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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,396 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,396
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 SpecialK088
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into an imperial pint

Pours a jet black and very smooth, Head is big and fluffy but disapates very quickly to about 1 finger, thick at the edges that causes a nice lace.

Chocolate, malt and slight coffee notes in the nose, pretty straightforward.

The flavor is extremly different all the flavors in the nosre are there but very subtley, a burnt toast flavor is what domintates and is actually very good. The red chilis are decectable at the finish but only if you are really looking for it.

Mouthfeel is right down the middle of the road in every way. Medium body, carbonation and overall feeling on the palate, not overly silky or thick but not thin or watery.

Very easy to drink but more of a sipper than something you would be able to drink alot of in a sitting, maybe 2 but thats about all I could see myself doing.

SpecialK088, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of DontCallMeSurly
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

DontCallMeSurly, May 29, 2008
Photo of bradybeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with chocolate brown head-slight hop aroma in pour. Sweet malt flavor-almost port sweet? Alcohol is very evident in finish-which is very sweet. Mouthfeel is thin-and drinkability takes a hit because of the sweetness and the alcohol-still a solid export stout. One that should be enjoyed by all stout lovers.

bradybeer, May 14, 2008
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

wethorseblanket, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber of 8% stout for $2.99? Might as well try it, I suppose.
It pours black, like black black, and is topped by a lively tan head that settles down to a skim but never completely disappears. Sticks to the side, too. So far, so good!
Aroma isn't as impressive. A bready nose to it. A little bit of chocolate malt peeks through, though.
The taste comes through, though. Nice and chocolaty. Dry baker's chocolate and maybe some coffee come through as well. A medium. Alcohol's not really noticable, and this brew has a nice, full taste. Mouthfeel's a little heavier than average, and carbonation is moderate. Everything comes together pretty well in this brew, and I'm impressed. Tastes about the same as a Rogue Mocha Porter for $2 less per bomber. Horray!

DaveFL1976, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of SpruceFish
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- black and opaque the way a stout should be

S- sweet roasted malts milk chocolate

T- sweet again and chocolate a good amount of roastyness

M- thick a little chewy good carbonation

D- really good no booze to it at all kind of a hot day stout i feel

SpruceFish, May 05, 2009
Photo of Yesac
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly average in appearance - pours black with a very carbonated brown head that fades extremely fast. Pour this slowly.

S - A dry stout smell. Dominated with coffee malts and some grassy/earthy tones.

T - It all seems to come alive at the back of the tounge, I don't pick up much up front. The flavor is pretty subtle. I pick up smooth creamy chocolate malts with strong carbonation sweeping the palate clean. Overall to watery for me.

M - Excellent mouthfeel due to the high carbonation and dryness of this stout. Smooth and creamy.

D - Easy drinker here. This stout is not that bitter and the 8% is hidden very well.

Yesac, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of nouseforotacon
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was stamped with a B/B date of 2006/06/26, purchased in Tokyo.

Poured out a typical stout, jet black bottom with a nice and thick, foamy brown head. Retention was okay, head fell to a brown lacing within a few minutes.

Pleasant aroma. Lightly fruity, like berries, strong caramel and roasted/sweet malt aroma. Slight alcohol presence in the nose. Hints of mocha, and some bittersweet chocolate too.

Dry taste with a finish that leaves the palette wet. Bitter bite. Mocha/coffee taste definitely resurfaces itself on the tongue, powdery feel. Bittersweet chocolate was also strong in the taste, with a sweet accent of fruits and caramel. Mouthfeel was not as creamy as I would've hoped, body was overall light and a bit watery.

8% ABV isn't all that noticeable and this is definitely a very drinkable stout. Still, it's not all quite there. Pitted against the Ji-Biru stout from Baird, I'd say this one comes out on top by a slight edge because it's a bit more complex and has a more interesting taste. Enjoy!

nouseforotacon, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of a winter brews pack i picked up at world market in lansing, mi.

pours jet black with a dense tan head that fell into a thin sheet.
the arom a is malty, chocolate, hint of coffee.
the flavor is very rich with malt, some hopsack, little chocolate, carmelized malt.
the mouthfeel is a little creamy, slightly thick, wounderful.
beer is best enjoyed on a cold night.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of KG710
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

KG710, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass (saving the rest for later)

A: Midnight dark body under a light and frothy dark tan head. Excellent lacing, leaving rings all over the glass. If the head was a bit smoother (reminded me of a latte) this beer would achieve greatness in this category. As it is, it is still good.

S: Baker's coco powder, slight coffee, medium roasted grains and some caramel malts.

T: Layered chocolate and deeply roasted malts make up the bulk of Lion Stout's flavor. I say layered because this isn't a totally singular beer, but it isn't massively complex. I get some dark fruits on the side, but they don't ever take center stage. The finish is sweet and roasty (reminds me of a sweeter, stronger dry Irish stout).

M: Higher carbonation than I expected, which yielded a lighter body and less smoothness than this style should have. The mouthfeel is this beer's only major weakness in contrast to it's competition. Not full, chewy, or very smooth.

D: Where this beer lacks in mouthfeel it gains in drinkability. This beer feels lighter than it is, but at 8% it should be gulped with caution.

Overall: A very enjoyable stout in my opinion. I imagine the first stout that the people in Sri Lanka ever tasted was Guinness. I find it interesting then that this beer tastes a bit like Guinness Extra Stout. This beer is nicely complex in flavor (probably due to the extra alcohol) and lighter than usual. I enjoyed a glass after a 5 mile run.

allforbetterbeer, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 625ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. I've been looking for this beer for quite a long time without much success and I finally found it. It did not disappoint. I must confess that the sheer fact that this is from Sri Lanka, an area not really known for its brewing prowess, earned this beer a few sentimentality points in my book, but it can definitely stand on its own. Pours jet black with a nice khaki tan head. Smell is a touch on the sour side, with some sour cherries present. Taste is slightly sweet up front, with cherries, prunes, unsweetened bakers chocolate and alcohol in the body. Not quite as complex as I imagined but still one of the more interesting stouts I've had. Definitely a departure from your everyday stout. Its 8% ABV is well blended, making for a deceptively drinkable brew. I will definitely buy more of this.

ChrisBowers, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid stout that reminds me a little of Mackeson's XXX, but a little less complex. Still for an 8% brew ...there's NO hint of that kind of strength. Other than MJ's strange endorsement (when he himself just called it "surprisingly good") it's a winner.

Domingo, May 17, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Three finger head, dark tan and creamy, holds well leaving good spotty lacing. Coffee/roasted barley aromas, mild phenols and notes of dark chocolate. Very sweet upfront, big roast flavor, slight phenolic fruitiness. Drying aftertaste with lots of coffee, mild baker's chocolate, and the fruitiness fades quickly. Acrid roast flavor balances fine without need for much hop charcater, good example of style. Medium carbonation and medium-full body lend a silky and rich mouthfeel with an appropriatly mild crispness. Finishes residual with a spicy cola/caramon flavor and hint of phenol but reatains a respectable drinkability.

PBRstreetgang, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of RupertRonco
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

RupertRonco, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of soulfly967
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with hints of red around the edges of the glass. A nice foamy tan head stuck around for quite a while and left nice clumps of lacing along the sides of the glass. The smell was of dark malts and dark chocolate. The taste wsa pretty good with hints of licorice, caramel, and fresh roasted coffee. The mothfeel was nice and creamy, and rather smooth too. I could drink these all night, too bad I only picked up one bottle of this.

soulfly967, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Super black. The head pours huge, tan, fluffy. Lots of malt, chocolate, and a winey smell come through.

Quite flavorful. Grapey, even. More of a sweet chocolate versus a dark.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, thick, yet it goes down smooth, with a slight alcohol bite.

For my first export stout, this is fantastic.

KingPuuChuu, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lion Stout pours an opaque black with a thick tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild, but has notes of chocolate and coffe. The taste also has chocolate and coffe notes. Nice thick mothfeel. An enjoyable stout. I would say it is definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Beric
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Beric, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of TheBear11D
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Chincino
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a can which I poured into a pint glass.

It was very dark and had an aroma of coffee, chocolate, malts, and a hint of fruit.

It was medium-bodied with average carbonation. It was smooth and creamy, but not thick.

Drinkability was good.

Chincino, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

SaCkErZ9, May 12, 2009
Photo of buliwuf
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

buliwuf, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of sstackho
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Danforth and Broadview LCBO in Toronto. I just had a 500mL Schneider Eisbock before this, so forgive me if I am in love with the world or mistype. Pours black with a small, quickly receding white head. Initial, somewhat thin, aroma of coffee. First taste is nice and richly full, with more coffee on the palate. Taste remains strong throughout. Very nice.

sstackho, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of oggg
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark black with brown tints. A modest head of off white creamy foam fades slowly but leaves very little lace on my pint glass.

Not a whole lot of aroma even after warming to room temp.

At first, this beer threatens to hurt your tongue with harsh artificial bitterness. Syrupy sweet malt surges to subdue the initial impression. It segues to a uniquely soft, roasted finish that lingers nicely, and finishes dry.

Medium to full bodied. Alcohol impercetible/dangerous.

Overall: Too much alcohol to be a session brew, but this would be a great dessert beer.

oggg, Apr 09, 2007
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,396 ratings.