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 metter98
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color--only some traces of brownish amber are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It has a light amount of carbonation and poured with a finger high creamy tan head that never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of molasses and raisins plus hints of alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of roasted malts and has notes of alcohol, licorice, molasses and raisins. The initial taste is slightly sweet.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is present in the finish along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer isn't that difficult to drink considering its strength and the presence of alcohol in the smell and taste. This is a good beer to sip on a cold day.

Photo of BB1313
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. First off, I'll say this beer gets better and better as it warms up. It's bottle-conditioned, by the way. Pours black w/ an off-white creamy head that sticks around and nice lacing. Very good looking brew. The aromas were faint at first, but as it warmed up, they opened up tremendously. Tons of chocolate. There's also a nice roastiness to this one. Chocolate dominates this one, but in a very good way. There's also a nice milky sweetness, which is very plesant. There's no lack of flavor, very rich and bold. The mouthfeel is almost perfect. Extremely heavy, thick, and creamy; full-bodied. The carbonation is there, but not overdone. The alcohol isn't noticeable in the flavors, but it finishes w/ some warmth. Very bold beer w/ a vicious body.

I definitely enjoyed this one. Next time I'll have to try it canned. This is an all around great stout that should be respected. It's also very economical considering the style, quality, flavors, and high ABV. Great stout from Sri Lanka.. recommended!

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

This bottle has some age on it. Expires June 2002. Has been properly cellared. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black, no light gets through. Light tan head, drops to a wisp. Some lacing on the aged bottle version that was not there for the can, "fresh" version.

Aromas of sherry, dark fruits, ever so light roastiness.

Flavors of prune, fig and raisin. No hops. Thin iced coffee. Hint of cocoa. Short finish, with some alcohol and prune lingering.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery. Mouthcoating alcohol warmth.

Overall, this ages fairly well. A bit on the low end for aging, and the high end for aging this beer. Might be a little passed its prime, but still a fine beer. This may show up in a blind BIF.

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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours fairly black with just a hint of brown highlights. A healthy mocha head makes its presence known on the pour, but quickly reduces to wisps on the top. The smell is of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, and a hint of dark fruits and hops. The taste comes through, with everything kind of coming through at once. It's a taste banquet of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. A bit of bittering hops make their presence known on the finish.

The mouthfeel is very enjoyable, it's not aggressively thick as some higher ABV stouts can be. And the drinkability is superb for a higher ABV stout. This is a strange brew for my first one from Sri Lanka! For such a tropical climate, it's a bit strange that this is their main export. I'm not complaining though, this is an excellent stout that I really enjoyed drinking.

Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Super black. The head pours huge, tan, fluffy. Lots of malt, chocolate, and a winey smell come through.

Quite flavorful. Grapey, even. More of a sweet chocolate versus a dark.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, thick, yet it goes down smooth, with a slight alcohol bite.

For my first export stout, this is fantastic.

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

Good one!!! Pours a dense black color with no light getting through. Big nicely carbonated tan head with average retention. Spotty patches of lacing. Aroma is malty, vinuous and a hint of chocolate.

Big flavor. Malt and vinuous flavor (port wine) with some chocolate as well. This is a robust beer with strong, pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. This goes down about as smooth as a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. Only at the end is there a mild alcohol bite, which doesn't last long.

Overall, this is a very good stout.

Photo of foogerd
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a tan head and some lacing

S- Sweet malts, honey and powdered chocolate, some sweet lactose. Not as strong of an aroma as I would like.

T- Pretty bitter at the beginning then the sweetness comes through presenting bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, very dry bitter finish with some bitter booze of a finish, I think I get some anise at the end as well.

M- Rich and creamy with moderate carbonation.

O- Above average Export Stout, pick one up if you see it.

Photo of bayougutter
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying my wife went on a "girl weekend in New Orleans and brought home five sixpacks of great beer. WOW.

Great looking beer, pours dark as night with a full two finger caramel head which stay a while before settling to a 1/4 inch. good lacing all the way thru the drink. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle to a snifter at fifty degrees.

damn good smell too, roasted malt, caramel toffee, mild coffee. Can smell a bit of bitter hops at the end. Really nice well blended smell.

Pretty complex, taste as well as it smells. I get a stronger coffee with slight sweetness. Not as bitter on the end as I would like

This beer surprised me in a good way, wasn't expecting this. Overall an exellent beer and would give two thumbs up. Give this one a try.

Photo of OldIronLungs
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like rootbeer into a snifter - big popping three finger light tan head slowly settles to a quarter inch.

Smells of coffee and lightly burnt chocolate. Thin body with low carbonation, sweet and chocolaty, some coffee bitterness. Easy to drink and zero sight of the 8% which is tricky of them.

Overall lacking the body I look for in a stout but the flavors, although sweet, make for a pretty solid drinker.

Photo of cyrock1
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Black with a 3/4 inch moderately dark tan head.

Smell: Coffee and a little burnt sugar. Some toffee and caramel in the background.

Taste: Burnt toast and coffee with a handful of carmelized sugar on top.

Mouthfeel: Quick fading carbonation and hardly any hop bitterness.

Drinkability: A bit too astringent on the tongue in the after taste to want another one right away. Not really a sessionable stout.

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5-7 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, chocolate, coffee, a smokiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it had a very full bodied taste. I can taste lots of chocolate and coffee flavour mixed with a slight smokiness. I can also pick up on some metallic notes and also some dark fruits - it almost has a port wine type of flavour. It finishes with a roasted/toasted coffee and chocolate aftertaste.

Drink - The beer has a somewhat low price and has a pretty good bang for your buck. It's worth checking out for sure.

Photo of YouSkeete
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep reddish black, bubbly khaki head which disappears very quickly. Moderate lacing.

S: Espresso beans, Earthy and sweet malts, Dark candied fruits like blackberries and prunes. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and alcohol present themselves.

T: Raw coffee grinds, big espresso coffee bite right off the start. Fades into a more complex flavor, with a thick fruit flavor and sweet caramel-like malts. Nice hop bite levels off with the body. 8% ABV is ideal for this brew. Bitter chocolate and dark coffee aftertaste.

M: Watery, sticky and sweet. Solid body, medium carbonation, which should be a bit lower in my opinion. Great aftertaste.

D: Very nice. A great stout, i love this stuff.

Photo of alkemy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Out of a 625mL bottle and into my Really Big Frickin' beer glass
(those in Northwestern Ohio know the site)...

A - The pour is basically black. Ruby highlights can be found when held up to direct light. Provides a big frothy tan head.

S - Bitter chocolate combined with molasses is very prominent. I also get some green olives and malted milk balls.

T - Not as roasty as I'd hoped, but I really enjoyed the bitter chocolate. The green olives reappear, but to a much lesser degree. There's a coffee bitterness, albeit watered down, that really steals the show. This tastes pretty good.

M- Not so good here. I just need something thicker to match the taste.

D - Very drinkable. I could easily session this one. Creamy feel with no real presence of alcohol. I was quite surprised by this one and I'd most definitely have it again.

Photo of jboucher
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown, almost blackish hue. Unfiltered. Completely opaque. Mocha coffee colored two finger head which settles down to a one finger head. Thin lacing present. The head hugs to the sides of the glass initially, forming a depression in the center. This only lasts for a few minutes.

Smell: Mocha, black coffee, and alcohol notes. Sweet caramel scented malts are in the foreground.

Taste: Prominent mocha notes with hints of caramel and molasses. Very creamy. Hints of chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The alcohol taste is very subtle and underwhelming. Finish is very smooth, long and chocolaty. As it warms, coffee and toffee notes become more prominent.

Mouthfeel: This full bodied stout is very creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: For a stout, this beer is surprisingly drinkable. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but it is a nice treat to get every once in a while.

Ending notes: Coming from someone who seldom likes stouts, this brew is quite tasty. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again, or get this on a regular basis. However, if I wanted a change of pace, I wouldn't hesitate to return to the Lion Stout.

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

625 ml into a goblet

A - Very strong head formation. Dark mocha colored. Well retained, breaks down very slowly. Little lacing. Dark brown, pretty much black. Lots of bubbling - very carbonated.

S - Chocolate and roasted barley malts. Some yeast notes, lightly bready.

T - Roasted barley notes come in quick. Not overwhelming - balanced with the sweetness. Mid-stream gets more chocolately - even toffee. Finishes with a smooth yeasty bready notes. Very smooth and easy drinking. Hopping is very light.

M - Moderate body, strong carbonation. Somewhat a sugary finish.

D - Easy drinking - great for a stout with such strong characteristics. ABV is up there, but workable. A good post-dinner sipping beer.

Photo of kirkpjr
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a heavy, dark black with just the faintest bits of light coming through. A finger and a half of thick, creamy milk chocolate colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate and vanilla with some caramel malts. Smells like this will be a sweet milk stout type. Some hops also round out the nose.

T: Creamy, sweet chocolate. Some vanilla here as well. A fair amount of alcohol is discernible in each sip.

M: Low carbonation and medium to full body lends well to this creamy stout - almost cask like in feel.

D: Pretty good export stout. Loved the feel on this one but the heat distracts a bit.

Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lion Stout pours a dark, opaque, espresso brown, with a light brown creamy head. The scent is surprisingly minimal with the rich flavor that follows. Chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops and a moderate duration of fine tingling on the tongue. It finishes smooth.

This is a very reasonably priced, relatively complex but, very drinkable stout. What is most surprising is that it is from Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

Photo of trygger87
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack from Val 16 market on 16th and Valencia in San Francisco CA for only 6.99. This beer was picked up February 11 2011, the bottle is dated February 2009. The appearance is black, very black with an inch of initial head that fades quickly. You can see the booze sticking to the sides when i swirl my glass (chalice).
The first thing i smell is cedar, followed by a some what sour milk chocolate scent. It finishes with a dark coffee/toffee smell with a slight tobacco note. I also get a malted chocolate scent.
The taste is unique, at first its kinda grassy, then i get a strange sour note but its not unpleasant. Then i get a big hit of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and burnt toffee. The booze is very well hidden for a beer that is 8 percent.
The mouth feel is smooth and for a two year old beer there is a decent amount of bubbles. It has a surprisingly dry finish for a stout with such high alcohol. The drink-ability is pretty darn good for an 8 percenter. I can barely taste any booze on this one. Its not some thing you can chug, but its quite smooth.

Photo of Morey
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black in color, and I'm not able to get much light to shine through even when held directly to it. Light brown head that stood about two fingers tall at first, but has now settled to a thin lace after only a few minutes. Moderate head retention.

Smells roasty, yet clean. Not a big nose on this one, but it's pleasant enough.

Taste is a good combination of roasted barley and hops. Not getting too much in the way of chocolate on this one, maybe a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for my liking.

This is an easy drinking stout (especially for 8%), but I'd be ready to switch gears after one or two tops.

Morey's Bottom Line: Maybe once upon a time, this may have been a top example for the style, but nowadays....I'd put it in the middle of the road range. A little thin and not super complex. Would be a good Stout to start out with.

Photo of Wegomlegging
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and clear with a brown head. No strong smells here, picked up on roasted barley a little bit. Flavor was a pleasant surprise, sweet and malty. Light carbonation in the mouth that almost seems to turn into a milky consistency. Roasty and almost chocolatey. Dangerously easy to drink for a beer of this gravity, which is well masked throughout. A fantastic beer that will not disappoint.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Abita ballon glass. The beer poured an inky, impenetrable black, with a huge, creamy inch and a half's worth of foamy, cocoa colored head. Minimal foam cap, but gobs of sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Quite a beautiful beer.
The aroma was a bit of a low point, especially the initial sniff. There was some strange mustiness to the aroma, intermingled with roast, cocoa, and burnt malt. After a moment, the mustiness was gone, replaced with a rich toffee sweetness, roasted barley, sweet dark fruits (raisins and fig), cocoa, and alcohol.
The taste of the beer was huge and complex, with a lead of sweet malt, followed by roasted flavors, rum raisin, alcohol and a burnt, smoky finish. The finish caught me off guard, but I couldn't get enough of it. Huge flavors and wonderful complexity.
The beer felt so smooth and velvety with each and every sip. Good, supple carbonation and a warming effect from the substantial ABV. Creamy and filling. Dangerously drinkable.
Overall, a wonderful beer that I will definitely be seeking out and buying again.

Photo of DerekP
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as expected with brown floaties (such a poor choice of words, I know) that tell me this brew is left unfiltered. A creamy, tan head sits atop and looks delicious. Remarkable lacing does its thing from the pour.

Smells rich with dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee beans and alcohol. Dried prunes & figs (smell is outstanding).

Taste embodies characteristics in the smell with a smoky, burnt contour; so rich. Warmth from the alcohol (8.8% ABV). Oily hops brighten the taste & lighten up the taste buds. I welcome the creamy, heavy body. The flavors allow an otherwise mild swiss cheese to expose its better attributes. I can't get enough of the smoky, burnt aspect to this brew. It even washes down smoothly.

If someone can think of a negative remark in regards to this stout's quality, I'm all ears, but I certainly won't be jotting anything down. Simply outstanding.

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

A - Jet black pour into a La Guillotine snifter with a two-finger thick foamy tan head with medium retention (4)

S - Roasted malts, some nuttiness and hints of chocolate on the nose (4)

T - Sweet chocolate notes unleashed upfront immediately releasing pleasant roasted malt flavors. More roasted notes in the middle with flavors of oak and raisins gradually showing up towards the finish which was slightly bitter and slightly sour (4.2) (4)

M - Medium to full bodied thickness with an apt amount of carbonation and a lovely creamy smooth texture allowing this to go down really easily (4.5)

D - Pleasant chocolate and roasted flavors make this a really solid stout; not too much complexity here but still fairly balanced and very easy drinking (4.5)

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

Pours black as night, with a light tan head that laceswell and dissapates to a one finger static cap.

Smells boozy, and sweet, possibly of raisins and molasses. Can't detect much else, but raisin sweetness is very strong.

Taste is of very toasty malt chocolate, with that molasses in the background, and a little bit of bitterness in the finish. Quite pleasing and clean for the style, and really nicely sweet at the beginning of the sip. 8.8% abv makes itself known just a little bit in the breath initially, and helps the flavor out a lot. Coffee hints in the after-swallow breath, which is nice.

Mouth feel is tingly and thick, and drinkability is not fantastic due to the abv and boozy taste, but still pretty good for the style. Bonus points for the awesome lion picture on the bottle art, very Sri Lankan of them.

Photo of samie85
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a red-tinged, deep brown with two fingers of light brown sugar head.

S-Deep, dark fruits with dark chocolate and liqueur-like notes on the finish.

T-Huge chocolate notes with a dark fruit finish.

M-Thick and mildly carbonated with a dark, dry finish.

D-Insanely drinkable for 8% ABV. Very easy to drink but with an interesting complexity to it.

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