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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,476 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 55
Gots: 78 | 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

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Ratings: 1,476 | Reviews: 873
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Photo of Chief_Mug
4/5  rDev +2.3%

I am surprised to see the metallic taste n 2 different reviews. I found this Stout to be very smooth, malty and pleasant tasting. I think Ceylon does a good job of hiding the high ABV which is uncommon in a Stout. My Rating as 4.0 is a Good Beer, not a wow -can't live without. but a Beer I would recommend.

Photo of tillmac62
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a reddish tint near the bottem of the glass with a slight brown head,aroma is of burnt fruit and bitter chocolate.Very intense flavors in this one burnt fruit and bitter sweet chocolate with some nice earthiness in the finish.I really like this stout very intense flavors a nice one to savor in my opinion.

Photo of Popsinc
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured pitch black with a huge bronze head. Soem carbonation. Nose was big on roasted malts, some black licorice. Taste was to the sweet side. Again, black licorice was dominant. Nice malts. Very smooth, light bodied...a little too light bodied i would have to say. Lingering sweetness...a touch of raisin off the finish. Alcohol warmth. As far as a stout goes, i was looking for a little more body and fullness. Drinkable but not where i might want a stout to be.

Photo of ricke
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-02-01. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date printed on the bottle (Best before September 2009).

Appearance: The pour is basically jet-black - held up against the light it reveals only small deep red hues. The liquid seems clear. The head is about 3 cm - bigger than expected and certainly bigger than many stouts - and its color is one shade darker than your ordinary cappuccino. It's a very thick and creamy head - almost reminiscent of a nitro-carbonated brew - and it stays for a while before settling into a ring of lacings. I must say, this beer looks very good.

Smell: Some quite powerful aromas of dark fruits - mostly black currants - and milk chocolate hit the nose. Plenty of roasted malts and coffee are there as well. A faint nutty aroma - perhaps of cashew nuts of almonds - finishes off the smell, which I enjoyed quite a bit, of this one.

Taste: More dark fruits and notes of ripe red apples blend with molasses for a big sweet flavor. Roasted malts are also rather assertive. There is also a somewhat unusual chocolate character present - consisting of a mix of both bitter and sweet chocolate flavors. In the slightly bitter finish, there is a small twang from the alcohol, a sweet taste of toffee and gentle hops. Towards the end, when the beer warms up, the chocolate flavor becomes more prominent. Overall, this one tastes good, but not extraordinary. It has a nice balance between some of the usual flavors found in a stout, and some flavors are even quite big and powerful - almost trying to enter the domain of imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel: Heavier on the carbonation and a bit livelier than I had anticipated. Semi-full (not medium though) body. Towards the end, it gets a little smoother.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer, but as already noted, not extraordinary. It looks and smells really good - the smell actually outweighs the taste, which is a bit of a disappointment. Somehow, it feels smaller than it actually is - the alcohol hides really well - but I don't know whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. However, irrespective of this, it's highly recommended and I would definitely try it again if it was offered to me, but I wouldn't make any huge efforts trying to get a hold of it.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with a solid two+ fingers of chocolate
hued head. I don't know that I've seen such
a strong crown come out of a bottle.

S: Sweet malty aroma with strong overtones of
coffee and cocoa.

T: Intense flavor, sweet upon introduction with
a coffee bittnerness at the back of the
pallet. The malt concentration is intense
and the blend of cocoa and coffee is master-
ful.

M/D: Nice and creamy with moderate carbonation
and a supremely smooth drink. The ABV
makes having a few nice and easy.

Photo of migwell
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I probably tend to over-rate this stout, having spent a year and a half cycling through Southern Asia, but it stands out so much compared to the general run of lackluster beers and second rate stouts that the difference is quite dramatic.

In a geographical area where finding even an 'adequate' beer is problematic, to tumble on a world class stout was a very pleasant shock. I never found this on tap, which I imagine would have been even better, but it ranks second in my experience to a nicely pulled Guinness pint in a pub in Ireland.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown or black - non-translucent with minimal light brown head that quickly dissipated to a single ring. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Coffee and toffey aromas with a touch of sweet malt.

T: Heavily roasted chocolate malt is immediate and predominant, with light hints of sweetness somewhat toffee-ish in nature.

M&D: Heavy mouthfeel and full bodied. Very light but persistent carbonation goes well with the favors and heaviness at hand. At 8% I was expecting some warming but didn't really experience any. Goes down pretty smoothly.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Michael Jackson (the beer writer) had good things to say about this beer; he even landed his mug on the packag- ing somehow.

Massive tan head--four fingers' worth--rises slowly. Rocky, dense and bubbly, it drops to a thick lace that sticks all over the glass. Very fragrant with aromas of black currants, blackberries, cocoa powder and mild roast coffee. Amazing smoothness and medium creamy body with a lush mouthfeel. Quite malty to start, with a sweetness similar to sweetened coffee. The 8 percent ABV is deceiving to begin with, but after several sips, the palate warms right up. From middle to end come waves of roasted malt with undertones of dark bitter chocolate and faint espresso bean. Minimal hop bitterness, a little fruity and yeasty toward the end. Finishes on the sweet side with a long note of roasted flavor.

Photo of nickadams2
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Black with a thick,creamy tan head.Great retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Licorice, roasted malt and coffee.

T_Coffee,bitter chocolate,black licorice. Roasted malt and molasses on the back end.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Very drinkable foreign export stout.

Photo of Todd
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 625ml brown bottle with a gold foil neck. MJ, the beer hunter, is pictured on the back of the label with a cheesy endorsement. Expiration date printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Black with brown hues. Pours a massive tan head with a creamy/foamy consistency, lots of glass stick and great retention. Unfiltered.

Smell: Caramel, light roasted notes, wet paper, touch of musty fruit.

Taste: A malty sweet brew, smooth and mature in character. Caramel, chocolate and mocha flavours are dominant with a touch of blackstrap molasses in the background. Wet paper flavours pull-thru revealing some oxidation of the beer. Soft, even mouthfeel. Alcohol is not evident in taste, but you can feel it working the brain. Mild astringent bite and dryness. Finish is chocolaty, a bit metallic and dries up.

Notes: Over-promoted by Michael Jackson and over-hyped in general. A pretty average sweet stout that has potential to be something better, but it never gets there. It sits somewhere between a dry Irish stout and typical sweet stout, leaning a bit too much towards the dry with its flat, one dimensional malt profile. Still at least worth a try for all of you stout lovers out there.

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

625 ml bottle. Pours a dark, nearly opaque, brown with a creamy light brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is musty roasted malts, dark fruits and a little alcohol and some off notes (DMS?).

The flavor is roasted chocolate and sweet creamy lactose with a touch of coffee. It leads to a crisp, lightly bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full and velvety.

Overall, a decent stout. It's more subdued than I was expecting, but still nicely done.

Photo of barhoc11
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

I was shocked at how good this was after hesitantly trying it for the first time. It is a solid stout with big flavor that will stand up to most anything. I can't put my finger on the taste but it has a nice sweet, but not too sweet, finish.

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a fairly large, tan head

S: smells great! chocolaty and malty. exactly what I like in a stout.

T: decent, but I was expecting better. Mild malty flavor, strong chocolate and alcohol flavors.

M: pretty thin feeling for a stout. very bubbly. alcohol taste/feel. reminds me of beer flavored champagne.

D: 8% ABV is kinda rough. I've got will power of steel so I could drink a few but i'd rather stop after one.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml / 11.5oz brown bottle with an expiration date printed on the bottle. Stellar lacing on the glass with a ring being left nearly every sip. Coal black with virtually no light coming through.

Sweet molasses, prunes and black currants, thick roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate and a estery alcohol are all aromas I pick off of this stout.

Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy without a doubt, coffee and unsweetened chocolate come to mind at the first taste. Fruity twang in the middle of black currants, this twang doubles with a roasted grain flavour that is perfectly balanced. Hints of charcoal and earth run middle to end as the alcohol as kicks in with a warming estery character. Finishes slightly sweet with vague remnants of roastedness.

Not as complex as I thought it would be but that is finish being that a brew with such strength can be so drinkable. I’ll going back to this beer for sure.

Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ebony with an attractive camel head. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Colour is dark as midnight. Smells like a good stout should. Roasty malts, coffee, prunes, and hints of Belgian chocolate. Mouthful is a rewarding combo of thick and creamy perfection.

Taste is more complex than the nose, as dried fruits(prunes and raisins) and a touch of hops make their entrance. Very satisfying from start to finish.

Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, had a bunch of these and advertised the Michael Jackson accolades. The Vintage Cellar also posts the Top 50 BA ratings, and had a few Westy 12's when I stoppee by. I'll review the Westy later.

Lion Stout is a worthy concoction. Thoroughly enjoyable and English in character. Deserving of its praise.

Photo of BlueHammer
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In one word: Excellent. I do love stouts and I was excited to try one from a country I do not usually purchase beer from. The beer was poured dark brown, almost black with a thick tan head that left decent lacing. It smelled of caramel and raisins. The taste had a tangy start and a malty finish, giving it a great balance. It was fun each time I put it in my mouth and I looked forward to each new sip! The taste, much like the smell also had hints of caramel, raisins, and espresso. The finish was like bittersweet chocolate. Highly recommended.

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating. Pours black, little light shining through the edges. Dark tan head, any lacing sliding down the side of the glass. Nose is funky, and of burnt malt. Taste is a bit on the thin side, just a hint of burnt malt, some chocolate and drying hops. Alcohol is on the hot side and a bit up front. Decent product, but other stouts come to mind to try next time.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sinha Stout, 330mL bottle, B/B Apr 2005.

Appearance: Opaque black syrupy fluid with a tan head which almost looks rose-coloured. Close inspection with bright light shows moderate carbonation and mahogany colour.

Smell: Solvent alcohol, date, raisin, cocoa, maybe even stone fruit. Complex but still refreshing.

Taste: Smooth, chocolatey, bitter, very nice, but not particularly unusually good,

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy but quite interesting. Definitely creamy. As a result, drinkability is impressive. Although I wouldn't drink it all night, but it's a nice stout overall.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: one inch light brown head, black brown in color, opaque

Smell: coffee and dark chocolate

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, light creaminess, and alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: super smooth, low carbonation, sweet with a bitterness that appears in the middle, light body for the style

Drinkability: I really liked this one. It is so nice and light and for the abv, the alcohol is not overly noticable. Very enjoyable, glad I went with the six on this instead of the single.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had a beer from Sri Lanka before, but at a friend's request I picked this up on special at the LCBO - glad I did!

Pours a near black, with a thin tan head. A bit of lacing, good retention.

The smell is spot on: roasted malts, a bit of toffee or caramel, coffee and dried fruit. Very appealing.

A very flavourful and enjoyable stout, with all of the above flavours, plus a milky butterness that provided lingering sweetness. Hardly bitter at all. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is slick, creamy and buttery.

Well worth a pickup; you wont be disappointed with this stout!

Photo of jakester
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a case of this at The Beer Mart in Reading, PA. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours an almost opaque black with only dark garnet color showing through around the edges. A very nice dark tan head of tight foam forms on top, falls to a coating, and leaves very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and somewhat fruity, with notes of burnt cherries or raisins. Spicy hops are also present. There IS a smell here, lingering, that is metallic or chalky, that is not pleasant. The smell of black licorice becomes stronger as it warms.

Flavor is strong roasted barley, masked fairly well by a decent amount of sugar. Coffee and chocolate flavors are right there in your face, but not really overdone. This IS a strongly flavored Export stout, however. Hop bitterness is fairly high, but pretty well balanced. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Aftertaste is burnt sugar and sweet.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. The finish definitely dries out toward the end.

I would drink this again. There's something about the smell I don't care for, but the taste and kick are good.

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in the May shipment of my beer of the month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Black (or at least exceedingly dark brown) and opaque with a nice tan head and significant lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, coffee, burnt malt.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, molasses and some alcohol. Kind of reminds me of dark rum. Little bit of a sugary alcohol aftertaste that I am not a fan of.

Feel: Chewy and somewhat thick. Relatively low carbonation and quite smooth. Oily feel detracts slightly.

Drinkability: Very easy sipper; almost too easy considering the 8%.

Photo of jamesm7485
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the first big stouts i had over a year ago so i figured id finally review it.

The appearance is a dark brown with a light tan head not much noticeable lacing.

The smell is very malty with a very thing note of chocolate.

The taste is the same as the smell

Mouth feel is pretty damn light for a stout of this size, but is still enjoyable

The drinkability is just about average not great.

A good stepping stone for me to the bigger beers ive been enjoying.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a rich, nutty and chocolaty smell, with caramel and malty sugar aromas filling out the nose.

The flavor is far more sugary than I was expecting, the malts coming at me in waves of caramelized brown sugars, molasses, and toffee. This is, however, a stout, and so there are many stout-like flavors to complement those sugars: chocolate malts, hints of tobacco and coffee, lightly-burnt grains. As well, there are distinct vanilla and dark chocolate notes that ride between the sugars and the more bitter flavors. The aftertaste is dominated by tobaccos and burnt grains, and seems to disappear quickly, leaving only a slight alcohol burn on the tongue. The brew itself is slightly more viscous than water, sliding across the tongue like extra virgin olive oil.

Overall, I thought this an excellent stout, full of the lovely darker flavors that I expected, but also containing a nice sugary surprise that kept me coming back for more.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.