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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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1,395 Ratings

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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:

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml bottle and into a Guinness pint glass, on to the beer:

Pours a velvety dark brown to black, leaving a pitch black body in the glass. The head implodes from a thick three-finger head into a paper-thin sheet. Smells of hard chocolate and a mild roasted character tease the nose. The roasted flavor isn't bitter at all, but this brew isn't as deep as I would expect. Is it a good beer? Yes, but it lacks a strong flavor and/or complexities related to a strong stout. But hey, it's easy to drink, and that's not a bad quality to have.

DoubleJ, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle
8.0% ABV

I tried this beer on August 27, 2007 at Smokeless Joe's in Toronto. The beer poured a dark chocolate brown into a unibroue tulip glass with a very generous brown head. The aroma was reminiscent of malt, chocolate, and coffee. The mouthfeel is thick with mild carbonation. The flavour was very good, some malt and coffee hints.

cyrenaica, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625 ML dark brown bottle. From the label I see it has won 5 international awards. Poured into a an Imperial Pint, the beer is black with garnet highlights and a massive coco colored head. Decent lacing.

When I opened the bottle I got a big whiff of alcohol, but when I smell the beer in the glass, I get molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits and roasted malts.

Nice roasted taste. It is sweet with plums, black cherries, coffee notes & brown sugar . The aftertaste is slightly dry and almost chalk like. Some raisin taste emerges about ½ way through.

The mouth is silky with very low levels of carbonation. This is a nice stout. The 8% keeps it from being sessionable, but this an enjoyable sipper. Where did the alcohol go? Great job by the brewer to mask it.

Great value at $2.99 a bottle.

Redrover, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labelled as "Sinha", but ostensibly the 8% Lion Stout.

a: pours a broiling rusty tumult, which settles to an iced coffee coloured head, thick & creamy

s: prunes & black olives, iron, wood

f: initial hint of blood, then roast malt, and iced coffee

m: astringent, with a burnt bitterness, and fairly dry

d: could accompany a barbequed steak, but also good on it's own, on a cold rainy day

vancurly, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of Blupoet03
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours solid black - and watch out for the head! If you're not careful, it will overflow very easily. The over all appearance is excellent for a stout.

The aroma is full of roasted malts: dark chocolate, bread, and rye notes.

The mouthfeel is intense. It is tingly, fizzy, bitter in the back of the throat and the front of the mouth, and slightly metallic. The alcohol presents itself in the aftertaste.

The taste is just as full as the mouthfeel: chewy (yet not filling), metallic, and dry dark chocolate notes.

The drinkability is lower than great because this beer is so strong. The alcohol hides so well, that it is too easy to drink too much of it.

Respect this beer and it will give you a great new stout for your fridge.

Blupoet03, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Andbrew
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to .4l tulip glass.

Pours as black as you can get with a ridiculous brown head with big bubbles. Head sticks around to give a nice lacing.

Aromas of roast malt, coffee and chocolate on the nose and a bit of alcohol as it is a fairly high ABV.

Tastes great with a thickness to it that gives it some sustainability and is refreshingly not over carbonated. Its sweet but not too sweet and nice and dry throughout while letting the roast flavors through.

I really love this beer and despite the 8% ABV I enjoy it as a session beer or with any of my meals.

Andbrew, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as Sinha Stout in Ontario. This stout poured a solid, opaque black with a half inch tan head that lingered. The smell was of fresh toffee or like walking into a kitchen with brownies cooking. I found mild carbonation in the mouth with a bitter, dark chocolate taste giving way to a sweet, nutty aftertaste. A hint of something roasted and a rich, malty mouth feel. Overall, this is a pleasant stout and hard to believe it's eight percent alcohol.

ThatWineGuy, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of blackie
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Nice mocha head recedes to a decent ring and small island of bubbles. The beer is a very dark brown, nearing black.

s: Creamy chocolate infused with roast coffee. Maybe some hazelnut. Weird salty Play-Doh in there. Eh.

m: low, smooth carbonation and a full medium body

t: Even for the style, the flavors are a little timid for my taste. It's still an okay beer, just a little bland and one-dimensional. Sweet, smoky roasts dominate over and earthy hoppiness. Roasted chocolate after the swallow.

d: easy enough but not a great beer

from zrrbrrt for my bombing

blackie, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dense black color with a thick creamy head that settles slowly. Lots of tan lace left in its wake.

Aroma gives off a sweetness like fresh cream; graham cracker; cherry pipe tobacco; roasted nuts; toffee. Subtle coffee in the background. The aroma seems to move from good to great as it warms.

Smokiness hits first, with chocolate, coffee, cherry, toffee, vanilla and graham cracker swirling around in the mix. Simply delicious.

Feels just a tad over-carbonated for the style and flavors. It's not thick, but doesn't need to be, maintaining a pleasing airy butteriness.

A bit dry, very smooth, and extremely well-incorporated 8% alcohol. A very good stout. Would be an excellent introduction to someone just discovering the style.

Metalmonk, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of Nesued
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a deep chocolate black/brown with a robust tan head the filled the Sam Adams glass I used for this review. The head resolved to a 1cm ring with ample lacing that coated the glass. Due to the color, I wasn't able to see the extent of the carbonation nor the abilty of the head to be retained during the duration of the offering.

Smell - Dare I say your typical stout aroma. Caramel with a big malty nose. A bit of a sweet bite produced as well, but overall a mild nose with a alcohol presence as well.

Taste - My first thought was a well balanced offering with a pronounced creamy finish. A chocolate body as well, with a good mild fruit finish.

Mouthfeel - More dense than I expected. Well circulated around my mouth with little added carbonation.

Drinkability - I was suprised by this stout. I had actively avoided it due to the "hype" I've heard associated with it. I'm glad I took the advice of a fellow SC BA'er and picked this up from a local Total Wine. I'll put this into my regular rotation. For an 8% ABV stout, this is quite drinkable.

Nesued, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the new Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark brown color with an inch and a half foamy tan head. Lacing and head retention is excellent. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, molasses and dark chocolate. Taste is definitely on the bitter side, mostly like coffee and dark chocolate with a bit of roasted malt. The sweetness comes out a bit more as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel is medium, it's thinner than I expected it to be. WIth that being said, the beer is still smooth, dry and a bit slick. Drinkability is very good, it's easy to drink and the alcohol isn't very noticable at all. Overall I think this is a pretty decent stout. If you get the chance to try this beer you should, but that's just my opinion.

bluejacket74, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of bboven
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This has a great roasty smell but not a lot of roast flavor. Lot and lots of foam reminiscent of a soda more than a beer, but once gone, left great lacing. It feels a bit thin for a stout but you would never know it was eight percent. Would definetly buy again.

bboven, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw this on the shelf and just had to pick it up. SSomething just really intriques me, probabaly the look on the bottle, looked like it was gonna hurt, so I had to try it.

A - Poured very very dark black, opaque with a huge billowing tan head. Took forever to settle down. Lots of residual lace pretty much obscured the entire glass, if there was visible carbonation I couldnt tell, too thick...

S - Very strong, bitter coffee grinds and very dark chocoalte, a touch of alcohol and some hoppiness as it warmed.

T - Very bitter, especially for a stout. Lots of coffee and a touch of chocolate as well. Had a dry finish. Not overall that pleasant though, too bitter and was trying to balance out and be something it was not.

M - Smooth, but very dry in the finish. Nice carbonation gave it a somehat creamy feel and a thick presence. Felt like a stout.

D - Ehh, it was drinkable, and at 8% abv, really showed no sign of the alcohol so it was definatly well hidden. I guess you could drink a few, I really wouldnt.

Overall this was ok. Maybe a notch above average for a stout, but just wasnt really what I was looking for. It really needed some more sweetness to it...It was good dont get me wrong, just not something I would really want to drink alot of. Give a shot for a try, it was definatly good for that.

mikesgroove, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw some potential in their Imperial Lager, I figured the Stout would prove solid. The beer pours an expected rich dark-brown hue, and an unexpected dense, viscous texture. The foamstand rises to an inch and remains firm through the session. Solid aromas of roasted barley, toast, rich coffee, and cocoa swirl around a mild fermented lactose sweet scent. Flavors closely follow those found in the aroma and remain bold and clean without ever waivering. The beer has no single character that rises above the rest, relying on balance and maturity to produce high quality. Full and rich to the mouth, without becomming thick or chewy. Finishes sweet and with a solid roasted barley flavor (not charcoal). It's difficult to find a more solidly brewed Stout, however it's lack of challenging character leaves me wanting more.

BEERchitect, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black with a two finger, sparkling nut-brown head. Smell is slightly sweet with coffee and roasted malt notes and a touch of smoke. The taste reminds me of Guinness, only slightly bitterer and with more ABV. The malty roasted profile does a good job covering the alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall, this is a drinkable stout, especially given the ABV. In the short time it has took me to write this review I have finished nearly half of my 330 ml bottle.

gmfessen, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer back in the day from a beer of the month club and I always wanted to get my hands on it again. This beer pours black with a nice light brown head. Smell is great: coffee, chocolate, caramel and brownies. Taste is even better, sweet dark chocolate with roasted coffee, perfectly balanced so its not overly sweet. Very smooth and drinkable; pair this with chocolate chip brownies at you own discretion cause it may cause a diabetic seizure. This is probably the best stout I can remember having. Near perfect.

saintwarrick, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of reslo
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being Irish I take my Stouts seriously and this is a great find. Despite not favouring carbonated stouts the carbonation present is not intrusive and certainly not a distraction.

Bottled under the name Sinha Stout in Australia at least, at 8% this is not to be taken lightly especially as the alcohol is not at all noticeable at first. This ones not for the too young at heart as it will be drunk too quickly and not in the manner that is required to truely appreciate it.

The chocolate and caramel smell makes you believe in a taste that is to be cherished, unfortunately the real life experience doesn't quite get there for me but its certainly not a problem.

reslo, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout pours an inky black with a thick brown head. The aroma is sweet roasted and dark malts. The taste is rich and creamy, sweet but not overly so with a nice rounded roasted malt flavor. The after taste is slightly metallic and sour. The alcohol is not noticeable, and I think its strength is hidden well. This beer certainly didn't suffer from its trip around the world from Sri Lanka.

ericj551, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of rec
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sold as "Sinha Stout" here in Australia. I bought it out of pure curiosity, assuring myself I'd be quickly forgotten. It has however suprised me...

The pour was marvelous. The body is pure black, even against the room light. The head is a frothy, froamy brown, but unfortunately fails to stay or lace as much as I'd expect from a brew of this style.

While the smell wasn't strong and far from complex, roasted malts and coffee beans were most evident.

At first sip I can't say I was overly impressed due to my dislike for coffee, but it quickly grew on me. Roasted (maybe even burnt) coffee bean, dark chocolate and some bitter undertones. While 8%, the alchohol is not even noticable.

The mouthfeel is smooth but ligher than anticipated and the aftertaste is more of the same, with the coffee lingering.

It's definately a grower, and as I move closer to finishing this glass, I move closer to considering buying another bottle next trip to Dan Murphy's.

rec, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It should be noted that was labeled and served as "Sinha Stout"

Appearance: served in a Maredsous tulip at Cookie in Melbourne…huge chocolate head that takes a second to settle, very dark body, delicious appearance

Smell: rich roasty aromas, dark chocolate malts, light coffee grounds

Taste: smooth chocolate, creamy and milky, bakers chocolate, cookie, roasty malts…great

Mouthfeel: silky smooth

Drinkability: high

dirtylou, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of BigBry
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pootz for the trade of this one.
330 ml brown bottle, "Sinha" Stout, Imported, best before date printed on the bottle.
This strong stout poured a black color liquid with a thick tan head. Foamy thick head had excellent retention, leaving thick chunks of lace behind. Lots of different aromas like coffee, cocoa, prunes. Stout-like sweetness with a finish of earthy hops. Full bodied mixture of coffee, chocolate, charred and smoky malt. Well balance blend of flavors leaving a smooth and dry finish with no bitter after taste. Full of flavor hiding the high (8%) alcohol but with out being over sweet. Rich and smooth, great mouthfeel. Very good example - I see why it is ranked the highest of its style.

BigBry, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep black with a fair head that fades to a light layer. There is a small amount of lacing. The smell is smoke, roasted grain and coffee. The taste is rich and the coffee and oatmeal flavors show up prominatly. The mouthfeel is good, with the abv well hidden untill the aftertaste where is shows a little. The drinkability as good as I could drink this beer again.

Enola, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - eXtremely dark brown with a thick, fluffy 1" beige head.
S - Roasted chocolate malt with some faint dark fruit notes
T - Chocolate is the first taste to hit the palate followed by some burnt bitter flavours. Decent balance of sweet & bitter malt flavours.
M - Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Bitter chocolate aftertaste.
D - Good beer that I'd get on a semi-regular basis.

brendan13, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost black with hardly any light getting through. It has a great big tan head thanks to a vigorous pour. The head dissipates rather quickly.

S- Lots of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, and a little alcohol. Could be a little stronger.

T- Roasted malt upfront, some dark fruits with a little bitterness on the finish.

M- Very nice medium-full body. It's smooth and creamy, almost like it came from a nitro tap.

D- Pretty good; I might have another, although certainly not more than that. It is 8% alcohol, after all.

This is a very good beer at a great price. I was pleasantly surprised and would be happy to drink this any time. Recommended.

vtfan77, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of seanorear
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good stout indeed. I was not able to see anywhere what style of stout it was, but it is very similar to a sweet stout (though I would not be surprised if it was an oatmeal stout). It has a very deep black color and tan head that make it beautiful to pour. It has a very light nose, which is normal for this style of beer. Sweetness and malt are the most prominent smells (like a dark candy). I was very impressed with its taste. It is lighter bodied than I expected, but not light in taste. It has a sweet and full taste and mouthfeel but finishes light. I agree with the first poster who said this is a very drinkable beer. I recommend this to all whom love sweet stouts.

P.S. - This beer would probably make a great stout float. Put 2 scoops of good real vanilla ice cream in a stout glass and top off with this beer. You'll love it!

seanorear, May 30, 2007
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.