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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,437 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 54
Gots: 64 | 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 andrewm190
3.97/5  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.

Photo of Kulrak
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black-brown, can't see any light through it whatsoever. There's a decent amount of creamy tan head that disappears rather quickly, leaving a thin layer that still wants to stick to the glass. I smell malt and chocolate, a tiny bit of roast coffee, and very faintly, some berry. The taste is a lot sweeter than I was expecting, more of a strong porter than stout. It's all malt taste, though. The berry flavor is stronger in the flavor, but it's still mostly coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy, hardly any carbonation there at all, which would explain the lack of head retention. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially for the style, of which I'm not really a fan.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a 2 finger head that decimates slowly

S - The smell for this one is wonderful, chocolate and caramel, like a milky way!

T - Im a huge fan of coffee, and this one felt like I was having starbucks at 2 am! Great chocolate and caramel flavoring, very earthy one my favorite stout beers that I have tried so far.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - Not a beer that you can drink a lot of, but great to start or end your night on a good note.

Photo of becktone
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Color is black with very dark red highlights when the light hits the beer just so. Head is tan has pretty good retention and lacing. All in all this looks like something that I'd like to drink.

Nose: This is a very aromatic brew. There is a lot of roasted character and chocolate character up front. There is also some sweet malt aroma, some light vanilla aroma/milk stout aroma, I can also detect some alcohol in the aroma as well as some dark fruit aromas.

Tongue: Alcohol is easily detected in this brew, however, even though it is easily detected it is nicely covered back up again by some dark and roasted malt flavors. Dark fruit flavors are also detectable, light roasted flavors and some sweet malt flavors-vanilla/sweet/milk stout flavors.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This brew is heavy on the palate and is quite thick.This is a beer that I'd not hesitate to drink again, though I don't think that I'd want to drink it all night. Alcohol is too high for it to be a session, plus you can easily detect it. This one is a good slow sipper, I think that the 625ml bottle it comes in is a great serving size. This is one I can see myself buying again, though It might be awhile. By the way it seems really appropriate during the colder months, don't think that this would be as enjoyable during the summer.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle pours very dark brown with a large tan head that retains well and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee, some licorice, figs, dark fruits, and lactose.

Flavor is smooth milk chocolate, coffee, some licorice, touch of sourness, alcohol is well hidden. A lactic quality is present.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but still velvety for what is there, low carbonation.

Very good overall, but I like Fade to Black a little better. If you prefer milk stouts, then you will like Lion Stout a lot, an amped up version of the style.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black and looks like carbonated coffee with a tan head. Aroma is of caramel, coffee, alcohol, and a bit of nuts. There is a light malty aroma too. Alcohol is very prevalent in the brew. It overshadows a lot of the other flavors. There is a slight chocolate coffee flavor but the alcohol masks it.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's while walking around the French Quarter

Appearance: brown/black color with a 1 finger head that sticks around.

Smell: caramel, chocolate, alcohol

Taste: coffee, chocolate, with a hint of anise. A slight fruity finish. A very smooth yet complex stout. Didn't realize the ABV was so high; no wonder I was feeling so mellow.

Mouthfeel: medium, creamy, good carbonation

Overall: The guy at Sydney's said if I liked Old Rasputin, I'd enjoy this stout. It definately ain't Old Raspy, but it's got an easy drinkability like OR. Bold but enjoyable. And all the way from Sri Lanka, no less. A fine sipper while watching the Mississippi River roll on by.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/black with a really nice 3 inch creamy head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar/molasses, some minor fruits and a little oaked aroma.

Taste - One of the beers I blindly picked in my first ever mix and match craft 6 pack, around 2003, and the one I truly enjoyed. Drank many times, now founded in 22 Oz bottle, and realized I've never reviewed. Taste starts off with roasted malts, some milk stout like chocolate creamy flavor. Coffee and chocolate are noticeable. Some sour/bitter raisin and plum come out after the first flavor of malts. Some smokey, oaked flavors are also present. Nice mix of brown sugar/molasses adds some flavor.

Mouthfeel - Malts are the main flavor, along with some coffee and chocolate, they coat the tongue. Some bitter fruits and added sugars cover the palate. The aftertaste is a little sour, chocolate and coffee, and a little sweet.

Overall - Just as solid and pleasant to drink as it was years ago. Its for sure not as tasty as some of the stouts offered nowadays but the sentimental value, 4.99$ for a 22ozer, makes it a winner. It is a little thin by todays standards but still its a quality drink, and something ill be enjoying for the rest of my life.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown or black - non-translucent with minimal light brown head that quickly dissipated to a single ring. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Coffee and toffey aromas with a touch of sweet malt.

T: Heavily roasted chocolate malt is immediate and predominant, with light hints of sweetness somewhat toffee-ish in nature.

M&D: Heavy mouthfeel and full bodied. Very light but persistent carbonation goes well with the favors and heaviness at hand. At 8% I was expecting some warming but didn't really experience any. Goes down pretty smoothly.

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark and clear with a brown head. No strong smells here, picked up on roasted barley a little bit. Flavor was a pleasant surprise, sweet and malty. Light carbonation in the mouth that almost seems to turn into a milky consistency. Roasty and almost chocolatey. Dangerously easy to drink for a beer of this gravity, which is well masked throughout. A fantastic beer that will not disappoint.

Photo of marcobrau
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of paxkey
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle is labelled Sinha Stout. The ABV is listed as 8.8%.
Brown bottle with lion on the label

Pours black when held to light shows some ruby coloring. aggressive pour in a nonic yields a giant tan head. nice lacing.

smells of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee.

This is great stuff. I can taste no alcohol at all but am left with a pleasant warming. luscious mouthfeel, chocolate, roasty cocoa.
sweet smooth and delicious drinking.

Photo of MoustacheHero
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A canned beer from Sri Lanka? I'm skeptical... Sri Lanka, formerly Su Lan. It was about 3 in the morning and I was looking for 1000 brown M&M's to fill a brandy glass, but back to the beer.

A: This can of motor oil poured pitch black into my glass with a milk chocolate head.

S: A faint smell of sweet malt, coffee and hot liquor.

T: An amazing strong flavor of coffee, caramel, fig, and hot liquor. A real surprise.

M: A big body, light on carbonation, high on creaminess and sticky syrup.

O: A mind blowing beer from a can. Like it dark and big? Then wrestle this Lion.

Photo of marc77
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Virtually jet black. Mountainous, stiff, dogged, light bister head yields lace. Notions of dark chocolate covered prune and singed molasses candy upfront in aroma. Wafts of burnt barley and dark lovibond caramel are secondary. In flavor, incipient is a soft, milky note of light roast coffee mocha. Sharper notes of raisin and bitter chocolate ensue mid palate along with sweeter tones of treacle and burnt brownie. Roasted grain along with moderate hop bitterness fully dry the profile, especially considering the high attenuation. Dangerously, this is almost thirst quenching. Softens again late, with ashen milk chocolate hints yielding to the pleasantly warm, cleanly burnt finish. A well crafted, nearly spot on export stout. Lacks the "beefy" character of US microbrewed stouts of the same alcohol content, but agreeably so in that regard. Dry and satiating. Excellent drinkability. Thanks to Bighuge for this one.

Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark tan head of solid, tight bubbles. As it dissipates, large bubbles form with remnants left on the glass with a similarity to hot cocoa. Pours a dark brown where light cannot pass through.

Strong chocolate aromas; a little chaulky. Very mild.

Creamy body with a low carbonation. The flavor is similar to milk chocolate without sugar. The aftertaste lasts a long time with a coffee-ish touch and strong alcohol warmth.

I'd love to try this against some milk stouts and some imperial stouts as this beer seems to have attributes of both.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1-24-10

A - Pours thick and chunky like stew. Plenty of Vegemite on the bottom. Dark. Opaque, even held against sunlight. Mocha color head. Some continual carbonation. Pretty cartographical lacing.

S - Sweet, like frosting. Lots of chocolate, some espresso. Roasted smoky lightly-burnt toast. A good, standard, solid stout experience.

T - Bitter initial taste. Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. A Latin-American festival. There was a slightly sour aftertaste. Maybe a touch too much yeast.

M - Refreshing. Creamy. Fizzy. Still sour. This beer hides the 8% ABV with spy-like skill. Watch out.

D - Surprisingly good. This beer is a perfect example of why we must try more beers and keep an open mind. Out of all the beers I've had from South or South-East Asia this is easily the winner.

Photo of Internatbrewlove
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lion Stout pours a dark, opaque, espresso brown, with a light brown creamy head. The scent is surprisingly minimal with the rich flavor that follows. Chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops and a moderate duration of fine tingling on the tongue. It finishes smooth.

This is a very reasonably priced, relatively complex but, very drinkable stout. What is most surprising is that it is from Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

Photo of Crosling
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black.

Sweet and roasted nose with hints of burnt malts, blackberries, apples, molasses and coffee beans.

Starts sweet with a hint of molasses, cocoa and coffee. Mid-palate dries out a bit and bitters a bit as well, with notes of blackberries and dark chocolate. On the finish is a lovely roasted malt bitterness and just a hint of mocha.

This is a very nice stout. It's not great, but at $ 7.99/6 Pack it might become a regular around the house.

Photo of ricke
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of dali27
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.