Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,506 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 59
Gots: 87 | 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

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Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ebony with an attractive camel head. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Colour is dark as midnight. Smells like a good stout should. Roasty malts, coffee, prunes, and hints of Belgian chocolate. Mouthful is a rewarding combo of thick and creamy perfection.

Taste is more complex than the nose, as dried fruits(prunes and raisins) and a touch of hops make their entrance. Very satisfying from start to finish.

Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, had a bunch of these and advertised the Michael Jackson accolades. The Vintage Cellar also posts the Top 50 BA ratings, and had a few Westy 12's when I stoppee by. I'll review the Westy later.

Lion Stout is a worthy concoction. Thoroughly enjoyable and English in character. Deserving of its praise.

Photo of adsomers
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went from having a dismissive attitude about this beer to considering it a favorite. That it is so cheap and accessible is a welcome bonus.

I'll skip the detailed review and just say that it ain't your everyday stout. It has.a fruity sweetness to it but is not overly rich. There's a sight tartness to it that make it quite refreshing IMO. The head is creamy and leaves a nice lace. Most of all, this beer is digestible, like a good abbey or Trappist ale.

Highly recommended but leave yuor expectations at the door.

Photo of Greg_MacLeod
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown to black color with thick caramel colored foam.

Sweet toasty malt smell.

There are a lot of different flavors going on in this beer. It starts out with a carmel / chocolate / fruity sweetness, lots of malt grain flavor, and just enough bitter coffee and hops flavor for a great finish. Every sip is a treat.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Well suited for a stout.

Overall this is one of my absolute favorite stouts. It has great flavor and wonderful drinkability. A single serving of this will cost you a small fortune where I live in Thailand, but it is a fortune well spent.

Photo of BDTyre
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice find from Bottleworks in Seattle. 625ml bottle. Coal black with a sturdy brown head that took up nearly 3/4 of my Lion tulip glass. This one needs a slow, gentle pour. Does not give off a cola-like appearance I've found in other export stouts.

Decent stout smell. Roasted malts, traces of chocolate and mocha. Slightly sweet wine smell. Not nearly as sweet as Dragon Stout, and much more in-line with what I expect from any stout.

Taste wise, this does not disappoint. Rich roasted malt flavour, with a good dose of dark chocolate and hints of black coffee. Lacks the sweet cola notes of Dragon; again, this is more what I expected from an export stout. No traces of alcohol.

Great mouthfeel; good, thick body with minimal carbonation. Easy to drink, even from this size of bottle. A nice rich export stout. I look forward to having more of this in the future.

Photo of thepeter
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my favorite Stouts hands down for quite a while. Pours a lamost pitch black with a thich dense tan head leaving velvety lacing and a thin remnance of a head. Aromas of Roasted barley dominate, coffee and cocoa come up big and, nut, raisin, and alcohol round it out a bit as well. Taste also sees a lot of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. The chocolate is there but it is a dry cocoa taste and the sweetness seems to be a bit of dark fruit. The aftertaste is perfect. Dry and clean, and the alcohol is not very noticable.
This beer feels great in my mouth perfect bubbles that coat the tongue and clense the palate. A great Beer to pair with dessert (making my store bought vanilla cookies 10 time better!) For the style I think it is one of, if not the most drinkable example. I am very glad to be able to find this easily once again.

Photo of starsbleedblue
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a-jet black in color with a thick caramel colored head
s- very sweet smelling, like a malty mocha with some vanilla notes
t- super rich espresso and chocolate... its like dessert in a bottle:)
m- thick, creamy, and velvety smooth
d- this is already one of my favorites so ill definitely be having it again

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black into the pub pint glass, with a surprising amount of fizzy carbonation. So, far, not like any stout I've had before. Got a good two and a half inches of mocha head, almost to the point of overflowing the lip of the glass. Head died quickly, leaving some spotty lacing and a thin film.

The most immediate aroma is booze. Subsequent sniffs reveal roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, but the booze is still there.

The taste is another surprise. Smooth, not harsh as the smell would indicate. Silky, but a little watery mouthfeel. I get burnt coffee and malt on the tongue, with a booze bite on the finish. Not harsh, though. Settled on smooth: taste and feel.

The high ABV is noticed halfway through.

This one comes highly recommended by a few folks, and the guy at the bottleshop offered to buy it back if I didn't like it. They were all correct. This one should be on the must-have list for anyone who's a fan of stouts.

Photo of DerekP
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as expected with brown floaties (such a poor choice of words, I know) that tell me this brew is left unfiltered. A creamy, tan head sits atop and looks delicious. Remarkable lacing does its thing from the pour.

Smells rich with dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee beans and alcohol. Dried prunes & figs (smell is outstanding).

Taste embodies characteristics in the smell with a smoky, burnt contour; so rich. Warmth from the alcohol (8.8% ABV). Oily hops brighten the taste & lighten up the taste buds. I welcome the creamy, heavy body. The flavors allow an otherwise mild swiss cheese to expose its better attributes. I can't get enough of the smoky, burnt aspect to this brew. It even washes down smoothly.

If someone can think of a negative remark in regards to this stout's quality, I'm all ears, but I certainly won't be jotting anything down. Simply outstanding.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Nice pour produced an inch of mocha head with a nice pitch black color beer. Was pleased to see this beers carbonation.

S - Smells of coffee, chocolates, mild dark fruits, a bit of warming alcohol and licorice but very mild licorice

T - Wow that's pretty creamy! The taste of mostly of coffee and licorice. Very little coffee maybe little than 20% coca but the ABV is well rounded producing very little ABV burn which is a sigh of relief!

M - Medium to heavy. Still a sipper but well covered.

D - I liked it. Came off more like a porter but it was a stout which makes it very drinkable. Beer was smooth and ABV was well concealed which I also love. Try this beer if you can!

Photo of abents
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with HUGE tan head that's real chunky. Laces glass real well, it looks amazing. Smells of coffee, chocolates, and alcohol. Nose is pretty big. Tastes of big roasted malts that leads to a nice alochol warming, but finish stops pretty quick with no real lingering alcohol you get in most big stouts. Tastes noted include: bitter chocolates, coffee, and fruits. Nice dry finish that makes this a very drinkable stout. Moderate carbonation with nice warming quality to it. Great beer can't drink a lot of them, but this is a nice last beer before bed kinda thing. Great brew, will have again and again.

Photo of Greggy
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a fluffy tan 1 finger head into my large snifter. The body is pitch black and cannot be seen through. As the head recedes, it leaves some nice lacing.

S- Notes of lactose, roasted grains, chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, a slight whiff of alcohol, slight vanilla and cream.

T- Starts off with a big mouthfeel then moves into a silky smooth transition of sweet cream, then finally moves into a nice long dry chocolate and hop finish.

M- Very large mouthfeel on this one and silky smooth at that.

D- 8% is hidden very well in this one. It definitely can only slightly be detected in the nose, but nothing else. I can see having this again in the future.

Photo of Casey_Butt
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I was surprised at how good this is - it's become my favourite stout. Nice, balanced stout in the British tradition. Rich and smooth with just enough bite to cut through and balance out the body. Roasted malt and dark chocolate taste with a hint of coffee and maybe raisins. 8.8% alcohol, but no alcoholic taste. A little thin, I think due to a bit too much carbonation, but not a major complaint.

Very nice. I hope it becomes more widely available because it's my go-to stout now.

Photo of schoolboy
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very surprised by this stout. I thought it wouldn't be very good and instead is was very tasty. There is nothing rude, harsh or nasty in this stout, making it nearly as drinkable as a creamy Guinness with a completely different vibe. It exudes great taste. complexity and a lingering goodness are what you get with this great drink. I need to buy it again!

Photo of kbutler1
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers that I have enjoyed for a number of years!
Appearance: Pours a deep black color with a coffee colored head
Smell: Sweet but I picked up a little hint of smoke as well
Taste: More mild than other strong stouts I have had before. Some sweet characteristics come through from start to finish
Mouthfeel: To me, it has a great mouthfeel, being not too light and not too heavy
Drinkability: Well, being 8%, I'm not sure how many I could drink in a row, but the alcohol is delivered very smoothly and not overpowering.

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - As ferocious as its label, Lion Stout (I always want to say "Lion's"), pours an active black, with a 2" head that matches the lion's ... er ... lion mane. Good lacing and retention.

S - I smell chocolate. I smell black patent

T - I taste chocolate. Plus a sweet burst of alcohol, that warms you in the finish. 8% ABV. This is a bold stout Sri Lanka.

M - Nice light carbonation for a stout. Very clean.

D - If you like your stouts with a little punch, then look no further.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 625ml bottle into a chalice.
A - Poured super dense black with beautiful tan head that stays stacked up. Nice lacing.
S - Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit.
T - Dark fruit, rich dark malt with a nice chocolate aftertaste.
M/F - Thick and smooth. It is creamy with very nice carbonation and subtle.
D - It's great - a very nice stout to sip.

Photo of stumac
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sri Lanka! scored this off a bum after i beat his ass.

A - so black as night. very eye appealing. brown head. nice and thick.

S - roasted malt, cocoa

T - delectable. roasted malts and cocoa powder for sure. but the immediate taste is cherries or some other light red fruit such as cranberries. subtle vanilla. light spicyness from the subtle alcohol warmth.

MF - about as full bodied as you can get without being syrupy. smoothe. pretty low to medium carbonation.

all in all, a damn good stout.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours pitch black with brown highlights. The head is brown, unbelieveably huge (three fingers tall), and laces the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma is chocolate, roasted, and coffee. There is an ever so slight sourness to the aroma.

The flavor is chocolate, roasted, and once again coffee. The flavor has a slight sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. The beer is full bodied. The finish dries out into coffee and chocolate.

Wow, I had no idea this was a stout with a higher alcohol content! Great beer!

12 ounce bottle.

Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from super sturdy 330ml bottle to a jet black color with a 4 fingers+ milkshake-like dark tan head. Good head retention and slight lacing

Smell: Frutiness, chocolate notes, licorice, some grainy notes as the beer warms. Slight alcohol, roasted malts, & ever so slight sour taste (that works) in the finish

MF: slight oilyness, some prickyness. that detracts. Good carbonation levels

Prettydrinkable: Makes me think baltic porter. Easily one of the best beers from the southern hemisphere I know of, only a few aussies could challenge

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a huge, 2.5 inch head, that descends quickly, leaving the typical ample dry stout/export stout lacing.

Smells sweet and creamy, if that makes sense- some mocha and vanilla flavors, along with typical roasted malt aromas.

As I move towards the taste, I begin to appreciate how much of a gem this one is. I’d have no problem sucking this one down all the time if I lived in Sri Lanka. Insanely creamy flavor, tons of rich milk chocolate flavors, some mocha cream flavors, vanilla, roasted malt, licorice, and mild dark fruit flavors. Just everything I want in a stout, really.

This one has medium-strength body, leaning closer to heavy, actually. Really creamy, fluffy mouthfeel on it, no alcohol present. Really, really drinkable.

An absolutely excellent export stout. I could drink a ton of this and be really happy.

Photo of sleepingbear
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chocolate City meets the Pacific.

I must admit I had a slew of predispositions about this beer.
I was thinking a Sri Lankan brew, really?

After watching the rolling, silky, fat-girl-in-satin-nightie pour- the first taste coaxed me into submission until I was lapping at the lion's paw.

A beautiful soft, round mouth feel is accented with rich, delicately sweet notes of cacao and coffee muted with a beautiful slightly sweet finish.

There’s something about a beer with a purpose that turns me on.
I mean anytime I eat any coconut curry (Indian or Thai) I will either be drinking this beer or thinking about drinking this beer. The Lion Stout even at room temperature is absolute fantastic combination with all hot curries dishes. This will be in attendance in the cellar for its occasions.

*side note: This brewery stopped brewing its beer to bottle water for victims of the tsunami.

Viva Lion!

Photo of BeerDocT
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I just complained about the stout classifications and here I am reviewing a "Foreign/ Export Stout." A stout's a stout IMHO and this brew proves that aphorism.

Poured from a bottle into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Foamed up to a nice head; over a half inch and a beautiful khaki colored head at that. The color of this stout is black, yes, but is a more clear black than some other stouts. Less "inky black" and more of a gem-like color. A beauty.

-Smell 4.5: Wow! Big, delicious bouquet. Notes of chocolate, brown sugar, toasted cereals...this baby SMELLS like a stout should!

-Taste 4.5: First tastes are semi-sweet chocolate and concentrated barley. This is followed by a big wave of cool liquid. The aftertaste is wonderful and very strong: smoky, chocolaty...just delicious. This is one of those beers that makes you taste it again and again to find other flavor levels and different nuances. Just delicious.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: This is a bottle-conditioned ale; "Beer Hunter" Michael Jackson's picture on the back label told me so! Mouthfeel is good but not great: a bit too much carbonation. This is, however, just a nitpick. Kind of like noticing a piece of lint on the Crown Jewels of England.

-Overall 4.5: Excellent stout. This beer could stand toe to toe with the best beers in the world and come out on top. This stout is refreshing, warming and demonstrates a quality of brewing at each and every level. Its high ABV (8.8%) is completely unnoticeable in the taste, so be aware.

I paid $10.99 for a six pack of these at the Lotte/ Assi Plaza in Atlanta. Good of the ol' Beer Hunter Mr. Jackson to appear on this beer, as it is a magnificent brew. Worthy of the name "Lion." Highly recommended.

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle to nonic pint
NFD

A: Pours a thick oil-like black with a 4-finger frothy dark mocha head that was retained moderately well leaving thin lace down the first half of the glass.

S: Chocolate and bitter coffee with dark fruit esters.

T: Sweet roasted malt with a nice warming finish. Bitter coffee linger with raisiny esters upfront. A clean stout flavor.

M: Chewy and smooth. Well-rounded feel with good carbonation to provide a fuller body.

D: Absolutely delicious says my notes and my memory. A great balance between roasted malt and fruity esters.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark milk chocolate appearance especially in the color with a descent size mocha head leaving a sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Stout mocha aroma with a dense chocolate or cocoa bean smell kicking in.

T: Dark sweet chocolate and peppermint with light coffee flavors in the aftertaste kinda reminded me of irish cream with chocolate.

M/D: Did not have a heavy feel like most stouts but did leave your mouth very dry. It was very drinkable and I would highly recommend this stout although it is not my favorite.

Photo of orfeu
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 17-ounce snifter at cellar temp (~50 deg. F). Black-coffee dark brown with a rather substantial creamy and crater-pocked dark-tan head. Black cherry and dried fig aromas mix with a pronounced boozy scent. Fruit aromas lighten up and reveal fresh fig and roasty chocolate aspects. Interesting and complex. Black roasted malt flavor up front, becoming dark booze-soaked cherries and prunes. Dry, astringent alcohol presence in both taste and mouthfeel; chocolate and dark-roasted coffee at the finish. Vinous berry flavors in the aftertaste. Some definitely noticeable alcohol sharpness on the palate -- jarring at first, but then it cedes to a smoother, almost (but not quite) silky slickness. Actually, the alcohol seems to meld pretty well with the other flavors, tying them together with a dry oakiness, all while remaining distinct and apparent. Hmmm; root beer flavors in the burps!(?) In all, Lion Stout makes me think -- if it is at all representative of the style -- that Foreign/Export Stouts are akin to "junior" Russian Imperial Stouts -- sort of a "warm up" to those larger, more over-the-top relations. In any case, very drinkable. Secure recommendation.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.