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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,470 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,470
Reviews: 870
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 55
Gots: 75 | 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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Ratings: 1,470 | Reviews: 870
Photo of Minkybut
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this beer into tumbler at 48 degrees. Beer was very black with a giant brown head that really lasted. Fruity nose chocolate oozing from chocolaty head. Good lacing. Slight interesting smoky taste but also a bit sour to me which turned me off. Will not buy again.

Photo of malcontent
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful black body topped with a full tan head and perfect lacing. Looks better than i remember.

Chocolate dominates the nose with toasty accents to compliment the sweet malt.

Only subtle chocolate with a larger role played here by the toasted flavor and some nuttiness (and just a little sourness) on the finish.

There's actually a bit of a thin feel for something that seems like it should have a motor oil consistancy. Also a bit more carbonation than I want from a stout with an ABV of 8%.

You know, it's not perfect but it tastes good and I'd gladly have another. A beer that represents South Asia like none other I've tried.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big thick black brew with a very solid-looking one finger brown head. Lots of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Swirling brings back one finger even towards the end of the glass!

S - Dark chocolate, raisins, yeast, burnt toast, dark roast coffee and esspresso. Sweeter milk chocolate also. Woody and barky. Very roasty. Alcohol is absolutley transparent for such a powerful beer.

T - Woody and roasty dark chocolate flavors with a little touch of alcohol. I can taste granulated sugar and molasses. Very sweet for a stout, and I like the way that the sweetness balances the woody roasty flavors.

M - Medium to full bodied. Low level of carbonation with a pretty dry finish. Although it is creamy it still seems a bit watery to me.

D - Despite the alcohol content, this is a very drinkable beer. I would session with this, and I will surely look for this again.

Photo of treedoctor5002
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Trying this beer from a 330ml bottle.
The pour is nice, very dark and luscious. Head is light brown. When swirled around the glass it leaves some small bubble groups.
Smell is bourbon and chocolate. Very nice and sweet.
This beer is really smooth. None of that overdone burnt coffee flavor. Chocolate mocha and molasses rule the day here.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. For as big of a beer as this is you don't hardly taste it at all. I could drink this all night, seriously that good.
One of my new go to stouts.

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

Purchased at local liquor store and poured into a nonic, full one finger tan, almost gray head, with clumpy lacing and decent retention. The body is opaque polished black color. Smells of subtle chocolate up front with, toasted notes, a smoky character, maybe some sherried raisins, and a pleasant nuttiness. Tastes is of slightly fudgy chocolate with toasted round malt notes, after it warms it becomes rather silky. The bitterness is subtle and comes toward the midsection the finish is a sort of dry and wet at the same time with medium mouthfeel. I have to say this was drunk through out a spicy curry dinner and the ends of a cold, but I’ll stand by this review till I have this again and prove myself wrong. Anyhow this is totally worth hazing not the most amazing, but totally economic and tasty.

Photo of beerphan
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

625ml bottle -> imperial pint
no date

Pours black with a huge tan head that recedes to a 1/4 inch blanket and leaves behind gobs of dotted lace.

Nose: Chalky chocolate, roasted dark malt, some coffee and a little something that smells funky.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, burnt coffee grounds and all the dark malts that you can handle are countered with a subtle yet effective balancing bitterness. Roar!

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and smooth. A little thickness would blast this brew into the next stratosphere.

Extremely drinkable brew from an exotic far off land, and at $2.99 for this bomber one hell of a deal.

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

Pours out really dark with a nice tan head. Lacing is very prominent.
Smell is coffee and dark chocolate with a plum/raisin fruit aroma.
Taste is very bitter at first then you get this sweet caramel flavor followed by the dark black bitterness again.
No alcohol can be detected even though it is an 8%er.
The mouthfeel is at first a little washy but then the back of the tounge gets bombarded by a plethora of flavors and aftertastes.
I like this beer and understand why Michael Jackson likes this one so much.

Photo of kboett77
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this stout rocked me. I wasn't expecting much from a Sri Lankain beer, just wanted to taste it for the novelty, and what do you know, I think this is my current favorite stout. Nice creamy mouth feel with out being cloying or sticky. Just a touch of alchol finish, but not to much. Strong semi-sweet/smoky chocolate flavors without overpowering some lovely hop bitterness. Please try this beer.

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

Pours a deep dark reddish color with a massive head that has tight and large bubbles that lace the glass as they recede into the beer. A nice bottle with different shaped labels which is a change from most countries. You receive a nice whiff of chocolate malt when first stick your nose in intialy. Smooth with a roast character that melds around the tongue, you can definitely pickup the alcohol taste which warms you through and through. An excellent interpretation of this great style from a surprising country.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle - served in a chalice. It pours medium black with a finger of mocha head that subsides, never totally dissipating, and leaves some wisps of lace. The flavor takes awhile to fully develop, but I eventually find nice roasted malts, dark fruits (grapes, figs), almonds?, cocoa, coffee, and a light vinous character. On the palate it is quite similar, with additional notes of charred malts, blackberries?, and a faint smokiness on top of a medium to thick, dry body that contributes a powdery yeast feel. Overall an above average stout that is quite drinkable considering its strength.

Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i find it hard to believe there's much of a market for this beer in sri lanka. i also don't think there are any native lions on the island. then again, i suppose there are no pyramids in portland or magic hats in burlington

absolutely tar black. no light comes through. the head is tan and leaves some fine lacing: an even pattern around the glass. the head diminishes but retains the sudsy film

deeply roasty aromas with dark fruits shining through. capuccino, chocolate, vanilla and oak. deep and complex, with a hint of soy sauce (it's funny that this aroma is acceptable in mild quantities, yet utterly revolting in greater amounts). the flavor is quite complex as well but is carried by a mouthfeel that is really too flimsy; the finish is uninspiring. sweetness is balanced by robust moderate, yet no grain astringency. ever so slight alcohol spice

bring the FG up a couple of points and this thing is blammo

Photo of ndekke39
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 12 oz bottle of this on New Year's Eve (early in the evening). No freshness date on the bottle. Poured an opaque black with a thin white head. Interesting smells of burnt toast (though it wasn't bad) and dark, dark chocolate. Tastes of toasty barley, the dark chocolate, and even light hints of coffee. Medium creaminess - I prefer stouts to be a little thicker, but this was good. Fairly high ABV %, but the alcohol didn't cut through the taste. A great beer, easy to sip.

Photo of tendermorsel
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome. Truly a great and unique stout.

I found this beer in a 22 oz bottle at a local liquor store. I drank it in two servings. It was ice cold for the first glass. Poured brown with a nice thick head. Sort of creamy with distinct coffee notes.

The second glass (slightly warmer) was much more complex. Simular coffee notes but also subitle fruit flavors appeared. Very easy drinking beer for a stout. Strong in alcohol but not overpowering in alcohol taste.

All in all an awesome and unique beer. I haven't seen it around. I heard rumors that the brewery was not producing it any more. If you see it get... If you like stouts you won't be disappointed.

Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark body. Jet black. Aromas are immediate coffee, molasses, raisin bread, sugars, with flavours of raisin bread, chocolate, and LOTS of coffee. Very well balanced. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol not noticable. One of the great stouts of the world. A rare gem at the LCBO.

Photo of mhoudeshell
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A roasty, very dark stout in the imperial range for ABV but just low enough not to burn. Sweet, but not too sweet, with notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee. Impressive head for an imperial, but it didn't stay around long. A bit like a high-alcohol version of the old Dragon stout (Jamaica) but with more kick, more roastiness, more subtlety.

Photo of adammills
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this 22 ounce bomber for just over two dollars, so I was not expecting too much, and yet again in my life, I was proved wrong. A nice stout. Black brown body, with a thick tan head. Very smooth with a great alcohol kick. Terrific roasted quality. Recommended.

Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one is sold as Sinha Stout here in Canada, but the label is otherwise the same.

pours an opaque black with 3/4" of dense brown head. the head is slow to drop and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is nice. roasty and malty. coffee and milk chocolate. bready malt. has a bright and fresh character that is not typical of a stout.

taste is nice. strong burnt roastyness. dark chocolate. dried cranberries. mild bitterness. nice caramel sweetness. very well balanced.

mouthfeel is great. good mouthfeel that isn't overly heavy. nice carbonation level.

drinkability is great. really tasty and enjoyable beer.

Photo of TerryW
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark walnut with a decent head. The head is short-lived and leaves no lace.

Sweet, roasted nose with coffee and dark chocolate. The coffee and dark chocolate are also present in the taste, along with some toastiness. The beer is a little too sweet up front, but has a decently bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is confused, with sweet syrupiness followed by thinness.

Passable, but there are more enjoyable stouts to be had.

Photo of orfeu
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 17-ounce snifter at cellar temp (~50 deg. F). Black-coffee dark brown with a rather substantial creamy and crater-pocked dark-tan head. Black cherry and dried fig aromas mix with a pronounced boozy scent. Fruit aromas lighten up and reveal fresh fig and roasty chocolate aspects. Interesting and complex. Black roasted malt flavor up front, becoming dark booze-soaked cherries and prunes. Dry, astringent alcohol presence in both taste and mouthfeel; chocolate and dark-roasted coffee at the finish. Vinous berry flavors in the aftertaste. Some definitely noticeable alcohol sharpness on the palate -- jarring at first, but then it cedes to a smoother, almost (but not quite) silky slickness. Actually, the alcohol seems to meld pretty well with the other flavors, tying them together with a dry oakiness, all while remaining distinct and apparent. Hmmm; root beer flavors in the burps!(?) In all, Lion Stout makes me think -- if it is at all representative of the style -- that Foreign/Export Stouts are akin to "junior" Russian Imperial Stouts -- sort of a "warm up" to those larger, more over-the-top relations. In any case, very drinkable. Secure recommendation.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark brown with average carbonation. The head is a small tan 1 finger and no lace.

The smell is toasty, dark nutty roasted malt.

The taste follows, some coffee and chocolate notes. Nice pleasent roasty taste is very good.

The mouthfeel would be better with better carbonation. Medium to full bady.

The drinkability is good but I can get better and will do so. MK

Photo of Rudgers73
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 330 mL glass bottle.

A- Never seen so much head from an imperial stout. It foams up like a fine belgian dubbel or tripel taking up half of the glass and then cascading down for a few seconds almost resembling a nitro-can pour. Settles into a froathy, foamy head sitting on top of a dark brown/black liquid.

S- Dry, roasted, oak, earthy.

T- This is very much like a dry stout. Deep burnt nutty flavor with hints of burnt hops toward the end. This is very good. There is a sweet alcohol taste at the finish. Coffee taste poking out throughout.

M- The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and dry. The bitterness at the end bites the sides of your tongue.

D- Nice, bold flavor. Very drinkable. No wonder it won 5 international gold awards.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is black with a thick and rocky tan head that fizzes away rather quickly. Thick patches of lacing. The aroma is big on roasted malt, with some semi-sweet chocolate in the background. Rich body with a tasty blend of mocha, malt and plum flavors. Frankly I am surprised they make them this good in Sri Lanka. The finish is dry and roasty, with a coffee aftertaste. Proof you can’t judge a book by the cover.

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

Pours a very dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Three finger head, dark tan and creamy, holds well leaving good spotty lacing. Coffee/roasted barley aromas, mild phenols and notes of dark chocolate. Very sweet upfront, big roast flavor, slight phenolic fruitiness. Drying aftertaste with lots of coffee, mild baker's chocolate, and the fruitiness fades quickly. Acrid roast flavor balances fine without need for much hop charcater, good example of style. Medium carbonation and medium-full body lend a silky and rich mouthfeel with an appropriatly mild crispness. Finishes residual with a spicy cola/caramon flavor and hint of phenol but reatains a respectable drinkability.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from Toronto. Only $1.85 per bottle. Poured a nice dark color, no light passing through. A thick coffee colored head formed but dissipated leaving a nice thin film that left some light lacing. looked the top of an espresso. Nice sweet coffee aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate. A good bitterness sneaks in first on the palate. A very smooth combination of dark roasted and chocolate malts.A good chocolatey sweetness with a smooth almost silky feel like a milk stout. At 8% I didn't find the alcohol overly present or interfering. A good froth sweetens the brew and brings out a nice bittersweet taste from the roasted barley. I drank this as an after-dinner beer and it was excellent.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours a coal black with a creamy cocoa head that thins, but maintains. Sparse lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very roasty with pronounced chocolate. There are also some notable espresso and dark fruity scents woven in.

Taste is a fantastic blend of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a layer of espresso and dark fruity flavors. Slightly bitter towards the finsh, it finishes with a lingering roasty chocolate taste.

Medium body, creamy texture.

This is a very fine stout in every regard. The taste says that this beer is quite sessionable, but the ABV lets you know otherwise. I will certainly make this one a regular in my fridge - as long as my local liquor store keeps stocking it.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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