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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,437 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 54
Gots: 64 | 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

 http://www.lionbeer.com 
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Photo of bloberglawp
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of HighestGravity
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured well with not too much head. Very dark in color though not as dark as some Stouts. The head had a chocolate brown color to it.

S - Smelled good though there was nothing overhwelmingly great about it. It certainly did not grab my attention in either a good or bad way.

T - A tasty stout. Not too bitter or strong tasting especially compared to other beers at 8%, yet still having an array of flavors to offer.

M - This beer was very smooth. When I drank it, it was very cold and it went down well.

D - Definitely a sipping beer (as with most stouts) though probably a little more drinkable than most other stouts.

Photo of Rayek
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very potent Stout that makes a great nightcap.

A: Dark Mahogany, almost black. Thick tan head leaves almost no lace down the glass.

S: Cherry, grape and citrus came through. The alcohol in this beer is present in the aroma as well.

T: Very complex. Dark cherry, coffee, brandy and a hint of bitter chocolate intermingle well. The alcohol adds a little acidity and gives the beer warmth going down.

M: Thick and slick, with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: A powerful beer that I wouldn't want more than one of in a sitting. Great right before bed or on a cold night in front of the fire.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Dark brown to black with a creamy light tan head.

s: Roasted malt and sweet chocolate.

t: Roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and molasses with a bitter finish.

m: Creamy, smooth, medium body.

d: A deceptively easy drinking stout, don't forget about its high abv. I haven't had many export stouts, but I really like this one.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a dark opaque reddish-black with a thin sliver of mocha-colored head.

The aroma of dark ripe fruits first greet the nose followed by roasted malts and chocolate.

The taste is sweet and fruity with plenty of chocolate and coffee to round it out nicely. The booze is well-hidden in this one.
Thinner-than-expected mouthfeel, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This was an enjoyable and easy to drink stout from Lion.

Photo of slyke
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout pours an inky black color with a generous and lasting tan head.

The smell is roasty and chocolatey with a touch of coffee. The taste is chocolatey, malty, and coffee-like with the warming note of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste. This is an outstanding beer to sip, but it's smoothness makes it slide down easily. Try this beer if you find it, if you enjoy stouts, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with some brown creeping in on the edges. One finger of tan head.

S: Nice roasted smell is coming through in the nose. Sweetness is right behind it. Perfect for an export stout.

T:Sweet bitter up front then into a slight roasted taste. The taste fades out and there really is not much of an aftertaste.

M: Little to thin for my liking.

D: Super easy drinking. The export stouts are great for that while still giving you a reasonable amount of flavor. For the $2.99 I paid for the bomber it is definitely worth it.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well-crafted for the format. Extra-toasty malt aroma that's slightly understated for the style; the toastiness comes out much more on the palate. Not as much backbone as would be expected from the stout; it's pretty much the toasted malt at the front and not a lot of depth after that. Would like to try on tap as rarely does a bottle do something like this justice.

Photo of nsmartell
2.52/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I enjoyed this beer while playing cards at a friend's house. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Nice and dark, but with no head.

Smell: Chocolate and malt.

Taste: Too bitter with a really bad metallic taste. I felt like I was eating tin foil.

Mouthfeel: - thick-bodied.

Drinkability: I'm guessing the metal taste was only part of tihs bad batch we had. Would try it again, but am not holding out hope.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mostly dark brown, almost black beer.

It smells like a great stout. A lot of roasted aromas, especially coffee.

Taste is similar to a lot of stouts, except this one seemed a bit more roasted. More chocolate flavors than coffee. It finished with a metallic aftertaste, however, which definitely hurt the beer. Otherwise tasted great.

Felt a mix between oily and creamy. Not bad.

Overall not a bad beer, but there are plenty of other stouts I would choose first.

Photo of bobsy
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This looks absolutely beautiful. Pitch black body, with a foamy toffee coloured head, which cleared up to leave lacing of the same colour. Nice espresso and malt aroma The flavour packs a punch of coffee, chocolate, and perhaps licorice. The finish is long and warming. A great beer.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a snifter-style tulip glass from the bottle.

A - dark opaque black with a thick head that settles slightly but is very well retained

S - rich roasted chocolate like malt scent with some sweetness, very faint trace of hops

T - rich chocolate-like malty taste - very much like the aroma - with a dry finish from the hops, slight alcohol flavor perceptible, some slight oxidation is also present

M - full body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a very tasty stout. I find it amazing this comes from Sri Lanka considering the climate.

Photo of getch
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
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

Photo of stephendr
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass bottle- color of India ink, with a thin medium tan head - nose of roasted coffee, anis, earthy, chocolate, vanilla, and milk chocolate – taste of milk chocolate, some bitter sweet chocolate, cappuccino, and - body is medium, silky, and with low carbonation – aftertaste of chocolate, mocha, and veggie???

Photo of SwordandSorcery
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with little head if any

Aroma is feint and alcoholic

BIG dark bittersweet chocolate taste with a lot of carbonation, fizzy even

hints of coffee and maybe licorice that gets creamy the more you chew it

sweet bitter finish

one of my favorite stouts, its very different from most of the offerings on the market and will probably taste interesting aged.

Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a short 1/2" head that reduces to nothing in a minute or so. No lacing developed during the session.

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate sweetness leaps out of the glass and is enjoyable.

Taste: follows the nose as the roasted malts and chocolate flavors are dominant with some softer plum and prune sweetness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable and provides some soft warming. Bitterness balances out the sweetness nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste lasts a bit as the roasted malts and chocolate remain around a while.

Drinkability: nice stout that is a slow sipper and mildly warming on a cold winter evening. A few of these can be easily quaffed in a long session.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly pitch black color with ruby highlights and a "stout" beige head that dribbles lace all over the pint glass

Smell: Over-roasted coffee beans, molasses and charcoal

Taste: Opens with a mocha flavor that adds a touch of bitter citrus fruit and cocoa by mid-palate, when a dark coffee element also emerges; after the swallow, it becomes much more mellow, and there is a milky flavor that joins the bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice stout from an unexpected part of the globe

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

Pours a dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight vanilla/roast, good touch of toffee, chocolate, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet/roasty, malty, with some nice toffee/chocolate/caramel tones. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very nice stout in deed, recommended.

Photo of GRPunk
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Lion tulip glass.

A- It poured jet black except for some deep brown-red tones at the edges. There was a 1 finger red-tan head that became a thick lace.

S- Sweet malts are the strongest aroma. I picked up raisin, chocolate, and coffee tones. There was also a lighter hop presence and a touch of alcohol.

T- Mostly the usual suspects of dark chocolate and coffee along with definite fruty flavors (raisins) as the aroma suggests. The hops make for a dryish finish.

M- Some decent carbonation and a light hop bite.

D- A nice drinker regardless of weather. It was great during a cold evening (wonderful nightcap), but it's also my "go to" when I want something that packs a chocolaty punch in the summer months.

Overall- Sri Lanka's best brew. I'm glad the brewery was able to survive the terrible storms a few years ago. I discovered this one some years back and have come back to it many a time.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is outstanding. It opens up so much when warmed to a proper temperature. Bold aroma. Bold Flavors. Smooth.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. Coats the tongue and allows each flavor to play. ABV wasn't aggressive. I felt the beer went down rather easy. However, it is more of a sipper.

Served to cold it seems like a bitter assault. I'm looking forward to laying down a few.

Photo of becktone
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Color is black with very dark red highlights when the light hits the beer just so. Head is tan has pretty good retention and lacing. All in all this looks like something that I'd like to drink.

Nose: This is a very aromatic brew. There is a lot of roasted character and chocolate character up front. There is also some sweet malt aroma, some light vanilla aroma/milk stout aroma, I can also detect some alcohol in the aroma as well as some dark fruit aromas.

Tongue: Alcohol is easily detected in this brew, however, even though it is easily detected it is nicely covered back up again by some dark and roasted malt flavors. Dark fruit flavors are also detectable, light roasted flavors and some sweet malt flavors-vanilla/sweet/milk stout flavors.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This brew is heavy on the palate and is quite thick.This is a beer that I'd not hesitate to drink again, though I don't think that I'd want to drink it all night. Alcohol is too high for it to be a session, plus you can easily detect it. This one is a good slow sipper, I think that the 625ml bottle it comes in is a great serving size. This is one I can see myself buying again, though It might be awhile. By the way it seems really appropriate during the colder months, don't think that this would be as enjoyable during the summer.

Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3.49 for a 625ml bottle w/ no freshness date and a Michael Jackson blurb on the back saying that it is top fermenting and bottle conditioned. Black with a big coffee with cream colored head that didn't hold too well, but left nice lace. roasted malt, some chocolate and a little sweetness/fruit. taste is the same as nose but better. pretty complex, very well balanced. some coffee flavors and some smokiness comes out as well. mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full, but still full for sure and creamy/oily. hint of bitter or maybe bittersweet in the finish. nice and soft. very well done, solid stout. simple yet complex. not overboard or out there. very drinkable and enjoyable. who knew the sri lankans could do it up so well?

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. (330 ml) bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, nearly black and completely opaque. The head formed creamy and light brown, 1-2 fingers thick, and faded into a thin layer that clung to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Sweet roasted caramel and chocolate malt, a little alcohol as well.

Taste: Coffee and dark chocolate flavors up front, some bitter hops come through in the middle as the beer warms, I couldn't identify them, oh well. The finish is of dark chocolate, semi-sweet, almost bitter, and lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, fairly thick but still smooth. The carbonation was more lively than I expected, but it balanced things nicely.

Overall: Excellent. I really enjoyed this one, and will definitely go back for more.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lion Stout pours black and appears black when held to a bright light. A small tan head forms on top, which fades down to a thick ring around the surface of the beer. Only a couple spots of lace remain on the glass as the foam disappears.

The aroma is a strong with notes of smoked malt, chocolate, peat and ripe fruit, perhaps cherries. Each sip of this full bodied beer is very smooth with a moderate carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is much like the aroma. Peat, chocolate, smoke and dark fruit are all present. In the end the alcohol and hop bitterness comes through which finishes the beer with a medicine taste. Once gone the peat and smoke linger on the palate.

This is definitely a full flavored beer with a great mouthfeel. It's very earthy and easy to drink. One of my favorite stouts.

Photo of billybob
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours pitch black with a large dark tan head with moderate retention and lacing. aromas of prunes, chocolate, roasted malt. some sweetness to the taste with a stale or burnt coffee and chocolate. full bodied with a moderate carbonation. nicely balanced stout, hard to believe that a beer this good can be brewed in sri lanka.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.