Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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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

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1,619
Reviews:
901
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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Photo of stephendr
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of India ink, with a thin medium tan head - nose of roasted coffee, anis, earthy, chocolate, vanilla, and milk chocolate – taste of milk chocolate, some bitter sweet chocolate, cappuccino, and - body is medium, silky, and with low carbonation – aftertaste of chocolate, mocha, and veggie???

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Photo of AdamSteve
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mpyle
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

app - monster tan head, somewhat creamy and with excellent retention. Beer is effectively opaque, but bright light shows some garnet highlights.

smell - roasty with some chocolate and an overall sweetness to the aroma.

Taste - some malty sweetness, chocolately and fruity. Good complexity in the malt and esters, but nothing overpowers. Finishes roasty sweet - those flavors linger.

MF - full body and moderate carbonation. Some very gentle alcohol warming. A nice, smooth mouthfeel overall.

D'ability - A bit heavy for an every day beer, but quite drinkable by 8% ABV standards. Alcohol is well controlled.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I see this one around, in stores and bars, all the time and finally got around to giving it a shot.
Pours a deep and dark brown that appears nearly black in the glass. Thumbnail size mocha foam head retains well.
The aroma has roasty, coffee and chocolate qualities. Later on, there is a mild scent of alcohol, lightly charred malt and burnt grass.
What I'm struck by, as soon as it hits the mouth, is the relative lightness of the body and ultra soft carbonation. These qualities make it very drinkable for a stout, albeit perhaps a bit thin at times. A sweet and creamy sweetness coats the mouth; it is noticeable yet subtle, as in not too sweet. It is balanced by the roasted, even slightly charred, malts and mild dark fruit zest. Although the alcohol flavor is well masked, its warmth is felt about halfway through.
I'm glad I got to try it. Overall, it is balanced, smooth and quite pleasant.

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Photo of malty
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml tapered neck brown bottle - no freshness date.

Virtually opaque with a beautiful khaki head that settles down to 1/4 inch - but rebuilds quickly with a few swirls of my New Belgium goblet.

Scent of charred dark malts and marshmellows. There's also a hint of sharp alcohol in there also.

Taste is rummy and liquer-like. The roasted dark malts follow nicely along with a bitter dark chocolate. Alcohol is somewhat apparent, but not an issue. There's also a bitter acidity that balances nicely with the roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking, but the carbonation was fine and kept the overall flavor and finish in the palate for a good long time.

Drinkability is good seeing this is 8% abv. You might want to be careful with this one.

Overall a good ballsy stout that's not shy. I wonder if this is available on tap? I was hoping for a more creamy texture, but maybe this bottle was a little old (?). I would buy this again.

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Photo of grayburn
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Midnight black with huge head and heavy lacing at 55 degrees.

The smell is completely chocolate malt.

Chocoholic taste...almost a sweet stout, hopped well enough to bring the balance out. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouth...good dry finish despite the sweet start. Not overly bitter...body is a little light, a bit over carbonated.

Very drinkable, almost dangerously so. Good beer, not an excellent example of any specific style. The lower price helps make this a great session beer.

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Photo of Coplains
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 alkemy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Out of a 625mL bottle and into my Really Big Frickin' beer glass
(those in Northwestern Ohio know the site)...

A - The pour is basically black. Ruby highlights can be found when held up to direct light. Provides a big frothy tan head.

S - Bitter chocolate combined with molasses is very prominent. I also get some green olives and malted milk balls.

T - Not as roasty as I'd hoped, but I really enjoyed the bitter chocolate. The green olives reappear, but to a much lesser degree. There's a coffee bitterness, albeit watered down, that really steals the show. This tastes pretty good.

M- Not so good here. I just need something thicker to match the taste.

D - Very drinkable. I could easily session this one. Creamy feel with no real presence of alcohol. I was quite surprised by this one and I'd most definitely have it again.

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Photo of REY_CORTEZ
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dtivp
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black with anice dark tan head, not much retention and litlle lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malt, licorice and strong coffee.
Taste followed the nose, with dark roasted malt, bold coffee, licorice and slight alcohol.
Mouthfeel was a medium body, light carbonation, very smooth.
This was a nice stout, a like a little more bitterness, however, I would purchase this one again.

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Photo of andrewm190
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a great deal. Definitely a nice chocolate mocha taste and smell. Well rounded after taste. My one real complaint would be that there is entirely too much carbonation in the beer. It masks an otherwise very good taste. My beer is also being served a bit cooler than it should be, which has an effect. The beer is definitely a stout, but a bit light as stouts go, and combined with the extra cold state, make it not the best winter beer at the moment.

Although, as I said, very good beer, and worth the while.

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Photo of Reckage
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kulrak
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black-brown, can't see any light through it whatsoever. There's a decent amount of creamy tan head that disappears rather quickly, leaving a thin layer that still wants to stick to the glass. I smell malt and chocolate, a tiny bit of roast coffee, and very faintly, some berry. The taste is a lot sweeter than I was expecting, more of a strong porter than stout. It's all malt taste, though. The berry flavor is stronger in the flavor, but it's still mostly coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy, hardly any carbonation there at all, which would explain the lack of head retention. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially for the style, of which I'm not really a fan.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml (11. ounce) bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Sixer on sale for $6.99. Came highly recommended by Nick ("crosling"), who is the beer manager there.

Appearance: nearly opaque blackish-red. Nice. Ginormous thick rocky tan head with lacing that grips the side of my pint glass like glue.

Smell: coffee, burned sugar, prunes, baker's chocolate. Back note of pine hops. Complex and nice.

Taste: ooooh, nice. Espresso, chocolate, burned cherry-syrup, malt, dry piney hops.

Mouthfeel: a bit thinner than you might think from the head and lacing.

Drinability: easy to drink, and a great price, but at 8.0% (which is completely masked), this is definitely not a session beer. Very smooth, however.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a 2 finger head that decimates slowly

S - The smell for this one is wonderful, chocolate and caramel, like a milky way!

T - Im a huge fan of coffee, and this one felt like I was having starbucks at 2 am! Great chocolate and caramel flavoring, very earthy one my favorite stout beers that I have tried so far.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - Not a beer that you can drink a lot of, but great to start or end your night on a good note.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a infinitely dark brown with a light brown fluffy head. Lacing. Alcohol and caramel in the nose. The mouth gets roasted barley and coffee. Yum!

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Photo of becktone
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Color is black with very dark red highlights when the light hits the beer just so. Head is tan has pretty good retention and lacing. All in all this looks like something that I'd like to drink.

Nose: This is a very aromatic brew. There is a lot of roasted character and chocolate character up front. There is also some sweet malt aroma, some light vanilla aroma/milk stout aroma, I can also detect some alcohol in the aroma as well as some dark fruit aromas.

Tongue: Alcohol is easily detected in this brew, however, even though it is easily detected it is nicely covered back up again by some dark and roasted malt flavors. Dark fruit flavors are also detectable, light roasted flavors and some sweet malt flavors-vanilla/sweet/milk stout flavors.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This brew is heavy on the palate and is quite thick.This is a beer that I'd not hesitate to drink again, though I don't think that I'd want to drink it all night. Alcohol is too high for it to be a session, plus you can easily detect it. This one is a good slow sipper, I think that the 625ml bottle it comes in is a great serving size. This is one I can see myself buying again, though It might be awhile. By the way it seems really appropriate during the colder months, don't think that this would be as enjoyable during the summer.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle pours very dark brown with a large tan head that retains well and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee, some licorice, figs, dark fruits, and lactose.

Flavor is smooth milk chocolate, coffee, some licorice, touch of sourness, alcohol is well hidden. A lactic quality is present.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but still velvety for what is there, low carbonation.

Very good overall, but I like Fade to Black a little better. If you prefer milk stouts, then you will like Lion Stout a lot, an amped up version of the style.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque and nearly ebony, with a khaki head almost as thick as its body. A filmy veil sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A rich mix of fermented dark red fruit reminds me of a young Merlot, but this brighter scent soon settles into one of sugared prunes and mocha.

Taste: A good balance of sweet and tart: dark chocolate, plums, and molasses mix with cherry cordial and rhubarb pie. Black licorice and a smoky aftertaste present an interesting edginess, but this beer is like a marriage in that the exciting first impressions ultimately become mundane as the flavors come into balance. In the end, the rhubarb is muddled with chocolate, and the scale tips a bit more towards the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy upfront, and it only gets thicker in the finish. The dark malt brings a bit of dryness, but for the most part, the swallow is smooth. Moderate carbonation is appropriate for both the style and the recipe.

Overall: A very good Stout that veers on the rink of becoming great before settling back into its comfort zone and then some. Initially eclectic, but later blasé, although the bit of spice tartness, and smoke, combined with an excellent frothy mouthfeel maintain the urge to keep sipping.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cola brown, the head is similar in appearance to the fizz on a cola too. It subsides after a little while to just a film, leaving some nice lacing.

S- Bold and roasty. Sweet chocolates and coffee. Really nice.

T- Like the nose. Bold and roasty, chocolaty with hints of coffee. A small hint of juicy hoppiness at the end to let you know this is a well balanced beer.

M- Full, dry, smooth and once in a while you get some warm alcohol.

D- Really good beer. I can definitely have another.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black and looks like carbonated coffee with a tan head. Aroma is of caramel, coffee, alcohol, and a bit of nuts. There is a light malty aroma too. Alcohol is very prevalent in the brew. It overshadows a lot of the other flavors. There is a slight chocolate coffee flavor but the alcohol masks it.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's while walking around the French Quarter

Appearance: brown/black color with a 1 finger head that sticks around.

Smell: caramel, chocolate, alcohol

Taste: coffee, chocolate, with a hint of anise. A slight fruity finish. A very smooth yet complex stout. Didn't realize the ABV was so high; no wonder I was feeling so mellow.

Mouthfeel: medium, creamy, good carbonation

Overall: The guy at Sydney's said if I liked Old Rasputin, I'd enjoy this stout. It definately ain't Old Raspy, but it's got an easy drinkability like OR. Bold but enjoyable. And all the way from Sri Lanka, no less. A fine sipper while watching the Mississippi River roll on by.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/black with a really nice 3 inch creamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar/molasses, some minor fruits and a little oaked aroma.

Taste - One of the beers I blindly picked in my first ever mix and match craft 6 pack, around 2003, and the one I truly enjoyed. Drank many times, now founded in 22 Oz bottle, and realized I've never reviewed. Taste starts off with roasted malts, some milk stout like chocolate creamy flavor. Coffee and chocolate are noticeable. Some sour/bitter raisin and plum come out after the first flavor of malts. Some smokey, oaked flavors are also present. Nice mix of brown sugar/molasses adds some flavor.

Mouthfeel - Malts are the main flavor, along with some coffee and chocolate, they coat the tongue. Some bitter fruits and added sugars cover the palate. The aftertaste is a little sour, chocolate and coffee, and a little sweet.

Overall - Just as solid and pleasant to drink as it was years ago. Its for sure not as tasty as some of the stouts offered nowadays but the sentimental value, 4.99$ for a 22ozer, makes it a winner. It is a little thin by todays standards but still its a quality drink, and something ill be enjoying for the rest of my life.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown or black - non-translucent with minimal light brown head that quickly dissipated to a single ring. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Coffee and toffey aromas with a touch of sweet malt.

T: Heavily roasted chocolate malt is immediate and predominant, with light hints of sweetness somewhat toffee-ish in nature.

M&D: Heavy mouthfeel and full bodied. Very light but persistent carbonation goes well with the favors and heaviness at hand. At 8% I was expecting some warming but didn't really experience any. Goes down pretty smoothly.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,619 ratings.
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