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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,395 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,395
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 47
Gots: 54 | 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 hoegaardenhero
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: nice opaque super dark brown/black that is totally opaque; copious frothy head that leaves light lace

s: light coffee; sweet chocolate syrup; raisins; molasses; light metallic overtones that are quite unpleasant; vanilla; possibly light menthol scents

t: powdered swiss miss chocolate; light alcohol; vanilla; coffee; dark chocolate; coke; again an unpleasant metallic taste though

m: ok; a little on the cloying syrupy side

d: very sweet and interesting but has very unenjoyable metallic aftertaste despite being a year from the exp date

hoegaardenhero, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A six pack was part of my birthday present from my wife, who doesn’t know much about beer. She picked it out on her own…a great present! 12 oz bottle marked 595 17:18, with a photo and quote of Michael Jackson on the back, poured into a nonic pint glass

A—pours solid black with a 1 ½ inch mocha colored head that collapses down nicely into a foamy blob, spotty lacing is produced as I drink

S—fruit and coffee are blended well, alcohol comes out, too, sweet chocolate is also very mild

T—can really taste the bitter roasted coffee and sweet chocolate flavors, somewhat nutty notes, like the smell, the flavors are blended very well, finishes a bit dry

M—thick and smooth, full bodied, perfect carbonation

D—a solid stout, very warming and filling, drinkable, but three might do it due to the thickness and 8% abv.

hanco005, May 03, 2006
Photo of blakelive784
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served into standard pint glass:

A - Pours a non transparent dark brown/black color. The head is two fingers, devoid of cream, and terrible retention. Excusable for the high abv.

S - Bitter chocolates, roasted malts, and a strange olive smell. Relatively mild, and the ethanol is present.

T - Much better than the nose predicted. Sweet cream and chocolate on the open. Roasty backbone is evident throughout. Extremely well built. High abv isn't noticeable until the finish, where it fits.

M - Full bodied, smooth and wet. Nearly perfect.

D - Hides its abv very well, well balanced, and extremely drinkable. I'm very surprised with this one and will have it again.

blakelive784, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

xungmound98, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of titosupertramp
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mostly black in color with cola brown showing when tilted and held to light. Huge tan head pours out, 4 fingers or so. Leaves behinds almost thin, hard to see lacing..it almost looks like my glass is dirty. Normally, I would give this a 4.5, but I spotted some floaters when pouring the beer and while I know it's dumb, it kind of grossed me out.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar. This has everything I'm looking for in the smell of a stout.

T: Largely follows the nose, but for some reason, there's just a little let down here. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee. I'm not getting the brown sugar in the taste, but I do get a little licorice..there seems to be a little floral fruitiness to the taste as well.

M: It's unexpected, but this is a little on the thin side. Dry finish. Nice aftertaste.

O: This is a really nice beer that I may have continued overlooking if not for a friend's recommendation. This has everything one would look for in a stout, but there's just something a little something missing from the taste(not quite sure what) and the body is a bit of a let down. At any rate, I'm glad I picked this up and will purchase again in the future.

titosupertramp, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of mlhyatt
4/5  rDev +2%

mlhyatt, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of palliko
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out opaque and black, with a firm cream head, lots of sticky lace. The aroma is light toasted coffee, slightly pungent. Initial taste is caramel, sweet malt, unsweetened dark chocolate and coffee over prune and molassses. Mouthfeel is gentle carbonation, dry astringent esters. Finish is dry, leaving a metallic taste on the tongue. After all the hoopla I was expecting more complexity. No where near the quality of Stone's Imperial Russian Stout. Very much a run-of-the-mill stout.

palliko, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of olbubba
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

olbubba, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of hmmmbeer10
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

hmmmbeer10, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

windypete, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of umustdrink
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle - $1

A - Solid opaque black with a fluffy medium brown head which settles to an eighth inch. Lacing is average.

S - Bready dark toasted malts, caramel, dark bitter raisins and a pungent cinnamon spice.

T - Taste starts off bitter toasted malts, smoky flavor. Finish is an oily bitterness and more toasted malts.

M - Consistency is medium and carbonation is slightly less than medium.

D - Good tasting stout with an interesting cinnamon note in the smell.

umustdrink, May 13, 2007
Photo of angelmonster
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

angelmonster, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of UA8
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Opaque Black in color with a rich and tall cocoa head.

S- Nose is dominated by scents of richly roasted caramel malts.

T- Mostly sweet caramel malts on the palate with a slight bitterness on the finish. Could be more balanced. slight metallic taste as well.

M- Could be a little fuller fades quickly.

D- A acceptable stout. however it could be heavier in body and have a more complex and balanced palate instead of just being such a one note song.

UA8, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of wnh
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Hearty "pfft" upon uncapping this beer. Overcarbonated? Pours a rich, thick black, with a large, dense light tan head. Nice lacing.

Initial aromas of dark fruit, mineral, and something resembling cheap plastic zip-top bags. Odd. Lightly roasted coffee in the background, considerably lesser than expected. Sharp and somewhat pungent, but there seems to be a lot going on. A touch of meaty smoke comes through as the beer warms, and the chemically plastic quality fades rather quickly.

Smooth fruity and roasty entry, turning sweet in the middle before leading into bitter dark chocolate on the finish. There's a moderate Belgian-ish yeasty dark fruit ester thing going on that my palate isn't quite sure what to do with. It's not necessarily a good complement to the roasty stout, but it's not at odds with it either. As in the nose, the roasty character isn't as prevalent as I'd expect in a stout, especially at 8%, but it's subtle in a well-done way.

Medium bodied, leaning toward light, smooth and rounded on the whole but with a bite that increases the more I drink. Alcohol is relatively well hidden, but again picks up as the beer recedes.

An interesting interpretation of the style, but one that I can probably do without in the future. Good: subtle roastiness, Belgian-like dark fruit, dark chocolate. Bad: chemically plastic bag aromas, sharp pungency, biting mouthfeel.

wnh, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of BeerDocT
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerDocT, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon seeing the country of origin and the bottle’s 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 then—the hole in the middle head heralded what was to come. Under the gusto of the start, the body was lacking-- there was something oddly transparent—maybe the right word is “nonexistent”.

The finish was clean and short. I wasn’t surprised as it trailed along with it’s 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.

gueuzeonhigh, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of SpecialK088
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into an imperial pint

Pours a jet black and very smooth, Head is big and fluffy but disapates very quickly to about 1 finger, thick at the edges that causes a nice lace.

Chocolate, malt and slight coffee notes in the nose, pretty straightforward.

The flavor is extremly different all the flavors in the nosre are there but very subtley, a burnt toast flavor is what domintates and is actually very good. The red chilis are decectable at the finish but only if you are really looking for it.

Mouthfeel is right down the middle of the road in every way. Medium body, carbonation and overall feeling on the palate, not overly silky or thick but not thin or watery.

Very easy to drink but more of a sipper than something you would be able to drink alot of in a sitting, maybe 2 but thats about all I could see myself doing.

SpecialK088, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Stocean1
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought I would give this a try after walking by it many times. Poured a huge 4 finger milk chocolate head of frothy foam which was well retained leaving sticky lacing all the way down. The body is a deep auburn color. Looks like a dark coke.

Scent is molasses, sweet malt, dark fruit, earthy.

Taste follows the nose but is somewhat more muted with the sweetness coming to the forefront too much for my liking to the point of being cloying. Surprised how much booze comes through up front although it seems to take a back seat as it warmed. Some coffee and mocha comes to the front as it warms.

Body is watery and almost light, some bitterness but not too much for the style with little carbonation.

A drinkable stout however not one that I would actively seek out given the other options I typically have. Glad I tried it and I can now tick off Ceylon on my countries list!

Stocean1, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Kulrak
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black-brown, can't see any light through it whatsoever. There's a decent amount of creamy tan head that disappears rather quickly, leaving a thin layer that still wants to stick to the glass. I smell malt and chocolate, a tiny bit of roast coffee, and very faintly, some berry. The taste is a lot sweeter than I was expecting, more of a strong porter than stout. It's all malt taste, though. The berry flavor is stronger in the flavor, but it's still mostly coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy, hardly any carbonation there at all, which would explain the lack of head retention. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially for the style, of which I'm not really a fan.

Kulrak, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle, 275 15:47 inkjetted above label.

Inky black with cordovan highlights. Thick layered head of burnished khaki bubbles of varied size. Slow to settle, leaving some light lacing. Rich coffee dominates the smell along with some sweet notes as well, perhaps a touch of molasses. Sweet white sugar up front with a solid roasty middle that provides a firm backbone. This finishes sweet, in a 'would you like some coffee with your sugar' way with only a hint of roasted bitterness at the last moment. There is also a slightly overt alcohol note as well. Medium body with a soft cushy mouthfeel that contains almost no carbonation, smooth. This was enjoyable, but may have been better showcased with some spicy food rather than on its own.

hopsaplenty, May 11, 2006
Photo of jeranbrews
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1-24-10

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.

jeranbrews, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Loki
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with a rich caramel colored head. Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate and mocca. The smell carries through to the taste promissing a semi-sweet chocolate but finishing with a bitter coffee flavor. There is a mild hoppiness throughout The head lasted quite a while. The beer finishes smooth. A very nice stout.

Loki, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of HungarianCount
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

HungarianCount, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of bloberglawp
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bloberglawp, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

mtnbikerpa, Mar 26, 2010
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.