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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,417 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,417
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 50
Gots: 63 | 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:
 http://www.lionbeer.com 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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Photo of cambabeer
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of hermit990
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of grayburn
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Midnight black with huge head and heavy lacing at 55 degrees.

The smell is completely chocolate malt.

Chocoholic taste...almost a sweet stout, hopped well enough to bring the balance out. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouth...good dry finish despite the sweet start. Not overly bitter...body is a little light, a bit over carbonated.

Very drinkable, almost dangerously so. Good beer, not an excellent example of any specific style. The lower price helps make this a great session beer.

Photo of battlekow
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There are no confirmed reports of melanistic (black) lions, either in the wild or captivity (http://www.lairweb.org.nz/tiger/black.html). Well, I found one: this Lion is jet black with a huge, rocky head that lasts forever. Oh, and it had a cat hair in it, but I'll blame that on my new kitten and not the Lion. Smell is surprisingly subdued, with a gentle roasted character. The taste, though, explodes with delicious bitter roastedness that's smooth as can be. Just a hint of plums/raisins. What a great beer. I might move to Sri Lanka.

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

app - monster tan head, somewhat creamy and with excellent retention. Beer is effectively opaque, but bright light shows some garnet highlights.

smell - roasty with some chocolate and an overall sweetness to the aroma.

Taste - some malty sweetness, chocolately and fruity. Good complexity in the malt and esters, but nothing overpowers. Finishes roasty sweet - those flavors linger.

MF - full body and moderate carbonation. Some very gentle alcohol warming. A nice, smooth mouthfeel overall.

D'ability - A bit heavy for an every day beer, but quite drinkable by 8% ABV standards. Alcohol is well controlled.

Photo of ndekke39
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 12 oz bottle of this on New Year's Eve (early in the evening). No freshness date on the bottle. Poured an opaque black with a thin white head. Interesting smells of burnt toast (though it wasn't bad) and dark, dark chocolate. Tastes of toasty barley, the dark chocolate, and even light hints of coffee. Medium creaminess - I prefer stouts to be a little thicker, but this was good. Fairly high ABV %, but the alcohol didn't cut through the taste. A great beer, easy to sip.

Photo of ricke
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-02-01. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date printed on the bottle (Best before September 2009).

Appearance: The pour is basically jet-black - held up against the light it reveals only small deep red hues. The liquid seems clear. The head is about 3 cm - bigger than expected and certainly bigger than many stouts - and its color is one shade darker than your ordinary cappuccino. It's a very thick and creamy head - almost reminiscent of a nitro-carbonated brew - and it stays for a while before settling into a ring of lacings. I must say, this beer looks very good.

Smell: Some quite powerful aromas of dark fruits - mostly black currants - and milk chocolate hit the nose. Plenty of roasted malts and coffee are there as well. A faint nutty aroma - perhaps of cashew nuts of almonds - finishes off the smell, which I enjoyed quite a bit, of this one.

Taste: More dark fruits and notes of ripe red apples blend with molasses for a big sweet flavor. Roasted malts are also rather assertive. There is also a somewhat unusual chocolate character present - consisting of a mix of both bitter and sweet chocolate flavors. In the slightly bitter finish, there is a small twang from the alcohol, a sweet taste of toffee and gentle hops. Towards the end, when the beer warms up, the chocolate flavor becomes more prominent. Overall, this one tastes good, but not extraordinary. It has a nice balance between some of the usual flavors found in a stout, and some flavors are even quite big and powerful - almost trying to enter the domain of imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel: Heavier on the carbonation and a bit livelier than I had anticipated. Semi-full (not medium though) body. Towards the end, it gets a little smoother.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer, but as already noted, not extraordinary. It looks and smells really good - the smell actually outweighs the taste, which is a bit of a disappointment. Somehow, it feels smaller than it actually is - the alcohol hides really well - but I don't know whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. However, irrespective of this, it's highly recommended and I would definitely try it again if it was offered to me, but I wouldn't make any huge efforts trying to get a hold of it.

Photo of xbrettfavrex
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of packetknife
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was underwhelmed with this beer. I was expecting more. Its got strong hints of chocolate and smells slightly burnt. It's thinner than it looks but still have a good feel. An ok beer but I wouldn't make it a habit.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml can with a best by date of Jan 2013 into a tulip glass.

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black color with a nice 2 finger tan, cappuccino colored head that recedes quickly to leave a film across the top of the beer. The aroma is dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and some molasses and brown sugar notes. On the palate this beer shows the 8.8% with a slight warming sensation that plays nicely with the strong flavor profile of the beer. The flavors i get are burnt sugar, molasses, black stale coffee and a hint of cream. Very roast and malty with a surprisingly refreshing dry finish that leaves traces of hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is dry, slightly astringent and has a much thinner body than i expected. Overall, this might be a "summer" stout as it is bordering on imperial in my book with this ABV. I used to pass this up all the time in the states but now that I am in a beer wasteland in Switzerland, this made its way into my fridge. Worth a shot.

Photo of drxandy
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625ml to tulip glass, pours a deep dark opaque black/brown with a hint of red in light, creamy tan head retains excellently eventually fading to lacing

smells of plums, raisins, brown sugar, yeastly goodness, smells sweet and complex

taste is of sweet dark fruit at the start blending into chocolatey depth and wonderful complexity, almost sherry like, malts are solid, roasty and complimenting the sweetness, licorice, coffee presence, alcohol is present but masked well.

mouthfeel is slightly bitter, roasty, sweet, low carbonation, very nice indeed

paired with scharffen berger 70% cacao dark chocolate wonderfully :D

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of maltlikker
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of markaberrant
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours jet black in the glass. Moussy, tan head holds up quite nicely. Leaves some splotchy lacing.

S - unique for a foreign stout - you've got your basic roast, but also some interesting earthiness, tobacco and smoke.

T - Smoky, sweet dense malt to start. There are all sorts of complex earthy, roasty flavours that really round things out. Long roasty finish with more smoke. As the beer warms, the malt sweetness becomes more evident and brings some dark fruit flavours to the forefront, while the roast and smoke fall into the background.

M - creamy, mouth filling, but not thick. Gentle carbonation, soothing alcohol is mild. Just about perfect for the base beer.

D - I'm hella impressed with this one, wish I had bought more than just a 6-pack.

Never heard of this beer until I saw it sitting on a shelf in Fargo, ND. I did a quick BA search via my phone in the store, and saw it had solid reviews, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

This kicks the crap out of anything I've tasted from England or Ireland in terms of a Foreign or even Imperial Stout. The smoke doesn't dominate, but it's presence is certainly obvious and blends in quite well. What makes this stout stand out from the others is the smooth, complex flavours that are still bold... I find the "bold" part to be missing from most "classic" examples. Incredible stuff.

Photo of DioS
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of trbergman
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Dark chestnut brown body with one inch of fluffy, cinnamon head.

S - Milk chocolate, roast barley, molasses.

T - Rich, malty chocolate, roasted nuts, a bit toasty, with no detectable hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness. Long, balanced finish.

M - Smooth, creamy, full body.

D - Hides alcohol very well; easy drinking. I wish it were a little more interesting, though.

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed via the LCBO for around $2.50/330ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a medium body wine glass.

A- Excellent! Opened with a mighty pop and brown head 2" high that dissipated down to a thin film in a couple of minutes.

S- Very good. Caramel, malts and other stout goodness

T- Almost as good as it looks. Pretty nice for mass production beer.

M- This one let me down a bit and dragged the whole rating down... A bit bland, dry, carbonated too much and a bit metallic.

O- Very good. If they could get this nice stout a lot creamier and possible a hint of Sri Lankan/Indian coffee style that would really pick this up.

Food Pairing...

This wonderful mass produced stout went well with... Lamb Shank. An excellent slow roasted lamb shank with garlic mashed potatoes and root vegetables in a reduced balsamic glaze.

Enjoy!

Photo of Beric
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. brown bottle

Lion Stout poured a dark almost totally black except for some garnet color highlights when it is hit by light. The head formed was 1 3/4 fingers, dense, bubbly and mocha colored with light clingy lacing left behind as consumed. The nose is lighter than expected, dominated by roasted dark malts and chocolate. The taste is stronger than the nose, also dominated by roasted dark malt with sweet notes of chocolate and coffee. The finish is on the sweet side and a little dry. Mouth feel is smooth and medium bodied with the alcohol well hidden making good drinkability.

Lion Stout is my first taste of the foreign/export stout style. This ale has made me a fan!...I'll have another.

Photo of mlhyatt
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Popsinc
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured pitch black with a huge bronze head. Soem carbonation. Nose was big on roasted malts, some black licorice. Taste was to the sweet side. Again, black licorice was dominant. Nice malts. Very smooth, light bodied...a little too light bodied i would have to say. Lingering sweetness...a touch of raisin off the finish. Alcohol warmth. As far as a stout goes, i was looking for a little more body and fullness. Drinkable but not where i might want a stout to be.

Photo of xav33
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lion Stout
625 ml bottle
Recent bottling, savoured 09/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured black with a huge light brown frothy mostly lasting head with good lacing. Glass had a very dim brown tinge once finished.

Smelt of heavy chocolate, with light coffee, roasted malt, herbs and port.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet chocolate and light acidic fruitiness, followed by a lingering heavy bitter roasted taste, with tinges of clove honey, soy sauce and red wine. Mouthfeel was light, fizzy, oily, and the finish lightly alcoholic and heavily astringent.

Overall, a perfectly balanced foreign stout that packs a punch on aroma and taste, and hides the abv wonderfully.

Side Note: I've tried this with freshly squeezed mango juice, 1 part juice 1 part Lion Stout. The Sri Lankan locals apparently make a cocktail that involves mango juice, passion fruit and Lion Stout, but I haven't a clue where to get passion fruit. Close enough, the result was equally eye opening.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.