Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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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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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin brownish black body with a light tan head rising maybe a notch over a finger's length. Head drops quick after one sip, lacing is a bit uneven.

Smell: Light warm sugar, and descent hit of malts.

Taste: Sweet cream and sugar. Molasses and
Touch of malts. A part of me likes it part of me wants to leave it alone, a little spicy but light...like touch of cinnamon in the stout.

Mouth: Sticky but dry brew, after taste is complex. Almost like raisins at the end.

Overall: Good brew, hybrid brew between and American stout and imperial stout. The lightly spicy note is what attracts me to the brew. Definitely a must grab if you see it. Salud!

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

From bottle, pours dark brown to black colour with a finger of tan coloured head that disapates to a thin layer.
Aroma roasty, creamy, chocolate, coffee, sweet.
Taste pretty much follows the nose beautiful.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a infinitely dark brown with a light brown fluffy head. Lacing. Alcohol and caramel in the nose. The mouth gets roasted barley and coffee. Yum!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Lion Stout was better than expected. It poured an opaque black with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of vanilla. The taste was malty with hints of vanilla. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's worth a try.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, dark brown with a caramel head that's almost the color of the label trim. Classic stout nose of roasted barley and hops with some sweeter elements suggested. Taste: a balanced stout with caramel, dark malt, some hops and some alcohol tingle... very nice. Might be a little sweet for some but for me it is an excellent balance. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy but not cloying. Classic.

Poured from a dark brown bottle into a nonic. And enjoyed!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Black with a fizzy tan head
A - there was a slight funk I could t pinpoint - almost Belgiany, sweet and malty
T - Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted Malt
T - sweet with a light to medium body, boozy finish

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Photo of Beginner2
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have bought 6 packs several times over the last decade and this rich, complex stout has showed me something new almost as many times.
It was the first strong stout I could swallow. Smooth. Not harsh or bitter like its competitors.
Then later, I started to learn about the interplay of different malts and how they could control bitterness.
Then recently, I started eating it with Indian food and it became one of the mysteries of the universe that something that smooth could calm food that spicy.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars and called it "fruity, peppery and tar-like."
Listed in the "1001", the reviewer tells the story of how "The Beer Hunter" found Lion Stout in a Sri Lanka mountain resort.

You want an adventure?
Try this stout.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in the middle brown on the outside, 1/5" tan head. Aroma was lots of roast, but I didn't really pick up any coffee or chocolate notes from the malting.

A little sweeter than expected, still thick, sturdy and roasty. A little bit of that brown sugar. Its hefty alcohol comes through. Its relatively cheap and a far better alternative than the other world wide distributed stout out there. The cans of this are where its at.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

nice looking beer! served in a tall pilsner glass (?) with minimal head. Smells nice with nice roasty malts and coffee dominating the nose. tastes like a classic export stout with coffee, some cocoa and some nice roasty flavors coming through. Mouthfeel is where this lacks, incredibly thin . really throws off the chill of this beer.
overall a nice export stout that i would drink again on tap, but i'm happy i didnt spend the money on a bottle

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Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large can served in a Belgian snifter after some time for warming.

Pours thick and essentially black with a moderate size, semi-durable tan head. The glass gets coated with lacing each time its tipped but the lacing doesn't stick to the glass/ .

The aroma is relatively strong and fruity, with some alcohol esters and a hint of coffee.

The flavor is moderately strong and surprisingly sweet. Mainly dark roasted malts with no char or burnt grain notes. Subtle hints of coffee and dark fruits.

Smooth, medium-full body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall: I drank this beer somewhat frequently when it first came to the US. It was a bargain at the time and, of course, quite good. Now it tastes sweeter than I remember and not quite as good but plenty good enough to recommend. Well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark brown with ruby accents; 1+ finger medium tan head that receded to a thin cap; very nice, thick, lacing;

S: sweet with a rum-like quality; a little alcohol; a little roasted grain;

T: follows the nose - sweet with a rum-like quality; a hint of roasted grains way in the background; almost no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; light to moderate creamy carbonation;

O: too sweet for my taste; body was quite light;

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Photo of stevoj
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is sweet and chocolaty, body black and oily. More chocolate in the taste, with very mild coffee bitterness. Sweet and slick, goes down easily. Some very mild lingering bittersweet flavor. Worthy of its reputation.

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Photo of puncha1978
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my every friday beer when I was in Sri Lanka before 2006. Great blak stout and only stout in Sri Lanka. This finishes with a long roasted caramel, sweet chocolate and then creamy flavour. They only produced 700ml bottles back then, alcohol % is so high in this one, I only needed one bottle before start feeling heaven. Ceylon brew produces a great larger beer as well, which is a so drinkable everyday beer. And they had a beer called Stone which was again a high alcohol product and was a quite bitter and hoppy flavor whic I believe a light pale ale type but they dont produce this any more. Overall lion stout is a great beer

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Photo of RickS95
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks gorgeous, if you like the dark stuff. Pitch black pour with a cascading head that starts off dark brown before finishing a dingy, yellowish color. Great retention, the head never goes away entirely. Very creamy with a thick lace.

Very roasty nose. Initially a bit on the coffee side before warming slightly and taking on a bittersweet chocolate aroma.

Nice taste as licorice evolves from all the roasty notes. The chocolate becomes more dark chocolate than bittersweet.

Sweet then bitter then sweet again. The licorice tames the bitterness giving it a dessert like finish. Full bodied and creamy, the 8.8 ABV is very well hidden.

What a good beer this is. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

-Half the glass was a light brown head, black beer
-Mocha coffee, cream, burnt malts
-Sweet malts, some cocoa, bittering black coffee is subtle but enough
-lingering is absolute ZERO. Disappeared immediately with the swallow. Creamy, light but not watery. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden for 9%

-The best foreign stout ive had to date. Maybe don't seek it out but if you see it, pick this up.

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Photo of dar482
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color.

The aroma offers dark fruit, licorice, chocolate, roasted malts.

The flavor follows with toffee, chocolate, a balanced sweetness, roasted malt, licorice, lingering bitterness, a medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Lion Brewery Limited's Lion Stout last week for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. It's been a long time since I've had this beer and I'm pretty sure it was one of the first stouts I had, so lets see what I think of it now. Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. 2015 Vintage.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a black color that barely let any light in and it had three fingers worth of very slightly lighter brown head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a boozy aroma being the first to show up and it's followed by some fruity yeast with some apple and pear aromas sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which have some roast to them, but it's a little on the lighter side and it seems like there more sweet and grainy malt aromas being imparted. The aroma is nice, but I wish it was less boozy with more roast.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little roastier and not as boozy, it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but the time the roast shows up more and there's even a light charred and smokey flavor. Up next comes the fruity yeast and it impart the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by the booze, which is noticeable, but not as boozy as it was in the aroma. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with a smokey and lightly charred aftertaste. This a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the alcohol was hidden a little better.

M- Fairly smooth, a little boozy, a little watery, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was a little thicker and chewy.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, it tastes pretty similar to how I remember, it's nice, but it's still just a little rough around the edges. This beer has ok drinkability, I think one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and the roasty and charred flavors, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the boozynezz and the body, they could both use some work. I would get this again, but it's nothing that I will buy on the regular. I think it's worth a try, especially if your just getting into Stouts. All in all this was like a trip down memory lane and while I don't like it as much as I once did I still think it's a nice beer to try. It's my favorite beer from this brewery and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, keep it up.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Lion Stout.

Another beer I have looked over a few hundred times. Found a single for $2 and figured I'd give it a shot. Haven't had many export stouts since it isn't a very common style. Let's see what we get .

Look - Pours a deep impenetrable black with a small cap of mocha head that doesn't stick around, quickly turning into a small cloud formation around the top of the glass. Carbonation is unreadable due to the depth. Looks like a glass of motor oil. No lacing is left. 3.5.

Smell - Big hints of coffee and dark fruits with just a touch of chocolate. Odd metallic note all around the nose. Smells sweet and knowing the style the taste will likely follow the nose to a T. 3.25.

Taste - Sweet dark cherries at first followed by a bit of darkened coffee and finishing on the aforementioned metallic note. The metallic aspect lingers around in the mouth forever. 3.

Feel - Body is light and a touch creamy despite the failure of the head. Carbonation is moderate. Metallic flavor sticks around and certainly loses this beer some points in this category. 3.25.

Overall - I didn't like this beer that much. Too sweet with an off putting metallic note that would make you think it came out of a damage can or something. Not the worst beer I've ever had, but likely one of the worst stouts. I'll likely dump this. 3.

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

pitch black, thick head that stays around. nose; could easily be mistaken for a dark-fruited dubbel - plum, licorice, toasted grain and booze. taste; roasted malts, mocha, light licorice and chocolate - the booze present on the nose does not show up here surprisingly. very much like most of the cold-toddy'd stouts, lion is very light on the bitterness and delivers the chocolate and mocha payloads quite softly. medium carbonation and mouthfeel. the 8.8% abv is extremely well tucked away, making for an easy drinker. i'm just not a big fan of the rum/cola and licorice notes here, which come out doubly on the aftertaste.

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Photo of MikefromNYC
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up from the local craft beer shop. Was looking to try a new stout, so I popped this, and drank it out of a Guinness glass.

A - Dark, Stouty, Cold-Brew
S - Coffee, Carribbean stout smell like Guiness Foreign Extra
T - Coffee, Mocha, Light Spices on Back
M - Smooth
O - Very nice stout. I approve

8 bucks in Brooklyn, NY for a 625 ml bottle. Would be curious what you guys have been paying out there.

Happy drinkin'!

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Photo of BethanyB
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque and nearly ebony, with a khaki head almost as thick as its body. A filmy veil sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A rich mix of fermented dark red fruit reminds me of a young Merlot, but this brighter scent soon settles into one of sugared prunes and mocha.

Taste: A good balance of sweet and tart: dark chocolate, plums, and molasses mix with cherry cordial and rhubarb pie. Black licorice and a smoky aftertaste present an interesting edginess, but this beer is like a marriage in that the exciting first impressions ultimately become mundane as the flavors come into balance. In the end, the rhubarb is muddled with chocolate, and the scale tips a bit more towards the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy upfront, and it only gets thicker in the finish. The dark malt brings a bit of dryness, but for the most part, the swallow is smooth. Moderate carbonation is appropriate for both the style and the recipe.

Overall: A very good Stout that veers on the rink of becoming great before settling back into its comfort zone and then some. Initially eclectic, but later blasé, although the bit of spice tartness, and smoke, combined with an excellent frothy mouthfeel maintain the urge to keep sipping.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Abundant froth khaki head, plentiful and scattered lacing. Pitch-black body. 4.5

S- A bit pungent and floral with a sweet malt quality like a Malta Goya soda. 3.75

T- Molasses sweetness and hints of dark chocolate move to touches of soy sauce and brown sugar. It's sweeter in flavor. 3.5

M- Potent floral feels meet a medium-bodied malt feel. Sweetness shows. 3.5

The malt flavor is more sweet and molasses-like than roast-y and coffee or chocolate like and I think I prefer the latter in a stout. I find this awfully close to a Negra Modelo or some other darker beer of that ilk.

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Photo of Rowland55
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this beer on a night out with my wife. Poured a nice dark black with a tan head a few inches, tasted exactly how I feel a good stout should and am definitely going to try to find some for home.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 625 ml bottle at my local Trig's grocer. I can't decipher the bottling code, but this was a pretty recent arrival with a pretty high ABV; so I'm not too concerned about the freshness. Poured at cellar temperature into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a rich coffee black with a dense khaki head of about three inches that sticks around for a good long while and leaves substantial web-like lacing on the glass.

S: Very nice nose on this one: toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, and a more subtle black licorice are all present in the bouquet. Just a bit of nuttiness and some clear alcohol poking through.

T: Caramel, toasty, and roasted malts are at the front--this one is pretty sweet. The middle has a building creaminess, which also sees the sweet increase a bit, along with the coffee and dark chocolate notes. There's a bit of the black licorice coming through in the middle, along with some toffee notes. I fear that this review is giving the impression of a very sweet stout, but the sweet never gets out of hand. In fact, the middle and back have more of a savory quality to them. The back end sees more of the caramel and roasted malt flavor, as well as just a hint of clear alcohol that's accompanied by just a bit more of the black licorice flavor. The aftertaste has just a bit of bitter.

F: Full-bodied and very creamy without feeling syrupy. The carbonation feels spot-on. Nice feel on this one.

O: This is a very tasty and very drinkable stout, especially given it's relatively high ABV. I was reluctant to try this--knowing nothing of this brewery--but this one is a big pleasant surprise. I highly recommend.

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Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really nice export stout. Big dark fruit presence, some dark chocolate, and some mystery... beer from Sri Lanka? Nice balance and just enough bitterness to cut into the sweet notes. Really nice beer, and a nice surprise.

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