Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Black, with a touch of tan head.
S: Sweet, roasted malt.
T: Very refined, smooth roasty flavour. Doesn't have the burnt bitter flavour of a lot of stouts. Very well balanced (though perhaps it's less bitter than the style calls for?).
M: Moderate, almost chalky.
D: No harsh bite for the beginner, but enough flavour for the geek. The alcohol could certainly be trouble!
09-02-2005 12:01:11 | More by Derek
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a 341ml bottle into a snifter. Seemed really inconspicuous sitting there on the shelf in the LCBO, not sure how long they've had this and why it's slipped under my radar for so long. Regardless, I gave it a go for the first time last night.
Popping the cap on this, I got a nice whiff of chocolate and coffee with a touch of liqueur. This poured pitch black upon first observation, held up to the light, there was some red around the edges and whatnot. A beautiful single finger of milk chocolate brown head, quickly disappearing almost altogether but left enough thin yet chunky lacing to be remembered by. Nose is of dark chocolate, coffee again, lots of sweetness (presumably from molasses of some sort, at least that's what it smelt like). Taste is quite similar, with a little more coming from the chocolate and that sweetness is right up from. Malt are just as sweet and roasty, quite nice. Finishes with a slight burn from the alcohol, but nothing substantial. Medium carbonation and a full mouthfeel, yet quite smooth on the whole.
Quite nice on the whole, and at $1.95 a bottle, the drinkability is through the roof at this ABV! This may just be a new go-to stout...
06-22-2010 21:04:30 | More by liamt07
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
The beer after divorcing the 12 ounce brown bottle its resides in its chalice a piceous color with a meaningful chocolate head, the texture creamy and after decomposing the resultant lace a brown drape to cover the glass. Nose is heavy with toasted grain, sweet like over ripe fruit, hint of coffee, pleasant to sniff; start is rich in roasted grain, quite sweet with the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is light in carbonation, the hops mild but noticeable, very dry with a sweet and long lasting aftertaste, quite a nice stout.
07-24-2004 21:09:52 | More by Gusler
3.91/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, jet black coloring with a thick, dense, light tan head that starts a solid inch and a half, and settles into a filmy coating as you drink. Aromas of coffee, charcoal, bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of molasses. Very balanced aromas of savory and bitter, with highlights of smoke. Flavors of roast and nut on the forward tongue, with a milk chocolate backbone accented by charcoal and smoke. Very smooth flavors that are layered by subtle bitter and camp smoke characteristics. The beer remains smooth and fairly light in mouth, despite the rich and stereotypically heavy flavors. Roasted and smoky aftertaste, with a smooth, slightly dry finish. Very balanced and easily drinkable stout.
05-15-2013 23:54:44 | More by GarthDanielson
3.3/5 rDev -16%
Pours a dark brown/black with a modest tan head the retreats quickly lacing the glass on the way down. Smell of dried fruit, and a bit of cocoa, some phenolic or higher alcohol in there to. Tastes of bitter roasted chocolate and coffee with a bit of dark fruit, then ends with some roast bitterness and a bit of alcohol or maybe fusel, its muted but there and I can't put my finger on it. Medium to thin body with a creamy/oily mouthfeel. Lingering roast bitterness after each sip. Good stout, a bit to vinous for my taste.
09-13-2008 02:57:24 | More by johnnnniee
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
It should be noted that was labeled and served as "Sinha Stout"
Appearance: served in a Maredsous tulip at Cookie in Melbourne huge chocolate head that takes a second to settle, very dark body, delicious appearance
Smell: rich roasty aromas, dark chocolate malts, light coffee grounds
Taste: smooth chocolate, creamy and milky, bakers chocolate, cookie, roasty malts great
Mouthfeel: silky smooth
06-30-2007 23:53:13 | More by dirtylou
3.43/5 rDev -12.7%
330ml bottle poured into pint glass april21 2010
A near jet black with a large mocha head that has good retention and leaves a few patches of lace
S a fair bit of molasses with a little chocolate and some booze
T not far from the smell, the booze is a little more concealed but still quite apparent and I pick up on a little coffee
M quite thin for the color not at all what I expected a little disappointing a little flat too considering how big and thick the head was
D not bad for the strength but not going to blow you away by any means
I don't think of Sri Lanka when I think of a stout but this is a respectable attempt, nothing worth bragging about but no reason to be ashamed either
04-23-2010 00:03:34 | More by wordemupg
4.7/5 rDev +19.6%
I haven't heard of this beer before, but when I went to DiCarlo's Liqours in Willowbrook, IL. I saw the six pack with beer dork Michael Jackson on the cardboard and had to pick it up. With a plus to the exotic locale the beer is produced.
Appearance- Poured a 0ne and a half finger head into a chalice/oversized wine glass very similar to what M. Jackson was drinking from on the cover. The almost complete liquid black with hints of a reddish-brown at the top of the beer.
Smell- Excellent roasted malt sweetness nicely subdued by a hint of hops. Hint of whipping cream to help define the malt induced aromas.
Taste- Was much better than I would ever have expected beautiful blend of smokey malt with excellent bacjup by the hop bitterness although there wasn't much. Creamy vanilla notes with an overall whole milk nuance.
Mouthfeel- Medium palate, but not filling.
Drinkability- I would love to have a couple of these with in a day. Maybe with a chocolate pecan tortie.
12-07-2005 02:07:30 | More by scruffwhor
2.68/5 rDev -31.8%
330 mL can poured into a snifter. This can has been in my fridge for about 3 years.
Appearance - Black with a decent pale khaki head. Thick collar.
Smell - Roasted malt and some cardboard. Lots of caramel.
Taste - Sweet up front with some sherry like oxidation. Cardboardy bitterness builds. Less roast than I was hoping for. Much more caramel.
Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Pretty sweet, but not enough to back it up.
Overall - Well this is too old, but besides the oxidation, it still tastes like regular Lion Stout.
10-19-2013 00:08:33 | More by Alieniloquium
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
The colour is pitch black; the liquid is clear. The high head slowly sinks down into a finger thick brown lid, leaving almost no lacing.
The smell is mild and sweet; lots of roasted malt and a touch of smoke.
The taste is more complex than the smell. Lots of creamy sweetness, some passing sour flavours, light yeasty dough. The taste is full bodied. The aftertaste got notes of roast beef and gravy, some roasted malt and a mild clean bitterness. The finish adds some chocolate.
The carbonation is mild yet fresh; the soft bubbles are small. The liquid is very smooth.
A little more bitter and lighter than the Baltic porters that I am used to.
11-13-2007 21:30:09 | More by bark
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured from 330mL aluminum can into a pint glass.
Appearance: entirely opaque black body with three thick fingers of foamy tan head. Just beautiful.
Smell: coffee, chocolate and vanilla all rolled together with a nice fruity alcohol bite. It actually smells a helluva lot like Bailey's & Kahlua mixed together. Mudslide beer? Nice.
Taste: like the aroma, but fruitier. Very Baltic-porterey. Extremely smooth, there's also almost a creamy taste. This is an extremely delicious beer.
Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy and delicious. Even though there's not a huge amount of carbonation, the thick body gives the beer a really good feel.
Drinkability: very drinkable. The alcohol contributes a lot to the nose, or at least it seems, but it's not fusely or unpleasant in any way. If they sold this around here, it would definitely be a regular in this household.
08-20-2010 02:57:57 | More by flagmantho
4.65/5 rDev +18.3%
11.20 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. 8.0% ABV, 0933...(smudged).
A - A rather vigorous pour creates some fast cascading and a massive three-finger head. The dark tan dollop of foam sits gently on top of the clear but very dark brown beer with good retention and patches of thick lace.
S - Smooth milk chocolate and rich mocha flourish in this roasted malt beauty. Light notes of coffee and cream blend in too. It smells like it will be very smooth and creamy in both flavor and texture.
T - Incredibly creamy and smooth in terms of taste and texture, bold roasted malts with a rich milk chocolate and mocha flavor. The finish has a small coffee bitterness.
M - Amazingly velvety smooth and creamy, the soft texture is a supple, full body of pure enjoyment. Very light roasted bitterness to the finish.
D - This stout is absolutely fantastic. I've been meaning to get pack of it and next time I'm at a store that carries it, I surely will. I could have it all night!
02-04-2010 04:26:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.7/5 rDev -5.9%
I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.
The beer is not very black, almost brown especially in the light with a unique super light tan head. There is good retention and lacing.
The aroma is very light all you get is a brief whisp of alcohol and light hops.
the taste is super light as well that is a sweet hoppiness that feels like water making it ok to drink but overall nothing very special or exciting. Damn you Sri Lanka.
12-07-2009 17:53:33 | More by jrallen34
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Pours from 625ml bottle(room temp) a pitch black with a pretty large head of foam that shrinks slowly and then completely dissipates. There's some lacing present with each new pour but that too disappears after sitting in the glass for a while.
The smell is of roasted malt but it's pretty light. Not much going on for me as far as the nose goes.
The taste has coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and...right near the finish, a hot cocoa flavour but they are all on the light side and make for a very smooth brew overall; I can't beleive it's 8%abv, it's *that* smooth and easy drinking but Iknow better than to think that the alcohol won't catch up to me so I'm only taking small sips.
Further sips and and nothing really changes. I note that the body on this one is on the thin side though the taste never does lean towards the watery side. It's good. I'm glad I got to try it but...it's not something I'd seek out again.
03-18-2007 16:00:23 | More by Bitterbill
3.25/5 rDev -17.3%
Poured in to Founder's tulip.
A - Poured black with 2 fingers of foamy light brown head.
S - Roasted malts, a touch of licorice, some hazelnut and a some light coffee notes. Alcohol is slightly noticeable and the overall nose is somewhat bland.
T - Roasted malts, a touch of coffee, chocolate and some sweetness. Not overly complex for the style but still an enjoyable and easy to drink beer. The alcohol is also somewhat noticeable on the palate.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.
10-23-2011 21:30:37 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a huge amount of brown colored head. This is one of the best-looking stouts I've seen.
S: Had aromas of malt, coffee, chocolate and some light fruit. Nicely done.
T: At first, this beer did not impress me. After a while it grew on me. Coffee, malt, light and chocolate all appear. Unlike some other stouts, the coffee in this one didn't dominate the other tastes.
M: This had high carbonation rate a smooth finish.
D: The Lion Stout is definitely a drinkable beer. While not my favorite in the stout category, it's still solidly done.
07-28-2008 12:59:35 | More by avalon07
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
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!
12-18-2010 03:53:01 | More by DrDemento456
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
This brew is black with a thick and rocky tan head that fizzes away rather quickly. Thick patches of lacing. The aroma is big on roasted malt, with some semi-sweet chocolate in the background. Rich body with a tasty blend of mocha, malt and plum flavors. Frankly I am surprised they make them this good in Sri Lanka. The finish is dry and roasty, with a coffee aftertaste. Proof you cant judge a book by the cover.
10-17-2006 21:39:22 | More by Dogbrick
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
Served in the new Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark brown color with an inch and a half foamy tan head. Lacing and head retention is excellent. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. Taste is definitely on the bitter side, mostly like coffee and dark chocolate with a bit of roasted malt. The sweetness comes out a bit more as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is medium, it's thinner than I expected it to be. WIth that being said, the beer is still smooth, dry and a bit slick. Drinkability is very good, it's easy to drink and the alcohol isn't very noticable at all. Overall I think this is a pretty decent stout. If you get the chance to try this beer you should, but that's just my opinion.
07-28-2007 00:29:43 | More by bluejacket74
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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