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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good

1,460 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 57
Gots: 72 | 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

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a boisterous medium brown head. The head is also foamy and frothy standing at more than two inches tall. It takes its sweet time to recede. This stout has the look of a winner.

S - The scent is very subtle. There are some sweet hints here but it's made up mostly of long roasted malt.

T - Smokey chocolate malt flavors. It's not the most complex but it doesn't have to be. The texture of the brew is really what makes the flavor good.

M - This beer has a throat opening characteristic I've never before experienced with a stout. The feel is super smooth while still doing a great job of brining out the good flavor.

~ I have a story about how I came about the Lion Stout. I was walking through Cellar 70 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and actually noticed this brew but passed it by. A minute later an employee of the store asked if he could help me with anything. He offered that if I were looking to try something new he had a couple of beers I could sample at the store's sampling bar. I took him up on trying the Lion Stout and I'm glad I did. He poured me a sample and I walked out with a sixer.

To those thinking of passing by this cat I suggest otherwise. Give it a try, you'll be satisfied. I am.

(Note to self: number one of six cellared)

Photo of Thanby
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of thick lacing and tan head with nearly pitch black body.

Sweet caramel and molasses are the dominant aromas, with some prune and a bit of esters.

Big and meaty. Roasted malt is prominent but not very bitter like most heavy stouts. The dark chocolate and coffee flavors finally make a grand appearance and the major aromas end up as side notes.

Smooth like velvet but the meatiness throws me off a little. Very nicely rounded and carbonated just right, but that odd quality of the body makes it less than I was expecting. It's a prime example of what a full-bodied stout should be, but it's not my personal favorite, though I can definitely understand why everyone else likes it.

Photo of adams82
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours opaque; black with ruby hues when held up to a light source. A big tan head tops this black beer.

Smells of heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, a hint of nuts, licorice and it trails off with a bit of caramel. Pretty intense and complex aromas here.

Tastes a little sweeter than expected. Caramel and toffee really come through, followed by the intense roastiness I was preparing myself for. Dried fruits pop up too followed by a lightly fruit like hop flavour, finishes on a nice dry roasty note.

Full bodied and a fair amount of carbonation; the mouthfeel is creamy and exceptional! This is a great stab at a style that isn't available as often as I would like.

I've always though of Export Stouts being like a mixed beer, Dry Imperial Stout, if you could imagine that hybrid. That being said, the drinkability suffers a little bit... 8%, full flavour, with a full, full body; but very delicious.

Photo of happygnome
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: pours a deep dark black color with about a half inch of tan head that dissapears relatively slow but leaves a good amount of sticky lacing that leaves notches along the side of the glass as i sip away at this masterpiece. barely any light is able to transcend the deep dark black color of this brew
s: deep roasted black malts definatly dominate the overall aroma of this brew, cocoa coffee and even hints of brown sugar are also present, there really isnt a any hop aroma which i exppected. even though there is a lack of hop aroma, the overall sweetness of this is not overwhelming it seems balanced
t: phenominal, exceptional. roated balck malts, hints of coffee dark chocolate and brown sugar, not too overly sweet. no real hop bitterness here but it is not an overly sweet brew nicely balanced not sickening sweet
m: medium to full bodied beer deffinatly closer to the full bodied side of that, little carbonatoin on the tongue

overall, this could be the necter of the gods, one of the best brews that i have ever had his will always have a place in my fridge

Photo of illidurit
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. A couple shades lighter than black with a monstrous 3 finger cascading head that puts Guinness to shame. Tons of webbed lacing and impressive retention.

Aroma is cakey and sweet, with a soft cocoa powder character. The roastiness is subdued.

Flavor starts out with a surprising overripe melon sweetness, but then melds into more classic stout notes of cocoa powder and a roasted finish.

This beer is a little too carbonated but it's nothing major. Finish is semidry, body is a little heavier than medium. Alcohol's only contribution is a little nip at the end of the sip.

Photo of Antilochus
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this gem in a Kingston, Ontario LCBO (branded as Sinha Stout, except with a lion on the cap...). 8.00% abv, 330mL bottle. Poured into a wine glass. Best before April 2009. Cellar temp.

Dark dark brown. Thick tan head. Surprising head retention for such high abv!

Nose is a bit funky. Malty butterscotch, a bit of coffee, more licorice. Burnt sugar. A bit of booze. On the sweet side.

Palate is very sweet, low carbonation. Finish is vinous, not all that dry. Almost brandied with the fruitiness... can't pick the flavours out though. Finishes relatively quickly on woody notes. Roastedness offsets cloying flavour. I suppose that means it is balanced?

A decent big stout, meant for sipping.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - completely black with a dark tan head.

s - sweetness, coffee, and burnt chocolate. A small amount of alcohol is present and maybe some spices.

t - very roasted with chocolate flavors, slightly metallic. Alcohol is definitely there. Nice warmth. Dry. Something odd is that this really has no aftertaste.

m - soft with good carbonation

d - This is a good stout, very smooth. The alcohol is a little high and definitely present in the taste, but that is really the only thing that stands out to me (as maybe a negative). I found it odd that there wasn't really an aftertaste; It was just dry. It doesn't do anything out of the ordinary, it's just a solid stout. If I can find something similar to this with less alcohol then this will be replaced.

Photo of stumac
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sri Lanka! scored this off a bum after i beat his ass.

A - so black as night. very eye appealing. brown head. nice and thick.

S - roasted malt, cocoa

T - delectable. roasted malts and cocoa powder for sure. but the immediate taste is cherries or some other light red fruit such as cranberries. subtle vanilla. light spicyness from the subtle alcohol warmth.

MF - about as full bodied as you can get without being syrupy. smoothe. pretty low to medium carbonation.

all in all, a damn good stout.

Photo of generationmy
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hell ya! This is a great stout! Ruby chestnut edges to a extremely deep brown brew. Beach sand head. Plenty of lacing down the crystal. Only a slight off flavor in this beer, but drowned out by the delicious maltiness and pleasant mouthfeel. Nice balance of flavor -- simple and to the point. Tasted at cellar temperature.

Photo of chiapete
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark brown color with a tan to medium brown head. Produced a nice thick head.

Aroma was of chocolate and roasted coffee, slight nutty or molasses under tones.

Mouth feel was very nice, slight carbonation but very drinkable.Slight after taste but not over powering. Finished well.

Good with a spicy meal or as a winter warm up.

Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this from our government-controlled liquor store, SAQ, which they renamed Sinha Stout (no idea why)

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before Aug. 2008.

Appearance: Pours a nice black body with an easy thick 3 finger tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt with hints of coffee bitterness.

Taste: Robust coffee presence but only slightly bitter. Very well rounded & balanced.

Mouthfeel: A little bit creamy, more roasted coffee flavor with a little bit of graininess. Malty presence kind of makes it melt in your mouth.

Drinkability: Strong coffee presence without the the bitterness makes it an easily drinakble stout. Could have had another after this one.

Overall: A solid, easy drinking stout with good strong flavors. One too have again for sure.

Photo of NCSUdo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625 mL bottle

A: Deep black under a large brown head. No lace and very little retention.

S: Smells of sweet malts, light roastedness, chocolate, bit of coffee, slight burnt aroma.

T: Very subtle in taste. Sweet with mild roasted malt in an other wise sweet finish. Bit of chocolate and light coffee. A certain hop and dark fruit character shows up too.

M/D: Full bodied, light carbonation, a little slick. Very good drinkability for a big stout. Pretty tasty.

Photo of Popkorn615
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a medium, glass goblet.

A - Pours to a black body with a quickly dissipating, one-finger head.

S - A slight hoppy, and almost liquory fragrance (probably due to its 8% alc by vol). Chocolate and coffee are buried underneath this fragrance as well. There's also a slight raisin smell to it.

T - Chocolatey and coffee-like. It has characteristics of a whiskey-like taste (also probably due to its proof). However, the moment it got the slightest bit warm, it got a little hard to drink and slightly unappetizing for me. The flavors, however, make it decently filling.

M - It feels warms on the way down, similar to a whiskey burn, but obviously not as drastic. It is not too thick and not too thin - virtually down the middle (a little on the thicker side, if I had to choose one).

D - Because of the warmth as it goes down, as well as its many flavors, I wouldn't be able to enjoy it with a meal. Personally, I would drink it after as a compliment (with or without a dessert). Because of its flavor and how filling it is, I could really only stomach two at most.

I know that this beer has gotten pretty good reviews, but personally, it's just not for me.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Another delicious looking opaque 10W30 brew that poured dark and heavy. Light head.

S-Chocolate mocha aroma, with some other sweet, rich flavor, almost like a drop melted marshmallow you'd put in hot chocolate.

T,M,D-Like aroma, the coffee and bittersweet chocolate shine through marvelously. The roasted malts are slightly sweet, and the body is a bit lighter than what I was expecting. I also expected the roasted sensation to feel darker. Well balanced and creamy. Easy and smooth to drink.

Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a near black and relatively thick consistency. It produced a nice head, and just looked great in the mug. It had a deep flavor that paired exceptionally with my cheese plate. It had a filling mouth feel(which is great to me) and finished really clean.

Photo of dsa7783
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML bottle purchased singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Heard this particular beer being well-touted from various different sources, so decided to finally give it a shot...
Very impressive, engine-oil, jet-black appearance with a gigantic foamy and frothy tan, reddish head that lingered on for some time before slowly receding and leaving copious amounts of lacing...
Smell was replete with typical stout aromas, including cocoa, chocolate, dark latte, and roasted malts...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a strong suggestion of bittersweet, dark coffee, roasted malts, strong roasted cappuccino, dark lattee, sweet, caramel sugars, and toasted nuts... Very good, clean, crisp taste bursting with strong flavor and style...
Nice, rich, soft, velvet, clean mouthfeel without any suggestion of the rather hefty 8% ABV...
Easy drinkabilty as well, with attractive, crisp, refreshing flavors... Different, unique, and definitely recommended...

Photo of steinlifter
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Came in an attractive brown bottle with a lions head on label.
Poured black as coal, inch thick foamy brown head,which disappated but left round broken puffs all the way down the glass.
Faint whiff of chocolate and coffee.
some tangy hops on the start mellowing to a roasted but sweet chocolate flavor.
nice full and creamy mouthfeel,with a touch of chewiness at the end.
I think the drinkability on this is fantastic!..this is one of the best Stouts I have tried...I highly recommend!

Photo of beerbutcher
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours jet black with a espresso creme type head

aroma is perplexing. i get lots of coconut and vanilla, marshmallow, but little if any roasted character.. odd

taste follows the same lines, a deliciously rich sweet drink right from the get go. full and silky with a vanilla sort of sweetness, and maybe a hint of mocha, round and sweet on the finish, but not cloying. no expression of its strength on the palate.

mouthfeel is a bit sweet for a session beer. it's wonderful stuff, but there's little backed against the sweet malt to hold balance. for dessert though, wonderful. sipper.

drinkability is decent. though i wouldn't want a bunch in one sitting it sure is tasty stuff and very well made. the character of the ale is perplexing, like i said. it looks charred but doesn't taste or smell of it. alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of sstackho
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Danforth and Broadview LCBO in Toronto. I just had a 500mL Schneider Eisbock before this, so forgive me if I am in love with the world or mistype. Pours black with a small, quickly receding white head. Initial, somewhat thin, aroma of coffee. First taste is nice and richly full, with more coffee on the palate. Taste remains strong throughout. Very nice.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Lion Stout is perfectly named. It has many of the more pleasant roasted malt and coffee like features of a quality dry stout, combined with a big 8% abv to boot.

Pours black and opaque with a quickly fading tan head and a faintly sour aroma. I enjoyed the way the alcohol blended with the bittersweet chocolate flavors. Robust and roasty, but at no time harsh. Medium bodied with a good mouthfeel, but I would not describe it as remarkably smooth. Well balanced though, with a relatively clean dry finish.

Overall, a good foreign stout that I wish I had more of.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown or black - non-translucent with minimal light brown head that quickly dissipated to a single ring. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Coffee and toffey aromas with a touch of sweet malt.

T: Heavily roasted chocolate malt is immediate and predominant, with light hints of sweetness somewhat toffee-ish in nature.

M&D: Heavy mouthfeel and full bodied. Very light but persistent carbonation goes well with the favors and heaviness at hand. At 8% I was expecting some warming but didn't really experience any. Goes down pretty smoothly.

Photo of hops4me
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with brown edges. Light brown head that falls back into the beer quickly. Leaves a little lace in its place.

S - chocolate, coffee, vanallia, oaky. Not as pronounced as I thought it would be.

T - Chocolate and coffee again. Roasted comes out in the aftertaste. Still not as big as I expected. As the beer warms it takes on a smoky flavor.

M - mouthfeel is medium to full. Just about right for this beer and its softer flavor and smell.

D - Being that it is a softer stout I could have many of these. Well...as many as the 8% would allow. Not a big beer but a good beer. The dryness of this could also make it a decent thirst quencher.

Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thick, creamy, tan head that hangs around all night. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left behind as the fluid level drops.

Smells very malty with hints of chocolate, coffee, cherries, and a dirty earthy smell. Alcohol is barely detectable.

The flavor has a nice roasted taste. To a lesser extent some more complex flavors are present. I expected more chocolate, espresso, and fruit tastes after smelling the beer. It has a slightly sweet quality as well. It has a medium body with healthy carbonation. A good tasting stout that I am now seeing just about everywhere beer is sold.

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.

Photo of HighestGravity
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.