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
Ranking:
#6,802
Reviews:
908
Ratings:
1,636
pDev:
11.76%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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Photo of donteatpoop
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What the fuck comes from Sri Lanka? Lions motherfucking Stout, thats what. Outstanding stout, dark as night in the country with a blindfold.

Poured a deep dark black with a nice dark tan head.

Smells of chocolate malts... Very enticing. I'm definately salivating.

Taste is superb. Chocolate, silky smooth, good balance of sweet and bitter. Great fucking stout with a nice thick and creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of stephendr
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of India ink, with a thin medium tan head - nose of roasted coffee, anis, earthy, chocolate, vanilla, and milk chocolate – taste of milk chocolate, some bitter sweet chocolate, cappuccino, and - body is medium, silky, and with low carbonation – aftertaste of chocolate, mocha, and veggie???

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

Other than a hint of ruby around the edges, almost no light passes through the brown-black body. It's topped by a thick pile of fairly well-retained fine mocha foam. Some lacing. There's a very deep fruit aroma, like prunes and berries. Roasted notes give the impression of chocolate. Molasses. Alcohol is present in the nose, giving the scent a boozy character. It tastes of semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, plums, and a hint of black coffee. While there is some roasted bitterness lasting well into the finish, this stout leans toward sweet. Alcohol noticeable, but less prominent than in the nose. Balanced. Medium-full bodied with fairly smooth carbonation. Very easy drinking for such a strong beer. A nice beer to relax with after supper on a fall or winter evening.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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

I really like this stout. I would consider this to be my favorite sweet stout (I do not like overly sweet beer). Pours a little thinner and more carbonated than a lot of stouts, with a nice foamy head (some retention). Very dark, almost black. Smells sweet and roasty. I plan to try this in a taste test with Samuel Smith (my favorite stout), which has the best balance of malt and hops of any stout I've had. Not much hop bitterness evident here. Real smooth for it's strength (8% ABV), will sneak up on you fast. As I said, I've had this beer several times, and have always enjoyed it. Nothing leaps out at you, but it is as easy to drink as any stout I've had, and will put a glow on you in a hurry!

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Photo of angelmonster
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 2 finger chocolate head, black in body, good head retention and lacing

Smells of faint alcohol and roasted malt.

Taste is a variety of raisin, fig type fruit and roasted malt. Rather light on the alcohol side. Hops are pretty non present

Mouth feel is a great balance of carbonation. Nice creamy head with a silky body

Highly drinkable, very good beer. Alcohol is hidden well. Cheap great stout, highly recommend

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

Appearance is a black bodies brew with a tan head that has good retention with some lacing, decent carbonation. The smell is cocoa, coffee beans, some licorice and the taste is bitter chocolate along with coffee, licorice followed by some sweet fruity taste, maybe blackberry that leaves a sweet aftertaste. The taste also has a smokey and roasted flavor to it that makes you want to drink more of it. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and seems to be a medium to heavy feeling beer that is pretty drinkable even though it is filling.
I did enjoy this one, but I have noticed that this site says ABV is 8.00 %, while the bottle says 8.80%.

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Photo of DrIPA
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Alex5
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Seaba
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jmoore50
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4-29-08. Has a picture of Michael Jackson on the back of it, awesome. This one actually caught me off guard, never heard of it so I was not expecting much. It has been aging a while, but damn, this one is delicious.

Pours a tan one finger head that is super fluffy. Dark black with dark brown edges, this one looks good. Medium leg with no lacing.

The smell is dark sweet fruits with chocolate, coffee, booze, bitter cocoa, all mellow and blending really well.

The taste is delicious. The booze pushes out the chocolate and coffee, which both bind very well on the palate. It is still carbonated, and the carbonation is pretty strong. It sits heavy on the palate, and finishes with aftertastes of chocolate covered cherries and alcohol. This one was a very pleasant surprise, and my BIF partner is owed a very large thanks because I now realize that all of the stouts that he gave me have a year of age on them.
J

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Photo of JALIEN
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AugustusRex
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Kerne
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kinger
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lion Stout purrs like mellow gold in the glass, this is one well brewed stout. Awesome roasted malt aroma semi-sweet and very rich in bittersweet chocolate. Real dark pour, light isn't allowed to pass. Big tan head and moderate lacing. Exceptionally smooth and creamy, very good mouthfeel especially the way it hides the strong abv. Flavor is wonderful, this is a great stout that should easily appeal to those who are afraid of "dark beers." Lots of chocolate and dark roasted malt, not too much complexity to this one but it hits the nail right on the head and at rock bottom pricing you would be hard pressed to find a better buy.

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Photo of beerman207
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Seen this around for a while - finally decided to give it a whirl.

A: Dark as night with a geiser of head that goes away quickly - not sure why it was so out of control just to leave in a flash

S: Odd - smells like olives? Some smoke as well as mocha, chocolate. interesting combination. Not sure how I feel about the nose.

T: Olives up front followed by some chocolate and malt. Odd with the olive flavor for sure.

M: Medium carbonation - no problem here

D: Can't say i'd go for this again. For some reason, maybe I was expecting this to be more like an ris. Just not my bag unfortunately.

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Photo of HungarianCount
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of olbubba
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jdg204
2.36/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of boudreaux
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The local stores are starting to branch out. They got this in the other day.
Nice stout roasted malt aroma with hints of ginger and, dare I say it, soy sauce. Very intriguing.
Pours pitch black with a voluminous medium brown head which lingers for a while as it gradually sinks down to a small creamy film on top of the beer.
As for the taste, there's rich deep fruit and chocolate/coffee flavors, tempered by the stout sourness typical of this style. It finishes with a bitter chocolate taste that has a moderate duration.

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

Photo of mfl620ks
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Served in a stemmed Lion glass from a 12oz can at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Dark, sepia brown with a creamy tight-bubbled cocoa-colored head. Very good retention and patchy, sporadic lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with background notes of raisins, soy and smoke.

T - Nicely smoky, like a slow-burning campfire. Almost burnt coffee sweetness up front followed by a slightly "stale" and mellow middle and a medium dry finish with warming alcohol and an aftertaste of charred dark fruits.

M - Thick and creamy as would be expected. Carbonation is tingly at first, but smooths out for a thick and satisfying finish.

D - A delicious choice for those who like a stout with a big, smoky character. Would also be a good find for devotees of rauchbier. Very enjoyable as a wintertime warmer, or a nightcap.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black with a thick four finger chocolate milk coloured head that I wasn't expecting.

Smells of chocolate milk, coffee, sweet rich, burnt malts and somewhat smokey.

This is a sweet stout no doubt about it. Chocolate milk, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, no real depth however. Not very balanced by any bitterness, this is a one sided sweet stout.

Thick carbonated mouthfeel, and highly drinkable especially for the high alcohol. Considering the price($2 a bottle) this is one of the best stouts money can buy!

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,636 ratings
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