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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,326 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,326
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 42 | 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 ghostwalker
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

330ml bottle serving, poured into a tulip glass.

Completely opaque black body. Huge tan head that lasts and lasts, finally leaving beautiful lacing. (Warning: Don't pour too fast, I should have used my Duvel glass). Perfect appearance.

Smell is very intensely roasted malt with plenty of flavor highlights. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, this stuff has a little bit of everything going on. Also a sour note in the nose, not a bad smell, just a little different.

Flavor is very rich and complex. The roasted malt jumps right up and hits you in the palate. Sweet and chocolatey, with coffee notes in the finish. Some dark fruit presence as well in the aftertaste. The 8% ABV is not noticeable to me, other than a slight warming effect.

Mouthfeel is medium-rich and somewhat chewy.

Drinkability is pretty good overall. More than a couple would quickly be overwhelming to the palate, but I really enjoyed this one!

ghostwalker, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a lovely brown-black, with a healthy layer of tan frothy head. The smell holds fragments of chocolate, molasses, prunes, figs, and espresso. The taste starts off with a chocolatey maltiness, but then progesses into those figs, plums, and currants, finishing with a tinge of light coffe and brown sugar at the back of the tongue. The body is more medium than heavy, runs very smoothly, and finishes nice and lightly, making for a highly tasty and drinkable stout.

TMoney2591, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of GRPunk
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Bottle poured into a Lion tulip glass.

A- It poured jet black except for some deep brown-red tones at the edges. There was a 1 finger red-tan head that became a thick lace.

S- Sweet malts are the strongest aroma. I picked up raisin, chocolate, and coffee tones. There was also a lighter hop presence and a touch of alcohol.

T- Mostly the usual suspects of dark chocolate and coffee along with definite fruty flavors (raisins) as the aroma suggests. The hops make for a dryish finish.

M- Some decent carbonation and a light hop bite.

D- A nice drinker regardless of weather. It was great during a cold evening (wonderful nightcap), but it's also my "go to" when I want something that packs a chocolaty punch in the summer months.

Overall- Sri Lanka's best brew. I'm glad the brewery was able to survive the terrible storms a few years ago. I discovered this one some years back and have come back to it many a time.

GRPunk, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Presentation: 330ml - 11.50 fl.oz. - 0.58 Pint - standard looking brown glass bottle that looks rather funky and a tad trendy with its rhomboid neck and main labels. Black crown cap has a colorful picture of a lions heads, as does the main label above the words ‘LION Stout Imported Alc. 8% By Vol.’

Appearance: Thick dark brown body with a heavy dose of ruby in the backlit flashes that form at the edges of my Pint glass. Cocoa brown head sits nice and even on the surface and leaves a little lacing as the rink slowly works its way down the libation vessel. Finely dissolved carbonation supports the head throughout and wit vigor when gently swirled.

Nose: Lightly sweet malts mix with a caramel laden molasses. Coffee tinted cum roasted body which is backed by dark chocolates. Some hops in the back end.

Taste: This is a very “soft and gentle” yet big roasted malty Stout with some Cocoa powder and a light hint of milk chocolate in the back end with a smidgeon of freshly brewed black coffee which has just been impacted by a small amount of fresh cream. After a few small mouthfuls a nicely rounded bitterness develops in the finish and mixes well with the roasted chocolate lingering ending. Damn tasty stuff and as slick Teflon®.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and exceptionally creamy in the mouth; it withstands a gentle swirl around the tongue with ease, quite robust and hearty, yet with an attractive lightness thanks to the finely attenuated conditioning. Helps to accommodate the 8% ABV all too easily.

Drinkability: I tried this once back in England many moons ago as a Student and I don’t recall it being this drinkable, it had a more acidic bite to it then, either that or my tastes have changed. This bottle was very soft and incredibly palatable. It didn’t last long!!

Overall: Heard a lot about this one, for whatever reason it seems to have rather the cult following. That is usually a sign of image over substance, but this really is not that bad actually, I’m almost torn to admit that I really quite like it, not sure why, but for $1.69 it ain’t all that bad.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a rich black with a thick four finger chocolate milk coloured head that I wasn't expecting.

Smells of chocolate milk, coffee, sweet rich, burnt malts and somewhat smokey.

This is a sweet stout no doubt about it. Chocolate milk, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, no real depth however. Not very balanced by any bitterness, this is a one sided sweet stout.

Thick carbonated mouthfeel, and highly drinkable especially for the high alcohol. Considering the price($2 a bottle) this is one of the best stouts money can buy!

GodOfBeer, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of dpend
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

The first mistake I made with this stout was to compare it to other stouts(mostly Northern European).My second sampling was taken without the considerations to the others and provided a more non-biased analysis.
This beer is now one of my favorite stouts and will probably work its way on to my top ten overall.A well balanced beer that offered pleasure all the way through.I even enjoyed watching the head give off red rings around the bubbles while dissipating.I think even Alcopop drinkers would like this beer.
My only complaint would be the somewhat fizzy carbonation,but that again is noticed because of comparison to other stouts.I will definitely be having more of this.With cooler weather coming, I may have to stock some.

dpend, Sep 01, 2002
Photo of kegger22
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured a dark brown with a two finger head that remained for most of the beer. The aroma was a mild coffee. The taste was sweet chocolate and some coffee. The feel was full bodied with decent carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good for an 8.00 ABV. I have read a lot of hype about Lion stout being the best stout out there, so I have to give it a try. It was damned good. Not the best stout, maybe, but an excellent value. I'll definitely be back.

kegger22, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of deruiz10
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

16 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

A - Two-finger head is tan, leaves little lacing. Pour is black and lets no light through.

S - Black berries and sweet malts, hints of alcohol.

T - Dark coffee with some bitter chocolate, currants. Finishes like black berries and coffee with cream. Not very complex.

M - Lighter than expected and fairly carbonated, but sticky in the mouth nonetheless.

D - A good drinking beer for the stout lover when you're in a non-sipping mood. Also serves as a good intro to the stout genre.

deruiz10, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of scoobybrew
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

This was poured into a snifter-style tulip glass from the bottle.

A - dark opaque black with a thick head that settles slightly but is very well retained

S - rich roasted chocolate like malt scent with some sweetness, very faint trace of hops

T - rich chocolate-like malty taste - very much like the aroma - with a dry finish from the hops, slight alcohol flavor perceptible, some slight oxidation is also present

M - full body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a very tasty stout. I find it amazing this comes from Sri Lanka considering the climate.

scoobybrew, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours an almost black with perfect, dark tan tight head that lasts forever. really.
Aroma is of coffee, black patent, soy sauce, sherry, sweet malt, cocoa, roasted barley, slight alcohol, and more coffee. Reminds me of Founders breakfast stout with just a bit less coffee.
Flavor is rich dark malt, coffee, a hint of smoke in the finish, a bit oif molasses, and some alcohol at the end. Overall it's quite sweet, and the bitter cocoa, coffee, etc. gets overridden.
Mouthfeel is creamy. Just tons of cream. Smooth, chewy, slightly fluffy? barely dry finish, with a bit of warming.
This beer is very drinkable, but just a hint too balanced towards the sweetness for my taste.

khiasmus, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of DIM
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.

DIM, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of ROMER79
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

This beer poured a nice thick brown/black if you will with a tan one finger tan head. It appeared to be nice and creamy from the pour. As soon as I poured, I could smell chocolate, roasted malts, and some fruits. After it settled I caught a fresh moca aroma. The taste was chocolatey with the roasted malts and moca present, with smokey after notes to follow. It was rich and filling and I found it quite easy to drink. Definitely a great beer to enjoy whenever you can find it.

ROMER79, May 07, 2008
Photo of wahhmaster
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color, like tar. The head is small and tan. It dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: Definitely roasty. Has a touch of caramel sweetness to it as well. Besides that, hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Starts off roasty with a hint of maple syrup flavor. Finishes with a chocolaty coffee taste reminiscent of mocha. Very complex, very good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied. Goes down like milk. Has just a touch of a carbonation bite. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: A very good stout, definitely one of my favorites. I picked this up on a whim (I had never heard of beers from Sri Lanka) and I'm glad I did.

wahhmaster, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Flounder57
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

I usually have this at the Union Brewehouse, but decided to pick up a 21.13 oz at Wine Gallery in Brookline.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger mocha head that has reduced and left some clumpy lacing over the top of the glass. This beer is pitch black with little bubbles only seen at the top of the glass near the lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, mocha, slight coffee aroma. Hard to notice anything else.

Taste: mocha, roasted coffee, mocha, smoke, ash, bready malts, vanilla. All of these flavors are blended really well and the slight bitterness from the hops is not really noticed. Good Stuff.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, easy to drink, delicious. You couldn't ask for much else to come out of a beer.

Overall: I have had this plenty of times out of a can at the Brewhouse, but so happy I had the chance to buy it out of the bottle. I can't believe it is 8.8% and not even a hint noticeable. Will be drinking more of this in the future.

Flounder57, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Yum, new favorite beer of the month....

This puppy pours black, but not terribly ominous, with a head of thin foam that is not well-retained. The lace and stain is okay, but typically doesn't form or stick well.

Smells of a jam-like fruitiness over a fairly nutty body, as a scent of unroasted coffee beans combines with a great vinuous edge. Simple, straightforward, and in my experience a consistent beer to my nose.

Starts of mocha hints with a soft milk-chocolate core blunted by the long roastiness drawn out to be thin and easy. Expansive for a stout, instead of the hard and heavy hitting typical of most, and showing complexity. Specifically, it holds a nascent fruity note with a bare notice of acidity nudging through with slight spots of dark sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but rounded smooth.

What a surprise! For $3.00 USD for a 22 oz. bottle, this beer is a steal, especially considering its smooth complexity. Very easy to drinkability and balanced to say the least.

nomad, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of beerphan
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

625ml bottle -> imperial pint
no date

Pours black with a huge tan head that recedes to a 1/4 inch blanket and leaves behind gobs of dotted lace.

Nose: Chalky chocolate, roasted dark malt, some coffee and a little something that smells funky.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, burnt coffee grounds and all the dark malts that you can handle are countered with a subtle yet effective balancing bitterness. Roar!

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and smooth. A little thickness would blast this brew into the next stratosphere.

Extremely drinkable brew from an exotic far off land, and at $2.99 for this bomber one hell of a deal.

beerphan, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of katan
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

625 ml into a goblet

A - Very strong head formation. Dark mocha colored. Well retained, breaks down very slowly. Little lacing. Dark brown, pretty much black. Lots of bubbling - very carbonated.

S - Chocolate and roasted barley malts. Some yeast notes, lightly bready.

T - Roasted barley notes come in quick. Not overwhelming - balanced with the sweetness. Mid-stream gets more chocolately - even toffee. Finishes with a smooth yeasty bready notes. Very smooth and easy drinking. Hopping is very light.

M - Moderate body, strong carbonation. Somewhat a sugary finish.

D - Easy drinking - great for a stout with such strong characteristics. ABV is up there, but workable. A good post-dinner sipping beer.

katan, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of dreamchaser
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%

Malty, toasty aroma. Thick, fairly quickly dissipating bubbly tan head. Flavours include roasted coffee, with sweet malt notes that fade to a nice, smooth bitter and dry finish, and very faint aftertase. Well carbonated, and striking hop presence challenges the sweetness. Warmth follows throughout.

dreamchaser, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Big 'ol two fingers of milk chocolate head over the deepest dark pits of beery dispair!!! Its almost halloween so I'm being spooky...
Anise and wet grains float like ghosts to the nose whispering hints of roasted malts and caramel. Big ghoulish flavor, cocoa nibs, ripe figs, coffee syrup, anise, some bitters and spicy alcohol. This monster is full bodied beast, breathing out a mild carbonation and some stickiness to catch you in its hold.

You really got to hand it to the boys in Sri Lanka, for the price, they make a world class stout!

JoeAmerican77, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of wingman14
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours black with brown tins and a dark brown head. The smell is sweet with smoky flavor, and heavy malt tones. The taste starts malty and smoky and finishes sweet. The ABV is hard to detect. The finish is malty with a hint of the smoky flavor. The mouthfeel is great, milky smooth, not super heavy-just a medium mouthfeel, great flavor balance, and a perfect carbonation for a stout. The drinkability is nice, the flavor can keep you coming back. This one is definitely worth checking out.

wingman14, May 11, 2009
Photo of ThaCreep
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Black dark brown with highlights. Molasses and caramel nose end and candied plums. The body is oily, almost tarry but still quite fluid. The bitterness is good and conveyed by a light coffee and caramel pure, it is sickening. Taste of sugar unfortunately damaging because beer does not really need and what is sufficient in mild bitterness. However, it is true that this allows the drink to be sweeter and more fit throats. The beer is extremely friendly and very easy to drink.

ThaCreep, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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 DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

This beer poured a dark black with a billowing tan and copper head that fell to a small creamy head that left behind a some nice, thin lace.

Smells of dry, roasted barley, a touch of coffee, popcorn and a slight medicinal cherry. There’s also a slight woody, oaky essence that ties the smells together with a very organic feel.

Starts very smooth with a delicately roasted, smoky barley and with a light, sour, tingly sensation around the edges of my tongue but then picks up a blueberry and cherry sweetness. The sweetness then collapses back into the smoke to pick up a toasted coffee in the finish with just a touch of oaky sourness and a dry honey flavor. The dynamics here are really something!

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a very thin carbonation that adds a tingly element to the dryer flavors. This felt a little heavy to me.

I’m liking this one. The flavors are really subdued, but quite wonderfully blended together. Inconspicuous, but delightful!

DarkerTheBetter, May 30, 2006
Photo of samie85
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

A-Pours a red-tinged, deep brown with two fingers of light brown sugar head.

S-Deep, dark fruits with dark chocolate and liqueur-like notes on the finish.

T-Huge chocolate notes with a dark fruit finish.

M-Thick and mildly carbonated with a dark, dry finish.

D-Insanely drinkable for 8% ABV. Very easy to drink but with an interesting complexity to it.

samie85, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a deep black, some dark red shows at the edges, big tan head, some lace. Smells like bitter roast, grass, some skunkiness is detectable? Wow, coffee and cream, little yeasty and sour, pretty roast. How the hell is this beer so smooth? The 8% doesn't show at all, insanely smooth and creamy, very slick mouthfeel. Excellent.

Viggo, Jul 05, 2005
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,326 ratings.