Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
Pour pitch black in a "maredsous" chalice.
Off brownish white head dissipates slowly to a thin film. Huge aroma of roasted barley and pure chocolate and hints of fresh coffee bean. Flavor is all FES, roasted malt, coffee, soft and pleasant astingency. Alcohol is well cloaked, this would pair wonderfuly with a N-Y cheesecake or a big bowl of ripe cherries.
02-12-2008 04:55:16 | More by bloberglawp
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
Well, I just complained about the stout classifications and here I am reviewing a "Foreign/ Export Stout." A stout's a stout IMHO and this brew proves that aphorism.
Poured from a bottle into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.
-Appearance 4.0: Foamed up to a nice head; over a half inch and a beautiful khaki colored head at that. The color of this stout is black, yes, but is a more clear black than some other stouts. Less "inky black" and more of a gem-like color. A beauty.
-Smell 4.5: Wow! Big, delicious bouquet. Notes of chocolate, brown sugar, toasted cereals...this baby SMELLS like a stout should!
-Taste 4.5: First tastes are semi-sweet chocolate and concentrated barley. This is followed by a big wave of cool liquid. The aftertaste is wonderful and very strong: smoky, chocolaty...just delicious. This is one of those beers that makes you taste it again and again to find other flavor levels and different nuances. Just delicious.
-Mouthfeel 4.0: This is a bottle-conditioned ale; "Beer Hunter" Michael Jackson's picture on the back label told me so! Mouthfeel is good but not great: a bit too much carbonation. This is, however, just a nitpick. Kind of like noticing a piece of lint on the Crown Jewels of England.
-Overall 4.5: Excellent stout. This beer could stand toe to toe with the best beers in the world and come out on top. This stout is refreshing, warming and demonstrates a quality of brewing at each and every level. Its high ABV (8.8%) is completely unnoticeable in the taste, so be aware.
I paid $10.99 for a six pack of these at the Lotte/ Assi Plaza in Atlanta. Good of the ol' Beer Hunter Mr. Jackson to appear on this beer, as it is a magnificent brew. Worthy of the name "Lion." Highly recommended.
08-28-2011 03:57:42 | More by BeerDocT
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Upon seeing the country of origin and the bottles bible black contents I had to experience this stout from Ceylon.
It cascaded into my glass producing an immediate dense off tan head which fueled my curiosity as to this beer's meritorious profile.
The head arose, flourished and then retreated to whence it came leaving little trace but a scant bevel of foam clinging to the perimeter of my glass.
This beer presented a small perhaps non-existent nose.
On first tasting, this dark full bodied stout produced a starburst of flavor-- predominant hops, notes of chocolate, toasted grain, a sprite of coffee.
Unfortunately the flavor was a rather curt performance-- a blaze of glory and thenthe hole in the middle head heralded what was to come. Under the gusto of the start, the body was lacking-- there was something oddly transparentmaybe the right word is nonexistent.
The finish was clean and short. I wasnt surprised as it trailed along with its precursor-- the vestige of the initial flavor.
Nevertheless this beer has a rather cordial mouthfeel and although the flavor endurance in my opinion leaves something to be desired, it is nonetheless an enjoyable experience.
06-08-2006 06:43:31 | More by gueuzeonhigh
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
Poured from a 11.2 bottle with no freshness date. Poured extremely dark with a copious amount of tan head. Sticky foamy lacing on the side of the glass. Strong malty scent. Heavy malts and cocoa flavors. Pretty smooth mouth feel. Not really drinkable enough to go for another. A lot of other stouts out there with more flavor. Paired pretty decent with some fresh blackberries and blueberrys and yogurt.
03-26-2010 14:58:23 | More by mtnbikerpa
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours a huge 2 finger chocolate head, black in body, good head retention and lacing
Smells of faint alcohol and roasted malt.
Taste is a variety of raisin, fig type fruit and roasted malt. Rather light on the alcohol side. Hops are pretty non present
Mouth feel is a great balance of carbonation. Nice creamy head with a silky body
Highly drinkable, very good beer. Alcohol is hidden well. Cheap great stout, highly recommend
02-15-2009 22:47:52 | More by angelmonster
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Sweet, fruity nose with hints of burnt malts. Many flavors present that all mesh quite well. Chocolate/cocoa, raisins/plums. It's light bodied for its complexity and strength and drinks quite well. I think my package store did me a favor by aging it for me(it was 4 months past its "exp." date).
07-09-2002 06:30:17 | More by pbrian
3.55/5 rDev -9.7%
Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.
A strong pour yields a 2 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that quickly disintegrates after a couple minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a deep, near mahogany black. Throughout consumption, decent lacing can be seen sticking to the sides of the glass like honeycomb.
Dark roasted malts aromas flow out of the head with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, raisins, and plums. The nose is a little on the sweet side with the dark fruit aromas overpowering the chocolate and coffee aromas.
Just like the nose, sweet dark fruit flavors dominate the taste. Notes of plum, raisin, black cherry, and brown sugar hit the taste buds first. A light, almost cognac alcohol flavor is also detected. As the beer is swallowed the dark fruit notes turn evolve into flavors with black cherry and plum being the most dominant. As these flavors settle and wane, a dark chocolate and dry coffee flavor begins to surface but is quickly met by a light rum alcohol warmth.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is slick and smooth. The body is there but is not thick or coating and is only slightly sticky. The carbonation is not fizzy and does not create a creamy mouthfeel but can definitely be noticed working behind the scenes.
09-01-2011 04:54:41 | More by output01x
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Serving: 12oz can into tulip glass
Served: 3 June 13
Appearance: Incredibly dark. Thick. Pours with a magnificent four finger head that takes a long time to dissipate. Great lacing as the head slowly collapses to a small coating of light brown, frothy bubbles.
Smell: Smells rich and roasty. Dark, dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes seem to jump out through the black thickness.
Taste: The dark, bitter chocolate and roasted coffee seems to really come out in the taste. Unfortunately, I'm also getting some metallic notes from the can, forcing the overall rating down lower than what it should be. Really smooth and goes down easy. You can kind of feel the 8.8% on the very very back end, long after a sip, but the high ABV is masked well by the pleasently complex flavor.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Thick, just like a foreign extra stout should be.
Overall: Wow, a great beer, especially when you consider it comes from and island off the coast of India.
06-04-2013 00:15:51 | More by Beric
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
A - Fairly average in appearance - pours black with a very carbonated brown head that fades extremely fast. Pour this slowly.
S - A dry stout smell. Dominated with coffee malts and some grassy/earthy tones.
T - It all seems to come alive at the back of the tounge, I don't pick up much up front. The flavor is pretty subtle. I pick up smooth creamy chocolate malts with strong carbonation sweeping the palate clean. Overall to watery for me.
M - Excellent mouthfeel due to the high carbonation and dryness of this stout. Smooth and creamy.
D - Easy drinker here. This stout is not that bitter and the 8% is hidden very well.
10-13-2008 02:02:52 | More by Yesac
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
I bought a case of this at The Beer Mart in Reading, PA. I drank it in a goblet.
Pours an almost opaque black with only dark garnet color showing through around the edges. A very nice dark tan head of tight foam forms on top, falls to a coating, and leaves very good lacing on the glass.
Aroma is chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and somewhat fruity, with notes of burnt cherries or raisins. Spicy hops are also present. There IS a smell here, lingering, that is metallic or chalky, that is not pleasant. The smell of black licorice becomes stronger as it warms.
Flavor is strong roasted barley, masked fairly well by a decent amount of sugar. Coffee and chocolate flavors are right there in your face, but not really overdone. This IS a strongly flavored Export stout, however. Hop bitterness is fairly high, but pretty well balanced. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Aftertaste is burnt sugar and sweet.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. The finish definitely dries out toward the end.
I would drink this again. There's something about the smell I don't care for, but the taste and kick are good.
02-19-2006 16:45:40 | More by jakester
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
poured into a willi, deep black in color with a medium brown head that lingers the whole way down.
Smells of toasted malt and nuts with a tinge of sweet/spicyness in the back, like red chilis. quite enticing.
Tastes nearly like it smells, very earthy and spicy wrapped in a package and toasted. really a complex beer and I wasn't expecting this at all.
Mouth is viscous and thick but doesn't effect the drinkability. really a well rounded beer and an utter surprise to me.
10-18-2009 19:13:35 | More by naterock
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Big 'ol two fingers of milk chocolate head over the deepest dark pits of beery dispair!!! Its almost halloween so I'm being spooky...
Anise and wet grains float like ghosts to the nose whispering hints of roasted malts and caramel. Big ghoulish flavor, cocoa nibs, ripe figs, coffee syrup, anise, some bitters and spicy alcohol. This monster is full bodied beast, breathing out a mild carbonation and some stickiness to catch you in its hold.
You really got to hand it to the boys in Sri Lanka, for the price, they make a world class stout!
10-27-2011 22:23:01 | More by JoeAmerican77
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured from a can into my DFH snifter.
Pours a super dark opaque black that completely blots out all light. Big inch thick tan head at first that slowly recedes into a thin cap, leaving some sticky, stringy lacing. Smell is malty, with nuances of chocolate and coffee wafting around. Bit of sweet caramel too, along with a slight booziness that's just barely detectable.
Chocolate and coffee to start, followed by roasted malts and a little bit of barley. Caramel and toffee also make an appearance. Booziness is almost non-existent, as are the hops. Aftertaste is all bittering coffee. However, all the flavors seem a bit... subdued. Not as big and bold as I was expecting, even after letting the brew warm up for a little while. A little bit of astringency at the end. Mouthfeel is fine, creamy while also being crisp and dry thanks to the carbonation roiling around in there.
Drinkability is good for this stout. It's a bit more subdued than I'm used to from the style, but it's by no means a bad beer. Definitely a candidate for a good night of drinking. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy.
11-02-2010 02:07:59 | More by r0nyn
3.93/5 rDev 0%
A - Pours thick and chunky like stew. Plenty of Vegemite on the bottom. Dark. Opaque, even held against sunlight. Mocha color head. Some continual carbonation. Pretty cartographical lacing.
S - Sweet, like frosting. Lots of chocolate, some espresso. Roasted smoky lightly-burnt toast. A good, standard, solid stout experience.
T - Bitter initial taste. Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. A Latin-American festival. There was a slightly sour aftertaste. Maybe a touch too much yeast.
M - Refreshing. Creamy. Fizzy. Still sour. This beer hides the 8% ABV with spy-like skill. Watch out.
D - Surprisingly good. This beer is a perfect example of why we must try more beers and keep an open mind. Out of all the beers I've had from South or South-East Asia this is easily the winner.
01-24-2010 13:29:28 | More by jeranbrews
3.38/5 rDev -14%
Appearance is good, a very dark brown and almost black hue with a nice crown of head that leaves some good lacing.
Smells very malty, molasses, chocolate, a hint of roasted malts. Something just slightly off, a slight sour smell.
Taste is good, but nothing outstanding here. This is a run of the mill stout that is good for its price. Surprisngly low on chocolate, I was waiting for it to hit and got nothing, instead you get a lot of cream and molasses. Again, good, but plain.
Mouth is a bit of a problem, the body is right on at thickness but it seemed way too bubbly for my stouty tastes.
Overall if I'm at a store and see a sixer of this next to a four pack of Great Lakes Blackout for the same price, I'm going to the GL every time. Just no reason to revisit this beer, though I can't find anything to say outwardly negative. Just nothing special.
04-07-2009 23:07:08 | More by sonicdescent
United Kingdom (England)
4.4/5 rDev +12%
This has been one of my favorite Stouts hands down for quite a while. Pours a lamost pitch black with a thich dense tan head leaving velvety lacing and a thin remnance of a head. Aromas of Roasted barley dominate, coffee and cocoa come up big and, nut, raisin, and alcohol round it out a bit as well. Taste also sees a lot of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. The chocolate is there but it is a dry cocoa taste and the sweetness seems to be a bit of dark fruit. The aftertaste is perfect. Dry and clean, and the alcohol is not very noticable.
This beer feels great in my mouth perfect bubbles that coat the tongue and clense the palate. A great Beer to pair with dessert (making my store bought vanilla cookies 10 time better!) For the style I think it is one of, if not the most drinkable example. I am very glad to be able to find this easily once again.
12-18-2010 22:17:08 | More by thepeter
3.85/5 rDev -2%
A: Shiny brown with dark red/maroon. The head is tremendous with golden avalanches swirling to a firm settled three finger cap. As with a beer of this high octane, didn't expect nor noticed lace.
S: The nose was full of roasted black malt with a dark and dry coco. A dash of coffee but musty overall.
T: First and foremost is the roasted barley rather than the bittersweet chocolate. A slight smack of the lips uncovers the molasses and a spice, anise perhaps. I could not place the hops within, but a floral one and delicious overall.
M: Not impressed at the start, a wee bit light but grows smoother with silk undertones.
D: Lion Stout is a constant mixture of sweet and bitter. The different flavors hit your taste buds and then overtake your entire mouth, cheeks and jowls. This was a very good beer and makes me very eager to find more export stouts.
06-01-2009 02:11:59 | More by Brianmerrilyn
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Appearance- On tap, poured into a snifter. The pour is black with a creamy one finger tan head. Great retention and a little lace left behind.
Smell- Dark roasty malts and sweet milk chocolate aromas.
Taste- Very reminiscent of a milk stout for me, very creamy lots of chocolate notes. Roasted malts towards the back end, finishing slightly bitter. Not quite the bitterness or hop presence as some "export" stouts, but this is solid throughout. Gets better as it warms.
Mouthfeel- Pretty full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This aspect is great, a very slight alcohol warming noticed as well.
Overall- Very solid beer at a pretty good value. I will be drinking this again.
01-03-2011 23:09:05 | More by JLeege
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. I could also see some carbonation sticking to the side of the glass after the initial pour. Some moderate lacing. Pretty standard appearance for a stout.
S: Roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, fruity esters, maybe cherries, molasses, and some alcohol.
T: Strong coffee flavor, dark chocolate, molasses, and some caramel. Roasted malts are also definitely a strong presence here. Hops come through just a little in the finish. As it warms, the sweet fruits from the nose come through a little as well. Overall, a pretty well balanced flavor.
M: A pretty full body and pretty crisp. I feel like there's a little too much carbonation here that interferes a bit with the complex flavors it presents. I had to search around the carbonation for all the flavors I noted above, especially the first few sips. About halfway through my glass I began to feel the warming effects of the alcohol, but it is definitely well hidden.
D: This is a pretty good stout. Lots of good flavors. As I noted above, I feel it suffers just a little on the mouthfeel. I would have this again, but probably not more than one at a time. It's also a pretty cheap, high abv beer.
11-05-2009 19:51:27 | More by MrDanno96
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.