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
Ranking:
#6,272
Reviews:
907
Ratings:
1,630
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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79
Gots:
147
Trade:
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Photo of 88caprice
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Pitch black. Light brown head. Lots of lacing. Big aroma of sweetened chocolate and alcohol up front. Also dark roasted malts, sugar, coffee, and a hint of butterscotch. A sweet chocolate taste. Low carbonation and hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wyllder
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a healthy caramel head and leaves a good lacing as you go.

Nose is a pleasant mix of dark chocolate and black cherry scents with a pungent background. There's no mistaking the presence of alcohol here. But it's still an appealing and intriguing aroma.

Taste is pungent at first, and turns sweet on the midsip with a creamy chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Aftertaste is bitter chocolate backed up by black cherry.

Mouthfeel & drinkability suffer a bit from being a bit too pungent IMO.

Still, a very good stout and certainly different from the norm.

Wyll-

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Poured into a Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours a dark cola brown with 2 inches of head the color of milky coffee.

S-Condensed milk sweetness, malted milk balls, Hershey's chocolate.

T/M-Medium bodied and creamy, with low to moderate carbonation. Less roasty than I expected, given the style. Very smooth and creamy, with condensed milk sweetness and light notes of toffee. The finish had a slight metallic tang that diminished as I continued drinking.

D- A 6-pack of this excellent stout sells for just $8.99! Not a bad deal at all.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

The beer is a deep black with a fair head that fades to a light layer. There is a small amount of lacing. The smell is smoke, roasted grain and coffee. The taste is rich and the coffee and oatmeal flavors show up prominatly. The mouthfeel is good, with the abv well hidden untill the aftertaste where is shows a little. The drinkability as good as I could drink this beer again.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice thick, dark, mahogany, nearly black but not quite. Has a nice mellow brown head that put up two fingers of awesome froth. As it calmed down there was plenty of nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of burnt thick malts, some chocolate and coffee present as well.

Some malted barley hits your tongue at first, followed by bittersweet chocolate and maybe some raisins. There is a sweet, musty aftertaste that tastes a little syrupy, not quite sure what it is. Good, complex flavor.

Not an extremely heavy mouthfeel, as I first expected. About medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonatoin for a stout.

Pretty big and tasty, also very complex. Pretty drinkable for a stout.

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

this one is sold as Sinha Stout here in Canada, but the label is otherwise the same.

pours an opaque black with 3/4" of dense brown head. the head is slow to drop and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is nice. roasty and malty. coffee and milk chocolate. bready malt. has a bright and fresh character that is not typical of a stout.

taste is nice. strong burnt roastyness. dark chocolate. dried cranberries. mild bitterness. nice caramel sweetness. very well balanced.

mouthfeel is great. good mouthfeel that isn't overly heavy. nice carbonation level.

drinkability is great. really tasty and enjoyable beer.

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

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

As a frequent visitor to South Asia I have done my best to find a good, locally produced beer. Despite being leading beer producers India, for instance, have yet to put a decent beer on the market. As things stand it's Sri Lanka that is the beer champion of the region. The market is dominated by two breweries: McCallum and Lion in a pretty much even race. Both of them do a good stout. My Lion Stout poured pitch black with little foam. Smelling of ashes, cold cuts, coffee and some alcohol. The taste was rather sweet and a little bitter with a strong note of alcohol. There were also notes of chocolate, coffee and ashes. Maybe a tinge too sweet for my taste but proves that good beers can be produced in South Asia.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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