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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good

1,439 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
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 Suds
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head on this thing is like a root beer float. Nice and sticky with heavy lacing down the entire glass. It came on really strong, but seemed to disperse pretty quickly. The aroma is very nice with a heavy chocolate and small traces of anise. The smell is much sweeter that the taste. The roasted, coffeeness really comes out strong. The high ABV is pretty well hidden in the background, but it clinges to the throat a little. Definately a nice stout with some heartyness to it and clearly one of the best example of great lacing. This is a fine beverage to sip on a cold fall night.

Photo of TheBear11D
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of buliwuf
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes...

Presentation - 12oz bottle, gold foil around the top, endorsed by the mighty Michael Jackson

Appearance - pours jet black with a generous tan head, which slowly dissipates into a nice lacing that sticks to the glass throughout the session. As the glass drains, the blackness seems to fade into a dark brown.

Nose - an interesting mix of fruity malt, vague notions of chocolate, and an extremely vague notion of smokiness, all blended nicely to suggest something complex. As it warms, a subtle wood aroma develops but this is not as noticeable as the sweet malt profile that grows with temperature increases.

Mouthfeel - nicely full without being chewy. Creamy, smooth, and not overly carbonated.

Taste - dominated by a sweet malt fullness, complemented by a mix of chocolate, prunes, and coffee. There is just a slight tinge of bitterness, maybe sourness. But only "just". Taste is primarily the same from beginning to end, from first touch of the tongue through the swallow. There is an 8% ABV attached to this beer, which one feels mid-beer and afterwards, but well hidden in the taste. Warmth enhances these flavors somewhat, but I drained my glass rather quickly so there wasn't much time to fully appreciate it. Maybe next time, I'll have two in a row.

Overall - This is a very nice sweet stout, well-balanced and delicious.

Photo of Fatduck
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Discovered at 11 Barclay NYC.
Unsure how I feel about shipping cans of beer around the world? With so much American stout goodness closer to home I think I would not make this a habit and expand my carbon foot print.
That said, it's original and good.

A: The beer pours jet black w some brown amber when held up to the light. well carbonated, the head is stiff, laces well and persists.
S: Major aromas of roasted malts w/ molasses and raisins and something floral exotic unfound in other stouts betraying its origins. No alcohol found.
T: Taste follows smell with major flavors of roasted malts, major of licorice and molasses and hint of flowers, something exoitic, and raisins. A very satisfying pull, finishes slightly sweet.
M: It is medium- to full-bodied, smooth on the palate with light carbonation. Dryness, warming, licorice is the finish.
O: Great winter beer. Enjoyed it. A must try. But I am not importing any more from so far away.

Photo of vtfan77
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers of medium brown head on an opaque black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Sweet chocolate malt with some toffee, caramel, and just a hint of roasted character. Some smoky notes in the background.

T - Lots of caramel and chocolate up front and some light, mocha coffee notes in the middle. Moderate malt bitterness in the finish with some hop flavor and fruity black cherry notes.

M - Moderately thick, oily body, medium carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is a very sweet beer with intense, fruity caramel character that does not lend itself to great drinkability. It is nonetheless an interesting beer and a good example of a relatively rare style.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An enormous, four fingers of creamy, dark mocha head builds and turns rocky while it deposits sticky lace, eventually settling over a jet black ale.

Exceptionally sweet wheat bread soaked in molasses. There is a hint of rising dough, prunes and toffee detected as it warms.

A sweetness dominates this brew with only a hint of bitterness. Bittersweet chocolate is surprisingly accompanied by grapes just before a quick, subtle finish.

Lion Stout has a light to medium body and creamy texture. Its soft carbonation and touch of alcohol add a pleasant character.

The excessive sweetness may hold this one back, but so what. This is a treat to be savored. I imagine ice cream would quickly fall in love with this lion.

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330-mL can. Unsure of bottling date.

Very dark chestnut brown. 1-finger dark tan head. Decent alcohol legs. 1/2-finger collar lingers. Malt roast, sweet cream, touch of cola. Vigorous swirl opens up licorice and fruit. The dark fruit intensifies with warmth

like Tsunami, the roast doesn't get acrid here. all told, however, the flavor's a tad muted - dark fruit (more similar to an ris or baltic porter), dark brown bread sweetness, but less coffee, dark chocolate than I'd like

thinner mouthfeel, despite the creaminess on the nose, but very, very drinkable. ultimately, I enjoyed this, but I think it strays off style

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark brown with average carbonation. The head is a small tan 1 finger and no lace.

The smell is toasty, dark nutty roasted malt.

The taste follows, some coffee and chocolate notes. Nice pleasent roasty taste is very good.

The mouthfeel would be better with better carbonation. Medium to full bady.

The drinkability is good but I can get better and will do so. MK

Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Obtained via the 80's BIF; thanks Walter!

This stout pours with a ton of milk chocolate-colored head, maybe 2-3 fingres worth. Jet black with a syrup-like consistency. The lacing is very interesting in that when I splash the beer around the snifter it coats the edges in a very foamy, consistent manner. The aroma is primarily of chocolate with a slight scent of black coffee bean. Wow. It has a very prominent roasted coffee and extremely dark chocolate flavor to it. The mouthfeel is sort of thin, but it's a great sipping beer. Not too much carbonation either.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noted as 8.00%. QC must have been slightly out of whack as I about to enjoy an 8.80% ABV. As a note this is packaged with the high ABV Belgians as it probably should be, with a complete box allowing in zero light, very stealthy, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a burnt malt and cocoa flavor with a black licorice accent. Pours into a chalice, which is the glass at hand, jet black, with a tan micro-bubble thin head. Taste is roasted malts at the start with a big milk stout flavor kicking in, followed by some black licorice, and then a classical sweet milk stout finish. This is a top fuel dragster brew. Slow to the start,hits the green light, then glides home. I am very impressed by a brew of this stature being such a great value.

Photo of ybnorml
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is so dark brown it is almost inky black and light will not pass thru it and it has a brown to light brown head. The smell of sweet roated malts beckons to you from the glass. I expected more roasted flavor but the taste is a well rounded smooth sweetness and roasted malt together. A nice easy drinking stout.

Photo of Beric
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12oz can into tulip glass
Served: 3 June 13

Appearance: Incredibly dark. Thick. Pours with a magnificent four finger head that takes a long time to dissipate. Great lacing as the head slowly collapses to a small coating of light brown, frothy bubbles.

Smell: Smells rich and roasty. Dark, dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes seem to jump out through the black thickness.

Taste: The dark, bitter chocolate and roasted coffee seems to really come out in the taste. Unfortunately, I'm also getting some metallic notes from the can, forcing the overall rating down lower than what it should be. Really smooth and goes down easy. You can kind of feel the 8.8% on the very very back end, long after a sip, but the high ABV is masked well by the pleasently complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Thick, just like a foreign extra stout should be.

Overall: Wow, a great beer, especially when you consider it comes from and island off the coast of India.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - completely black with a dark tan head.

s - sweetness, coffee, and burnt chocolate. A small amount of alcohol is present and maybe some spices.

t - very roasted with chocolate flavors, slightly metallic. Alcohol is definitely there. Nice warmth. Dry. Something odd is that this really has no aftertaste.

m - soft with good carbonation

d - This is a good stout, very smooth. The alcohol is a little high and definitely present in the taste, but that is really the only thing that stands out to me (as maybe a negative). I found it odd that there wasn't really an aftertaste; It was just dry. It doesn't do anything out of the ordinary, it's just a solid stout. If I can find something similar to this with less alcohol then this will be replaced.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint glass

A-very dark brown/black with about a 3 finger mocha head that fades to a small cap

S-a little burnt coffee smell along with some sweet cream

T-coffee and sweet dark fruit maybe plums with brown sugar

M-medium body with good carbonation

O-pretty good import stout without the heaviness kind of like a guiness with some better flavor and body

Photo of bragelito
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at the swedish Systembolaget.

Appearance:
Dark liquid with a rwo fingers thick foam.
Smell:
Some malt, licorice and some notes of chocolate.
Taste:
Malty, the licorice i caught in the smell stands back here for the chocolate. The alcohol is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel:
A nice creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability:
I think the drinkability is nice when you think about the high ABV.

I was a bit surprised actually about this one, I didn't have high expectations but it was rather good! It will propably find it's way to my home again =)

Photo of KeefD
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black body with a big foamy beige head.

S: Dark and intense like a coffee and chocolate liqueur.

T: Hmm, it's only half what the nose promised. It's smokey and there's dark chocolate in there but it's missing some oomph. There is some unpleasant alcoholic bitterness. The mouthfeel is lightly zingy and not particularly complementary, and the finish leaves you wanting. It's slightly sweet.

O: Despite my pessimism it's a pretty fine beer, just that it falls short compared to other members of its genus. Of all the strong stouts I've had it is the least delicious.

Photo of Redwood21
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark dark brown, with a rocky dark tan head. this head subsides a bit but is still very nice. i really like how this beer looks
S: i didnt pick up much more than a faint coffee aroma. nothign remarkable here.
T: i originally had this at about a 3.5 but as it warmed it started to balance out more. there is some coffeesome spice and malt taste. nothing is in excess relatively well balanced. does not have a wow factor, but is good.
M/D: solid beer that delivers and is tasty, def worth a try

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Emerges nearly pitch black with a tiny bit of cocoa nibs highlights around the very edges. A creamy, slightly tan head forms and remains about 1/2 inch in size during the entire consumption of the beer.

Aroma is quite fruity with a minimal amount of roasty, stout like characters. This seems to fall a bit short on the export front. Slightly metallic. Very porter-like.

Flavor resembles the aroma. Minimal roastiness with a pronounced fruitiness and a touch of burnt chocolate. Raw chocolate and raisins. Again, more like a porter.

Creamy mouthfeel and finishes a touch dry. This is perhaps the most drinkable 8% beer I have had. I would have guessed around 5% abv. No alcohol in flavor, aroma or tastes. Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but far from great.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Mammoth head. Couldn't fit the whole 11.2oz bottle initially. Black body, light brown head. Great stickage. 4.5

Roasty and malty goodness. Raw grains with some alkali-pressed cocoa. 3.5

Malty and sweet with hefty roast grain presence, dark mocha, subtle booze, and malt bitterness. 4.0

Milky smooth. Medium bubbly. A little heady after many sips. Feels better when it warms. 4.0

Loves me some Lion Stout. Recommended. 4.0

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.