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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,363 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,363
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 50
Gots: 49 | 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 SpecialK088
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -11.5%
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 +1.3%
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 BeerDocT
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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 hopsaplenty
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
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 angelmonster
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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 olbubba
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

olbubba, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Loki
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 gueuzeonhigh
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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 bloberglawp
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 mlhyatt
4/5  rDev +1.8%

mlhyatt, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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
Photo of jeranbrews
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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 pbrian
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

pbrian, Jul 09, 2002
Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

JoeAmerican77, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

output01x, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Yesac
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Yesac, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

xungmound98, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of HungarianCount
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

HungarianCount, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of jakester
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jakester, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of naterock
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

naterock, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of flipper2gv
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Nice very dark black ale with a small light brown head that disappear fast.

S: Everything that you expect. Some coffee and dark chocolate. Vanilla is also present. A little bit of smoke smell and some dark fruits coming from the alcohol.

T: Smoke coming upfront which is kinda surprising since it was a bit weak in the smell. Roasted taste comes in, coffee and almost no chocolate flavour. Some raisins are present too. Definitively a very nice tasting stout. But, there's a strange acid aftertaste that is "meh".

M: Mid to low carbonation. Mid to high mouthfeel. Nicely done here too.

D: mid to low. It warms a lot for such and ABV. I've seen stouts with higher ABV having the alcohol feel much more hidden. Might get tired of the taste after some of these.

flipper2gv, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of r0nyn
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

r0nyn, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

windypete, Mar 02, 2014
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.