The Lion Brewery Ceylon - Lion Stout

The Lion Brewery Ceylon - Lion Stout

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Sri Lanka

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The Lion Brewery Ceylon - Lion Stout

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  • Serving Temperature:

    45-50° F
  • Suggested Glassware:

    Snifter, Oversized Wine Glass or Pint Glass
Sri Lanka just might be the only country in which every brewery makes a stout. Granted there are only about three brewing companies, but this is still an impressive commentary on the sophistication of regional palates. While Lion Stout is technically designated as a tropical stout, it is a hearty, traditional stout presenting the typically aromatic, chocolaty, coffee- and toffee-accented notes of a bold European or American strong stout. Note the pruny, mocha aromas, with fudge and chocolate cake prominent on the nose, along with toasted marshmallows, figs, chocolate milk, cocoa nibs, molasses and dark wheat bread. Sit with this one for a while. There is so much to take in from the aroma—very complex, with alcohol creeping into the nostrils as it warms, providing a Kahlua-like note. Expect a high viscosity brew with rich, luscious chocolate notes. The beer is extraordinarily rich and chocolaty, finishing only mildly bitter, permitting malty sweetness to dominate. Look for notes of chocolate pudding to develop alongside mocha, raisins, and figs. This is a truly world class beer—a superior example of a tropical stout.

We recommend pairing this beer with anything accented with coconut, such as spicy Thai coconut beef, Sri Lankan curries or creamy coconut desserts accompanied by dark chocolate candy. Don't have any chocolates to accompany your Lion Stout? Well we do—and as a member of our Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club, you could too. Visit for more details about the remarkable boutique chocolates we feature each month, or give us a ring at 800-625-8238 to inquire about membership details—we'd love to hear from you!
The island nation of Sri Lanka is the home of both of this month’s international beer features. Good beer made its way to this part of the world back when Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon and was colonized by Portuguese, Dutch and British citizens (among others). The British had a particular interest in the local hill country, as it provided an ideal climate in which to plant that most nationally demanded of plants—tea. The Scottish were quite experienced with tea cultivation, and in the 1800s there was no shortage of them living and working in the region. One particular Scotsman, Sir Samuel Backer, lived in the veritable Garden of Eden up in the hill town of Nuara Eliya. In 1849, recognizing the unquenched thirst of his fellow European patriots for their other favorite beverage (ale), he established Sri Lanka's first brewery, the Ceylon Brewery, at the foot of one of Nuwara Eliya's most beautiful waterfalls, known as ‘the Lover's Leap.’ Sir Backer set up the brewery in an effort to bring beer to the local colony dwellers and natives alike, but likely did not envision the tremendous success of the brewery, nor the fact that nearly 100 years after it was founded, his beer would start to find its way back to his homeland, the U.K., as a Sri Lankan export. As the brewery garnered attention from eager investors, financial contributions greatly enhanced and expanded the original brewery enterprise. After being taken over by Murree Brewery of India in 1884, the present company was founded by Mr. G. W. Lindsay White in 1911. Under his stewardship, the brewery flourished even further, a trend that continues to this day. In order to meet expanding demand, a second brewery, The Lion Brewery Ceylon, was established in Biyagama. A spring flowing from the hills above the brewery supplies their clear, chemical-free water, and malts are obtained from the reputable maltsters in the Czech Republic, Britain and Denmark. Hops are sourced from Slovenia, and they have been using the same high quality British yeast for fermentation for more than 30 years. If you'd like more information about The Lion Brewery Ceylon, visit
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