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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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#6,610
Reviews:
908
Ratings:
1,634
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labelled as "Sinha", but ostensibly the 8% Lion Stout.

a: pours a broiling rusty tumult, which settles to an iced coffee coloured head, thick & creamy

s: prunes & black olives, iron, wood

f: initial hint of blood, then roast malt, and iced coffee

m: astringent, with a burnt bitterness, and fairly dry

d: could accompany a barbequed steak, but also good on it's own, on a cold rainy day

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Served on tap in a half pint glass. Got a lot of prune flavor and smell that I haven't gotten from any other beer before.

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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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4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout? Sri Lanka, huh? Well, I had never heard of this beer, much less a beer this good from Sri Lanka. Came in a heavy 330 ml bottle. Poured a near pitch black with a thin, brownish head. Smells lovely, roasted malts and a lingering sweetness behind it all. Taste is above the average stout and quite unique. Bold and fairly complex for what I had expected. Definitely not a one-dimensional stout in my opinion. Some chocolate, coffee, and sweetness all in there with an excellent roast bite. Mouthfeel is also great. Medium to full bodied with a creamy texture. Very smooth and enjoyable. There's no way I'd believe this was 8% if it wasn't on the label. Easily drinkable and from what I've seen well worth the price. I'd challenge an entire sixer if I had better access to this brew. Recommended highly.

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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 625ml with a best before date printed on the glass of Feb '05.

Pours jet black with a khaki colored head that leaves good lacing as it fell.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, slight hops and a touch of alcohol.

Pretty much tastes like it smells with the chocolate notes being more pronounced but its still balanced. Nice long finish. I found the mouthfeel a tad light for the style, but it doeasn't suffer for it. Quite drinkable for an abv of 8%.

I picked up a few bottles for $2.99 a piece at Huckleberry's in Ypsilanti. According to the owner this one might be hard to find in the future as the well this brewery uses became contaminated in the wake of the tsunami disaster. I hope that's just a rumor because this is a killer brew.

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3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into nonic pint. "B/B AUG 2016". enjoyed on april 28, 2015

a: pitch black, slightly ruby/dark brown on the bottom, topped with almost 4 fingers of light brown head

s: sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate/cocoa. a pinch of raisins and prunes. some soy sauce presence. little roast character

t: follows the nose -- nice and chocolatey in the front, but has a salty-sour soy sauce flavour. these flavours are integrated with a mild black coffee presence in the mid-palate. tapers off at the end with the malt sweetness and salty soy sauce

m: great medium mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation

o: would be great without the soy sauce quality

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yum, new favorite beer of the month....

This puppy pours black, but not terribly ominous, with a head of thin foam that is not well-retained. The lace and stain is okay, but typically doesn't form or stick well.

Smells of a jam-like fruitiness over a fairly nutty body, as a scent of unroasted coffee beans combines with a great vinuous edge. Simple, straightforward, and in my experience a consistent beer to my nose.

Starts of mocha hints with a soft milk-chocolate core blunted by the long roastiness drawn out to be thin and easy. Expansive for a stout, instead of the hard and heavy hitting typical of most, and showing complexity. Specifically, it holds a nascent fruity note with a bare notice of acidity nudging through with slight spots of dark sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but rounded smooth.

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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours nice and black, some light passes around the edges. The off white- light brown head looks thick and rich and fills the remainder of the glass and almost overflows-- beauty. Sadly it only lasts half the glass or so. A little thin lacing.

Smell: Roasty dark malts, sweetness, and some chocolate. Really pretty nice, not overstated, but not wanting for much.

Taste: Surprisingly good. Roasted malts with some nice bitterness and sweetness. There's notes of chocolate and coffee. Its really balanced and finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Seems appropriately full for the style. Not thick like an imperial, but its not one. Smooth and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This is 8% so watch out. Would be easy to accidentally pound this. Delicious and very drinkable. Nice surprise from a foreign stout. Best beer ever from Sri Lanka-- although its the only one I've had.

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3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Lion Stout pours out almost black with a huge, dense, rocky head. The aroma is cocoa, molasses, and grain. The flavor is very chocolatey. Sweet, but not overly sweet. A bit of fruitiness in the middle along with roasted grain. The finish is all chocolate. The mouthfeel is full. Carbonation is too low. This beer could definitely use some more bubbles. Decent drinkability. Despite the flatness, this is a pretty good stout.

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4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one knocked off of the list of beers that I always see but have never bought until right now.

Old size (625mL) bottle poured into my trusty Duvel tulip.

Appearance is a shade lighter than other export stouts I've come across, but certainly stands as the darkest Sri Lankan beer I've ever had. Lucid black turns into a dark brown as I work my way through the glass, all the while under a quickly dissapearing sandy brown head that leaves little lacing to speak of. It leaves some but not what you would come to expect.

Aroma is destinctly imported in that there is a definite hop aroma, but it is rather soft, more aromatic than biting with no trace of American alpha acids to speak of. Aromas of sweet rasins and baker's chocolate, but most of the more notable aspects of the aroma come from the English Ale-like fruitness that eminates forcefully from the depths of this beer.

Flavor is a bit of a change of pace considering what the aroma had me believing about this beer. At first the beer tastes much like it smells with a lighter, smoother mouthfeel with slight noble hop fruitiness that also tastes sort of grapey (if that makes any sense). The beer really comes alive about halfway through drinking. At once it seems that all the smoother aspects drain out of this beer and are replaced with a toasted dryness. Baker's chocolate returns but brings with it toasted (almost charred) malts with touches of tobacco sweetness. Really a wonder of a beer.

From the first sip I was hooked. The mouthfeel is better than it is rated here, it starts out a bit loose but then really tightens up. Drinks much smaller than it actually is, which is to say the ABV is well hidden. Could easily put away a few of these without realizing.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours a dark cola brown with 2 inches of head the color of milky coffee.

S-Condensed milk sweetness, malted milk balls, Hershey's chocolate.

T/M-Medium bodied and creamy, with low to moderate carbonation. Less roasty than I expected, given the style. Very smooth and creamy, with condensed milk sweetness and light notes of toffee. The finish had a slight metallic tang that diminished as I continued drinking.

D- A 6-pack of this excellent stout sells for just $8.99! Not a bad deal at all.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,634 ratings
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