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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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1,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 49
Gots: 38 | 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 cindiwindi1025


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

I am a stout-lover who has never tried the Lion stout, purely because it's just always been around...I guess I became complacent toward it.

A: Opaque dark brown, almost black. Minimal tan head with a nice, retaining thin lacing that is tan colored.

S: Reminds me of coca-cola, only smoky.

T: Taste is good, a burnt taste that's kind of surprising. There's a faint dried cherry flavor, light bitter mocha, molasses, roasted malts and coffee, definite alcohol aftertaste thats a pretty bitey.

M: Mouthfeel is a little tingly, there is medium carbonation which combined with the alcohol and light bitterness in the flavoring puts the tongue in disco-mode. It sticks, that's for sure. Not a thick, milky, creamy stout.

D: This isn't one I can drink much of. It's got some flair in the flavor department, but it's strong, fizzy and heavy....a dessert beer for sure.

11-30-2008 03:28:05 | More by cindiwindi1025
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a cherry tan head.

S: A nice roasted malt character on the nose with a touch of smokiness.

T: Dry roasted malt palate, dried fruit (raisins, dates) with a bittering hop presence. Finishes dry with a big roasted malt fade. There is some fresh dark roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, mocha, and some vanilla bean rounding out the flavor. There is also some burnt woodiness and a nice earthy hop bitterness that is evident

M: slick, almost oily on the tongue and drinks with the complexity of a wine.

D: overall very rich and good drikability. One of the better bears to come out of Asia. The 8% drinks very nicely and is well hidden. A dark roasted treat with a lot of complexity woven within.

11-29-2008 17:21:02 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

11-27-2008 20:48:51 | More by flipper2gv
Photo of dwalters


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Got from Joe P. Been sitting on for about a year - Thanks Joe! The appearance is black with a light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Good lacing as I'm drinking it.
The aroma is a little coffee, a little chocolate and a port smell, kinda like cherries.
The taste is a little roasty, coffee and some bitter hitting the back of the tongue. Pretty good for sitting for a year. Don't taste chocolate but I'm getting a cherry or raisin taste.
The mouthfeel is creamy with a slight watery feel. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is soft.
A very good beer/stout.

11-27-2008 01:36:12 | More by dwalters
Photo of morebeergood


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

As a stout lover, I have always wanted to try this beer. Saw a six pack recently, thought not many places have sixers of this, so I picked it up on a whim. I am glad I did. Poured into stemmed glassware. Extremely dark black color. Pale white head. Heavy smell of roasted barley. On the first sip, I got a pronounced smoky flavor. I liked that, very unusual in a stout. As it warmed up, you could taste more of a sweet milky chocolate flavor as you swallow. Slightly slick on the throat, but very easy to drink. The alcohol was noticeable, but it nothing to distract me from this wonderful stout. A top notch brew from this far way brewery.

11-25-2008 00:08:03 | More by morebeergood
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4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

This a very enjoyable beer. I had it from a snifter which served to enhance the toffee-like smell of the stout. It has a dark brown almost black color to it, with a rather tan head. Unlike a lot of the stouts that I have tried, this one has a nice clean finish to it, does not leave an overpowering after-taste and has a good body. I would label the taste as being a reserved blend of chocolate and caramel. I highly recommend this beer, especially to those who enjoy dark lagers and are looking for the same in a stout.

11-24-2008 04:07:47 | More by germanbeer1
Photo of DoctorDog


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Presentation: 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A- Oily black/opaque. Pours with ~2 fingers of fluffy light brown head, which fades slowly, leaving a thin cap. Ample lacing noted.

S- Even with severely diminished olfactory capacity due to a cold, smell of sweet chocolate, coffee, and a hint of a liquor/molasses. Extremely pleasing aroma that has me ready to dive right in.

T- A bit of sweet chocolate, coffee, and molasses flavors. The alcohol is very well concealed/blended here. Excellent.

M- Smooth and creamy.

D- A fantastic desert/late night sipper, but even so, I could've sucked down a few of these in a row. Very, very drinkable for an 8% ABV stout.

Future outlook: Repeat business imminent.

11-20-2008 04:23:34 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of cubsfan2004


5/5  rDev +27.2%

A- An inky black with a mocha colored head. Nice lacing.

S - An exceptional mocha coffee smell.

T - Vanilla and mocha coffee. Slight bitterness on the back end.

M - Appropriately thick. Well carbonated. Goes down extremely smooth.

D - Exceptional taste, slight alcohol presence and extremely smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

One of the finest stouts I have had the pleasure to enjoy. I have a feeling that the six pack will not last long and I will be going back for more.

11-16-2008 02:02:10 | More by cubsfan2004
Photo of ohiohophead


4.65/5  rDev +18.3%

appearance: Poured into imperial pint glass. Mocha colored thick head of foam. nice, brownish lacing the whole way down the glass. Beer is a deep, black color.

aroma: Nutty, light alcohol scented aroma. Nose on this beer is quite small. Thought I detected a hint of chocolate and roasted coffee bean in the aroma. After a few minutes, I picked up vanilla in the aroma.

taste: Initial flavor is actually is lightly sweet cocoa with a hint of alcohol and quickly fades to a dry, roasted malt flavor that finishes with a light coffee finish.

mouthfeel: This beer has a light, crisp mouthfeel to it which is quite surprising for an export stout with 8% ABV.

drinkability: Fairly high drinkability, especially for a high ABV stout. Watch out, you can drink quite a few of these before the alcohol catches up to you.

I let the beer sit for a while to warm up a bit and the slightly warmer temp brought out more complexities in both the aroma and the flavor. Overall, this was a surprisingly good beer. This will definitely be put on my "purchase again" list.

11-15-2008 03:28:45 | More by ohiohophead
Photo of tr4nc3d


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

This poured a nice dark reddish/light blackish color with a light brown creamy two finger head.

Smells of very sweet dark roasted malts. Hint of toffe, with some spicyness in there.

Exceptionally smooth, creamy, toffe like taste to it with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and had the right amount of carbonation.

I would say you could kick back a couple of these due to its smoothness and well balance, plus you cant really taste the alcohol

11-14-2008 00:06:38 | More by tr4nc3d
Photo of kinger


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Lion Stout purrs like mellow gold in the glass, this is one well brewed stout. Awesome roasted malt aroma semi-sweet and very rich in bittersweet chocolate. Real dark pour, light isn't allowed to pass. Big tan head and moderate lacing. Exceptionally smooth and creamy, very good mouthfeel especially the way it hides the strong abv. Flavor is wonderful, this is a great stout that should easily appeal to those who are afraid of "dark beers." Lots of chocolate and dark roasted malt, not too much complexity to this one but it hits the nail right on the head and at rock bottom pricing you would be hard pressed to find a better buy.

11-12-2008 01:12:19 | More by kinger
Photo of david131


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

My girlfriend is all about this beer, so I thought it was time to sit down and finally give it a chance.

A- Very black in color with a thick and creamy light brown head. This is not as dark as they come, but it does absorb light. The head has very good retention.

S- Very sweet and English smelling with some chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Not super roasty. I also pick up hints of vanilla and anise. Very refreshing smelling

T- Not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. There is a lot more of a roasty flavor than there is in the nose, but it is actually really interesting. This has quite the milk stout characteristic to it.

M- Luxuriously creamy. The carbonation is just right here.

D- It is a tad on the sweet side, but it is a very enjoyable beer, and even more interesting since it came from Sri Lanka.

11-09-2008 05:13:24 | More by david131
Photo of WHROO


4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

This is the best stout i have so far tasted, rich...full of body, everything you'd expect from a stout with a higher ABV. Chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits...roasty...all hid the alcohol taste
It smelt full, tasted full & loved it. Mouthfeel was very pleasant as well.
The only downside was I bought just 1 stubby...bumma!!

11-05-2008 08:08:18 | More by WHROO
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Alright I had to buy this one. I mean its the only beer I have ever seen with Michael Jacksons mug right on the box.

A - Typical of a Stout for the most part. Pours a dark black cherrie color with a ncie creamy head.

S - This is the beers strong point in my opinion. The usuall chocolate and coffee are present in this stout. But it also has some unqiue spice to it as it warms.

T - Again at first you will notice the stouts usuall coffee and chocolate. But as it warms the roasted malts and hops give off some unique spice to the beer. Its mild sweetness is followed by a mild spice bite in the backdrop.

M - Well this is a nice smooth beer that goes down well. As I said before it offers a unique finish to it that makes it kind of exciting and unqiue.

D - A medium bodied stout for the most part. Very drinkable as the alcohol is barely noticable. Again this beer lends some unique flavors not usually seen in typical stouts. Definatly worth trying!

10-30-2008 18:56:01 | More by ryantupy
Photo of erosier


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

L: Poured a deep black color with a short and medium sized tan colored head that laced the glass on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of coffee, chocolate, and toffee.
T: Follows the nose pretty well except that the toffee note was a bit more pronounced. It was a very sweet tasting stout with hints of coffee and chocolate.
M: Very smooth, not as thick as it looked, and the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable as it was sweet and not overly bitter. I did not detect the high alcohol levels while I was drinking it either.

10-29-2008 10:21:05 | More by erosier
Photo of Tolnik


4.63/5  rDev +17.8%

Good deep brown almost black beer. When poured into a pint glass it was a inch and a half of foam reducing down to a good lingering lacing. Great aroma greats the nose from the beer of a cooking chocolate and mocha malt. Flavor agrees with the nose and has a good full flavorful mouthfeel overall.

10-24-2008 22:32:22 | More by Tolnik
Photo of mashedpotatoes


5/5  rDev +27.2%


Definitely in my top 3, all-time favorite Stout list. Right up there with Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout and Young's Double Chocolate.

Pours an immediate 4 fingers of head and leaves an impenetrable quilted layer of pillowy, chocolately goodness. No need for lacing because the head stays to visit for the entire vacation. The smell and taste is 100% chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky and luxurious. Drinkability is incredibly high however at 8% I was feeling tingly pretty quick.

I was definitely shocked and pleasantly surprised at how good this beer is. Highly recommended.

10-24-2008 01:01:10 | More by mashedpotatoes
Photo of Proteus93


4/5  rDev +1.8%

Purchased this one on a lark, and out of sheer curiosity... let's see how it goes!

A: A nice looking black pour with a creamy, slightly shimmering head of light brown.

S: Some modest chocolate and coffee scents, with a nice maltiness and a little pinch of toffee.

T: Sweet toffee and malts. The coffee and chocolate flavours aren't as intense as some can be, but it's quite a pleasant tasting beer. A little bit of raisin sugary twang in there.

M + D: A well rounded body, though a little more on the medium side of things. Again, that's not a negative point as it ends up being a very nice beer. Alcohol doesn't really stand out here, making it a very easy 8% and something I'd gladly pick up again.

10-23-2008 02:56:57 | More by Proteus93
Photo of Fatduck


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Black as hell, cant see a thing through this. Little to no head.

S - Roasted burnt malt, coffee, caramel

T - Much like the smell, nothing is over powering, well balanced, nice mild hop bitterness, very good.

M - Smooth and creamy, nice low carbonation, feels good all the way down, and warms from the inside.

D - I only had one, but I wanted more, lots more.

10-22-2008 03:29:48 | More by Fatduck
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

A - Poured out a jet black color with a huge, mocha-colored, foamy head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel and toffee. There were some slight coffee aromas, too.

T - It tasted of dark chocolate, caramel and molasses. It also tasted of dried fruit, mainly cherry.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great tasting stout. Fairly easy-drinking despite the alcohol content.

10-19-2008 01:53:53 | More by zeff80
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

This is labelled as Sinha stout on the Asutralian imported bottle.
It is densely black obscuring the presence of any carbonation.The head dies quickly but persists as athin tan froth.
The smell is of a freshly snapped block of dark chocolate.It is enticing and very pleasurable.
The dark chocolate theme is continued in the palate and complimented by a mild coffee aftertatse.The backbone is sweet without any alusins of burnt or toasted grains.
It is surprisingly smooth and creamy in the mouth and little effervescence to detect.
8%ABV is above what I normally enjoy ,and the higher alcoholic content is not disguised.It makes the drink , for me to be head in small quantities but at the same time to be savoured.
Try it instead of a port or as a night cap perhaps

10-16-2008 21:29:04 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of Yesac


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

10-13-2008 02:02:52 | More by Yesac
Photo of drxandy


4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

625ml to tulip glass, pours a deep dark opaque black/brown with a hint of red in light, creamy tan head retains excellently eventually fading to lacing

smells of plums, raisins, brown sugar, yeastly goodness, smells sweet and complex

taste is of sweet dark fruit at the start blending into chocolatey depth and wonderful complexity, almost sherry like, malts are solid, roasty and complimenting the sweetness, licorice, coffee presence, alcohol is present but masked well.

mouthfeel is slightly bitter, roasty, sweet, low carbonation, very nice indeed

paired with scharffen berger 70% cacao dark chocolate wonderfully :D

10-09-2008 00:39:24 | More by drxandy
Photo of blakesell


4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a good solid black with a finger of creamy tan head. There is a hint of brown at the top of the head as if someone poured cinnamon over the top like with an espresso, making it look much less tan. Lacing is thick and ample.

Smell- Wow! What a nose, grapes, prunes and just a touch of bourbon upfront. Licorice and chocolate malts are quick to follow. Michael Jackson is on point with this one, even the yeast is amazing for a stout on the nose.

Taste- Holy... Yes, this is an excellent stout. Port grapes, non dairy creamer, chocolate, black licorice, star anise, dark fruits and the yeast here, I would steal this yeast for a stout of my own. I'll see if it is bottle conditioned in the future.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, warming, lightly hopped, full-bodied, and medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- This is about as good as it gets on a foreign/export stout level.

10-06-2008 12:56:26 | More by blakesell
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

Picked up on the recommendation of a friend. Poured into my snifter. This beer pours a clear very dark brown color. Tan head was about 1/3 inch when poured. Settles very quickly to a thin surface layer and thick tan ring lining the inside of the glass. Aromas of roasted coffee, malt, and hints of cocoa. Flavors of rich roasted caramel malt and coffee along with the aforementioned cocoa, perhaps a hint of vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar. Very tasty indeed. Has a crisp, smooth, thick, syrupy, chewy, full bodied, sticky and slightly oily mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, especially as it warms a bit. A delightful beer indeed.


10-06-2008 03:59:16 | More by neenerzig
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