Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good

1,416 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 50
Gots: 61 | 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 bigdeuce
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this is an outstanding stout! Pours a rich black color with a nice two finger head with lacing all the way down the glass. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Smells and tastes smokey, very different taste than most stouts, although, it does include the coffee, chocolate and toffee like flavors. I was stunned upon trying this, as to it's origin, but this is one of the best out there.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice sized tan head that has good retention. A little bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, nuts, and caramel.

Taste is chocolatey, with toasted nuts, a nice roasted bitterness, caramel, hops noticeable towards the finish as well as a slight fruitiness. The 8% is very well hidden. A damn fine stout in my book.

Photo of mpyle
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

app - monster tan head, somewhat creamy and with excellent retention. Beer is effectively opaque, but bright light shows some garnet highlights.

smell - roasty with some chocolate and an overall sweetness to the aroma.

Taste - some malty sweetness, chocolately and fruity. Good complexity in the malt and esters, but nothing overpowers. Finishes roasty sweet - those flavors linger.

MF - full body and moderate carbonation. Some very gentle alcohol warming. A nice, smooth mouthfeel overall.

D'ability - A bit heavy for an every day beer, but quite drinkable by 8% ABV standards. Alcohol is well controlled.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black. Two-finger brown head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and molasses.

T: Sweet malts hit upfront with molasses turning into dark fruit with a sweet chocolate and coffee finish.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, low carbonated but thick and silky. Very drinkable overall, great flavor and no alcohol coming through. Very good stout.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours courtesy of Bobsy, many thanks!

It pours a dark black with hints of brown around the edges, nice foamy cappuccino head that thins out leaving a thin lacing on top. Nice.

Smell is toast, malt, toffee, smoke, black licorice.

Taste is where it is at with this stout. A luxurious mix of caramel, lots of roasted malts, espresso, biscuits, sweet toffee. Medium light body but it doesn't feel like it detracts from the experience. Leaves a slightly dry mouth.

This is a really drinkable stout. The lighter body eases its way down with reckless abandon but still leaves you savoring how tasty it is, especially for an export stout. I usually like more body to my stouts but for certain occasions something lighter might strike my fancy. A really drinkable stout that I would certainly try again. Thanks Rob!

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lion Stout was a favorite of the wisemen years ago, and we longed to try it again.

Split between Wiseman Nick and Wiseman Zach, though Zach chose not to participate in the review.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours thick and black from the bottle. Two finger, light brown, latte-like head sits on top. Shades of deep red can be seen around the edges when held to light. Head dies slowly, leaving thick, web-like lacing in it's wake. Looks deeeelish!

Smell: Plums, raisins, coffee, roasted malt, perfumy hops, bread, and other dried fruit. Fruity, smoky, and complex. Awesome!

Taste: Starts with plum, raisins, and fruity esters, then smoothly transgresses to coffee and roasted malt. Possibly some toffee in there too, and definitely some tartness (sour cherries maybe?). Finishes with perfumy hops that slowly give way to smoke and roasted malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Feels a bit lighter than an American stout. Smooth and tart, with nice amount of creaminess. Carbonation is on the low end. A bit chewy, and a bit of mouth-numbing.

Drinkability: Perfect. Lighter body allows you to enjoy this one for a looong time. Excellent complexity and flavor progression. Zach and I will definitely buy this again.

Photo of Shumista
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On sale at Whole Foods for $7.99 a six pack how could I pass this up?

A- Lion Stout pours black with a medium brown head. Good amount of lacing after each sip.
S- Sweet ripe dark fruits and some chocolate.
T- Much sweeter than I expected. The ripe dark fruits are present in the taste, and the chocolate is as well. Honestly the taste is too sweet for me, almost cloying.
M- A little bit too thin in my opinion.
D- I don't really want another one.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this one, but I don't think I'll be buying it again, even on sale.

Photo of optiontwo
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a half inch tan head. OK retention, not much lacing.

Smell: Spicy chocolate, caramel, and toffee commingle with earthy hops and sweet coffee. Smells good!

Taste: Beautifully balanced. Roasted malts meet caramel and chocolate flavors instantaneously followed by a good amount of citrus hop and bittersweet hazelnut and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not too heavy, spot on.

Drinkability: Fairly high for a bigger stout.

Overall: I had heard a lot of good things about this beer and seeing Michael Jackson's face on the back of the bottle is pretty reassuring but I still had my doubts for some reason. Well, those were all wiped away as soon as I took my first sip of this delicious brew. If you think you only like American stouts try this. It has all the deliciousness you'd expect from any hop forward American stout. Will definitely be getting this again very soon.

Photo of grayburn
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Midnight black with huge head and heavy lacing at 55 degrees.

The smell is completely chocolate malt.

Chocoholic taste...almost a sweet stout, hopped well enough to bring the balance out. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouth...good dry finish despite the sweet start. Not overly bitter...body is a little light, a bit over carbonated.

Very drinkable, almost dangerously so. Good beer, not an excellent example of any specific style. The lower price helps make this a great session beer.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A three finger milk chocolate brown head is very creamy and has nice resilience. Leaves a nice crown of lace as it fades. Body is pure ink black. Nose has tones of old dusty minerals, coco, and soft smokey meat. Enters the mouth with layers. The first wave is smokey minerals than comes some creamy sweet coco. The flavors all come with a general rustic feel to them. A very meaty stout overall. At 8% the alchol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is of a rusty sweetness. Very easy to drink. I would put this somewhere between a smoked and a cream stout.

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured int Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours an opaque black, slightly brown around the edges of the glass. Pours a tan head the leaves good splattered lacing about the glass.

Aroma is very smokey. I smelt something like teriyaki sauce and it reminded me a lot of Sam Adams Triple Bock. It was very malty.

Taste was pretty much identical to the smell. It was was too smokey and nothing I enjoyed very much.

Mouthfeel was very creamy, but I couldn't withhold the taste so I couldn't keep it in my mouth too long. There was no alcohol present and it had decent carbonation.

Overall this is probably my least favorite stout to date. I don't plan on buying or drinking another one of these.

Photo of andrewm190
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a great deal. Definitely a nice chocolate mocha taste and smell. Well rounded after taste. My one real complaint would be that there is entirely too much carbonation in the beer. It masks an otherwise very good taste. My beer is also being served a bit cooler than it should be, which has an effect. The beer is definitely a stout, but a bit light as stouts go, and combined with the extra cold state, make it not the best winter beer at the moment.

Although, as I said, very good beer, and worth the while.

Photo of Richardberg
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Black body, tan fringes, and a huge head with good retention.

S: very malty and sweet, like the malt syrups found in ethnic markets.

T: has the sharp sweetness of a milk stout. not much complexity beyond that.

M: nice blend of carbonation and creamy feel. not too far in either direction; good mixture for its style.

D: I sampled this beer at a beer festival a few months ago and didn't like it. This bottle, OTOH, when properly served is solidly above-average in all respects. Goes down easily, and quite inexpensive to boot. Still nothing special though.

Photo of angelmonster
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 2 finger chocolate head, black in body, good head retention and lacing

Smells of faint alcohol and roasted malt.

Taste is a variety of raisin, fig type fruit and roasted malt. Rather light on the alcohol side. Hops are pretty non present

Mouth feel is a great balance of carbonation. Nice creamy head with a silky body

Highly drinkable, very good beer. Alcohol is hidden well. Cheap great stout, highly recommend

Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 2/3 inch head of a light tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and some slight hop aroma is noticeable. Fits the style of a Foreign / Export Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, with some earthy grass undertones, hop bitterness throughout, and a sweet chocolate finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. I was a little wary of this beer after not enjoying the Lion Lager, but this is a vast improvement - worth a try.

Photo of pasdachuri
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark almost black with a tan head

A nice roasted malt character on the nose with a touch of smokiness.

Smoke coming upfront which is kinda surprising since it was a bit weak in the smell. Roasted taste comes in, coffee and almost no chocolate flavour. Some raisins are present too. Definitively a very nice tasting stout. A strange after taste take away from this stout however.

Mouthfeel is a little tingly, there is medium carbonation which combined with noticeable alcohol and light bitterness. It sticks, not a thick, milky.

I've seen stouts with higher ABV having the alcohol feel much more hidden. I'd get tired of the taste after a few of these.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, with a three-finger tan head that slowly subsided. Left a good bit of lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits, caramel sweetness, roasted malts, wet cardboard (at first I thought the bottle might have been oxidized, but I had two, and both had the same smell), and a certain astringency that I couldn't place. Somewhat of a chemical sweetness to it, which was a little bit off-putting.

Taste: Bitter roasted malts and coffee up front, but an unpleasant chemical sweetness in the background. There were dark fruits that contributed to the sweetness, but the artificial nature of it was kind of off-putting. It mellowed out a little bit as I worked on my glass, but left a noticeable aftertaste that lingered long after the glass was finished. If you could get past the sweetness, it's a very smooth, very good stout...but that sweetness just bothered me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little thin, but nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: If you can get past the sweetness it is easy to drink a couple, but it's a definite sipper. Not a bad beer, but if I have the choice there are plenty of other stouts I'd rather get. However, this was the only one available for me at the bar I was at, and it satisfied my craving. Good, but that artificial sweetness just bothered me.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: A Sri Lankan Stout heavily endorsed by Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter? Bizarre. Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle with the king of beasts adorning the label and various "quality" awards depicted on the neckband. Purchased as a single bottle from Three Cellars.

A: Pours an inky black with a generous tan-colored head. No apparent lacing.

S: Chocolate and caramel malts, dried fruit and wet cardboard.

T: Sweet chocolate malt with notes of earthy peat, smoke, and peppery spice. Suggestions of dried fruit -- primarily prunes -- come to mind. A touch of vanilla emerges on the back end. Finishes sweet and slightly astringent with a flash of well-concealed alcohol.

M: Velvety smooth on the palate.

D: I didn't find this Stout remarkably drinkable. Beware, the alcohol in this brew creeps up out of nowhere.

Photo of haningj2
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours black with tan head. As many others said, impressive lacing as the beer goes down.

Smell - I thought it was lacking. You definitely get chocolate and fruit. I didn't think the coffee stood out as much as others. I thought it was very average...not great, not bad.

Taste - A little too sweet for my stout likes. Definitely get that semi-sweetness of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Again, nothing amazing but by no means is it bad. Initially, the beer isn't very active but should deserve credit for mid and after taste, especially nearing the bottom of the bottle.

Drinkability - Here is where the beer shines. Not overwhelming and not extremely heavy. Thought it was very drinkable in terms of "stout-ness". I didn't realize how much I was drinking without taking a second to enjoy it until about half way through it.

Overall, I think it's a solid stout. I probably won't purchase it very often unless I'm trying to get something I haven't had in a while. Love the fact that it's from Sri Lanka, though.

Photo of boynabubble
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pitch black with an impressively thick tan head. Settles down to a hardy lacing which clings to the sides after every sip.

S- Definitely coffee and chocolate and a faint smell of dark fruit.

T- Good carbonation. Coffee and semi-sweet chocolate dominate over smoke, bread and earth tones. Finishes dry.

M- Not as slick on the tongue as a lot of stouts. I was surprised by its dry finish since most stouts I have tried feel pretty thick on the tongue.

D- A wholesome brew that is easy to drink and not too overpowering. A good choice for any lover of stouts.

Photo of Birmingham
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout brewed by Lion Brewery (Ceylon) http://www.lionbeer.com/
Beer Style: Foreign Stout

4 out of 5 on over all drink-ability

625ml in a 12 oz bottle, 8.0% ABV

Aroma: A pleasant medium strength aroma of fruity esters with strong notes of dried fruits. Rather pleasant, thought I would like aroma to be a little stronger.

Appearance: Pours deep rich black with a tan head. The beer clings to the class. When the head dissipates it leaves the top of the beer clear and smooth, reminiscent of a deep mountain lake at night.

Flavor: The initial taste is light with smooth roaster grain, malts, and coffee and first. The after taste lingers while the flavors intensify.

Mouth feel: It has a thick, rich and luxurious feel in the mouth. There is a light bite on the lip and tongue. The carbonation starts out strong but dissipates quickly improving the lush feel of the beer.

Overall Impression: It is very easy to drink; when the bottle was gone I was wishing I purchased a second bottle. The flavors are strongest in the after taste, as they should be in a beer you wish to remember.

Photo of blatherbeard
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is dark...and i mean DAAARK. It pours an almost pitch black in color but has a white 1.5 inch head that actually dissipates quite fast.

The smell of coffee assaults my nostrils along with hops and malt. More malt than hops, but also an alchoholish smell.

Taste is a bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate, alot of malt and almost a taste of ....well vodka. And not good vodka.

Mouthfeel is very thick. Slides right down the back of your throat but doesnt stick to the back of your throat like some stouts.

For a beer that has an overpowering taste of alchohol, its drinkability is good. The alcohol taste fades quickly and the aftertaste is just, for lack of a better description, nice.

Id buy this again, just not every day.

Photo of ricke
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-02-01. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date printed on the bottle (Best before September 2009).

Appearance: The pour is basically jet-black - held up against the light it reveals only small deep red hues. The liquid seems clear. The head is about 3 cm - bigger than expected and certainly bigger than many stouts - and its color is one shade darker than your ordinary cappuccino. It's a very thick and creamy head - almost reminiscent of a nitro-carbonated brew - and it stays for a while before settling into a ring of lacings. I must say, this beer looks very good.

Smell: Some quite powerful aromas of dark fruits - mostly black currants - and milk chocolate hit the nose. Plenty of roasted malts and coffee are there as well. A faint nutty aroma - perhaps of cashew nuts of almonds - finishes off the smell, which I enjoyed quite a bit, of this one.

Taste: More dark fruits and notes of ripe red apples blend with molasses for a big sweet flavor. Roasted malts are also rather assertive. There is also a somewhat unusual chocolate character present - consisting of a mix of both bitter and sweet chocolate flavors. In the slightly bitter finish, there is a small twang from the alcohol, a sweet taste of toffee and gentle hops. Towards the end, when the beer warms up, the chocolate flavor becomes more prominent. Overall, this one tastes good, but not extraordinary. It has a nice balance between some of the usual flavors found in a stout, and some flavors are even quite big and powerful - almost trying to enter the domain of imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel: Heavier on the carbonation and a bit livelier than I had anticipated. Semi-full (not medium though) body. Towards the end, it gets a little smoother.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer, but as already noted, not extraordinary. It looks and smells really good - the smell actually outweighs the taste, which is a bit of a disappointment. Somehow, it feels smaller than it actually is - the alcohol hides really well - but I don't know whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. However, irrespective of this, it's highly recommended and I would definitely try it again if it was offered to me, but I wouldn't make any huge efforts trying to get a hold of it.

Photo of Packforever1976
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at slightly chilled in my oversized snifter.

A: Pours a very deep brown, almost black. A decent light tan head, which receded fairly quickly. Not much lacing, very slight.

S: Dark chocolate/dark roasted malt combo in the nose. A touch of coffee. A nice vanilla/toffee sweetness as well, oh so slight.

T: Some nice bitter dark chocolate in the front. Very nice dark roasted malts. Coffee. A nice sweetness in the back that I can't quite put my finger on.

M: I wish this was a little bit thicker, and a touch less carbonated. Still, very nice.

D: Drinks very well for 8%. I can hardly detect the alcohol at all. A very tasty stout. I'll be searching this out again.

Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown to black color pour with two fingers of foamy coco head.Aroma of Semisweet chocolate and burnt malt grain. Flavor is slightly sweeter than the aroma would have you believe,sweet and bitter chocolate,coffee beans,and maybe a hint of earthy vanilla, a nice hint at the alcohol in the very end,nice little bitter aftertaste, velvety mouthfeel,smooth carbonation.Very good, I would love to drink a couiple of these.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.