Lion Stout | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good
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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:
1,623
Reviews:
904
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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80
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145
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4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.
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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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3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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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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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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark with some red at the edges. Tight medium tan lasting head

S - solid, malty, mild chocolate, inviting. A stout hug.

T - rich and complex. Not as hood as on tap (which I hope to review soon) but great. Malty, chocolate, and it changes from sip through after taste. Complex and nice.

M - good coating but only minor tingle at front sides of tongue.

D - I could drink this all night.

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Consumed 1-24-10

A - Pours thick and chunky like stew. Plenty of Vegemite on the bottom. Dark. Opaque, even held against sunlight. Mocha color head. Some continual carbonation. Pretty cartographical lacing.

S - Sweet, like frosting. Lots of chocolate, some espresso. Roasted smoky lightly-burnt toast. A good, standard, solid stout experience.

T - Bitter initial taste. Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. A Latin-American festival. There was a slightly sour aftertaste. Maybe a touch too much yeast.

M - Refreshing. Creamy. Fizzy. Still sour. This beer hides the 8% ABV with spy-like skill. Watch out.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost black with hardly any light getting through. It has a great big tan head thanks to a vigorous pour. The head dissipates rather quickly.

S- Lots of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, and a little alcohol. Could be a little stronger.

T- Roasted malt upfront, some dark fruits with a little bitterness on the finish.

M- Very nice medium-full body. It's smooth and creamy, almost like it came from a nitro tap.

D- Pretty good; I might have another, although certainly not more than that. It is 8% alcohol, after all.

This is a very good beer at a great price. I was pleasantly surprised and would be happy to drink this any time. Recommended.

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very dark brown body capped by two finger brown head that's fizzy and quick on its descent, leaving no webbing on the glass. just a slight leftover hint of lace and thin halo remain. smells of dark chocolate, chalk, apples, and charcoal. taste is terrific, fruity and at the same time nice and roasty. absolutely no trace of the 8% abv in the flavor. burnt toast finish. mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that makes it all the more drinkable, in a way. caramel, wafers, oats, blackberries... quite the complex flavor. very enjoyable.

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Appearance-Brown-black and almost totally opaque. Head is yellow-khaki with decent retention and great lacing.

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Flavor-Chocolatey and fruity up front, with some caramel-like sweetness. In the finish, roast flavors and slight black espresso come through, with medium low hop bitterness and low hop flavor. Some fruity ester notes linger on in the aftertaste which is mostly chocolatey/roasty and semi-dry.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
3.93 out of 5 based on 1,623 ratings.
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