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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,436 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 54
Gots: 63 | 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

 http://www.lionbeer.com 
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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've always wanted to try this beer, but never had any idea, until recently, of it's renown. It is certainly a high-end product.

A – Near perfect for a stout, obsidian with a thick tan head.

S – Café mocha, and just a perfect smell for a stout.

T – Not as good as the smell, but still very good. Uncomplicated.

M – Slightly thin, but reasonable.

D – Tremendous quality from a mass-produced beer.

Photo of dansmcd
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of dense, soapy tan head over the jet black body. The head recedes to a collar and some minimal lacing.

S - Chocolate, licorice, dark fruit and spices.

T - Bitter dark chocolate dominates, with a supporting hint of coffee, ash and a slight alcohol heat.

M - Chalky mouthful, moderate body, medium carbonation, bitter and warming with a dry finish.

O - A quality export stout, and just the ticket with some chocolate bisuits after dinner.

Photo of beerbutcher
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a espresso creme type head

aroma is perplexing. i get lots of coconut and vanilla, marshmallow, but little if any roasted character.. odd

taste follows the same lines, a deliciously rich sweet drink right from the get go. full and silky with a vanilla sort of sweetness, and maybe a hint of mocha, round and sweet on the finish, but not cloying. no expression of its strength on the palate.

mouthfeel is a bit sweet for a session beer. it's wonderful stuff, but there's little backed against the sweet malt to hold balance. for dessert though, wonderful. sipper.

drinkability is decent. though i wouldn't want a bunch in one sitting it sure is tasty stuff and very well made. the character of the ale is perplexing, like i said. it looks charred but doesn't taste or smell of it. alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of botham
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours almost opaque black with distant garnet highlights. moderate lacings, and good head retention (about 7 minutes).

aroma is roasted, with notes of chocolate, caramel and a bit of vanilla. nicely proportioned, with a rich character. wonderfully composed.

taste is sweet, with the same notes as above, and a distant nutty character as well. finishes on a malty note with residual roasted malts. nicely proportioned, but a bit sweet on the palate.

mouthfeel is great. the brew is medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and rich stout, with only one flaw: a bit too sweet. no other complaints, as this is a solid stout. cheers!

Photo of plfahey
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

625mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Brown-black and almost totally opaque. Head is yellow-khaki with decent retention and great lacing.

Aroma-Chocolate syrup with intense berry aromas-tart blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Sweet, blackstrap molasses and black currants as well. Some roast and slight caramel as well. Interesting candy berry sweetness.

Flavor-Chocolatey and fruity up front, with some caramel-like sweetness. In the finish, roast flavors and slight black espresso come through, with medium low hop bitterness and low hop flavor. Some fruity ester notes linger on in the aftertaste which is mostly chocolatey/roasty and semi-dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately high carbonation. Soft carbonation and full body with some alcohol warmth.

Very exotic and tasty-a lovely example of a tropical export stout. Always a good go-to export stout. Love it.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely dark, nice milk chocolate finger of head.

Smell is nice, with lots of milk chocolate and roasted malts. Nice little bit of sweetness.

Chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, sweetness, toasted malts. Slight hop finish.

Feel is medium in body, slight carbonation. I don't expect full body, but it's on the lighter side of medium.

Tasty, and easy to drink. I think the bottle was a tad better, but I'd totally drink the cans any day as well.

Photo of bultrey
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, served at cellar temperatures. Medium light tan head with little retention. Opaque black color. Alcohol is slightly apparent in the aroma, as is a roasty espresso smell. The taste is very port-like, with a slight chocolate-covered dark fruitiness, maybe raspberry or raisins. A nice dry, roasty, coffee bitterness peeks through, then yields to some residual sweetness in the aftertaste. Drinkability is very smooth, particularly for such a large alcohol. Not one of the greatest beers in the world, in my opinion, but certainly not overrated. Quite delicious.

Photo of TheSarge
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of adammills
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this 22 ounce bomber for just over two dollars, so I was not expecting too much, and yet again in my life, I was proved wrong. A nice stout. Black brown body, with a thick tan head. Very smooth with a great alcohol kick. Terrific roasted quality. Recommended.

Photo of kajerm
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours gravity well black with a fluffy tan head and huge lacing.

The nose is dark chocolate, coffee, and sweet dark malts; residual (or adjunct) sugar is clearly present. No hints of alcohol at all. The aroma is simple but enticing, and contains pretty much everything I need from a stout.

Tastes more or less exactly like it smells, with heavy malty sweetness. Black malt bitterness shows itself mostly as dark chocolate flavors with some coffee. The astringency is very light and balances out the sweetness, since hopping is damn near nonexistent in the flavor. There is a little late palate spiciness/fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is awesome, creamy as hell and just the right thickness.

It's too stouty to pound, but I could put a hurt on a case of these over the course of a night.

RERATE: It's still awesome, and fills that perfect middle ground between an imp and a porter. Plus it's cheap as hell.

Photo of TomFoolery
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Hibernator
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of the Lion Stout this evening. I like the thick, cardboard box that it comes in. Its also nice to try a stout brewed in Sri Lanka. I have been reading about Michael Jackson blowing this beer for many years now. I'm glad I finally have the chance to check this out.

I had this out of a 11.5 oz brown bottle and served in an imperial pint glass. There is the # 335 15:07 in jet ink on the front of the bottle, but I don't know what that means. Translation would be helpful. The label claims this beer has 5 international gold awards to its credit.

Black in appearance with some ruby highlights on the bottom. Very nice, stained brown head on top with attractive sticky lacings all over the glass. This is a nice looking beer.

Aroma of chocolates, black olives, and roasted coffee beans.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is at a good place. Chocolately malts blend with a zingy olive-like bite. Roasty and robust flavors should make your palate content.

This is a solid Foreign Stout and certainly one worth checking out if you dig stouts.

Photo of bnuttz
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat translucent dark black color with a large and foam dark tan head. Smells of bitter roasty malts, chocolate and coffee, and a somewhat metallic smell is present as well. Taste is sweet and chocolatey with an alcohol presence. Very smooth, and somewhat acidic, but not in a real bitter way. Mouthfeel is smooth and on the thinner side, no a thick brew by any means. Drinkability is very good for an 8% brew.

Photo of burnstar
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown to black. Big rocky persistent tan head. Smell is roasted barley. Not a particularly strong aroma. Great complex malty flavor throughout. Sweetness. Raisins. Chocolate. A little roasted malt bitterness and hops. Medium bodied, maybe a little light bodied for a stout but it suits this beer nicely. Well carbonated. Perhaps the best thing about this beer is how crisp and refreshing it is despite being a big tasty stout. Astonishingly drinkable. Really great stuff.

Photo of karlf
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strong beer alcohol wise, but a very good one nonetheless. The beer poured out a very dark, basically black color. The smell was of roasted coffee and the taste had hints of chocolate, coffee. Lastly an alcohol taste comes at the finish. Not a beer to drink with heavy foods but definitely something to try and a good example of an imperial stout.

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a reddish tint near the bottem of the glass with a slight brown head,aroma is of burnt fruit and bitter chocolate.Very intense flavors in this one burnt fruit and bitter sweet chocolate with some nice earthiness in the finish.I really like this stout very intense flavors a nice one to savor in my opinion.

Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan head that hangs around all night. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left behind as the fluid level drops.

Smells very malty with hints of chocolate, coffee, cherries, and a dirty earthy smell. Alcohol is barely detectable.

The flavor has a nice roasted taste. To a lesser extent some more complex flavors are present. I expected more chocolate, espresso, and fruit tastes after smelling the beer. It has a slightly sweet quality as well. It has a medium body with healthy carbonation. A good tasting stout that I am now seeing just about everywhere beer is sold.

Photo of scootny
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of longbongsilver
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Another trip to the mix'n'match pack of imports, pulled out this one at random. Just popped the cap & already smell it (first whiff is the usual dark chocolate bit, comes with the territory really) before even pouring. I finally get around to pouring & it's a really dark opaque brown, half the mug is head at first. The initial scent amps up to 11, plus something that reminds me of roasted nuts almost.

Taste matches the smell, plus some licorice as it warms, though it doesn't go down as thick as it looks like it would. The 8% shows off a bit, but in a good way.

Overall, a by-the-book stout. Doesn't scream at you, but handles what it's supposed to well.

Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this from our government-controlled liquor store, SAQ, which they renamed Sinha Stout (no idea why)

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before Aug. 2008.

Appearance: Pours a nice black body with an easy thick 3 finger tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt with hints of coffee bitterness.

Taste: Robust coffee presence but only slightly bitter. Very well rounded & balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little bit creamy, more roasted coffee flavor with a little bit of graininess. Malty presence kind of makes it melt in your mouth.

Drinkability: Strong coffee presence without the the bitterness makes it an easily drinakble stout. Could have had another after this one.

Overall: A solid, easy drinking stout with good strong flavors. One too have again for sure.

Photo of mhoudeshell
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A roasty, very dark stout in the imperial range for ABV but just low enough not to burn. Sweet, but not too sweet, with notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee. Impressive head for an imperial, but it didn't stay around long. A bit like a high-alcohol version of the old Dragon stout (Jamaica) but with more kick, more roastiness, more subtlety.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 10/22/10

Very dark, scorched brown; appears black in the glass. One & a half fingers of light brown foam. The head dissipates at a moderate rate leaving a few smooth swaths of lace. Swirling revives a decent layer of foam.

Solid, smooth aroma of roasted dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate & coffee beans. Faint touch on an almost vanilla-like sweetness; subtlety is key on this one, though. Earthy overtones. At 8% abv alcohol is not appreciable in the nose.

A brief foray into chocolate sweetness is about it before the flavors become roasted in the middle & dry on the finish. To my liking the roasted notes creep right up to burnt territory, making for an enjoyable balance. Roasted coffee & dark malts. A little bitterness, too. Still seems like there's a hint of vanilla. Very well-structured.

Full bodied & smooth, the calm of the beer is set on edge by the carbonation which is fairly vigorous. Though it's a tad pricklier than I'd prefer it's far from too much. Finishes with dry bitterness. Roasted notes linger.

This is a really easy drinking stout. It's just really steadfast all-around. I picked a can as part of a mix & match six pack. Now that colder weather is upon Ohio this is in the running for "nightcap stout" of the season.

Photo of Edgecrusher
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark,dark, and dark. Used motor oil dark. Minimal head with thick lacing.

Smell: Burnt chocolate, slight coffee aroma, and slight caramel aroma.

Taste:Matches the aroma-chocolety and caramely with a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth-light on the carbonation. Glides down your throat.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Very easy to put a few of these down.

Overall a very good stout. Good representation of the style. If ya get a chance pick a few up.

Photo of nrrd
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a little thick head, very little carbonation.

Smells sweet with a touch of coffee, not perticularly strong. Taste is dark chocolate and slightly burnt cofee, malty, bitter, but very pleasent and drinkable, especially as it warms up. Finish is a tad sweeter.

Overall, this is a very solid and drinkable stout.

Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i find it hard to believe there's much of a market for this beer in sri lanka. i also don't think there are any native lions on the island. then again, i suppose there are no pyramids in portland or magic hats in burlington

absolutely tar black. no light comes through. the head is tan and leaves some fine lacing: an even pattern around the glass. the head diminishes but retains the sudsy film

deeply roasty aromas with dark fruits shining through. capuccino, chocolate, vanilla and oak. deep and complex, with a hint of soy sauce (it's funny that this aroma is acceptable in mild quantities, yet utterly revolting in greater amounts). the flavor is quite complex as well but is carried by a mouthfeel that is really too flimsy; the finish is uninspiring. sweetness is balanced by robust moderate, yet no grain astringency. ever so slight alcohol spice

bring the FG up a couple of points and this thing is blammo

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.