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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,328 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,328
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 42 | 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 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.

kinger, Nov 12, 2008
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.

david131, Nov 09, 2008
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!!

WHROO, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of ryantupy
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!

ryantupy, Oct 30, 2008
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.

erosier, Oct 29, 2008
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.

Tolnik, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of mashedpotatoes
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Yikes!

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.

mashedpotatoes, Oct 24, 2008
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.

Proteus93, Oct 23, 2008
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.

Fatduck, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of jarmby1711
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

jarmby1711, Oct 16, 2008
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.

Yesac, Oct 13, 2008
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

drxandy, Oct 09, 2008
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.

blakesell, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of neenerzig
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.

Eric

neenerzig, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%

Pours very dark brown in color. There's a very nice frothy, espresso like head that forms on top. Plenty of carbonated bubbles racing towards the top of the glass.
Smell is lactic, heavily roasted malts and some cocoa. Taste is more of the roasted malts. There is a certain lactic, metallic flavor that is not jiving with me. Medium mouthfeel and bitter.

FtownThrowDown, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours an almost black with perfect, dark tan tight head that lasts forever. really.
Aroma is of coffee, black patent, soy sauce, sherry, sweet malt, cocoa, roasted barley, slight alcohol, and more coffee. Reminds me of Founders breakfast stout with just a bit less coffee.
Flavor is rich dark malt, coffee, a hint of smoke in the finish, a bit oif molasses, and some alcohol at the end. Overall it's quite sweet, and the bitter cocoa, coffee, etc. gets overridden.
Mouthfeel is creamy. Just tons of cream. Smooth, chewy, slightly fluffy? barely dry finish, with a bit of warming.
This beer is very drinkable, but just a hint too balanced towards the sweetness for my taste.

khiasmus, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

330 ml bottle into a pint glass.

What a gorgeous pour--with a little aggression, it builds a towering khaki head that slowwwly recedes to a thick ring of foam. A steady carbonation level seeps upwards through the utterly opaque, black coffee body. The aroma is the only aspect of this brew that deserved below-average marks, as its notes of sour milk and bitter chocolate were a bit off-kilter for my liking.

The flavor more than made up for that, delivering an intense burst of milk chocolate, espresso, and caramel malts that immediately gave way to rich, dark chocolate notes, coffee grounds, and a warming booze presence that added a touch of dark fruit (raisin & fig). Mouthfeel was smooth & medium-bodied, with a fizzy carbonation level that livened up the palate, making it take note of the complexities that enveloped it. Excellent finish, almost chalky at first, of chocolate liquor and brandy. Quite an exceptional brew here, my only problem is that I took far too long to discover it.

wagenvolks, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

A. Served on tap into a Lion mug. Dark as night with a white, poor retaining head.

S. Roasted malt and a hint of booze in there too. Earthy grains. Expresso.

T. A wonderfully balanced export stout. Gives me just enough roasted malt, some earthy hop, peat and moss, some torched brown sugar. Coffee notes with cocoa powder. Very tasty.

M. Also thick, black and full bodied. Just how I like my stouts.

D. As sessionable as an 8% stout can be. On tap it is especially nice. Reccommended.

Stinkypuss, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of UA8
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%

A- Opaque Black in color with a rich and tall cocoa head.

S- Nose is dominated by scents of richly roasted caramel malts.

T- Mostly sweet caramel malts on the palate with a slight bitterness on the finish. Could be more balanced. slight metallic taste as well.

M- Could be a little fuller fades quickly.

D- A acceptable stout. however it could be heavier in body and have a more complex and balanced palate instead of just being such a one note song.

UA8, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

330 ml bottle into nonic.

Pitch black one finger light brown head that slowly settles to a thick rim.

Roasty malts along with chocolate, coffee, and a slight creaminess. Hop bitterness is low and hidden behind the malts.

Mostly sweet flavors with a touch of bitterness from the roasty malts. A little bit of molasses is in there. Full bodied with good carbonation.

Plenty of dark malts. I felt this one was a little under par for the style. It's good but the smoothness isn't there from other Export Stouts I have tried in the past.

BeerSox, Sep 21, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

This stout pours deep, dark, and as black as night, with an opacity that reveals no discernible color even when held to the light. It is capped with a rich, creamy, cocoa-brown head that leaves behind a fair amount of lace as rings around the glass.

Coffee and rich chocolate aromas show themselves in the nose in a delightfully inviting combination.

Very rich, chewy, and smooth on the palate, with a strong essence of roasted coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate with a long, bittersweet finish.

A deceptively drinkable brew, as it goes down extremely easily and doesn't rear its 8.0% ABV head until well after it's settled in the stomach, which could prove fatal in the end. Still, I have to ask, would it be such a bad way to go?

An extremely superb stout that would hold up easily against the best Imperial Stouts out there. It's easy to understand Michael Jackson's approval of this one.

superdedooperboy, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Dense black body topped with two lush fingers of mocha tan froth with excellent duration and thick lacing. Nice but subtle scents--coffee, caramel, cocoa--that would be great if more prominent. They sure are in the taste, especially the coffee and cocoa, encased in a fine, sweet and slightly bitter melange. This is very fine stout, better than I expected, easy on the palate, good mouthfeel and eminently drinkable. Don't pass this stout by, it's terrific and worthy to be considered in the company of other very good English and Oatmeal Stouts. Very well done.

Gehrig, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of schoolboy
4.4/5  rDev +12%

I was very surprised by this stout. I thought it wouldn't be very good and instead is was very tasty. There is nothing rude, harsh or nasty in this stout, making it nearly as drinkable as a creamy Guinness with a completely different vibe. It exudes great taste. complexity and a lingering goodness are what you get with this great drink. I need to buy it again!

schoolboy, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

A: Dark milk chocolate appearance especially in the color with a descent size mocha head leaving a sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Stout mocha aroma with a dense chocolate or cocoa bean smell kicking in.

T: Dark sweet chocolate and peppermint with light coffee flavors in the aftertaste kinda reminded me of irish cream with chocolate.

M/D: Did not have a heavy feel like most stouts but did leave your mouth very dry. It was very drinkable and I would highly recommend this stout although it is not my favorite.

Kemmerlin, Sep 14, 2008
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.