Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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3.85/5 rDev -2%
Bottle picked up at the Foodery in May. WIll compare to that now coming i to Toronto. Nice head with bubbles in foam. Malty sweet, vanila, milk, good hops. Very drinkable and serviceable stout. This would be a standard beer for me if always available, which reflects that big stouts get higher ratings on complexity and thickness, but this is nice. Second bottle a few days later.
07-05-2005 02:50:55 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
04-08-2011 13:22:27 | More by metter98
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Polished mahogany with generous garnet highlights that are created by bright morning sunshine pouring through my front window. The tremendous, cascading, golden ecru head has now settled down to a firm, three finger cap. I'm sure the 8.0% ABV is at least partially responsible for the disappointing amount of lace. A classic look.
The nose is dominated by roasted black malt. Dark chocolate is present as well, although it smells powdery and dry rather than sweet and rich. Faint coffee notes add additional interest. Unfortunately, there's just enough mustiness to keep me from loving the nose.
Lion Stout is much, much better on the palate. The flavor is multi-faceted, distinctive and just plain ol' good. My initial impressions are roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, light molasses and a hint of anise. There's something else present, something sweetly floral, that makes me think there's a secret ingredient. Some exotic jungle flower perhaps? It's probably just hops, but it's different and delicious.
Sweet and bitter work well together, from start to lingering end. The various flavors are well-integrated when beer hits taste buds, then fan out beautifully and allow one to savor each in turn if desired. The mouthfeel is initially no better than acceptable for the style, then develops a lightly silky smoothness as the beer warms. The ABV is as well-masked as possible, drinking much lower than 8.0%.
I imagine Lion Stout is the pride of Sri Lanka. It's an incredibly flavorful beer whose singular, exotic deliciousness impresses me to no end. In fact, it's one of the best foreign/export stouts (that are actually foreign) that I've ever had.
09-18-2005 15:18:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color with ruby highlights and a "stout" beige head that dribbles lace all over the pint glass
Smell: Over-roasted coffee beans, molasses and charcoal
Taste: Opens with a mocha flavor that adds a touch of bitter citrus fruit and cocoa by mid-palate, when a dark coffee element also emerges; after the swallow, it becomes much more mellow, and there is a milky flavor that joins the bitterness in the finish
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost creamy; moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A very nice stout from an unexpected part of the globe
12-23-2007 22:29:22 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a nice medium dark foamy head with quite good retention. Aroma of deep chocolate and roasted malt is clearly detectable and quite enjoyable. Taste is also distinguishable by the high-level of chocolate malt with a nice dose of sweetness. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. Great foreign stout and even more surprising coming out of Sri Lanka.
12-02-2005 20:09:07 | More by Phyl21ca
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
I saw some potential in their Imperial Lager, I figured the Stout would prove solid. The beer pours an expected rich dark-brown hue, and an unexpected dense, viscous texture. The foamstand rises to an inch and remains firm through the session. Solid aromas of roasted barley, toast, rich coffee, and cocoa swirl around a mild fermented lactose sweet scent. Flavors closely follow those found in the aroma and remain bold and clean without ever waivering. The beer has no single character that rises above the rest, relying on balance and maturity to produce high quality. Full and rich to the mouth, without becomming thick or chewy. Finishes sweet and with a solid roasted barley flavor (not charcoal). It's difficult to find a more solidly brewed Stout, however it's lack of challenging character leaves me wanting more.
07-23-2007 21:37:25 | More by BEERchitect
3.23/5 rDev -17.8%
Saw this on the shelf and just had to pick it up. SSomething just really intriques me, probabaly the look on the bottle, looked like it was gonna hurt, so I had to try it.
A - Poured very very dark black, opaque with a huge billowing tan head. Took forever to settle down. Lots of residual lace pretty much obscured the entire glass, if there was visible carbonation I couldnt tell, too thick...
S - Very strong, bitter coffee grinds and very dark chocoalte, a touch of alcohol and some hoppiness as it warmed.
T - Very bitter, especially for a stout. Lots of coffee and a touch of chocolate as well. Had a dry finish. Not overall that pleasant though, too bitter and was trying to balance out and be something it was not.
M - Smooth, but very dry in the finish. Nice carbonation gave it a somehat creamy feel and a thick presence. Felt like a stout.
D - Ehh, it was drinkable, and at 8% abv, really showed no sign of the alcohol so it was definatly well hidden. I guess you could drink a few, I really wouldnt.
Overall this was ok. Maybe a notch above average for a stout, but just wasnt really what I was looking for. It really needed some more sweetness to it...It was good dont get me wrong, just not something I would really want to drink alot of. Give a shot for a try, it was definatly good for that.
07-24-2007 02:40:04 | More by mikesgroove
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Appearance: Standard black stout color with creamy beige head. Minimal head retention and lacing.
Smell: Sweet roasted maltiness with a definite waft of alcohol and a hint of raisin. All with a real dank mustiness to it. Huh.
Taste: Initially, a distinct smack of malt sweetness hits the tongue, supplanted by vanilla and plums. Finishes dry, similarly to a cup of coffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though still a bit lighter and lacking the fullness that I both crave and demand! Carbonation is rather low, allowing the beer to achieve some creaminess.
Drinkability: A genuinely decent stout, and one of the better foreign stouts I've tasted.
01-14-2006 07:59:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
When I got this I saw what the price tag was and I was hoping that it was going to be good. I took a 4 pack to my friends house one chilly night in 2008. The beer poured out as a dark black brew that had foamy brown colored head. The head settles a bit but still managed to leave a pretty good lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer is very roasted with a good amount of coffee on the nose. The taste has some really nice roasted flavors in there mixed with chocolate. The mouthfeel is pretty thick feeling. Overall this beer is very enjoyable to me. I am glad I've had it and I'd really like to have it again one day.
06-12-2011 23:51:45 | More by Knapp85
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a pitch black with a reddish tint near the bottem of the glass with a slight brown head,aroma is of burnt fruit and bitter chocolate.Very intense flavors in this one burnt fruit and bitter sweet chocolate with some nice earthiness in the finish.I really like this stout very intense flavors a nice one to savor in my opinion.
01-11-2004 23:19:49 | More by oberon
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Pours a lovely brown-black, with a healthy layer of tan frothy head. The smell holds fragments of chocolate, molasses, prunes, figs, and espresso. The taste starts off with a chocolatey maltiness, but then progesses into those figs, plums, and currants, finishing with a tinge of light coffe and brown sugar at the back of the tongue. The body is more medium than heavy, runs very smoothly, and finishes nice and lightly, making for a highly tasty and drinkable stout.
02-24-2010 01:40:07 | More by TMoney2591
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
A - Poured out a jet black color with a huge, mocha-colored, foamy head. It left soapy trails of lace.
S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel and toffee. There were some slight coffee aromas, too.
T - It tasted of dark chocolate, caramel and molasses. It also tasted of dried fruit, mainly cherry.
M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a great tasting stout. Fairly easy-drinking despite the alcohol content.
10-19-2008 01:53:53 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +1.8%
For some reason, this is called Sinha Stout in Canada...
This beer pours a deep black, with slight copper edges, and two fingers of soapy light brown head, which leaves a dense ring of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of dark chocolate, and mild coffee. The taste is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, a bit of black coffee, and some soft alcohol warming. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, slick, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, an increasing bitterness evening things out nicely.
A pretty good strong stout, the alcohol barely noticeable, and decently drinkable.
03-06-2010 22:33:02 | More by biboergosum
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
First off, let me say that this stout delivered much more than I was expecting. It's very unique, enjoyable, and highly drinkable. It pours an opaque black body with no visible highlights, topped by a full, very creamy light tan head that holds quite well and leaves really nice, full lace. The aroma is fruity, cocoaish, and mildly chocolatey. The body is medium with a very fine and gentle carbonation that leaves it quite smooth and creamy in the mouth. The taste starts fruity, becomes sweetly chocolatey, and finishes with a light, almost smoky roastiness and lingering softly sweet notes of chocolate and caramel. Very mocha! The dark malts lend a light acidity which accentuates the fruitiness and helps to balance the malt. It never becomes cloying. The well balanced bitterness is subtle, and it relies on the roastiness and light acidity to help balance the sweet malts. Although it's probably not the best beer for a night out with the lads, it makes a great appertif, dessert beer, or nightcap. Well worth trying.
10-23-2002 18:21:36 | More by NeroFiddled
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.
S: The aroma contains dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, licorice and roasted malts.
T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of smokiness that is followed by a hearty roasted malt character. Then some flavors of coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit and spices come in along with a mild sweetness. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty with good complexity, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, although there are others in the style that I would choose first, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.
11-24-2011 04:48:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.93/5 rDev 0%
A - Three fingers of medium brown head on an opaque black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.
S - Sweet chocolate malt with some toffee, caramel, and just a hint of roasted character. Some smoky notes in the background.
T - Lots of caramel and chocolate up front and some light, mocha coffee notes in the middle. Moderate malt bitterness in the finish with some hop flavor and fruity black cherry notes.
M - Moderately thick, oily body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - This is a very sweet beer with intense, fruity caramel character that does not lend itself to great drinkability. It is nonetheless an interesting beer and a good example of a relatively rare style.
07-09-2009 06:42:33 | More by nickfl
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
330ml / 11.5oz brown bottle with an expiration date printed on the bottle. Stellar lacing on the glass with a ring being left nearly every sip. Coal black with virtually no light coming through.
Sweet molasses, prunes and black currants, thick roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate and a estery alcohol are all aromas I pick off of this stout.
Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy without a doubt, coffee and unsweetened chocolate come to mind at the first taste. Fruity twang in the middle of black currants, this twang doubles with a roasted grain flavour that is perfectly balanced. Hints of charcoal and earth run middle to end as the alcohol as kicks in with a warming estery character. Finishes slightly sweet with vague remnants of roastedness.
Not as complex as I thought it would be but that is finish being that a brew with such strength can be so drinkable. I’ll going back to this beer for sure.
08-02-2002 11:28:19 | More by Jason
4.7/5 rDev +19.6%
This is one of those beers that are just classic. I love it, possibly my favorite all around stout that I have tasted. It really is amazing, hell, even Michael Jackson endorses this one, but then again his opinion is just that another opinion. The Lion Stout pours a very dark opaque tone of deep blackish brown with hints of ruby at the edges when held to the light. The head that complements the body is an incredible milk chocolate hue of brown head, and leaves a sturdy even lace down my imperial pint. The aroma is saturated with dark malts especially the chocolate roasts. Very well done, and the flavor of this brew contains the perfect combination of sweet creamy chocolate, full of coffee roasts, and a smooth dryness that mellows the finish so nicely. With the medium light body and the creamy mouthfeel to each sip, this beer is so drinkable that besides the ABV there is no reason why it shouldn't deserve a five. Quite the impressive work of art straight from who would have thought Sri Lanka. MJ make some room cause this BA would like to sign his seal of approval on the Lion Stout.
02-19-2003 15:00:54 | More by WVbeergeek
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
Pours from super sturdy 330ml bottle to a jet black color with a 4 fingers+ milkshake-like dark tan head. Good head retention and slight lacing
Smell: Frutiness, chocolate notes, licorice, some grainy notes as the beer warms. Slight alcohol, roasted malts, & ever so slight sour taste (that works) in the finish
MF: slight oilyness, some prickyness. that detracts. Good carbonation levels
Prettydrinkable: Makes me think baltic porter. Easily one of the best beers from the southern hemisphere I know of, only a few aussies could challenge
03-10-2006 05:36:20 | More by russpowell
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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