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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,457 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 866
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 56
Gots: 72 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black to super dark brown pour, not much in the way of head to this one. Aroma was roasty, lacking chocolate or coffee.

I pulled more brown sugar out of this than any type of dark fruit. Seemed thinner in body than it was in appearance, would like to see it thicker, might cover up the discernable alcohol presence a little better. The chocolate that was lacking in the nose rears its non ugly head in the taste, although it is far from awe inspiring quantities. Lots of booziness, seems the brown instead of black aspect may have been from some caramel and brown sugar.

Extra half point for it being inexpensive and made in an area you would never guess could make a decent beer. For me, its on par with Guinness, even though they are very different beers. This has more 'taste' per se, but Guinness is smoother and less inconsistency.

EDIT: After having it in the can while doing some disc golfing, I found it to be better than my previous drinking foray in the bottle. Less alcohol, more chocolate, good.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's while walking around the French Quarter

Appearance: brown/black color with a 1 finger head that sticks around.

Smell: caramel, chocolate, alcohol

Taste: coffee, chocolate, with a hint of anise. A slight fruity finish. A very smooth yet complex stout. Didn't realize the ABV was so high; no wonder I was feeling so mellow.

Mouthfeel: medium, creamy, good carbonation

Overall: The guy at Sydney's said if I liked Old Rasputin, I'd enjoy this stout. It definately ain't Old Raspy, but it's got an easy drinkability like OR. Bold but enjoyable. And all the way from Sri Lanka, no less. A fine sipper while watching the Mississippi River roll on by.

Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a substantial, two-finger brown cream head that sticks around for quite a while. Smell is pungent with a powerful alcohol smell. Almost reminds me of the smell of Name Tag beer which isn't the greatest smell in the world. Taste had some coffee and mocha flavors as the bottle suggested. Going to have to pick this up again from somewhere else than world market. Bottle had stuff floating in the bottom of it and tasted old. I have had other bottles from there that had stuff in it as well and just weren't very fresh. I'll update what I find.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with a very tall mocha coloured foam head. Pretty good retention with some decent lacing.

S: Caramel and molasses-like malts are quite dominant in this. Fainter hints of chocolate follow. Lingering grain aromas can be detected as this warms.

T: Caramel, molasses, some chocolate, and quite a potent herbal anise taste. Fair amount of smoke, especially in the finish, which adds another dimension to this. However, the distinct taste of anise coupled with smoke is actually giving off a medicinal taste that I find a bit unpleasing.

M: Lighter body for the style with an appropriate carbonation.

D: Don't think I'll be revisiting this one, as the medicinal herbal taste I was picking up was off-putting and really controlled the taste for me.

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

Picked up a single of this from Julio's.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a great deep oily almost clear though black hue with a soft mocha head that leave great haloing and clouding.

S - Big chocolate, brown sugars, roasted malts, and some dark fruits.

T - Similar to the nose, there is a great rich, roasty malt flavor that gives way to sweet almost fruitiness. There is a slight bitterness at the end as well.

M - Nice mouthfeel. The ABV is nicely hidden, good carbonation, sweet in the mouth. Good finish.

O - Nice foreign stout here. Quite accessable but I kinda liked Guiness more than this one.

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

625 ml Bottle reviewed on it's best before date (Sep 2011).

I was really impressed, this looked, smelled and tasted like a good quality Stout. Lovely velvety looks, those rich, smooth malty aromas of roasted and toasted barley just carried on into the mouth. Chocolate and mild Coffee flavours linger in the mouthfeel as the brew level slips slowly down the glass.

One of the simpleist and best tasting Stouts I've had, ever.

Photo of adsomers
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went from having a dismissive attitude about this beer to considering it a favorite. That it is so cheap and accessible is a welcome bonus.

I'll skip the detailed review and just say that it ain't your everyday stout. It has.a fruity sweetness to it but is not overly rich. There's a sight tartness to it that make it quite refreshing IMO. The head is creamy and leaves a nice lace. Most of all, this beer is digestible, like a good abbey or Trappist ale.

Highly recommended but leave yuor expectations at the door.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always intrigued to try a craft brew out of a can...

Poured a very dark, black almost oil-like liquid. Good first impression

The smell was about what I would expect from a stout; some hints of dried fruit and a little smokiness

Mouthfeel was nothing special and I noticed there was very little carbonation.

I tasted dried fruit, smokiness, some bitter chocolate and a very amount of malt. A decent stout but not by favorite. There was a little bit of booziness at first but that faded as I drank the beer.

Photo of gruberbeer
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As my esteemed beer colleagues have noted, this beer is malt-ball malty. However, I dare to disagree with some impressions of its appearance and carbonation.

The appearance is lovely, black as night, and it has a frothy beige-brown head that foams and lasts long enough to tell you that this beer is appropriately carbonated.

My only qualm resides in this beer's overly enthusiastic chocolate flavor. I'm usually a fan of chocolate, but this beer's bitter chocolate mixes with the strong smokey ash flavor to make this taste more like I dropped a Hershey's bar into a campfire and then licked it clean.

Nevertheless, it augments a piece of pizza and will effectively hide any cumin flavor (if that's what you want) with its powerful smoke-screen.

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

appearance - wort brown in color. thick. solid tan head. looks a bit odd.

smell - malt overload. malt here, a malt there, a malt everywhere. samichlaus meet lion. minor coffee and brown sugar.

taste - a bit of grain. otherwise finishes the nose.

mouthfeel - everything is mediocre. mediocre carbonation, mediocre taste, mediocre body eh.

cheap but not really worth the price.

Photo of dali27
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. can into a pint glass.

A: Completely dark black. As it poured from the can, it gave the impression of syrupy liquid flowing out. Large, light caramel colored head which initially produced really nice lacing but then died out pretty fast.

S: Dark berries, roasted malts and coffee dominate the smell. Faint alcohol scent.

T: The scents move on into the taste. Big and bold, typical stout flavors of malts and coffee, but they're highlighted by the nice fruit accent. Aftertaste is coffee and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

O: Better than I had expected this to be. Wish I had more than just the one can. Worth a try!

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

Black dark brown with highlights. Molasses and caramel nose end and candied plums. The body is oily, almost tarry but still quite fluid. The bitterness is good and conveyed by a light coffee and caramel pure, it is sickening. Taste of sugar unfortunately damaging because beer does not really need and what is sufficient in mild bitterness. However, it is true that this allows the drink to be sweeter and more fit throats. The beer is extremely friendly and very easy to drink.

Photo of output01x
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that quickly disintegrates after a couple minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a deep, near mahogany black. Throughout consumption, decent lacing can be seen sticking to the sides of the glass like honeycomb.

Dark roasted malts aromas flow out of the head with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, raisins, and plums. The nose is a little on the sweet side with the dark fruit aromas overpowering the chocolate and coffee aromas.

Just like the nose, sweet dark fruit flavors dominate the taste. Notes of plum, raisin, black cherry, and brown sugar hit the taste buds first. A light, almost cognac alcohol flavor is also detected. As the beer is swallowed the dark fruit notes turn evolve into flavors with black cherry and plum being the most dominant. As these flavors settle and wane, a dark chocolate and dry coffee flavor begins to surface but is quickly met by a light rum alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is slick and smooth. The body is there but is not thick or coating and is only slightly sticky. The carbonation is not fizzy and does not create a creamy mouthfeel but can definitely be noticed working behind the scenes.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I just complained about the stout classifications and here I am reviewing a "Foreign/ Export Stout." A stout's a stout IMHO and this brew proves that aphorism.

Poured from a bottle into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Foamed up to a nice head; over a half inch and a beautiful khaki colored head at that. The color of this stout is black, yes, but is a more clear black than some other stouts. Less "inky black" and more of a gem-like color. A beauty.

-Smell 4.5: Wow! Big, delicious bouquet. Notes of chocolate, brown sugar, toasted cereals...this baby SMELLS like a stout should!

-Taste 4.5: First tastes are semi-sweet chocolate and concentrated barley. This is followed by a big wave of cool liquid. The aftertaste is wonderful and very strong: smoky, chocolaty...just delicious. This is one of those beers that makes you taste it again and again to find other flavor levels and different nuances. Just delicious.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: This is a bottle-conditioned ale; "Beer Hunter" Michael Jackson's picture on the back label told me so! Mouthfeel is good but not great: a bit too much carbonation. This is, however, just a nitpick. Kind of like noticing a piece of lint on the Crown Jewels of England.

-Overall 4.5: Excellent stout. This beer could stand toe to toe with the best beers in the world and come out on top. This stout is refreshing, warming and demonstrates a quality of brewing at each and every level. Its high ABV (8.8%) is completely unnoticeable in the taste, so be aware.

I paid $10.99 for a six pack of these at the Lotte/ Assi Plaza in Atlanta. Good of the ol' Beer Hunter Mr. Jackson to appear on this beer, as it is a magnificent brew. Worthy of the name "Lion." Highly recommended.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice almost black color and dark tan head about three fingers high. It dissipates very fast and leaves little to no lacing.
Smelling the beer I detect the expected roasted malts, but also nice chocolate notes as well as dark fruit like plum and raisin.
The taste is better than expected from a brew from Sri Lanka.
The fruity flavors come up front, followed by the roasted malt in the middle and the finish build the coffee and chocolate notes. Very well balanced and quite potent, with an ABV of almost 9 percent.
Definitely would buy this again.

Photo of nhindian
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - The beer itself pours almost as intimidating as the lion on the label, as it appears a pretty thick black with some muddy brown around the edges. I didn't pour extraordinary hard, but it still rustled a fluffy, 2.5-finger head, mocha in color. Retention is fairly standard, with extra points for lasting as long as it did given the ABV. The only slight I have against the appearance is the weak lacing, which only seems to cover a tiny fraction of what it touches.

S - I am enjoying the nose more than I thought I would, as it comes across as more complex than what I expected. It has the typical roast and malts, but it also gives off lots of dark fruits. Some alcohol coming across at the end which seems to soak the fruits. Nice combination and contrast between the malts and the fruits / hops.

T - The taste starts with a nice shot of coffee roast, which paves the way for the rest of the flavors. The coffee doesn't linger in sense of bitterness, but carefully segues into a rich, dark chocolate. Almost immediately after this, the dark fruits come in, like plums and raisins and even some granny smith apples in the finish, which adds a nice sweetness to complement the malts. After this, the alcohol returns, which is nice at first as it adds yet another layer, but as I drink, I find it more and more intrusive. A bit too fusel for my liking, which is probably my only major complaint for the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium carbonation. For coming from all the way from Sri Lanka and sitting for who knows how long, I think this beer has held up pretty well, which can't be said for all beers that are imported. Very smooth and creamy, and leaves a lasting impression of alcohol heat, raisins, and chocolate.

D/O - Drinkability is pretty high. This beer really did exceed what little expectations I had from it. I know it's rated solidly, but I still had my own reservations regarding this beer. I'm happy to say that I greatly enjoyed this stout, and at less than $4.50 for a bomber, it certainly outperforms some domestic stouts at a similar and even higher price point. The only glaring flaw I can see with this beer is the amount of alcohol that comes through in the finish, but at almost 9% ABV, I can definitely see where it's coming from.

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

Has a rich, nutty and chocolaty smell, with caramel and malty sugar aromas filling out the nose.

The flavor is far more sugary than I was expecting, the malts coming at me in waves of caramelized brown sugars, molasses, and toffee. This is, however, a stout, and so there are many stout-like flavors to complement those sugars: chocolate malts, hints of tobacco and coffee, lightly-burnt grains. As well, there are distinct vanilla and dark chocolate notes that ride between the sugars and the more bitter flavors. The aftertaste is dominated by tobaccos and burnt grains, and seems to disappear quickly, leaving only a slight alcohol burn on the tongue. The brew itself is slightly more viscous than water, sliding across the tongue like extra virgin olive oil.

Overall, I thought this an excellent stout, full of the lovely darker flavors that I expected, but also containing a nice sugary surprise that kept me coming back for more.

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a massive and dark tan, creamy looking head that has great lasing.

S: First thing I get strangely enough is fruit, like raisins and plums, soaked in rum. It kind of overpowers the roasty goodness that I usually like in a stout. To be honest, it's a little off-putting. There is some strange odor that doesn't feel like it should be in a beer. Almost smells like a wine, and I'm not fond of wine.

T: Very fruity and a hint of roasted malts on the back end. The more I sip this beer, the better it gets as it seems to build a layer of delicious dark, but not really dark, chocolate across my tongue. The best part of the taste, is IMO after you swallow and let it mellows. As it warms, the alcohol makes itself known.

M: Medium, I was a bit shocked, and this beer makes me long for that heavy chewiness I love. Good amount of carbonation. Creamy... nice.

Overall I was expecting this to be an A- beer, but it surely was not for me. This beer was way too fruity and thin bodied for my taste. Not roasty, no coffee, not a whole lot of chocolate. Not my cup of tea.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into my Duvel tulip.

A – She is big and black with a full three fingers of mocha head. Sticky lacing.

S – Coffee, mocha, dark chocolate stouty goodness.

T – Much like the taste it’s got a roasty coffee flavor. Mocha and chocolate (chocolate like those bakers squares) as well. Tastes like a bit of a vanilla sweetness. Caramel. Has sime bitterness that finishes it off.

M – Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Leaves an almost clean feel on the mouth which I find unusual in a stout but still manages a creamy texture.

O – Really decent stout here. It’s not top shelf but it holds it’s own. Well worth a buy and I certainly will again.

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

Found during my first ever trip to the LCBO.

A- Well this is dark. A very dark brown topped by a dark beige.

S- Smells terrific. Rich chocolate milk and very little alcohol.

T- Much like the smell but a little roastier. Almost like drinking chocolate milk. Some acidity whichtakes away nothing from the smoothness. Bitterness is quite soft and leaves a lot of room to the chocolatey goodness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Only the nice warming sensation signals its presence.

M- Medium carbonation. Nice body. A little astringent.

O- Really good beer. Just light enough. Satisfies stout cravings.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a nearly opaque, dark brown with two fingers of dark tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Chocolate, brown sugar and a bit of spice.

T: Dark, roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, beginning to end. A little spicy hop bite on the end, accented by the alcohol. Tasty.

M: Not too heavy, quite smooth.

O: A delicious beer, and one I will look forward to enjoying again. Relatively low complexity but the flavors are true. First beer from Sri Lanka as far as I remember-- pleasant introduction to the country.

Photo of PhageLab
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served to me in a standard pint glass.

A - Onyx black. Unfiltered stout from Sri Lanka? Quite interesting. The bartender poured a two finger head, which stuck around a good long while and left some scattered lacing.

S - Dark fruits hit the nose first, followed by some chocolate notes and coffee beans. Not a big aroma, but nice.

T - Initially a little boozy, but once the palate warms up to that and the bitterness (which is hop forward) a bold chocolate malt structure can be found.

M - Smooth full body with a mild carbonation level. A little creamy with a dry finish.

D - Excellent. Deceptively drinkable for how big it is. I've had a few of these before scattered about, but now that I remember how delicious it actually is, I'm going to have to partake more often. Recommended.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2010

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance-Oily black, pitch black. 3 finger frothy beige head. Great retention and incredible lacing. Very nice looking.

Smell-Dark bitter chocolate and espresso notes, pretty generic, nothing special.

Taste-Roasted malts. Coffee remains in the middle of the tongue and followed by a sweeter milk chocolate. The alcohol is detected easily on the way down.

Mouthfeel-A little heavy, pretty smooth. Could use a little more carbonation.

Overall-It's a pretty generic beer. It's definitely good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find this again when Old Rasputin is 7.99/4pk and easy to get.

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

Poured from a can into pint glass. Pours black with a two finger breadth of mocha foam that dissipates with no lacing. Smells of coffee and chocolate with hint of alcohol. Taste is quite nice with flavor of coffee and slight sweetness. A solid stout from somewhere that I had never thought to buy beer from. Would buy again.

Photo of Raven3464
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black body is topped with a brown "mocha" head.

Smell: Main smells are dark chocolate, coffee and toffee. There is a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: In a word, wonderful! The coffee taste dominates when the beer is chilled and roasted malts start to take over as the beer warms. Along the way there is a hint of chocolate. There is a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste, which should probably be expected from an ABV of almost 9%.

Mouth feel: The beer is creamy but feels heavy, likely from the high ABV.

Overall: This is a very good stout from an unlikely place (Sri Lanka). The coffee and chocolate tastes are perfectly balanced, the aroma is great, and the alcohol content is just right for a stout (in my opinion). I would definitely drink this again.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.