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

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

I had the lager <shudder> now on to the stout. Nice deep cocoa color with a tan head that yeilds some lacing. Smells of a nice blend of roastyness and linger sweet malt but a little too clean. Nice flavoring for a company that makes sucha bad lager. Full robust roasted flavors with a touch of alcohol. Nice decnt stout body, I will visit this again as the $2 price was nice.

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

Pours out opaque and black, with a firm cream head, lots of sticky lace. The aroma is light toasted coffee, slightly pungent. Initial taste is caramel, sweet malt, unsweetened dark chocolate and coffee over prune and molassses. Mouthfeel is gentle carbonation, dry astringent esters. Finish is dry, leaving a metallic taste on the tongue. After all the hoopla I was expecting more complexity. No where near the quality of Stone's Imperial Russian Stout. Very much a run-of-the-mill stout.

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Photo of jakester
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a case of this at The Beer Mart in Reading, PA. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours an almost opaque black with only dark garnet color showing through around the edges. A very nice dark tan head of tight foam forms on top, falls to a coating, and leaves very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and somewhat fruity, with notes of burnt cherries or raisins. Spicy hops are also present. There IS a smell here, lingering, that is metallic or chalky, that is not pleasant. The smell of black licorice becomes stronger as it warms.

Flavor is strong roasted barley, masked fairly well by a decent amount of sugar. Coffee and chocolate flavors are right there in your face, but not really overdone. This IS a strongly flavored Export stout, however. Hop bitterness is fairly high, but pretty well balanced. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Aftertaste is burnt sugar and sweet.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. The finish definitely dries out toward the end.

I would drink this again. There's something about the smell I don't care for, but the taste and kick are good.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A random score from the local LCBO...

A - Pours pitch black with a thumb of big bubbled cola looking head which quickly dissipates leaving no real lacing.

S - Burnt grains, dark cocoa and sugary sweetness with a lingering malted milk finish.

T - Dark cocoa, burnt toast, leafy greens, hint of burnt sugar sweetness and a touch of ABV heat. Finishes with the dark cocoa and ABV sweetness lingering.

M - Medium bodied, surprisingly sweet and finishes wet with a touch of heat.

O - Heavy of the burnt characteristics, but tasty nonetheless. The ABV is surprisingly well hidden, making it quite drinkable. I would buy this again and certainly wouldn't pass up the opportunity to drink it if the option were available.

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Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deepest black color with a thick dark caramel head that vanishes quickly.
Aroma of licorice, creamy chocolate, vanilla and coffee.
Sweet and bold flavor with notes caramels, coffee, cocoa, spices, vanilla, roasted malts and a hint of all major hops, citrus, herbal and earthy. Dry aftertaste with a lingering spiciness challenging its sweetness.
Full body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8.8% is hidden behind its malty base.
Bold beer from the unexpected Sri Lanka, nice and complex regarding both malt and hops with lots of chocolate, but a tad on the sweet side which makes it a bit cloying.
Ap.3,75 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,75

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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 nlmartin
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was purchased at Piazza Decepoli for $3.99 for a 625ml bottle. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a straight black coloration. The head is very thick with a creamed coffee colored head. The beer has nice head retention and leaves rings of lace on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a coffee and subdued chocolate malty smell. The beer also has a very present and inoffensive alcohol smell.

Taste: The beer has a ok medium roasted coffee taste. There is a bit of chocolate to the taste. The beer has some spicy anise notes. There is a bit of a metallic twang to the aftertaste that detracts from a otherwise good beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very creamy and very smooth. The beer is full bodied. The beer hides its alcohol well in the taste. If it wasnt for the metallic aftertaste I would rate this beer much higher. This is a pretty good beer inspite of the metallic aftertaste. I will definately purchase this beer again. If I have future bottles of this without the metallic aftertaste I will re-review this beer.

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Photo of nate4g63
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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 WJVII
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass (room temp) this brew was coffee black with a brownish gray head that left nice lacing. The brew has a smoky smell with chocolate notes and a mild floral nose. The taste is mild with a medium body. The after taste is very smooth. There are some deep flavors of roasted malts, but not too much on the sweet side. The balance is nice, no bitterness, and very smooth. This is a nice brew, decent balance but not really something I could drink more than one or two at a time.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one looks like a damn fine stout--pitch black with big creamy tan head that sticks around for a while. Smell is primarily sweet with substantial coffee notes. One dimensional, but pleasant. Taste is good, with coffee, roasted malt, and maybe a bit of hops poking through. Dark chocolate is in there too. A hint of phenol and some alcohol as well. Smooth drinking stout, but not extremely robust. A good session beer for sure, and a tremendous value at $3.29 a bomber.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always intrigued to try a craft brew out of a can...

Poured a very dark, black almost oil-like liquid. Good first impression

The smell was about what I would expect from a stout; some hints of dried fruit and a little smokiness

Mouthfeel was nothing special and I noticed there was very little carbonation.

I tasted dried fruit, smokiness, some bitter chocolate and a very amount of malt. A decent stout but not by favorite. There was a little bit of booziness at first but that faded as I drank the beer.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Trappitst Westvleteren tulip glass. No idea the of the bottling date, my guess is fall 2011. Pour yields a dark brown almost black color, with frothy light brown head -- looks like a thick coffee. Two finger head recedes leaving some lacing and a thin layer of head; a bit more than a black a coffee, with a lighter head. Smell is not too overwhelming, not much there. Coffee and oatmeal aromas present, with a hint of licorice. Taste is nice and clean, coffee and oatmeal is persistent, but nothing too over the top. Hints of burnt flavors on the end. It is roasty. Mouthfeel is very clean and smooth, no bite. Feels like coffee roasts with no lingering harshness or bitterness. Overall this is a decent stout. Not my first choice or "go-to" by any means, but something I enjoy. If you like stouts, Lion Stout is something nice and easy to try.

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Photo of Mdog
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, enormous head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted notes, a little sweet hickory bbq.

Taste: Dark fruit, mild dark chocolate, not too bitter or too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Felt light for an imperial stout (which I now see it is not), still maybe a little light for its strength.

Drinkability: The lightness almost makes it dangerously drinkable.

Saw a can of this on the singles shelf so I figured I'd check it out. I thought it was an imperial stout due to the ABV, but it definitely doesn't have as much flavor as most imperials. It is very drinkable, quite light for a 8% beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sinha Stout, 330mL bottle, B/B Apr 2005.

Appearance: Opaque black syrupy fluid with a tan head which almost looks rose-coloured. Close inspection with bright light shows moderate carbonation and mahogany colour.

Smell: Solvent alcohol, date, raisin, cocoa, maybe even stone fruit. Complex but still refreshing.

Taste: Smooth, chocolatey, bitter, very nice, but not particularly unusually good,

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy but quite interesting. Definitely creamy. As a result, drinkability is impressive. Although I wouldn't drink it all night, but it's a nice stout overall.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Lion Brewery Limited's Lion Stout last week for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. It's been a long time since I've had this beer and I'm pretty sure it was one of the first stouts I had, so lets see what I think of it now. Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. 2015 Vintage.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a black color that barely let any light in and it had three fingers worth of very slightly lighter brown head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a boozy aroma being the first to show up and it's followed by some fruity yeast with some apple and pear aromas sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which have some roast to them, but it's a little on the lighter side and it seems like there more sweet and grainy malt aromas being imparted. The aroma is nice, but I wish it was less boozy with more roast.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little roastier and not as boozy, it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but the time the roast shows up more and there's even a light charred and smokey flavor. Up next comes the fruity yeast and it impart the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by the booze, which is noticeable, but not as boozy as it was in the aroma. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a smokey and lightly charred aftertaste. This a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the alcohol was hidden a little better.

M- Fairly smooth, a little boozy, a little watery, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was a little thicker and chewy.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it tastes pretty similar to how I remember, it's nice, but it's still just a little rough around the edges. This beer has ok drinkability, I think one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and the roasty and charred flavors, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the boozynezz and the body, they could both use some work. I would get this again, but it's nothing that I will buy on the regular. I think it's worth a try, especially if your just getting into Stouts. All in all this was like a trip down memory lane and while I don't like it as much as I once did I still think it's a nice beer to try. It's my favorite beer from this brewery and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, keep it up.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer that doesn't let any light through. Decent bubbles on this, small mocha head that left a little bit of chunk on the sides.

S - A lot of coffee, little bit of licorice, some dark fruit, slight alcohol burn.

T - This is a bit of a milky stout, decent amount of coffee and some licorice and dark fruit that make it taste a little "foreign." I don't care for the style but it's not my favorite. Above average.

M - Creamy, lighter side of full bodied, little kick from the carbonation.

D - It's a solid beer that I did not mind, and would drink again if it were offered. Above average, decent take on the style. Drinks a little harder than 8%.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A-- Looks like coke pouring out of the bottle. A little darker and much less carbonated but looks almost the same. Head is a mocha color and settled on a 1 1/2 finger head. Lacing is very nice and leaves an almost spider web quality.

S-- Coffee,roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch licorice. Remindes me of the Sam Adams Imperial but this smells a bit watered down.

T-- Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Roasted malts are the first thing that got me.

M-- The licorice comes in the mouth feel as the anise just coats the lining of my mouth. A little carbonation and the sugar does go straight to your stomach. that part is not that great though. It does get a bit sweeter as it warms up

D-- This is from Sri Lanka?? Serious? It's 8 %?? Seems a bit watered down for an 8%. Very drinkable. The licorice I would do with out but a very nice beer. This is a stout you can drink in all seasons.

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Photo of bdaggett
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark body- really dark. Creamy, small head.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee and chocolate. A really pleasant smell that matches the appearance well. I was excited with the smell and expected a really good beer.

Taste: Like the other reviews say, the 8.8% is obvious at the end. However, it isn't overwhelming. The initial taste is roasted coffee - not much cream flavor, little chocolate. The roasted flavor dominates all other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, fairly smooth.

Overall: A really solid stout. My first beer from Sri Lanka - surprisingly good. Not one of my favorites, but I would look for it again. If you are looking for a great heavy stout to sip with a meal, this is a great choice.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as Sinha stout here in Canada, it is the same beer as the label and facts are the same. The pour is stout-like with an opaque beer flowing into my glass and developing a caramel head of creamy foam with only moderate staying power. Lacing is present and abundant.

Aromas are gentle and initially of coffee, molasses and some malt with currants and blueberries creeping into the profile midway through. The finish is reminescent of charred grain husks with a resurgence of sweet molasses, but remains subdued.

As with the aromas the flavours and mouthfeel are toned down and do not give away an alcohol by volume of 8.0%. Slim bodied and medium dry for such a big beer, malt flavours express themselves up front with a touch of cocoa. A hint of brett emerges to highlight a faint spiciness that tries to camouflage some warming alcohol that also lends some bitterness. The finish is on the short side but displays some notes of chocolate and a pleasant residual sugar.

Interesting and somewhat flavourful, it reminds me of the Dragon Stout from another tropical region but lacking the finesse of this brew.

Santé

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,616 ratings.
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