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
Reviews:
901
Ratings:
1,617
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
141
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0
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Photo of jbowers56
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a formidable black with a dark tan head. Lacing is really good, head retention is not amazing though.

A beer that I've had a lot before so I'm pretty familiar with this. A kind of dried cocoa scent, if that makes sense, dominates the nose. Coffee and roasted malts are there too, along with some caramel. Alcohol is just noticeable, and a raisin/dried plum aroma peeks through if you sniff hard enough! Could be a bit more juicy in the aroma.

This beer is just straight up good, and amazing value for money. Bitter cocoa notes are there, as well as some richer, sweeter flavours like molasses and dark fruits. It doesnt stand out when compared to some other amazing high abv stouts, but it's a real cracker for the price.

Mouthfeel is very very good indeed. Creamy and rich, but not even close to overwhelming. Sits in the mouth for just the right amount of time, given the flavours that are there.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a rich and opaque coffee black-brown with ample tan head..

s: sweet hops and malt blending with nice burnt caramel coffee...

t: beautiful chocolate bitterness with a nice smoky edge...

m: very full bodied, a nice mouthful...rich and smooth...

d: a wonderful stout from an unlikely locale, Lion Stout is a complete success in my book and gets 10 thumbs up...i'll drink this again with pleasure!

salud!

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Photo of bsend
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 625 ml bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep jet black (no light was getting through) color with a mocha cherry creamy looking head. A standard pour yield a 2 finger head.

Smell: Heavy molasses smell mixed with dry candied fruit.

Taste: The beginning of a sip starts out with as previously mentioned sweet molasses that moves into prune undertones. Finally sweet dry fruit (apricots especially) round it out. Light amounts of alcohol while it was cold became very noticeable when warm.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, creamy feel all around the mouth. Good for the style.

Drinkability: I could have had another 625 ml bottle afterwards but then I would have to try something lighter.

Final Thoughts - I have always wanted to try this stout and finally got to with the single bottle. Decent to purchase a single bottle every now and then however a six pack at the current price limits this one a bit for me.

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

330ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with 4 fingers of frothy tan head which retreats leaving ample lacing.

S: Smells of hay, cocoa and coffee.

T: Tastes of mild, sweet coffee and booze.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly rich and the carbonation is not too high.

D: Does a pretty good job of disguising the 8.8% ABV but the slight hotness and the sweetness might hurt the drinkability.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass.
A - Opaque black in color with thick,foamy, tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.
S - Malt with a bit of milky chocolate.
T - Dark roasted malt,with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Not much in the way of hops.
M - Slick, very little carbonation.
D - Very tasty. 8% ABV. A bit pricey though $10.496 pack. There are better stouts for the money.

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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 pasdachuri
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark almost black with a tan head

A nice roasted malt character on the nose with a touch of smokiness.

Smoke coming upfront which is kinda surprising since it was a bit weak in the smell. Roasted taste comes in, coffee and almost no chocolate flavour. Some raisins are present too. Definitively a very nice tasting stout. A strange after taste take away from this stout however.

Mouthfeel is a little tingly, there is medium carbonation which combined with noticeable alcohol and light bitterness. It sticks, not a thick, milky.

I've seen stouts with higher ABV having the alcohol feel much more hidden. I'd get tired of the taste after a few of these.

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Photo of taxguyjase
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A frothy chocolate head, pitch black with almost no visible carbonation. Feels very inviting. 4.5/5.0

Smell - Coffee dominates the nose, but you'll also get some mocha and roasted malt in there. Nothing that is all that different from the expected. 3.0/5.0

Taste - A bit different flavor than I was expected based on the smell. While the coffee was more promenient in the nose, the taste seems more focused on the bitter chocolate. There's definitely a coffee flavor to it, but it's not all that robust. In fact, there's some sweetness to it. Nothing as sweet as a milk stout, but definite sweetness at the beginning of each taste. This beer is packing a pretty impressive 8.8% ABV, but you can't taste the alcohol at all. 4.0/5.0

Feel - Thick and rich. The beer definitely coats the mouth well and finishes smooth. The aftertaste is malt and dark chocolate. It takes a while for the flavors to clean up in your mouth. 4.5/5.0

Drinkability - I think I paid $3.99 for this thing and it's probably one of the best beers I've had for that price. Unfortunately, it's not available here in New Mexico...wah wah. Would definitely pick it up again though. 5.0/5.0

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was very good. Pours deep black with caramel colored two finger head. Aroma is that of espresso and roasted malt with a noticeable alcohol presence. Taste follows nose well, espresso and chocolate, deep roasted smokey characteristics, good alcohol warming, very well balanced. Feel is thick and creamy, good body and carbonation. Overall a fantastic brew, well worth venturing into the import area to try.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In between bites of my bologna and mustard sandwich and dabblings in the fine delicacies of M&Ms chocolates and swigs of Lion Stout I can't help but be reminded of St. Augustine: "All things that are corrupted are deprived of good. But if they are deprived of all good, they will cease to exist. In so far as they exist they are good. Evil is no substance." But how can this be when EVIL is the man who has never gotten his PAWS around a LION STOUT?!?!

So what is it about me and coffee? I've never drunk the stuff more than 10 times in my life and each time with more sugar than a Pepsi and half milk. I'm a late comer to beer as well so it's quite peculiar that in concert these two should form the corpus of my favorite brews. I literally want to hug this lion. Both for the 8% alcohol involuntary lovefest and also to squeeze the daylights out of Michael Jackson (the brew guru) and his big mustache who adorn the back label. It also comes in a top-notch case which is as good looking as a hat box. 5 knocking stars and filaments.

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Photo of adammills
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this 22 ounce bomber for just over two dollars, so I was not expecting too much, and yet again in my life, I was proved wrong. A nice stout. Black brown body, with a thick tan head. Very smooth with a great alcohol kick. Terrific roasted quality. Recommended.

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Photo of Keith238
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FANTASTIC ! I wish I had bought more than a 6 pack because I could drink 1 or 2 more than that.

Notes of chocolate and coffee in both the nose and the palate. Deep ruby in color with a tan lacing in my glass. Hints of toffee and vanilla as well. Michael Jackson called it his favorite stout so who am I to say anything else. 8% abv, full of flavor, a do NOT miss beer.

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Photo of spartanfan
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml longneck

A: Pours an opaque black with a tight tan head, which leaves nice lacing behind.

S: Smells of rich chocolate malts with some coffee in there as well.

T: Taste is equally chocolaty to the nose reminds me of chocolate icecream. Lingering flavors of coffee.

M: Full smooth mouthfeel.

D: This beer is quite drinkable. The flavors are not too overpowering and they blend well together.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ish oz bottle to glass. Good stout, has classic roasted flavors, not as heavy mouthfeel as I expected. Fairly easy to drink. Wouldn't guess this is 8% alcohol, very balanced. Left a little sludge in my glass, guess I should drink faster next time. Would buy again.

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Photo of hops4me
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with brown edges. Light brown head that falls back into the beer quickly. Leaves a little lace in its place.

S - chocolate, coffee, vanallia, oaky. Not as pronounced as I thought it would be.

T - Chocolate and coffee again. Roasted comes out in the aftertaste. Still not as big as I expected. As the beer warms it takes on a smoky flavor.

M - mouthfeel is medium to full. Just about right for this beer and its softer flavor and smell.

D - Being that it is a softer stout I could have many of these. Well...as many as the 8% would allow. Not a big beer but a good beer. The dryness of this could also make it a decent thirst quencher.

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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 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 gatorbreath
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: Very chocolaty dark brown with mocha brown head

Smell: Mochaish with chocolate and perhaps some dark fruits. Very busy this one.

T/MF: Dark chocolaty dark fruit and very light mocha/milky note. Very complex on the palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carb'd. Premier Stout in my opinion

Drink: Could drink a few of these, and have, and enjoy each time. This is a very nice offering.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black and looks like carbonated coffee with a tan head. Aroma is of caramel, coffee, alcohol, and a bit of nuts. There is a light malty aroma too. Alcohol is very prevalent in the brew. It overshadows a lot of the other flavors. There is a slight chocolate coffee flavor but the alcohol masks it.

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Photo of Contagion
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer itself is a rich dark brown color that is almost black. No light passes through at all. When I poured it a thick, foamy head about ¾ inch formed. It was a dark tan in color and slowly faded. A spider web of lacing formed on the glass. Overall it has an absolutely beautiful appearance that is both enticing and inviting.

The first thing you notice is a chocolate malt smell. Some coffee malts and a touch of mocha is detectable. A molasses scent is noticeable in the background that rounds out its very appetizing scent. The flavor sets up a well balanced flavor. It starts off with a sweet flavor of coffee and chocolate malts. Molasses accents the flavor and brings the malts as well as a slightly mocha flavor and a hint of hops. AT 8% Alcohol By Volume, you can only slightly note the taste of alcohol

This is a full bodied beer; there is a creaminess to it that coats the mouth. The carbonation is a little heavier than what I normally expect in a stout, but not unpleasantly so.

This beer surprised me. I wasn't expecting an Asian stout to be this pleasant to drink. It wasn't as dry as an Irish stout, but not as strong as a lot of American Stouts. I found myself really enjoying drinking this beer.

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

This beer was served in a can which I poured into a pint glass.

It was very dark and had an aroma of coffee, chocolate, malts, and a hint of fruit.

It was medium-bodied with average carbonation. It was smooth and creamy, but not thick.

Drinkability was good.

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

Poured into a pint glass.
This was a very nice surprise. My wife picked it up for me mainly because of the look of the bottle. It is very tasty and I'll be getting this beer a lot more. Thanks honey.
Looks very dark, black with a two finger head that reduced to a nice cap.
Smell is roasted malt with some sweetness giving a chocolate sent.
Taste is roasted malts chocolate and coffee with a slight bitterness. Balanced towards the sweet malt side, very creamy. Very good flavors.
Feel is a medium body with some good carbonation.
Drink is very high I had to take a second look at the ABV. Could easily get in trouble drinking these. Too darn smooth and drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of Raven3464
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black body is topped with a brown "mocha" head.

Smell: Main smells are dark chocolate, coffee and toffee. There is a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: In a word, wonderful! The coffee taste dominates when the beer is chilled and roasted malts start to take over as the beer warms. Along the way there is a hint of chocolate. There is a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste, which should probably be expected from an ABV of almost 9%.

Mouth feel: The beer is creamy but feels heavy, likely from the high ABV.

Overall: This is a very good stout from an unlikely place (Sri Lanka). The coffee and chocolate tastes are perfectly balanced, the aroma is great, and the alcohol content is just right for a stout (in my opinion). I would definitely drink this again.

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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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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,617 ratings.
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