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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,395 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,395
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 47
Gots: 54 | 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 Overlord
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Overlord, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +2%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this is a solid and drinkable stout. I generally don't expect much from export stouts, but this one is good.
Dark black with a big cake-like head.
Smells of unsweetened chocolate, molasses, caramel, and noticeable alcohol.
Tastes sweet and malty to start, but rounds out nicely in the end. Some roasted coffee/mocha. Alcohol is present, but well blended.
Mouthfeel is smooth and full with nice carbonation.
I'm not jumping out of my chair, but I can't find much wrong with this beer. Worth a look.

Hoagie1973, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of Brew33
4/5  rDev +2%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of maddamish
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highlights:

Smell: Butterscotch and malt.

Taste: This is a solid stout. Notes include Coffee and malt. But this stout is very smooth and absent of any bitterness at all.

Ap: This was a good looking stout. The head wasn't creamy enough to make it great.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of body.

Notes: Not a bad little stout. There are much better out there but this one is by no means a disappointment.

maddamish, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of fonts30290
4/5  rDev +2%

fonts30290, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of CorgiDad
4/5  rDev +2%

CorgiDad, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours absolutely pitch black with almost two fingers of fairly long lasting light brown head that leaves sporadic lacing. Good aroma, roasted barley which is quickly joined by a pleasant sweetness are dominant but dark fruits and molasses linger in the background, slightly vinous. Taste is initially sweet but then quickly dries out. The dryness is produced by roasted grains, which are ever so slightly burnt. There is some fruitiness here as well as some light molasses that jumps out just after the dryness appears. The fruitiness lingers into the aftertaste, after the dryness has disappeared. In the late aftertaste the roastyness reappears. Not much bitterness to speak of, seems like its more from the roasted grains rather than any hops. Good mouthfeel, medium-heavy body with medium carbonation and a smooth, slightly creamy feel to it. Drinkability is good, alcohol hides its presence quite well. Overall an enjoyable stout that has a good bit of complexity to it. To experience this beer in its full glory I suggest serving this at the higher end of the recommended temperature range, this will bring out the wonderful fruitiness that makes this beer so enjoyable.

mnj21655, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of aahynick
4/5  rDev +2%
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 nickdank
4/5  rDev +2%

nickdank, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Matthew1788
4/5  rDev +2%

Matthew1788, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev +2%

KrisDLSmith, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Razalyn
4/5  rDev +2%

Razalyn, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of vvlebedev
4/5  rDev +2%

vvlebedev, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +2%

mrfrancis, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of ajfrantz
4/5  rDev +2%

ajfrantz, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

A: Pours a creamy liquid which is black as oil. Forms a medium creamy beige head. Medium retention and some thin, spotty and molasses lacings. Some brown particles cab be seen in the bottom of chocolate

S: Great smell of roasted malts. Notes of dark chocolate, chocolate malts, flowery hops and some earthy notes in the end. Alcohol is perfectly hidden

T: Slightly sweet and quite roasted upfront. Strong notes of dark chocolate and chocolate malts. In overall, taste is crispy and dry. Good medium bitterness

M: Heavy and creamy body. Medium carbonation. Roasty and earthy aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Excellent Foreign Stout. Big surprise

eduardolinhalis, May 10, 2014
Photo of PorterLambic
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a a great waterfall, big fluffy head, nice retention and lacing to start though it fades after time. Near black with a dark tan head.
Smell is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoked beef. Well balanced.
Taste is notes of toasted malt, coffee, alcohol (whiskey?) and smoke.
Slightly watery with a dry finish, a la Guinness. Medium effervescence . Nice warming alcohol bloom. Relatively rich for a weak body. Smoothish and flavorful. Quiite quaffable in a way that an Imp. stout would not be because it isn't a meal, more of a companion to one or even as a sessionable beer despite the 8% ABV. Drink it a little slower.

PorterLambic, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of JayKay412
4/5  rDev +2%

JayKay412, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of malcontent
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful black body topped with a full tan head and perfect lacing. Looks better than i remember.

Chocolate dominates the nose with toasty accents to compliment the sweet malt.

Only subtle chocolate with a larger role played here by the toasted flavor and some nuttiness (and just a little sourness) on the finish.

There's actually a bit of a thin feel for something that seems like it should have a motor oil consistancy. Also a bit more carbonation than I want from a stout with an ABV of 8%.

You know, it's not perfect but it tastes good and I'd gladly have another. A beer that represents South Asia like none other I've tried.

malcontent, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of jwps214
4/5  rDev +2%

jwps214, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Poupae
4/5  rDev +2%

Poupae, Jul 26, 2013
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.