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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,395 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,395
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 47
Gots: 54 | 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 Chincino
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a can which I poured into a pint glass.

It was very dark and had an aroma of coffee, chocolate, malts, and a hint of fruit.

It was medium-bodied with average carbonation. It was smooth and creamy, but not thick.

Drinkability was good.

Chincino, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of AEK
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. A dark chocolate coloured stout with a tanned head.

S. Some coffee essence along with hints of chocolate.

T. Chocolatey, oaty, black coffee and some vine fruits. Quite sweet and I thought it had a taste of a weak red wine.

M. Oily and I thought surprisingly thin.

D. A quite tasty beer and a good performer. It is certainly a beer that will make you want to come back for more. Delicious!

AEK, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Michael Jackson (the beer writer) had good things to say about this beer; he even landed his mug on the packag- ing somehow.

Massive tan head--four fingers' worth--rises slowly. Rocky, dense and bubbly, it drops to a thick lace that sticks all over the glass. Very fragrant with aromas of black currants, blackberries, cocoa powder and mild roast coffee. Amazing smoothness and medium creamy body with a lush mouthfeel. Quite malty to start, with a sweetness similar to sweetened coffee. The 8 percent ABV is deceiving to begin with, but after several sips, the palate warms right up. From middle to end come waves of roasted malt with undertones of dark bitter chocolate and faint espresso bean. Minimal hop bitterness, a little fruity and yeasty toward the end. Finishes on the sweet side with a long note of roasted flavor.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep opaque black with a thin diminishing head that leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit of roasted malts and slight coffee and molasses. The taste is more pronounced roasted malt body with the usual backup of coffee and bitter cocoa. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with mild carbonation. This is certainly one worth trying on-tap if you ever come across it.

atsprings, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely dark, nice milk chocolate finger of head.

Smell is nice, with lots of milk chocolate and roasted malts. Nice little bit of sweetness.

Chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, sweetness, toasted malts. Slight hop finish.

Feel is medium in body, slight carbonation. I don't expect full body, but it's on the lighter side of medium.

Tasty, and easy to drink. I think the bottle was a tad better, but I'd totally drink the cans any day as well.

EgadBananas, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of surlytheduff
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a pint glass. Poured rich, thick and dark; solid two finger cola-colored head with good retention and residual lacing. Smelled of chocolate, caramel, malts, dried fruit; had a very slight soapy smell to it. None of the smells were particularly strong. Taste was sweet roasted malt flavor, molasses, some coffee, dark chocolate. Felt very creamy and rich, decent carbonation, medium body. When you take all factors into consideration (a/s/t/m/d, and most importantly $) this is a pretty darn drinkable beer. One of the best value big beers I can think of.

surlytheduff, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The export stout style, to me, always seems to land a bit short of Russian Imperial Stout, with some Baltic Porter roasted notes. This seemed to fit right into the profile, with some additional full mouthfeel, calling to mind an oatmeal stout without that level of sweetness. Deep roasted flavor, a touch of charcoal, and a nice bit of sweet malt. ETOH was evident but not offputting.

Brent, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my DFH snifter.

Pours a super dark opaque black that completely blots out all light. Big inch thick tan head at first that slowly recedes into a thin cap, leaving some sticky, stringy lacing. Smell is malty, with nuances of chocolate and coffee wafting around. Bit of sweet caramel too, along with a slight booziness that's just barely detectable.

Chocolate and coffee to start, followed by roasted malts and a little bit of barley. Caramel and toffee also make an appearance. Booziness is almost non-existent, as are the hops. Aftertaste is all bittering coffee. However, all the flavors seem a bit... subdued. Not as big and bold as I was expecting, even after letting the brew warm up for a little while. A little bit of astringency at the end. Mouthfeel is fine, creamy while also being crisp and dry thanks to the carbonation roiling around in there.

Drinkability is good for this stout. It's a bit more subdued than I'm used to from the style, but it's by no means a bad beer. Definitely a candidate for a good night of drinking. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy.

r0nyn, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of mrnobody
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with 4 fingers of frothy tan head which retreats leaving ample lacing.

S: Smells of hay, cocoa and coffee.

T: Tastes of mild, sweet coffee and booze.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly rich and the carbonation is not too high.

D: Does a pretty good job of disguising the 8.8% ABV but the slight hotness and the sweetness might hurt the drinkability.

mrnobody, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before November 2010, aka tomorrow. Poured into a snifter.

A - Opaque and black. Light tan , two finger head cliging to the side of the glass but fading to a creamy cap fairly quick.

S - Lot's of chocolate and coffee mixing well with roastiness. Nothing out of the ordinary here, typical 'stoutiness'. There is a nice complimentary licorice type of aroma too. No alcohol in the nose. Dark fruits are present also.

T - Coffee and chocolate champ through really well and move really smooth. Licorice comes through nicely again for me. Minor alcohol in the finish. A little bitter in the finish too.

M - Medium body. Mild carbonation. Sort of creamy going down.

D - Hey, why not. This is pretty decent stuff. You would never know this was 8%. Not an amazing brew, but it's a really nice strong stout.

tbeckett, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of dtivp
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black with anice dark tan head, not much retention and litlle lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malt, licorice and strong coffee.
Taste followed the nose, with dark roasted malt, bold coffee, licorice and slight alcohol.
Mouthfeel was a medium body, light carbonation, very smooth.
This was a nice stout, a like a little more bitterness, however, I would purchase this one again.

dtivp, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours a dark cola brown with 2 inches of head the color of milky coffee.

S-Condensed milk sweetness, malted milk balls, Hershey's chocolate.

T/M-Medium bodied and creamy, with low to moderate carbonation. Less roasty than I expected, given the style. Very smooth and creamy, with condensed milk sweetness and light notes of toffee. The finish had a slight metallic tang that diminished as I continued drinking.

D- A 6-pack of this excellent stout sells for just $8.99! Not a bad deal at all.

DaveHS, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 10/22/10

Very dark, scorched brown; appears black in the glass. One & a half fingers of light brown foam. The head dissipates at a moderate rate leaving a few smooth swaths of lace. Swirling revives a decent layer of foam.

Solid, smooth aroma of roasted dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate & coffee beans. Faint touch on an almost vanilla-like sweetness; subtlety is key on this one, though. Earthy overtones. At 8% abv alcohol is not appreciable in the nose.

A brief foray into chocolate sweetness is about it before the flavors become roasted in the middle & dry on the finish. To my liking the roasted notes creep right up to burnt territory, making for an enjoyable balance. Roasted coffee & dark malts. A little bitterness, too. Still seems like there's a hint of vanilla. Very well-structured.

Full bodied & smooth, the calm of the beer is set on edge by the carbonation which is fairly vigorous. Though it's a tad pricklier than I'd prefer it's far from too much. Finishes with dry bitterness. Roasted notes linger.

This is a really easy drinking stout. It's just really steadfast all-around. I picked a can as part of a mix & match six pack. Now that colder weather is upon Ohio this is in the running for "nightcap stout" of the season.

Ryan011235, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330mL from a mix and match 6-pack, poured into a snifter

Picked this bottle up on recommendation of the beer guy at Joy Wines on 6th. It's not a bad 6-pack stout, all things considered.

A: Pours dark and thick, pitch black with 2-fingers creamy thick head. Looks like a stout.

S: Rich bitterness, and a slight unexpected hoppiness. Something else in here, but not sure what. Slight hints at smokiness.

T: Good front, bitter, good back, fading into chocolate, middle is kind of implacable and lost. Smokiness increases a lot as the beer opens up, and ultimately makes the middle a bit better down the long-haul.

F: Bit on the thin side for a stout, feels nearer a porter to my mouth.

D: Similar to B.O.R.I.S. in a number of ways, only not as good. Still, for the price, this is a very tasty stout.

codewarrior, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label in Ontario says Signa Stout for some reason, but I'm sure it is the same beer. Pours an incredibly dark brown, almost black, colour with thick tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but some lacing on the glass. Looks quite thick. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Flavour has a lot of sweetness to it. Syupy mouthfeel, which works well for the sweetness of this stout. I can't believe this is under $2 for a bottle. If I didn't already have about 50 bottles of imperial stouts at my place, I'd buy a ton of this.

kwjd, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - opaque and black, a frothy thin mocha cover kicks up a thick finger of suds but is gone quickly. A few little islands of bubbles here and there, but a pretty bare top.

Aroma - grainy but with some semblance of roasted grain.

Taste - roasty, malty, tasty. Hints of coffee. The abv is fairly well hidden but peeks out a bit with some warming. A good basic stout, kudos for having it canned.

Mouthfeel - very nice smoothness, though the peppy carbonation could be tamer. Good sturdy body.

Drinkability - a fine sipper for the autumn fireside, though a few of these can sneak up on you.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of MattyV
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle labelled "Sinha Stout" and 8.8% ABV, but pretty sure this is the same beer.

Pours a jet black colour that totally prevents any light from passing through. A pretty aggressive pour yields a thick and pillowy mocha head that shows good retention and moderate lacing

Aroma is big on the dark roasted malts, with definite touches of cocoa, coffee beans, and tobacco. I pick up hints of alcohol on big whiffs, but not too noticeable overall.

Rich complex flavour with roasted malts that provide notes of dark chocolate mostly, as well as caramel, coffee, and tobacco that are wonderfully balanced by the bitter hops. Finish is of a lightly bitter lingering roastiness with a slight touch of boozy warmth.

Rich, smooth body with just the rich touch of carbonation to keep the beer from being too heavy

Who knew such a great stout could come from Sri Lanka? This will definitely go into my rotation of go-to widely-available stouts; good value and a great rich, complex flavour profile. Well balanced but slightly on the sweet side which hurts its drinkability for me a bit.

MattyV, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Black with a thick,creamy tan head.Great retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Licorice, roasted malt and coffee.

T_Coffee,bitter chocolate,black licorice. Roasted malt and molasses on the back end.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Very drinkable foreign export stout.

nickadams2, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of BeefyMee
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one I've always been interested in trying, but I could never find it. That is until I went to Half Time in Poughkeepsie and picked up some nifty cans.

A: Oily black with tan head that faded quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Sugar. Alcohol.

T: Roasty and sweet. The sweetness is weird because it reminds me of the syrupy and sometimes cloying dark fruit sweetness of a Belgian quad. Alcohol comes through in the finish. Perplexing yet pleasing.

M: Chewy and playful.

D: Very good for its high alcohol and strong flavors.

I'm quite pleased with my experience with the Lion. A very good beer that's just a little overrated.

BeefyMee, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of taxguyjase
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A frothy chocolate head, pitch black with almost no visible carbonation. Feels very inviting. 4.5/5.0

Smell - Coffee dominates the nose, but you'll also get some mocha and roasted malt in there. Nothing that is all that different from the expected. 3.0/5.0

Taste - A bit different flavor than I was expected based on the smell. While the coffee was more promenient in the nose, the taste seems more focused on the bitter chocolate. There's definitely a coffee flavor to it, but it's not all that robust. In fact, there's some sweetness to it. Nothing as sweet as a milk stout, but definite sweetness at the beginning of each taste. This beer is packing a pretty impressive 8.8% ABV, but you can't taste the alcohol at all. 4.0/5.0

Feel - Thick and rich. The beer definitely coats the mouth well and finishes smooth. The aftertaste is malt and dark chocolate. It takes a while for the flavors to clean up in your mouth. 4.5/5.0

Drinkability - I think I paid $3.99 for this thing and it's probably one of the best beers I've had for that price. Unfortunately, it's not available here in New Mexico...wah wah. Would definitely pick it up again though. 5.0/5.0

taxguyjase, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Brass Rail Deli, poured chilled from the can into a tulip.

A - an opaque, black as night color w/ thick band of beige, the lace clings decently and bead is average size

S - The smell is very good, lots of dried fruit aromas: fig, raisin and currant w/ a slight scent of roasted grain and mild alcohol in the aroma

M - A feel that has smooth carbonation with a mild level of sweetness and roastiness, the textue is full bodied and has a mild warmth of alcohol as it finishes

T - The flavor follows the nose pretty closely with mild fig, slight dark cocoa bitterness and mild hop effect w/ a moderate amount of wood/tobacco in the background a very nice flavor profile

D - I enjoyed this one a lot, a very good example of the style and nice to have from a can too. I would recommend this to anyone who likes strong stouts

Slatetank, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of hardy008
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, not letting any light through. Has a 2 finger foamy tan head with good retention. The aroma has roasted malt and chocolate.

The taste also has a lot of roasted malt and dark bitter chocolate. There is also some vanilla. Is somewhat more bitter than sweet.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Not a beer that I love, but one that I do like. I would like it more, if there wasn't a somewhat burnt bitter aftertaste.

hardy008, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of tewaris
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lion Stout
The Lion Brewery Ceylon PLC
Foreign Extra Stout
8% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
625 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a Summit pint glass.

Appearance 4/5
Clear, very dark brown, almost black; big brown creamy head that receded rather fast and left moderate lacing.

Aroma 3.5/5
Dark malts and molasses is the first impression; an almost burnt sweetness is evident. I don't detect any hops, which is fine by the style. Also, aroma fades real fast in this one, and very little of the strong molasses aroma is felt later. Some fruity tartness.

Taste 4.5/5
Opens fruity, resiny. Some hop bitterness is felt eventually, but is never overwhelming. Burnt in a nice way. Finishes medium dry and clean for the sweet beginning. Roast can be well felt in the aftertaste. Very good. Some booze as the beer warms up. I won't be surprised if it's actually brewed with molasses.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Silky, with medium carbonation and medium body. Not the richest stout but it's not exactly an Imperial Stout, and mouthfeel is spot on for the style.

Drinkability 5/5
Very good. The body and taste are a perfect match for the alcohol.

Other
I would drink this beer again and again, and highly recommend it.

tewaris, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of beerman207
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Seen this around for a while - finally decided to give it a whirl.

A: Dark as night with a geiser of head that goes away quickly - not sure why it was so out of control just to leave in a flash

S: Odd - smells like olives? Some smoke as well as mocha, chocolate. interesting combination. Not sure how I feel about the nose.

T: Olives up front followed by some chocolate and malt. Odd with the olive flavor for sure.

M: Medium carbonation - no problem here

D: Can't say i'd go for this again. For some reason, maybe I was expecting this to be more like an ris. Just not my bag unfortunately.

beerman207, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid black in color. In a Duvel Tulip, it's nearly half head and half beer. The head is tan and sudsy and also leaves plenty of lace.

Has a smoky and sweet nose. A smoked bacon scent with caramelized sugar. Interesting.

Smoked bacon up front with toasty malt, raisin, chocolate and some cola coming in at the close. Plenty of smoke and that bacon is interesting, but not bad, just different. I have to say, it works pretty well.

Smooth and the carbonation is mostly soft. For an eight percent beer though, I would have expected a little more heft in the body. Very dry finishing.

A glass of this would be fine, but more than that might be a bit much. Overall though, a unique stout. Seems to be more of a smoke baltic porter. It's a beer that I am glad I finally tried, but can't see myself getting it again in the near future.

jera1350, Sep 04, 2010
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.