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Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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3.91/5
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1,634 Ratings
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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:
#6,617
Reviews:
908
Ratings:
1,634
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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79
Gots:
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Photo of wjoelbrooks
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NonicPanic
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BethanyB
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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 03fatboy
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Abundant froth khaki head, plentiful and scattered lacing. Pitch-black body. 4.5

S- A bit pungent and floral with a sweet malt quality like a Malta Goya soda. 3.75

T- Molasses sweetness and hints of dark chocolate move to touches of soy sauce and brown sugar. It's sweeter in flavor. 3.5

M- Potent floral feels meet a medium-bodied malt feel. Sweetness shows. 3.5

The malt flavor is more sweet and molasses-like than roast-y and coffee or chocolate like and I think I prefer the latter in a stout. I find this awfully close to a Negra Modelo or some other darker beer of that ilk.

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Photo of Rowland55
4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this beer on a night out with my wife. Poured a nice dark black with a tan head a few inches, tasted exactly how I feel a good stout should and am definitely going to try to find some for home.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 625 ml bottle at my local Trig's grocer. I can't decipher the bottling code, but this was a pretty recent arrival with a pretty high ABV; so I'm not too concerned about the freshness. Poured at cellar temperature into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a rich coffee black with a dense khaki head of about three inches that sticks around for a good long while and leaves substantial web-like lacing on the glass.

S: Very nice nose on this one: toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, and a more subtle black licorice are all present in the bouquet. Just a bit of nuttiness and some clear alcohol poking through.

T: Caramel, toasty, and roasted malts are at the front--this one is pretty sweet. The middle has a building creaminess, which also sees the sweet increase a bit, along with the coffee and dark chocolate notes. There's a bit of the black licorice coming through in the middle, along with some toffee notes. I fear that this review is giving the impression of a very sweet stout, but the sweet never gets out of hand. In fact, the middle and back have more of a savory quality to them. The back end sees more of the caramel and roasted malt flavor, as well as just a hint of clear alcohol that's accompanied by just a bit more of the black licorice flavor. The aftertaste has just a bit of bitter.

F: Full-bodied and very creamy without feeling syrupy. The carbonation feels spot-on. Nice feel on this one.

O: This is a very tasty and very drinkable stout, especially given it's relatively high ABV. I was reluctant to try this--knowing nothing of this brewery--but this one is a big pleasant surprise. I highly recommend.

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Photo of Tatara
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Really nice export stout. Big dark fruit presence, some dark chocolate, and some mystery... beer from Sri Lanka? Nice balance and just enough bitterness to cut into the sweet notes. Really nice beer, and a nice surprise.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liquified black licorice in a can. An exceptional offering from Sri Lanka. Not overly complex, it's just a smooth drinkable stout. A little on the sweet side, but I like that.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I don't know what it was about this, but I could tell it wasn't a basic American try at a stout, maybe it was the smoothness, maybe the hint of black licorice, or maybe just a combination of things. BUT, Sri Lanka I would have never guessed, I would have thought that this beer was European and probably from one of the English islands. Having said that I really enjoyed the light licorice notes blended into its other qualities, the creamy malt drinkability, and just the over all taste of this offering.

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Photo of GlacierSapien
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfeyes
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nicely made stout that I would consider one of my favorites.....Chocolatey and smooth!

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Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drunkenmess
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark and sexy. Very frothy thick dark tan head, beatiful lacing. Smells of malt, and dark sweet fruit. Taste is absolute. Dark rich aroma of light burnt dark fruit. Malt is present yet light with a bit of strong boozy taste. Actually the fruitiness is vey strong in this beer to what expected. Definitely one of my favorites. Cheers.

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Photo of Webbydag1
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark in color with a tan head. Sweet malty taste.

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Photo of Jobin_24
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SadMachine
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mlockman
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours deep dark brown to black under a 2”clingy tan foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Chocolate, dark dried fruit, no burnt or harsh aromas.
T: Hits the palate with coffee and chocolate mocha flavors. An initial sweetness highlights the mocha flavors then gives way to a soft, grainy finish. No burnt or harsh flavors.
F: Has an incredible texture that is exceptionally smooth, creamy and soft in the mouth. Full bodied to chewy, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A surprisingly well made easy to drink beer.

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

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

Photo of JefHarkay
4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,634 ratings
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