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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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89
very good

876 Reviews
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Reviews: 876
Hads: 1,528
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 62
Gots: 96 | 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

The dark caramel, large dense headed brew, with its 8.8% alcoholic content, is unique due to its sweet notes of chocolate and coffee interspersed into a foundation of dark roasted barley. Symbolic black to denote leadership, power, focus and strength, is dominant in the labeling as the lion journeys in the twilight unafraid, unbowed and unchallenged.
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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle. Bottled on date (12.02).

This stout poured an opaque black color with light brown foam. The smell was malty, but not overly strong. The taste was rather sweet and malty. A bit of roasted malt flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with low carbonation feel. The body was medium. The drinkability was OK. (331 characters)

Photo of pasdachuri
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that quickly disintegrates after a couple minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a deep, near mahogany black. Throughout consumption, decent lacing can be seen sticking to the sides of the glass like honeycomb.

Dark roasted malts aromas flow out of the head with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, raisins, and plums. The nose is a little on the sweet side with the dark fruit aromas overpowering the chocolate and coffee aromas.

Just like the nose, sweet dark fruit flavors dominate the taste. Notes of plum, raisin, black cherry, and brown sugar hit the taste buds first. A light, almost cognac alcohol flavor is also detected. As the beer is swallowed the dark fruit notes turn evolve into flavors with black cherry and plum being the most dominant. As these flavors settle and wane, a dark chocolate and dry coffee flavor begins to surface but is quickly met by a light rum alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is slick and smooth. The body is there but is not thick or coating and is only slightly sticky. The carbonation is not fizzy and does not create a creamy mouthfeel but can definitely be noticed working behind the scenes. (1,333 characters)

Photo of adams82
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours opaque; black with ruby hues when held up to a light source. A big tan head tops this black beer.

Smells of heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, a hint of nuts, licorice and it trails off with a bit of caramel. Pretty intense and complex aromas here.

Tastes a little sweeter than expected. Caramel and toffee really come through, followed by the intense roastiness I was preparing myself for. Dried fruits pop up too followed by a lightly fruit like hop flavour, finishes on a nice dry roasty note.

Full bodied and a fair amount of carbonation; the mouthfeel is creamy and exceptional! This is a great stab at a style that isn't available as often as I would like.

I've always though of Export Stouts being like a mixed beer, Dry Imperial Stout, if you could imagine that hybrid. That being said, the drinkability suffers a little bit... 8%, full flavour, with a full, full body; but very delicious. (918 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque and nearly black, with a modest mocha head that soon recedes into a veil of patchy froth. Aroma is mild, smelling of brown sugar and Saaz-like hops. The taste is bolder than the aroma would suggest, with a roasty molasses flavor, raisins, and far more alcohol than would typically manifest on the front end, even for a beer with a rather high ABV such as this. A stickiness lingers on the lips after sipping. The hop presence, while not especially strong, doesn't seem to meld very well with the malt, lending something of a two-faced dynamic to the flavor profile. Even the finish is conflicted, with a rather enjoyable roasted coffee aftertaste being subjugated by an artificial, metallic flavor that I'm more used to encountering in Baltic porters. This could almost pass for a Baltic porter if I didn't know any better. Acetaldehyde is also noticeable. The mouthfeel has fairly nice body and texture and is on par for the style, making it one of this beer's stronger suits.

While this stout affords bold flavor and nice body, there is little in the way of synergy holding it together, and the alcohol becomes overbearing as the beer warms, making sipping a near necessity. Not a bad stout, but a bit too all-over-the-place for my tastes. (1,255 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of UA8
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (454 characters)

Photo of texashammer
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label is simple and dark with lion head. I appreciate simplicity. Six-pack holder shows Michael Jackson big with endorsement -- a little tacky on his part perhaps. How are we to trust the "guru" if he gives endorsements, hmm?
Pours black. Shows nothing when held to light but blackness. Head is 2 fingers, fades to 1 and holds there. Thicker head with dark tan color and really sticks to glass.
Cold at the store and I couldn't wait to open it, but it's way too cold and has no aroma at this temperature. Waiting for warming.
Warmer: has a little of a British porter aroma, like the Sam Smith Taddy and Fuller's London. Sorry I don't know what to call that. Certainly and recognizably coffee and bittersweet or baker's chocolate. There is a roasty bitterness to the smell. Some dark dried fruit like prunes perhaps.
Taste is a lot more simple than I hoped and sort of expected. Coffee and roasted bitterness and not much more.
Mouthfeel is slightly chalky and dry, but with some fairly full body. I would almost say "rich" but not quite. Smooth and not overly carbonated.
Drinkable? Definitely, especially for the slightly high alcohol. Not extremely complex, but worth having again as a standby. (1,206 characters)

Photo of haningj2
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a murky pitch black with an average (1-2 finger) chocolate shake brown creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film and medium collar that pretty much lasted throughout and had good sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted dark malt, mild resin hops and a leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, dried dark fruit (prunes) and a nice mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was very malty and just a tad sweet with a hint of chocolate early on, then progressed with a mild bitterness, a touch of dark fruit and a bold coffee note towards the finish. The flavor hung on for a decent duration after the swallow with a smooth choco-coffee taste and a mild alcohol warming sensation at the end.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a thin oily texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a nice a roasty brew, although I did find it to be just a little thin for a stout it did possess very nice taste and a great drinkability...

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Photo of kevinlater
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into nonic pint. "B/B AUG 2016". enjoyed on april 28, 2015

a: pitch black, slightly ruby/dark brown on the bottom, topped with almost 4 fingers of light brown head

s: sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate/cocoa. a pinch of raisins and prunes. some soy sauce presence. little roast character

t: follows the nose -- nice and chocolatey in the front, but has a salty-sour soy sauce flavour. these flavours are integrated with a mild black coffee presence in the mid-palate. tapers off at the end with the malt sweetness and salty soy sauce

m: great medium mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation

o: would be great without the soy sauce quality (664 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Format: a solid dark brown 330mL bottle with a standard SEA-style label.

Appearance: a thick, syrupy black beer with a staggeringly creamy - almost greasy looking - two-finger grey and brown head. Drops to a creamy half-finger with decent lacing. Looks good.

Aroma: an interesting combination of coffee, brown sugar and some earthen qualities. Some definite meat / umami flavours too, maybe pork.

Taste: very strong in flavour, which is nice - those roast coffee and earth flavours again, with biting alcohol and plenty of smoke. Doesn't quite seem rounded out, a touch harsh with the alcohol. Still, not bad.

Aftertaste: the sharp alcohol backs off a bit to leave the flavours fairly well combined.

Mouth feel: a thick body that really works quite well. Low in carbonation but just enough to carry plenty of flavour, nice and crisp to boot.

Overall: an decent and unusual stout, a bit expensive at AU$90+ a case. The flavours come across a bit harsh with an alcohol fug, but the flavours are reasonably well rounded. I will have one every now and then. (1,059 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thick brown head, but eventually becomes just a lace. The high alcohol is very present in the aroma with some roasted malt too. Taste is very pronounced with bitter roasted malts flavor. I sense a little coffee malt also. The high alcohol content is also very pronounced in the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth going down and a little bitter, but carbonation is minimal. Overall this is a decent beer and a good stout. (432 characters)

Photo of hdelavega
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to an oversized wine glass.
Dark oily black in color, light khaki head.
Nice roasty chocolate malt character in the nose, very well masked alcohol, a tiny bit of dark fruit, carmal, and vanilla.
Taste is full of chocolate, a bit of chili, some mote vanilla. I get some mote fruit, defiantly a nice coffee bitterness,
Mouth feel has a pretty high carbonation. A bit creamy, there is a bit more chilli in the finish. Pretty thin body.
Overall not bad, I love using this stout for cooking but rarely buy it to drink. Not a bad beer at all though. (569 characters)

Photo of Antilochus
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this gem in a Kingston, Ontario LCBO (branded as Sinha Stout, except with a lion on the cap...). 8.00% abv, 330mL bottle. Poured into a wine glass. Best before April 2009. Cellar temp.

Dark dark brown. Thick tan head. Surprising head retention for such high abv!

Nose is a bit funky. Malty butterscotch, a bit of coffee, more licorice. Burnt sugar. A bit of booze. On the sweet side.

Palate is very sweet, low carbonation. Finish is vinous, not all that dry. Almost brandied with the fruitiness... can't pick the flavours out though. Finishes relatively quickly on woody notes. Roastedness offsets cloying flavour. I suppose that means it is balanced?

A decent big stout, meant for sipping. (701 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5-7 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, chocolate, coffee, a smokiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it had a very full bodied taste. I can taste lots of chocolate and coffee flavour mixed with a slight smokiness. I can also pick up on some metallic notes and also some dark fruits - it almost has a port wine type of flavour. It finishes with a roasted/toasted coffee and chocolate aftertaste.

Drink - The beer has a somewhat low price and has a pretty good bang for your buck. It's worth checking out for sure. (819 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark black with a two finger tall tan head. There is some head retention and significant lacing is observed.

S: Slight hint of alcohol in the smell of this beer but the primary aromas are sweet malts, brown sugar, vanilla, and coffee.

T: Flavors are mostly coffee, vanilla, caramel, and toasted malts. There is a light and pleasant bitterness in the finish but overall this is a sweet beer.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Much better than I was expecting, being that Sri Lanka is not one of the places that is renown for stouts. A little too sweet for me personally but a very enjoyable beer and easy to drink. (665 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - opaque and black, a frothy thin mocha cover kicks up a thick finger of suds but is gone quickly. A few little islands of bubbles here and there, but a pretty bare top.

Aroma - grainy but with some semblance of roasted grain.

Taste - roasty, malty, tasty. Hints of coffee. The abv is fairly well hidden but peeks out a bit with some warming. A good basic stout, kudos for having it canned.

Mouthfeel - very nice smoothness, though the peppy carbonation could be tamer. Good sturdy body.

Drinkability - a fine sipper for the autumn fireside, though a few of these can sneak up on you. (599 characters)

Photo of jsdunlop
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this single up for $1.69 at the local total wine. Pours pitch black with a nice looking tan head, leaving good lacing on the glass. Smell consists of a meaty smokiness, bakers chocolate and a standard, run of the mill roasted malt aroma. Taste is fairly similar to the smell, bit of alcohol comes through at first, followed by a smokey, roasty malt presence, with a bit of sweetness and some chocolate flavor towards the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is quite light and watery, unlike any stout I have tried in the past, carbonation seems a bit out of control as well. First beer I've ever had from Sri Lanka, nothing to call home about, but all in all, a pretty good beer. (676 characters)

Photo of Allpe45
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle lets out a roar of a hiss as I open it
095731726 printed on it
poured into a snifter

Pours black with a reddish light brown head forming quickly despite my gentle pour; I had to pour even more gently to prevent an overabundance of head. Appears to have lots of carbonation. The head dissipates to a thin sticky lacing after 1-2 minutes.

Roasted malts dominating the nose. Faint coffee. A bit of booziness after much agitation.

Roasted malt/coffee flavors first jump out and blast their way through. Weak bitter chocolate in the middle. Alcohol slightly noticeable alcohol as there is some heat in the end

Luckily it did not feel as carbonated as it looked, but still had a thinner body than what I expect from a stout.

Very drinkable, especially for the price. The alcohol is slightly masked, but not so much that you will end up with any surprises. I find it hard to do anything but just sip on it, and I'm fairly accustomed to the strength of big imperial/double stouts.

pretty good all around but not really amazing, great value, may compare in value to old rassy. I need to do a side by side to find out, it's been so long since I've had one (1,162 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head, considerable lacing. Smells great, chocolate, malts, coffee, slight alcohol. Taste is good chocolate, malts, finishing a tad bitter. Feels creamy in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fine brew. (294 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent opaque dark brown, with plenty of foam some cascading carbonation. Smell is toasty malts with some cocoa and coffee thrown in. Taste is malty sweet, with some chocolate and coffee again up front. Finish is a bit rough for me though. The beer starts off rather sweet and then ends up just a shade unpleasant. The bitterness is quite mild. Mouthfeel could be much fuller for this beer especially at this sweetness level. The 8% ABV is well hidden, but I couldn't drink more than a bomber at a time. (511 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured black with a thick tan head covering the top of the beer. The head faded and clung to the sides of the glass
but left some nice lacing.

The aroma has a little roastedness to it but more of the chocolaty slightly sweet smell than a roasty bitterness. Unfortunately I seem to get a mustiness or almost a very slight sourness to it that I didn't expect and didn't enjoy. I would almost say the bottle might be bad based on the nose but the taste shows no signs of it at all.

The taste shows a lot of chocolate and mocha with a very light bitter roastedness coming through in the finish to help balance it out a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it was a pretty smooth drinking stout but wasn't one I'd probably buy again. It had some nice chocolaty flavors to it but it just didn't really wow me. (905 characters)

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2 bottle with no freshness date. Poured extremely dark with a copious amount of tan head. Sticky foamy lacing on the side of the glass. Strong malty scent. Heavy malts and cocoa flavors. Pretty smooth mouth feel. Not really drinkable enough to go for another. A lot of other stouts out there with more flavor. Paired pretty decent with some fresh blackberries and blueberrys and yogurt. (403 characters)

Photo of hawks10
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass...

As always, hard to rate the appearance of a stout, pours a coffee black capped with a nice two finger light tan head. A thin tan film remains of top of the beer for most of the drink...

So I am getting the sensation from the nose that I am about to take communion...I swear, this beer smells like red communion wine. Sweet and a bit sour up front, dark fruits, some fig and maybe some borderline rotten plum. A bit of a roasted malt aroma peeks out but it is pushed back down again by that almost sour red wine smell...

A slight sour taste at first (starting to wonder if this can is somehow bad)...dark fruits dominate the taste and almost reminds me of a Belgian Quad or Strong Dark. Little to no roasted flavor or bitterness as I would have expected, just a slight burn from the alcohol...

Medium bodied and pretty slick. Good carbonation and a nice subtle burn from the alcohol make this a beer with pretty damn good mouthfeel...

The wine like and slightly sour aroma and taste was not what I was expecting and really not my favorite. Interesting stout to say the least and something I may try again if I could find it on tap... (1,194 characters)

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
89 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.