Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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very good
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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:
1,619
Reviews:
901
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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78
Gots:
142
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Photo of ndekke39
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 12 oz bottle of this on New Year's Eve (early in the evening). No freshness date on the bottle. Poured an opaque black with a thin white head. Interesting smells of burnt toast (though it wasn't bad) and dark, dark chocolate. Tastes of toasty barley, the dark chocolate, and even light hints of coffee. Medium creaminess - I prefer stouts to be a little thicker, but this was good. Fairly high ABV %, but the alcohol didn't cut through the taste. A great beer, easy to sip.

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Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every ounce of my body screamed "NO!!!" when I pulled this from the fridge.... Drinking a stout cold just felt like a crime, but I told myself that the ad for Lion Stout says to drink it cold...

Pours pitch black with a thick off-white head, that last quite a while.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and brown sugar.

Flavor is quite nice, coffee, mocha, caramel, brownsugar, raisins, and a hint of hops at the end. This beer gets a bit sweeter as it warms, as opposed to being somewhat dry when cold. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinkability is good, considering the 8% abv.

I was quite impressed to find a stout that is good cold. I was so afraid that it would kill all the flavor, but it's actually quite enjooyable. Now if I have a craving for a stout in the summer, I know exactly where to reach.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Super black. The head pours huge, tan, fluffy. Lots of malt, chocolate, and a winey smell come through.

Quite flavorful. Grapey, even. More of a sweet chocolate versus a dark.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, thick, yet it goes down smooth, with a slight alcohol bite.

For my first export stout, this is fantastic.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cave de l'inattendu, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : sweet malty with roasted aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted flavors with intense dark chocolate finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Foreign Stout.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chsyhkr
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer these Tropical or Carribean Stouts. Most folks miss the mark and think they are drinking a Foreign or Imperial Stout.

I consider this beer an Imperial Milk Stout with the low IBU's and residual sweetness.

A very good version of the style.

I would love to hear some history of how these island countries came to brew and drink this beer. It comes across as their version of malt liquor!

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Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a stout lover, I have always wanted to try this beer. Saw a six pack recently, thought not many places have sixers of this, so I picked it up on a whim. I am glad I did. Poured into stemmed glassware. Extremely dark black color. Pale white head. Heavy smell of roasted barley. On the first sip, I got a pronounced smoky flavor. I liked that, very unusual in a stout. As it warmed up, you could taste more of a sweet milky chocolate flavor as you swallow. Slightly slick on the throat, but very easy to drink. The alcohol was noticeable, but it nothing to distract me from this wonderful stout. A top notch brew from this far way brewery.

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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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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and clear with a brown head. No strong smells here, picked up on roasted barley a little bit. Flavor was a pleasant surprise, sweet and malty. Light carbonation in the mouth that almost seems to turn into a milky consistency. Roasty and almost chocolatey. Dangerously easy to drink for a beer of this gravity, which is well masked throughout. A fantastic beer that will not disappoint.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce bottle served in a LaTrappe goblet that poured thick and completely opaque, leaving a somewhat thin, but beatiful dense layer of foam that stayed put for several minutes. I think to myself that this is going to a dense stout. I am right. The aroma is of heavy with cocoa and espresso. The first sip is sweet and smooth, with cocoa and/or dark chocolate up front, followed by more cocoa notes laced with bitter espresso. There's more bitterness mixed with dark rum flavors towards the finish which is long and warming. Nice lacework is left on the sides of my glass as I continue to sip this beer. The carbonaton is a bit high and detracts a bit from the quality of this beer, but overall an excellent, potent stout that is sweet without being too sweet.

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Photo of SFNC
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

My bottle is labelled Sinha Stout. The ABV is listed as 8.8%.
Brown bottle with lion on the label

Pours black when held to light shows some ruby coloring. aggressive pour in a nonic yields a giant tan head. nice lacing.

smells of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee.

This is great stuff. I can taste no alcohol at all but am left with a pleasant warming. luscious mouthfeel, chocolate, roasty cocoa.
sweet smooth and delicious drinking.

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Photo of MoustacheHero
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A canned beer from Sri Lanka? I'm skeptical... Sri Lanka, formerly Su Lan. It was about 3 in the morning and I was looking for 1000 brown M&M's to fill a brandy glass, but back to the beer.

A: This can of motor oil poured pitch black into my glass with a milk chocolate head.

S: A faint smell of sweet malt, coffee and hot liquor.

T: An amazing strong flavor of coffee, caramel, fig, and hot liquor. A real surprise.

M: A big body, light on carbonation, high on creaminess and sticky syrup.

O: A mind blowing beer from a can. Like it dark and big? Then wrestle this Lion.

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Photo of marc77
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Virtually jet black. Mountainous, stiff, dogged, light bister head yields lace. Notions of dark chocolate covered prune and singed molasses candy upfront in aroma. Wafts of burnt barley and dark lovibond caramel are secondary. In flavor, incipient is a soft, milky note of light roast coffee mocha. Sharper notes of raisin and bitter chocolate ensue mid palate along with sweeter tones of treacle and burnt brownie. Roasted grain along with moderate hop bitterness fully dry the profile, especially considering the high attenuation. Dangerously, this is almost thirst quenching. Softens again late, with ashen milk chocolate hints yielding to the pleasantly warm, cleanly burnt finish. A well crafted, nearly spot on export stout. Lacks the "beefy" character of US microbrewed stouts of the same alcohol content, but agreeably so in that regard. Dry and satiating. Excellent drinkability. Thanks to Bighuge for this one.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Dark tan head of solid, tight bubbles. As it dissipates, large bubbles form with remnants left on the glass with a similarity to hot cocoa. Pours a dark brown where light cannot pass through.

Strong chocolate aromas; a little chaulky. Very mild.

Creamy body with a low carbonation. The flavor is similar to milk chocolate without sugar. The aftertaste lasts a long time with a coffee-ish touch and strong alcohol warmth.

I'd love to try this against some milk stouts and some imperial stouts as this beer seems to have attributes of both.

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Photo of Wajohnst
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Consumed 1-24-10

A - Pours thick and chunky like stew. Plenty of Vegemite on the bottom. Dark. Opaque, even held against sunlight. Mocha color head. Some continual carbonation. Pretty cartographical lacing.

S - Sweet, like frosting. Lots of chocolate, some espresso. Roasted smoky lightly-burnt toast. A good, standard, solid stout experience.

T - Bitter initial taste. Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. A Latin-American festival. There was a slightly sour aftertaste. Maybe a touch too much yeast.

M - Refreshing. Creamy. Fizzy. Still sour. This beer hides the 8% ABV with spy-like skill. Watch out.

D - Surprisingly good. This beer is a perfect example of why we must try more beers and keep an open mind. Out of all the beers I've had from South or South-East Asia this is easily the winner.

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Photo of Internatbrewlove
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lion Stout pours a dark, opaque, espresso brown, with a light brown creamy head. The scent is surprisingly minimal with the rich flavor that follows. Chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops and a moderate duration of fine tingling on the tongue. It finishes smooth.

This is a very reasonably priced, relatively complex but, very drinkable stout. What is most surprising is that it is from Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

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

Black.

Sweet and roasted nose with hints of burnt malts, blackberries, apples, molasses and coffee beans.

Starts sweet with a hint of molasses, cocoa and coffee. Mid-palate dries out a bit and bitters a bit as well, with notes of blackberries and dark chocolate. On the finish is a lovely roasted malt bitterness and just a hint of mocha.

This is a very nice stout. It's not great, but at $ 7.99/6 Pack it might become a regular around the house.

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