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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,414 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,414
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 50
Gots: 61 | 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:
 http://www.lionbeer.com 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rich dark flat black hue. The head is nice and tall made up mostly of big bubbles at first. It tightens up and a nice 1/4 inch pad lingers and lingers. Wonderful lace. A real looker.

S: Rather mild aromas. Hints of roasty malt and chocolate. A touch of plums and a dash of metal.

T: Rather good. Simple but tasty. Nice bold roast character up front. Lots of rich dark chocolate and a touch of coffee and dark fruit.

M: Lighter side of medium in body. It is rich, smooth, and damn drinkable.

Search this one out, its a nice tasty treat.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Emerges nearly pitch black with a tiny bit of cocoa nibs highlights around the very edges. A creamy, slightly tan head forms and remains about 1/2 inch in size during the entire consumption of the beer.

Aroma is quite fruity with a minimal amount of roasty, stout like characters. This seems to fall a bit short on the export front. Slightly metallic. Very porter-like.

Flavor resembles the aroma. Minimal roastiness with a pronounced fruitiness and a touch of burnt chocolate. Raw chocolate and raisins. Again, more like a porter.

Creamy mouthfeel and finishes a touch dry. This is perhaps the most drinkable 8% beer I have had. I would have guessed around 5% abv. No alcohol in flavor, aroma or tastes. Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but far from great.

Photo of wingman14
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown tins and a dark brown head. The smell is sweet with smoky flavor, and heavy malt tones. The taste starts malty and smoky and finishes sweet. The ABV is hard to detect. The finish is malty with a hint of the smoky flavor. The mouthfeel is great, milky smooth, not super heavy-just a medium mouthfeel, great flavor balance, and a perfect carbonation for a stout. The drinkability is nice, the flavor can keep you coming back. This one is definitely worth checking out.

Photo of mambiso1123
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought a bottle of this on impulse at a bar that sells beer from around the world. I'd never heard of this brew, but I decided to give Sri Lanka a try.

Wow.

This blew me away. It has a nice chocolatey flavor, but it's thick and smooth at the same time. It's strong enough that you can only have 2 without getting plastered.

I just bought a six pack from a high end liquor store for 9.99. Imagine, swill sells for about 2 dollars less. This will be on frequent rotation in my fridge. A great find!!!!

Photo of SpruceFish
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black and opaque the way a stout should be

S- sweet roasted malts milk chocolate

T- sweet again and chocolate a good amount of roastyness

M- thick a little chewy good carbonation

D- really good no booze to it at all kind of a hot day stout i feel

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a stout, so two guesses if it was a dark, almost black in color with a tan head. (Hint: Yes.)

There's some chocolate, coffee and raisin in the nose with a hint of floral hops. Definitely a roasty aroma overall.

It tastes like it smells with the chocolate and coffee and dried fruit, some molasses, but with a very subtle creamy ripe banana taste to it. There is just the right amount of hop bitterness to keep the sweetness from being cloying. There's bit of a smokey flavor to it like you would find in a porter. Overall it's a bit sweeter than I am used to in a stout, but it works. And if this beer really is 8% I for one can't taste it.

It's light bodied and it may not be the most complex stout ever made, but that could well work in its favor as it's really quite enjoyable.

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

A: Pours a dark black color, no light, only a faint brown twinge to it. Provides a two finger brown head.

S: Lots of burnt and roasted malts. Espresso/coffe and cocoa are the most predominant scents, with some dried fruit.

T: Just like the scents. The cocoa hits up front followed by some very faint dry fruit. The backend provides the coffee. The coffee is the backbone of this beer.

M: A decent about of carbonation, just about the right amount.

D: A really nice Stout. A moderate ABV makes this beer enjoyable.

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed while cleaning some old tools and things in my workshop.

A-Attractive shiny black beer. Dark tan head rose lusciously off the pour, then reduced slowly to a thin layer.

S-Chocolate is thick, roasted malt with it. Hints of dried fruits, maybe some dark berry aromas.

T-Chocolate and roasted malts appear and are quickly usurped by dark fruity esters. These then bow down to the returning biumverate of chocolate and roast. Finishes with a slight alcohol, hoppy and roasty.

M-Moderate-low carbonation, contributing a pleasant prikle on my tongue. Body is medium-full, feeling big and great, slick and almost chewey.

D-Pretty good. The first of many stronger and fuller stouts that I had ever tried, I am happy to find that I still thoroughly enjoy this brew.

Photo of bsend
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 625 ml bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep jet black (no light was getting through) color with a mocha cherry creamy looking head. A standard pour yield a 2 finger head.

Smell: Heavy molasses smell mixed with dry candied fruit.

Taste: The beginning of a sip starts out with as previously mentioned sweet molasses that moves into prune undertones. Finally sweet dry fruit (apricots especially) round it out. Light amounts of alcohol while it was cold became very noticeable when warm.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, creamy feel all around the mouth. Good for the style.

Drinkability: I could have had another 625 ml bottle afterwards but then I would have to try something lighter.

Final Thoughts - I have always wanted to try this stout and finally got to with the single bottle. Decent to purchase a single bottle every now and then however a six pack at the current price limits this one a bit for me.

Photo of projectflam86
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours jet black opaque color with a creamy beige head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Smokey malt nose with aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

T- Strong roasted malt flavor with a blend of coffee. Some bitter chocolate can be detected in the finish along with a peppery smoked flavor.

M- Medium/full, smooth and creamy a bit oily though. Somewhat chewy and a lingering roasted aftertaste.

D- Not a bad brew, just nothing overly complex.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650mL bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black, with a huge creamy mocha colored head. Great retention, good lacing.

Nose has a nice roasty quality, and sweet milk chocolate and fruit. Maybe even some light vanilla in there. It smells like a milk stout with a heavier roast profile.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet start, dark fruity and chocolate. There's a slight tinge of floral hops, and the sweetness gives way to a nice bitterness, from the hops and roast. Very good balance. The contrasting flavors work well together.

Body is lighter (medium) than expected for a stout, but it's very very smooth. Really soft creamy feel. The 8% never really makes itself known. This is one of the more drinkable stouts I've tasted.

Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee, FL.

Pours completely black with a two-finger dark tan head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, molasses, and dark chocolate, in that order. As it warms the chocolate aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The roasted malt flavors are not quite as strong as the aroma led me to believe as they give way to molasses and dark chocolate flavors fairly quickly. The ending has a nice bitterness but also manages to leave a sweet malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but still manages to go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more, even with the 8% ABV.

Overall this is a very solid stout, comparable to a strong Milk Stout. Worth a shot.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/black with a rbown frothy head, some fair lacing.

Deep roasted malt and dark dried fruit hints in the aroma. I got a good whiff of booze too.

Dark roasted malt, coffee grounds (burnt), some creamy/slightly sour edge in there -- maybe molasses or licorice - some dark fruit, bitter chocolate. With all of these things going on, still kinda run of the mill. Did not really get kicked in the face by the alcohol, but if you are looking for it, it is not hard to find.

Body was creamy and mouth coating.

Overall -- eh. Glad I tried it, not really blowing me away. It was a sipper for sure, but I'm glad I didn't have 5 more in the fridge. Just worth checking out, but one and done for me.

Photo of bort11
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, pouted into a standard pint glass. Tall fluffy mocha tan head, slow to recede. Leaves spidery rings on the glass with each sip. Color is almost black brown, with ruby/garnet highlights.

Smell is sweet chocolate mixed with chili pepper. Taste is a highly creamered coffee with bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but the carbonation is a little too much. Solid stout.

Photo of jbertsch
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance:
As black as black gets. Completely eclipses any light on the other side of it. No color glow on the edges. I poured a 625 ml bottle into a tulip glass that produced a two-finger head that appeared as a thick and frothy tan. There is some pretty ringed lacing.

Smell:
Pleasantly rustic, and a bit musty, but sweet with a strong mocha presence. The former is due to some spicey dark fruit notes and a little smokiness. The smell of alcohol is noticeable.

Taste:
Interesting...I can't tell what kind of stout it's trying to be. The coffee/mocha aroma doesn't really translate through in the taste that much. There's a molasses sweetness that fades into a finish of bitter, dark roasted grain. There's even something else there at the end that just tastes foreign. Maybe it's that spice that I smelled. I know Sri Lanka is a mecca for spices.

Mouthfeel:
A bit on the flat side, and finished wet and long.

Drinkability:
I wouldn't drink more than one bottle, nor would I buy it again. But I enjoyed the bottle I had enough.

This beer looks and smells better than it tastes. But I felt that I would have enjoyed it more if I had a smokey aged cheese and artisan bread to go with it. It needs an edible companion.

Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - black with a huge coffee colored head

S - Smells delicious - very sweet, chocolate malts. There is a nice balance of roasted malts as well. The most balanced smell to a stout I have had the pleasure of knowing.

T - the taste is great. This is pretty sweet upfront; some chocolate and caramel malts first. Next, I was hit with roasted malts, and some booze on the finish.

M - thin and leaves a cough syrup-like coating. The booze is decently hidden.

D - This is a pretty fantastic stout. I am glad this recently came to Missouri because I am going to be buying this frequently.

Photo of bragelito
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at the swedish Systembolaget.

Appearance:
Dark liquid with a rwo fingers thick foam.
Smell:
Some malt, licorice and some notes of chocolate.
Taste:
Malty, the licorice i caught in the smell stands back here for the chocolate. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel:
A nice creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability:
I think the drinkability is nice when you think about the high ABV.

I was a bit surprised actually about this one, I didn't have high expectations but it was rather good! It will propably find it's way to my home again =)

Photo of trbergman
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Dark chestnut brown body with one inch of fluffy, cinnamon head.

S - Milk chocolate, roast barley, molasses.

T - Rich, malty chocolate, roasted nuts, a bit toasty, with no detectable hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness. Long, balanced finish.

M - Smooth, creamy, full body.

D - Hides alcohol very well; easy drinking. I wish it were a little more interesting, though.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is good, a very dark brown and almost black hue with a nice crown of head that leaves some good lacing.

Smells very malty, molasses, chocolate, a hint of roasted malts. Something just slightly off, a slight sour smell.

Taste is good, but nothing outstanding here. This is a run of the mill stout that is good for its price. Surprisngly low on chocolate, I was waiting for it to hit and got nothing, instead you get a lot of cream and molasses. Again, good, but plain.

Mouth is a bit of a problem, the body is right on at thickness but it seemed way too bubbly for my stouty tastes.

Overall if I'm at a store and see a sixer of this next to a four pack of Great Lakes Blackout for the same price, I'm going to the GL every time. Just no reason to revisit this beer, though I can't find anything to say outwardly negative. Just nothing special.

Photo of kbutler1
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers that I have enjoyed for a number of years!
Appearance: Pours a deep black color with a coffee colored head
Smell: Sweet but I picked up a little hint of smoke as well
Taste: More mild than other strong stouts I have had before. Some sweet characteristics come through from start to finish
Mouthfeel: To me, it has a great mouthfeel, being not too light and not too heavy
Drinkability: Well, being 8%, I'm not sure how many I could drink in a row, but the alcohol is delivered very smoothly and not overpowering.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What the fuck comes from Sri Lanka? Lions motherfucking Stout, thats what. Outstanding stout, dark as night in the country with a blindfold.

Poured a deep dark black with a nice dark tan head.

Smells of chocolate malts... Very enticing. I'm definately salivating.

Taste is superb. Chocolate, silky smooth, good balance of sweet and bitter. Great fucking stout with a nice thick and creamy mouth feel.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle reads "Sinha Stout" but it's the same beer.

Appearance - 4.5
A firm pour yeilds a thick, brown, moussy looking head over a an opaque black body, completely impenetrable to light.

Smell - 3.5
I get the impression that this is a stout that would pair very well with oysters. It smells rich, roasted, some burnt astringency, roasted coffee, dried fruit, very grainy for a stout, also somewhat salty.

Taste - 4.0
Very smooth with a good balance of chocolate and molasses sweetness with burnt bitterness. Alcohol presence is barely perceptible amongst the strong flavours, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Very smooth with low carbonation, feels quite thick, heavy and oily in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
Slightly unfortunate aroma aside, it drinks well for a stout of 8%ABV.

OVERALL - 3.9
Possibly the darkest beer I have so far reviewed, only in the final few millimetres did it become cola-like in appearance. Apart from its unusual aroma, I found this to be a highly enjoyable stout, particularly impressive seeing as it comes from Sri Lanka, not a nation known for brewing.

* After typing this I see that I have made an all-to-common mistake. Stouts and and other dark beers are easier to brew than lighter, crisper styles. Despite the fact that most countries in the world brew at least one pale lager, it is actually one of the hardest styles to get right. Still, good to see a generally non-brewing nation making a stout.

Photo of meowimakittycat
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer! Went to Independent, a local classy bar in downtown St Petersburg for St. Patty's Day to celebrate. Came across this magnificent find. I prefer drinking from the bottle but Lion Stout is best suited for a glass. It had slight head, maybe an inch at most, thick and frothy so I didn't mind it. Chocolate/coffee aromas. dark not in any way translucent. Flavors of natural bittersweet chocolate, smooth texture, not too filling, settles well so I could probably drink a few. Coffee aftertaste without leaving residue behind. An extremely quality beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, this is an outstanding stout! Pours a rich black color with a nice two finger head with lacing all the way down the glass. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Smells and tastes smokey, very different taste than most stouts, although, it does include the coffee, chocolate and toffee like flavors. I was stunned upon trying this, as to it's origin, but this is one of the best out there.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice sized tan head that has good retention. A little bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, nuts, and caramel.

Taste is chocolatey, with toasted nuts, a nice roasted bitterness, caramel, hops noticeable towards the finish as well as a slight fruitiness. The 8% is very well hidden. A damn fine stout in my book.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,414 ratings.