Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
09-14-2008 22:42:27 | More by Kemmerlin
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
09-14-2008 19:56:33 | More by Edgecrusher
3.3/5 rDev -16%
Pours a dark brown/black with a modest tan head the retreats quickly lacing the glass on the way down. Smell of dried fruit, and a bit of cocoa, some phenolic or higher alcohol in there to. Tastes of bitter roasted chocolate and coffee with a bit of dark fruit, then ends with some roast bitterness and a bit of alcohol or maybe fusel, its muted but there and I can't put my finger on it. Medium to thin body with a creamy/oily mouthfeel. Lingering roast bitterness after each sip. Good stout, a bit to vinous for my taste.
09-13-2008 02:57:24 | More by johnnnniee
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
A- Pours out a deep opaque almost black shade of brown with a healthy dark tan head. As the head recedes it leaves in it's wake a mild amount of lacing.
S- I find a distinct pleasant aroma of soy sauce and cocoa.
T- Up front bitterness with coffee, black strap molasses and a hint of chocolate.
M- Medium bodied with a nice degree of carbonation for the style.
D- I could definitely enjoy this stout on a regular basis, Micheal Jackson was right to put his endorsement on this one.
09-09-2008 21:03:09 | More by 6470zzy
2.88/5 rDev -26.7%
Hadn't seen this stout before so I thought I'd give it a try.
A- Oil black with a small light tan head that dissipates to just a film.
S- Coffee, dried fruit, and very small amount of bitter chocolate.
T- Was not impressed. Burnt coffee fading into dried fruit which then becomes incredibly tanic and sour. Not a fan.
M- Medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, decent mouthfeel for the genre.
D- If you like the taste I imagine the drinkability would be ok. Unlike many other stouts the 8% ABV definitely shows.
Other BA's seem to like this brew, I, on the other hand did not. Maybe my taste buds are not sophisticated enough lol. For $7 a 6-pack, give it a try and see what you think.
09-02-2008 04:26:36 | More by JBuff41413
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
A - pours jet black in the glass. Moussy, tan head holds up quite nicely. Leaves some splotchy lacing.
S - unique for a foreign stout - you've got your basic roast, but also some interesting earthiness, tobacco and smoke.
T - Smoky, sweet dense malt to start. There are all sorts of complex earthy, roasty flavours that really round things out. Long roasty finish with more smoke. As the beer warms, the malt sweetness becomes more evident and brings some dark fruit flavours to the forefront, while the roast and smoke fall into the background.
M - creamy, mouth filling, but not thick. Gentle carbonation, soothing alcohol is mild. Just about perfect for the base beer.
D - I'm hella impressed with this one, wish I had bought more than just a 6-pack.
Never heard of this beer until I saw it sitting on a shelf in Fargo, ND. I did a quick BA search via my phone in the store, and saw it had solid reviews, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.
This kicks the crap out of anything I've tasted from England or Ireland in terms of a Foreign or even Imperial Stout. The smoke doesn't dominate, but it's presence is certainly obvious and blends in quite well. What makes this stout stand out from the others is the smooth, complex flavours that are still bold... I find the "bold" part to be missing from most "classic" examples. Incredible stuff.
09-01-2008 01:29:59 | More by markaberrant
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
Dark dark brown color with a light tan head. Fairly nice and foamy, but the retention was a little poor, as the cap remaining is only a mm thick. Lacing is okay.
The nose is pretty much super dark roast malt. A little dry, with some coffee and chocolate notes, kind of powdery.
Lots of dark fruits on the nose, big presence of fig, bitter chocolate, anise, molasses. These are major malt characters, while the hops are way in the back, a little floral and herbal touch.
Pretty well-attenuated, the finish is smooth and sweetly malty. Moderately smooth, good soft body with great carbonation that takes the cloyingly sweet notes off the tongue but doesn't rob the palate of any flavor.
Very enjoyable Foreign Export stout, I love the flavors and find the craftsmanship remarkable.
08-21-2008 03:49:37 | More by BretSikkink
2.95/5 rDev -24.9%
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a dense, creamy, initially four-finger thick, deeply brown stained, full tan colored head. The beer is a full black color that shows just a flash of ruby to it when held up directly to the light. Weird, the aroma is quite weird; buttery, but with an almost chemical undercurrent. What is weird is that this might not be diacetyl, this is the most likely culprit, but for some reason it just seems a bit different than your typical diacetyl signature. Buttered popcorn aromas clearly dominate, but there is just a hint of roast character noticeable towards the finish.
Quite sweet with a fairly agreeable flavor until the finish which has a phenolic, chemical edge to it. The body has a nice fullness to it as well as a nice soft, chocolate tasting, roast grain flavor to it. That strange buttery note is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor, but the chemical note still manages to mute my enjoyment of this beer pretty significantly.
This is newly arrived in Arizona, so I don't understand why this is so bad; and to be honest the flavors of this beer seem pretty fresh, it is just that there are also some significantly off components to this beer as well.
08-20-2008 04:12:50 | More by Gueuzedude
4.4/5 rDev +12%
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.
08-20-2008 03:26:18 | More by Greggy
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a very nice dark black with nice tan head and good lacing. Very nice scent, a very good coffee/burnt grain and malt scent, faintly sweet. Nice taste, a very nice dry-type stout, with a great burnt grain/malt taste, slightly coffee in taste, with a semi-sweet finish. Goes down extremely well for a higher ABV beer.
(On-tap at Barley and Hops Bottle Shop, Pittsburgh (Bethel Park), PA)
08-17-2008 13:29:03 | More by JamesS
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a black with a big, off white head. lacing hangs to the end.
Smells of chocolate from a factory. Huge odors with a nice mix of sweet, roastyness.
Taste is nice a smooth, big mouthfeel. Very thick and viscous. Chocolate malts, coffee and a hint of alchohol.
Nice beer for the ages.
08-12-2008 23:03:59 | More by dmamiano
3.6/5 rDev -8.4%
625ml. bottle poured into a cople sampler glasses. Dark black at first glance with a thick tight-bubbled tan head. Closer look reveals ruby edges, the head fades slowly and leaves a nice sticky lacing on the glass.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, cola, some dark fruits. Taste is roasty with a quick dry finish. Sounds like car wax or something. I do taste some sweet cola with this. Not much if any hop bitterness. Interesting.
Thick and seriously dry.
I would not open another.
08-12-2008 22:59:24 | More by ZimZamZoom
3.85/5 rDev -2%
Practically black with a thick creamy tan head despite a slow careful pour. Good retention and lacing. Looks nice.
Impression of sweetened coffee and cherries. Not what I expected, but a decent aroma.
Quite sweet, with a smokey finish. Fruitier than expected. Alcohol well buried. Cherries, orange, even a hint of strawberry all over a dark maltiness. Not a typical strong stout.
Creamy mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation.
More than tasty, but less complex than I thought it would be. A different beer, but good none the less.
08-11-2008 04:44:52 | More by elricorico
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
This is one of the first big stouts i had over a year ago so i figured id finally review it.
The appearance is a dark brown with a light tan head not much noticeable lacing.
The smell is very malty with a very thing note of chocolate.
The taste is the same as the smell
Mouth feel is pretty damn light for a stout of this size, but is still enjoyable
The drinkability is just about average not great.
A good stepping stone for me to the bigger beers ive been enjoying.
08-06-2008 20:06:59 | More by jamesm7485
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
Sampled at the Plam in Milwaukee. This is from notes, and those notes were kind of drunk...
Very nice pour. It's rare that a pour looks creamy, but I'll be damned if this one doesn't look creamy. Dark, nearly opaque black with a tall brown head.
Smells like a really good, firm dry stout. Strong raw porter grain mellowed out by chocolate malt with a firm hop in the back.
Tastes very much like smells, only everything is lightly improved by the magnificient creaminess of the body.
08-02-2008 06:16:33 | More by mynie
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
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
08-01-2008 03:44:41 | More by starsbleedblue
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
Poured from a bottle into clean, clear glass.
A 3 finger head light brown head and the deepest black body of any beer that I have seen.
S dark chocolate, molasses, dark stout. Sweet and intriguing
T Now THIS is a stout! Dark, heavy chocolate but smooth, velvety with a pleasant aftertaste which dissipates quickly at first but then lingers for a minute or two.
M Full but not bitter and undrinkable like some other stouts I have had (like Great Lakes Blackout Stout). I heard of Guinness described as "liquid bread" once and that certainly applies here.
D good for a stout.
Notes: I am not the biggest stout fan (2 to 3 Guinness's a year) but this one is quite enjoyable. Certainly if you enjoy stout then you should try this. I would love to find it on tap somewhere.
07-31-2008 03:01:29 | More by adamette
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a huge amount of brown colored head. This is one of the best-looking stouts I've seen.
S: Had aromas of malt, coffee, chocolate and some light fruit. Nicely done.
T: At first, this beer did not impress me. After a while it grew on me. Coffee, malt, light and chocolate all appear. Unlike some other stouts, the coffee in this one didn't dominate the other tastes.
M: This had high carbonation rate a smooth finish.
D: The Lion Stout is definitely a drinkable beer. While not my favorite in the stout category, it's still solidly done.
07-28-2008 12:59:35 | More by avalon07
4.53/5 rDev +15.3%
Sinha Stout, as the bottles are in Australia.
Pours out a jet ink black, with a firm brown head, which looks like coffee, dissipitating to small lacing, which clings to the sides of the glass like a spider web.
A huge hit of coffee, vanilla bean, cooking chocolate, and rum. Very rich smell which would put most other stouts to shame.
Coffee and cocoa, with some raisins, plums and roasty flavours that kick in. Very little hop character, but just a touch in the back.
This is amazingly smooth and creamy. Just a wonderful stout that is easy to drink, high in alcohol, and a must try for stout (or any) lovers.
07-27-2008 15:02:41 | More by Lukie
4.65/5 rDev +18.3%
33cl brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a pitch black body with the slightest hint of ruby-red highlights and a good inch or so of tan head that persists and leaves lacing. Smells roasty with strong caramel notes, coffee, baker's chocolate... Tastes very roasty with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and toffee notes. Fairly sweet right to the finish. Rich full mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Very tasty, fairly drinkable considering the ABV and rich flavors, and an old favorite for sure. Surprised I haven't reviewed it sooner!
07-26-2008 00:57:37 | More by MrHurmateeowish
4.78/5 rDev +21.6%
Man... Michael Jackson's favorite stout of all time. What more can I say?
A = Midnight out in the middle of the country (with no light polution). This beer is as black as they come. Rich head and lace upon pour and consumption.
S = Wonderful scent of deeply roasted malts complimenting with a buttery richness and essence of wood (hickory?).
T = Highly concentrated flavors of holland chocolate, roasted expresso, and a hint of oatmeal. This beer is all about the roast.
M = Rich - viscous - creamy - smooth.
D = Definalely not a session beer, this quaff is best served at cellar temp and allowed time to "breath." As this occurs, a velvety smoothness will eminate. To be slowly savored!
07-24-2008 14:40:19 | More by Beerking721
2.55/5 rDev -35.1%
Paid $1.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle from City Beer Store in San Francisco.
One inch tan head after an aggressive pour. Moderate head retention for a stout. Some lacing that slowly disappears. Black color.
Smells of breads, alcohol, sweet and roasted malts and some yeast esters.
Tastes a bit over-roasted. Alcohol is present.
Thick and moderately creamy. Little carbonation. Full bodied. Not the easiest to drink.
Not a fan.
07-24-2008 01:19:29 | More by ibbjamin
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
a: nice opaque super dark brown/black that is totally opaque; copious frothy head that leaves light lace
s: light coffee; sweet chocolate syrup; raisins; molasses; light metallic overtones that are quite unpleasant; vanilla; possibly light menthol scents
t: powdered swiss miss chocolate; light alcohol; vanilla; coffee; dark chocolate; coke; again an unpleasant metallic taste though
m: ok; a little on the cloying syrupy side
d: very sweet and interesting but has very unenjoyable metallic aftertaste despite being a year from the exp date
07-21-2008 03:51:41 | More by hoegaardenhero
4.75/5 rDev +20.9%
tasted a full bottle at a beer tasting (it was my first drink so my tastebuds were clean).
poured an excellent looking black with a great off white/brown head. Lacing was superb.
Smell of alcohol, roasted malts, oak and cider.
sweet taste with some of the cider smell definately displayed.
was very smooth, especially for a stout. I could, and did drink a couple. I am not the greatest stout fan but will have this again in the future.
07-16-2008 01:12:19 | More by Baileyuk
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
Served out of a 12 oz. bottle from Little Raven Vineyards; thanks for the great recommendations Peter.
A-Thick black body with a small quick receding nougat colored head.
S-Sweet coffee and caramel with a very understated alcohol scent
T-Chocolate and caramel sweetness with espresso bitterness that blend real well. Not all that complex. Seems to almost have a bourbon cask smoky/roast flavor.
M- Really nice. Comes in thick and creamy but has enough CO2 that it washes clean without any CO2 burn.
D- For as high of ABV as it carries, pretty drinkable.
07-02-2008 04:50:26 | More by MinorThreat
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.