki colored foam. the beer itself is almost pitch black, just some dark ruby tones when held up to light. think layer of lace left around the glass.

S - nice and roasty, good amount of sweetness in the form of dark fruits, molasses, dark chocolate and just the slightest bit of stale coffee.

T - very sweet - lots of brown sugar, caramel, candied plums...slight bittering from dark chocolate, boozy. lingering sweetness.

M - incredibly smooth, rich and creamy. carbonation is spot on, barely there.

D - good, solid. a bit too sweet for my liking but other people might love it. lovely body, alcohol is noticeable but adds another layer to this.

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Photo of SAxDRC5
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a fairly large, tan head

S: smells great! chocolaty and malty. exactly what I like in a stout.

T: decent, but I was expecting better. Mild malty flavor, strong chocolate and alcohol flavors.

M: pretty thin feeling for a stout. very bubbly. alcohol taste/feel. reminds me of beer flavored champagne.

D: 8% ABV is kinda rough. I've got will power of steel so I could drink a few but i'd rather stop after one.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black brew with a tan head that thinned out but left a trail of lacing.
S - roasted malty aroma with a hint of chocolate licorice.
T - rich, roasted, chocolatey malty taste somewhat similar to a 'Malta' with an alcohol kick.
F - medium bodied brew with a sort of refreshing feel for a stout.
D - goes down easy enough to have another, pace yourself.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass april21 2010

A near jet black with a large mocha head that has good retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S a fair bit of molasses with a little chocolate and some booze

T not far from the smell, the booze is a little more concealed but still quite apparent and I pick up on a little coffee

M quite thin for the color not at all what I expected a little disappointing a little flat too considering how big and thick the head was

D not bad for the strength but not going to blow you away by any means

I don't think of Sri Lanka when I think of a stout but this is a respectable attempt, nothing worth bragging about but no reason to be ashamed either

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Photo of Onenote81
2.41/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Had this beer at a cookout this last weekend. Someone knew I liked stouts, so they grabbed this for me. Poured it into a mug. Pours a thick oil-like black with a large tan head on top. Very good retention; left lots of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Scents of dark fruits, milk chocolate, and some roasted malts.

The body was pretty wet and slick. I expected more here. Too watery. The taste was not doing it for me. Some sourness present reminded me of some milk stouts. Other flavors noted were grape, and faint chocolate notes. Nothing standout here. I couldn't even finish this one. Something about it just wasn't pleasant. I'll pass on this one.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= The can pours a nice black color with a little bit of an amber highlight to it and a nice two finger head rising out of it. The head is a mocha color and makes some nice hissing noises while it sits there with some decent retention as well as a little spotty lacing.

S= Interesting. Smells like a lot of overripe melons and a little sweet maltyness. I don't really smell much roast or coffee to it at all. Smells sort of fruity. Smells exactly like dates! That's it! Dried dates is the smell all the way. Or maybe rasins.

T= Tastes a little more like a beer than a raisin juice. There is a little roastyness to it while not much it is there. The dates and rasins are still there and the most prominant aspect of the beer for sure...

M= Nice coating feel to it but a little too bubbly.

D= Pretty good. After the initial shock of the raisin date juice it is pretty solid. I would but this again sometime just because it's so unique and I've yet to have a beer like it. Who knows I may have a hankerin

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Photo of billab914
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured black with a thick tan head covering the top of the beer. The head faded and clung to the sides of the glass
but left some nice lacing.

The aroma has a little roastedness to it but more of the chocolaty slightly sweet smell than a roasty bitterness. Unfortunately I seem to get a mustiness or almost a very slight sourness to it that I didn't expect and didn't enjoy. I would almost say the bottle might be bad based on the nose but the taste shows no signs of it at all.

The taste shows a lot of chocolate and mocha with a very light bitter roastedness coming through in the finish to help balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it was a pretty smooth drinking stout but wasn't one I'd probably buy again. It had some nice chocolaty flavors to it but it just didn't really wow me.

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Photo of knightred
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought as a close out beer because the cap has a lion on it. I collect bottle caps, and thus I drink outside my comfort zone if I see a new cap. Just noticed, my bottle doesn't have the gold foil top, or else I wouldn't have seen the bottlecap.

A: Nice brown, head is light but chocolate in color. A thinner stout, but still opaque. Lacing is ok when you drink but immediately sinks back to the beer.

S: Chocolate, some malts and molasses like grain smell.

T: Slight metallic taste to me. But I taste metal a lot. The rest is chocolate and light coffee taste. A little smoke perhaps.

M: I want to say thin gruel like mouthfeel. But it doesn't have like pieces of grain in the beer I think the carbonation is causing the chunky feel.

D: Easy to drink. It says it's 8.0% but you really can't tell. It just rolls down the throat and provides a pleasant albeit carbonated chocolate burp.

Myself, I prefer hops in the Sierra Nevada style, but this is surprisingly decent to drink. I was surprised it was from Sri Lanka, I think of more refreshing and lighter lager styles from places that are hotter. I probably wouldn't buy it again, it's not bad just there are more choices in my preferred style. If you are a stout person you should give it a try.

j.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,630 ratings
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