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

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RATINGS: 1942   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 22, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2010 I owe Gusler big for sending me this brew. Nice smooth body, although its kind of light for a stout. Rich espresso/mocha flavors are really highlighted by a bottle-conditioned twang. Is there some vanilla in there? Remarkably drinkable for a stout with such a high alcohol content at 8.0%. Everytime I drink it, I’m impressed all over again. I’m going to say it: this is the best stout I’ve ever had. ReRate: the more I sample this beer, the better it is. Thankfully it’s available all the time at Total Wines now, so it’s a permanent fixture in my fridge. This is the best stout in the world, and a Top 5 beer on my list.

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SturmWulf (65) - USA - FEB 14, 2008
A vigorous aroma of chocolate, vanilla, cherry, coffee and roasted malt. Poured pitch black with a huge creamy, long lasting tan head. Left a lot of lacing. Flavor of Sweet Milk Chocolate, Sweet Cherry, light touch of vanilla, strong black coffee, bitter black chocolate,with a hint of smoke and roasted malt. Excellent flavor! Full body, a thick, creamy, yet chewy texture. A bit above average carbonation. A pleasant, short, sharp finish. A excellent stout! I served this in a pint at 45 degrees. This has it all in a stout. If you like them thick, sweet and yet bitter, black and rich this is the stout for you! I am very impressed with this stout and this definitely gets added to my favorite rotation. THe only problem I could see with this brew is that one is enough, but is that a problem? :)

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haides (2) - , Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2008 does not count
I’ve loved this beer since I had it in Sri Lanka. The bottled version available in the US isn’t as good but it’s good enough considering how difficult it is to find it here.

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Slyrock (1) - USA - JUN 17, 2009 does not count
Sri Lanka’s finest produce along with its pristine beaches, Rajapaksa’a Ltte bashing, Sanath Jayasuriya’s batting, Susanthika Jayasinghe’s muscles and Rosy Senanayake’s ageless beauty. I’m drinking the Lion stout right now as you read my review.. Its the best Stout ever.. Hic!

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Gary (1999) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2017 (625ml) . Lion Stout has been a fave of mine for years and i must give props out to Sri Lanka for this beautiful beast . Sri Lanka is a country better known for cricket ,tea and the setting for 1980s Duran Duran music videos . Michael Jackson endorses this even from the grave ,his face still resides on the bottle to this day . Its a flavoursome , beautiful looking and boozy beer .A complex beer and a fun drinking beer. This is not barrel aged anything , man. !!! Prunes, nuts , dark bitter chocolate , rich vanilla , notes of espresso roast ... A huge beige head above deep blackness . I even had the Lion glass but it broke recently . I would like to drink this in the mid day 90 degree Sri Lankan sun !

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Jlockleg (3) - USA - DEC 30, 2009 does not count
The perfect stout. I have to admit, I was not a huge fan of stouts, but this one changed my mind forever. From Shrilanka, who knew they could brew.

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harsha806 (1) - Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2010 does not count
best beer ever!!!!! dark stout rich in flavor. only con is its difficult to find.

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rubbishystuff (2521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2017 Had at the Bad Apple. This is fantastic stuff. The carbonation level was not what I was expecting. Rich and sweet but also a little tart. Just at the end almost a liquor taste. Yummy. Serving: Can

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corkyrory66 (1915) - BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2016
Lion stout de Ceylan, qui doit certainement beaucoup à l’ancien occupant, d’autant que la brasserie affiche la date de 1881 ... Niveau abv de 8,8 %. Couleur noir intense, à l’opacité quasi totale. Mousse café crème, nappage soyeux stable à 2 mm. Arômes de ganache, malt choco, cookie, pointe de candi et fût. 1ère bouche soyeuse à veloutée, à la superbe entame malt torréfié, chocolat noir, café délicat. Arrière-bouche bien maltée, très parfumée, au splendide équilibre. 2ème avec chocolat, malt, houblon, levure dans un ensemble doux remarquable. Arrière-bouche avec une note de café arabica superbe. 3ème avec douceur, harmonie, moelleux. Arrière-bouche qui est une pure merveille. Longueur avec de la ganache magnifique, et une pointe de speyside en bonus !! Jambes fines, huileuses. Levure douce, ferme, belle ligne. Alcool très efficace sur les saveurs, il tient magnifiquement la longueur. Finale superbe. CONCLUSION : un stout à savourer sans modération !! Superbe texture, grandes saveurs, magnifiques équilibre et harmonie. Du grand art léonin, comme la très belle photo de l’étiquette.

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jybi (290) - FRANCE - FEB 10, 2017
Ce lion est un véritable jaguar. En effet cette stout de la brasserie Lion se démarque par ses lignes épurées, distinguées mais racées, qui peuvent se comparer aux lignes des plus belles sportives de luxe et plus particulièrement à une Jaguar. Et sans être ni d’une complexité ni d’une corpulence extraordinaire, sa ligne gustative, autour du café est à la fois d’une telle pureté, d’une telle finesse et d’une telle précision qu’elle rentre aisément dans la catégorie des grandes bières. Sorti de son écrin, notre stout est d’un noir intense (EBC aux alentours de 79) surmontée d’une mousse brune nappant tout juste la bière. Le nez est à la fois intense et raffiné. Le café, pur, se mélange subtilement aux arômes de prune relevés d’une pointe de cognac. De toute beauté! L’attaque nous permet de découvrir la base principale de ce Lion : des arômes de café grand cru, expresso, secs et intenses, à la fois simples et gracieux. La seconde bouche gagne en rondeur en laissant apparaître le chocolat, se parant subtilement de notes de fruits des bois pour conférer une très belle profondeur aux arômes. L’arrière bouche continue quant à lui sur le café, fil conducteur de notre dégustation. D’ailleurs celui-ci reprendra les devants en troisième bouche, poussé par l’amertume, peu intense mais permettant de relever de façon juste les arômes avant d’arriver au final, de grande classe, très long où le cognac se marie de façon somptueuse au café pour une alliance, classieuse, riche et intense. L’équilibre sucre, alcool (8,8 % Abv) malt et houblon est simplement parfait. Une stout que tout zythologue doit avoir dégusté. Ce lion est d’une grande classe.


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