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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,332 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 838
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 billab914
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured black with a thick tan head covering the top of the beer. The head faded and clung to the sides of the glass
but left some nice lacing.

The aroma has a little roastedness to it but more of the chocolaty slightly sweet smell than a roasty bitterness. Unfortunately I seem to get a mustiness or almost a very slight sourness to it that I didn't expect and didn't enjoy. I would almost say the bottle might be bad based on the nose but the taste shows no signs of it at all.

The taste shows a lot of chocolate and mocha with a very light bitter roastedness coming through in the finish to help balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it was a pretty smooth drinking stout but wasn't one I'd probably buy again. It had some nice chocolaty flavors to it but it just didn't really wow me.

billab914, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of knightred
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought as a close out beer because the cap has a lion on it. I collect bottle caps, and thus I drink outside my comfort zone if I see a new cap. Just noticed, my bottle doesn't have the gold foil top, or else I wouldn't have seen the bottlecap.

A: Nice brown, head is light but chocolate in color. A thinner stout, but still opaque. Lacing is ok when you drink but immediately sinks back to the beer.

S: Chocolate, some malts and molasses like grain smell.

T: Slight metallic taste to me. But I taste metal a lot. The rest is chocolate and light coffee taste. A little smoke perhaps.

M: I want to say thin gruel like mouthfeel. But it doesn't have like pieces of grain in the beer I think the carbonation is causing the chunky feel.

D: Easy to drink. It says it's 8.0% but you really can't tell. It just rolls down the throat and provides a pleasant albeit carbonated chocolate burp.

Myself, I prefer hops in the Sierra Nevada style, but this is surprisingly decent to drink. I was surprised it was from Sri Lanka, I think of more refreshing and lighter lager styles from places that are hotter. I probably wouldn't buy it again, it's not bad just there are more choices in my preferred style. If you are a stout person you should give it a try.

j.

knightred, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass (saving the rest for later)

A: Midnight dark body under a light and frothy dark tan head. Excellent lacing, leaving rings all over the glass. If the head was a bit smoother (reminded me of a latte) this beer would achieve greatness in this category. As it is, it is still good.

S: Baker's coco powder, slight coffee, medium roasted grains and some caramel malts.

T: Layered chocolate and deeply roasted malts make up the bulk of Lion Stout's flavor. I say layered because this isn't a totally singular beer, but it isn't massively complex. I get some dark fruits on the side, but they don't ever take center stage. The finish is sweet and roasty (reminds me of a sweeter, stronger dry Irish stout).

M: Higher carbonation than I expected, which yielded a lighter body and less smoothness than this style should have. The mouthfeel is this beer's only major weakness in contrast to it's competition. Not full, chewy, or very smooth.

D: Where this beer lacks in mouthfeel it gains in drinkability. This beer feels lighter than it is, but at 8% it should be gulped with caution.

Overall: A very enjoyable stout in my opinion. I imagine the first stout that the people in Sri Lanka ever tasted was Guinness. I find it interesting then that this beer tastes a bit like Guinness Extra Stout. This beer is nicely complex in flavor (probably due to the extra alcohol) and lighter than usual. I enjoyed a glass after a 5 mile run.

allforbetterbeer, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours solid black with a dark brown head. Darkest head I've seen in a long time.
Massive aroma of cocoa and dark chocolate, molasses, with some roasted coffee and barley in the background. Pretty full on.
More massively roasted flavours (but no burnt notes!). Some sweet alcohol shows but is balanced by huge roasted barley notes. A big beer! Quite sweet. A bit too much alcohol?
Quite creamy body, the carbonation is a little high.

CrazyDavros, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of drizzam
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No discernible freshness date.

A - OPAQUE dark brown/black in color topped by a creamy one finger tan head. Head retention is excellent and a frothy wall of lacing is left down the inside of my glass.

S - Dark malt abounds in the nose, with plenty of bitter chocolate and maybe a hint of dark fruit, raisins or figs perhaps?

T & M - The dark bitter chocolate I smelled in the nose is certainly present on the palate. There is also an underlying sweet, almost fruity taste that lingers in the background. Medium bodied, maybe not as chewy as I would have liked but not bad.

D - A very good stout, and it certainly is unique compared to other stouts I have partaken in. A little higher ABV, but that is a characteristic of foreign stouts. This is certainly a delicious offering from Lion brewery...one I would certainly recommend.

drizzam, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2 bottle with no freshness date. Poured extremely dark with a copious amount of tan head. Sticky foamy lacing on the side of the glass. Strong malty scent. Heavy malts and cocoa flavors. Pretty smooth mouth feel. Not really drinkable enough to go for another. A lot of other stouts out there with more flavor. Paired pretty decent with some fresh blackberries and blueberrys and yogurt.

mtnbikerpa, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz can, champagne flute, no canned on date.

Opaque with dark chocolate, ruby highlights. Initially overflowing foam that calms down almost too much. Tight silky bubbles.

Alcohol and port. Dark wine berry with an alcoholic edge. A little creamy with a decent toffee note.

The port characteristic is very strong, creamy and would seem to indicate oxidation, but I don't think that's the case. Some full raspberry, blueberry, grape slightly musty sweetness. Same toffee with a nip of coffee in the back. Port like alcohol and molasses.

Fine carbonation with a body that isn't thick.

If I am ever in Sri Lanka or nearby I know what to drink. The can is really good looking, with a proud lion and simple black, red, white only scheme. Try this stout if you run across it.

brewerburgundy, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Spiekerbox
2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Spiekerbox, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of hawks10
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass...

As always, hard to rate the appearance of a stout, pours a coffee black capped with a nice two finger light tan head. A thin tan film remains of top of the beer for most of the drink...

So I am getting the sensation from the nose that I am about to take communion...I swear, this beer smells like red communion wine. Sweet and a bit sour up front, dark fruits, some fig and maybe some borderline rotten plum. A bit of a roasted malt aroma peeks out but it is pushed back down again by that almost sour red wine smell...

A slight sour taste at first (starting to wonder if this can is somehow bad)...dark fruits dominate the taste and almost reminds me of a Belgian Quad or Strong Dark. Little to no roasted flavor or bitterness as I would have expected, just a slight burn from the alcohol...

Medium bodied and pretty slick. Good carbonation and a nice subtle burn from the alcohol make this a beer with pretty damn good mouthfeel...

The wine like and slightly sour aroma and taste was not what I was expecting and really not my favorite. Interesting stout to say the least and something I may try again if I could find it on tap...

hawks10, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4-29-08. Has a picture of Michael Jackson on the back of it, awesome. This one actually caught me off guard, never heard of it so I was not expecting much. It has been aging a while, but damn, this one is delicious.

Pours a tan one finger head that is super fluffy. Dark black with dark brown edges, this one looks good. Medium leg with no lacing.

The smell is dark sweet fruits with chocolate, coffee, booze, bitter cocoa, all mellow and blending really well.

The taste is delicious. The booze pushes out the chocolate and coffee, which both bind very well on the palate. It is still carbonated, and the carbonation is pretty strong. It sits heavy on the palate, and finishes with aftertastes of chocolate covered cherries and alcohol. This one was a very pleasant surprise, and my BIF partner is owed a very large thanks because I now realize that all of the stouts that he gave me have a year of age on them.
J

Jmoore50, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Lion Stout into snifter

A soft pour generates a black body with ruby and brown highlights with
a two inch creamy tan head. Nice stick on the way down, and a creamy
top lingers forever.

Nose is dark fruits and a soft sweetness. Roasty malt and lightly
cream and sugar coffee. Some soft milk chocolate.

A soft and delicate carbonation brings forth a palette of lightly
roasted breakfast blend coffee, melted milk chocolate, and a touch of
earthyness from the hops.

Easy drinking, soft and supple. Not intense, but the balance and
complexity are great. I concur with The Beer Hunter, this is a great
beer.

Flashsp2, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of NewGeneric
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dan for the great selection at the store.
Poured into my Guinness pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown/black with deep ruby/brown hues around the edges. Good amount of thick foam subsides medium-slow leaveing lacing all the way around the whole way down. A thin layer of head sits on top.

S: Chocolate up front, followed by some robust roasted barley and slim amounts of dark fruits. Some hints of alcohol seep through as well.

T: Big chocolate and coffee up front, followed by dark fruits, and a big, bold roasty finish.

M: Fairly creamy, with plenty of body. Not much of a bite, and overall very smooth. A little bit of alcohol is noticeable, but not much. Leaves a slightly overslicked feeling as well.

D: While this beer does not blow me away in any given category, it goes down smooth, and can easily be followed by more. Yes!

NewGeneric, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Bestuurder
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional beer! Poured from a standard brown bottle into a 350cl dunkel glass.

The colour was dark, black and non-luminous. With a beautiful brown head about an inch thick, with balanced lacing throughout consumption.

Excellently balanced with hard malt and chocolate notes. Mild off-bitterness to the nose and moderate coffee aroma.

Flavour is pronounced and affectionate. Chocolate, coffee and oak are very apparent. The higher alcohol can be noted on swirling, but not over-powering.

Drinkability and mouthfeel go together very well. Very easy on the palate and another bottle is of easy consumption.

Overall, this is fantastic brew that deserve higher credit amongst all dark brew drinkers. Very balanced and original.

Cheers.

Bestuurder, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, this is called Sinha Stout in Canada...

This beer pours a deep black, with slight copper edges, and two fingers of soapy light brown head, which leaves a dense ring of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of dark chocolate, and mild coffee. The taste is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, a bit of black coffee, and some soft alcohol warming. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, slick, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, an increasing bitterness evening things out nicely.

A pretty good strong stout, the alcohol barely noticeable, and decently drinkable.

biboergosum, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of MPLS
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh...nothing like a 6-pack of Sri-Lankian stout, in cans.

A: This is a deep brown bodied stout that had a billowy head that had a short stay. Spotty lacing and a saliva like tan layer is left throughout the whole beer.

S: This has a milk stout smelling nose. A fair amount of malt that's not overly roasted and a faint vanilla scent.

T: The taste is a bit better than the nose. Incredibly drinkable. Malty sweetness and a bit of dark chocolate. The finish is where the roastedness comes out and it quite floral with whatever hops are used.

M: It's lighter than most, but very appropriate for the style. Has a bit too much carbonation to make it lush and creamy.

D: The ABV is hidden incredibly well and it's a good effort. It's pretty well balanced, not exciting though. It's an economic purchase though.

MPLS, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 elgiacomo
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle pours very dark brown with a large tan head that retains well and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee, some licorice, figs, dark fruits, and lactose.

Flavor is smooth milk chocolate, coffee, some licorice, touch of sourness, alcohol is well hidden. A lactic quality is present.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but still velvety for what is there, low carbonation.

Very good overall, but I like Fade to Black a little better. If you prefer milk stouts, then you will like Lion Stout a lot, an amped up version of the style.

elgiacomo, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

21.1 oz. bottle, a weird size, real heavy bottle, great label,

A: Pours black, with a creamy medium tan head, good retention and some spotty lace.

S: Light cacao count dark chocolate, like the 60% stuff, licorice, with a hint of banana liqueur and rum, it's a tropical stout for Pete's sake.

T: Great chocolate taste with some sour twang and that "tropical" dark malt character I find in Cooper's Export Stout and Xingu. Definite mocha characteristics, with notes of cinnamon stick, vanilla bean and roasted malt.

M: On the lighter side body for a big stout, but I like it as this is a style that needs to be drinkable and refreshing in the hot sun. Creamy and silky, enjoyable aftertaste that doesn't go on for too long, but makes you want another sip. That finishing vanilla note works wonders. The 8% is completely hidden.

D: I was excited to see a bottle of this at Hollingshead's; I've always wanted to try it, I'm a big fan of the style, yet there are so few examples around town. The price is real good, I think it was $3.99, and you get a delicious stout perfect for a hot summer day, a beer that can be drunk in droves, so be careful out there.

Halcyondays, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head, considerable lacing. Smells great, chocolate, malts, coffee, slight alcohol. Taste is good chocolate, malts, finishing a tad bitter. Feels creamy in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fine brew.

tone77, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of boudreaux
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The local stores are starting to branch out. They got this in the other day.
Nice stout roasted malt aroma with hints of ginger and, dare I say it, soy sauce. Very intriguing.
Pours pitch black with a voluminous medium brown head which lingers for a while as it gradually sinks down to a small creamy film on top of the beer.
As for the taste, there's rich deep fruit and chocolate/coffee flavors, tempered by the stout sourness typical of this style. It finishes with a bitter chocolate taste that has a moderate duration.

boudreaux, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.20 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. 8.0% ABV, 0933...(smudged).

A - A rather vigorous pour creates some fast cascading and a massive three-finger head. The dark tan dollop of foam sits gently on top of the clear but very dark brown beer with good retention and patches of thick lace.

S - Smooth milk chocolate and rich mocha flourish in this roasted malt beauty. Light notes of coffee and cream blend in too. It smells like it will be very smooth and creamy in both flavor and texture.

T - Incredibly creamy and smooth in terms of taste and texture, bold roasted malts with a rich milk chocolate and mocha flavor. The finish has a small coffee bitterness.

M - Amazingly velvety smooth and creamy, the soft texture is a supple, full body of pure enjoyment. Very light roasted bitterness to the finish.

D - This stout is absolutely fantastic. I've been meaning to get pack of it and next time I'm at a store that carries it, I surely will. I could have it all night!

BeerFMAndy, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: one inch light brown head, black brown in color, opaque

Smell: coffee and dark chocolate

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, light creaminess, and alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: super smooth, low carbonation, sweet with a bitterness that appears in the middle, light body for the style

Drinkability: I really liked this one. It is so nice and light and for the abv, the alcohol is not overly noticable. Very enjoyable, glad I went with the six on this instead of the single.

tigg924, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate and coffee scents

T - Surprisingly really good roasted malt gives off stronger coffee and some chocolate taste

M - This beer has a creamy smooth fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - I went in to this beer expecting sub par results just from my experience with other beers from that part of the world and must say that the can't judge a book by its cover applies here it even has a MJ quote on the back cover worth a try

armock, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of jeranbrews
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1-24-10

A - Pours thick and chunky like stew. Plenty of Vegemite on the bottom. Dark. Opaque, even held against sunlight. Mocha color head. Some continual carbonation. Pretty cartographical lacing.

S - Sweet, like frosting. Lots of chocolate, some espresso. Roasted smoky lightly-burnt toast. A good, standard, solid stout experience.

T - Bitter initial taste. Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. A Latin-American festival. There was a slightly sour aftertaste. Maybe a touch too much yeast.

M - Refreshing. Creamy. Fizzy. Still sour. This beer hides the 8% ABV with spy-like skill. Watch out.

D - Surprisingly good. This beer is a perfect example of why we must try more beers and keep an open mind. Out of all the beers I've had from South or South-East Asia this is easily the winner.

jeranbrews, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 11.2 oz can pours perfectly into my 33cl Corsendonk tulip, a thick and rich opaque black with an initial 2" tan head. Thin sheet of lace as I progress downward.

Aroma is loaded down with coffee, chocolate and anise - this brew is close to RIS. And the quaff matches up superbly, thick and rich with all the previous flavors hitting on all cylinders. Raspy and hoppy in the finish, but no sting off any alcohol. Top notch winter drinking beer.

So cool to see this in a can, no worries about skunking or oxy problems. Seemed fresh, or perhaps even aged and mellowed.

Vancer, Jan 23, 2010
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,332 ratings.