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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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1,368 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,368
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 50 | 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 Packforever1976
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at slightly chilled in my oversized snifter.

A: Pours a very deep brown, almost black. A decent light tan head, which receded fairly quickly. Not much lacing, very slight.

S: Dark chocolate/dark roasted malt combo in the nose. A touch of coffee. A nice vanilla/toffee sweetness as well, oh so slight.

T: Some nice bitter dark chocolate in the front. Very nice dark roasted malts. Coffee. A nice sweetness in the back that I can't quite put my finger on.

M: I wish this was a little bit thicker, and a touch less carbonated. Still, very nice.

D: Drinks very well for 8%. I can hardly detect the alcohol at all. A very tasty stout. I'll be searching this out again.

Packforever1976, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown to black color pour with two fingers of foamy coco head.Aroma of Semisweet chocolate and burnt malt grain. Flavor is slightly sweeter than the aroma would have you believe,sweet and bitter chocolate,coffee beans,and maybe a hint of earthy vanilla, a nice hint at the alcohol in the very end,nice little bitter aftertaste, velvety mouthfeel,smooth carbonation.Very good, I would love to drink a couiple of these.

WakeandBake, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of droomyster
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but very dark brownish mahogany with a brown head that hurriedly settles. Smell is good but not extraordinary: milk chocolate, scorched brush, and notes of oatmeal. Very finely carbonated medium-full body transmits strong flavors of dark Godiva, expresso, and a light smokiness and ashy bitterness. Body weight could use a little more heft. All in all, a nice beer; I'm glad to have tried it.

droomyster, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. One of the craziest labels I have ever seen, mainly because of its unusual shape.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of tan head. This settles very slowly to a thin but complete coating, leaving behind decent lacing. The beer itself is black and opaque, with just a hint of deep burgundy at the edges. Lots of sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Coffee and sweet chocolate.

Taste: Lactose with a slight sour finish. Backbone of roastiness with definite hints of cold coffee. Sweet cocoa in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Wow, a great and flavorful, yet easy drinking stout. Certainly would not have guessed the ABV on this. And at $3.49 for a bomber, it is hard to argue with the price.

beveritt, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of nokes
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fairly firm pour into a large wine glass produced a one-finger tan head that dissipated pretty quickly into traces. The traces stayed around, though. Quite dark, nearly opaque. Looks nice, but not really exceptional in any way.

The smell is really pretty nice, though. Roasted and malty, a tinge of coffee-ish, dark chocolatey...and a bit fruity in that deep way like raisins baked in a muffin. Smells yummy.

And tastes yummy, too. There are pretty strong flavours here, but it's balanced. There's a citrusy sourness that's balanced off against the deeper raisiny fruitiness, and the roasty malty part.

The mouthfeel is pretty full, and the moderate carbonation balances it really well. The viscosity is there that you'd expect at 8% but it's not syrupy. It feels good to slowly swish it around and let it wander.

Drinkable? Sure. It's easy to drink. It's a nice drink to sit down with on a cold winter evening, and if you've got some dark chocolate to go with it, that would be lovely.

This is a plenty nice beer. I've had it twice before, and this was my first time really carefully thinking about it. I liked it enough to come back. I'll be back again.

nokes, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Chsyhkr
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer these Tropical or Carribean Stouts. Most folks miss the mark and think they are drinking a Foreign or Imperial Stout.

I consider this beer an Imperial Milk Stout with the low IBU's and residual sweetness.

A very good version of the style.

I would love to hear some history of how these island countries came to brew and drink this beer. It comes across as their version of malt liquor!

Chsyhkr, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of karlf
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strong beer alcohol wise, but a very good one nonetheless. The beer poured out a very dark, basically black color. The smell was of roasted coffee and the taste had hints of chocolate, coffee. Lastly an alcohol taste comes at the finish. Not a beer to drink with heavy foods but definitely something to try and a good example of an imperial stout.

karlf, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of MEsquandoles
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle in Unibroue Maudite snifter.

32308 18:18 printed in yellow on the neck. It tastes like it could be from March 2008.

Michael Jackson is pictured on the back, it's from Sri Lanka, an 8% "Stout" and only costs 2 bucks a bottle. This is why my friend in AZ picked it up for me.

Very good head retention. I'm likely marking off because the appearance isn't as impressive as other bis stouts I've had due to this one most likely not having oat and significantly less-hopped. Aroma nowhere near compares to most big stouts I've had.

Has those Euro Big Stout flavours, like Sam Smith Imp Stout or a Baltic Porter - toffee, tootsie roll, grape jelly and berries, port. I suppose that is the "Export Stout" flavor. I get some sweet wine-like flavors (but not very woody), some dessert-like creaminess (chocolate mousse, maybe carrot cake?), and some hazelnut. I'm not that familiar with carob, but I think it tastes a like a carob dessert.

Thick and the alcohol is not present in the taste.

I didn't know Sri Lanka exported beer. It's probably pretty good there. If I was ever near Sri Lanka, I'd love to try in there.

Not bad. I'd recommend it for the price, but I wouldn't seek it out. A little sweet for my tastes., I'd like some more roastiness and hop presence. I much prefer American Imperial Stouts, like Victory Storm King for example; although I realize this is a different brew in many ways. I would bet most would like more than me though...

MEsquandoles, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This oddity was a Foreign Stout I picked up in Maine. What makes it odd? It's brewed in Sri Lanka! Out of the bottle it was an opaque brown that was a shade or two away from black. The head was huge, three fingers of mocha colored foam that retained excellently and left good lacing. The aroma was very roasted with some cocoa and herbal hops notes. The flavors were a curios experience. At first I got the sweet and creamy malt with lots of chocolate. Then I began to taste hints of tobacco and the resiny and herbal hops. As it warmed the flavors became more nutty with hints of coffee in there too. The mouthfeel was good, the body med/full and the carbonation good with a slightly acidic feeling to it overall. An enjoyable beer and the best Foreign Stout I've had to date.

thekevlarkid, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated 4/30/08

Pours from a distinctive 625ml bottle into a globe glass. It's nearly black in color with great white head that sticks around well and leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very nice with lots of chocolate and roasted malt character to it.

Flavor is surprisingly good with great depth and balance. Chocolate and coffee, the malts give it a pleasant sweetness but a good dose of bittering hops balances it out.

Mouthfeel is good too with creamy texture and not too much carbonation. Drinkability is there too as long as you don't mind the 8% ABV.

Overall, very impressive and frankly surprising. I never expected this mass-produced export stout to be this good. This is one beer that I have seen for years but never gave a second glance. Now I think I'll be coming back regularly.

GilGarp, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one knocked off of the list of beers that I always see but have never bought until right now.

Old size (625mL) bottle poured into my trusty Duvel tulip.

Appearance is a shade lighter than other export stouts I've come across, but certainly stands as the darkest Sri Lankan beer I've ever had. Lucid black turns into a dark brown as I work my way through the glass, all the while under a quickly dissapearing sandy brown head that leaves little lacing to speak of. It leaves some but not what you would come to expect.

Aroma is destinctly imported in that there is a definite hop aroma, but it is rather soft, more aromatic than biting with no trace of American alpha acids to speak of. Aromas of sweet rasins and baker's chocolate, but most of the more notable aspects of the aroma come from the English Ale-like fruitness that eminates forcefully from the depths of this beer.

Flavor is a bit of a change of pace considering what the aroma had me believing about this beer. At first the beer tastes much like it smells with a lighter, smoother mouthfeel with slight noble hop fruitiness that also tastes sort of grapey (if that makes any sense). The beer really comes alive about halfway through drinking. At once it seems that all the smoother aspects drain out of this beer and are replaced with a toasted dryness. Baker's chocolate returns but brings with it toasted (almost charred) malts with touches of tobacco sweetness. Really a wonder of a beer.

From the first sip I was hooked. The mouthfeel is better than it is rated here, it starts out a bit loose but then really tightens up. Drinks much smaller than it actually is, which is to say the ABV is well hidden. Could easily put away a few of these without realizing.

bluemoonswoon, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer! Poured with a dark tan head and some lace. Opaque brown color. Aroma is roasty, malty, a bit sweet and hint of fruit. Flavor's got lots more going on. Kind of reminds me of a cross between a baltic porter and a sweet stout. Has all the aroma characteristics plus much sweeter yet balanced with a bitterness, dark fruit, madiera, and even - cream. Mouth is fine carbonation and creamy, but with a lingering bitter sweetness. A little boozy. A session beer that'd get ya snockered. Impressive brew. Tamil tigers oughta get a few cases and take a break, Ok, cook with it then. sheesh.

drpimento, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the LCBO.

Into my snifter.

Note: My bottle reads Sinha Stout instead of Lion Stout, but it is the same brew.

APPEARANCE: Pours black and opaque with next to no carbonation. Pours a medium sized one-finger thick tan head that slowly dissipates to a think film and remains for the entire trip. Minimal to no lacing. Good looking, but needs some lacing to make it a beauty.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt with a nice smokiness in the background. Some coffee notes as well.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt and some dark fruit as well. Mild dark fruit in the aftertaste, but it's not overpowering. Some alcohol too but it's certainly well hidden for the ABV.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, slightly thinner than expected. Would like it to be a little thicker. Medium carbonation and a slightly alcoholic bite in the end. Goes down pretty smooth regardless and finishes on the sticky side of dry.

OVERALL: A pretty good export stout. Drinkable but not memorable. I could have a few of these and it's definately worth re-visiting, but there are certainly better examples out there.

Jeffo, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of mains
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, with a dark brown if not border line black color to it. it poured with a 1 1/2 inch chocolaty head. Very attractive brew. It has a nutty kind of smell to it, which some hints of chocolate, maybe some vanilla, and perhaps some cherries? The taste is simply superb. It has a definite chocolaty taste to it, some coffee, vanilla, a nutty kinda taste to it, and some cherries. Flavors just fuck the palate with flavor. The mouthfeel is full bodied, really fucking top notch. The drinkability is good. Its 8 percent abv, so if you have a low tolerence you could be fucked before you know it. you can taste the alcohol somewhat well, but it is a smooth brew and it doesn't hold the beer back by any means, i think it adds some good robust flavors to the brew.
Notes: It wasn't that expensive. It was about $34 or $35 dollars and with tax around $37 or $38. its worth the price. So buy it and do yourself a favor...This Shit is top notch mother fucker, buy this shit and you wont be disappointed. Fuck Yeah!!!

mains, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of danimal22
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received Lion Stout in a holiday gift pack from work, and was pleasantly surprised! Served in a pint glass poured from 12oz bottle

A: Pours a very nice dark, near opaque color. Decent fluffy brown head lingers for some time leaving noticeable lacing.

S: Dark roasted nut/grain smell. Very pleasant.

T: Very nice! Dark roasted, near smoky nut flavor with hints of cocoa. Nice balance with a very slight hopping.

M: Mouth feel is good. Moderate carbonation allows the taste to "tickle the taste buds".

D: Very drinkable stout. I recommend it.

danimal22, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours near black, near opaque, with generous brown head.

Nose is excellent, with whoppers nougat, chocolate, and roasty components.

Roasty malty sweet on the palate, with a proper balance of hops in there to make it just right. Again, balanced.

Good cocoa on the finish. Not too sweet. Just right.

yemenmocha, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of jstilwell
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had heard that this stout had been touted by Mr. Jackson and I'm on a stout kick and had never tried it so...

A: Pours a nice thick black with a 2-3 inch light brown head. Nice lacing on the sides. This batch appears to be fresh.

S: Nice roasted nut smell

T: Very very smooth stout, creamy, nutty, not very bitter but a slightly metallic after taste keeps it from a higher rating. The 8% alcohol is VERY well hidden.

M: Mouthfeel is pleasant but more watery than the brew appears.

D: I could drink several of these. The alcohol is well disguised behind the mild sweetness and nutty flavors. This is a well balanced stout and is a great "value" purchase at $10 for 6. The aftertaste is my only real problem with this offering. Overall, very enjoyable.

jstilwell, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with two fingers of creamy light tan head.

Scent of roasted malts, molasses, prunes, and chocolate. This one has a good balance, but it doesn't dazzle.

Taste of cream, chocolate, roasted malts, and prunes. This may not have the best flavor, but for the price it is hard to bead. A great Stout for the price and worthy of recognition.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but slightly watery.

paco1029384756, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of TheBear11D
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much straight black in color with a long lasting head that is a tan mocha brown.

Plenty of coffee and chocolate scents to go around and just drenched in malt.

Strong flavor right from the start with an upfront bitter coffee taste which slowly gives way to a sweet chocolate taste that eventually finishes bittersweet.

A lighter density than expected due to the ABV.

Even with the strong taste and high ABV this is a pretty drinkable brew.

TheBear11D, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of eyefeelgood
1.53/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I sure hope I just got a bad one because this was arguably the worst beer I've had in years. Color was excellent, smell in the bottle was okay but all downhill after that. In the glass it smelled like sewer water and didn't taste any better. It was bought and stored the same as a dozen great beers so it was either bad when I bought it or its just lousy.

eyefeelgood, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a near black into a pint glass with a small creamy head that receded into a half finger and remained. Great lacing.

The nose is dark roasted coffee beans and expresso. Very burnt. Hops are there in the background too.

The taste is quite well rounded and balanced. Initially sweet and sugary with toffee and licorice flavours. The hop character gives some background bitterness and the alcohol isn't completely hidden. The finish is quite dry with bitter chololate flavours coming through.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a very soft, velvety carbonation.

Really impressive and highly drinkable.

EatsTacos, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, dark brown with ruby tinted edges and a huge, chocolate milk colored head that falls slowly, becoming rocky and leaving some good lacing. Nice chocolate and sour dark fruit notes but somewhat light on the roasted barley. Taste has more roasted flavor than the nose lets on, hints of coffee and baker's chocolate, again with the dark fruits and very light sourness in the background. Bitter and sweet at the same time, but not sweet stout sweet. Medium to full bodied, plenty of carbonation as this one's refermented in the bottle. Quite drinkable as the alcohol is well-hidden for 8%. Very nice export stout. This is my second of this style next to Guinness Export, and it comes in a close second.

KeefD, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of mralphabet
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass.

A: Black with a hint of brown, 1 finger head nice tan color with a little lacing.

S: Burnt coffee.

T: Taste is OK, it has a burnt coffee flavor. Maybe some little bitter chocolate, & some roasted malts.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation here... Not as creamy as most stouts I've had... The alcohol is not over powering & the bitterness is pretty light.

D: Not a bad brew, just not very stout like to me.... Got a little better as it warmed up.

mralphabet, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout is the black of black chocolate. The head is huge, mocha brown, creamy and frothy. The head has great stamina and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and a dash of lemon peel. The mouth feel is full and creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor is that of everything in the aroma. It is well bittered and the long aftertaste tapers to the semi-sweet of dark chocolate. Incredible beer!
(rated Feb 13, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dense, black brew with a thick tan head that sticks around.

Smell: Dark chocolate, rich roasted malt.

Taste: Balanced with a hint of minerals. Slight sweetness that is not over the top. Coffee and toffee flavors throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Starts smooth with a dry bite in the aftertaste.

Drinkablity: Decent stout. It is an interesting variation within the style that makes it unique An excellent session brew. It was neat to try a brew from Sri Lanka.

SargeC, Dec 13, 2008
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.