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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good

1,468 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 55
Gots: 74 | 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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Ratings: 1,468 | Reviews: 869
Photo of EmmetD
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of hdelavega
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to an oversized wine glass.
Dark oily black in color, light khaki head.
Nice roasty chocolate malt character in the nose, very well masked alcohol, a tiny bit of dark fruit, carmal, and vanilla.
Taste is full of chocolate, a bit of chili, some mote vanilla. I get some mote fruit, defiantly a nice coffee bitterness,
Mouth feel has a pretty high carbonation. A bit creamy, there is a bit more chilli in the finish. Pretty thin body.
Overall not bad, I love using this stout for cooking but rarely buy it to drink. Not a bad beer at all though.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch, motor-oil black with an enormous tall brown thick head; it's so very thick, almost like hard whipped cream. Slow dissipation leaves quite nice lacings.

S: Roasted sweet malts, some chocolate and strong black coffee. Dark dried fruits. A salty sour backbone, not bad but interesting...

T: Sweet, syrupy dark roasted malts. Dark dried fruits; mainly figs (the figs are both dried but also ripe - kind of strange). Some caramell in the back.

M: Short aftertaste. Medium body and very low carbonation. I expected more.

O: Considering the geography of Sri Lanka/Ceylon this is probably the best beer ever. I you don't take the logistics in consideration, still a damn good producte.

Photo of blakelive784
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served into standard pint glass:

A - Pours a non transparent dark brown/black color. The head is two fingers, devoid of cream, and terrible retention. Excusable for the high abv.

S - Bitter chocolates, roasted malts, and a strange olive smell. Relatively mild, and the ethanol is present.

T - Much better than the nose predicted. Sweet cream and chocolate on the open. Roasty backbone is evident throughout. Extremely well built. High abv isn't noticeable until the finish, where it fits.

M - Full bodied, smooth and wet. Nearly perfect.

D - Hides its abv very well, well balanced, and extremely drinkable. I'm very surprised with this one and will have it again.

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What the heck is Sri Lanka doing making beer like this?! I guess colonialism has had SOME good lasting legacies afterall...

THE APPEARANCE of the Lion Stout is the most surprising aspect of this beer: Thick, frothy lacing follows a dense, mocha-colored head, atop a completely opaque black body. Little yeast is left in the bottle when poured out, and subsequently a good amount clings to the sides of the glass and eventually makes its way to the bottom. This stout looks very malty and chewy, and could easily pass for a big, imperial stout or a barrel-aged brew.

THE SMELL, when cold, is very faint...almost zero. After it warms a lot, I picked out cocoa, big alcohol aromas, and little hops. There are strong Kahlua, sherry, and port qualities to this beer when fully warmed--it's just a shame it takes so much patience to bring out the aromas.

THE TASTE is good, just as I remember from the other times I've had it in the past. Like the smell, the taste is heavily muted and tame when cold so it really needs to warm. I found room temp to actually be the point at which I could really get a sense of everything this beer has to offer: rich, sweet, mocha, cocoa. To me, it tastes like an oatmeal stout with strong barleywine qualities. It has a dry finish and a slight wineyness to it, which are interesting for a stout.

THE FEEL is medium-thin and fairly hot for a stout, due to the high alcohol content. It is incredibly warming and despite being unusually strong for a basic stout it is very drinkable.

CONCLUSION: Lion Stout looks massive but is actually a little underwhelming considering so much of its nature is masked until you hit about 55 degrees in temp. It is a good stout and certainly should be enjoyed for that. However, this is not an "extreme" beer in the American craft beer sense so it will be a let down if approached in that way.

Photo of hhboulder
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oil black with ruby around the rim when held up to the light. Tan with some orange head with decent retention and thin wispy lacing.

Get the typical roasted and chocolate malt nose, but, beyond that, is much more interesting than typical stouts, even compared with guiness extra foreign--a great stout. There are sweet caramel notes as well as fruity esters similar to a port wine.

Sweet roasted toffee and chocolates but also goes above and beyond with dark fruits. Minimal bitterness, definitely balanced to malts. Finish is a little dry but very enjoyable with lingering sweet caramel and toffee.

Warming alcohol that is somehow very pleasant for this ABV. Creamy with medium body and moderate carb.

Surprisingly VERY good stout in a can from Sri Lanka. I'll be buying this over Guiness Foreign Extra from now on. It just has more going on than the typical "chocolate, coffee, espresso, roasted" flavors of a stout...

Photo of MoustacheHero
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A canned beer from Sri Lanka? I'm skeptical... Sri Lanka, formerly Su Lan. It was about 3 in the morning and I was looking for 1000 brown M&M's to fill a brandy glass, but back to the beer.

A: This can of motor oil poured pitch black into my glass with a milk chocolate head.

S: A faint smell of sweet malt, coffee and hot liquor.

T: An amazing strong flavor of coffee, caramel, fig, and hot liquor. A real surprise.

M: A big body, light on carbonation, high on creaminess and sticky syrup.

O: A mind blowing beer from a can. Like it dark and big? Then wrestle this Lion.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 11.5 oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a one-finger tan head that leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Great aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Similar to the smell, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors cross the palate. Smooth brew with a creamy body.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Hands down, one of the best stouts I've ever had.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to Founder's tulip.

A - Poured black with 2 fingers of foamy light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, a touch of licorice, some hazelnut and a some light coffee notes. Alcohol is slightly noticeable and the overall nose is somewhat bland.

T - Roasted malts, a touch of coffee, chocolate and some sweetness. Not overly complex for the style but still an enjoyable and easy to drink beer. The alcohol is also somewhat noticeable on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Photo of welldigger888
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque inky black with a tan head that leaves envious lacing.

Roasty & yeasty with a hint of that foriegn extra sourness. Very malty roasty nose that seems to good to be true. Coffee semi sweet chocolate and a nice layering of tart souring that remind one of the old sour mash bourbon. WOW this rivals the untouchable guiness foreign extra for sure.

Thick and creamy roasty goodness leads the way. Nice chocolatey dark coffee goodness leads to a dry roasted grain. Again with the hint of sour dryness that leaves one longing for more.

Full and dry, wow this beer rocks the house.

When availible on draft and fresh, buy mass quanities.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black to super dark brown pour, not much in the way of head to this one. Aroma was roasty, lacking chocolate or coffee.

I pulled more brown sugar out of this than any type of dark fruit. Seemed thinner in body than it was in appearance, would like to see it thicker, might cover up the discernable alcohol presence a little better. The chocolate that was lacking in the nose rears its non ugly head in the taste, although it is far from awe inspiring quantities. Lots of booziness, seems the brown instead of black aspect may have been from some caramel and brown sugar.

Extra half point for it being inexpensive and made in an area you would never guess could make a decent beer. For me, its on par with Guinness, even though they are very different beers. This has more 'taste' per se, but Guinness is smoother and less inconsistency.

EDIT: After having it in the can while doing some disc golfing, I found it to be better than my previous drinking foray in the bottle. Less alcohol, more chocolate, good.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's while walking around the French Quarter

Appearance: brown/black color with a 1 finger head that sticks around.

Smell: caramel, chocolate, alcohol

Taste: coffee, chocolate, with a hint of anise. A slight fruity finish. A very smooth yet complex stout. Didn't realize the ABV was so high; no wonder I was feeling so mellow.

Mouthfeel: medium, creamy, good carbonation

Overall: The guy at Sydney's said if I liked Old Rasputin, I'd enjoy this stout. It definately ain't Old Raspy, but it's got an easy drinkability like OR. Bold but enjoyable. And all the way from Sri Lanka, no less. A fine sipper while watching the Mississippi River roll on by.

Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a substantial, two-finger brown cream head that sticks around for quite a while. Smell is pungent with a powerful alcohol smell. Almost reminds me of the smell of Name Tag beer which isn't the greatest smell in the world. Taste had some coffee and mocha flavors as the bottle suggested. Going to have to pick this up again from somewhere else than world market. Bottle had stuff floating in the bottom of it and tasted old. I have had other bottles from there that had stuff in it as well and just weren't very fresh. I'll update what I find.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with a very tall mocha coloured foam head. Pretty good retention with some decent lacing.

S: Caramel and molasses-like malts are quite dominant in this. Fainter hints of chocolate follow. Lingering grain aromas can be detected as this warms.

T: Caramel, molasses, some chocolate, and quite a potent herbal anise taste. Fair amount of smoke, especially in the finish, which adds another dimension to this. However, the distinct taste of anise coupled with smoke is actually giving off a medicinal taste that I find a bit unpleasing.

M: Lighter body for the style with an appropriate carbonation.

D: Don't think I'll be revisiting this one, as the medicinal herbal taste I was picking up was off-putting and really controlled the taste for me.

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this from Julio's.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a great deep oily almost clear though black hue with a soft mocha head that leave great haloing and clouding.

S - Big chocolate, brown sugars, roasted malts, and some dark fruits.

T - Similar to the nose, there is a great rich, roasty malt flavor that gives way to sweet almost fruitiness. There is a slight bitterness at the end as well.

M - Nice mouthfeel. The ABV is nicely hidden, good carbonation, sweet in the mouth. Good finish.

O - Nice foreign stout here. Quite accessable but I kinda liked Guiness more than this one.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

625 ml Bottle reviewed on it's best before date (Sep 2011).

I was really impressed, this looked, smelled and tasted like a good quality Stout. Lovely velvety looks, those rich, smooth malty aromas of roasted and toasted barley just carried on into the mouth. Chocolate and mild Coffee flavours linger in the mouthfeel as the brew level slips slowly down the glass.

One of the simpleist and best tasting Stouts I've had, ever.

Photo of adsomers
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went from having a dismissive attitude about this beer to considering it a favorite. That it is so cheap and accessible is a welcome bonus.

I'll skip the detailed review and just say that it ain't your everyday stout. It has.a fruity sweetness to it but is not overly rich. There's a sight tartness to it that make it quite refreshing IMO. The head is creamy and leaves a nice lace. Most of all, this beer is digestible, like a good abbey or Trappist ale.

Highly recommended but leave yuor expectations at the door.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always intrigued to try a craft brew out of a can...

Poured a very dark, black almost oil-like liquid. Good first impression

The smell was about what I would expect from a stout; some hints of dried fruit and a little smokiness

Mouthfeel was nothing special and I noticed there was very little carbonation.

I tasted dried fruit, smokiness, some bitter chocolate and a very amount of malt. A decent stout but not by favorite. There was a little bit of booziness at first but that faded as I drank the beer.

Photo of gruberbeer
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As my esteemed beer colleagues have noted, this beer is malt-ball malty. However, I dare to disagree with some impressions of its appearance and carbonation.

The appearance is lovely, black as night, and it has a frothy beige-brown head that foams and lasts long enough to tell you that this beer is appropriately carbonated.

My only qualm resides in this beer's overly enthusiastic chocolate flavor. I'm usually a fan of chocolate, but this beer's bitter chocolate mixes with the strong smokey ash flavor to make this taste more like I dropped a Hershey's bar into a campfire and then licked it clean.

Nevertheless, it augments a piece of pizza and will effectively hide any cumin flavor (if that's what you want) with its powerful smoke-screen.

Photo of claytong
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - wort brown in color. thick. solid tan head. looks a bit odd.

smell - malt overload. malt here, a malt there, a malt everywhere. samichlaus meet lion. minor coffee and brown sugar.

taste - a bit of grain. otherwise finishes the nose.

mouthfeel - everything is mediocre. mediocre carbonation, mediocre taste, mediocre body eh.

cheap but not really worth the price.

Photo of dali27
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. can into a pint glass.

A: Completely dark black. As it poured from the can, it gave the impression of syrupy liquid flowing out. Large, light caramel colored head which initially produced really nice lacing but then died out pretty fast.

S: Dark berries, roasted malts and coffee dominate the smell. Faint alcohol scent.

T: The scents move on into the taste. Big and bold, typical stout flavors of malts and coffee, but they're highlighted by the nice fruit accent. Aftertaste is coffee and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

O: Better than I had expected this to be. Wish I had more than just the one can. Worth a try!

Photo of ThaCreep
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of output01x
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that quickly disintegrates after a couple minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a deep, near mahogany black. Throughout consumption, decent lacing can be seen sticking to the sides of the glass like honeycomb.

Dark roasted malts aromas flow out of the head with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, raisins, and plums. The nose is a little on the sweet side with the dark fruit aromas overpowering the chocolate and coffee aromas.

Just like the nose, sweet dark fruit flavors dominate the taste. Notes of plum, raisin, black cherry, and brown sugar hit the taste buds first. A light, almost cognac alcohol flavor is also detected. As the beer is swallowed the dark fruit notes turn evolve into flavors with black cherry and plum being the most dominant. As these flavors settle and wane, a dark chocolate and dry coffee flavor begins to surface but is quickly met by a light rum alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is slick and smooth. The body is there but is not thick or coating and is only slightly sticky. The carbonation is not fizzy and does not create a creamy mouthfeel but can definitely be noticed working behind the scenes.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I just complained about the stout classifications and here I am reviewing a "Foreign/ Export Stout." A stout's a stout IMHO and this brew proves that aphorism.

Poured from a bottle into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Foamed up to a nice head; over a half inch and a beautiful khaki colored head at that. The color of this stout is black, yes, but is a more clear black than some other stouts. Less "inky black" and more of a gem-like color. A beauty.

-Smell 4.5: Wow! Big, delicious bouquet. Notes of chocolate, brown sugar, toasted cereals...this baby SMELLS like a stout should!

-Taste 4.5: First tastes are semi-sweet chocolate and concentrated barley. This is followed by a big wave of cool liquid. The aftertaste is wonderful and very strong: smoky, chocolaty...just delicious. This is one of those beers that makes you taste it again and again to find other flavor levels and different nuances. Just delicious.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: This is a bottle-conditioned ale; "Beer Hunter" Michael Jackson's picture on the back label told me so! Mouthfeel is good but not great: a bit too much carbonation. This is, however, just a nitpick. Kind of like noticing a piece of lint on the Crown Jewels of England.

-Overall 4.5: Excellent stout. This beer could stand toe to toe with the best beers in the world and come out on top. This stout is refreshing, warming and demonstrates a quality of brewing at each and every level. Its high ABV (8.8%) is completely unnoticeable in the taste, so be aware.

I paid $10.99 for a six pack of these at the Lotte/ Assi Plaza in Atlanta. Good of the ol' Beer Hunter Mr. Jackson to appear on this beer, as it is a magnificent brew. Worthy of the name "Lion." Highly recommended.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.