Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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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

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11.76%
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Photo of khiasmus
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black with perfect, dark tan tight head that lasts forever. really.
Aroma is of coffee, black patent, soy sauce, sherry, sweet malt, cocoa, roasted barley, slight alcohol, and more coffee. Reminds me of Founders breakfast stout with just a bit less coffee.
Flavor is rich dark malt, coffee, a hint of smoke in the finish, a bit oif molasses, and some alcohol at the end. Overall it's quite sweet, and the bitter cocoa, coffee, etc. gets overridden.
Mouthfeel is creamy. Just tons of cream. Smooth, chewy, slightly fluffy? barely dry finish, with a bit of warming.
This beer is very drinkable, but just a hint too balanced towards the sweetness for my taste.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into a pint glass.

What a gorgeous pour--with a little aggression, it builds a towering khaki head that slowwwly recedes to a thick ring of foam. A steady carbonation level seeps upwards through the utterly opaque, black coffee body. The aroma is the only aspect of this brew that deserved below-average marks, as its notes of sour milk and bitter chocolate were a bit off-kilter for my liking.

The flavor more than made up for that, delivering an intense burst of milk chocolate, espresso, and caramel malts that immediately gave way to rich, dark chocolate notes, coffee grounds, and a warming booze presence that added a touch of dark fruit (raisin & fig). Mouthfeel was smooth & medium-bodied, with a fizzy carbonation level that livened up the palate, making it take note of the complexities that enveloped it. Excellent finish, almost chalky at first, of chocolate liquor and brandy. Quite an exceptional brew here, my only problem is that I took far too long to discover it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Served on tap into a Lion mug. Dark as night with a white, poor retaining head.

S. Roasted malt and a hint of booze in there too. Earthy grains. Expresso.

T. A wonderfully balanced export stout. Gives me just enough roasted malt, some earthy hop, peat and moss, some torched brown sugar. Coffee notes with cocoa powder. Very tasty.

M. Also thick, black and full bodied. Just how I like my stouts.

D. As sessionable as an 8% stout can be. On tap it is especially nice. Reccommended.

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Photo of UA8
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Opaque Black in color with a rich and tall cocoa head.

S- Nose is dominated by scents of richly roasted caramel malts.

T- Mostly sweet caramel malts on the palate with a slight bitterness on the finish. Could be more balanced. slight metallic taste as well.

M- Could be a little fuller fades quickly.

D- A acceptable stout. however it could be heavier in body and have a more complex and balanced palate instead of just being such a one note song.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into nonic.

Pitch black one finger light brown head that slowly settles to a thick rim.

Roasty malts along with chocolate, coffee, and a slight creaminess. Hop bitterness is low and hidden behind the malts.

Mostly sweet flavors with a touch of bitterness from the roasty malts. A little bit of molasses is in there. Full bodied with good carbonation.

Plenty of dark malts. I felt this one was a little under par for the style. It's good but the smoothness isn't there from other Export Stouts I have tried in the past.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours deep, dark, and as black as night, with an opacity that reveals no discernible color even when held to the light. It is capped with a rich, creamy, cocoa-brown head that leaves behind a fair amount of lace as rings around the glass.

Coffee and rich chocolate aromas show themselves in the nose in a delightfully inviting combination.

Very rich, chewy, and smooth on the palate, with a strong essence of roasted coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate with a long, bittersweet finish.

A deceptively drinkable brew, as it goes down extremely easily and doesn't rear its 8.0% ABV head until well after it's settled in the stomach, which could prove fatal in the end. Still, I have to ask, would it be such a bad way to go?

An extremely superb stout that would hold up easily against the best Imperial Stouts out there. It's easy to understand Michael Jackson's approval of this one.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dense black body topped with two lush fingers of mocha tan froth with excellent duration and thick lacing. Nice but subtle scents--coffee, caramel, cocoa--that would be great if more prominent. They sure are in the taste, especially the coffee and cocoa, encased in a fine, sweet and slightly bitter melange. This is very fine stout, better than I expected, easy on the palate, good mouthfeel and eminently drinkable. Don't pass this stout by, it's terrific and worthy to be considered in the company of other very good English and Oatmeal Stouts. Very well done.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very surprised by this stout. I thought it wouldn't be very good and instead is was very tasty. There is nothing rude, harsh or nasty in this stout, making it nearly as drinkable as a creamy Guinness with a completely different vibe. It exudes great taste. complexity and a lingering goodness are what you get with this great drink. I need to buy it again!

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark milk chocolate appearance especially in the color with a descent size mocha head leaving a sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Stout mocha aroma with a dense chocolate or cocoa bean smell kicking in.

T: Dark sweet chocolate and peppermint with light coffee flavors in the aftertaste kinda reminded me of irish cream with chocolate.

M/D: Did not have a heavy feel like most stouts but did leave your mouth very dry. It was very drinkable and I would highly recommend this stout although it is not my favorite.

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Photo of Edgecrusher
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark,dark, and dark. Used motor oil dark. Minimal head with thick lacing.

Smell: Burnt chocolate, slight coffee aroma, and slight caramel aroma.

Taste:Matches the aroma-chocolety and caramely with a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth-light on the carbonation. Glides down your throat.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Very easy to put a few of these down.

Overall a very good stout. Good representation of the style. If ya get a chance pick a few up.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black with a modest tan head the retreats quickly lacing the glass on the way down. Smell of dried fruit, and a bit of cocoa, some phenolic or higher alcohol in there to. Tastes of bitter roasted chocolate and coffee with a bit of dark fruit, then ends with some roast bitterness and a bit of alcohol or maybe fusel, its muted but there and I can't put my finger on it. Medium to thin body with a creamy/oily mouthfeel. Lingering roast bitterness after each sip. Good stout, a bit to vinous for my taste.

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Photo of 6470zzy
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours out a deep opaque almost black shade of brown with a healthy dark tan head. As the head recedes it leaves in it's wake a mild amount of lacing.

S- I find a distinct pleasant aroma of soy sauce and cocoa.

T- Up front bitterness with coffee, black strap molasses and a hint of chocolate.

M- Medium bodied with a nice degree of carbonation for the style.

D- I could definitely enjoy this stout on a regular basis, Micheal Jackson was right to put his endorsement on this one.

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Photo of JBuff41413
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hadn't seen this stout before so I thought I'd give it a try.

A- Oil black with a small light tan head that dissipates to just a film.

S- Coffee, dried fruit, and very small amount of bitter chocolate.

T- Was not impressed. Burnt coffee fading into dried fruit which then becomes incredibly tanic and sour. Not a fan.

M- Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, decent mouthfeel for the genre.

D- If you like the taste I imagine the drinkability would be ok. Unlike many other stouts the 8% ABV definitely shows.

Other BA's seem to like this brew, I, on the other hand did not. Maybe my taste buds are not sophisticated enough lol. For $7 a 6-pack, give it a try and see what you think.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours jet black in the glass. Moussy, tan head holds up quite nicely. Leaves some splotchy lacing.

S - unique for a foreign stout - you've got your basic roast, but also some interesting earthiness, tobacco and smoke.

T - Smoky, sweet dense malt to start. There are all sorts of complex earthy, roasty flavours that really round things out. Long roasty finish with more smoke. As the beer warms, the malt sweetness becomes more evident and brings some dark fruit flavours to the forefront, while the roast and smoke fall into the background.

M - creamy, mouth filling, but not thick. Gentle carbonation, soothing alcohol is mild. Just about perfect for the base beer.

D - I'm hella impressed with this one, wish I had bought more than just a 6-pack.

Never heard of this beer until I saw it sitting on a shelf in Fargo, ND. I did a quick BA search via my phone in the store, and saw it had solid reviews, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

This kicks the crap out of anything I've tasted from England or Ireland in terms of a Foreign or even Imperial Stout. The smoke doesn't dominate, but it's presence is certainly obvious and blends in quite well. What makes this stout stand out from the others is the smooth, complex flavours that are still bold... I find the "bold" part to be missing from most "classic" examples. Incredible stuff.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown color with a light tan head. Fairly nice and foamy, but the retention was a little poor, as the cap remaining is only a mm thick. Lacing is okay.

The nose is pretty much super dark roast malt. A little dry, with some coffee and chocolate notes, kind of powdery.

Lots of dark fruits on the nose, big presence of fig, bitter chocolate, anise, molasses. These are major malt characters, while the hops are way in the back, a little floral and herbal touch.

Pretty well-attenuated, the finish is smooth and sweetly malty. Moderately smooth, good soft body with great carbonation that takes the cloyingly sweet notes off the tongue but doesn't rob the palate of any flavor.

Very enjoyable Foreign Export stout, I love the flavors and find the craftsmanship remarkable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a dense, creamy, initially four-finger thick, deeply brown stained, full tan colored head. The beer is a full black color that shows just a flash of ruby to it when held up directly to the light. Weird, the aroma is quite weird; buttery, but with an almost chemical undercurrent. What is weird is that this might not be diacetyl, this is the most likely culprit, but for some reason it just seems a bit different than your typical diacetyl signature. Buttered popcorn aromas clearly dominate, but there is just a hint of roast character noticeable towards the finish.

Quite sweet with a fairly agreeable flavor until the finish which has a phenolic, chemical edge to it. The body has a nice fullness to it as well as a nice soft, chocolate tasting, roast grain flavor to it. That strange buttery note is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor, but the chemical note still manages to mute my enjoyment of this beer pretty significantly.

This is newly arrived in Arizona, so I don't understand why this is so bad; and to be honest the flavors of this beer seem pretty fresh, it is just that there are also some significantly off components to this beer as well.

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Photo of Greggy
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fluffy tan 1 finger head into my large snifter. The body is pitch black and cannot be seen through. As the head recedes, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- Notes of lactose, roasted grains, chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, a slight whiff of alcohol, slight vanilla and cream.

T- Starts off with a big mouthfeel then moves into a silky smooth transition of sweet cream, then finally moves into a nice long dry chocolate and hop finish.

M- Very large mouthfeel on this one and silky smooth at that.

D- 8% is hidden very well in this one. It definitely can only slightly be detected in the nose, but nothing else. I can see having this again in the future.

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Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark black with nice tan head and good lacing. Very nice scent, a very good coffee/burnt grain and malt scent, faintly sweet. Nice taste, a very nice dry-type stout, with a great burnt grain/malt taste, slightly coffee in taste, with a semi-sweet finish. Goes down extremely well for a higher ABV beer.

(On-tap at Barley and Hops Bottle Shop, Pittsburgh (Bethel Park), PA)

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Photo of dmamiano
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a big, off white head. lacing hangs to the end.
Smells of chocolate from a factory. Huge odors with a nice mix of sweet, roastyness.
Taste is nice a smooth, big mouthfeel. Very thick and viscous. Chocolate malts, coffee and a hint of alchohol.
Nice beer for the ages.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

625ml. bottle poured into a cople sampler glasses. Dark black at first glance with a thick tight-bubbled tan head. Closer look reveals ruby edges, the head fades slowly and leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, cola, some dark fruits. Taste is roasty with a quick dry finish. Sounds like car wax or something. I do taste some sweet cola with this. Not much if any hop bitterness. Interesting.

Thick and seriously dry.

I would not open another.

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Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Practically black with a thick creamy tan head despite a slow careful pour. Good retention and lacing. Looks nice.

Impression of sweetened coffee and cherries. Not what I expected, but a decent aroma.

Quite sweet, with a smokey finish. Fruitier than expected. Alcohol well buried. Cherries, orange, even a hint of strawberry all over a dark maltiness. Not a typical strong stout.

Creamy mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation.

More than tasty, but less complex than I thought it would be. A different beer, but good none the less.

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Photo of jamesm7485
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the first big stouts i had over a year ago so i figured id finally review it.

The appearance is a dark brown with a light tan head not much noticeable lacing.

The smell is very malty with a very thing note of chocolate.

The taste is the same as the smell

Mouth feel is pretty damn light for a stout of this size, but is still enjoyable

The drinkability is just about average not great.

A good stepping stone for me to the bigger beers ive been enjoying.

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Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Plam in Milwaukee. This is from notes, and those notes were kind of drunk...

Very nice pour. It's rare that a pour looks creamy, but I'll be damned if this one doesn't look creamy. Dark, nearly opaque black with a tall brown head.

Smells like a really good, firm dry stout. Strong raw porter grain mellowed out by chocolate malt with a firm hop in the back.

Tastes very much like smells, only everything is lightly improved by the magnificient creaminess of the body.

Really nice.

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Photo of starsbleedblue
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a-jet black in color with a thick caramel colored head
s- very sweet smelling, like a malty mocha with some vanilla notes
t- super rich espresso and chocolate... its like dessert in a bottle:)
m- thick, creamy, and velvety smooth
d- this is already one of my favorites so ill definitely be having it again

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Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into clean, clear glass.

A 3 finger head light brown head and the deepest black body of any beer that I have seen.

S dark chocolate, molasses, dark stout. Sweet and intriguing

T Now THIS is a stout! Dark, heavy chocolate but smooth, velvety with a pleasant aftertaste which dissipates quickly at first but then lingers for a minute or two.

M Full but not bitter and undrinkable like some other stouts I have had (like Great Lakes Blackout Stout). I heard of Guinness described as "liquid bread" once and that certainly applies here.

D good for a stout.

Notes: I am not the biggest stout fan (2 to 3 Guinness's a year) but this one is quite enjoyable. Certainly if you enjoy stout then you should try this. I would love to find it on tap somewhere.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,637 ratings
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