Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good
1,625 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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
Ratings:
1,625
Reviews:
906
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
145
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +8.1%

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 +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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 +8.1%

Photo of schellsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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 impressive...like 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 +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ritzkiss
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of IronTom
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of daliandragon
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on the recommendation of a friend. Poured into my snifter. This beer pours a clear very dark brown color. Tan head was about 1/3 inch when poured. Settles very quickly to a thin surface layer and thick tan ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of roasted coffee, malt, and hints of cocoa. Flavors of rich roasted caramel malt and coffee along with the aforementioned cocoa, perhaps a hint of vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar. Very tasty indeed. Has a crisp, smooth, thick, syrupy, chewy, full bodied, sticky and slightly oily mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, especially as it warms a bit. A delightful beer indeed.

Eric

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Photo of DonDonLongJohn
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of djwhit24
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of CGMLS3
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of karst
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle without the gold foil on neck that displays a white dot matrix printed best by date of Feb. 2005. Pours jet black with ruby glint held to a summer's setting sun. A fist of stiff dense tan head slowly recedes and laces the sides of a Stone Old Guardian Rastal.

Aromas of dark chocolate, prunes and burnt sugar and hints of burnt barley and dark caramel.

Flavors of light roastfully coffee mocha, raisin and bitter chocolate. Roasted grain, hops and high ABV dry the clean burnt finish. Excellent drinkability.

Amazing story of the brewery can be found on Michael Jackson's Beer Hunter site where he recounts his "most unusual beer hunting trip" I always cite a visit to Sri Lanka, in 1986.
http://www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-001402.html

Recently the Colombo brewery shut down to brew water the next day after the Tsunami hit the area. The origional brewery is in the mountains near the holy city of Kandy. 75% of Lion Brewery Limited sales are for this stout. Two other brewerys in Sri Lanka also produce stouts.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/8508/15048/

McCallum Brewery, also of Colombo, has two BA reviews presently. I do not know the third Sri Lankan brewer.

This beer come highly reccomended! An amazing joy to drink!

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Photo of foamyhead
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark reddish brown mother of a beer. She has a firm light-brown head.
In my nose she is fresh, with rich bread and smooth heavily roasted malt and nice creamy texture; she welcomes me. Now the beautiful mulata caresses my taste buds… So smooth, with dark chocolate, coffee, butterscotchs, a bit of chalk. Still with nerve though, she is not a mere pleaser… So perfectly harmonious curves – I am under her spell!

Later she must leave me - but this dark queen of a beer stays on my tongue and in my mind for long.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,625 ratings.
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