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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,625
Reviews:
906
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
145
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Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into my DFH pint glass yields a big black body with a crown of fine-bubbled khaki foam with excellent retention that leaves scattered lacing.

Smells nice and roasty with chocolate and coffee and a nice roasted barley note.

Tastes of roasted malts with brown sugar and tangy caramel with chocolate and coffee highlights and a touch of licorice.

Medium-full-bodied with a sting of carbonation. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this is a solid and drinkable stout. I generally don't expect much from export stouts, but this one is good.
Dark black with a big cake-like head.
Smells of unsweetened chocolate, molasses, caramel, and noticeable alcohol.
Tastes sweet and malty to start, but rounds out nicely in the end. Some roasted coffee/mocha. Alcohol is present, but well blended.
Mouthfeel is smooth and full with nice carbonation.
I'm not jumping out of my chair, but I can't find much wrong with this beer. Worth a look.

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very, very dark mahogany coloured body with mocha collared trim. Opaque but not intimidating. No bubbles although responsive to swirling.

The aroma is a robust blend of flat coffee, mocha/hazelnut liqueur, roast malts, molasses, soy and Worcestershire sauce, chocolate mousse and burnt sugar. It is sweet.

The beer has a tremendously balanced presence of roast. The 8% alcohol gives never a hint as to its presence. A distant note of sourness that competes with roast and bitterness and seems to linger on the tongue for lengthy periods of time.

The taste is foremost of burnt sugar - torched, charred, burnt sugar. Also, creme caramel, bitter coffee beans, a creamy chocolate filling, charred oak, molasses, light anise, burnt toffee, a hint of smoke, maltose, and pure cocoa.

This stout is always a treat and remains still, probably, the finest example of a foreign stout I've tried. It is balanced, endlessly drinkable and chalk full of an unlimited long list of flavours. This would pair wonderfully with a number of desserts and is something I'd recommend every beer drinker try.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle version from Spikes..
Poured black with a slight brownish tint of brown in the light. Head was pretty nice, light brown and somewhat thin. Nose just smelled extra smooth and subtle. Some dark chocolate and mocha with a slight roastiness. Taste is chocolate upfront and the mocha hits you about halfway to finish. Not dry either like most stouts. This was very smooth and no bite. Very interesting stout. This stout is one of the most drinkable stouts I have ever had. The ABV was just right and very mellow with lots of taste!!!. EXCEPTIONAL

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Obtained via the 80's BIF; thanks Walter!

This stout pours with a ton of milk chocolate-colored head, maybe 2-3 fingres worth. Jet black with a syrup-like consistency. The lacing is very interesting in that when I splash the beer around the snifter it coats the edges in a very foamy, consistent manner. The aroma is primarily of chocolate with a slight scent of black coffee bean. Wow. It has a very prominent roasted coffee and extremely dark chocolate flavor to it. The mouthfeel is sort of thin, but it's a great sipping beer. Not too much carbonation either.

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Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured an opaque black with lots of tan head. It smelled like earthy malt and roasted dark chocolate. It tasted like roasted (or even burnt) coffee beans, and super earthy dark chocolate. It was watery with no carbonation and had a dry chocolate aftertaste. Overall this was a good quality beer that was clean and easy to drink. However, I expected (hoped for) a little more flavor, especially considering its high alcohol percentage.

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Photo of srrn
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep brown, almost black with a minimal head and some lacing. Smell was roasted malts and a bit of hops. Taste is the same with a bit of licorice and coffee and chocolate in the aftertaste, pleasantly bitter, nice contrast to the sweetness you get initially. Mouthfeel is good, makes this a great sipper. I'll have another! Very nice stout and I will buy this again.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with chocolate brown head-slight hop aroma in pour. Sweet malt flavor-almost port sweet? Alcohol is very evident in finish-which is very sweet. Mouthfeel is thin-and drinkability takes a hit because of the sweetness and the alcohol-still a solid export stout. One that should be enjoyed by all stout lovers.

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Photo of botham
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours almost opaque black with distant garnet highlights. moderate lacings, and good head retention (about 7 minutes).

aroma is roasted, with notes of chocolate, caramel and a bit of vanilla. nicely proportioned, with a rich character. wonderfully composed.

taste is sweet, with the same notes as above, and a distant nutty character as well. finishes on a malty note with residual roasted malts. nicely proportioned, but a bit sweet on the palate.

mouthfeel is great. the brew is medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and rich stout, with only one flaw: a bit too sweet. no other complaints, as this is a solid stout. cheers!

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Photo of ROMER79
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice thick brown/black if you will with a tan one finger tan head. It appeared to be nice and creamy from the pour. As soon as I poured, I could smell chocolate, roasted malts, and some fruits. After it settled I caught a fresh moca aroma. The taste was chocolatey with the roasted malts and moca present, with smokey after notes to follow. It was rich and filling and I found it quite easy to drink. Definitely a great beer to enjoy whenever you can find it.

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Photo of Natural510
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch-black with a very thick, creamy head and beautiful lacing which coats the glass for the entire session.
Smells of deep, roasted malts with a strong coffee backbone and cocoa essence.
Tastes malty with sweet mocha-coffee flavoring. Almost like a milk stout with its cocoa sweetness. Slight tobacco note, but not in a negative way. Hops are subtle, but ever-present.
Mouth throbs with the creamy maltiness and creeping hop spiciness.
The alcohol is surprisingly masked behind the other flavors...it drinks like a beer of about 4%, not eight. Very smooth, flavorful and pleasurable. A stout for any occasion.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque with cream colored head. Nice retention and lacing.

S - sweet and roasty

T - like the smell. sweet and roasty. a bit of fruitiness. similar to Sam Smith Imperial

M - medium bodied, smooth carbonation.

D - quite drinkable. A nice stout.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice black pour with a beautiful two finger tan head that goes away, but never completely.
Aroma is a nice roasted malt sweetness and a touch of smoke.
Taste is mostly roasted and toasted malts, The smoke isn't as noticeable in the taste, which I like as smoke turns me off sometimes, nice sweetness without being cloying.
great thick, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, this is an easy stout to sit down with and just enjoy.

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Photo of WJVII
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass (room temp) this brew was coffee black with a brownish gray head that left nice lacing. The brew has a smoky smell with chocolate notes and a mild floral nose. The taste is mild with a medium body. The after taste is very smooth. There are some deep flavors of roasted malts, but not too much on the sweet side. The balance is nice, no bitterness, and very smooth. This is a nice brew, decent balance but not really something I could drink more than one or two at a time.

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Photo of Twerknasty
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent engine oil pour, with a hefty ginger bread color. Chocolate cake, icing, a very sexy nose. The sweetness is balanced by dark burnt raisins, and dark chocolate. The sweetness is piloting and controlling this airplane, but the chocolate covered gingerbread man is rolling in the passenger seat doing work-quitely. I like this stout, very interesting and entertaining while having complexity and drinkablity. A good stout. Creamy, yet carbination to balance it all.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a boisterous medium brown head. The head is also foamy and frothy standing at more than two inches tall. It takes its sweet time to recede. This stout has the look of a winner.

S - The scent is very subtle. There are some sweet hints here but it's made up mostly of long roasted malt.

T - Smokey chocolate malt flavors. It's not the most complex but it doesn't have to be. The texture of the brew is really what makes the flavor good.

M - This beer has a throat opening characteristic I've never before experienced with a stout. The feel is super smooth while still doing a great job of brining out the good flavor.

~ I have a story about how I came about the Lion Stout. I was walking through Cellar 70 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and actually noticed this brew but passed it by. A minute later an employee of the store asked if he could help me with anything. He offered that if I were looking to try something new he had a couple of beers I could sample at the store's sampling bar. I took him up on trying the Lion Stout and I'm glad I did. He poured me a sample and I walked out with a sixer.

To those thinking of passing by this cat I suggest otherwise. Give it a try, you'll be satisfied. I am.

(Note to self: number one of six cellared)

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Photo of Thanby
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of thick lacing and tan head with nearly pitch black body.

Sweet caramel and molasses are the dominant aromas, with some prune and a bit of esters.

Big and meaty. Roasted malt is prominent but not very bitter like most heavy stouts. The dark chocolate and coffee flavors finally make a grand appearance and the major aromas end up as side notes.

Smooth like velvet but the meatiness throws me off a little. Very nicely rounded and carbonated just right, but that odd quality of the body makes it less than I was expecting. It's a prime example of what a full-bodied stout should be, but it's not my personal favorite, though I can definitely understand why everyone else likes it.

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Photo of adams82
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours opaque; black with ruby hues when held up to a light source. A big tan head tops this black beer.

Smells of heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, a hint of nuts, licorice and it trails off with a bit of caramel. Pretty intense and complex aromas here.

Tastes a little sweeter than expected. Caramel and toffee really come through, followed by the intense roastiness I was preparing myself for. Dried fruits pop up too followed by a lightly fruit like hop flavour, finishes on a nice dry roasty note.

Full bodied and a fair amount of carbonation; the mouthfeel is creamy and exceptional! This is a great stab at a style that isn't available as often as I would like.

I've always though of Export Stouts being like a mixed beer, Dry Imperial Stout, if you could imagine that hybrid. That being said, the drinkability suffers a little bit... 8%, full flavour, with a full, full body; but very delicious.

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Photo of happygnome
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: pours a deep dark black color with about a half inch of tan head that dissapears relatively slow but leaves a good amount of sticky lacing that leaves notches along the side of the glass as i sip away at this masterpiece. barely any light is able to transcend the deep dark black color of this brew
s: deep roasted black malts definatly dominate the overall aroma of this brew, cocoa coffee and even hints of brown sugar are also present, there really isnt a any hop aroma which i exppected. even though there is a lack of hop aroma, the overall sweetness of this is not overwhelming it seems balanced
t: phenominal, exceptional. roated balck malts, hints of coffee dark chocolate and brown sugar, not too overly sweet. no real hop bitterness here but it is not an overly sweet brew nicely balanced not sickening sweet
m: medium to full bodied beer deffinatly closer to the full bodied side of that, little carbonatoin on the tongue

overall, this could be the necter of the gods, one of the best brews that i have ever had his will always have a place in my fridge

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Photo of illidurit
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. A couple shades lighter than black with a monstrous 3 finger cascading head that puts Guinness to shame. Tons of webbed lacing and impressive retention.

Aroma is cakey and sweet, with a soft cocoa powder character. The roastiness is subdued.

Flavor starts out with a surprising overripe melon sweetness, but then melds into more classic stout notes of cocoa powder and a roasted finish.

This beer is a little too carbonated but it's nothing major. Finish is semidry, body is a little heavier than medium. Alcohol's only contribution is a little nip at the end of the sip.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this gem in a Kingston, Ontario LCBO (branded as Sinha Stout, except with a lion on the cap...). 8.00% abv, 330mL bottle. Poured into a wine glass. Best before April 2009. Cellar temp.

Dark dark brown. Thick tan head. Surprising head retention for such high abv!

Nose is a bit funky. Malty butterscotch, a bit of coffee, more licorice. Burnt sugar. A bit of booze. On the sweet side.

Palate is very sweet, low carbonation. Finish is vinous, not all that dry. Almost brandied with the fruitiness... can't pick the flavours out though. Finishes relatively quickly on woody notes. Roastedness offsets cloying flavour. I suppose that means it is balanced?

A decent big stout, meant for sipping.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - completely black with a dark tan head.

s - sweetness, coffee, and burnt chocolate. A small amount of alcohol is present and maybe some spices.

t - very roasted with chocolate flavors, slightly metallic. Alcohol is definitely there. Nice warmth. Dry. Something odd is that this really has no aftertaste.

m - soft with good carbonation

d - This is a good stout, very smooth. The alcohol is a little high and definitely present in the taste, but that is really the only thing that stands out to me (as maybe a negative). I found it odd that there wasn't really an aftertaste; It was just dry. It doesn't do anything out of the ordinary, it's just a solid stout. If I can find something similar to this with less alcohol then this will be replaced.

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Photo of stumac
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sri Lanka! scored this off a bum after i beat his ass.

A - so black as night. very eye appealing. brown head. nice and thick.

S - roasted malt, cocoa

T - delectable. roasted malts and cocoa powder for sure. but the immediate taste is cherries or some other light red fruit such as cranberries. subtle vanilla. light spicyness from the subtle alcohol warmth.

MF - about as full bodied as you can get without being syrupy. smoothe. pretty low to medium carbonation.

all in all, a damn good stout.

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Photo of generationmy
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hell ya! This is a great stout! Ruby chestnut edges to a extremely deep brown brew. Beach sand head. Plenty of lacing down the crystal. Only a slight off flavor in this beer, but drowned out by the delicious maltiness and pleasant mouthfeel. Nice balance of flavor -- simple and to the point. Tasted at cellar temperature.

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Photo of chiapete
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark brown color with a tan to medium brown head. Produced a nice thick head.

Aroma was of chocolate and roasted coffee, slight nutty or molasses under tones.

Mouth feel was very nice, slight carbonation but very drinkable.Slight after taste but not over powering. Finished well.

Good with a spicy meal or as a winter warm up.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,625 ratings.
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