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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,396 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,396
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 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.

KrisPaulk77, Feb 08, 2011
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.

DerekP, Feb 06, 2011
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)

basica, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of madvermin
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.

madvermin, Feb 01, 2011
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.

samie85, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 07/21/2010:

330 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours jet-black with a full finger of khaki-tan head that shows its bottle conditioned carbonation and laces very well.

S: Chocolate, roastiness, and some nuttiness.

T: Sweet chocolate is about the only discernable feature. Fortunately it opens up a bit as it warms.

M: It has a medium body with some creaminess and stickiness.

D: This is a dessert beer for certain.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of haddon
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark almost black into the glass with a massive mocha colored head. Great looking beer.

Lots of stuff going on on the nose that seems to add some complexity: roasted malts, butterscotch, bourbon and faint coffee.

The palate is different than what I was expecting from the nose. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, hops hit hard on the back end with a boozy aftertaste lingering. There is something else I can't place. Very distinct flavor that I've never had before. Like it.

Full body that is light on carbonation. thick and creamy feel.

This is a nice stout with a real distinctive taste that stands out. A great sipper that is good to have around during these cold winter months.

haddon, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle lets out a roar of a hiss as I open it
095731726 printed on it
poured into a snifter

Pours black with a reddish light brown head forming quickly despite my gentle pour; I had to pour even more gently to prevent an overabundance of head. Appears to have lots of carbonation. The head dissipates to a thin sticky lacing after 1-2 minutes.

Roasted malts dominating the nose. Faint coffee. A bit of booziness after much agitation.

Roasted malt/coffee flavors first jump out and blast their way through. Weak bitter chocolate in the middle. Alcohol slightly noticeable alcohol as there is some heat in the end

Luckily it did not feel as carbonated as it looked, but still had a thinner body than what I expect from a stout.

Very drinkable, especially for the price. The alcohol is slightly masked, but not so much that you will end up with any surprises. I find it hard to do anything but just sip on it, and I'm fairly accustomed to the strength of big imperial/double stouts.

pretty good all around but not really amazing, great value, may compare in value to old rassy. I need to do a side by side to find out, it's been so long since I've had one

Allpe45, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of jsdunlop
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this single up for $1.69 at the local total wine. Pours pitch black with a nice looking tan head, leaving good lacing on the glass. Smell consists of a meaty smokiness, bakers chocolate and a standard, run of the mill roasted malt aroma. Taste is fairly similar to the smell, bit of alcohol comes through at first, followed by a smokey, roasty malt presence, with a bit of sweetness and some chocolate flavor towards the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is quite light and watery, unlike any stout I have tried in the past, carbonation seems a bit out of control as well. First beer I've ever had from Sri Lanka, nothing to call home about, but all in all, a pretty good beer.

jsdunlop, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of KomodoDragon
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - As ferocious as its label, Lion Stout (I always want to say "Lion's"), pours an active black, with a 2" head that matches the lion's ... er ... lion mane. Good lacing and retention.

S - I smell chocolate. I smell black patent

T - I taste chocolate. Plus a sweet burst of alcohol, that warms you in the finish. 8% ABV. This is a bold stout Sri Lanka.

M - Nice light carbonation for a stout. Very clean.

D - If you like your stouts with a little punch, then look no further.

KomodoDragon, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of irishbrendan
4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found at local store wanted to try the difference between Guinness foreign extra stout, and a non-Irish foreign extra stout found that Lion was and exceptionally smooth drink with enough kick to make the stout very well in the winter. I've referred this beer to other to definitely put on there list to try

irishbrendan, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of paxkey
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle is labelled Sinha Stout. The ABV is listed as 8.8%.
Brown bottle with lion on the label

Pours black when held to light shows some ruby coloring. aggressive pour in a nonic yields a giant tan head. nice lacing.

smells of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee.

This is great stuff. I can taste no alcohol at all but am left with a pleasant warming. luscious mouthfeel, chocolate, roasty cocoa.
sweet smooth and delicious drinking.

paxkey, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of JLeege
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- On tap, poured into a snifter. The pour is black with a creamy one finger tan head. Great retention and a little lace left behind.

Smell- Dark roasty malts and sweet milk chocolate aromas.

Taste- Very reminiscent of a milk stout for me, very creamy lots of chocolate notes. Roasted malts towards the back end, finishing slightly bitter. Not quite the bitterness or hop presence as some "export" stouts, but this is solid throughout. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Pretty full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This aspect is great, a very slight alcohol warming noticed as well.

Overall- Very solid beer at a pretty good value. I will be drinking this again.

JLeege, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized sipper after I had let it sit outside of the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

A-Pours nearly pitch black with a two finger mocha head that slowly dissipates. It leaves some cascading and lacing on the glass.

S-Dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, hint of brown sugar, alcohol. Hops are present, but the malt clearly dominates.

T-Chocolate flavors dominate; not dark chocolate like the nose, but more of a milk chocolate. There is also a somewhat strong alcohol presence. It has a really nice caramel finish. It is delicious.

M-It seems slightly thin. However, its has a smooth and creamy feel.

D-This beer is delicious and much more complex than I ever expected. The booziness and sweetness of this beer cut into its sessionability, but it is great for sipping.

Overall, I loved this beer. I recently drank Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and this was much better all across the board. I will definitely purchase this again.

thegodfather2701, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of bfflo
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black as night with a big tan-colored head, although it doesn't seem to retain for very long. Moderate lacing. Roasted, malty, typical stout smell, with some sort of distinct, slightly pungent fruit note I can't quite put my finger on - maybe dates? Mild chocolate notes and kind of an earthy character to the bouquet overall. Taste: Full-bodied, thick-ish feeling front end and a heavy-leaning mouthfeel, which all sort of smoothly vanishes over the palate in the middle, transforming into a slightly odd, pungently sweet finish. I think it's in the finish the high ABV kicks in a touch, turning it into a slightly challenging brew - but still not something you'd readily take for an 8% ABV. A sort of dry, roasty aftertaste lingers, but not bitterly so. Lion Stout used to be one of my stout go-tos before I'd tried very many kinds, and this is my first return to it in a year in which I've been trying a lot of stouts. I'm not sure it is holding up as well as I'd hoped. It's got some character and body and an ABV that packs a little bit of punch; but the flavor combination, to me, is not entirely pleasant; the weird-sweet finish in particular puts me off a little bit. B-.

bfflo, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer that doesn't let any light through. Decent bubbles on this, small mocha head that left a little bit of chunk on the sides.

S - A lot of coffee, little bit of licorice, some dark fruit, slight alcohol burn.

T - This is a bit of a milky stout, decent amount of coffee and some licorice and dark fruit that make it taste a little "foreign." I don't care for the style but it's not my favorite. Above average.

M - Creamy, lighter side of full bodied, little kick from the carbonation.

D - It's a solid beer that I did not mind, and would drink again if it were offered. Above average, decent take on the style. Drinks a little harder than 8%.

AgentZero, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of thepeter
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my favorite Stouts hands down for quite a while. Pours a lamost pitch black with a thich dense tan head leaving velvety lacing and a thin remnance of a head. Aromas of Roasted barley dominate, coffee and cocoa come up big and, nut, raisin, and alcohol round it out a bit as well. Taste also sees a lot of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. The chocolate is there but it is a dry cocoa taste and the sweetness seems to be a bit of dark fruit. The aftertaste is perfect. Dry and clean, and the alcohol is not very noticable.
This beer feels great in my mouth perfect bubbles that coat the tongue and clense the palate. A great Beer to pair with dessert (making my store bought vanilla cookies 10 time better!) For the style I think it is one of, if not the most drinkable example. I am very glad to be able to find this easily once again.

thepeter, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Nice pour produced an inch of mocha head with a nice pitch black color beer. Was pleased to see this beers carbonation.

S - Smells of coffee, chocolates, mild dark fruits, a bit of warming alcohol and licorice but very mild licorice

T - Wow that's pretty creamy! The taste of mostly of coffee and licorice. Very little coffee maybe little than 20% coca but the ABV is well rounded producing very little ABV burn which is a sigh of relief!

M - Medium to heavy. Still a sipper but well covered.

D - I liked it. Came off more like a porter but it was a stout which makes it very drinkable. Beer was smooth and ABV was well concealed which I also love. Try this beer if you can!

DrDemento456, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle. Pours black with a long lasting brown head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma has dark fruit, chocolate malt and some brown sugar notes. Body is on a lighter side for a stout with dark fruits (prunes) and chocolate dominate the mouth. Finish is short, sweet and fruity. Hops character is very muted. Not a bad brew but I expected more from a stout.

mikeg67, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of DannyDan
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a black bodies brew with a tan head that has good retention with some lacing, decent carbonation. The smell is cocoa, coffee beans, some licorice and the taste is bitter chocolate along with coffee, licorice followed by some sweet fruity taste, maybe blackberry that leaves a sweet aftertaste. The taste also has a smokey and roasted flavor to it that makes you want to drink more of it. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and seems to be a medium to heavy feeling beer that is pretty drinkable even though it is filling.
I did enjoy this one, but I have noticed that this site says ABV is 8.00 %, while the bottle says 8.80%.

DannyDan, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of mooseisloose
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noted as 8.00%. QC must have been slightly out of whack as I about to enjoy an 8.80% ABV. As a note this is packaged with the high ABV Belgians as it probably should be, with a complete box allowing in zero light, very stealthy, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a burnt malt and cocoa flavor with a black licorice accent. Pours into a chalice, which is the glass at hand, jet black, with a tan micro-bubble thin head. Taste is roasted malts at the start with a big milk stout flavor kicking in, followed by some black licorice, and then a classical sweet milk stout finish. This is a top fuel dragster brew. Slow to the start,hits the green light, then glides home. I am very impressed by a brew of this stature being such a great value.

mooseisloose, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of ronniebruner
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im not typically a can beer drinker. I put together a random 6 pack from Total Wines. Ive seen this beer before, and finally decided to give it a try. It is your straight forward stout with a dark, creamy color, smoother taste, nice aroma, and that unmistakable stout taste. However, this beer is nothing to write home about. It is not bad, but it is not anything I'll remember 5 years from now.

ronniebruner, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

A: Near black with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Sweet biscuity malts with a hint of sour beer and bitter hops.

T: Tasty! A decent amount of lactose creaminess. Hops are present, dark malt is present. Really well put together.

D: The big flavors cover up the alcohol nicely, but the intensity of the brew demands attention.

Overall: This is a very tasty and above-ordinary foreign stout. Nicely put together and definitely not over-hyped.

JohnnyChicago, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of IPAescotch
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Molasses black color, poured like molasses too. Thick with a and syrupy with a large beige head disappearing quickly. Some sparse lacing

Smells like tree bark. Well roasted coffee.

Tastes the same as smell, with a touch of metal.

A chewable beer. Consistency somewhere between coffee and espresso.

Drinkable for the abv

IPAescotch, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of gopens44
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very much dark. Can't see the football game through this at all. Head was mocha colored, foamy and generous at pour but fell down considerably after a few minutes.

S - Nutty with hints of dark cherries and vanilla.

T - Decent. Dark chocolate with wood accents. Smokey perhaps. A little more watery in taste than most stouts I have had, but still good. Some sorta dark fruit in the taste, like the black cherries in the nose or plums perhaps.

M - thin yet smooth. Some aftertaste in the relatively little carbonated creation.

Decent enough stout. Not my favorite, but you could do worse. A little lighter than most stouts, so this could be a great hotter weather stout.

gopens44, Nov 21, 2010
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.