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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,324 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 49
Gots: 41 | 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:
 http://www.lionbeer.com 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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Photo of SpruceFish
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

A- black and opaque the way a stout should be

S- sweet roasted malts milk chocolate

T- sweet again and chocolate a good amount of roastyness

M- thick a little chewy good carbonation

D- really good no booze to it at all kind of a hot day stout i feel

SpruceFish, May 05, 2009
Photo of Yesac
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

A - Fairly average in appearance - pours black with a very carbonated brown head that fades extremely fast. Pour this slowly.

S - A dry stout smell. Dominated with coffee malts and some grassy/earthy tones.

T - It all seems to come alive at the back of the tounge, I don't pick up much up front. The flavor is pretty subtle. I pick up smooth creamy chocolate malts with strong carbonation sweeping the palate clean. Overall to watery for me.

M - Excellent mouthfeel due to the high carbonation and dryness of this stout. Smooth and creamy.

D - Easy drinker here. This stout is not that bitter and the 8% is hidden very well.

Yesac, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of nouseforotacon
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

This one was stamped with a B/B date of 2006/06/26, purchased in Tokyo.

Poured out a typical stout, jet black bottom with a nice and thick, foamy brown head. Retention was okay, head fell to a brown lacing within a few minutes.

Pleasant aroma. Lightly fruity, like berries, strong caramel and roasted/sweet malt aroma. Slight alcohol presence in the nose. Hints of mocha, and some bittersweet chocolate too.

Dry taste with a finish that leaves the palette wet. Bitter bite. Mocha/coffee taste definitely resurfaces itself on the tongue, powdery feel. Bittersweet chocolate was also strong in the taste, with a sweet accent of fruits and caramel. Mouthfeel was not as creamy as I would've hoped, body was overall light and a bit watery.

8% ABV isn't all that noticeable and this is definitely a very drinkable stout. Still, it's not all quite there. Pitted against the Ji-Biru stout from Baird, I'd say this one comes out on top by a slight edge because it's a bit more complex and has a more interesting taste. Enjoy!

nouseforotacon, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

part of a winter brews pack i picked up at world market in lansing, mi.

pours jet black with a dense tan head that fell into a thin sheet.
the arom a is malty, chocolate, hint of coffee.
the flavor is very rich with malt, some hopsack, little chocolate, carmelized malt.
the mouthfeel is a little creamy, slightly thick, wounderful.
beer is best enjoyed on a cold night.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured into a small glass (saving the rest for later)

A: Midnight dark body under a light and frothy dark tan head. Excellent lacing, leaving rings all over the glass. If the head was a bit smoother (reminded me of a latte) this beer would achieve greatness in this category. As it is, it is still good.

S: Baker's coco powder, slight coffee, medium roasted grains and some caramel malts.

T: Layered chocolate and deeply roasted malts make up the bulk of Lion Stout's flavor. I say layered because this isn't a totally singular beer, but it isn't massively complex. I get some dark fruits on the side, but they don't ever take center stage. The finish is sweet and roasty (reminds me of a sweeter, stronger dry Irish stout).

M: Higher carbonation than I expected, which yielded a lighter body and less smoothness than this style should have. The mouthfeel is this beer's only major weakness in contrast to it's competition. Not full, chewy, or very smooth.

D: Where this beer lacks in mouthfeel it gains in drinkability. This beer feels lighter than it is, but at 8% it should be gulped with caution.

Overall: A very enjoyable stout in my opinion. I imagine the first stout that the people in Sri Lanka ever tasted was Guinness. I find it interesting then that this beer tastes a bit like Guinness Extra Stout. This beer is nicely complex in flavor (probably due to the extra alcohol) and lighter than usual. I enjoyed a glass after a 5 mile run.

allforbetterbeer, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a 625ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. I've been looking for this beer for quite a long time without much success and I finally found it. It did not disappoint. I must confess that the sheer fact that this is from Sri Lanka, an area not really known for its brewing prowess, earned this beer a few sentimentality points in my book, but it can definitely stand on its own. Pours jet black with a nice khaki tan head. Smell is a touch on the sour side, with some sour cherries present. Taste is slightly sweet up front, with cherries, prunes, unsweetened bakers chocolate and alcohol in the body. Not quite as complex as I imagined but still one of the more interesting stouts I've had. Definitely a departure from your everyday stout. Its 8% ABV is well blended, making for a deceptively drinkable brew. I will definitely buy more of this.

ChrisBowers, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Solid stout that reminds me a little of Mackeson's XXX, but a little less complex. Still for an 8% brew ...there's NO hint of that kind of strength. Other than MJ's strange endorsement (when he himself just called it "surprisingly good") it's a winner.

Domingo, May 17, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a very dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Three finger head, dark tan and creamy, holds well leaving good spotty lacing. Coffee/roasted barley aromas, mild phenols and notes of dark chocolate. Very sweet upfront, big roast flavor, slight phenolic fruitiness. Drying aftertaste with lots of coffee, mild baker's chocolate, and the fruitiness fades quickly. Acrid roast flavor balances fine without need for much hop charcater, good example of style. Medium carbonation and medium-full body lend a silky and rich mouthfeel with an appropriatly mild crispness. Finishes residual with a spicy cola/caramon flavor and hint of phenol but reatains a respectable drinkability.

PBRstreetgang, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of soulfly967
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured a very dark brown with hints of red around the edges of the glass. A nice foamy tan head stuck around for quite a while and left nice clumps of lacing along the sides of the glass. The smell was of dark malts and dark chocolate. The taste wsa pretty good with hints of licorice, caramel, and fresh roasted coffee. The mothfeel was nice and creamy, and rather smooth too. I could drink these all night, too bad I only picked up one bottle of this.

soulfly967, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

KingPuuChuu, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Lion Stout pours an opaque black with a thick tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild, but has notes of chocolate and coffe. The taste also has chocolate and coffe notes. Nice thick mothfeel. An enjoyable stout. I would say it is definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Beric
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Serving: 12oz can into tulip glass
Served: 3 June 13

Appearance: Incredibly dark. Thick. Pours with a magnificent four finger head that takes a long time to dissipate. Great lacing as the head slowly collapses to a small coating of light brown, frothy bubbles.

Smell: Smells rich and roasty. Dark, dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes seem to jump out through the black thickness.

Taste: The dark, bitter chocolate and roasted coffee seems to really come out in the taste. Unfortunately, I'm also getting some metallic notes from the can, forcing the overall rating down lower than what it should be. Really smooth and goes down easy. You can kind of feel the 8.8% on the very very back end, long after a sip, but the high ABV is masked well by the pleasently complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Thick, just like a foreign extra stout should be.

Overall: Wow, a great beer, especially when you consider it comes from and island off the coast of India.

Beric, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of TheBear11D
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Pretty much straight black in color with a long lasting head that is a tan mocha brown.

Plenty of coffee and chocolate scents to go around and just drenched in malt.

Strong flavor right from the start with an upfront bitter coffee taste which slowly gives way to a sweet chocolate taste that eventually finishes bittersweet.

A lighter density than expected due to the ABV.

Even with the strong taste and high ABV this is a pretty drinkable brew.

TheBear11D, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Chincino
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

This beer was served in a can which I poured into a pint glass.

It was very dark and had an aroma of coffee, chocolate, malts, and a hint of fruit.

It was medium-bodied with average carbonation. It was smooth and creamy, but not thick.

Drinkability was good.

Chincino, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Emerges nearly pitch black with a tiny bit of cocoa nibs highlights around the very edges. A creamy, slightly tan head forms and remains about 1/2 inch in size during the entire consumption of the beer.

Aroma is quite fruity with a minimal amount of roasty, stout like characters. This seems to fall a bit short on the export front. Slightly metallic. Very porter-like.

Flavor resembles the aroma. Minimal roastiness with a pronounced fruitiness and a touch of burnt chocolate. Raw chocolate and raisins. Again, more like a porter.

Creamy mouthfeel and finishes a touch dry. This is perhaps the most drinkable 8% beer I have had. I would have guessed around 5% abv. No alcohol in flavor, aroma or tastes. Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but far from great.

SaCkErZ9, May 12, 2009
Photo of buliwuf
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

From notes...

Presentation - 12oz bottle, gold foil around the top, endorsed by the mighty Michael Jackson

Appearance - pours jet black with a generous tan head, which slowly dissipates into a nice lacing that sticks to the glass throughout the session. As the glass drains, the blackness seems to fade into a dark brown.

Nose - an interesting mix of fruity malt, vague notions of chocolate, and an extremely vague notion of smokiness, all blended nicely to suggest something complex. As it warms, a subtle wood aroma develops but this is not as noticeable as the sweet malt profile that grows with temperature increases.

Mouthfeel - nicely full without being chewy. Creamy, smooth, and not overly carbonated.

Taste - dominated by a sweet malt fullness, complemented by a mix of chocolate, prunes, and coffee. There is just a slight tinge of bitterness, maybe sourness. But only "just". Taste is primarily the same from beginning to end, from first touch of the tongue through the swallow. There is an 8% ABV attached to this beer, which one feels mid-beer and afterwards, but well hidden in the taste. Warmth enhances these flavors somewhat, but I drained my glass rather quickly so there wasn't much time to fully appreciate it. Maybe next time, I'll have two in a row.

Overall - This is a very nice sweet stout, well-balanced and delicious.

buliwuf, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of sstackho
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz bottle purchased from Danforth and Broadview LCBO in Toronto. I just had a 500mL Schneider Eisbock before this, so forgive me if I am in love with the world or mistype. Pours black with a small, quickly receding white head. Initial, somewhat thin, aroma of coffee. First taste is nice and richly full, with more coffee on the palate. Taste remains strong throughout. Very nice.

sstackho, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of oggg
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

This beer pours a dark black with brown tints. A modest head of off white creamy foam fades slowly but leaves very little lace on my pint glass.

Not a whole lot of aroma even after warming to room temp.

At first, this beer threatens to hurt your tongue with harsh artificial bitterness. Syrupy sweet malt surges to subdue the initial impression. It segues to a uniquely soft, roasted finish that lingers nicely, and finishes dry.

Medium to full bodied. Alcohol impercetible/dangerous.

Overall: Too much alcohol to be a session brew, but this would be a great dessert beer.

oggg, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: Standard black stout color with creamy beige head. Minimal head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasted maltiness with a definite waft of alcohol and a hint of raisin. All with a real dank mustiness to it. Huh.

Taste: Initially, a distinct smack of malt sweetness hits the tongue, supplanted by vanilla and plums. Finishes dry, similarly to a cup of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though still a bit lighter and lacking the fullness that I both crave and demand! Carbonation is rather low, allowing the beer to achieve some creaminess.

Drinkability: A genuinely decent stout, and one of the better foreign stouts I've tasted.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Upon seeing the country of origin and the bottle’s bible black contents —I had to experience this stout from Ceylon.

It cascaded into my glass producing an immediate dense off tan head which fueled my curiosity as to this beer's meritorious profile.

The head arose, flourished and then retreated to whence it came leaving little trace but a scant bevel of foam clinging to the perimeter of my glass.

This beer presented a small perhaps non-existent nose.

On first tasting, this dark full bodied stout produced a starburst of flavor-- predominant hops, notes of chocolate, toasted grain, a sprite of coffee.

Unfortunately the flavor was a rather curt performance-- a blaze of glory and then—the hole in the middle head heralded what was to come. Under the gusto of the start, the body was lacking-- there was something oddly transparent—maybe the right word is “nonexistent”.

The finish was clean and short. I wasn’t surprised as it trailed along with it’s precursor-- the vestige of the initial flavor.

Nevertheless this beer has a rather cordial mouthfeel and although the flavor endurance in my opinion leaves something to be desired, it is nonetheless an enjoyable experience.

gueuzeonhigh, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of LittleCreature
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

My bottle reads "Sinha Stout" but it's the same beer.

Appearance - 4.5
A firm pour yeilds a thick, brown, moussy looking head over a an opaque black body, completely impenetrable to light.

Smell - 3.5
I get the impression that this is a stout that would pair very well with oysters. It smells rich, roasted, some burnt astringency, roasted coffee, dried fruit, very grainy for a stout, also somewhat salty.

Taste - 4.0
Very smooth with a good balance of chocolate and molasses sweetness with burnt bitterness. Alcohol presence is barely perceptible amongst the strong flavours, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Very smooth with low carbonation, feels quite thick, heavy and oily in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
Slightly unfortunate aroma aside, it drinks well for a stout of 8%ABV.

OVERALL - 3.9
Possibly the darkest beer I have so far reviewed, only in the final few millimetres did it become cola-like in appearance. Apart from its unusual aroma, I found this to be a highly enjoyable stout, particularly impressive seeing as it comes from Sri Lanka, not a nation known for brewing.

* After typing this I see that I have made an all-to-common mistake. Stouts and and other dark beers are easier to brew than lighter, crisper styles. Despite the fact that most countries in the world brew at least one pale lager, it is actually one of the hardest styles to get right. Still, good to see a generally non-brewing nation making a stout.

LittleCreature, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of GavDomDadGH
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

A - A nice extremely dark brown to black. Very thick. Great 2 finger dark tan head that disapates slowly.

S - Very strong smell of chocolate and caramel. Almost a roasted nut smell. Delicious none the less.

T - One of the better tasting stouts I have ever had. Starts with a blast of earthy flavors and then blends chocolate and caramel in the mid drink. Finishes with a great mocha/coffee taste.

M - Thick and creamy. Flows around just like any high-caliber stout should.

D - The only reason I gave this a 4 is, as with any stout, you can't drink very many! It is a great start or end beer, but don't plan on drinking this bad boy all night!

GavDomDadGH, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of madeofsteel
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

A - Pours as black as night, with just a trace of reddish brown the very edge of the glass. Finger and a half of brown cappuccino looking froth. Not much retention, but some very sexy lacing.

S - Not much going on in the nose. Faint smell of coffee. Burnt malts.

T - Bitter chocolate and coffee. Some balancing sweetness. Roasty, burnt, with traces of black licorice. Better when it's good and warm.

M - The alcohol here is noticeable, but is warming. Perfect for where I live right now, like a cocoa or something. Kind of dry for my liking, though.

O - This beer should definitely be consumed at a warmer temp, more flavors work together and the body really starts to come out. Reasonably priced for what it is: a very well rounded stout.

madeofsteel, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Beer from Sri Lanka, eh? I'm game. This is a solid, sweetish stout with a rocky, fragrant head and a nice oiliness to it (from the hops maybe?). Different enough from other brews to make it interesting, although slicker than perhaps the very best stouts. Milky, juicy, with what I imagined as a rummy, sugar-cane undercoat. I thought it very drinkable. Perhaps not worth a trip to Ceylon, but definitely worth picking up out if you find it in your local store (as I did). Bottle had a drink-by date of September this year (bought it in February).

Thrasher, Feb 18, 2002
Photo of Mavajo
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

Slightly opaque black color with a thin tan head that dissipates very quickly - light lacing. Nose is sweet with mild coffee/chocolate. I found the taste to be fairly simple and straightforward - mostly a roasted taste with some chocolate/coffee. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty easy drinking stout. There's nothing crazy about it, the alcohol is blended well and the taste is pretty simple and straightforward.

Mavajo, Nov 13, 2009
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.