Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

Lion StoutLion Stout
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75%
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3.91 w/ 1,625 ratings
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
Ranking:
#6,150
Reviews:
906
Ratings:
1,625
Liked:
1,219
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
11.76%
Alströms:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
147
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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with a solid two+ fingers of chocolate
hued head. I don't know that I've seen such
a strong crown come out of a bottle.

S: Sweet malty aroma with strong overtones of
coffee and cocoa.

T: Intense flavor, sweet upon introduction with
a coffee bittnerness at the back of the
pallet. The malt concentration is intense
and the blend of cocoa and coffee is master-
ful.

M/D: Nice and creamy with moderate carbonation
and a supremely smooth drink. The ABV
makes having a few nice and easy.

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Photo of Mayhem976
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, unable to pass light through my glass as I hold it up to the light. Has a medium tan size head that fades quickly with small fingers.

S- Strong coffee smell, finishes off with a slight semi sweet chocolate smell. On smell alone I have to say this is the best smelling stout I've ever had the pleasure of inhaling.

T- Strong coffee and hop flavor, finishes with a "slight" bit of sweetness but not a chocolate sweetness which I would have loved.

M- Medium thickness with slight carbonation.

D- Great stout from Sri Lanka, almost perfect!

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Photo of Keith238
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FANTASTIC ! I wish I had bought more than a 6 pack because I could drink 1 or 2 more than that.

Notes of chocolate and coffee in both the nose and the palate. Deep ruby in color with a tan lacing in my glass. Hints of toffee and vanilla as well. Michael Jackson called it his favorite stout so who am I to say anything else. 8% abv, full of flavor, a do NOT miss beer.

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Photo of zosoworm
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Mocha and Toffee up front with a toasty and caramel behind. A little alcohol warming as well.

Appearance: Black with a hint of copper. Dark tan head that last a good while.

Flavor: Sweetness on the tongue. Chocolate and toffee flavors. Moves to a dry finish and a caramel after taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy.

Overall: Nicely balanced. Good dark stout to drink on a cold night.

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Photo of jsh420
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours pitch black with a 2 finger tan head that leaves lacing down the glass

smell is mostly cocoa coffee and burnt malts

taste is roasted malts and chocolate and some sweet fruit which is the 8%abv

mouthfeel is a tad thin with but atleast not guinness thin

drinkability is good - this reminded me of a RIS light

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Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in the May shipment of my beer of the month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Black (or at least exceedingly dark brown) and opaque with a nice tan head and significant lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, coffee, burnt malt.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, molasses and some alcohol. Kind of reminds me of dark rum. Little bit of a sugary alcohol aftertaste that I am not a fan of.

Feel: Chewy and somewhat thick. Relatively low carbonation and quite smooth. Oily feel detracts slightly.

Drinkability: Very easy sipper; almost too easy considering the 8%.

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

A: Shiny brown with dark red/maroon. The head is tremendous with golden avalanches swirling to a firm settled three finger cap. As with a beer of this high octane, didn't expect nor noticed lace.

S: The nose was full of roasted black malt with a dark and dry coco. A dash of coffee but musty overall.

T: First and foremost is the roasted barley rather than the bittersweet chocolate. A slight smack of the lips uncovers the molasses and a spice, anise perhaps. I could not place the hops within, but a floral one and delicious overall.

M: Not impressed at the start, a wee bit light but grows smoother with silk undertones.

D: Lion Stout is a constant mixture of sweet and bitter. The different flavors hit your taste buds and then overtake your entire mouth, cheeks and jowls. This was a very good beer and makes me very eager to find more export stouts.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, 3 fingers of beige head with very good retention.

Smell - It is hard to explain what, but something seems wrong with the odour. It is not too different to the odour of most stouts, but it seems a little off.

Taste - The predominant taste is one of sweet coffee, but it isn't particularly strong. This didn't appeal to my preference for more complex stouts.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth.

Drinkability - Good for an 8% ABV stout.

Overall - This just didn't quite stand up to my favourite stouts. Perhaps Arjuna Ranatunga peed in it.

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

Purchased a small growler at Halftime in Poughkeepsie, on the lookout for a beer from Sri lanka for a work project.
Above average head poured into three plastic cups poolside, smelled more "boozy" than anything else. Tasted sweet and malty, too sweet for my taste, and a bit oily.
Perhaps worth a try, but I would not purchase again.

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Photo of nate4g63
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A = Nice and dark like typical stouts, nice foam head at first, settled to a lower 1/2 layer as it settled.

S = I feel it had a very strong, almost boozy smell, definitely tastes different than it smells. A little bit of a malty chocoalte smell, but not overpowering.

T = Good chocolate and coffee flavors throughout. It seemed to kind of juggle them back and forth.

M = Pretty thick like normal stouts, nothing crazy or surprising here for me.

D = It's has a great drinkability. Just watch out on the 8% ABV, it could catch up with you faster than you think. I wouldn't go out and get smashed on this stuff, but it can be drank all night if you pace yourself.

Overall, give this beer a try, most stout and porter drinkers should enjoy this.

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Photo of jordansbaker
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very sweet stout. Very different from the dry stouts I'm used to (guiness extra stout... etc.). Strong chocolate, light coffee, and roasty malt taste. Mouthfeel is thick and grainy, like a meal in a glass. I like to swish the last bit in the bottom to get the residue out of the bottle. Really fun to drink. What a surprise from Sri Lanka! Similar but better to other cream stouts I've had.

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Photo of tpd975
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rich dark flat black hue. The head is nice and tall made up mostly of big bubbles at first. It tightens up and a nice 1/4 inch pad lingers and lingers. Wonderful lace. A real looker.

S: Rather mild aromas. Hints of roasty malt and chocolate. A touch of plums and a dash of metal.

T: Rather good. Simple but tasty. Nice bold roast character up front. Lots of rich dark chocolate and a touch of coffee and dark fruit.

M: Lighter side of medium in body. It is rich, smooth, and damn drinkable.

Search this one out, its a nice tasty treat.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Emerges nearly pitch black with a tiny bit of cocoa nibs highlights around the very edges. A creamy, slightly tan head forms and remains about 1/2 inch in size during the entire consumption of the beer.

Aroma is quite fruity with a minimal amount of roasty, stout like characters. This seems to fall a bit short on the export front. Slightly metallic. Very porter-like.

Flavor resembles the aroma. Minimal roastiness with a pronounced fruitiness and a touch of burnt chocolate. Raw chocolate and raisins. Again, more like a porter.

Creamy mouthfeel and finishes a touch dry. This is perhaps the most drinkable 8% beer I have had. I would have guessed around 5% abv. No alcohol in flavor, aroma or tastes. Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but far from great.

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Photo of wingman14
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown tins and a dark brown head. The smell is sweet with smoky flavor, and heavy malt tones. The taste starts malty and smoky and finishes sweet. The ABV is hard to detect. The finish is malty with a hint of the smoky flavor. The mouthfeel is great, milky smooth, not super heavy-just a medium mouthfeel, great flavor balance, and a perfect carbonation for a stout. The drinkability is nice, the flavor can keep you coming back. This one is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of mambiso1123
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of this on impulse at a bar that sells beer from around the world. I'd never heard of this brew, but I decided to give Sri Lanka a try.

Wow.

This blew me away. It has a nice chocolatey flavor, but it's thick and smooth at the same time. It's strong enough that you can only have 2 without getting plastered.

I just bought a six pack from a high end liquor store for 9.99. Imagine, swill sells for about 2 dollars less. This will be on frequent rotation in my fridge. A great find!!!!

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Photo of SpruceFish
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black and opaque the way a stout should be

S- sweet roasted malts milk chocolate

T- sweet again and chocolate a good amount of roastyness

M- thick a little chewy good carbonation

D- really good no booze to it at all kind of a hot day stout i feel

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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 IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black color, no light, only a faint brown twinge to it. Provides a two finger brown head.

S: Lots of burnt and roasted malts. Espresso/coffe and cocoa are the most predominant scents, with some dried fruit.

T: Just like the scents. The cocoa hits up front followed by some very faint dry fruit. The backend provides the coffee. The coffee is the backbone of this beer.

M: A decent about of carbonation, just about the right amount.

D: A really nice Stout. A moderate ABV makes this beer enjoyable.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed while cleaning some old tools and things in my workshop.

A-Attractive shiny black beer. Dark tan head rose lusciously off the pour, then reduced slowly to a thin layer.

S-Chocolate is thick, roasted malt with it. Hints of dried fruits, maybe some dark berry aromas.

T-Chocolate and roasted malts appear and are quickly usurped by dark fruity esters. These then bow down to the returning biumverate of chocolate and roast. Finishes with a slight alcohol, hoppy and roasty.

M-Moderate-low carbonation, contributing a pleasant prikle on my tongue. Body is medium-full, feeling big and great, slick and almost chewey.

D-Pretty good. The first of many stronger and fuller stouts that I had ever tried, I am happy to find that I still thoroughly enjoy this brew.

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

Poured this 625 ml bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep jet black (no light was getting through) color with a mocha cherry creamy looking head. A standard pour yield a 2 finger head.

Smell: Heavy molasses smell mixed with dry candied fruit.

Taste: The beginning of a sip starts out with as previously mentioned sweet molasses that moves into prune undertones. Finally sweet dry fruit (apricots especially) round it out. Light amounts of alcohol while it was cold became very noticeable when warm.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, creamy feel all around the mouth. Good for the style.

Drinkability: I could have had another 625 ml bottle afterwards but then I would have to try something lighter.

Final Thoughts - I have always wanted to try this stout and finally got to with the single bottle. Decent to purchase a single bottle every now and then however a six pack at the current price limits this one a bit for me.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours jet black opaque color with a creamy beige head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Smokey malt nose with aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

T- Strong roasted malt flavor with a blend of coffee. Some bitter chocolate can be detected in the finish along with a peppery smoked flavor.

M- Medium/full, smooth and creamy a bit oily though. Somewhat chewy and a lingering roasted aftertaste.

D- Not a bad brew, just nothing overly complex.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black, with a huge creamy mocha colored head. Great retention, good lacing.

Nose has a nice roasty quality, and sweet milk chocolate and fruit. Maybe even some light vanilla in there. It smells like a milk stout with a heavier roast profile.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet start, dark fruity and chocolate. There's a slight tinge of floral hops, and the sweetness gives way to a nice bitterness, from the hops and roast. Very good balance. The contrasting flavors work well together.

Body is lighter (medium) than expected for a stout, but it's very very smooth. Really soft creamy feel. The 8% never really makes itself known. This is one of the more drinkable stouts I've tasted.

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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee, FL.

Pours completely black with a two-finger dark tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, molasses, and dark chocolate, in that order. As it warms the chocolate aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The roasted malt flavors are not quite as strong as the aroma led me to believe as they give way to molasses and dark chocolate flavors fairly quickly. The ending has a nice bitterness but also manages to leave a sweet malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but still manages to go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more, even with the 8% ABV.

Overall this is a very solid stout, comparable to a strong Milk Stout. Worth a shot.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/black with a rbown frothy head, some fair lacing.

Deep roasted malt and dark dried fruit hints in the aroma. I got a good whiff of booze too.

Dark roasted malt, coffee grounds (burnt), some creamy/slightly sour edge in there -- maybe molasses or licorice - some dark fruit, bitter chocolate. With all of these things going on, still kinda run of the mill. Did not really get kicked in the face by the alcohol, but if you are looking for it, it is not hard to find.

Body was creamy and mouth coating.

Overall -- eh. Glad I tried it, not really blowing me away. It was a sipper for sure, but I'm glad I didn't have 5 more in the fridge. Just worth checking out, but one and done for me.

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Photo of bort11
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, pouted into a standard pint glass. Tall fluffy mocha tan head, slow to recede. Leaves spidery rings on the glass with each sip. Color is almost black brown, with ruby/garnet highlights.

Smell is sweet chocolate mixed with chili pepper. Taste is a highly creamered coffee with bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but the carbonation is a little too much. Solid stout.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 75% out of 100 with 1,625 ratings
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