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Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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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

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pDev:
11.76%
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Photo of Coplains
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into pint glass. Pours black with a two finger breadth of mocha foam that dissipates with no lacing. Smells of coffee and chocolate with hint of alcohol. Taste is quite nice with flavor of coffee and slight sweetness. A solid stout from somewhere that I had never thought to buy beer from. Would buy again.

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Photo of Raven3464
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black body is topped with a brown "mocha" head.

Smell: Main smells are dark chocolate, coffee and toffee. There is a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: In a word, wonderful! The coffee taste dominates when the beer is chilled and roasted malts start to take over as the beer warms. Along the way there is a hint of chocolate. There is a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste, which should probably be expected from an ABV of almost 9%.

Mouth feel: The beer is creamy but feels heavy, likely from the high ABV.

Overall: This is a very good stout from an unlikely place (Sri Lanka). The coffee and chocolate tastes are perfectly balanced, the aroma is great, and the alcohol content is just right for a stout (in my opinion). I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep cloudy black, 2 finger tan head, good lacing

S: malt, nutty, smoky, hint of licorice

T: sweet cocoa, malt, nutty, alcohol long light bitter finish

M: med body, slight creamy/smooth body

O: Shocked that a very nice brew could come
from a most unusual place, Sri Lanka.
Well done; sip this gem. Think
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from SE Asia.

VERY NICE, WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of CHickman
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a nice foamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing clinging to the glass.

Smells of roasted coffee, toasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, licorice, date or fig, caramel or syrup and some burnt wood; nice rich nose that's toasty and roasted.

Tastes of roasted coffee, licorice, toasted malt, cocoa, chocolate powder, date or fig, caramel, syrup, light yeast or wet bread like cardboard, light alcohol like a splash of Sambuca and some burnt wood; tastes like a stout strained through a coffee filter, which I found enjoyable. This is a one trick pony: roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with light carbonation, a heavy body and an overall iced coffee feel. There was a little bitter nip at the end, which could be from hops or the roasted malts; either way, it was pretty easy to drink. A good stout that hides the ABV well, but just not a great stout. Worth a try if you like stouts.

2015 Update: Had a very well aged bottle of this stout and it held up quite well. The coffee, yeast and caramel came through the most and the sweetness tamed the bitterness and made it pretty smooth.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a code printed on the bottle, but a bottling date isn't readily deciphered.

A: Black with a thick, light brown head that retains poorly.

S: Faint nose of chocolate and bitter roast. The sensation of alcohol comes through.

T: Sweet, dark, dried fruit (including prunes) and some bitter roast. The alcohol is not hidden. The beer is sweeter and fruitier than I like, but there's a nice roasty aftertaste.

M: Medium with brisk carbonation. A bit thin.

O: In spite of the sweetness, I could drink another but for the abv. I would like to try this again with desert, perhaps an almond cake.

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Photo of Bmuncy
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, though slivers of light barely make it through the edges. Creamy mocha head forms a one finger and though it goes away quickly, a small bit remains throughout.

Smell: Deliciously smelling beer. Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, slight hops and strong malt aromas fill the nostrils. Not overly complex but still very pleasant.

Taste: Chocolate and mocha right off, some bitterness and some sweetness as well. It's extremely delicious and the flavors work well together in a great synergy.

Mouthfeel: Probably the weak spot. It's a medium bodied brew that is very creamy and somewhat smooth. It's certainly above average but it stands out as being the weak link.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I got this I saw what the price tag was and I was hoping that it was going to be good. I took a 4 pack to my friends house one chilly night in 2008. The beer poured out as a dark black brew that had foamy brown colored head. The head settles a bit but still managed to leave a pretty good lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer is very roasted with a good amount of coffee on the nose. The taste has some really nice roasted flavors in there mixed with chocolate. The mouthfeel is pretty thick feeling. Overall this beer is very enjoyable to me. I am glad I've had it and I'd really like to have it again one day.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plain pub pint glass. 1 in. dark brown head. dark black color with lacing.

Smell was heavy in malt, coffee, and a hint of chocolate and hops at the end.

Initial flavor of roasted malt with coffee and chocolate flavors. finished with some residual sweetness.

Thick and creamy mouth-feel

Wow.... really good stout!!! That's all i can even say... On my list of new favorites for sure. I can't wait to have another

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick and pure black with a tan two-fingered head. Not much lacing to speak of.
Smells like coffee, molasses and dark fruit, blackberry and currants.
Flavor is roasted grain, dark roasted coffee with a bit of the fruit and a little sweetness on the end. Given the amount of alcohol and how thick it looked I was expecting more sweetness. However, the bitterness from the dark roasted malts (and I am assuming a decent hit of hops) seems to keep that in check.
As the beer starts to warm up I actually get that dark fruit a lot more.
Mouthfeel is nice although I would appreciate a little tighter carbonation.
I like this stout a lot and it was pretty inexpensive for the amount of alcohol it has in it. Another nice option for a canned beer, and I am always happy to see that.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mostly black in color with cola brown showing when tilted and held to light. Huge tan head pours out, 4 fingers or so. Leaves behinds almost thin, hard to see lacing..it almost looks like my glass is dirty. Normally, I would give this a 4.5, but I spotted some floaters when pouring the beer and while I know it's dumb, it kind of grossed me out.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar. This has everything I'm looking for in the smell of a stout.

T: Largely follows the nose, but for some reason, there's just a little let down here. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee. I'm not getting the brown sugar in the taste, but I do get a little licorice..there seems to be a little floral fruitiness to the taste as well.

M: It's unexpected, but this is a little on the thin side. Dry finish. Nice aftertaste.

O: This is a really nice beer that I may have continued overlooking if not for a friend's recommendation. This has everything one would look for in a stout, but there's just something a little something missing from the taste(not quite sure what) and the body is a bit of a let down. At any rate, I'm glad I picked this up and will purchase again in the future.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the LCBO, was surprised to see its rating so I figured I'd give it a try. The packaging is different in Canada, going under the name "Sinha".

A - Good amount of frothy mocha head. The retention is quite respectable, hanging around as a film for many minutes. The lacing is also good, leaves several thin strands around the glass.
S - Hmmm, not too many bold flavours jump out. I'm mainly greeted by a cold coffee aroma that I am hoping will dissipate as it warms. Extremely subtle hints of milk chocolate are also present, but don't really pronounce themselves.
T - So starting with a bottle fresh out of the fridge, it has that kind of cold and thin coffee taste that carries through into the taste, along with a sweet chocolate flavour. Roasted malts definitely carry through in the finish, which is a saving grace for the taste.

After it has the chance to warm up the flavours come together much more nicely, as one would expect. That kind of old, cold coffee taste remains, but is pleasantly subdued with heavy roasted malts and much darker chocolate notes.

M/D - A little more carbonation and a bit lighter than I prefer a stout, but all in all it's pretty easy drinking and doesn't have that syrupy feeling that some other cheaper ones have.

O - I'd say it's a pretty solid stout. It lacks the character and intensity of heavier stouts from more well-known breweries, but it's still drinkable and is by no means off-putting.

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Photo of colts9016
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally am able to drink this beer, when I read about this beer from Michael Jackson’s book I had to try it. There are several beers in that book that I would love to try, but many are no longer being brewed. I poured this beer into a nonic glass at 47 degrees.
Appearance: A foamy creamy tan head that has fair retention; moreover, the head is two fingers thick and left a little lacing on the glass. The color the beer is used motor oil black with a very dark reddish brown hue. The clarity of the beer is opaque and there is some carbonation bubble on the side of the glass.
Nose: roasted dark malt that is biscuit, caramel, and a burnt note. Other aromas are coffee, chocolate, solvent, grainy, and phenols.
Taste: A dark roasted malt, caramel, burnt notes, and biscuit. Other flavors are strong dark coffee, chocolate, grainy, hint of wood, yeast, and phenols.
Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, slightly warming and coating. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium as well. This is a good beer but there is nothing that stands out to me, which makes it a fantastic beer; nonetheless, this is a beer that is must for many BA’s that enjoys stouts.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a solid khaki head. Good retention with ruby highlights

S: Toffee, caramel, cocoa, big roasted notes, and burnt sugar - almost brown sugar

T: Burnt sugar again, bittersweet, dark fruits and berries

MF/O: Pretty viscous but not on the extreme end. A nice one, especially given the $1.20 price tag

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a head reluctant to emerge but then blooming to 2" in a lovely mocha color. Dark as black coffee. Almost no smell at all, and in fact almost no taste initially too. As it warmed a little and sat and opened up a little some subtle chocolate malt flavor emerged and that was pretty good, not great but good. There's also an odd something extra, kind of like a cola or rum flavor. Anyway, nothing offensive in it, and it's easy to drink, and for a foreign import from such an unusual source I thought it was a success.

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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 SamN
3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lion Stout in a can. It's gotta be done.

Pours a pretty thick blackness. Head is notable; beautiful notes of brown and tan. Loose and and little filmy. Excellent crown to a big black stout. Smell is a little sour; some vinegar, coffee notes, molasses. Not the typical stout smell; sweeter, a little sour, no oak, vanilla or bourbon notes to be found. Taste follows smell pretty closely. This definitely has a sweet edge to it. I also get some grape skins in the taste. The main roasted malt taste is upfront, which gives way pretty quickly to a sweet/sour and tinny finish. Some coffe and cocoa detectable. Not bad, interesting tastes, not a stout I'd drink very often. I can see drinking this fresh off the tap on a tropical island, beachin it up.

Has a distinct sour bite to it I don't care for. Don't know if it's a bad can; is that possible? I seem to like it much more out of the bottle.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Jet black color with massive fluffy mocha brown head with no lacing. Left behind some brown sentiment in the bottom of the glass.

S- Notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, and toffee

T- Notes of sweet dark fruit, roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, toffee, caramel, and vinegar. Finishes with a nice little alcohol burn.

M- Soft, velvetly mouthfeel, and warming. I have never had a beer that was this smooth and textural pleasing.

O- A very well-crafted complex stout that has an incredible soft and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a a great waterfall, big fluffy head, nice retention and lacing to start though it fades after time. Near black with a dark tan head.
Smell is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoked beef. Well balanced.
Taste is notes of toasted malt, coffee, alcohol (whiskey?) and smoke.
Slightly watery with a dry finish, a la Guinness. Medium effervescence . Nice warming alcohol bloom. Relatively rich for a weak body. Smoothish and flavorful. Quiite quaffable in a way that an Imp. stout would not be because it isn't a meal, more of a companion to one or even as a sessionable beer despite the 8% ABV. Drink it a little slower.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color--only some traces of brownish amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It has a light amount of carbonation and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of molasses and raisins plus hints of alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of roasted malts and has notes of alcohol, licorice, molasses and raisins. The initial taste is slightly sweet.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is present in the finish along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength and the presence of alcohol in the smell and taste. This is a good beer to sip on a cold day.

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Photo of BB1313
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. First off, I'll say this beer gets better and better as it warms up. It's bottle-conditioned, by the way. Pours black w/ an off-white creamy head that sticks around and nice lacing. Very good looking brew. The aromas were faint at first, but as it warmed up, they opened up tremendously. Tons of chocolate. There's also a nice roastiness to this one. Chocolate dominates this one, but in a very good way. There's also a nice milky sweetness, which is very plesant. There's no lack of flavor, very rich and bold. The mouthfeel is almost perfect. Extremely heavy, thick, and creamy; full-bodied. The carbonation is there, but not overdone. The alcohol isn't noticeable in the flavors, but it finishes w/ some warmth. Very bold beer w/ a vicious body.

I definitely enjoyed this one. Next time I'll have to try it canned. This is an all around great stout that should be respected. It's also very economical considering the style, quality, flavors, and high ABV. Great stout from Sri Lanka.. recommended!

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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 shand
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours fairly black with just a hint of brown highlights. A healthy mocha head makes its presence known on the pour, but quickly reduces to wisps on the top. The smell is of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, and a hint of dark fruits and hops. The taste comes through, with everything kind of coming through at once. It's a taste banquet of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. A bit of bittering hops make their presence known on the finish.

The mouthfeel is very enjoyable, it's not aggressively thick as some higher ABV stouts can be. And the drinkability is superb for a higher ABV stout. This is a strange brew for my first one from Sri Lanka! For such a tropical climate, it's a bit strange that this is their main export. I'm not complaining though, this is an excellent stout that I really enjoyed drinking.

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

Poured from a bottle.

Super black. The head pours huge, tan, fluffy. Lots of malt, chocolate, and a winey smell come through.

Quite flavorful. Grapey, even. More of a sweet chocolate versus a dark.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, thick, yet it goes down smooth, with a slight alcohol bite.

For my first export stout, this is fantastic.

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good one!!! Pours a dense black color with no light getting through. Big nicely carbonated tan head with average retention. Spotty patches of lacing. Aroma is malty, vinuous and a hint of chocolate.

Big flavor. Malt and vinuous flavor (port wine) with some chocolate as well. This is a robust beer with strong, pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. This goes down about as smooth as a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. Only at the end is there a mild alcohol bite, which doesn't last long.

Overall, this is a very good stout.

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Photo of foogerd
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a tan head and some lacing

S- Sweet malts, honey and powdered chocolate, some sweet lactose. Not as strong of an aroma as I would like.

T- Pretty bitter at the beginning then the sweetness comes through presenting bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, very dry bitter finish with some bitter booze of a finish, I think I get some anise at the end as well.

M- Rich and creamy with moderate carbonation.

O- Above average Export Stout, pick one up if you see it.

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