Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
Pours a black colored beer with an average tan head.
Smell is chocolate; coffee and figs with some cake like malt aromas. Slight acid edge to this mixes with the fruitiness to give it the smell of sour plums.
Taste is on the sweet side with a big chocolate flavor. There is a little blistered coffee bean flavor to this that gives a mocha flavor but it is really chocolate more than anything else is. Fruity flavors are in this too figs, and cherry. Quite tasty but this is my first beer of this style.
Mouthfeel is good and thick.
Extremely pleasant to drink. Tasty and a more complex than your average stout there are only few Stouts that are better than this one. Highly recommended.
Checked the other reviews, mine might seem a bit high but I stand by it, this is a damn tasty beer.
03-28-2006 06:21:32 | More by Zorro
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
From a 330 ml bottle and into a Guinness pint glass, on to the beer:
Pours a velvety dark brown to black, leaving a pitch black body in the glass. The head implodes from a thick three-finger head into a paper-thin sheet. Smells of hard chocolate and a mild roasted character tease the nose. The roasted flavor isn't bitter at all, but this brew isn't as deep as I would expect. Is it a good beer? Yes, but it lacks a strong flavor and/or complexities related to a strong stout. But hey, it's easy to drink, and that's not a bad quality to have.
09-11-2007 03:32:26 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3/5 rDev -23.7%
Poured int Sam Adams Sensory Glass.
Pours an opaque black, slightly brown around the edges of the glass. Pours a tan head the leaves good splattered lacing about the glass.
Aroma is very smokey. I smelt something like teriyaki sauce and it reminded me a lot of Sam Adams Triple Bock. It was very malty.
Taste was pretty much identical to the smell. It was was too smokey and nothing I enjoyed very much.
Mouthfeel was very creamy, but I couldn't withhold the taste so I couldn't keep it in my mouth too long. There was no alcohol present and it had decent carbonation.
Overall this is probably my least favorite stout to date. I don't plan on buying or drinking another one of these.
02-21-2009 21:53:02 | More by mothman
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.
Pours a dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight vanilla/roast, good touch of toffee, chocolate, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet/roasty, malty, with some nice toffee/chocolate/caramel tones. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very nice stout in deed, recommended.
12-16-2007 03:26:36 | More by Wasatch
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/9/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense mocha head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, apple, dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, herbal, light char, coffee, and earthiness. Nice aromas with good strength and balance; quite a bit on the fruity side. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, caramel, raisin, molasses, apple, light coffee, herbal, and earthiness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, light fruit, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of roasted flavors with light herbal hoppiness; slight amount of cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a creamy, chalky, and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present on the finish. Overall this is a good foreign stout. Some nice robust roasted flavors with good complexity; quite smooth to sip on. A bit cloying at times, but is a nice sipper.
11-12-2012 04:55:17 | More by superspak
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
A. Served on tap into a Lion mug. Dark as night with a white, poor retaining head.
S. Roasted malt and a hint of booze in there too. Earthy grains. Expresso.
T. A wonderfully balanced export stout. Gives me just enough roasted malt, some earthy hop, peat and moss, some torched brown sugar. Coffee notes with cocoa powder. Very tasty.
M. Also thick, black and full bodied. Just how I like my stouts.
D. As sessionable as an 8% stout can be. On tap it is especially nice. Reccommended.
09-22-2008 20:47:18 | More by Stinkypuss
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
A very, very dark mahogany coloured body with mocha collared trim. Opaque but not intimidating. No bubbles although responsive to swirling.
The aroma is a robust blend of flat coffee, mocha/hazelnut liqueur, roast malts, molasses, soy and Worcestershire sauce, chocolate mousse and burnt sugar. It is sweet.
The beer has a tremendously balanced presence of roast. The 8% alcohol gives never a hint as to its presence. A distant note of sourness that competes with roast and bitterness and seems to linger on the tongue for lengthy periods of time.
The taste is foremost of burnt sugar - torched, charred, burnt sugar. Also, creme caramel, bitter coffee beans, a creamy chocolate filling, charred oak, molasses, light anise, burnt toffee, a hint of smoke, maltose, and pure cocoa.
This stout is always a treat and remains still, probably, the finest example of a foreign stout I've tried. It is balanced, endlessly drinkable and chalk full of an unlimited long list of flavours. This would pair wonderfully with a number of desserts and is something I'd recommend every beer drinker try.
06-03-2008 03:51:13 | More by biegaman
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours clean black, with tan head about 1/2 finger. Strings of red trace the head and along the sides.
Smell of light coffee. Nothing too potent, some cocao and roasted malt. A bit of toast as well.
Taste is clean. A balance of chocolate and coffee with hints of roasted malt. This is a good stout, probably one for those who've never had a stout.
The bomber bottle didn't last long.
02-11-2007 00:55:50 | More by Mebuzzard
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
A: Pours a dark opaque color with a cherry tan head.
S: A nice roasted malt character on the nose with a touch of smokiness.
T: Dry roasted malt palate, dried fruit (raisins, dates) with a bittering hop presence. Finishes dry with a big roasted malt fade. There is some fresh dark roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, mocha, and some vanilla bean rounding out the flavor. There is also some burnt woodiness and a nice earthy hop bitterness that is evident
M: slick, almost oily on the tongue and drinks with the complexity of a wine.
D: overall very rich and good drikability. One of the better bears to come out of Asia. The 8% drinks very nicely and is well hidden. A dark roasted treat with a lot of complexity woven within.
11-29-2008 17:21:02 | More by beerthulhu
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a deep black, some dark red shows at the edges, big tan head, some lace. Smells like bitter roast, grass, some skunkiness is detectable? Wow, coffee and cream, little yeasty and sour, pretty roast. How the hell is this beer so smooth? The 8% doesn't show at all, insanely smooth and creamy, very slick mouthfeel. Excellent.
07-05-2005 02:11:28 | More by Viggo
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Almost black. Thin light brown head. Bubbly collar leaves some adequate lace. Aroma reminds me of a charcoal barbecue. There's also some nice milky notes and blackened malts and coffee. Really nice nose. Flavor's got some nice bitter roasted notes to it. A little chocolatey. Dry. Vanilla bean. Sweet lactic sugars add a bit of a "baltic porter" feel to this stout. I like it. The body is medium-full. Lightly carbonated and easy down the chute. Good stuff.
06-30-2004 05:21:13 | More by Bighuge
3.46/5 rDev -12%
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.
10-10-2011 22:46:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5 rDev -12.2%
Black with ruby highlights and a tan head. Plenty of fine lacing was left behind as the foam subsided a bit. Malty aroma, with lots of chocolatey sweetness and light roasted coffee. Light bitterness with a strong sweetness. A bit of dark malt character, but not as much as I expected. It finishes a little acidic with just a hint of dry, grainy astringency. The carbonation is well integrated, with fine bubbles supporting the body somewhat. Not bad at all, though the flavour doesn't quite pull through like the aroma does.
09-10-2005 22:46:28 | More by DrJay
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured black with a thick tan head covering the top of the beer. The head faded and clung to the sides of the glass
but left some nice lacing.
The aroma has a little roastedness to it but more of the chocolaty slightly sweet smell than a roasty bitterness. Unfortunately I seem to get a mustiness or almost a very slight sourness to it that I didn't expect and didn't enjoy. I would almost say the bottle might be bad based on the nose but the taste shows no signs of it at all.
The taste shows a lot of chocolate and mocha with a very light bitter roastedness coming through in the finish to help balance it out a bit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it was a pretty smooth drinking stout but wasn't one I'd probably buy again. It had some nice chocolaty flavors to it but it just didn't really wow me.
04-08-2010 00:32:52 | More by billab914
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee, FL.
Pours completely black with a two-finger dark tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of roasted malts, molasses, and dark chocolate, in that order. As it warms the chocolate aromas intensify.
Tastes similar to how it smells. The roasted malt flavors are not quite as strong as the aroma led me to believe as they give way to molasses and dark chocolate flavors fairly quickly. The ending has a nice bitterness but also manages to leave a sweet malt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but still manages to go down smoothly.
Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more, even with the 8% ABV.
Overall this is a very solid stout, comparable to a strong Milk Stout. Worth a shot.
04-15-2009 13:59:27 | More by glid02
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a dark black color. 2/3 inch head of a light tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and some slight hop aroma is noticeable. Fits the style of a Foreign / Export Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, with some earthy grass undertones, hop bitterness throughout, and a sweet chocolate finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. I was a little wary of this beer after not enjoying the Lion Lager, but this is a vast improvement - worth a try.
02-15-2009 18:26:28 | More by Tone
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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