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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901
Ratings:
1,617
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, number on bottom of can: 1603181632

Great dark, pour, with amazing head retention.

Smell is of dark fruits (not what I expect out of an export stout).

Taste is of malts and dark fruits.

Very rich and full mouth-feel.

The aroma and taste of this beer reminds me much more of a Belgian Dark Strong than an Export Stout; not that that is a bad thing, quite the opposite: I enjoy Belgian Dark Strong beers.

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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 smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Fizzy sounding pour out of the bottle, but makes a deep rich cascading head. Dark and tall at an easy three fingers of height with a slow dissolve. Light milk chocolate head, and a creamy flat top settling down to an opaque dark walnut colored body.

Large banana ester on this, with good amounts of chocolate quality. Milky and slightly sweet, but hints more dark rich than caramel. Light roast but has more milky tones. Pretty solid, almost reminds me of a doppelbock without the caramel character.

Woah what a great delivering brew on the palate. Soft and velvet feeling texture and more surprising since the beer on the nose hints at wetness. Creamy touches of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Creamy texture gives way to wonderful sweet vanilla tones, almost milk stout but without lactose sugars. Rich finish that really lasts like a blast of cocoa and minimal char.

The roast and char qualities are minimal, but everything feels and tastes rich and lush. Great stout.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**
12/14/2012
Bottle to Glass. Perilla Restaurant, NYC.

AROMA: Toast. Coffee.
LOOK: Large Tan Head, Dark Black pour
TASTE: Yummy. Creamy Coffee - kind of like a cappuccino.
FEEL: Creamy. Full.

**

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Photo of Glasscloud
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly if I didn't know it was a stout the body and taste would make me think it was a barley wine. Nothing against them I absolutely love barley wines. I just prefer my stouts to be less sweet and more thick/rich. This has a very sweet raisin/date smell and taste and is fairly thin for an 8.8%. Not bad, would be good for a barley wine but very middle of the road for stouts.

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Photo of TheWolfofMibu
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I suppose unlike other reviews, I'm unable to taste all the different flavors in beers. I do, however, taste a bit of mocha in this brew. The alcohol isn't as well hidden as others in the same category. But it's still very easy drinking. As far as I know, stouts aren't known for their bitterness and this one is no exception. I've only had the pleasure of trying around 8-9 stouts, but this one is definitely the best, thus far. Not only one of my stouts, but one of my all-around favorite brews. Delectable.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into pint glass.
A: pours a pitch black body, my aggressive pour yields a 2 finger chocolate milk frothy foam head
S: chocolate, roasted malt, molasses syrup gives a slight sweet aroma
M: medium body with slight dry puckering finish in the tongue.
T: chocolate, coffee, slightly burnt malt, molasses, hint of hops, slightly earthy taste in the finish, also dry in the finish
O: solid brew with great taste

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Photo of FBarber
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown almost black. Thin tan head dissipates down to a thin ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell has aromas of chocolate, malts, a hint of hops and nail polish remover ...

Taste has a strong flavor of cocoa powder. Strong malt presence with some caramel and molasses. Bit of spice on the finish, like cinnamon. Hint of hops on the finish as well as that spice. Its pretty sweet leaving it somewhere between a foreign export stout and a milk/sweet stout.

Feel is very dry with medium carbonation. Has some depth to the body.

Overall a perfectly average stout. Nothing super special, but its solid. The biggest

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin brownish black body with a light tan head rising maybe a notch over a finger's length. Head drops quick after one sip, lacing is a bit uneven.

Smell: Light warm sugar, and descent hit of malts.

Taste: Sweet cream and sugar. Molasses and
Touch of malts. A part of me likes it part of me wants to leave it alone, a little spicy but light...like touch of cinnamon in the stout.

Mouth: Sticky but dry brew, after taste is complex. Almost like raisins at the end.

Overall: Good brew, hybrid brew between and American stout and imperial stout. The lightly spicy note is what attracts me to the brew. Definitely a must grab if you see it. Salud!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours dark brown to black colour with a finger of tan coloured head that disapates to a thin layer.
Aroma roasty, creamy, chocolate, coffee, sweet.
Taste pretty much follows the nose beautiful.

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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 WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Lion Stout was better than expected. It poured an opaque black with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of vanilla. The taste was malty with hints of vanilla. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's worth a try.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, dark brown with a caramel head that's almost the color of the label trim. Classic stout nose of roasted barley and hops with some sweeter elements suggested. Taste: a balanced stout with caramel, dark malt, some hops and some alcohol tingle... very nice. Might be a little sweet for some but for me it is an excellent balance. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy but not cloying. Classic.

Poured from a dark brown bottle into a nonic. And enjoyed!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Black with a fizzy tan head
A - there was a slight funk I could t pinpoint - almost Belgiany, sweet and malty
T - Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted Malt
T - sweet with a light to medium body, boozy finish

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Photo of Beginner2
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have bought 6 packs several times over the last decade and this rich, complex stout has showed me something new almost as many times.
It was the first strong stout I could swallow. Smooth. Not harsh or bitter like its competitors.
Then later, I started to learn about the interplay of different malts and how they could control bitterness.
Then recently, I started eating it with Indian food and it became one of the mysteries of the universe that something that smooth could calm food that spicy.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars and called it "fruity, peppery and tar-like."
Listed in the "1001", the reviewer tells the story of how "The Beer Hunter" found Lion Stout in a Sri Lanka mountain resort.

You want an adventure?
Try this stout with Indian food. You will not view the same way the Conventional Wisdom that lagers go with Indian food.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in the middle brown on the outside, 1/5" tan head. Aroma was lots of roast, but I didn't really pick up any coffee or chocolate notes from the malting.

A little sweeter than expected, still thick, sturdy and roasty. A little bit of that brown sugar. Its hefty alcohol comes through. Its relatively cheap and a far better alternative than the other world wide distributed stout out there. The cans of this are where its at.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

nice looking beer! served in a tall pilsner glass (?) with minimal head. Smells nice with nice roasty malts and coffee dominating the nose. tastes like a classic export stout with coffee, some cocoa and some nice roasty flavors coming through. Mouthfeel is where this lacks, incredibly thin . really throws off the chill of this beer.
overall a nice export stout that i would drink again on tap, but i'm happy i didnt spend the money on a bottle

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large can served in a Belgian snifter after some time for warming.

Pours thick and essentially black with a moderate size, semi-durable tan head. The glass gets coated with lacing each time its tipped but the lacing doesn't stick to the glass/ .

The aroma is relatively strong and fruity, with some alcohol esters and a hint of coffee.

The flavor is moderately strong and surprisingly sweet. Mainly dark roasted malts with no char or burnt grain notes. Subtle hints of coffee and dark fruits.

Smooth, medium-full body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall: I drank this beer somewhat frequently when it first came to the US. It was a bargain at the time and, of course, quite good. Now it tastes sweeter than I remember and not quite as good but plenty good enough to recommend. Well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark brown with ruby accents; 1+ finger medium tan head that receded to a thin cap; very nice, thick, lacing;

S: sweet with a rum-like quality; a little alcohol; a little roasted grain;

T: follows the nose - sweet with a rum-like quality; a hint of roasted grains way in the background; almost no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate creamy carbonation;

O: too sweet for my taste; body was quite light;

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Photo of stevoj
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is sweet and chocolaty, body black and oily. More chocolate in the taste, with very mild coffee bitterness. Sweet and slick, goes down easily. Some very mild lingering bittersweet flavor. Worthy of its reputation.

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Photo of puncha1978
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my every friday beer when I was in Sri Lanka before 2006. Great blak stout and only stout in Sri Lanka. This finishes with a long roasted caramel, sweet chocolate and then creamy flavour. They only produced 700ml bottles back then, alcohol % is so high in this one, I only needed one bottle before start feeling heaven. Ceylon brew produces a great larger beer as well, which is a so drinkable everyday beer. And they had a beer called Stone which was again a high alcohol product and was a quite bitter and hoppy flavor whic I believe a light pale ale type but they dont produce this any more. Overall lion stout is a great beer

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Photo of RickS95
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks gorgeous, if you like the dark stuff. Pitch black pour with a cascading head that starts off dark brown before finishing a dingy, yellowish color. Great retention, the head never goes away entirely. Very creamy with a thick lace.

Very roasty nose. Initially a bit on the coffee side before warming slightly and taking on a bittersweet chocolate aroma.

Nice taste as licorice evolves from all the roasty notes. The chocolate becomes more dark chocolate than bittersweet.

Sweet then bitter then sweet again. The licorice tames the bitterness giving it a dessert like finish. Full bodied and creamy, the 8.8 ABV is very well hidden.

What a good beer this is. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

-Half the glass was a light brown head, black beer
-Mocha coffee, cream, burnt malts
-Sweet malts, some cocoa, bittering black coffee is subtle but enough
-lingering is absolute ZERO. Disappeared immediately with the swallow. Creamy, light but not watery. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden for 9%

-The best foreign stout ive had to date. Maybe don't seek it out but if you see it, pick this up.

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Photo of dar482
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color.

The aroma offers dark fruit, licorice, chocolate, roasted malts.

The flavor follows with toffee, chocolate, a balanced sweetness, roasted malt, licorice, lingering bitterness, a medium mouthfeel.

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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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