Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,624 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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:
1,624
Reviews:
905
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
145
For Trade:
0
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Photo of drunkenmess
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Jason_cs
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutBoi
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yoann
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint
A - Black with red reflections and a quickly disappearing golden brown head
S - Strong Roasty malts giving a coffee flavor
T - That is Roasty all right!
M - Flat but that is what you would expect
O - A classic but strong stout

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a creamy one and a half finger head that is fairly short lived.

S - Dates, honey, molasses and faint soy sauce, but it meshes well.

T - There is a bit of chocolate and burnt malt flavor. Some faint lemony sour citrus notes make an appearance. Good.

M - Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and refreshing. Velvety comes to mind.

D - This goes down like water and completely masks the abv. It is defintely worth a try.

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Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Chief_Mug
4/5  rDev +1.8%

I am surprised to see the metallic taste n 2 different reviews. I found this Stout to be very smooth, malty and pleasant tasting. I think Ceylon does a good job of hiding the high ABV which is uncommon in a Stout. My Rating as 4.0 is a Good Beer, not a wow -can't live without. but a Beer I would recommend.

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Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

For some reason, this is called Sinha Stout in Canada...

This beer pours a deep black, with slight copper edges, and two fingers of soapy light brown head, which leaves a dense ring of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of dark chocolate, and mild coffee. The taste is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, a bit of black coffee, and some soft alcohol warming. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, slick, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, an increasing bitterness evening things out nicely.

A pretty good strong stout, the alcohol barely noticeable, and decently drinkable.

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

Been wanting to try this for a while and recently picked up a bottle. It's almost 90 degrees in Richmond right now, but I'm ready for this guy right now. Here we go.

Appearance: A huge off white head that unfortunately dissipates rather quickly. Body is black and opaque as far as I can tell; not light's coming through in the least. Spotty lacing, but enough to keep it interesting.

Smell: Lots of toasted malt characteristics, along with a lot of sweet malt and fruit. I get some plum and dark berries. Also some semi sweet chocolate, some figs, and a seemingly good amount of hops to curb some of the sweetness and balance it out.

Taste: A very nice balance of everything in the aroma without going overboard. It doesn't pack as much of a punch as I'd hoped for, and with that this would be a much higher rating. I think that's due to the finish; the flavors are so strong and balance initially, but by the end, they don't necessarily die off, they're just fairly vague. There's lots of roasted malt and fruit characteristics in the initial sips, though, that I like a lot. And for how much malt and sweetness there is, enough hops are there to really meld everything together.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy without the creaminess of something like an Imperial. More carbonation and it'd be maybe a bit astringent, but as it is it's going down pretty well.

Drinkability: Lots of flavor without going overboard. And wow, this went down extremely quickly. Without the possible Imperial-like cloying or syrupy nature, this goes down pretty easy. It's balanced, flavorful, and doesn't present itself at all even close to 8% ABV. I'll be drinking this again, especially come fall and winter.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

A: Extremely dark brown, not transparent at all. Fluffy 1 inch head.
S: Cocoa powder malt, coffee girth but not bitterness, thick and heavy.
T: Earthy malt, coffee (minus bitterness), slight tang in the aftertaste.
M: Like heavy water leaving your tongue slightly dry.
O: Nice stout, easy going down.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Found during my first ever trip to the LCBO.

A- Well this is dark. A very dark brown topped by a dark beige.

S- Smells terrific. Rich chocolate milk and very little alcohol.

T- Much like the smell but a little roastier. Almost like drinking chocolate milk. Some acidity whichtakes away nothing from the smoothness. Bitterness is quite soft and leaves a lot of room to the chocolatey goodness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Only the nice warming sensation signals its presence.

M- Medium carbonation. Nice body. A little astringent.

O- Really good beer. Just light enough. Satisfies stout cravings.

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Photo of Fr0stb1te
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,624 ratings.
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