Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka | website

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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895
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1,596
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
15.78%
 
 
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Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: dark brown leaning towards black with a thin head that disappears in about the time it will take you to read this sentence. All that is left behind is a thin ring of foam.

S: nothing stunning but, there are roasts, malts and coffee present.

T: roasted malts, molasses and coffee are the dominant flavors but there is also a slight sweetness to it.

M: medium body and carbonation.

O: not a bad beer, it is easy to drink and a good price. I could see enjoying this beer with a nice meal of spicy Indian food.

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Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my go to stout! At any time a bomber of this goes down sooo smooth, almost too smooth. At above 8% it sure has the ability to go down quick. Beautiful in the glass. Dark fruit aroma, with coffee and chocolates as well on the palate. Some may not like it, some may think its too cheap in a sense...but to me, for the price, year round availability and great all around character of this brew, it's a winner. Cheers!

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a deep black color and a medium tan colored head with moderate retention.
The aroma is very pleasant and inviting. Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and some coffee.
Tastes bittery and roasted, with some coffee and little caramel in the back.
Very drinkable, creamy and full of taste.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed via the LCBO for around $2.50/330ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a medium body wine glass.

A- Excellent! Opened with a mighty pop and brown head 2" high that dissipated down to a thin film in a couple of minutes.

S- Very good. Caramel, malts and other stout goodness

T- Almost as good as it looks. Pretty nice for mass production beer.

M- This one let me down a bit and dragged the whole rating down... A bit bland, dry, carbonated too much and a bit metallic.

O- Very good. If they could get this nice stout a lot creamier and possible a hint of Sri Lankan/Indian coffee style that would really pick this up.

Food Pairing...

This wonderful mass produced stout went well with... Lamb Shank. An excellent slow roasted lamb shank with garlic mashed potatoes and root vegetables in a reduced balsamic glaze.

Enjoy!

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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Discovered at 11 Barclay NYC.
Unsure how I feel about shipping cans of beer around the world? With so much American stout goodness closer to home I think I would not make this a habit and expand my carbon foot print.
That said, it's original and good.

A: The beer pours jet black w some brown amber when held up to the light. well carbonated, the head is stiff, laces well and persists.
S: Major aromas of roasted malts w/ molasses and raisins and something floral exotic unfound in other stouts betraying its origins. No alcohol found.
T: Taste follows smell with major flavors of roasted malts, major of licorice and molasses and hint of flowers, something exoitic, and raisins. A very satisfying pull, finishes slightly sweet.
M: It is medium- to full-bodied, smooth on the palate with light carbonation. Dryness, warming, licorice is the finish.
O: Great winter beer. Enjoyed it. A must try. But I am not importing any more from so far away.

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Photo of Weston19
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a creamy mocha colored head that leaves sticky lacing all around the beer. Looks really nice and the way a stout should look like.

S: Smells like mocha, cocoa, vanilla latte, raisins, and roasted coffee. It's a very pleasant and sweet smell that isn't very strong and comes with a variety of smells. For an almost 9% beer it's great that there's no alcohol smell at all.

T: It tastes exactly like it smells and there is hardly any alcohol flavor there. You get the roasted notes almost immediately followed by that coffee/mocha flavor and then some of the alcohol. It ends slightly bitter but not enough to overwhelm.

MF: Heavy and with a semi dry finish bitter finish.

O: I thought this was a great beer. I wasn't expecting much from it for some reason but upon tasting it it was great. It's pretty strong and the fact that the alcohol taste isn't very obvious is a huge plus. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of gregb13
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark with a fine, sticky-creamy head that settles quickly. Smells very rich and roasty; tobacco, cocoa powder, semi-sweet chocolate liqueur, espresso bean and a little booze. Taste is very complex; flavors follow the nose, along with faint brandy and dark fruity notes. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, and there is a very pleasant, lightly bittersweet aftertaste that lingers moderately.

Overall, this is easily one of the best stouts I've had. Even better is that I can pick it up for 8rmb (about $1.30) for a 500ml (16.9oz.) tin here in China.

I couldn't recommend this beer any more strongly. Go and get it!

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Photo of Amalak
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. It is basically black, but some brown hues at the bottom. It has a good foamy tan head with some solid lacing.

S. It has a malty, chocolate and metallic scent.

T/M. It is quite rich and has a bit of a coffee aftertaste. It is chocolaty with a good deal of a kind of grape sweetness. Smooth but carbonated. Medium body and medium alcohol.

O. It's very solid. I like the mix of flavors. A semi-metallic aftertaste is left though.

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Photo of krustster
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I decided to re-re-review this as my first one was based on a mildly infected box, then my second attempt was a drunken, rambling mess. I actually ended up increasing some of my scores now that my nose isn't so stuffy and I'm in a better state of mind to pick up on the subtleties.

Awesome appearance. Nearly black, but just a bit of light shines through at the edges. Big, creamy, tan head with excellent retention. Kind of hard to describe but the best way I can put it is that the bubbles are extremely fine, almost like a nitro stout. Thick sheets of lacing everywhere. An oddly unique look, and one of the most appealing that I've seen.

Nose is lively with some coffee, dark fruit (I still hate saying that), sweet roasted malts, and a slight hint of alcohol. There's another scent under there that's hard to identify which I like a lot, and which gives this beer a lot of its character. Oh, that's it, chocolate! Almost a milk chocolate, not the bitter dark of most stouts (well, imperial ones, which what I normally reach for).

Delicious taste that reveals some more nuance. Assertive coffee/roast flavor that is kept in check by the underlying fruity sweetness. I guess you could say that the entry has more fruit and sweetness and creamy milk chocolate, with the roasted character coming out in the... mid palate? Is that a thing? The finish goes back to more of a fruit and light chocolate taste, with very light bitterness coming out as it fades. It's hard to to fully express my appreciation for this beer's taste, because it's got a lot of flavor, but the balance is what's important, and that's difficult to describe. I think it's the balance of chocolate and fruit that does it to me. And it's really not that sweet overall, which is another plus.

Mouthfeel is another strong point. The carbonation is fairly high, but once again, oddly fine. It's sharp on the entry, but not too much. Body is on the lighter end of medium, really quite unusual when you consider the nearly 9% ABV, but this is another oddity that ends up working very well for me. Rather dry finish. Smooth, creamy, incredibly drinkable for how strong it is. Compared to most stouts, it's almost like drinking a champagne, and it works! I'm used to drinking imperials that blast my throat with extreme viscosity and just saying "oh man it's so thick I love it." This one is a little strange and the various elements all come together to make something unique and, to me, fantastic.

One of my favorite stouts overall, and definitely my favorite one that isn't limited/fancy/hard to find. When you factor in the price, this is very nearly a perfect beer. Less than $10 for a four pack of 500ml cans or under $5 for a bomber, unbelievable. I'm sure a lot of the low reviews are of infected/"off" batches, judging by how different some of the descriptions are. I've got a pretty big backlog of beers at home to work through, and yet I just keep buying more Lion Stout. It's a versatile beer suitable for thoughtful sipping or just partying and tossing back. A true classic!

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A majestic and determined lion runs at you from the shield shaped label. Back label also has a quote from Michael Jackson seemingly touting this beer, so I guess that's a good sign. Poured into a tulip, black with a 2" head that had some stay to it.

The nose on this is roasty and smoky, chocolate, and tobacco which starts to delve into a barnyard element. Taste follows the nose as much as it can but is predominantly chocolate, and the high abv gives it like a chocolate liqueur-like quality. That being said the alcohol isn't very noticeable in either the aroma or flavor, it's just super smooth, light carbonation, medium-heavy mouthfeel.

I like this quite a bit and would handily get this again. Really good stout - one of my favorites that I've had this year.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Dark, dark brown, bordering on black but still slightly translucent. Very dark, fine head with significant retention.
Smell: Deep woody smell with strong molasses nose. Grainy with a twinge of alcohol. Bready and spicy.
Taste: Very deep roasted grain flavor that blooms into a pleasant sweetness. Opens into an earthy cacao like twinge. Raisins and good pipe tobacco come to mind.
Mouth: Very smooth and heavy. Perfect light carbonation one expects in a stout.

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Photo of Greg_MacLeod
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown to black color with thick caramel colored foam.

Sweet toasty malt smell.

There are a lot of different flavors going on in this beer. It starts out with a carmel / chocolate / fruity sweetness, lots of malt grain flavor, and just enough bitter coffee and hops flavor for a great finish. Every sip is a treat.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Well suited for a stout.

Overall this is one of my absolute favorite stouts. It has great flavor and wonderful drinkability. A single serving of this will cost you a small fortune where I live in Thailand, but it is a fortune well spent.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 mL can poured into a snifter. This can has been in my fridge for about 3 years.

Appearance - Black with a decent pale khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Roasted malt and some cardboard. Lots of caramel.

Taste - Sweet up front with some sherry like oxidation. Cardboardy bitterness builds. Less roast than I was hoping for. Much more caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Pretty sweet, but not enough to back it up.

Overall - Well this is too old, but besides the oxidation, it still tastes like regular Lion Stout.

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Photo of burnstar
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown to black. Big rocky persistent tan head. Smell is roasted barley. Not a particularly strong aroma. Great complex malty flavor throughout. Sweetness. Raisins. Chocolate. A little roasted malt bitterness and hops. Medium bodied, maybe a little light bodied for a stout but it suits this beer nicely. Well carbonated. Perhaps the best thing about this beer is how crisp and refreshing it is despite being a big tasty stout. Astonishingly drinkable. Really great stuff.

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Photo of migwell
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I probably tend to over-rate this stout, having spent a year and a half cycling through Southern Asia, but it stands out so much compared to the general run of lackluster beers and second rate stouts that the difference is quite dramatic.

In a geographical area where finding even an 'adequate' beer is problematic, to tumble on a world class stout was a very pleasant shock. I never found this on tap, which I imagine would have been even better, but it ranks second in my experience to a nicely pulled Guinness pint in a pub in Ireland.

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Photo of dreamchaser
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Malty, toasty aroma. Thick, fairly quickly dissipating bubbly tan head. Flavours include roasted coffee, with sweet malt notes that fade to a nice, smooth bitter and dry finish, and very faint aftertase. Well carbonated, and striking hop presence challenges the sweetness. Warmth follows throughout.

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Photo of bdaggett
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark body- really dark. Creamy, small head.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee and chocolate. A really pleasant smell that matches the appearance well. I was excited with the smell and expected a really good beer.

Taste: Like the other reviews say, the 8.8% is obvious at the end. However, it isn't overwhelming. The initial taste is roasted coffee - not much cream flavor, little chocolate. The roasted flavor dominates all other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, fairly smooth.

Overall: A really solid stout. My first beer from Sri Lanka - surprisingly good. Not one of my favorites, but I would look for it again. If you are looking for a great heavy stout to sip with a meal, this is a great choice.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A random score from the local LCBO...

A - Pours pitch black with a thumb of big bubbled cola looking head which quickly dissipates leaving no real lacing.

S - Burnt grains, dark cocoa and sugary sweetness with a lingering malted milk finish.

T - Dark cocoa, burnt toast, leafy greens, hint of burnt sugar sweetness and a touch of ABV heat. Finishes with the dark cocoa and ABV sweetness lingering.

M - Medium bodied, surprisingly sweet and finishes wet with a touch of heat.

O - Heavy of the burnt characteristics, but tasty nonetheless. The ABV is surprisingly well hidden, making it quite drinkable. I would buy this again and certainly wouldn't pass up the opportunity to drink it if the option were available.

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Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours almost pitch black in color. Some tan froth and lacing.

(S)- A raisin heavy roasted maltiness; almost smoky on the finish.

(T)- Again, quite heavy on the raisin with subtle molasses combined with an almost smoky but roasted malt profile.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A good malty balance that is a bit on the lighter side but plenty of flavor.

(O)- An easy drinking stout with smooth and mellow carbonation. Surprised this came in cans.

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Photo of soju6
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color with a cramy head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate bit of coffee and dark fruit.

T: taste of roasted malt , chocolate and dark fruit. Nice bitterness and c clean finish.

F: Full body, rich creamy texture, very well balanced. It’s been years since I have had this but it still as enjoyable as ever.

O: Good beer the relax with at the end of the day. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of Beric
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12oz can into tulip glass
Served: 3 June 13

Appearance: Incredibly dark. Thick. Pours with a magnificent four finger head that takes a long time to dissipate. Great lacing as the head slowly collapses to a small coating of light brown, frothy bubbles.

Smell: Smells rich and roasty. Dark, dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes seem to jump out through the black thickness.

Taste: The dark, bitter chocolate and roasted coffee seems to really come out in the taste. Unfortunately, I'm also getting some metallic notes from the can, forcing the overall rating down lower than what it should be. Really smooth and goes down easy. You can kind of feel the 8.8% on the very very back end, long after a sip, but the high ABV is masked well by the pleasently complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Thick, just like a foreign extra stout should be.

Overall: Wow, a great beer, especially when you consider it comes from and island off the coast of India.

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Photo of maketheheartglad
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - It's black with a chocolate milk head.

S - It's smells like dark fruit and rum.

T - It tatses like dried fruit, particularly prunes (which i like) and rum at the end.

M - It feels thick.

O - I love it. It is the best stout I've had so far. Sure I've had Guinness . I didn't enjoy Duck-Rabbit's milk stout. I liked North Coast's Old Rasputin, but I like this even more than the others it seems like I can tastes more things. Perhaps the flavors I perceive and enjoy will change in the future.

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Photo of TokyoCO
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle in Japan, poured into a goblet.

A: Dark black with slight amber on the edges. Large head!

S: Sweet malts, milk chocolate, dark fruits. Quite a robust smell.

T: Starts off creamy and sweet, fruits are present. More bitter malts and slight chocolate/coffee taste is present in the middle. Ends with bitter chocolate and slight alcohol burn.

M: Creamy but not overly heavy.

O: This is good! No one taste is overwhelming as it is well balanced. Not as strong coffee and chocolate as a lot of stouts but the sweet malts and fruit are great. Definitely a sipper!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, jet black coloring with a thick, dense, light tan head that starts a solid inch and a half, and settles into a filmy coating as you drink. Aromas of coffee, charcoal, bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of molasses. Very balanced aromas of savory and bitter, with highlights of smoke. Flavors of roast and nut on the forward tongue, with a milk chocolate backbone accented by charcoal and smoke. Very smooth flavors that are layered by subtle bitter and camp smoke characteristics. The beer remains smooth and fairly light in mouth, despite the rich and stereotypically heavy flavors. Roasted and smoky aftertaste, with a smooth, slightly dry finish. Very balanced and easily drinkable stout.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a full black color with no opacity. Very thick head at pour relaxes to around the rim with a very healthy spotted lace on the glass. Aroma is dark, sweet malts with some dark chocolate presence and a hint of black licorice. Flavor is dominated by the dark malts - sweet up front with a mellowed backend.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,596 ratings.
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