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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,282 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,282
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 49
Gots: 33 | 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 

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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I heard this was an interesting beer, and it's from Sri Lanka, probably the first thing I've ever had from there. Here's the review, enjoy.

A: Pours super dark with a huge rich creamy head. The head rises to be 50% of the glass with a thick dark chocolate colored creamy foamy head. It slowly pops downwards. The black stout doesn't let any light through, so it's basically pitch black.

N: Nose is interesting, with some creamy malt aromas, spicy alcohol, toasted aromas, slight fruit, almost an aroma of toasted seeds, like toasting pumpkin seeds. Sweet malts and syrupy aromas also take a liking to it. It's a very unique and strange nose that I can't even pick out aromas to describe.

T: Starts with some nice chocolate flavors, creamy milk chocolate. Then some tangy spicy flavors that are also semi strange and interesting at the same time. Some light smoky flavors, and some char, like taking a bite from a charred log, literally. It's weird. The strange toasted seed aroma comes out slightly in the taste as well. It's so unique and interesting. Not amazing flavor, but interesting. A slight coffee taste comes through on burps as well. Some dark fruits also come through, fig and raisin mostly, with tastes of nuts and nutmeg.

M: Pretty creamy and thick, and despite the head not much carbonation.

F: Finishes semi bitter, slightly tangy and spicy as well. Pretty dry too, and leaves a chocolate powder flavor in the mouth, like chewing on cocoa powder. There's also some lingering fruit flavors and the stout like bitterness sticking around. It does hide the 8% abv well though.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 04:46:38 | More by jlindros
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gatorbreath

Fiji

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: Very chocolaty dark brown with mocha brown head

Smell: Mochaish with chocolate and perhaps some dark fruits. Very busy this one.

T/MF: Dark chocolaty dark fruit and very light mocha/milky note. Very complex on the palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carb'd. Premier Stout in my opinion

Drink: Could drink a few of these, and have, and enjoy each time. This is a very nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 02:41:00 | More by gatorbreath
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Frosty80

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours very dark brown. sits black with a very small dark brown rim

Smell: mellow but obvious alcohol presence. no roast to speak of. slight chocolate presence with a hint of dark fruitiness

Taste: low roast flavor dominated by chocolate and dark fruit. slight alcohol presence. hint of roast in the finish. bitterness is very low

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. low-full body. low carbonation

Notes: tasty stout with rich flavors lacking the usual coffee flavors. great tropical export stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 04:08:52 | More by Frosty80
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cola brown, the head is similar in appearance to the fizz on a cola too. It subsides after a little while to just a film, leaving some nice lacing.

S- Bold and roasty. Sweet chocolates and coffee. Really nice.

T- Like the nose. Bold and roasty, chocolaty with hints of coffee. A small hint of juicy hoppiness at the end to let you know this is a well balanced beer.

M- Full, dry, smooth and once in a while you get some warm alcohol.

D- Really good beer. I can definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:29:00 | More by MbpBugeye
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MisterClean

California

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Commercial style example at homebrew meeting.

A - Pours a dark black with 2 fingers of mocha head. Head doesn't dissipate, but leaves little lacing.

S/T - Dark roast coffee, chocolate, and grassy hops. Fairly resiny too. Yummy.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, dry finish, and smooth. Exactly how this beer should finish.

D - Damn, very drinkable perfect. Rated as best of style by BJCP for a reason. Great example of a foreign stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:15:10 | More by MisterClean
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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color, like tar. The head is small and tan. It dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: Definitely roasty. Has a touch of caramel sweetness to it as well. Besides that, hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Starts off roasty with a hint of maple syrup flavor. Finishes with a chocolaty coffee taste reminiscent of mocha. Very complex, very good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied. Goes down like milk. Has just a touch of a carbonation bite. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: A very good stout, definitely one of my favorites. I picked this up on a whim (I had never heard of beers from Sri Lanka) and I'm glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 16:34:38 | More by wahhmaster
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Ghenna

California

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour into a pint glass, gives 3 fingers of mocha colored foam with little to no lacing. The beer itself is a opaque brown/black.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Definitely a sweet and inviting smell. Taste follows smell heavy with coffee, dark chocolate, and malts. There is a little bit of bitterness in its aftertaste, though more that of dark chocolate than hops.

It is surprisingly light bodied for a beer that is this dark and sweet- I was expecting a residual sweetness. The relatively simple, but good, flavor makes this a fairly drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 02:27:20 | More by Ghenna
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Other than a hint of ruby around the edges, almost no light passes through the brown-black body. It's topped by a thick pile of fairly well-retained fine mocha foam. Some lacing. There's a very deep fruit aroma, like prunes and berries. Roasted notes give the impression of chocolate. Molasses. Alcohol is present in the nose, giving the scent a boozy character. It tastes of semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, plums, and a hint of black coffee. While there is some roasted bitterness lasting well into the finish, this stout leans toward sweet. Alcohol noticeable, but less prominent than in the nose. Balanced. Medium-full bodied with fairly smooth carbonation. Very easy drinking for such a strong beer. A nice beer to relax with after supper on a fall or winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 01:07:36 | More by mintjellie
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Slightly opaque black color with a thin tan head that dissipates very quickly - light lacing. Nose is sweet with mild coffee/chocolate. I found the taste to be fairly simple and straightforward - mostly a roasted taste with some chocolate/coffee. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty easy drinking stout. There's nothing crazy about it, the alcohol is blended well and the taste is pretty simple and straightforward.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 14:54:32 | More by Mavajo
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feelmefoam

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice thick, dark, mahogany, nearly black but not quite. Has a nice mellow brown head that put up two fingers of awesome froth. As it calmed down there was plenty of nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of burnt thick malts, some chocolate and coffee present as well.

Some malted barley hits your tongue at first, followed by bittersweet chocolate and maybe some raisins. There is a sweet, musty aftertaste that tastes a little syrupy, not quite sure what it is. Good, complex flavor.

Not an extremely heavy mouthfeel, as I first expected. About medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonatoin for a stout.

Pretty big and tasty, also very complex. Pretty drinkable for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 02:56:37 | More by feelmefoam
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blackenmn

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a fairly heavy black with a thin creamy head. There was just a hint of brown to the brew, very opaque. This thing really stuck to the edge of the glass nicely. Smelled very roasty, with definite notes of milk chocolate and coffee. A feint liccorice like scent hiding in there, VERY sweet smelling brew, literally.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of burned sugar and molasses. With plenty of sweet, sweet chocolate and caramel. Felt more creamy than sticky. Very feint bitterness. Finishes dry and sweet. The body had alot more character than I expected.

Drinkability:This thing was a pretty tasty treat. Have seen it around for a while now and finally decided to give it a shot. I could probably enjoy 2-3 of these some night. A very reasonably priced treat, I'll definitely pick up some more of this down the road.

Serving type: can

11-10-2009 02:06:43 | More by blackenmn
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MrDanno96

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. I could also see some carbonation sticking to the side of the glass after the initial pour. Some moderate lacing. Pretty standard appearance for a stout.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, fruity esters, maybe cherries, molasses, and some alcohol.

T: Strong coffee flavor, dark chocolate, molasses, and some caramel. Roasted malts are also definitely a strong presence here. Hops come through just a little in the finish. As it warms, the sweet fruits from the nose come through a little as well. Overall, a pretty well balanced flavor.

M: A pretty full body and pretty crisp. I feel like there's a little too much carbonation here that interferes a bit with the complex flavors it presents. I had to search around the carbonation for all the flavors I noted above, especially the first few sips. About halfway through my glass I began to feel the warming effects of the alcohol, but it is definitely well hidden.

D: This is a pretty good stout. Lots of good flavors. As I noted above, I feel it suffers just a little on the mouthfeel. I would have this again, but probably not more than one at a time. It's also a pretty cheap, high abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 19:51:27 | More by MrDanno96
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in 6 pack can form from a wasteful cardboard box carrier. Poured out of the tin it looks very pleasing to the eye of a stout fancier. The body is nearly raisin coloured with a delightful looking tan froth rimming the glass and clinging fast. Nary a bubble to speak of. The smell is smooth and rich with roasted aromas and mellow sweet darkness. The taste rolls in on a fluffy mouthfeel and is at once sweet and dry. Flavours are mild and smooth yet very pronounced. Delicious and quite easy on the drinkability tip.

Serving type: can

10-31-2009 02:16:01 | More by SupaCelt
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argock

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.00.

A: Cold coffee brown with garnet edges and luscious 1-2 finger German chocolate cake colored head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Fresh sweet milk chocolate aromas mingle with cold coffee, leafy, tobacco-ish hops, and abundant dark roasted malts. The sweetness has a milky quality.

T: The flavor is exceptional and intense for the style with big roasted, dark malt with slight lactose note followed by molasses, a short burst of coffee, and a chocolatey creaminess finished decisively with tobacco, leafy, earthy hoppiness which is a great touch to this fine underrated brew.

M: Medium-full in body with a solid smoothness and exceptionally well-hidden alcohol and a long, long aftertaste of leafy hops and mocha.

D: A fantastic stout with numerous aromas and flavors that form a cohesive whole that is a fine brew and a fabulous value for the contents.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:18:23 | More by argock
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one looks like a damn fine stout--pitch black with big creamy tan head that sticks around for a while. Smell is primarily sweet with substantial coffee notes. One dimensional, but pleasant. Taste is good, with coffee, roasted malt, and maybe a bit of hops poking through. Dark chocolate is in there too. A hint of phenol and some alcohol as well. Smooth drinking stout, but not extremely robust. A good session beer for sure, and a tremendous value at $3.29 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 00:38:38 | More by LordAdmNelson
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kegger22

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with a two finger head that remained for most of the beer. The aroma was a mild coffee. The taste was sweet chocolate and some coffee. The feel was full bodied with decent carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good for an 8.00 ABV. I have read a lot of hype about Lion stout being the best stout out there, so I have to give it a try. It was damned good. Not the best stout, maybe, but an excellent value. I'll definitely be back.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 21:36:54 | More by kegger22
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to try this for a while, so I finally caved and purchased a four pack (at a fair price) for Surdyks some time ago. Finally got around to trying it.

Poured into a pint glass, the color is deep black with a huge 3 or 4 finger chunky brown sugar colored head. Excellent retention and tons of lacing all over the glass.

The nose is toasted malts with a spicyness that I wasn't expecting, but it kinda works. There is also a nuttiness and a nice sweet character going on.

The taste is spot on the nose, nice toasted character with a light sweetness and spicyness. Very complex and earthy, a treat for sure.

Mouthfeel is thick bodied with a creamy and smooth feel. Nice carbonation level does wonders for it. Drinkability is awesome. If the ABV was lower this would be an exceptional session beer.

Overall, a great offering. I can imagine this goes well with spicy asian food.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 19:49:06 | More by Mistofminn
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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml longneck

A: Pours an opaque black with a tight tan head, which leaves nice lacing behind.

S: Smells of rich chocolate malts with some coffee in there as well.

T: Taste is equally chocolaty to the nose reminds me of chocolate icecream. Lingering flavors of coffee.

M: Full smooth mouthfeel.

D: This beer is quite drinkable. The flavors are not too overpowering and they blend well together.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 00:37:48 | More by spartanfan
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naterock

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a willi, deep black in color with a medium brown head that lingers the whole way down.

Smells of toasted malt and nuts with a tinge of sweet/spicyness in the back, like red chilis. quite enticing.

Tastes nearly like it smells, very earthy and spicy wrapped in a package and toasted. really a complex beer and I wasn't expecting this at all.

Mouth is viscous and thick but doesn't effect the drinkability. really a well rounded beer and an utter surprise to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 19:13:35 | More by naterock
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Ragingbull

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer. I have had it for a while as my wife wouldn't share the bomber bottle with me due to her fears of what a beer from Sri Lanka would taste like. I think its residual fear from Dragon Stout from Jamaica. Anyway, I am drinking the whole bottle myself as she is in Uganda now.

Pours a dark black color with light barely coming through on the edges. Thick foamy tan head. Nice nose of roasted grains and a little smoke. There is a "fig-like" sweetness in the nose as well. There is definitely a silkiness to the nose as well. Robust flavor and a little bit boozy. Some smoke and some hops. I believe I am picking a flavor that is either a spruce or perhaps a spicy peet. Lots of subtle flavors that are tough to separate. Nice structure and body to this beer. The mouthfeel is nice. The finish is nice. Solid beer. I will likely buy this again to share with company.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 02:37:29 | More by Ragingbull
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wnh

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Hearty "pfft" upon uncapping this beer. Overcarbonated? Pours a rich, thick black, with a large, dense light tan head. Nice lacing.

Initial aromas of dark fruit, mineral, and something resembling cheap plastic zip-top bags. Odd. Lightly roasted coffee in the background, considerably lesser than expected. Sharp and somewhat pungent, but there seems to be a lot going on. A touch of meaty smoke comes through as the beer warms, and the chemically plastic quality fades rather quickly.

Smooth fruity and roasty entry, turning sweet in the middle before leading into bitter dark chocolate on the finish. There's a moderate Belgian-ish yeasty dark fruit ester thing going on that my palate isn't quite sure what to do with. It's not necessarily a good complement to the roasty stout, but it's not at odds with it either. As in the nose, the roasty character isn't as prevalent as I'd expect in a stout, especially at 8%, but it's subtle in a well-done way.

Medium bodied, leaning toward light, smooth and rounded on the whole but with a bite that increases the more I drink. Alcohol is relatively well hidden, but again picks up as the beer recedes.

An interesting interpretation of the style, but one that I can probably do without in the future. Good: subtle roastiness, Belgian-like dark fruit, dark chocolate. Bad: chemically plastic bag aromas, sharp pungency, biting mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 20:30:52 | More by wnh
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SpecialK088

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into an imperial pint

Pours a jet black and very smooth, Head is big and fluffy but disapates very quickly to about 1 finger, thick at the edges that causes a nice lace.

Chocolate, malt and slight coffee notes in the nose, pretty straightforward.

The flavor is extremly different all the flavors in the nosre are there but very subtley, a burnt toast flavor is what domintates and is actually very good. The red chilis are decectable at the finish but only if you are really looking for it.

Mouthfeel is right down the middle of the road in every way. Medium body, carbonation and overall feeling on the palate, not overly silky or thick but not thin or watery.

Very easy to drink but more of a sipper than something you would be able to drink alot of in a sitting, maybe 2 but thats about all I could see myself doing.

Serving type: can

10-11-2009 23:14:20 | More by SpecialK088
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mulder1010

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A-- Looks like coke pouring out of the bottle. A little darker and much less carbonated but looks almost the same. Head is a mocha color and settled on a 1 1/2 finger head. Lacing is very nice and leaves an almost spider web quality.

S-- Coffee,roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch licorice. Remindes me of the Sam Adams Imperial but this smells a bit watered down.

T-- Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Roasted malts are the first thing that got me.

M-- The licorice comes in the mouth feel as the anise just coats the lining of my mouth. A little carbonation and the sugar does go straight to your stomach. that part is not that great though. It does get a bit sweeter as it warms up

D-- This is from Sri Lanka?? Serious? It's 8 %?? Seems a bit watered down for an 8%. Very drinkable. The licorice I would do with out but a very nice beer. This is a stout you can drink in all seasons.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 06:18:31 | More by mulder1010
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righthereisay

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single at the 6 pack shop in Mt. Lebanon, PA (Brews Brothers)

11.2 oz Bottle poured into a Tervis Tumbler (OK, stop laughing, it does a good job keeping it cold)

Appearance: Pours very dark, not much head. Almost looks like Coca Cola

Smell: Doesn't smell too much like alcohol, which is surprising considering the 8%. Nice licorice / chocolate / coffee type of smell.

Taste: Not bitter, nice flavor. Maybe a little too much carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Very good. Nice body.

Drinkability: This can be deadly. Goes down way too smooth considering the 8%.

Nice price. Will definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 21:37:48 | More by righthereisay
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've lost track of how long I've had this beer - probably a year and a half? I'm finally getting around to drinking it.

Gorgeous black with a dense mocha-colored head that is thick, creamy and long-lasting. Some lace is left as I drink this.

In a blind taste, I'd peg this as a Baltic porter. It's got the dry, unsweetened dark chocolate, cocoa and mildly burnt malt character. In addition, it's got a very characteristic smell of Baltic porters, with a rich, mildly bready and (I hate to say it) lager-like. Solid stuff

Opens fruity with plums (not from oxidation) with a rich, deep chocolate character with some bitterness and a mild tartness too. The tartness is mildly cherry-skin like, and dissipates with exposure to air. Rich coffee characteristics, almost cold-press like with low bitterness and high flavor. The sourness and coffee work well together.

Light in body ( a bit too light) with medium-high carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little disappointing. The finish with its coffee and chocolate bitterness, is quite excellent.

I'm definitely enjoying this, and will grab another and try this again soon.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 03:38:10 | More by DefenCorps
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,282 ratings.