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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
89
very good

876 Reviews
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Reviews: 876
Hads: 1,528
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 62
Gots: 96 | 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

The dark caramel, large dense headed brew, with its 8.8% alcoholic content, is unique due to its sweet notes of chocolate and coffee interspersed into a foundation of dark roasted barley. Symbolic black to denote leadership, power, focus and strength, is dominant in the labeling as the lion journeys in the twilight unafraid, unbowed and unchallenged.
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Reviews: 876 | Hads: 1,528
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)

Photo of blatherbeard
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is dark...and i mean DAAARK. It pours an almost pitch black in color but has a white 1.5 inch head that actually dissipates quite fast.

The smell of coffee assaults my nostrils along with hops and malt. More malt than hops, but also an alchoholish smell.

Taste is a bit of coffee, a bit of chocolate, alot of malt and almost a taste of ....well vodka. And not good vodka.

Mouthfeel is very thick. Slides right down the back of your throat but doesnt stick to the back of your throat like some stouts.

For a beer that has an overpowering taste of alchohol, its drinkability is good. The alcohol taste fades quickly and the aftertaste is just, for lack of a better description, nice.

Id buy this again, just not every day. (739 characters)

Photo of deruiz10
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

A - Two-finger head is tan, leaves little lacing. Pour is black and lets no light through.

S - Black berries and sweet malts, hints of alcohol.

T - Dark coffee with some bitter chocolate, currants. Finishes like black berries and coffee with cream. Not very complex.

M - Lighter than expected and fairly carbonated, but sticky in the mouth nonetheless.

D - A good drinking beer for the stout lover when you're in a non-sipping mood. Also serves as a good intro to the stout genre. (526 characters)

Photo of HiAIPA
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber type bottle, this dark elixir poured a molasses brown and formed a nice foam head of two inches. Roasted biscuit and malts frame a medium body brew, with coffee, molasses accents and a nutty finish. Good, I would drink this again. A small step up from dry, smooth and un-flavored stouts. (301 characters)

Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Super black. The head pours huge, tan, fluffy. Lots of malt, chocolate, and a winey smell come through.

Quite flavorful. Grapey, even. More of a sweet chocolate versus a dark.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, thick, yet it goes down smooth, with a slight alcohol bite.

For my first export stout, this is fantastic. (331 characters)

Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Obtained via the 80's BIF; thanks Walter!

This stout pours with a ton of milk chocolate-colored head, maybe 2-3 fingres worth. Jet black with a syrup-like consistency. The lacing is very interesting in that when I splash the beer around the snifter it coats the edges in a very foamy, consistent manner. The aroma is primarily of chocolate with a slight scent of black coffee bean. Wow. It has a very prominent roasted coffee and extremely dark chocolate flavor to it. The mouthfeel is sort of thin, but it's a great sipping beer. Not too much carbonation either. (564 characters)

Photo of BigDank
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a goose island matilda goblet. In the air the pour stream is a very dark brown but once in the glass becomes enough to be opaque / black. The head is a light brown and very tall so the carbonation must be somewhat high. Head reduced to a lumpy foam then dissipated completely in a short time. Smell is light, not too rich or outstanding. Taste is somewhat light and sweet and not really anything amazing as far as I'm concerned. Not a bad beer but not really what I would look for in a stout. To each their own I suppose. Drinkability is high as the abv is not too high and the mouthfeel is smooth and easy. The beer rolls across the tongue lightly with the bubbles biting just a little bit. Overall drinkable, but not my cup of tea (or beer). Was worth the try. (790 characters)

Photo of treedoctor5002
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Trying this beer from a 330ml bottle.
The pour is nice, very dark and luscious. Head is light brown. When swirled around the glass it leaves some small bubble groups.
Smell is bourbon and chocolate. Very nice and sweet.
This beer is really smooth. None of that overdone burnt coffee flavor. Chocolate mocha and molasses rule the day here.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. For as big of a beer as this is you don't hardly taste it at all. I could drink this all night, seriously that good.
One of my new go to stouts. (517 characters)

Photo of getch
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a-extremly dark and black, not brown a black color, thick head and overall a very thick beer.

s-a dull chocolate smell, like a old chocolate that has been sitting at your grandparents house and is still there because your scared to try it, beause of how old it possible could be.

t-a bitter taste with a bad after taste, maybe its the alc. content in the beer, but i guess with the dull smell comes the dull taste, my beer is alittle chilled, i waited for 10 mins after I took it out of the frig, but i cannot image this beer warm, or any warmer than i have, maybe some hidden taste?

m- extremly thick, i like that it is thick and lingers in the mouth for some time, but because of the taste of it, it makes it worse.

d-I will not have this beer, again, i rate it average just because it prob tastes a lot better where consumed in the country of origin, Sri Lanka (867 characters)

Photo of Blupoet03
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours solid black - and watch out for the head! If you're not careful, it will overflow very easily. The over all appearance is excellent for a stout.

The aroma is full of roasted malts: dark chocolate, bread, and rye notes.

The mouthfeel is intense. It is tingly, fizzy, bitter in the back of the throat and the front of the mouth, and slightly metallic. The alcohol presents itself in the aftertaste.

The taste is just as full as the mouthfeel: chewy (yet not filling), metallic, and dry dark chocolate notes.

The drinkability is lower than great because this beer is so strong. The alcohol hides so well, that it is too easy to drink too much of it.

Respect this beer and it will give you a great new stout for your fridge. (755 characters)

Photo of Birmingham
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout brewed by Lion Brewery (Ceylon) http://www.lionbeer.com/
Beer Style: Foreign Stout

4 out of 5 on over all drink-ability

625ml in a 12 oz bottle, 8.0% ABV

Aroma: A pleasant medium strength aroma of fruity esters with strong notes of dried fruits. Rather pleasant, thought I would like aroma to be a little stronger.

Appearance: Pours deep rich black with a tan head. The beer clings to the class. When the head dissipates it leaves the top of the beer clear and smooth, reminiscent of a deep mountain lake at night.

Flavor: The initial taste is light with smooth roaster grain, malts, and coffee and first. The after taste lingers while the flavors intensify.

Mouth feel: It has a thick, rich and luxurious feel in the mouth. There is a light bite on the lip and tongue. The carbonation starts out strong but dissipates quickly improving the lush feel of the beer.

Overall Impression: It is very easy to drink; when the bottle was gone I was wishing I purchased a second bottle. The flavors are strongest in the after taste, as they should be in a beer you wish to remember. (1,091 characters)

Photo of WonderWoman
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate color with a khaki foam that fell to a trace around the rim of the glass.
Smells of roasted malt, figs, and dates. It kind of reminds me of a camp fire.
Tastes of smoky dark chocolate and tamarind juice.
Mouth feel is heavy and smooth with a lingering coat of film in the back of my throat.
This is a great stout has a lot of body it, great for dessert. (382 characters)

Photo of Mayhem976
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, unable to pass light through my glass as I hold it up to the light. Has a medium tan size head that fades quickly with small fingers.

S- Strong coffee smell, finishes off with a slight semi sweet chocolate smell. On smell alone I have to say this is the best smelling stout I've ever had the pleasure of inhaling.

T- Strong coffee and hop flavor, finishes with a "slight" bit of sweetness but not a chocolate sweetness which I would have loved.

M- Medium thickness with slight carbonation.

D- Great stout from Sri Lanka, almost perfect! (554 characters)

Photo of jamesm7485
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the first big stouts i had over a year ago so i figured id finally review it.

The appearance is a dark brown with a light tan head not much noticeable lacing.

The smell is very malty with a very thing note of chocolate.

The taste is the same as the smell

Mouth feel is pretty damn light for a stout of this size, but is still enjoyable

The drinkability is just about average not great.

A good stepping stone for me to the bigger beers ive been enjoying. (474 characters)

Photo of jboucher
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown, almost blackish hue. Unfiltered. Completely opaque. Mocha coffee colored two finger head which settles down to a one finger head. Thin lacing present. The head hugs to the sides of the glass initially, forming a depression in the center. This only lasts for a few minutes.

Smell: Mocha, black coffee, and alcohol notes. Sweet caramel scented malts are in the foreground.

Taste: Prominent mocha notes with hints of caramel and molasses. Very creamy. Hints of chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The alcohol taste is very subtle and underwhelming. Finish is very smooth, long and chocolaty. As it warms, coffee and toffee notes become more prominent.

Mouthfeel: This full bodied stout is very creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: For a stout, this beer is surprisingly drinkable. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but it is a nice treat to get every once in a while.

Ending notes: Coming from someone who seldom likes stouts, this brew is quite tasty. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again, or get this on a regular basis. However, if I wanted a change of pace, I wouldn't hesitate to return to the Lion Stout. (1,197 characters)

Photo of MoustacheHero
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A canned beer from Sri Lanka? I'm skeptical... Sri Lanka, formerly Su Lan. It was about 3 in the morning and I was looking for 1000 brown M&M's to fill a brandy glass, but back to the beer.

A: This can of motor oil poured pitch black into my glass with a milk chocolate head.

S: A faint smell of sweet malt, coffee and hot liquor.

T: An amazing strong flavor of coffee, caramel, fig, and hot liquor. A real surprise.

M: A big body, light on carbonation, high on creaminess and sticky syrup.

O: A mind blowing beer from a can. Like it dark and big? Then wrestle this Lion. (580 characters)

Photo of GNWBC
2.96/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hadnt had this in a while so i figured i pick up a couple.

P: pours a jet black with a tan head that has good retention and lacing

S: doesn't really smell like anything....kind of disappointing.

T: Vanilla, burbon, carmel and some toasty malts

O: not bad has good mouth feel with the carbonation, wouldn't mind sessioning with it but its not stellar. (354 characters)

Photo of Popkorn615
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a medium, glass goblet.

A - Pours to a black body with a quickly dissipating, one-finger head.

S - A slight hoppy, and almost liquory fragrance (probably due to its 8% alc by vol). Chocolate and coffee are buried underneath this fragrance as well. There's also a slight raisin smell to it.

T - Chocolatey and coffee-like. It has characteristics of a whiskey-like taste (also probably due to its proof). However, the moment it got the slightest bit warm, it got a little hard to drink and slightly unappetizing for me. The flavors, however, make it decently filling.

M - It feels warms on the way down, similar to a whiskey burn, but obviously not as drastic. It is not too thick and not too thin - virtually down the middle (a little on the thicker side, if I had to choose one).

D - Because of the warmth as it goes down, as well as its many flavors, I wouldn't be able to enjoy it with a meal. Personally, I would drink it after as a compliment (with or without a dessert). Because of its flavor and how filling it is, I could really only stomach two at most.

I know that this beer has gotten pretty good reviews, but personally, it's just not for me. (1,187 characters)

Photo of BrewChatKen
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

I noted this one specifically for the big complex aromas on the nose. I was getting chocolate, honey, vanilla, banana, pear, apple, coffee, espresso and roast. It poured a very dark, opaque brown with a light brown head. It had a nice silky, creamy mouthfeel, with a medium to full body and a light level of carbonation. To the taste there was big time chocolate and coffee, also vanilla, caramel, toffee and some subtle dark fruits. Aroma was definitely the star on this one, but it's hard to complain about anything really. It's a fantastic beer, very complex and easy drinking for a stout this big. (601 characters)

Photo of hbis2gut
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, this stout fits exactly in the middle of the two extremes. Namely dry and milk/sweet stouts. It has both a dryness and a sweetness. It has a creamy texture that is not cloying. Lion Stout would be by far the best stout to ever cross my lips provided Guiness had never existed. Cheers! (292 characters)

Photo of Edgecrusher
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark,dark, and dark. Used motor oil dark. Minimal head with thick lacing.

Smell: Burnt chocolate, slight coffee aroma, and slight caramel aroma.

Taste:Matches the aroma-chocolety and caramely with a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth-light on the carbonation. Glides down your throat.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Very easy to put a few of these down.

Overall a very good stout. Good representation of the style. If ya get a chance pick a few up. (468 characters)

Photo of Twerknasty
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent engine oil pour, with a hefty ginger bread color. Chocolate cake, icing, a very sexy nose. The sweetness is balanced by dark burnt raisins, and dark chocolate. The sweetness is piloting and controlling this airplane, but the chocolate covered gingerbread man is rolling in the passenger seat doing work-quitely. I like this stout, very interesting and entertaining while having complexity and drinkablity. A good stout. Creamy, yet carbination to balance it all. (472 characters)

Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a substantial, two-finger brown cream head that sticks around for quite a while. Smell is pungent with a powerful alcohol smell. Almost reminds me of the smell of Name Tag beer which isn't the greatest smell in the world. Taste had some coffee and mocha flavors as the bottle suggested. Going to have to pick this up again from somewhere else than world market. Bottle had stuff floating in the bottom of it and tasted old. I have had other bottles from there that had stuff in it as well and just weren't very fresh. I'll update what I find. (563 characters)

Photo of stodbrew
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with some deep red coming through at the edges. Ok tan head at first, then dissipates to a slight film.

Aroma is dark chocolate and some dark fruit.

Taste is hugely chocolatey up front giving way to a bit of coffee-like roastiness. Somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Overall, a pretty good beer. (325 characters)

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
89 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.