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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good

1,439 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 54
Gots: 64 | 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

 http://www.lionbeer.com 
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Photo of paxkey
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle is labelled Sinha Stout. The ABV is listed as 8.8%.
Brown bottle with lion on the label

Pours black when held to light shows some ruby coloring. aggressive pour in a nonic yields a giant tan head. nice lacing.

smells of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee.

This is great stuff. I can taste no alcohol at all but am left with a pleasant warming. luscious mouthfeel, chocolate, roasty cocoa.
sweet smooth and delicious drinking.

Photo of MoustacheHero
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A canned beer from Sri Lanka? I'm skeptical... Sri Lanka, formerly Su Lan. It was about 3 in the morning and I was looking for 1000 brown M&M's to fill a brandy glass, but back to the beer.

A: This can of motor oil poured pitch black into my glass with a milk chocolate head.

S: A faint smell of sweet malt, coffee and hot liquor.

T: An amazing strong flavor of coffee, caramel, fig, and hot liquor. A real surprise.

M: A big body, light on carbonation, high on creaminess and sticky syrup.

O: A mind blowing beer from a can. Like it dark and big? Then wrestle this Lion.

Photo of marc77
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Virtually jet black. Mountainous, stiff, dogged, light bister head yields lace. Notions of dark chocolate covered prune and singed molasses candy upfront in aroma. Wafts of burnt barley and dark lovibond caramel are secondary. In flavor, incipient is a soft, milky note of light roast coffee mocha. Sharper notes of raisin and bitter chocolate ensue mid palate along with sweeter tones of treacle and burnt brownie. Roasted grain along with moderate hop bitterness fully dry the profile, especially considering the high attenuation. Dangerously, this is almost thirst quenching. Softens again late, with ashen milk chocolate hints yielding to the pleasantly warm, cleanly burnt finish. A well crafted, nearly spot on export stout. Lacks the "beefy" character of US microbrewed stouts of the same alcohol content, but agreeably so in that regard. Dry and satiating. Excellent drinkability. Thanks to Bighuge for this one.

Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark tan head of solid, tight bubbles. As it dissipates, large bubbles form with remnants left on the glass with a similarity to hot cocoa. Pours a dark brown where light cannot pass through.

Strong chocolate aromas; a little chaulky. Very mild.

Creamy body with a low carbonation. The flavor is similar to milk chocolate without sugar. The aftertaste lasts a long time with a coffee-ish touch and strong alcohol warmth.

I'd love to try this against some milk stouts and some imperial stouts as this beer seems to have attributes of both.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1-24-10

A - Pours thick and chunky like stew. Plenty of Vegemite on the bottom. Dark. Opaque, even held against sunlight. Mocha color head. Some continual carbonation. Pretty cartographical lacing.

S - Sweet, like frosting. Lots of chocolate, some espresso. Roasted smoky lightly-burnt toast. A good, standard, solid stout experience.

T - Bitter initial taste. Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. A Latin-American festival. There was a slightly sour aftertaste. Maybe a touch too much yeast.

M - Refreshing. Creamy. Fizzy. Still sour. This beer hides the 8% ABV with spy-like skill. Watch out.

D - Surprisingly good. This beer is a perfect example of why we must try more beers and keep an open mind. Out of all the beers I've had from South or South-East Asia this is easily the winner.

Photo of Internatbrewlove
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lion Stout pours a dark, opaque, espresso brown, with a light brown creamy head. The scent is surprisingly minimal with the rich flavor that follows. Chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops and a moderate duration of fine tingling on the tongue. It finishes smooth.

This is a very reasonably priced, relatively complex but, very drinkable stout. What is most surprising is that it is from Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

Photo of Crosling
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black.

Sweet and roasted nose with hints of burnt malts, blackberries, apples, molasses and coffee beans.

Starts sweet with a hint of molasses, cocoa and coffee. Mid-palate dries out a bit and bitters a bit as well, with notes of blackberries and dark chocolate. On the finish is a lovely roasted malt bitterness and just a hint of mocha.

This is a very nice stout. It's not great, but at $ 7.99/6 Pack it might become a regular around the house.

Photo of ricke
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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 glid02
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee, FL.

Pours completely black with a two-finger dark tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, molasses, and dark chocolate, in that order. As it warms the chocolate aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The roasted malt flavors are not quite as strong as the aroma led me to believe as they give way to molasses and dark chocolate flavors fairly quickly. The ending has a nice bitterness but also manages to leave a sweet malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but still manages to go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more, even with the 8% ABV.

Overall this is a very solid stout, comparable to a strong Milk Stout. Worth a shot.

Photo of dali27
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. can into a pint glass.

A: Completely dark black. As it poured from the can, it gave the impression of syrupy liquid flowing out. Large, light caramel colored head which initially produced really nice lacing but then died out pretty fast.

S: Dark berries, roasted malts and coffee dominate the smell. Faint alcohol scent.

T: The scents move on into the taste. Big and bold, typical stout flavors of malts and coffee, but they're highlighted by the nice fruit accent. Aftertaste is coffee and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

O: Better than I had expected this to be. Wish I had more than just the one can. Worth a try!

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 650 mL bottle served in a Chimay goblet. The beer is cold.

Appearance: The stout is deep black. When held to light, dark ruby colors emerge from the edges. There is a bit of head that has left a nice ring of lace.

Smell: The stout has some nice chocolate notes, as well as a spicier smell to it. It almost conjures up a good molé sauce.

Taste: There is a nice chocolatey flavor that jumps all over the expected roast malt aroma. There are also spices, peppers and cinnamin and other exotic flavors that go very well in the beer.

Mouthfeel: The combination of spices in this stout is quite extraordinary.

Drinkability: The 8% abv and deep stout flavors are little much to continually pound. Overall though, this is a good ale to try.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with brownish reddish hues. Large, creamy tan head develops leaving some messy lace on the glass.
Aroma of caramel, roasted barley and some over-ripe dark fruits like prunes.
Flavor is sweet mocha and caramel and maybe some honey or molasses in the back.
Mouthfeel is very thick, smooth malt starts that transitions to spicy bitter finish with some hints of oxidation or metallic hint.
Drinkability is fairly high, very nice beer.

Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of light brown head. I would say that it is black except for the tinge of dark brown around the edges. The aroma is sweet chocolate and dark fruit (plum). The taste mirrors the smell up front, but the roasted malts come more into play. There is just a slight bitterness that offsets the sweetness. It is not a great stout but it is good and worth a try.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has some age on it. Expires June 2002. Has been properly cellared. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black, no light gets through. Light tan head, drops to a wisp. Some lacing on the aged bottle version that was not there for the can, "fresh" version.

Aromas of sherry, dark fruits, ever so light roastiness.

Flavors of prune, fig and raisin. No hops. Thin iced coffee. Hint of cocoa. Short finish, with some alcohol and prune lingering.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery. Mouthcoating alcohol warmth.

Overall, this ages fairly well. A bit on the low end for aging, and the high end for aging this beer. Might be a little passed its prime, but still a fine beer. This may show up in a blind BIF.

Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black with red highlights showing thru, sporting a big fluffy head

Aroma is soft roasted malts hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is nice roasted malts with soft chocolate and a decent coffee flavors that seem to leave a bitterness that is like a cheap coffee bitterness, more so then hops. No hints of the 8% it is smooth easy drinking and tasty.

Mouthfeel seems a little light for a stout but carbonation levels are good. Plus side it is smooth and tasty.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable enough stout. Want to thank wcudwight for this sample.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. brown bottle

Lion Stout poured a dark almost totally black except for some garnet color highlights when it is hit by light. The head formed was 1 3/4 fingers, dense, bubbly and mocha colored with light clingy lacing left behind as consumed. The nose is lighter than expected, dominated by roasted dark malts and chocolate. The taste is stronger than the nose, also dominated by roasted dark malt with sweet notes of chocolate and coffee. The finish is on the sweet side and a little dry. Mouth feel is smooth and medium bodied with the alcohol well hidden making good drinkability.

Lion Stout is my first taste of the foreign/export stout style. This ale has made me a fan!...I'll have another.

Photo of Zanico
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a dark opaque reddish-black with a thin sliver of mocha-colored head.

The aroma of dark ripe fruits first greet the nose followed by roasted malts and chocolate.

The taste is sweet and fruity with plenty of chocolate and coffee to round it out nicely. The booze is well-hidden in this one.
Thinner-than-expected mouthfeel, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This was an enjoyable and easy to drink stout from Lion.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've lost track of how long I've had this beer - probably a year and a half? I'm finally getting around to drinking it.

Gorgeous black with a dense mocha-colored head that is thick, creamy and long-lasting. Some lace is left as I drink this.

In a blind taste, I'd peg this as a Baltic porter. It's got the dry, unsweetened dark chocolate, cocoa and mildly burnt malt character. In addition, it's got a very characteristic smell of Baltic porters, with a rich, mildly bready and (I hate to say it) lager-like. Solid stuff

Opens fruity with plums (not from oxidation) with a rich, deep chocolate character with some bitterness and a mild tartness too. The tartness is mildly cherry-skin like, and dissipates with exposure to air. Rich coffee characteristics, almost cold-press like with low bitterness and high flavor. The sourness and coffee work well together.

Light in body ( a bit too light) with medium-high carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little disappointing. The finish with its coffee and chocolate bitterness, is quite excellent.

I'm definitely enjoying this, and will grab another and try this again soon.

Photo of Conk
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours an opaque dark brown with a moderate golden brown head that receded to leave faint lacing and a ring of foam clinging to the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted or near burnt malts that carry espresso and dark syrup notes. There are definite roasted nuts and aromas of dark chocolate. This beer has a subtle yet complex aroma profile.

Taste: The initial flavors that I taste are black coffee and dark chocolate. There are certainly some bready flavors of squaw bread and sweet molasses.

Mouthfeel: This Stout has a silky smooth, rich mouthfeel that is both very full in flavor and in body. The carbonation is ever so slight after the pour, though the beer is bottle conditioned and poured rather lively.

Drinkability: Though this beer is rich and full bodied, it would be a very drinkable beer where it not for the 8% abv. Delicious yet more of a sipper than a full blown session beer.

Rating: This is a delicious dark and rich stout with great roasted, rich, malty flavors that are supplemented by the faintest dark chocolate bitterness. Yumm
Final Words: If you like stout, Taste Lion Stout.

Photo of ndekke39
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 12 oz bottle of this on New Year's Eve (early in the evening). No freshness date on the bottle. Poured an opaque black with a thin white head. Interesting smells of burnt toast (though it wasn't bad) and dark, dark chocolate. Tastes of toasty barley, the dark chocolate, and even light hints of coffee. Medium creaminess - I prefer stouts to be a little thicker, but this was good. Fairly high ABV %, but the alcohol didn't cut through the taste. A great beer, easy to sip.

Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every ounce of my body screamed "NO!!!" when I pulled this from the fridge.... Drinking a stout cold just felt like a crime, but I told myself that the ad for Lion Stout says to drink it cold...

Pours pitch black with a thick off-white head, that last quite a while.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and brown sugar.

Flavor is quite nice, coffee, mocha, caramel, brownsugar, raisins, and a hint of hops at the end. This beer gets a bit sweeter as it warms, as opposed to being somewhat dry when cold. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinkability is good, considering the 8% abv.

I was quite impressed to find a stout that is good cold. I was so afraid that it would kill all the flavor, but it's actually quite enjooyable. Now if I have a craving for a stout in the summer, I know exactly where to reach.

Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Super black. The head pours huge, tan, fluffy. Lots of malt, chocolate, and a winey smell come through.

Quite flavorful. Grapey, even. More of a sweet chocolate versus a dark.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, thick, yet it goes down smooth, with a slight alcohol bite.

For my first export stout, this is fantastic.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cave de l'inattendu, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : sweet malty with roasted aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted flavors with intense dark chocolate finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Foreign Stout.

Photo of Chsyhkr
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer these Tropical or Carribean Stouts. Most folks miss the mark and think they are drinking a Foreign or Imperial Stout.

I consider this beer an Imperial Milk Stout with the low IBU's and residual sweetness.

A very good version of the style.

I would love to hear some history of how these island countries came to brew and drink this beer. It comes across as their version of malt liquor!

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.