Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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2.3/5 rDev -41.5%
11.2 oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pours very black, and looks fairly viscous. About a finger an a half of brown head which dissipates somewhat quickly. Looks like a nice stout.
S: Here's where the trouble starts. Smell is quite strange. Somewhere between skunky and slightly sour. Highly grainy. Not good.
T: Grainy, with a bad lactic sourness in there. Pretty weak roasted flavor. Some dark fruit, dates. Crappy, highly tannic coffee on the finish.
M: Might not have been bad here if it wasn't for the high astringency.
O: Not pleasant. Drainpour. Big disappointment. Pricepoint is the only reason behind the 2.5 here. Really sad I bought two bottles.
10-23-2012 03:00:10 | More by CMUbrew
2.33/5 rDev -40.7%
Consumed May 3rd, 2012 at The Tin Cow, Pensacola, FL. Poured into a pint glass.
Extremely dark brown with a finger-high mocha colored head.
Aroma is a little on the red grape tip with some subtle roasted malts.
Flavor is a mess. Chalky, thin, weird. Red grapes, weak, lightly roasted malts, mineral notes. Low bitterness.
Unremarkable mouthfeel, save for the chalky, chewy bit.
Think I'll take a pass on this one next time I see it.
06-13-2012 05:15:36 | More by charlzm
2.38/5 rDev -39.4%
Had this beer at a cookout this last weekend. Someone knew I liked stouts, so they grabbed this for me. Poured it into a mug. Pours a thick oil-like black with a large tan head on top. Very good retention; left lots of sticky lace clinging to the glass. Scents of dark fruits, milk chocolate, and some roasted malts.
The body was pretty wet and slick. I expected more here. Too watery. The taste was not doing it for me. Some sourness present reminded me of some milk stouts. Other flavors noted were grape, and faint chocolate notes. Nothing standout here. I couldn't even finish this one. Something about it just wasn't pleasant. I'll pass on this one.
04-12-2010 13:16:34 | More by Onenote81
2.45/5 rDev -37.7%
Much less a lion, and much more a feral cat.
A ruby shade of blackness, with a skinny tan edge.
Aromas mirroring the inside of of a raisin box. Cardboard, wax, and stale dark fruits.
Astonishes the mouth with its lack of flavor, especially decent flavor. Slightly roasted with faint chocolate covered prunes. Rummed coffee towards the back of the throat. Some oxidization, wet paper, and building vinegar sourness to round this out.
Not exciting in the least, actually, not even pleasant.
03-05-2003 22:22:13 | More by cokes
2.45/5 rDev -37.7%
I enjoyed this beer while playing cards at a friend's house. From bottle to pint glass.
Appearance: Nice and dark, but with no head.
Smell: Chocolate and malt.
Taste: Too bitter with a really bad metallic taste. I felt like I was eating tin foil.
Mouthfeel: - thick-bodied.
Drinkability: I'm guessing the metal taste was only part of tihs bad batch we had. Would try it again, but am not holding out hope.
01-26-2008 16:06:02 | More by nsmartell
2.53/5 rDev -35.6%
12oz bottle from the Wienhous (Asheville, NC). $2.69. No bottling info. Poured into a snifter.
Near black with 1/2 finger tan head. Almost zero lacing.
Dates and figs with a hint of bakers chocolate. Overall a bit sweet.
Sweet dark fruit and mild chocolate. There's a little roast/smokeyness in there. I can taste the alcohol too- I wasn't expecting that, seeing as the abv isn't that high at all. All around flat.
Medium bodied. Heavier carbonation that is really necessary. Dry finish.
Meh. As far as I'm concerned, Sri Lanka can keep it. It's not awful but I'll never look for it again. There are too many other worthwhile stouts out there to waste any more time/money on this.
01-30-2012 06:11:46 | More by ThickNStout
2.53/5 rDev -35.6%
Appearance: A deep dark brown color with a full, foamy, tan head (low retention. Aroma is dull and muted: Roasty and chocolaty with a light hop presence. Metallic notes. Flavor: sweet start with a dominant roasted taste, chocolaty, and a lightly dry and metallic finish. Palate: medium bodied and creamy with low co2. This beer seems to have under utilized the assets of the ingredients. Not a bad beer, but not well balanced and not memorable.
10-28-2004 22:06:44 | More by SeanChouffe
2.55/5 rDev -35.1%
Paid $1.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle from City Beer Store in San Francisco.
One inch tan head after an aggressive pour. Moderate head retention for a stout. Some lacing that slowly disappears. Black color.
Smells of breads, alcohol, sweet and roasted malts and some yeast esters.
Tastes a bit over-roasted. Alcohol is present.
Thick and moderately creamy. Little carbonation. Full bodied. Not the easiest to drink.
Not a fan.
07-24-2008 01:19:29 | More by ibbjamin
2.55/5 rDev -35.1%
A: Dark brown-black appearance with thick dark head. Head lingers for a short time not as long as many I have seen
S: Somewhat chocolaty with hits of coffee, rather bland, nothing exceptional but still decent.
T: Hints of chocolate and hints of coffee, more bitter than what I would expect of a stout, slight hoppiness that is hard to notice at first.
M: Thick mouthfeel with strong taste of alcohol, the 8% alcohol comes out strongly, not covered up well by beer itself.
D: The 22 oz. bottle I drank it from was enough for me, after finishing to bottle was full and had little desire to drink the other beer I had bought for the night.
03-26-2010 02:55:18 | More by Spiekerbox
2.68/5 rDev -31.8%
330 mL can poured into a snifter. This can has been in my fridge for about 3 years.
Appearance - Black with a decent pale khaki head. Thick collar.
Smell - Roasted malt and some cardboard. Lots of caramel.
Taste - Sweet up front with some sherry like oxidation. Cardboardy bitterness builds. Less roast than I was hoping for. Much more caramel.
Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Pretty sweet, but not enough to back it up.
Overall - Well this is too old, but besides the oxidation, it still tastes like regular Lion Stout.
10-19-2013 00:08:33 | More by Alieniloquium
2.83/5 rDev -28%
a-extremly dark and black, not brown a black color, thick head and overall a very thick beer.
s-a dull chocolate smell, like a old chocolate that has been sitting at your grandparents house and is still there because your scared to try it, beause of how old it possible could be.
t-a bitter taste with a bad after taste, maybe its the alc. content in the beer, but i guess with the dull smell comes the dull taste, my beer is alittle chilled, i waited for 10 mins after I took it out of the frig, but i cannot image this beer warm, or any warmer than i have, maybe some hidden taste?
m- extremly thick, i like that it is thick and lingers in the mouth for some time, but because of the taste of it, it makes it worse.
d-I will not have this beer, again, i rate it average just because it prob tastes a lot better where consumed in the country of origin, Sri Lanka
01-09-2008 02:48:52 | More by getch
2.88/5 rDev -26.7%
330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on jul´11. Pours pitch black in color. Tan froth creates a creamy lasting & thick crown. Ripe grapes, raisins & hints of chocolate to the nose. Flavors & mouthfeel are dominated by a heavy sweetness. Quite cloying sensation.
04-17-2012 17:55:53 | More by GONZALOYANNA
2.88/5 rDev -26.7%
Hadn't seen this stout before so I thought I'd give it a try.
A- Oil black with a small light tan head that dissipates to just a film.
S- Coffee, dried fruit, and very small amount of bitter chocolate.
T- Was not impressed. Burnt coffee fading into dried fruit which then becomes incredibly tanic and sour. Not a fan.
M- Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, decent mouthfeel for the genre.
D- If you like the taste I imagine the drinkability would be ok. Unlike many other stouts the 8% ABV definitely shows.
Other BA's seem to like this brew, I, on the other hand did not. Maybe my taste buds are not sophisticated enough lol. For $7 a 6-pack, give it a try and see what you think.
09-02-2008 04:26:36 | More by JBuff41413
2.88/5 rDev -26.7%
As black as black gets. Completely eclipses any light on the other side of it. No color glow on the edges. I poured a 625 ml bottle into a tulip glass that produced a two-finger head that appeared as a thick and frothy tan. There is some pretty ringed lacing.
Pleasantly rustic, and a bit musty, but sweet with a strong mocha presence. The former is due to some spicey dark fruit notes and a little smokiness. The smell of alcohol is noticeable.
Interesting...I can't tell what kind of stout it's trying to be. The coffee/mocha aroma doesn't really translate through in the taste that much. There's a molasses sweetness that fades into a finish of bitter, dark roasted grain. There's even something else there at the end that just tastes foreign. Maybe it's that spice that I smelled. I know Sri Lanka is a mecca for spices.
A bit on the flat side, and finished wet and long.
I wouldn't drink more than one bottle, nor would I buy it again. But I enjoyed the bottle I had enough.
This beer looks and smells better than it tastes. But I felt that I would have enjoyed it more if I had a smokey aged cheese and artisan bread to go with it. It needs an edible companion.
04-11-2009 03:30:39 | More by jbertsch
2.9/5 rDev -26.2%
This beer poured out an almost opaque black with slight tints of a deep ruby coming through when put up to a light. The head was impressive, rich and a dark tan color. The aroma is alcohol, caramel and heavy sweet malts. The taste was strong in alcohol, bitter roastiness with an astringent aftertaste. It's a complex tasting
stout, but the flavor misses the mark for me - although I do prefer dry rather than sweet stouts in general. Not bad.
04-01-2003 19:10:41 | More by pezoids
2.93/5 rDev -25.4%
Pours a nice dark walnut with a decent head. The head is short-lived and leaves no lace.
Sweet, roasted nose with coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee and dark chocolate are also present in the taste, along with some toastiness. The beer is a little too sweet up front, but has a decently bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is confused, with sweet syrupiness followed by thinness.
Passable, but there are more enjoyable stouts to be had.
11-11-2006 21:03:13 | More by TerryW
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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