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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,460 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 57
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

 http://www.lionbeer.com 
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Photo of Rudgers73
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 330 mL glass bottle.

A- Never seen so much head from an imperial stout. It foams up like a fine belgian dubbel or tripel taking up half of the glass and then cascading down for a few seconds almost resembling a nitro-can pour. Settles into a froathy, foamy head sitting on top of a dark brown/black liquid.

S- Dry, roasted, oak, earthy.

T- This is very much like a dry stout. Deep burnt nutty flavor with hints of burnt hops toward the end. This is very good. There is a sweet alcohol taste at the finish. Coffee taste poking out throughout.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and dry. The bitterness at the end bites the sides of your tongue.

D- Nice, bold flavor. Very drinkable. No wonder it won 5 international gold awards.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz can, champagne flute, no canned on date.

Opaque with dark chocolate, ruby highlights. Initially overflowing foam that calms down almost too much. Tight silky bubbles.

Alcohol and port. Dark wine berry with an alcoholic edge. A little creamy with a decent toffee note.

The port characteristic is very strong, creamy and would seem to indicate oxidation, but I don't think that's the case. Some full raspberry, blueberry, grape slightly musty sweetness. Same toffee with a nip of coffee in the back. Port like alcohol and molasses.

Fine carbonation with a body that isn't thick.

If I am ever in Sri Lanka or nearby I know what to drink. The can is really good looking, with a proud lion and simple black, red, white only scheme. Try this stout if you run across it.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Another delicious looking opaque 10W30 brew that poured dark and heavy. Light head.

S-Chocolate mocha aroma, with some other sweet, rich flavor, almost like a drop melted marshmallow you'd put in hot chocolate.

T,M,D-Like aroma, the coffee and bittersweet chocolate shine through marvelously. The roasted malts are slightly sweet, and the body is a bit lighter than what I was expecting. I also expected the roasted sensation to feel darker. Well balanced and creamy. Easy and smooth to drink.

Photo of fisherman34
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black in colour with slightly higher than average carbonation. Aromatic profile begins with a somewhat pilsner-like sulfur hit before evolving picking up notes of licorice, mild coffee and plum. It’s fairly light in the mouth, and has some intriguing yet light flavors of espresso, chocolate, and a bit of caramel. Overall, this is fairly restrained as far as stouts go, but I could see this one being quite nice in the hot weather.

Photo of Naes
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours black and has a one inch tan head that is frothy and laces well.

The aroma is of chocolate, alcohol and has traces of roasted barley.

As for flavor, chocolate is the main character here. Alcohol is also a presence in the finish of this brew.

The mouth feel is surprisingly light for such a strong beer, but still falls in the medium bodied category. It’s mildly carbonated and goes down smooth.

I can definitely see another in the future, just not tonight. The drinkability is hindered by its ABV (for me at least).

Photo of Joel12
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rkf1976
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a solid, deep jet black color. Almost reminds me of roofing tar. There is a huge layer of brown, cappuccino-colored foam that seems to last longer than the beer itself. When I first cracked open the bottle, I caught a wiff of red wine. Maybe that was just the alcohol content. After I pour, I notice an immense smell of chocolate. Sort of like some kind of chocolate/mocha flavored cappuccino. The taste is very good. Roasted and chocolately up front, with just a little bit of a hop kick towards the end. Finishes smooth. It has a slight warming effect at 8.0%. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied, but yet its surprisingly easy to drink. Tasty brew here, definitly a good session beer.

Photo of wingman14
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown tins and a dark brown head. The smell is sweet with smoky flavor, and heavy malt tones. The taste starts malty and smoky and finishes sweet. The ABV is hard to detect. The finish is malty with a hint of the smoky flavor. The mouthfeel is great, milky smooth, not super heavy-just a medium mouthfeel, great flavor balance, and a perfect carbonation for a stout. The drinkability is nice, the flavor can keep you coming back. This one is definitely worth checking out.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass (saving the rest for later)

A: Midnight dark body under a light and frothy dark tan head. Excellent lacing, leaving rings all over the glass. If the head was a bit smoother (reminded me of a latte) this beer would achieve greatness in this category. As it is, it is still good.

S: Baker's coco powder, slight coffee, medium roasted grains and some caramel malts.

T: Layered chocolate and deeply roasted malts make up the bulk of Lion Stout's flavor. I say layered because this isn't a totally singular beer, but it isn't massively complex. I get some dark fruits on the side, but they don't ever take center stage. The finish is sweet and roasty (reminds me of a sweeter, stronger dry Irish stout).

M: Higher carbonation than I expected, which yielded a lighter body and less smoothness than this style should have. The mouthfeel is this beer's only major weakness in contrast to it's competition. Not full, chewy, or very smooth.

D: Where this beer lacks in mouthfeel it gains in drinkability. This beer feels lighter than it is, but at 8% it should be gulped with caution.

Overall: A very enjoyable stout in my opinion. I imagine the first stout that the people in Sri Lanka ever tasted was Guinness. I find it interesting then that this beer tastes a bit like Guinness Extra Stout. This beer is nicely complex in flavor (probably due to the extra alcohol) and lighter than usual. I enjoyed a glass after a 5 mile run.

Photo of Allurex
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Waveoff
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of cyrenaica
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle
8.0% ABV

I tried this beer on August 27, 2007 at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto. The beer poured a dark chocolate brown into a unibroue tulip glass with a very generous brown head. The aroma was reminiscent of malt, chocolate, and coffee. The mouthfeel is thick with mild carbonation. The flavour was very good, some malt and coffee hints.

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

12 oz. glass bottle- color of India ink, with a thin medium tan head - nose of roasted coffee, anis, earthy, chocolate, vanilla, and milk chocolate – taste of milk chocolate, some bitter sweet chocolate, cappuccino, and - body is medium, silky, and with low carbonation – aftertaste of chocolate, mocha, and veggie???

Photo of donteatpoop
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What the fuck comes from Sri Lanka? Lions motherfucking Stout, thats what. Outstanding stout, dark as night in the country with a blindfold.

Poured a deep dark black with a nice dark tan head.

Smells of chocolate malts... Very enticing. I'm definately salivating.

Taste is superb. Chocolate, silky smooth, good balance of sweet and bitter. Great fucking stout with a nice thick and creamy mouth feel.

Photo of MooseBoose
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of waston
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Wsherry1
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of SamN
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lion Stout in a can. It's gotta be done.

Pours a pretty thick blackness. Head is notable; beautiful notes of brown and tan. Loose and and little filmy. Excellent crown to a big black stout. Smell is a little sour; some vinegar, coffee notes, molasses. Not the typical stout smell; sweeter, a little sour, no oak, vanilla or bourbon notes to be found. Taste follows smell pretty closely. This definitely has a sweet edge to it. I also get some grape skins in the taste. The main roasted malt taste is upfront, which gives way pretty quickly to a sweet/sour and tinny finish. Some coffe and cocoa detectable. Not bad, interesting tastes, not a stout I'd drink very often. I can see drinking this fresh off the tap on a tropical island, beachin it up.

Has a distinct sour bite to it I don't care for. Don't know if it's a bad can; is that possible? I seem to like it much more out of the bottle.

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Appearance is a black bodies brew with a tan head that has good retention with some lacing, decent carbonation. The smell is cocoa, coffee beans, some licorice and the taste is bitter chocolate along with coffee, licorice followed by some sweet fruity taste, maybe blackberry that leaves a sweet aftertaste. The taste also has a smokey and roasted flavor to it that makes you want to drink more of it. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and seems to be a medium to heavy feeling beer that is pretty drinkable even though it is filling.
I did enjoy this one, but I have noticed that this site says ABV is 8.00 %, while the bottle says 8.80%.

Photo of DrIPA
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Alex5
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Seaba
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.