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Brewed by Lion Brewery (Sri Lanka)
Style: Foreign Stout
Biyagama, Sri Lanka

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1820   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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The 8.0 per cent abv, bottle conditioned beer is brewed from British, Czech and Danish malts with Styrian hops and an English yeast strain. All the ingredients are transported along precarious roads to the brewery located 3,500 feet above sea level.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2005 I had it on tap at Andyís. It has a variety of different flavors in it. It is dark brown in color with a nice fluffy head. It is a lovely stout. Nice and robust coffee flavor. Slight hop character. Caramel notes. Well balanced beer. Full bodied. Enjoyable.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Absolutely opaque, black with a thick, fluffy brown head that intensifies in color at the edges and fights itís recession. Warm, almost hot aroma of smoky bacon, roast, subtle coffee, that perfect combination of strength, black malt, caramel, and sweetness. Flavor is intense. Spirited black roast, smoke, sweet caramel, bitterness, milk, it is all there. A great export-style stout and I do not know what they could do to better this beer.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
9er (82) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2014 This is a dayum good beer. Found it at the Foodery 324 S 10th St Philadelphia ca. 2004. It is exceptional and unsuspecting. The bottle modestly designed in contrast to the taste. It tastes well but does not smell all that much like a stout. It has a very acidic aroma yet is tender on the pallet. The tannins are subtle yet the rasin sweetness lingers well past the lips. Unique. Very sweet.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Lion Stout pour to a beautiful, deep ebony color with a thick tan head that fades slowly, and a high to moderate amount of carbonation. This beer is a real ale which means some yeast is added to the bottle. A bottle conditioned beer is meant to continue to condition and develop in the bottle. The nose on this beer is wonderful. Aromas of bitter sweet chocolate, woody notes of cedar, and peppery hints of alcohol flood the nose. The palate is a soft malty body, with flavors of dark chocolate, sweet malt, hints of coffee flavor, and a touches of roast. Lion Stout finishes with more chocolate and coffee notes up front, then ends with a wonderful, refreshing, sour edge, and a slight bitter and warming finish. This beer is outstanding. It reminds me very much of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, and is similar to Dragon Stout, in its sweetness and alcohol bite. That refreshing sour edge in the finish, makes this big beer very drinkable, even in hot, tropical weather. This beer would make the perfect foil to desert. I would match this beer with coconut layer cake. I understand the locals lace this beer with a strong coconut liquor and enjoy it that way as well. Lion Stout would also make a perfect night cap.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zymologist (30) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2006
This is Arthur Guinnessís wet dream. Bombastic, but not overblown. Apparently, Sri Lanka means "flavor country" in Sri Lankan. Perhaps a hint of alcohol feedback, but it gives Globalization a good name. A head more unique than gryphenís; enough body it could give venus de milo arms and still have appendages to spare.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Littleboob (25) - Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2006
This is my absolute favorite beer ever. No Joke. The chocolaty taste and the bold dark rich flavor is the best lay down and relax type beer ever. 8.0% Alcohol makes my head say yeah thats the beer if you dont wanna wake up early the next morning and just relax till dawn. Love this beer man.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
amp811 (38) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2009
The caramel colored head and lovely aroma filled with coffee undertones are a mere hint at how awesome this beer is. Big, sweet (but not overly sweet) flavors balanced out by a light, hoppy finish. Goes with anything, but especially desserts. Or just have it for dessert. One of my favorite "easy-to-find" beers.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gary (1528) - Piss-ant Valley, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2009
UPDATED: APR 30, 2015 (625ml) . This is a top tire Stout! An awesome Asian stout .Peace to my homies in war-torn Sri Lanka . Iím pretty familiar with LION , a Sri Lankan store in my old neighbourhood stocked the beer for years, drunk it many tims . And to even prove love for this beer , I have the official tulip glass . The nose is vanilla , roast espresso , dark chocolate , a bunch of purple fruits and maybe a little woody hops ; BIg ass khaki head is cool above black/brown liquid ... This is one of the most addictive , seductive and flavoursome palates ive ever encountered in a beer - and considering the robust potent booze, its overall one of my all time faves . The balance of construction is a grate skill . Beers like Lion Stout are the reason I fucken drink beer .

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1018) - Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Pours almost pitch black with a large mocha colored head. Smells chocolaty, mild roast, and hints of coffee. Taste is chocolate, mocha, and very mild roast. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Lion Stout finishes with mild coffee roast bitterness.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (3302) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 22, 2012
I wasnít sure what to think about this beer. Sri Lankan? A non-lager Asian beer? but what a stout! Rich and dark with near perfect balance. Molasses, chocolate, dark fruit, and bread with a subtle hop tingle. Great beer.


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