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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,395 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,395
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 ricke
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving date: 2009-02-01. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date printed on the bottle (Best before September 2009).

Appearance: The pour is basically jet-black - held up against the light it reveals only small deep red hues. The liquid seems clear. The head is about 3 cm - bigger than expected and certainly bigger than many stouts - and its color is one shade darker than your ordinary cappuccino. It's a very thick and creamy head - almost reminiscent of a nitro-carbonated brew - and it stays for a while before settling into a ring of lacings. I must say, this beer looks very good.

Smell: Some quite powerful aromas of dark fruits - mostly black currants - and milk chocolate hit the nose. Plenty of roasted malts and coffee are there as well. A faint nutty aroma - perhaps of cashew nuts of almonds - finishes off the smell, which I enjoyed quite a bit, of this one.

Taste: More dark fruits and notes of ripe red apples blend with molasses for a big sweet flavor. Roasted malts are also rather assertive. There is also a somewhat unusual chocolate character present - consisting of a mix of both bitter and sweet chocolate flavors. In the slightly bitter finish, there is a small twang from the alcohol, a sweet taste of toffee and gentle hops. Towards the end, when the beer warms up, the chocolate flavor becomes more prominent. Overall, this one tastes good, but not extraordinary. It has a nice balance between some of the usual flavors found in a stout, and some flavors are even quite big and powerful - almost trying to enter the domain of imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel: Heavier on the carbonation and a bit livelier than I had anticipated. Semi-full (not medium though) body. Towards the end, it gets a little smoother.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer, but as already noted, not extraordinary. It looks and smells really good - the smell actually outweighs the taste, which is a bit of a disappointment. Somehow, it feels smaller than it actually is - the alcohol hides really well - but I don't know whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. However, irrespective of this, it's highly recommended and I would definitely try it again if it was offered to me, but I wouldn't make any huge efforts trying to get a hold of it.

ricke, Feb 02, 2009
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.

glid02, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of marcobrau
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce bottle served in a LaTrappe goblet that poured thick and completely opaque, leaving a somewhat thin, but beatiful dense layer of foam that stayed put for several minutes. I think to myself that this is going to a dense stout. I am right. The aroma is of heavy with cocoa and espresso. The first sip is sweet and smooth, with cocoa and/or dark chocolate up front, followed by more cocoa notes laced with bitter espresso. There's more bitterness mixed with dark rum flavors towards the finish which is long and warming. Nice lacework is left on the sides of my glass as I continue to sip this beer. The carbonaton is a bit high and detracts a bit from the quality of this beer, but overall an excellent, potent stout that is sweet without being too sweet.

marcobrau, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of dali27
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. can into a pint glass.

A: Completely dark black. As it poured from the can, it gave the impression of syrupy liquid flowing out. Large, light caramel colored head which initially produced really nice lacing but then died out pretty fast.

S: Dark berries, roasted malts and coffee dominate the smell. Faint alcohol scent.

T: The scents move on into the taste. Big and bold, typical stout flavors of malts and coffee, but they're highlighted by the nice fruit accent. Aftertaste is coffee and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

O: Better than I had expected this to be. Wish I had more than just the one can. Worth a try!

dali27, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 650 mL bottle served in a Chimay goblet. The beer is cold.

Appearance: The stout is deep black. When held to light, dark ruby colors emerge from the edges. There is a bit of head that has left a nice ring of lace.

Smell: The stout has some nice chocolate notes, as well as a spicier smell to it. It almost conjures up a good molé sauce.

Taste: There is a nice chocolatey flavor that jumps all over the expected roast malt aroma. There are also spices, peppers and cinnamin and other exotic flavors that go very well in the beer.

Mouthfeel: The combination of spices in this stout is quite extraordinary.

Drinkability: The 8% abv and deep stout flavors are little much to continually pound. Overall though, this is a good ale to try.

akorsak, May 07, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with brownish reddish hues. Large, creamy tan head develops leaving some messy lace on the glass.
Aroma of caramel, roasted barley and some over-ripe dark fruits like prunes.
Flavor is sweet mocha and caramel and maybe some honey or molasses in the back.
Mouthfeel is very thick, smooth malt starts that transitions to spicy bitter finish with some hints of oxidation or metallic hint.
Drinkability is fairly high, very nice beer.

CRJMellor, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of light brown head. I would say that it is black except for the tinge of dark brown around the edges. The aroma is sweet chocolate and dark fruit (plum). The taste mirrors the smell up front, but the roasted malts come more into play. There is just a slight bitterness that offsets the sweetness. It is not a great stout but it is good and worth a try.

buschbeer, May 22, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has some age on it. Expires June 2002. Has been properly cellared. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black, no light gets through. Light tan head, drops to a wisp. Some lacing on the aged bottle version that was not there for the can, "fresh" version.

Aromas of sherry, dark fruits, ever so light roastiness.

Flavors of prune, fig and raisin. No hops. Thin iced coffee. Hint of cocoa. Short finish, with some alcohol and prune lingering.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery. Mouthcoating alcohol warmth.

Overall, this ages fairly well. A bit on the low end for aging, and the high end for aging this beer. Might be a little passed its prime, but still a fine beer. This may show up in a blind BIF.

JamnesCameron, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of mntlover
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black with red highlights showing thru, sporting a big fluffy head

Aroma is soft roasted malts hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is nice roasted malts with soft chocolate and a decent coffee flavors that seem to leave a bitterness that is like a cheap coffee bitterness, more so then hops. No hints of the 8% it is smooth easy drinking and tasty.

Mouthfeel seems a little light for a stout but carbonation levels are good. Plus side it is smooth and tasty.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable enough stout. Want to thank wcudwight for this sample.

mntlover, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a dark opaque reddish-black with a thin sliver of mocha-colored head.

The aroma of dark ripe fruits first greet the nose followed by roasted malts and chocolate.

The taste is sweet and fruity with plenty of chocolate and coffee to round it out nicely. The booze is well-hidden in this one.
Thinner-than-expected mouthfeel, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This was an enjoyable and easy to drink stout from Lion.

Monkeyknife, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good one!!! Pours a dense black color with no light getting through. Big nicely carbonated tan head with average retention. Spotty patches of lacing. Aroma is malty, vinuous and a hint of chocolate.

Big flavor. Malt and vinuous flavor (port wine) with some chocolate as well. This is a robust beer with strong, pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. This goes down about as smooth as a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. Only at the end is there a mild alcohol bite, which doesn't last long.

Overall, this is a very good stout.

JayQue, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sinha Stout.

A: Black, with a touch of tan head.

S: Sweet, roasted malt.

T: Very refined, smooth roasty flavour. Doesn't have the burnt bitter flavour of a lot of stouts. Very well balanced (though perhaps it's less bitter than the style calls for?).

M: Moderate, almost chalky.

D: No harsh bite for the beginner, but enough flavour for the geek. The alcohol could certainly be trouble!

Derek, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml (11. ounce) bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Sixer on sale for $6.99. Came highly recommended by Nick ("crosling"), who is the beer manager there.

Appearance: nearly opaque blackish-red. Nice. Ginormous thick rocky tan head with lacing that grips the side of my pint glass like glue.

Smell: coffee, burned sugar, prunes, baker's chocolate. Back note of pine hops. Complex and nice.

Taste: ooooh, nice. Espresso, chocolate, burned cherry-syrup, malt, dry piney hops.

Mouthfeel: a bit thinner than you might think from the head and lacing.

Drinability: easy to drink, and a great price, but at 8.0% (which is completely masked), this is definitely not a session beer. Very smooth, however.

ColoradoBobs, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've lost track of how long I've had this beer - probably a year and a half? I'm finally getting around to drinking it.

Gorgeous black with a dense mocha-colored head that is thick, creamy and long-lasting. Some lace is left as I drink this.

In a blind taste, I'd peg this as a Baltic porter. It's got the dry, unsweetened dark chocolate, cocoa and mildly burnt malt character. In addition, it's got a very characteristic smell of Baltic porters, with a rich, mildly bready and (I hate to say it) lager-like. Solid stuff

Opens fruity with plums (not from oxidation) with a rich, deep chocolate character with some bitterness and a mild tartness too. The tartness is mildly cherry-skin like, and dissipates with exposure to air. Rich coffee characteristics, almost cold-press like with low bitterness and high flavor. The sourness and coffee work well together.

Light in body ( a bit too light) with medium-high carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little disappointing. The finish with its coffee and chocolate bitterness, is quite excellent.

I'm definitely enjoying this, and will grab another and try this again soon.

DefenCorps, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thing & black with a stable beige head. Smell has notes of roasted malts and sweetness. Smooth, soft mouthfeel, very creamy. For the most part, a very good beer. I swear, however, that my bottle had a small metalic-tasting flaw. Still, the beer has great balance. Very tasty. This is the first beer I've had from Sri Lanka.

Suds, Aug 18, 2002
Photo of Conk
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours an opaque dark brown with a moderate golden brown head that receded to leave faint lacing and a ring of foam clinging to the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted or near burnt malts that carry espresso and dark syrup notes. There are definite roasted nuts and aromas of dark chocolate. This beer has a subtle yet complex aroma profile.

Taste: The initial flavors that I taste are black coffee and dark chocolate. There are certainly some bready flavors of squaw bread and sweet molasses.

Mouthfeel: This Stout has a silky smooth, rich mouthfeel that is both very full in flavor and in body. The carbonation is ever so slight after the pour, though the beer is bottle conditioned and poured rather lively.

Drinkability: Though this beer is rich and full bodied, it would be a very drinkable beer where it not for the 8% abv. Delicious yet more of a sipper than a full blown session beer.

Rating: This is a delicious dark and rich stout with great roasted, rich, malty flavors that are supplemented by the faintest dark chocolate bitterness. Yumm
Final Words: If you like stout, Taste Lion Stout.

Conk, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of ndekke39
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 12 oz bottle of this on New Year's Eve (early in the evening). No freshness date on the bottle. Poured an opaque black with a thin white head. Interesting smells of burnt toast (though it wasn't bad) and dark, dark chocolate. Tastes of toasty barley, the dark chocolate, and even light hints of coffee. Medium creaminess - I prefer stouts to be a little thicker, but this was good. Fairly high ABV %, but the alcohol didn't cut through the taste. A great beer, easy to sip.

ndekke39, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into Roanoke College American-style pint glass.

Appearance: Pours opaque black with a very large brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves good lacing behind.

Smell: Roasted and sweet caramel malts with plum notes.

Taste: Roasty with a sugared coffee sweetness and slight roasted bitterness. A very sweet stout.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a full body. Very little carbonation present. Dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good stout overall and the sweetest I've tried thus far. Very drinkably for 8% ABV and well worth a taste.

Mosstrooper, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown color with a light tan head. Fairly nice and foamy, but the retention was a little poor, as the cap remaining is only a mm thick. Lacing is okay.

The nose is pretty much super dark roast malt. A little dry, with some coffee and chocolate notes, kind of powdery.

Lots of dark fruits on the nose, big presence of fig, bitter chocolate, anise, molasses. These are major malt characters, while the hops are way in the back, a little floral and herbal touch.

Pretty well-attenuated, the finish is smooth and sweetly malty. Moderately smooth, good soft body with great carbonation that takes the cloyingly sweet notes off the tongue but doesn't rob the palate of any flavor.

Very enjoyable Foreign Export stout, I love the flavors and find the craftsmanship remarkable.

BretSikkink, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cave de l'inattendu, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : sweet malty with roasted aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted flavors with intense dark chocolate finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Foreign Stout.

thierrynantes, Oct 17, 2012
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 MbpBugeye
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cola brown, the head is similar in appearance to the fizz on a cola too. It subsides after a little while to just a film, leaving some nice lacing.

S- Bold and roasty. Sweet chocolates and coffee. Really nice.

T- Like the nose. Bold and roasty, chocolaty with hints of coffee. A small hint of juicy hoppiness at the end to let you know this is a well balanced beer.

M- Full, dry, smooth and once in a while you get some warm alcohol.

D- Really good beer. I can definitely have another.

MbpBugeye, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of Chsyhkr
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Fatduck
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 vtfan77
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Almost black with hardly any light getting through. It has a great big tan head thanks to a vigorous pour. The head dissipates rather quickly.

S- Lots of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, and a little alcohol. Could be a little stronger.

T- Roasted malt upfront, some dark fruits with a little bitterness on the finish.

M- Very nice medium-full body. It's smooth and creamy, almost like it came from a nitro tap.

D- Pretty good; I might have another, although certainly not more than that. It is 8% alcohol, after all.

This is a very good beer at a great price. I was pleasantly surprised and would be happy to drink this any time. Recommended.

vtfan77, Jun 11, 2007
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.