Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka | website

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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893
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3.93
pDev:
15.78%
 
 
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Photo of ByTor2112
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from Toronto. Only $1.85 per bottle. Poured a nice dark color, no light passing through. A thick coffee colored head formed but dissipated leaving a nice thin film that left some light lacing. looked the top of an espresso. Nice sweet coffee aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate. A good bitterness sneaks in first on the palate. A very smooth combination of dark roasted and chocolate malts.A good chocolatey sweetness with a smooth almost silky feel like a milk stout. At 8% I didn't find the alcohol overly present or interfering. A good froth sweetens the brew and brings out a nice bittersweet taste from the roasted barley. I drank this as an after-dinner beer and it was excellent.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Lion Stout pours out almost black with a huge, dense, rocky head. The aroma is cocoa, molasses, and grain. The flavor is very chocolatey. Sweet, but not overly sweet. A bit of fruitiness in the middle along with roasted grain. The finish is all chocolate. The mouthfeel is full. Carbonation is too low. This beer could definitely use some more bubbles. Decent drinkability. Despite the flatness, this is a pretty good stout.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a can into a Bruery tulip. Beer is black and forms a huge dark brown head of small and medium bubbles. Head falls away quickly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is unknown but presumably low due to lack of head retention. Falling head leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is overall a little weak, kind of sweet, mildly smokey, some roasted coffee perhaps. Smells OK.

Beer is medium to thin in body, slightly sweet and finishes nicely with some roasty bitterness. There is some ash like flavors to this beer overall that are less than pleasant but fortunately for it they are minimal. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is also good. Its a decent, kind of sweet, stout.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.

Appearance: A dark cola pour with a sudsy tan head that develops. No visible carbonation noted. No light gets through this one and it appears well filtered.

Smell: Just a touch of dry roasted malts here. Not much going on.

Taste: Starts out dry and then turns pleasantly sweet. Hints of carob, walnuts, and dark grains are noted. Finishes dry and leaves a coffee-type aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch creamy.

Drinkability: Very solid. Nothing over the top but very well done. Just a touch of alcohol on the palate which deserves respect. A nice one to enjoy the cooler weather with. Recommended.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is not very black, almost brown especially in the light with a unique super light tan head. There is good retention and lacing.

The aroma is very light all you get is a brief whisp of alcohol and light hops.

the taste is super light as well that is a sweet hoppiness that feels like water making it ok to drink but overall nothing very special or exciting. Damn you Sri Lanka.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 330 ml bottle labeled "Sinha Stout". My understanding is that it's just the name they use for it around here. Pours a dark, almost opaque brown with a huge head. Drops to a permanent thincover and lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Roasty,and some yeast. Smells good, but unremarkable for a stout.

T - Slight roasted tartness. No noticeable hops. Just a thick, roasted malt. Oh there's some hops I think. Got it at the very back end of the finish. Quite a sweet beer. (not sugary sweet, but you know... sweet :P)

M - A light-ish feel for a stout.

D - Quite good. The 8% abv is covered well.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Black body, tan fringes, and a huge head with good retention.

S: very malty and sweet, like the malt syrups found in ethnic markets.

T: has the sharp sweetness of a milk stout. not much complexity beyond that.

M: nice blend of carbonation and creamy feel. not too far in either direction; good mixture for its style.

D: I sampled this beer at a beer festival a few months ago and didn't like it. This bottle, OTOH, when properly served is solidly above-average in all respects. Goes down easily, and quite inexpensive to boot. Still nothing special though.

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Photo of BierFan
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my branded Lion beer glass.

Big brown head rises up from the pour. Decent head retention. The body of the beer is, of course, black. Smell is loaded with coffee and chocolate. The taste has the coffee and chocolatey elements of the smell. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking, but a thinner body icreases the drinkability.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ish oz bottle to glass. Good stout, has classic roasted flavors, not as heavy mouthfeel as I expected. Fairly easy to drink. Wouldn't guess this is 8% alcohol, very balanced. Left a little sludge in my glass, guess I should drink faster next time. Would buy again.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a deep black color and a medium tan colored head with moderate retention.
The aroma is very pleasant and inviting. Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and some coffee.
Tastes bittery and roasted, with some coffee and little caramel in the back.
Very drinkable, creamy and full of taste.

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Photo of packetknife
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was underwhelmed with this beer. I was expecting more. Its got strong hints of chocolate and smells slightly burnt. It's thinner than it looks but still have a good feel. An ok beer but I wouldn't make it a habit.

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Photo of stodbrew
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with some deep red coming through at the edges. Ok tan head at first, then dissipates to a slight film.

Aroma is dark chocolate and some dark fruit.

Taste is hugely chocolatey up front giving way to a bit of coffee-like roastiness. Somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. It is basically black, but some brown hues at the bottom. It has a good foamy tan head with some solid lacing.

S. It has a malty, chocolate and metallic scent.

T/M. It is quite rich and has a bit of a coffee aftertaste. It is chocolaty with a good deal of a kind of grape sweetness. Smooth but carbonated. Medium body and medium alcohol.

O. It's very solid. I like the mix of flavors. A semi-metallic aftertaste is left though.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Nice very dark black ale with a small light brown head that disappear fast.

S: Everything that you expect. Some coffee and dark chocolate. Vanilla is also present. A little bit of smoke smell and some dark fruits coming from the alcohol.

T: Smoke coming upfront which is kinda surprising since it was a bit weak in the smell. Roasted taste comes in, coffee and almost no chocolate flavour. Some raisins are present too. Definitively a very nice tasting stout. But, there's a strange acid aftertaste that is "meh".

M: Mid to low carbonation. Mid to high mouthfeel. Nicely done here too.

D: mid to low. It warms a lot for such and ABV. I've seen stouts with higher ABV having the alcohol feel much more hidden. Might get tired of the taste after some of these.

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Photo of rastaman
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice. Quite rich, chocolatey, fruity nose. Taste of caramelised sugar (which i didn't particlarly like), then some dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, and bitter roastyness. Pretty famous in beer circles, and hard to belive its from Sri Lanka, i'm happy i finally had it.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 jwhawkins81
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, licorice and roasted malts.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of smokiness that is followed by a hearty roasted malt character. Then some flavors of coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit and spices come in along with a mild sweetness. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty with good complexity, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, although there are others in the style that I would choose first, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of bsend
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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 IrishRedRock
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a well-kept bubbly tan head. Aroma is sweet, cocoa and plum. Flavor is again sweet, but lacks a serious malt profile that is warranted for an 8% ABV stout. Where's the beef? Tastes good enough and is a fairly easy drinker, but lacks complexity and anything to balance the chocolate sweetness and the mildly warming alcohol effect. Though it's full bodied, I expected something with a heartier flavor profile. Despite the bubbly head, carbonation on the palate is quite low. Still, not too shabby, especially if you truly dig stouts.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/9/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense mocha head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, herbal, light char, coffee, and earthiness. Nice aromas with good strength and balance; quite a bit on the fruity side. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, caramel, raisin, molasses, apple, light coffee, herbal, and earthiness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, light fruit, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of roasted flavors with light herbal hoppiness; slight amount of cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a creamy, chalky, and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present on the finish. Overall this is a good foreign stout. Some nice robust roasted flavors with good complexity; quite smooth to sip on. A bit cloying at times, but is a nice sipper.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very dark colour, slight reddish tinge up to the light. Thick and dense ochre head, sinks steadily but looks nice, like frozen coke. Leaves a ring of lacing at the top. Not too special. Otherwise looks great.

Smells quite sour, a lot of burnt notes, but not overly so. A hint of some unsweetened dark chocolate and roasted coffee, and a sharp hint of booziness as well. Oddly enough blends quite well, but not perfectly balanced.

Taste is quite sour. Chocolatey on the front palate, then gets a fruity, almost wheaty organic sourness to it, dark though, roasted and with a light espresso touch to it. Doesn't have a great deal of flavour, just hands out a slightly roasted malt and maybe a touch of oak as well.

Mouthfeel is not bad, very middle of the road though, not very full but certainly not thin. Leaves a little dry, not bad.

Alcohol is very well hidden and frankly I'm not sure where because there isn't really a huge flavour here, I'm very impressed. It's all well and good for American brew-bullies to bombard heavy beers with hops to disguise alcohol, but I think here they've just utilised flavour well.

Very, very drinkable overall. Possibly the most drinkable Asian beer I've ever had, in spite of being dark, and 8%.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as Sinha Stout in Ontario. This stout poured a solid, opaque black with a half inch tan head that lingered. The smell was of fresh toffee or like walking into a kitchen with brownies cooking. I found mild carbonation in the mouth with a bitter, dark chocolate taste giving way to a sweet, nutty aftertaste. A hint of something roasted and a rich, malty mouth feel. Overall, this is a pleasant stout and hard to believe it's eight percent alcohol.

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Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, black body with a thick, creamy head. Sweet chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted malt grains make up the core of the smell. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Silky. Chocolate, hop bitterness, and a rather strong alcohol flavor dominates the taste.

A decent, strong stout. A little heavy on the alcohol taste, but otherwise is a well-rounded dark ale.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so Michael Jackson (you know which one) is actually sticking his head on the back label now, I guess I have to try it, marketing people take note!

Props to Sri Lanka for kicking out a good beer, usually stuff from that area tastes like the Kellogg's Rice Krispies version of Budweiser.

Though I liked this beer, it wasn't the end-all, be-all of my stout beer experience. Smells and tastes of roasted coffee malts with a bit of chocolatey goodness on top. A tiny bit of left-in-the-coffee-pot-too-long burn smell and taste going on though. Barely detectable alcohol subterfuge going on here, you'll notice the punch more in your forebrain later than on your tongue. Slightly chewy and very smooth, a good drinkable beer, puts Sri Lanka on the map for sure. Got me on the Mothership, but didn't take me to Funkytown.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.
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