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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,379 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,379
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 47
Gots: 52 | 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 aahynick
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

about 50 degree F into a pint glass
A- opaque black, large fine head that dissipates slowly.

S- aroma of black patent and smoke

T- surprisingly rich in dark caramel and raisin tones perhaps 120l crystal and special B

M- medium to heavy body

D- pleasant to drink and different from other stouts. Its inexpensive price makes it a winner.

aahynick, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of fischerr3
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW

what can i say... chocolate chocolate chocolate... but i am pretty sure they used actual chocolate so its not getting a 5 from me

but damn... its done right. not like the sapparo chocolate which just tastes like a yoohoo. this is good

the mouth feel was a little grainy but that could have to do with the glass i drank it out of ... or not... but it was good

another one of those strong beers that you just cant sit down and drink 3 of... crap 2 of these and im ready to switch to water hahahaha but... its worth every bit of it

fischerr3, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick creamy tan head that shows excellent retention, hanging around as a one-inch head for the duration.

The aroma is heavily roasted malts, coffee and cocoa powder. Almost like chocolate-covered espresso beans.

The taste is excellent for the style - toasted chocolate malts and coffee. There is a bit more sweetness than in the aroma and the finish is dry with bakers chocolate.

The mouthfeel is dry and roasty with a moderate carbonation.

This is an excellent example of an export stout and extremely drinkable for the ABV. Surprisingly good.

gford217, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Long813
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Note: It was hard to find this beer here because it's also known as "Sinha Stout". Bottle reads "Brewed and bottled by lion brewery (ceylon) plc, sri lanka, under license of ceylon brewry plc.

Best Before: JUN2011
From: liamt07

A: Pitch black body and two fingers of dark mocha head. Retention is decent and lacing is great.

S: Dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and some caramel malts. Huge roasted aroma and has a slight scent of alcohol.

T: Much like the aromas, pleasant mixture of roast malts, mild coffee and some chocolate. Flavour are a bit thin, but still good.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Thicker than water like texure and leaves a dry roasted finish. Was unimpressed by the lightness of the drink.

D: Over all this is a good beer. Thanks liam. The flavours could be better and texture is weak, but it's a good intro stout.

Long813, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a formidable black with a dark tan head. Lacing is really good, head retention is not amazing though.

A beer that I've had a lot before so I'm pretty familiar with this. A kind of dried cocoa scent, if that makes sense, dominates the nose. Coffee and roasted malts are there too, along with some caramel. Alcohol is just noticeable, and a raisin/dried plum aroma peeks through if you sniff hard enough! Could be a bit more juicy in the aroma.

This beer is just straight up good, and amazing value for money. Bitter cocoa notes are there, as well as some richer, sweeter flavours like molasses and dark fruits. It doesnt stand out when compared to some other amazing high abv stouts, but it's a real cracker for the price.

Mouthfeel is very very good indeed. Creamy and rich, but not even close to overwhelming. Sits in the mouth for just the right amount of time, given the flavours that are there.

jbowers56, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of FliryVorru
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer pours a very dark brown with brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Some lacing remains but not as much as I expected.

Smell - The smell is floundering. Sometimes you can get a solid whiff, but other times I practically smell glass! The smells I do get are light and fleeting and very pleasant. Coffee, caramel, sourness, and licorice.

Taste - Very heavy in coffee, a little bit of sour mash, and a hint of brown sugar as the beer warms up. A crisp aftertaste that slowly fades and you're left with a charred cedar aura in the end.

Mouthfeel - The beer starts out decently carbonated for a stout, but almost as soon as it passes over your tongue it loses most of it. if you like carbonated beers drink this one a bit faster than usual to preserve the nice bit of carbonation because it fades as it warms.

Drinkability - This is very drinkable given that it's a stout and is a great one for summer. The ability to have you want more than one on a hot day is a rare thing for a stout, though it's best had in the fall.

Other comments
This is really one of my favorite stouts and is good on any occasion. It fits in multiple seasons, it pairs well with several dishes (especially grilled red meats), and best of all: it's very reasonably priced! Check it out next time you want a 6-pack of stout for your Thanksgiving holiday.

FliryVorru, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours black and completely opaque. There is a one inch light brown head that forms on the pour and it lingers with excellent retention leaving some spoty lace behind as it receeds.

The aroma is nice and oh so familiar. There are some nice malty tones with a dark and rich chocolate aroma accompanied by a touch of coffee. It's lightly sweet on the nose as well.

The taste is fine. There is some chocolate and coffee. There's a nice smokiness as well. It's a little phenolic on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly efforvescent.

The drinkability is moderate to high. The flavor profile is pleasing enough making for an easy sipper. The ABV is pushing the high end, but it's well incorporated. Overall it's a decent beer.

Goliath, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a can into a Bruery tulip. Beer is black and forms a huge dark brown head of small and medium bubbles. Head falls away quickly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is unknown but presumably low due to lack of head retention. Falling head leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is overall a little weak, kind of sweet, mildly smokey, some roasted coffee perhaps. Smells OK.

Beer is medium to thin in body, slightly sweet and finishes nicely with some roasty bitterness. There is some ash like flavors to this beer overall that are less than pleasant but fortunately for it they are minimal. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is also good. Its a decent, kind of sweet, stout.

drabmuh, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a snifter. Seemed really inconspicuous sitting there on the shelf in the LCBO, not sure how long they've had this and why it's slipped under my radar for so long. Regardless, I gave it a go for the first time last night.

Popping the cap on this, I got a nice whiff of chocolate and coffee with a touch of liqueur. This poured pitch black upon first observation, held up to the light, there was some red around the edges and whatnot. A beautiful single finger of milk chocolate brown head, quickly disappearing almost altogether but left enough thin yet chunky lacing to be remembered by. Nose is of dark chocolate, coffee again, lots of sweetness (presumably from molasses of some sort, at least that's what it smelt like). Taste is quite similar, with a little more coming from the chocolate and that sweetness is right up from. Malt are just as sweet and roasty, quite nice. Finishes with a slight burn from the alcohol, but nothing substantial. Medium carbonation and a full mouthfeel, yet quite smooth on the whole.

Quite nice on the whole, and at $1.95 a bottle, the drinkability is through the roof at this ABV! This may just be a new go-to stout...

liamt07, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of longbongsilver
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Another trip to the mix'n'match pack of imports, pulled out this one at random. Just popped the cap & already smell it (first whiff is the usual dark chocolate bit, comes with the territory really) before even pouring. I finally get around to pouring & it's a really dark opaque brown, half the mug is head at first. The initial scent amps up to 11, plus something that reminds me of roasted nuts almost.

Taste matches the smell, plus some licorice as it warms, though it doesn't go down as thick as it looks like it would. The 8% shows off a bit, but in a good way.

Overall, a by-the-book stout. Doesn't scream at you, but handles what it's supposed to well.

longbongsilver, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Ottoman112579
4.93/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional tasting stout. The mix of roasted malts, vanilla, cherry, coffee, and chocolate make this stout among the true leaders in taste. Very easy on the pallet making this stout a good compliment to desserts.

The appearance is pitch black and the aroma is very distinct. The smell of chocolate is strong but does not overpower the subtle aroma of cherry and vanilla.

I would highly recommend this to any fan of stouts!

Ottoman112579, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of Conk
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Conk, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a huge light brown head.

A very nice aroma of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt.

The taste is roasted and malty with notes of smoke, coffee and chocolate.

The body is glassy and smooth.

Overall this is a fine stout with an exceptional aroma. It's one for roasted malt fans.

Shaw, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My fiance picked this up for me.

Appearance- black color, thin tan head

Smell- sweet caramel, bit of malt

Taste- sweet caramel

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I liked it. Going to try some more. I enjoyed it thoroughly.Pretty good stout for a foreign one

jeffjeff1, May 30, 2010
Photo of jtingue
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer has an underlying meat or fish flavor, with strong caramel notes. I first tried this beer in Japan and like many of the beers I had on the trip it had an quirks that I have only experienced in Asian beers. Overall one of the more interesting beers I have had.

jtingue, May 30, 2010
Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great stout and, for me, it fits the Foreign/Export style quite well. Lion Stout pours wall to wall black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is cacao nibs, cocoa, coffee and a sharp fruitiness - apricots, strawberries, grapes - that differentiates it from most imperial stouts. The fruit notes come through in the flavor with a refreshing acidity. The beer starts sweet with cocoa and coffee and finishes with acidity and smoke. It's quite easy to drink. The creamy mouthfeel helps, as well. This beer has a lot of roasted malt character and manages also to be refreshing. Great stuff.

popery, May 30, 2010
Photo of tchenery
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks like a true stout. Pourrs a deep, deep brown (pretty much black) color. It has an off-white/tan head that leaves a nice lacing.

It smells like dark chocolate and dates or raisins. At 8% you can certainly smell the alcohol, but it blends nicely.

It tastes very soft on the palate, especially for its ABV level. I had imagined it would taste more of dark chocolate than it does, but to me it has more of a raisin, bread pudding flavor. There are coffee notes on the very very end.

It's not sweet, but it's not dry either. Very well balanced beer, especially for the amount of malts that must have been used.

tchenery, May 27, 2010
Photo of brewdub17
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice looking jet black body with light tan beige color head.

Smell: Dark chocolate smell with hues of alcohol.

Taste: Great heavy chocolate taste with strong body flavors. Makes a nice balanced blend of tastes.

Mouthfeel: Light but balanced flavor that makes for a good overall texture.

Drinkability: Great drinkability with its abundant intense flavors that collaborate into an enjoyable beer.

brewdub17, May 26, 2010
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Wine fruity with dark roasted notes. I would almost say this beer has a very quad like aroma, strange for a stout I think.

Appearance - A good level of carbonation with a big light brown head. The beer itself was a very dark color.

Taste - Smooth coffee with a slight bitterness and a touch of roast. Slightly sweet and thin tasting. Definitely refreshing for a stout but there was a slight bitter note that I felt kept getting in the way. Still a smooth stout with chocolate and coffee notes.

Notes - Thin to medium mouthfeel but a good level of carbonation. I kind of wish it had a little thicker mouthfeel.

jwhawkins81, May 23, 2010
Photo of biglite351
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark with some red at the edges. Tight medium tan lasting head

S - solid, malty, mild chocolate, inviting. A stout hug.

T - rich and complex. Not as hood as on tap (which I hope to review soon) but great. Malty, chocolate, and it changes from sip through after taste. Complex and nice.

M - good coating but only minor tingle at front sides of tongue.

D - I could drink this all night.

biglite351, May 22, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

buschbeer, May 22, 2010
Photo of EPseja
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed Lion glass from a 12oz can at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Dark, sepia brown with a creamy tight-bubbled cocoa-colored head. Very good retention and patchy, sporadic lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with background notes of raisins, soy and smoke.

T - Nicely smoky, like a slow-burning campfire. Almost burnt coffee sweetness up front followed by a slightly "stale" and mellow middle and a medium dry finish with warming alcohol and an aftertaste of charred dark fruits.

M - Thick and creamy as would be expected. Carbonation is tingly at first, but smooths out for a thick and satisfying finish.

D - A delicious choice for those who like a stout with a big, smoky character. Would also be a good find for devotees of rauchbier. Very enjoyable as a wintertime warmer, or a nightcap.

EPseja, May 18, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a can. Pours nearly black with a very thick and frothy light brown head. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate, very roasted malts, and light hops. On the palate, the flavor is fruitier, displaying prune, the chocolate is more of a milk chocolate than dark chocolate. The malts taste a little more like caramel than expected, and the hops add a nice dimension as well. On the palate, this beer is actually lighter than expected, due in large part to the heavy carbonation. The finish is not terribly long. Overall, this is a very drinkable stout.

wedgie9, May 12, 2010
Photo of divineaudio
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a snifter. no discernible freshness date.

color is a thick, opaque black with just a hint of ruby red highlights. forms a dense, foamy, light brown, 2 finger head that calms to a film pretty quickly. got some nice chunky lacing too.

smells strongly of worcestershire or soy sauce. also has some dark chocolate, dark fruit and a bit of musty, wet cardboard.

taste is dark, rich and fruity. i'm getting roasted and chocolate malts with hints of coffee and a berry like, fruity sweetness. notes of tobacco and molasses in there too before a long, bittersweet hop finish. alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. i can totally see the comparisons to a port or sherry.

mouthfeel is chewy, thick and smooth with a slight alcohol warming.

drinkability is high considering the alcohol content. i see this beer all the time and can't believe i waited this long to try it. pretty damn good, and on the cheap side for an import. i'll definitely be buying this again.

divineaudio, May 10, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I CAN't believe how many different CANned beers are available. The CANQuest began as a lark and has become an obsession. CAN you dig it?

First, this lion came roaring out of its CAN! It looked like oil from the current slick in the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of BP. The head was outrageous, demanding my immediate attention lest its deep-brown rise above the lip of the glass and spill onto my computer. Two fingers that eventually tamed themselves and sat atop the beer like a real lion on a stool. F**ing rampant animals! I despise that! This cat had a real bite on the nose. Deeply roasty with a bit of dark chocolate sweetness, if that passes for sweet for you. Color was ebony black with the light penetration of a black hole. NONE! Zee-roh! Mouthfeel was somewhat thin for a stout, but the taste was dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, my morning coffee (I am a retired US Navy sailor), and smoke. This tasted like the aftermath of a house fire smells. Wow! The finish was dry, smoky, worth seeking out. Good kitty!

woodychandler, May 09, 2010
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
89 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.