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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
89
very good

875 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 875
Hads: 1,525
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 61
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited visit their website
Sri Lanka

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001

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.
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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black, thick head that stays around. nose; could easily be mistaken for a dark-fruited dubbel - plum, licorice, toasted grain and booze. taste; roasted malts, mocha, light licorice and chocolate - the booze present on the nose does not show up here surprisingly. very much like most of the cold-toddy'd stouts, lion is very light on the bitterness and delivers the chocolate and mocha payloads quite softly. medium carbonation and mouthfeel. the 8.8% abv is extremely well tucked away, making for an easy drinker. i'm just not a big fan of the rum/cola and licorice notes here, which come out doubly on the aftertaste. (628 characters)

Photo of MikefromNYC
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up from the local craft beer shop. Was looking to try a new stout, so I popped this, and drank it out of a Guinness glass.

A - Dark, Stouty, Cold-Brew
S - Coffee, Carribbean stout smell like Guiness Foreign Extra
T - Coffee, Mocha, Light Spices on Back
M - Smooth
O - Very nice stout. I approve

8 bucks in Brooklyn, NY for a 625 ml bottle. Would be curious what you guys have been paying out there.

Happy drinkin'! (434 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque and nearly ebony, with a khaki head almost as thick as its body. A filmy veil sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A rich mix of fermented dark red fruit reminds me of a young Merlot, but this brighter scent soon settles into one of sugared prunes and mocha.

Taste: A good balance of sweet and tart: dark chocolate, plums, and molasses mix with cherry cordial and rhubarb pie. Black licorice and a smoky aftertaste present an interesting edginess, but this beer is like a marriage in that the exciting first impressions ultimately become mundane as the flavors come into balance. In the end, the rhubarb is muddled with chocolate, and the scale tips a bit more towards the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy upfront, and it only gets thicker in the finish. The dark malt brings a bit of dryness, but for the most part, the swallow is smooth. Moderate carbonation is appropriate for both the style and the recipe.

Overall: A very good Stout that veers on the rink of becoming great before settling back into its comfort zone and then some. Initially eclectic, but later blasé, although the bit of spice tartness, and smoke, combined with an excellent frothy mouthfeel maintain the urge to keep sipping. (1,228 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Abundant froth khaki head, plentiful and scattered lacing. Pitch-black body. 4.5

S- A bit pungent and floral with a sweet malt quality like a Malta Goya soda. 3.75

T- Molasses sweetness and hints of dark chocolate move to touches of soy sauce and brown sugar. It's sweeter in flavor. 3.5

M- Potent floral feels meet a medium-bodied malt feel. Sweetness shows. 3.5

The malt flavor is more sweet and molasses-like than roast-y and coffee or chocolate like and I think I prefer the latter in a stout. I find this awfully close to a Negra Modelo or some other darker beer of that ilk. (617 characters)

Photo of Rowland55
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this beer on a night out with my wife. Poured a nice dark black with a tan head a few inches, tasted exactly how I feel a good stout should and am definitely going to try to find some for home. (199 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 625 ml bottle at my local Trig's grocer. I can't decipher the bottling code, but this was a pretty recent arrival with a pretty high ABV; so I'm not too concerned about the freshness. Poured at cellar temperature into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a rich coffee black with a dense khaki head of about three inches that sticks around for a good long while and leaves substantial web-like lacing on the glass.

S: Very nice nose on this one: toffee, coffee, dark chocolate, and a more subtle black licorice are all present in the bouquet. Just a bit of nuttiness and some clear alcohol poking through.

T: Caramel, toasty, and roasted malts are at the front--this one is pretty sweet. The middle has a building creaminess, which also sees the sweet increase a bit, along with the coffee and dark chocolate notes. There's a bit of the black licorice coming through in the middle, along with some toffee notes. I fear that this review is giving the impression of a very sweet stout, but the sweet never gets out of hand. In fact, the middle and back have more of a savory quality to them. The back end sees more of the caramel and roasted malt flavor, as well as just a hint of clear alcohol that's accompanied by just a bit more of the black licorice flavor. The aftertaste has just a bit of bitter.

F: Full-bodied and very creamy without feeling syrupy. The carbonation feels spot-on. Nice feel on this one.

O: This is a very tasty and very drinkable stout, especially given it's relatively high ABV. I was reluctant to try this--knowing nothing of this brewery--but this one is a big pleasant surprise. I highly recommend. (1,643 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really nice export stout. Big dark fruit presence, some dark chocolate, and some mystery... beer from Sri Lanka? Nice balance and just enough bitterness to cut into the sweet notes. Really nice beer, and a nice surprise. (220 characters)

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liquified black licorice in a can. An exceptional offering from Sri Lanka. Not overly complex, it's just a smooth drinkable stout. A little on the sweet side, but I like that. (175 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I don't know what it was about this, but I could tell it wasn't a basic American try at a stout, maybe it was the smoothness, maybe the hint of black licorice, or maybe just a combination of things. BUT, Sri Lanka I would have never guessed, I would have thought that this beer was European and probably from one of the English islands. Having said that I really enjoyed the light licorice notes blended into its other qualities, the creamy malt drinkability, and just the over all taste of this offering. (505 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark and sexy. Very frothy thick dark tan head, beatiful lacing. Smells of malt, and dark sweet fruit. Taste is absolute. Dark rich aroma of light burnt dark fruit. Malt is present yet light with a bit of strong boozy taste. Actually the fruitiness is vey strong in this beer to what expected. Definitely one of my favorites. Cheers. (346 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours deep dark brown to black under a 2”clingy tan foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Chocolate, dark dried fruit, no burnt or harsh aromas.
T: Hits the palate with coffee and chocolate mocha flavors. An initial sweetness highlights the mocha flavors then gives way to a soft, grainy finish. No burnt or harsh flavors.
F: Has an incredible texture that is exceptionally smooth, creamy and soft in the mouth. Full bodied to chewy, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: A surprisingly well made easy to drink beer. (525 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into nonic pint. "B/B AUG 2016". enjoyed on april 28, 2015

a: pitch black, slightly ruby/dark brown on the bottom, topped with almost 4 fingers of light brown head

s: sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate/cocoa. a pinch of raisins and prunes. some soy sauce presence. little roast character

t: follows the nose -- nice and chocolatey in the front, but has a salty-sour soy sauce flavour. these flavours are integrated with a mild black coffee presence in the mid-palate. tapers off at the end with the malt sweetness and salty soy sauce

m: great medium mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation

o: would be great without the soy sauce quality (664 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick review. pours a stunning opaque chocolate. Chocolate & a touch of caramel smokiness on the nose follow right through to the palate. Finishes with a nice sweet/boozy combo. Overall a really solid take on the style. (223 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: April 9, 2015... GLASSWARE: Guinness retro pint... OCCASION: a stout battle--Lion vs. Dragon... APPEARANCE: jet black body that sports a dense, thick, clumpy, clinging brown head that has its show stolen by the web of lacing that paints the glass... AROMA: the Styrian hops initiate a peppery, spicy aroma that suggests candied fruits and a winy, cordial intimidation... PALATE: immediately full-bodied, with a balance of milky softness and substantial warmth... TASTE: mellow prune, mocha chocolate, and warming peat; a formidable collection of flavors; ... OVERALL: the smoothness of this beast is starting, as I have had stouts with half the ABV that went down as easily; a perfect standalone nightcap.... (721 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a pint glass within the freshness date.

Very dark brown to almost opaque black in color, thick foamy tan head rises up quickly with good retention and leaves some lacing along the way down. There are many small sediments floating around by the carbonation.

The aroma is just fascinating packing well with milky chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and big roastiness. Subtle hint of prune can also be detected.

Through the palate sensation, roasted malt is the backbone given its charcoal and smoky-like character. Roasted coffee beans cling here and there with its bitterness and slight sourness along with a hint of prune. Malt sweetness solidly dominates from the middle till the end and leaves some residual sweetness as an aftertaste. Chocolate is also there with a proper fit to other flavors.

Smooth and well round mouthfeel within its medium to bold body and very lively carbonation, this brew is so drinkable considering its ABV. Yes, the alcohol is so well hidden. (990 characters)

Photo of mrfreakybig
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. It's well-made and very tasty and drinkable. I'd drink it again without thinking twice. Makes me wonder what it is about beers like this one that make them better than so many of today's overdone imperial stouts. (238 characters)

Photo of mchegash
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - 4.25/5
Extremely dark brown, almost black. Two fingers of light brown head. The head dies down a little, but stays at about 1/2 finger for a while. Great lacing. There are various small to large particles which can be seen in the beer.

Smell - 3.5/5
Strong chocolate then alcohol aromas fill my nose. I swish the beer around again and take another sniff. Chocolate/mocha, and the alcohol is even stronger this time. The alcohol smell reminds me of vodka. I like the chocolate aspect, don't like the "vodka" aspect.

Taste - 2.25/5
Roasty and smoky, sweet roasty chocolate/mocha. Strong vodka-like alcohol taste. I was going to say the taste wasn't that bad, but then I realized my face cringed upon my first sip. So I can't rationalize this away and say it's great, because clearly my body says otherwise. Yeah, after taking a few more sips I can say that I definitely don't like this beer. It literally tastes like someone poured a little bit of vodka into a stout. It's not good. This is one of those beers I was tempted to pour down the drain (I didn't...mainly because I hate wasting beer, and I wanted to finish the review).

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium-bodied, medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth

Overall - 2/5
I had this beer sitting in my fridge for a few weeks and was excited to try it. I was extremely disappointed. This ranks down in the top 5 worse beers I can remember. (1,403 characters)

Photo of gory4d
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip pint. Dark, almost black; fluffy tan head. Smell is sweet roastiness, maybe some coffee notes. Taste is quite sweet, but the slightly charred flavor at the back keeps it from being cloying. Thick and smooth. A pleasant beer. (255 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruit (prune) subtle coffee and a hint of alcohol.

Heavy medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Above normal carbonation level with effervescence from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a blend of flavors that separate into chocolate, a hint of coffee and very subtle prune. In the middle, the big malt sweetness comes forward with a molasses and caramel flavor against a mild bitterness of citric hops and roast. The finish is a slow sweet fade and leaves you with that nice slight alcohol burn at the back of the throat amid an effervescent burst. (765 characters)

Photo of Melnovo
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Owns a pitch black pour and rich caramel head. Carries a green olive aroma and accompanied with the same, in taste. Smooth body. Overall, worth the try! (152 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black into the pub pint glass, with a surprising amount of fizzy carbonation. So, far, not like any stout I've had before. Got a good two and a half inches of mocha head, almost to the point of overflowing the lip of the glass. Head died quickly, leaving some spotty lacing and a thin film.

The most immediate aroma is booze. Subsequent sniffs reveal roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, but the booze is still there.

The taste is another surprise. Smooth, not harsh as the smell would indicate. Silky, but a little watery mouthfeel. I get burnt coffee and malt on the tongue, with a booze bite on the finish. Not harsh, though. Settled on smooth: taste and feel.

The high ABV is noticed halfway through.

This one comes highly recommended by a few folks, and the guy at the bottleshop offered to buy it back if I didn't like it. They were all correct. This one should be on the must-have list for anyone who's a fan of stouts. (943 characters)

Photo of johnnyapollo
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting stout, less creamy and a bit more carbonated than is typical. Distinct caramel and coffee flavored rather than chocolate. Rich, dark color with obvious higher alcohol content. A fine brew from Sri Lanka and above average for imports from that part of the world. (273 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was very good. Pours deep black with caramel colored two finger head. Aroma is that of espresso and roasted malt with a noticeable alcohol presence. Taste follows nose well, espresso and chocolate, deep roasted smokey characteristics, good alcohol warming, very well balanced. Feel is thick and creamy, good body and carbonation. Overall a fantastic brew, well worth venturing into the import area to try. (410 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with light tan head, thicker too. Raw cocoa, roasted malt, and brown sugar on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with roasted malt. (164 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottom of can says 140503. Not sure what that's supposed to mean.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains and retains before becoming a

S- Dark roasted malt with a hint of sweetness.

T- Biscuity malt that's slightly sweet with a metallic aftertaste. Hint of smoke. ABV is very well-hidden.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- As far as high gravity affordable stouts go, this one's pretty tasty. (525 characters)

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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