Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,618 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:
1,618
Reviews:
901
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
142
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this one on a lark, and out of sheer curiosity... let's see how it goes!

A: A nice looking black pour with a creamy, slightly shimmering head of light brown.

S: Some modest chocolate and coffee scents, with a nice maltiness and a little pinch of toffee.

T: Sweet toffee and malts. The coffee and chocolate flavours aren't as intense as some can be, but it's quite a pleasant tasting beer. A little bit of raisin sugary twang in there.

M + D: A well rounded body, though a little more on the medium side of things. Again, that's not a negative point as it ends up being a very nice beer. Alcohol doesn't really stand out here, making it a very easy 8% and something I'd gladly pick up again.

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

A good beer. I have had it for a while as my wife wouldn't share the bomber bottle with me due to her fears of what a beer from Sri Lanka would taste like. I think its residual fear from Dragon Stout from Jamaica. Anyway, I am drinking the whole bottle myself as she is in Uganda now.

Pours a dark black color with light barely coming through on the edges. Thick foamy tan head. Nice nose of roasted grains and a little smoke. There is a "fig-like" sweetness in the nose as well. There is definitely a silkiness to the nose as well. Robust flavor and a little bit boozy. Some smoke and some hops. I believe I am picking a flavor that is either a spruce or perhaps a spicy peet. Lots of subtle flavors that are tough to separate. Nice structure and body to this beer. The mouthfeel is nice. The finish is nice. Solid beer. I will likely buy this again to share with company.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color--only some traces of brownish amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It has a light amount of carbonation and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of molasses and raisins plus hints of alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of roasted malts and has notes of alcohol, licorice, molasses and raisins. The initial taste is slightly sweet.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is present in the finish along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength and the presence of alcohol in the smell and taste. This is a good beer to sip on a cold day.

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

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

The export stout style, to me, always seems to land a bit short of Russian Imperial Stout, with some Baltic Porter roasted notes. This seemed to fit right into the profile, with some additional full mouthfeel, calling to mind an oatmeal stout without that level of sweetness. Deep roasted flavor, a touch of charcoal, and a nice bit of sweet malt. ETOH was evident but not offputting.

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Photo of tango22
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

330 ml bottle - $1

A - Solid opaque black with a fluffy medium brown head which settles to an eighth inch. Lacing is average.

S - Bready dark toasted malts, caramel, dark bitter raisins and a pungent cinnamon spice.

T - Taste starts off bitter toasted malts, smoky flavor. Finish is an oily bitterness and more toasted malts.

M - Consistency is medium and carbonation is slightly less than medium.

D - Good tasting stout with an interesting cinnamon note in the smell.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of RepMichigan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Appearance- On tap, poured into a snifter. The pour is black with a creamy one finger tan head. Great retention and a little lace left behind.

Smell- Dark roasty malts and sweet milk chocolate aromas.

Taste- Very reminiscent of a milk stout for me, very creamy lots of chocolate notes. Roasted malts towards the back end, finishing slightly bitter. Not quite the bitterness or hop presence as some "export" stouts, but this is solid throughout. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Pretty full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This aspect is great, a very slight alcohol warming noticed as well.

Overall- Very solid beer at a pretty good value. I will be drinking this again.

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

Pours a thick, syrupy midnight black, with 2 fingers of tan coloured head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and some toffee notes. Taste of molasses and sweet prunes, with some chocolate and bitter/burnt coffee to finish. Would like to see it a little less carbonated for a smoother beer and better mouthfeel. It has a bit of acidic/twangy character to it. Overall, a pretty good stout, and one where you don't notice the alcohol.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of pandow
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of wyllder
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a healthy caramel head and leaves a good lacing as you go.

Nose is a pleasant mix of dark chocolate and black cherry scents with a pungent background. There's no mistaking the presence of alcohol here. But it's still an appealing and intriguing aroma.

Taste is pungent at first, and turns sweet on the midsip with a creamy chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Aftertaste is bitter chocolate backed up by black cherry.

Mouthfeel & drinkability suffer a bit from being a bit too pungent IMO.

Still, a very good stout and certainly different from the norm.

Wyll-

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Photo of jeffbrew
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of hlyons
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Allurex
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Poured into a Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours a dark cola brown with 2 inches of head the color of milky coffee.

S-Condensed milk sweetness, malted milk balls, Hershey's chocolate.

T/M-Medium bodied and creamy, with low to moderate carbonation. Less roasty than I expected, given the style. Very smooth and creamy, with condensed milk sweetness and light notes of toffee. The finish had a slight metallic tang that diminished as I continued drinking.

D- A 6-pack of this excellent stout sells for just $8.99! Not a bad deal at all.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,618 ratings.
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