Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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89
very good

874 Reviews
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Reviews: 874
Hads: 1,516
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 59
Gots: 93 | 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 bjohn84
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours deep chocolate brown with 3 fingers of foaming, creamy light brown head

S - Bitter chocolate,Unique smell for the style.. almost like some form of sour burnt sugar comes though with a slight smokiness. Not really pleasant on the nose

T - Bitter chocolate / chocolate milk upfront with a fruity bitterness throughout the middle and alcohol rounding out the back end

M - Medium High mouthfeel on this and lingering cream texture, but also feels a bit chalky. Dry bittering finish on the tongue to end things. Would be difficult to have too many of these with the lingering numbness on the tongue from the alcohol.

O - Not too bad for the price being on the lower end, and has a decent amount of complexity, but something about the strange smell vs the taste kept if a lower rating for me. (800 characters)

Photo of Allpe45
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle lets out a roar of a hiss as I open it
095731726 printed on it
poured into a snifter

Pours black with a reddish light brown head forming quickly despite my gentle pour; I had to pour even more gently to prevent an overabundance of head. Appears to have lots of carbonation. The head dissipates to a thin sticky lacing after 1-2 minutes.

Roasted malts dominating the nose. Faint coffee. A bit of booziness after much agitation.

Roasted malt/coffee flavors first jump out and blast their way through. Weak bitter chocolate in the middle. Alcohol slightly noticeable alcohol as there is some heat in the end

Luckily it did not feel as carbonated as it looked, but still had a thinner body than what I expect from a stout.

Very drinkable, especially for the price. The alcohol is slightly masked, but not so much that you will end up with any surprises. I find it hard to do anything but just sip on it, and I'm fairly accustomed to the strength of big imperial/double stouts.

pretty good all around but not really amazing, great value, may compare in value to old rassy. I need to do a side by side to find out, it's been so long since I've had one (1,162 characters)

Photo of cyrock1
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Black with a 3/4 inch moderately dark tan head.

Smell: Coffee and a little burnt sugar. Some toffee and caramel in the background.

Taste: Burnt toast and coffee with a handful of carmelized sugar on top.

Mouthfeel: Quick fading carbonation and hardly any hop bitterness.

Drinkability: A bit too astringent on the tongue in the after taste to want another one right away. Not really a sessionable stout. (418 characters)

Photo of BlueHammer
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In one word: Excellent. I do love stouts and I was excited to try one from a country I do not usually purchase beer from. The beer was poured dark brown, almost black with a thick tan head that left decent lacing. It smelled of caramel and raisins. The taste had a tangy start and a malty finish, giving it a great balance. It was fun each time I put it in my mouth and I looked forward to each new sip! The taste, much like the smell also had hints of caramel, raisins, and espresso. The finish was like bittersweet chocolate. Highly recommended. (547 characters)

Photo of pumarocks
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the king of the jungle when it comes to stout! This is a great brew from Sri Lanka of all places. I picked this up at the Wine Cellar in Kenwood, OH. If has a deep rich chocolate/roasted coffee flavor that I associate with this style. It has good head retention and solid mouthfeel. so far, it is the best stout I have tasted. (334 characters)

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

Pours a thick black with a lot of lace through the entire tasting of this fine beverage.

Tastes of chocolate malt, coffee, smokey, and the warming of high gravity.

I think this beer for the money is an excellent brew! I was a little skeptical at first, but I came around and bought it. Who would have know that they make good beer in Sri Lanka. (346 characters)

Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle to nonic pint
NFD

A: Pours a thick oil-like black with a 4-finger frothy dark mocha head that was retained moderately well leaving thin lace down the first half of the glass.

S: Chocolate and bitter coffee with dark fruit esters.

T: Sweet roasted malt with a nice warming finish. Bitter coffee linger with raisiny esters upfront. A clean stout flavor.

M: Chewy and smooth. Well-rounded feel with good carbonation to provide a fuller body.

D: Absolutely delicious says my notes and my memory. A great balance between roasted malt and fruity esters. (567 characters)

Photo of blackenmn
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of schrist275
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very quick developing head, colored like a frappacino sits easily on top of a very very dark dark maroon/black colored almost wine smelling bier. The first sip delivers chocolate and mellow hops. Its almost syrupy constitution lends itself well to the smell, they work very well together. If the taste could develop more of an after taste or carry the flavor further along the tongue it would be an outstanding beer. The alcohol volume is not readily tasted, but comes across in the wine like smell. (501 characters)

Photo of Chsyhkr
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer these Tropical or Carribean Stouts. Most folks miss the mark and think they are drinking a Foreign or Imperial Stout.

I consider this beer an Imperial Milk Stout with the low IBU's and residual sweetness.

A very good version of the style.

I would love to hear some history of how these island countries came to brew and drink this beer. It comes across as their version of malt liquor! (408 characters)

Photo of Packforever1976
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at slightly chilled in my oversized snifter.

A: Pours a very deep brown, almost black. A decent light tan head, which receded fairly quickly. Not much lacing, very slight.

S: Dark chocolate/dark roasted malt combo in the nose. A touch of coffee. A nice vanilla/toffee sweetness as well, oh so slight.

T: Some nice bitter dark chocolate in the front. Very nice dark roasted malts. Coffee. A nice sweetness in the back that I can't quite put my finger on.

M: I wish this was a little bit thicker, and a touch less carbonated. Still, very nice.

D: Drinks very well for 8%. I can hardly detect the alcohol at all. A very tasty stout. I'll be searching this out again. (676 characters)

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a fairly large, tan head

S: smells great! chocolaty and malty. exactly what I like in a stout.

T: decent, but I was expecting better. Mild malty flavor, strong chocolate and alcohol flavors.

M: pretty thin feeling for a stout. very bubbly. alcohol taste/feel. reminds me of beer flavored champagne.

D: 8% ABV is kinda rough. I've got will power of steel so I could drink a few but i'd rather stop after one. (430 characters)

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

about 50 degree F into a pint glass
A- opaque black, large fine head that dissipates slowly.

S- aroma of black patent and smoke

T- surprisingly rich in dark caramel and raisin tones perhaps 120l crystal and special B

M- medium to heavy body

D- pleasant to drink and different from other stouts. Its inexpensive price makes it a winner. (339 characters)

Photo of dali27
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (673 characters)

Photo of Weston19
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a creamy mocha colored head that leaves sticky lacing all around the beer. Looks really nice and the way a stout should look like.

S: Smells like mocha, cocoa, vanilla latte, raisins, and roasted coffee. It's a very pleasant and sweet smell that isn't very strong and comes with a variety of smells. For an almost 9% beer it's great that there's no alcohol smell at all.

T: It tastes exactly like it smells and there is hardly any alcohol flavor there. You get the roasted notes almost immediately followed by that coffee/mocha flavor and then some of the alcohol. It ends slightly bitter but not enough to overwhelm.

MF: Heavy and with a semi dry finish bitter finish.

O: I thought this was a great beer. I wasn't expecting much from it for some reason but upon tasting it it was great. It's pretty strong and the fact that the alcohol taste isn't very obvious is a huge plus. Would definitely have it again. (935 characters)

Photo of icemonkey908
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is jet black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is mostly sweet with some roasted chocolate notes. The taste starts off very sweet with nice mocha flavors and finishes with a roasted flavor that lingers.

This is a good all around stout, although it is not my favorite. Fairly drinkable and a reasonable flavor. (324 characters)

Photo of wjimson
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The expiry date on the bottle reads July 06, and the name reads "Sinha stout". Poured it into a Guinness glass. The colour is black while the head is of a lighter colour. The smell is not noticeable. The bitter chocolate and roast coffee flavours are pronouced. Yet, the beer surprisingly smooth for a its alcohol strength of 8%. The taste of the alcohol is hidden very well and only comes out near the end. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter without being tangy and flat. I would definately get this one again. (512 characters)

Photo of wowbagger
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super thick head, dark like a dirty carpet. Beer isn't black, but it's about the darkest brown I've seen,

Smell is yeasty and oaky, slightly sweet. Some sour coffee notes.

On the first sip, I'm getting a ton of coffee and some earthiness, none of the oak I smelled. Some chocolate further on. It's velvety and smooth. Well-balanced but not terribly complicated.

Overall, I would recommend this one. (401 characters)

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a stout-lover who has never tried the Lion stout, purely because it's just always been around...I guess I became complacent toward it.

A: Opaque dark brown, almost black. Minimal tan head with a nice, retaining thin lacing that is tan colored.

S: Reminds me of coca-cola, only smoky.

T: Taste is good, a burnt taste that's kind of surprising. There's a faint dried cherry flavor, light bitter mocha, molasses, roasted malts and coffee, definite alcohol aftertaste thats a pretty bitey.

M: Mouthfeel is a little tingly, there is medium carbonation which combined with the alcohol and light bitterness in the flavoring puts the tongue in disco-mode. It sticks, that's for sure. Not a thick, milky, creamy stout.

D: This isn't one I can drink much of. It's got some flair in the flavor department, but it's strong, fizzy and heavy....a dessert beer for sure. (865 characters)

Photo of mrfreakybig
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. It's well-made and very tasty and drinkable. I'd drink it again without thinking twice. Makes me wonder what it is about beers like this one that make them better than so many of today's overdone imperial stouts. (238 characters)

Photo of BeardedSquash
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, like a brick wall clad in black velvet, this glass is where light goes to die. Half-inch tan head that sticks for a minute leaving no lacing behind.

S: Chocolate, anise and alcohol. As it warms, some roasted malts come around, brining with them a host of woodsy aromas, including spruce tips and bark.

T: Black patent and charcoal answer the door. The alcohol rides on on a wave of sweet toffee and chocolate. A well balance beer.

M: A full bodied mouth spiked with surprisingly refreshing dose of carbonation.

D: This beer is amazingly sessionable for how big and rounded it is. A very nice brew. (610 characters)

Photo of chiapete
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark brown color with a tan to medium brown head. Produced a nice thick head.

Aroma was of chocolate and roasted coffee, slight nutty or molasses under tones.

Mouth feel was very nice, slight carbonation but very drinkable.Slight after taste but not over powering. Finished well.

Good with a spicy meal or as a winter warm up. (348 characters)

Photo of SpruceFish
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black and opaque the way a stout should be

S- sweet roasted malts milk chocolate

T- sweet again and chocolate a good amount of roastyness

M- thick a little chewy good carbonation

D- really good no booze to it at all kind of a hot day stout i feel (257 characters)

Photo of HarrySTruman
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge frothy head, nearly 50% head. Lot's of lacing. Really looks the part of a beautiful stout.

The taste is a bit sweet for me when comparing it to other stouts. Coffee is the predominant flavor and alcohol is the predominant smell.

The price and the ABV of this, while having a very strong drinkability, make this a solid choice. I would certainly drink this beer again. (374 characters)

Photo of samyoung
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hamtramck liquor store on north Jo. Campau had a special on Lion. Have seen this one many times but have never bitten the bullet. This time the price was right.

A-Very nice, thick, creamy, black as night.
S-Roasted malty with hints of cream.
T-Smooth, with some hoppiness. Somewhat weak for stout. No doubt Haywards Black is a half assed copy of this recipe.
M-Fleeting.
O-Sri Lankans make a decent stout. Michael Jackson cannot be wrong as the label correctly implies. (470 characters)

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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