Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka

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 flyingpig
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from The Cave, Glasgow:

Deep, mahogany brown on closer inspection. It is topped with a foamy, light brown coloured head about half a centimetre tall which manages to hold very well indeed, particularly for the strength of the beer; it barely budges other than a very slight initial reduction of no more than a millimetre.

Rich malts to begin along with a strong, dark chocolate aroma that is also quite rich and hints at some sweetness along with some sugar and a bit of cocoa. There is some darker fruits present, notably cherries and there is also some roasted malts and a faint amount of alcohol towards the end.

A nice mix of cherries and various other darker fruits. There is also a good blend of rich malts, chocolate and sweet, roasted malts that are pretty well balanced and seem to work well together. I also seemed to taste a slightly milky flavour somewhere near the middle and some slight bitterness right at the end.

Medium in body, slightly tangy and with a nice fruity character. There is medium to high carbonation and a nice amount of alcohol lingering in the background too.

Quite an unusually fruity stout but a very nice one nonetheless with a lot going on, especially with the depth of character in the smell. This one is certainly up there with the best stouts I have tried to date.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Made 15July02
Consumed 28Feb03
Ingredients; Malts, hops.
Appearance: Black body, tan head and long lacing. It seems you can see the alcohol.
Aroma of black currants, dark chocolate and ester alcohol
Taste: slightly burnt hot chocolate and molasses. Alcohol and sweetness dancing on my tongue. Long lasting rich finish and respectable bitterness. Believe the hype!
Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Is this beer or a chocolate sunday? Fine carbonation.
Drinkability: Give me another! Drink! Drink! Drink!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep deep dark roasted brown color. Pillowing beige head with tight bubble forms nice lace around the glass.

S: Notes of sour, lactose, molasses, prunes, milk chocolate and alcohol

T: Starts with milky sweetness. Hints of caramal, latte, milk chocolate and toffee. Moments of grape juice and marshmallow. Finishes with lots of rounded roasted malts.

M: Good texture and consistency. Not too syrupy.

D: Fantastic stout.

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Photo of brewdub17
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice looking jet black body with light tan beige color head.

Smell: Dark chocolate smell with hues of alcohol.

Taste: Great heavy chocolate taste with strong body flavors. Makes a nice balanced blend of tastes.

Mouthfeel: Light but balanced flavor that makes for a good overall texture.

Drinkability: Great drinkability with its abundant intense flavors that collaborate into an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a near black into a pint glass with a small creamy head that receded into a half finger and remained. Great lacing.

The nose is dark roasted coffee beans and expresso. Very burnt. Hops are there in the background too.

The taste is quite well rounded and balanced. Initially sweet and sugary with toffee and licorice flavours. The hop character gives some background bitterness and the alcohol isn't completely hidden. The finish is quite dry with bitter chololate flavours coming through.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a very soft, velvety carbonation.

Really impressive and highly drinkable.

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Photo of naterock
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a willi, deep black in color with a medium brown head that lingers the whole way down.

Smells of toasted malt and nuts with a tinge of sweet/spicyness in the back, like red chilis. quite enticing.

Tastes nearly like it smells, very earthy and spicy wrapped in a package and toasted. really a complex beer and I wasn't expecting this at all.

Mouth is viscous and thick but doesn't effect the drinkability. really a well rounded beer and an utter surprise to me.

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Photo of beardedindian
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Spiegelau stout glass, two finger tan/mocha coloured head. Malty smell with coffee and chocolate notes. Medium body, brown/black colour. Chocolate and coffee notes with slight bitterness. Overall a nice stout.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sitting in my hotel room here in Colombo

A - pours an oily thick ebony colour. Nice creamy tanned head that retains well

S - heaps of toffee, coffee and vanilla

T - up front some nice vanilla flavours, followed by some caramel and toffee. Espresso finish.

M - full body and low carbonation. Impressive

O - well you don't expect great stouts to come from Sri Lanka but this is a great stout. Full of flavour,body and balance. One of those really nice surprises that you get every once in a while.

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Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a short 1/2" head that reduces to nothing in a minute or so. No lacing developed during the session.

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate sweetness leaps out of the glass and is enjoyable.

Taste: follows the nose as the roasted malts and chocolate flavors are dominant with some softer plum and prune sweetness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable and provides some soft warming. Bitterness balances out the sweetness nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste lasts a bit as the roasted malts and chocolate remain around a while.

Drinkability: nice stout that is a slow sipper and mildly warming on a cold winter evening. A few of these can be easily quaffed in a long session.

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Photo of barhoc11
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

I was shocked at how good this was after hesitantly trying it for the first time. It is a solid stout with big flavor that will stand up to most anything. I can't put my finger on the taste but it has a nice sweet, but not too sweet, finish.

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Photo of Hugh37
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Seaba
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Rostie
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

I noted this one specifically for the big complex aromas on the nose. I was getting chocolate, honey, vanilla, banana, pear, apple, coffee, espresso and roast. It poured a very dark, opaque brown with a light brown head. It had a nice silky, creamy mouthfeel, with a medium to full body and a light level of carbonation. To the taste there was big time chocolate and coffee, also vanilla, caramel, toffee and some subtle dark fruits. Aroma was definitely the star on this one, but it's hard to complain about anything really. It's a fantastic beer, very complex and easy drinking for a stout this big.

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Photo of MooseBoose
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of schellsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cark cocoa color. Black to dark Brown. Chocolate head that starts out big. Very nice lacing that slides down the glass as the beer is consumed. Very little light shines through.

S - Chocolate. Molasses. Thick. Smokey. Very nice. Malt with little hops.

T - Creamy. Very smooth. Excellent taste. Wow. This is one very good stout. Doesn't taste like a forein export stout but more like an American stout. Rich. Thick. Really a stout should taste. No alcohol taste present which is nice.

M - Cream but not a milk stout. Full bodied. Covers the entire mouth and tongue.

D - Very much so. Too bad it is 8% alcohol. I really like this Stout. Great to find. Excellent.

Thanks Lion Stout for making me a believer in foreign stouts again. Awesome.

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

Photo of ritzkiss
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours courtesy of Bobsy, many thanks!

It pours a dark black with hints of brown around the edges, nice foamy cappuccino head that thins out leaving a thin lacing on top. Nice.

Smell is toast, malt, toffee, smoke, black licorice.

Taste is where it is at with this stout. A luxurious mix of caramel, lots of roasted malts, espresso, biscuits, sweet toffee. Medium light body but it doesn't feel like it detracts from the experience. Leaves a slightly dry mouth.

This is a really drinkable stout. The lighter body eases its way down with reckless abandon but still leaves you savoring how tasty it is, especially for an export stout. I usually like more body to my stouts but for certain occasions something lighter might strike my fancy. A really drinkable stout that I would certainly try again. Thanks Rob!

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Photo of erosier
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Poured a deep black color with a short and medium sized tan colored head that laced the glass on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of coffee, chocolate, and toffee.
T: Follows the nose pretty well except that the toffee note was a bit more pronounced. It was a very sweet tasting stout with hints of coffee and chocolate.
M: Very smooth, not as thick as it looked, and the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable as it was sweet and not overly bitter. I did not detect the high alcohol levels while I was drinking it either.

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Photo of Packman4IL
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of IronTom
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of daliandragon
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for this one for quite a while and was pumped to see it for a reasonable price at Belmont Party Supply when visiting buddies in Dayton, Ohio.

This export stout pours black to the core and represents with both foamy head and respectabe lacing. Almost picture perfect. Nose is dense and deep with stolid coffee and chocolate.

The taste repeats the chocolate and coffee barrage begun in the nose and finishes with a surprising burst of sourness. The texture is pleasant with thickness and fluidity both.

This is far better than I expected and probably the best Asian beer I've ever had, and I've had a bunch.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,638 ratings