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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,397 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,397
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:
 http://www.lionbeer.com 

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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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.

trbergman, Apr 08, 2009
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.

sonicdescent, Apr 08, 2009
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.

kbutler1, Apr 04, 2009
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.

donteatpoop, Apr 04, 2009
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.

LittleCreature, Mar 25, 2009
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.

meowimakittycat, Mar 19, 2009
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.

bigdeuce, Mar 19, 2009
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.

hckyfn9999, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of mpyle
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

app - monster tan head, somewhat creamy and with excellent retention. Beer is effectively opaque, but bright light shows some garnet highlights.

smell - roasty with some chocolate and an overall sweetness to the aroma.

Taste - some malty sweetness, chocolately and fruity. Good complexity in the malt and esters, but nothing overpowers. Finishes roasty sweet - those flavors linger.

MF - full body and moderate carbonation. Some very gentle alcohol warming. A nice, smooth mouthfeel overall.

D'ability - A bit heavy for an every day beer, but quite drinkable by 8% ABV standards. Alcohol is well controlled.

mpyle, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black. Two-finger brown head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and molasses.

T: Sweet malts hit upfront with molasses turning into dark fruit with a sweet chocolate and coffee finish.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, low carbonated but thick and silky. Very drinkable overall, great flavor and no alcohol coming through. Very good stout.

AdmiralDiaz, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours courtesy of Bobsy, many thanks!

It pours a dark black with hints of brown around the edges, nice foamy cappuccino head that thins out leaving a thin lacing on top. Nice.

Smell is toast, malt, toffee, smoke, black licorice.

Taste is where it is at with this stout. A luxurious mix of caramel, lots of roasted malts, espresso, biscuits, sweet toffee. Medium light body but it doesn't feel like it detracts from the experience. Leaves a slightly dry mouth.

This is a really drinkable stout. The lighter body eases its way down with reckless abandon but still leaves you savoring how tasty it is, especially for an export stout. I usually like more body to my stouts but for certain occasions something lighter might strike my fancy. A really drinkable stout that I would certainly try again. Thanks Rob!

ritzkiss, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lion Stout was a favorite of the wisemen years ago, and we longed to try it again.

Split between Wiseman Nick and Wiseman Zach, though Zach chose not to participate in the review.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours thick and black from the bottle. Two finger, light brown, latte-like head sits on top. Shades of deep red can be seen around the edges when held to light. Head dies slowly, leaving thick, web-like lacing in it's wake. Looks deeeelish!

Smell: Plums, raisins, coffee, roasted malt, perfumy hops, bread, and other dried fruit. Fruity, smoky, and complex. Awesome!

Taste: Starts with plum, raisins, and fruity esters, then smoothly transgresses to coffee and roasted malt. Possibly some toffee in there too, and definitely some tartness (sour cherries maybe?). Finishes with perfumy hops that slowly give way to smoke and roasted malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Feels a bit lighter than an American stout. Smooth and tart, with nice amount of creaminess. Carbonation is on the low end. A bit chewy, and a bit of mouth-numbing.

Drinkability: Perfect. Lighter body allows you to enjoy this one for a looong time. Excellent complexity and flavor progression. Zach and I will definitely buy this again.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Shumista
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On sale at Whole Foods for $7.99 a six pack how could I pass this up?

A- Lion Stout pours black with a medium brown head. Good amount of lacing after each sip.
S- Sweet ripe dark fruits and some chocolate.
T- Much sweeter than I expected. The ripe dark fruits are present in the taste, and the chocolate is as well. Honestly the taste is too sweet for me, almost cloying.
M- A little bit too thin in my opinion.
D- I don't really want another one.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this one, but I don't think I'll be buying it again, even on sale.

Shumista, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of optiontwo
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a half inch tan head. OK retention, not much lacing.

Smell: Spicy chocolate, caramel, and toffee commingle with earthy hops and sweet coffee. Smells good!

Taste: Beautifully balanced. Roasted malts meet caramel and chocolate flavors instantaneously followed by a good amount of citrus hop and bittersweet hazelnut and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Thick but not too heavy, spot on.

Drinkability: Fairly high for a bigger stout.

Overall: I had heard a lot of good things about this beer and seeing Michael Jackson's face on the back of the bottle is pretty reassuring but I still had my doubts for some reason. Well, those were all wiped away as soon as I took my first sip of this delicious brew. If you think you only like American stouts try this. It has all the deliciousness you'd expect from any hop forward American stout. Will definitely be getting this again very soon.

optiontwo, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Midnight black with huge head and heavy lacing at 55 degrees.

The smell is completely chocolate malt.

Chocoholic taste...almost a sweet stout, hopped well enough to bring the balance out. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouth...good dry finish despite the sweet start. Not overly bitter...body is a little light, a bit over carbonated.

Very drinkable, almost dangerously so. Good beer, not an excellent example of any specific style. The lower price helps make this a great session beer.

grayburn, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A three finger milk chocolate brown head is very creamy and has nice resilience. Leaves a nice crown of lace as it fades. Body is pure ink black. Nose has tones of old dusty minerals, coco, and soft smokey meat. Enters the mouth with layers. The first wave is smokey minerals than comes some creamy sweet coco. The flavors all come with a general rustic feel to them. A very meaty stout overall. At 8% the alchol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is of a rusty sweetness. Very easy to drink. I would put this somewhere between a smoked and a cream stout.

SPLITGRIN, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured int Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours an opaque black, slightly brown around the edges of the glass. Pours a tan head the leaves good splattered lacing about the glass.

Aroma is very smokey. I smelt something like teriyaki sauce and it reminded me a lot of Sam Adams Triple Bock. It was very malty.

Taste was pretty much identical to the smell. It was was too smokey and nothing I enjoyed very much.

Mouthfeel was very creamy, but I couldn't withhold the taste so I couldn't keep it in my mouth too long. There was no alcohol present and it had decent carbonation.

Overall this is probably my least favorite stout to date. I don't plan on buying or drinking another one of these.

mothman, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of andrewm190
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a great deal. Definitely a nice chocolate mocha taste and smell. Well rounded after taste. My one real complaint would be that there is entirely too much carbonation in the beer. It masks an otherwise very good taste. My beer is also being served a bit cooler than it should be, which has an effect. The beer is definitely a stout, but a bit light as stouts go, and combined with the extra cold state, make it not the best winter beer at the moment.

Although, as I said, very good beer, and worth the while.

andrewm190, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Black body, tan fringes, and a huge head with good retention.

S: very malty and sweet, like the malt syrups found in ethnic markets.

T: has the sharp sweetness of a milk stout. not much complexity beyond that.

M: nice blend of carbonation and creamy feel. not too far in either direction; good mixture for its style.

D: I sampled this beer at a beer festival a few months ago and didn't like it. This bottle, OTOH, when properly served is solidly above-average in all respects. Goes down easily, and quite inexpensive to boot. Still nothing special though.

Richardberg, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 2 finger chocolate head, black in body, good head retention and lacing

Smells of faint alcohol and roasted malt.

Taste is a variety of raisin, fig type fruit and roasted malt. Rather light on the alcohol side. Hops are pretty non present

Mouth feel is a great balance of carbonation. Nice creamy head with a silky body

Highly drinkable, very good beer. Alcohol is hidden well. Cheap great stout, highly recommend

angelmonster, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 2/3 inch head of a light tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and some slight hop aroma is noticeable. Fits the style of a Foreign / Export Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt up front, with some earthy grass undertones, hop bitterness throughout, and a sweet chocolate finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. I was a little wary of this beer after not enjoying the Lion Lager, but this is a vast improvement - worth a try.

Tone, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of pasdachuri
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark almost black with a tan head

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

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. A strange after taste take away from this stout however.

Mouthfeel is a little tingly, there is medium carbonation which combined with noticeable alcohol and light bitterness. It sticks, not a thick, milky.

I've seen stouts with higher ABV having the alcohol feel much more hidden. I'd get tired of the taste after a few of these.

pasdachuri, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, with a three-finger tan head that slowly subsided. Left a good bit of lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits, caramel sweetness, roasted malts, wet cardboard (at first I thought the bottle might have been oxidized, but I had two, and both had the same smell), and a certain astringency that I couldn't place. Somewhat of a chemical sweetness to it, which was a little bit off-putting.

Taste: Bitter roasted malts and coffee up front, but an unpleasant chemical sweetness in the background. There were dark fruits that contributed to the sweetness, but the artificial nature of it was kind of off-putting. It mellowed out a little bit as I worked on my glass, but left a noticeable aftertaste that lingered long after the glass was finished. If you could get past the sweetness, it's a very smooth, very good stout...but that sweetness just bothered me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little thin, but nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: If you can get past the sweetness it is easy to drink a couple, but it's a definite sipper. Not a bad beer, but if I have the choice there are plenty of other stouts I'd rather get. However, this was the only one available for me at the bar I was at, and it satisfied my craving. Good, but that artificial sweetness just bothered me.

StarlightSeraph, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: A Sri Lankan Stout heavily endorsed by Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter? Bizarre. Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle with the king of beasts adorning the label and various "quality" awards depicted on the neckband. Purchased as a single bottle from Three Cellars.

A: Pours an inky black with a generous tan-colored head. No apparent lacing.

S: Chocolate and caramel malts, dried fruit and wet cardboard.

T: Sweet chocolate malt with notes of earthy peat, smoke, and peppery spice. Suggestions of dried fruit -- primarily prunes -- come to mind. A touch of vanilla emerges on the back end. Finishes sweet and slightly astringent with a flash of well-concealed alcohol.

M: Velvety smooth on the palate.

D: I didn't find this Stout remarkably drinkable. Beware, the alcohol in this brew creeps up out of nowhere.

CaptainIPA, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of haningj2
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours black with tan head. As many others said, impressive lacing as the beer goes down.

Smell - I thought it was lacking. You definitely get chocolate and fruit. I didn't think the coffee stood out as much as others. I thought it was very average...not great, not bad.

Taste - A little too sweet for my stout likes. Definitely get that semi-sweetness of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Again, nothing amazing but by no means is it bad. Initially, the beer isn't very active but should deserve credit for mid and after taste, especially nearing the bottom of the bottle.

Drinkability - Here is where the beer shines. Not overwhelming and not extremely heavy. Thought it was very drinkable in terms of "stout-ness". I didn't realize how much I was drinking without taking a second to enjoy it until about half way through it.

Overall, I think it's a solid stout. I probably won't purchase it very often unless I'm trying to get something I haven't had in a while. Love the fact that it's from Sri Lanka, though.

haningj2, Feb 06, 2009
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.