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

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RATINGS: 1933   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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, Im impressed all over again. Im going to say it: this is the best stout Ive ever had. ReRate: the more I sample this beer, the better it is. Thankfully its available all the time at Total Wines now, so its 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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
haides (2) - , Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2008 does not count
Ive loved this beer since I had it in Sri Lanka. The bottled version available in the US isnt as good but its good enough considering how difficult it is to find it here.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Slyrock (1) - USA - JUN 17, 2009 does not count
Sri Lankas finest produce along with its pristine beaches, Rajapaksaa Ltte bashing, Sanath Jayasuriyas batting, Susanthika Jayasinghes muscles and Rosy Senanayakes ageless beauty. Im drinking the Lion stout right now as you read my review.. Its the best Stout ever.. Hic!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rubbishystuff (2434) - 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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1772) - BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2016
Lion stout de Ceylan, qui doit certainement beaucoup lancien occupant, dautant que la brasserie affiche la date de 1881 ... Niveau abv de 8,8 %. Couleur noir intense, lopacit quasi totale. Mousse caf crme, nappage soyeux stable 2 mm. Armes de ganache, malt choco, cookie, pointe de candi et ft. 1re bouche soyeuse veloute, la superbe entame malt torrfi, chocolat noir, caf dlicat. Arrire-bouche bien malte, trs parfume, au splendide quilibre. 2me avec chocolat, malt, houblon, levure dans un ensemble doux remarquable. Arrire-bouche avec une note de caf arabica superbe. 3me avec douceur, harmonie, moelleux. Arrire-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 trs efficace sur les saveurs, il tient magnifiquement la longueur. Finale superbe. CONCLUSION: un stout savourer sans modration!! Superbe texture, grandes saveurs, magnifiques quilibre et harmonie. Du grand art lonin, comme la trs belle photo de ltiquette.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jybi (204) - FRANCE - FEB 10, 2017
Ce lion est un vritable jaguar. En effet cette stout de la brasserie Lion se dmarque par ses lignes pures, distingues mais races, qui peuvent se comparer aux lignes des plus belles sportives de luxe et plus particulirement une Jaguar. Et sans tre ni dune complexit ni dune corpulence extraordinaire, sa ligne gustative, autour du caf est la fois dune telle puret, dune telle finesse et dune telle prcision quelle rentre aisment dans la catgorie des grandes bires. Sorti de son crin, notre stout est dun noir intense (EBC aux alentours de 79) surmonte dune mousse brune nappant tout juste la bire. Le nez est la fois intense et raffin. Le caf, pur, se mlange subtilement aux armes de prune relevs dune pointe de cognac. De toute beaut! Lattaque nous permet de dcouvrir la base principale de ce Lion : des armes de caf grand cru, expresso, secs et intenses, la fois simples et gracieux. La seconde bouche gagne en rondeur en laissant apparatre le chocolat, se parant subtilement de notes de fruits des bois pour confrer une trs belle profondeur aux armes. Larrire bouche continue quant lui sur le caf, fil conducteur de notre dgustation. Dailleurs celui-ci reprendra les devants en troisime bouche, pouss par lamertume, peu intense mais permettant de relever de faon juste les armes avant darriver au final, de grande classe, trs long o le cognac se marie de faon somptueuse au caf pour une alliance, classieuse, riche et intense. Lquilibre sucre, alcool (8,8 % Abv) malt et houblon est simplement parfait. Une stout que tout zythologue doit avoir dgust. Ce lion est dune grande classe.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sigmund (7126) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2005
330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridges, London. Label says for some reason "Lion Dark Beer" in stead of "Lion Stout", but theres no doubt that this is the very same beer. Otherwise the label is exactly the same, so is the ABV and the characteristics of the beer. Pitch black colour, impenetrable for light. Large and thick brown head. A real beauty! Excellent aroma of various types of wood, tar, leather, tobacco. Full and rich flavour where the roastiness and hops are perfectly balanced with the velvety sweetness. Extremely drinkable. Its debatable whether "the perfect stout" exists, but the Lion must be pretty close!


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