Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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3.33/5 rDev -15.3%
Poured from a bottle cold to a glass
A - 3 inches of head being the head is reddish tan. Color reminds me of Dark chocolate/coffee. Couldn't see through the glass
S - Strong hop/malt smell but at first couldn't figure out but my first guess would be like a dark chocolate or coffee.
T - Creamy taste at first but turns a little bitter, just a little! But it does turn smooth going down.
M - Creamy and smooth but full bodied
D - Good beer, one was good enough for me though. Great beer to share when your with others.
Over all not my kind of beer. This won't stop me from trying others in this class. I recommend this beer even though not my style. Someone with a more seasoned palate will appreciate this more than me.
09-22-2009 02:27:54 | More by FreshmanPour77
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
11.2 oz Bottle #32308 20:25 (not sure what this means and the lion stout website is currently under construction)
Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass
Price - $45.99/case
Appearance: Pours dark with a three finger lite tan head. Creamy and Looks delicious.
Smell: Burnt malts. Some licorice with a hint of booze.
Taste: Bitter chocolate with mocha flavor. Nice hop balance.
Mouthfeel: Well balanced not too thin, not too chewy.
Drinkability: Can drink several of these in a row without it getting too heavy or sweet. I keep this one available year round.
Pretty decent beer and the price isn't bad either. I've had their lager and didn't care for it. This is clearly the flagship for this brewery.
09-15-2009 21:53:41 | More by 05Harley
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
330ml brown bottle, laser dated '52008 17:26' (May 20 = my birthday, but I'm leery of this 'gift' 15+ months late?!?!). Picked up the bottle several weeks back on a visit to Sharp Edge Creekhouse; jumped at the chance as this is one I've never seen sold in Oregon. Poured on a cool and rainy Saturday (mid 3rdQ of the MState-JState game) to a pint glass.
A: Deep and dark, we'll say 'ebony' since some maroon-ish (Go State!) hints nudge at the sides, detracting from true blackness. Billowing pillow of khaki head, a full three fingers, that drops gradually to a thin creamy cap. Excellent lace, crisscrossed cobwebs.
S: Husky/earthy aroma of dark/burnt malt - like rich cacao and roasted coffee beans. There's sweet, mesquite-like smoke, a trace of vanilla and toffee. A little weak, but oh so 'Mmmm...'.
T: Semi-sweet chocolate fudge, a sugary coffee. Pit fruit, a dark purple grape, vanilla and big caramel/toffee. Perfect lactose, really an interesting and deeply flavorful version of the style.
M: Velvety smoothness, a creamy mouthful. Medium bodied, seems less heavy, yet a little more boozy as it warms. Some dark chocolate bitterness hangs around on the tongue.
D: I have to rank this right up there with the Guinness 'John Martin', Deep Shaft, Pelican Tsunami and Alameda Black Bear XX among the best I've enjoyed of the style. Weighs in just a little too much on the sweet side and with a not-so-hidden alcohol, but still a delicious treat I'd love to have again and will definitely recommend.
Chalk one up for Sri Lanka (#34 country on my personal list)...well done!
09-05-2009 22:31:13 | More by msubulldog25
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Very dark colour, slight reddish tinge up to the light. Thick and dense ochre head, sinks steadily but looks nice, like frozen coke. Leaves a ring of lacing at the top. Not too special. Otherwise looks great.
Smells quite sour, a lot of burnt notes, but not overly so. A hint of some unsweetened dark chocolate and roasted coffee, and a sharp hint of booziness as well. Oddly enough blends quite well, but not perfectly balanced.
Taste is quite sour. Chocolatey on the front palate, then gets a fruity, almost wheaty organic sourness to it, dark though, roasted and with a light espresso touch to it. Doesn't have a great deal of flavour, just hands out a slightly roasted malt and maybe a touch of oak as well.
Mouthfeel is not bad, very middle of the road though, not very full but certainly not thin. Leaves a little dry, not bad.
Alcohol is very well hidden and frankly I'm not sure where because there isn't really a huge flavour here, I'm very impressed. It's all well and good for American brew-bullies to bombard heavy beers with hops to disguise alcohol, but I think here they've just utilised flavour well.
Very, very drinkable overall. Possibly the most drinkable Asian beer I've ever had, in spite of being dark, and 8%.
09-03-2009 03:49:42 | More by laituegonflable
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
Pours a deep opaque black with a huge bug loosebubbled head of mocha-cream foam. Lacing is superlative. The head looks a little too much like styrofoam to my mind, but it's pretty nice.
Quite odd on the nose. Some dark roasted notes, with a really unnerving hint of weed killer. There's something sharp there - it reminds me of wandering into the garden shed. Otherwise the toasted, slightly smoky aromas are pleasant - maybe it's just a boozy hint that's putting me off, but it's certainly odd.
Deep and toasty palate, crusty and dark at the start, but mellowing to a rounded high-cocoa chocolate sweetness. The full body of the palate is rather short, but there's a single note of carbonised bitterness which lingers through the centre as the rest subsides. A hint of booze just pops up near the end. It doesn't have the complexity to be truly great, and the mouthfeel is certainly weaker than is warranted, but it's not bad all up.
A pretty pleasant stout. It certainly has a good handle on the roasted bitterness. I wish it had upped the sweetness and the body a bit, and lengthened the palate. But not bad overall.
09-02-2009 07:46:58 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
a: This was black, no highlights. It poured with a large, long lived, sticky mocha colored head. Great looking stout.
s: Chocolate cake or chocolate milk, I can't decide which. Plenty of warm, roasty malt, but no heat to speak of.
t: Gentle roasty chocolate that gets a little sweeter towards the finish. Faint coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.
m: Medium bodied with long lasting, gentle carbonation. The aftertaste is long lasting and very welcome.
d: This wasn't "big" tasting, not all that complex either. Just well made and dangerously drinkable.
08-31-2009 10:32:27 | More by DIM
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
330ml (?) bottle. marked with "52008 17:27", whatever that means. tasted in mid-may 2009.
nearly opaque, black/brown, with reddish brown on the edges under the light. 2+ finger, light to medium brown head, very slowly recedes to thin layer. great lacing, forming curtains in the latter half of the glass.
aroma: fruity esters, almost strawberry, upfront. like a fruity nougat. then dark caramel, hints of coffee and some earthy roast and hops.
taste: that fruity, vanilla nougat character again, but not necessarily sweet like the actual candy. then the roast malt, caramel, with coffee tones, and earthy hops. moderate bitterness with gentle underlying acidity. bitterness and medicinal hint can become unbalanced though, without enough malt or ester sweetness overall.
medium body, creamy at times, punctuated by acidity and astringency, peaking in the finish. moderate carbonation has tingle upfront, and helps with creaminess, but doesn't lift the astringent feel.
the fruity nougat character and medicinal off-balancing actually gets a tad distracting. this beer is ok, but i think jackson's hyping of it gives more credit than is really due.
08-29-2009 23:32:10 | More by tai4ji2x
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured a pitch black body with an intense roasted and chocolate malt smell along with a good chunk of coffee malt. Thicker, sticky full body that is both smooth and creamy while having a strong roasted/coffee malt presence so it goes down dry with a dry finish. Some sweetness from chocolate in there as well and hints of fruits (like chocolate covered cherries). ABV mostly hidden but does kick up the dry taste a little...just a great sipper that I can have anytime.
08-24-2009 15:25:58 | More by clayrock81
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
A delicious and quite drinkable higher abv stout.
A goodly amount of sticky lacing to accent the largish head. Nice.
An intoxicating blend of coffee and roasted malt in the nose. A touch of floral hoppiness.
Taste is soft with a roasted malt backbone. Sweet dark breadiness follows with a strong coffee structure. A firm dry bittering makes this one seem like an Irish stout at the finish but the superb and multilayered malt core makes it much more. Much coffee here. You could easily think the bottle came from Starbucks. The abv is discretely hidden and showcases the dryness of the brew. The feel is short of heavy with a chewiness that promotes savoring. Carbonation is mildly effervescent and well suited to healthy sipping.
Drinkability is dangerously easy. The pleasing profile can lead you to indulgent enjoyment of this one.
A great brew here. Heavy coffee structure and and dry a finish allows you to get loose in your enjoyment of this one. Watch out because it does catch up
08-22-2009 06:32:01 | More by scootny
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
330 ml bottle. Perfect pint glass.
Appearance: Pours nice and black, some light passes around the edges. The off white- light brown head looks thick and rich and fills the remainder of the glass and almost overflows-- beauty. Sadly it only lasts half the glass or so. A little thin lacing.
Smell: Roasty dark malts, sweetness, and some chocolate. Really pretty nice, not overstated, but not wanting for much.
Taste: Surprisingly good. Roasted malts with some nice bitterness and sweetness. There's notes of chocolate and coffee. Its really balanced and finishes clean.
Mouthfeel: Seems appropriately full for the style. Not thick like an imperial, but its not one. Smooth and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability: This is 8% so watch out. Would be easy to accidentally pound this. Delicious and very drinkable. Nice surprise from a foreign stout. Best beer ever from Sri Lanka-- although its the only one I've had.
08-18-2009 02:31:12 | More by rapidsequence
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass
Pours up deep opaque black with a one and a half inch dark tan head.
Aroma is chocolaty with a hint of dark fruit, raisins coming to mind. A bit of a creamy "milk stouty" sweetness and a touch of molasses and wet wood.
Taste is again quite chocolaty with some molasses flavor prominent. A hint of dark fruit in the middle, a mixture of dark cherry and raisin. Some light roasted coffee in the finish alongside a wet wood character.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite smooth and creamy.
Quite an enjoyable stout. I like the balance of sweetness and roastiness.
08-17-2009 06:45:30 | More by roadhouse
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Cool looking black can courtesy of khiasmus, thanks again!
Never thought I'd be able to drink a beer from Sri Lanka without going there.
Pours a deep black color with a big tan head.
Aromas are of brown sugars, cocoa, are other dark malt notes. Smells pretty nice.
Taste is very malt forwards, dark cocoa, brown sugars, and molasses. Beer has a nice full smooth feel, and a finish that has a hint of both alcohol warmth and a mineral hop bite.
Nice mouthfeel, full and smooth.
Very good drinkability. Nice stout, wow, this was a pleasant surprise. Tasty, but not to heavy, good stuff.
08-15-2009 05:15:38 | More by flexabull
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
Appearance: Black, enormous head.
Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted notes, a little sweet hickory bbq.
Taste: Dark fruit, mild dark chocolate, not too bitter or too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Felt light for an imperial stout (which I now see it is not), still maybe a little light for its strength.
Drinkability: The lightness almost makes it dangerously drinkable.
Saw a can of this on the singles shelf so I figured I'd check it out. I thought it was an imperial stout due to the ABV, but it definitely doesn't have as much flavor as most imperials. It is very drinkable, quite light for a 8% beer. Worth a try.
08-14-2009 16:12:56 | More by Mdog
3.43/5 rDev -12.7%
Black color with a billowing 2 finger head that camps out for a few minutes before settling to a ring. Smell is roasted malts and dark fruit. Taste is ashtray, raisins, wood, lots of hops, and coffee grounds. Would be pretty damn solid but the ash holds it back just a bit. Medium bodied, normal for the style. This beer packs a lot of flavor but it is not a good enough flavor to justify drinking at 8%. If this were 6% I would probably rate it higher since then it would be sessionable, but at this high of ABV I would rather have something else.
08-06-2009 04:09:57 | More by alcstradamus
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
This beer pours an inky black color, with a thich and fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty solid lacing.
This beer has a bittersweet chocolate aroma. I can detect some coffee also. It has a slightly caramel like aroma.
This beer tastes like it smells. Chocolatr and coffee are dominate. It has some molasses flavor to it as well.
This beer is pretty well balanced. The carbonation fits the style perfectly. It leaves a chocolatey aftertaste.
This beer would make a pretty good session beer. The flavor is great, and so smooth. The 8% ABV might be a problem though.
Overall: This beer was much better than I expected. I enjoyed it a lot. I would have it again.
08-06-2009 00:13:42 | More by OStrungT
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my branded Lion beer glass.
Big brown head rises up from the pour. Decent head retention. The body of the beer is, of course, black. Smell is loaded with coffee and chocolate. The taste has the coffee and chocolatey elements of the smell. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking, but a thinner body icreases the drinkability.
08-05-2009 04:48:20 | More by BierFan
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.
A= At fridge temp, this stout poured a deep dark black (no light was getting through this beauty) with a 2.5" foamy tan head. After letting the glass sit for a good 10 minutes, the head dropped to a ¼" cap that retained well. Incredible sticky lacing clung to my glass all the way down.
S= A nice blend of sweet and roasty-bitter aromas here. The sweetness was reminiscent of raisins, molasses, and chocolate. The rest of the smell was made up of dark roasty malts, coffee, and maybe a hint of chickory.
T= This tasted like a highly sweetened and carbonated café au lait coffee. Lactose sugar, milk chocolate, and treacle came first, followed by some roasted grain and dark chocolate bitterness. There was a complex yet subtle array of ripe dark fruit and earthiness running all through the middle of this beer. Finish was more sweet than bitter, though the roasted grain notes did linger on to the aftertaste.
MF= Heavy body with just a moderate carbonation level. Felt slick and tongue-coating in the mouth.
D= This was a very interesting and delicious beer. The ABV is really well hidden and is not a factor at all. If you are into sweet stouts, this is very sessionable in my opinion.
08-03-2009 16:42:49 | More by spointon
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
A - Poured into an oversized red wine glass. Slow rising rich tan head. Very smooth, with a fluffy characteristic. Lingered for a bit before dissipating to a thin film - minimal lacing. Extra points for the nitro like pour.
S - Very inviting and complex, yet simple and smooth; tons of dark fruit, chocolate, a little coffee/mocha too.
T - Roasted malts. Lots of roasted malts that blend nicely to create a smooth chocolate flavor with underlying dark fruits. Raisins, dates; a great finish with a slight caramel bitterness.
M - Smooth. Have I mentioned smooth anywhere else?! Fairly light mouthfeel for the style and alcohol. Overall a very creamy feel that matches the looks of the pour.
D - Great beer overall. A soild stout that lives up to the style. Could drink a couple in a row, but the roasty presence and warming alcohol as it warms keeps it as a nice sipper. Though the smoothness may lead you elsewhere....
07-30-2009 05:37:32 | More by Crayz
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
Produced about four finger thick dark tan head. Body is pitch black with slight reddish hues on the edge of the glass.
Aroma is very sweet, chocolaty, and a blend of sour fruit with coffee.
The taste is dominated by chocolate and coffee character.
Feels chalky but creamy, leaves the palate wet with no alcohol warmness detected.
Decently drinkable, with it wetting to the palate. A bit too sweet for my taste, and could use a little smokier profile.
07-27-2009 17:53:45 | More by TheSarge
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
An enormous, four fingers of creamy, dark mocha head builds and turns rocky while it deposits sticky lace, eventually settling over a jet black ale.
Exceptionally sweet wheat bread soaked in molasses. There is a hint of rising dough, prunes and toffee detected as it warms.
A sweetness dominates this brew with only a hint of bitterness. Bittersweet chocolate is surprisingly accompanied by grapes just before a quick, subtle finish.
Lion Stout has a light to medium body and creamy texture. Its soft carbonation and touch of alcohol add a pleasant character.
The excessive sweetness may hold this one back, but so what. This is a treat to be savored. I imagine ice cream would quickly fall in love with this lion.
07-26-2009 02:00:36 | More by SLeffler27
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Had on tap 7/18 at The Dirty Truth
This beer pours a nice dark brown with a one finger soapy/sudsy dark tan head with phenomenal retention. Thick, solid, sheets of lacing coat the glass the entire way down. Nose is of fruitiness at the beginning - some raisin and date notes, bitter chocolate, a touch of vanilla, and very mild hint of alcohol. Taste is much inline with the nose - starts of with some molasses and caramel malts at first and then moves to a bitter chocolate and coffee flavoring and just a touch of smokey flavoring, the end finishes with some fruitiness most detectable is the mild raisin flavoring. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation with a bone dry finish to it. Mouthfeel is very nice...lively but not abrasive, with a medium body and lightly dry finish. This is a really well balanced beer, one that with a lower ABV would be worthy of sitting with for a night.
07-25-2009 02:47:26 | More by Jayli
3.28/5 rDev -16.5%
A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Has a thick brown head that slowly disappates. No light can be seen through it
S- Has the typical toasty stout smell, but lacks the chocolate or mocha overtones
T- Has the burnt stout taste with an ever so little hint of chocolate. Little detection of the slightly higher abv
M- Actually feels a bit watered down... less chewy than other chocolate stouts
D- Would drink another, but if there was other options... I would try something else
07-10-2009 01:27:52 | More by bbeane
3.93/5 rDev 0%
A - Three fingers of medium brown head on an opaque black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.
S - Sweet chocolate malt with some toffee, caramel, and just a hint of roasted character. Some smoky notes in the background.
T - Lots of caramel and chocolate up front and some light, mocha coffee notes in the middle. Moderate malt bitterness in the finish with some hop flavor and fruity black cherry notes.
M - Moderately thick, oily body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - This is a very sweet beer with intense, fruity caramel character that does not lend itself to great drinkability. It is nonetheless an interesting beer and a good example of a relatively rare style.
07-09-2009 06:42:33 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours an amber, slightly ruddy black. Big creamy tan head. Looks pretty good.
Smells like roasted malt, a bit, just a bit, of chocolate, and an interesting floral, earthy, mustiness. Unique. Exotic.
Taste is roasted malt, a bit of acrid, sour earthiness that provides a strange twang, and some chocolate. Not much coffee presence. Hmm. It's a good stout, but I'm not sure it's worth the "best stout/porter for the money" hype I hear periodically. Zywiec, Okocim, Stockyard Oatmeal Stout, and Sierra Stout offer a better value.
But, it's a good stout. Drinkable, pleasant. Creamy mouthfeel.
07-08-2009 07:12:44 | More by Overlord
4/5 rDev +1.8%
A - Pours an opaque very dark brown/almost black hue that just barely shows a dark reddish-brown at the edges when held up to light. About two fingers of tan head that descends pretty quickly, but leaves a nice coating on top throughout drinking. Pretty minimal lacing.
S - Sweet, roasted, malty aromas dominate, with hints of chocolate, coffee, and maybe a bit of dark fruit.
T - Pretty similar to the aroma. Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate tones most prevalent. Somewhat sweet flavors of dark fruits are also present. Slightly bitter coffee flavor lingers on the tongue after sipping.
M - On the lighter side of the full-bodied spectrum, with a fairly creamy mouthfeel, definitely not the thickest stout I've tried. Pretty light carbonation.
D - Quite a good stout overall. Has a nice combination of flavors and doesn't way you down too much with extreme heaviness. I could definitely see myself trying this one again.
06-29-2009 03:41:25 | More by GarrisWH
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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