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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,332 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 42 | 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 atsprings
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep opaque black with a thin diminishing head that leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit of roasted malts and slight coffee and molasses. The taste is more pronounced roasted malt body with the usual backup of coffee and bitter cocoa. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with mild carbonation. This is certainly one worth trying on-tap if you ever come across it.

atsprings, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of icemonkey908
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is jet black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is mostly sweet with some roasted chocolate notes. The taste starts off very sweet with nice mocha flavors and finishes with a roasted flavor that lingers.

This is a good all around stout, although it is not my favorite. Fairly drinkable and a reasonable flavor.

icemonkey908, May 11, 2007
Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid black in color. In a Duvel Tulip, it's nearly half head and half beer. The head is tan and sudsy and also leaves plenty of lace.

Has a smoky and sweet nose. A smoked bacon scent with caramelized sugar. Interesting.

Smoked bacon up front with toasty malt, raisin, chocolate and some cola coming in at the close. Plenty of smoke and that bacon is interesting, but not bad, just different. I have to say, it works pretty well.

Smooth and the carbonation is mostly soft. For an eight percent beer though, I would have expected a little more heft in the body. Very dry finishing.

A glass of this would be fine, but more than that might be a bit much. Overall though, a unique stout. Seems to be more of a smoke baltic porter. It's a beer that I am glad I finally tried, but can't see myself getting it again in the near future.

jera1350, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB NOV 2006. Served lightly chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pours a very dark brown, almost ebony hue, some ruby hints are seen against light; the tan head comes effervescent and foamy, gradually settling to a thin carpet and leaving tight lacing.
S: lovely and intense aroma of roast nuts and roasted barleys upfront, on top of more settled sticky toffee, coffee-flavoured milk, and burned sugary coating as on cream-brulee~~ True to the style, the aroma is dense but still manageable, albeit a touch too sweet for me and slightly short of complexity.
T: an effervescent-textured maltiness flows onto the palate, introducing peanut-flavoured toffee, crushed roast almond, lightly bitter-sweet root-spice (licorice), burned sugar, and roasted barleys; the nutty edge speaks out loud, providing a different kind of bitter-sweetness from other burned-malt-dominated Foreign Stouts I've had. Only in the end does a tinge of restrained sourness emerge, complementing the bitter-sweet flavour just well.
M&D: although the texture falls a bit thin, the very light body sits in contrast to a semi-strong flavour, and the high alc. content doesn't leave a wee bit trace throughout the drink, making this a very approachable stout. Somehow my impression of this beer is compromised by (unintentional) comparison with stronger and fuller Imperial Russian Stouts, and robust, less sweet and dryer English Stouts. In a sense, interestingly, its texture and flavour remind me more of Sweet/Milk Stouts instead--I mustn't be the only one to speculate that, surely? A nice, but not great, foreign stout worth trying once in a life time.

wl0307, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

thirtysixbelow, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice almost black color and dark tan head about three fingers high. It dissipates very fast and leaves little to no lacing.
Smelling the beer I detect the expected roasted malts, but also nice chocolate notes as well as dark fruit like plum and raisin.
The taste is better than expected from a brew from Sri Lanka.
The fruity flavors come up front, followed by the roasted malt in the middle and the finish build the coffee and chocolate notes. Very well balanced and quite potent, with an ABV of almost 9 percent.
Definitely would buy this again.

Hopfenpeter, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of fisherman34
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black in colour with slightly higher than average carbonation. Aromatic profile begins with a somewhat pilsner-like sulfur hit before evolving picking up notes of licorice, mild coffee and plum. It’s fairly light in the mouth, and has some intriguing yet light flavors of espresso, chocolate, and a bit of caramel. Overall, this is fairly restrained as far as stouts go, but I could see this one being quite nice in the hot weather.

fisherman34, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of jmdrpi
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330mL bottle. there is a bottle code, but no clear date.

almost black in color, with thin khaki colored head. smell is a combination of roasty espresso notes and dark fruit- black cherry, plum. nice. the taste starts with bittersweet chocolate, and then finishes roasty and acidic. thicker bodied with lower carbonation. works well, pretty smooth drinking.

overall - a solid beer, good example of the style

jmdrpi, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at the Foodery in May. WIll compare to that now coming i to Toronto. Nice head with bubbles in foam. Malty sweet, vanila, milk, good hops. Very drinkable and serviceable stout. This would be a standard beer for me if always available, which reflects that big stouts get higher ratings on complexity and thickness, but this is nice. Second bottle a few days later.

Sammy, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of elricorico
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Practically black with a thick creamy tan head despite a slow careful pour. Good retention and lacing. Looks nice.

Impression of sweetened coffee and cherries. Not what I expected, but a decent aroma.

Quite sweet, with a smokey finish. Fruitier than expected. Alcohol well buried. Cherries, orange, even a hint of strawberry all over a dark maltiness. Not a typical strong stout.

Creamy mouthfeel with slightly prickly carbonation.

More than tasty, but less complex than I thought it would be. A different beer, but good none the less.

elricorico, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of AEK
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. A dark chocolate coloured stout with a tanned head.

S. Some coffee essence along with hints of chocolate.

T. Chocolatey, oaty, black coffee and some vine fruits. Quite sweet and I thought it had a taste of a weak red wine.

M. Oily and I thought surprisingly thin.

D. A quite tasty beer and a good performer. It is certainly a beer that will make you want to come back for more. Delicious!

AEK, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a heavy, dark black with just the faintest bits of light coming through. A finger and a half of thick, creamy milk chocolate colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate and vanilla with some caramel malts. Smells like this will be a sweet milk stout type. Some hops also round out the nose.

T: Creamy, sweet chocolate. Some vanilla here as well. A fair amount of alcohol is discernible in each sip.

M: Low carbonation and medium to full body lends well to this creamy stout - almost cask like in feel.

D: Pretty good export stout. Loved the feel on this one but the heat distracts a bit.

kirkpjr, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of neonbrown82
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer. First beer I've tried from Sri Lanka. Acquired by accident when our distributors sent us a case of this instead of the Lion Lager (this is actually over the state imposed alcohol cap). Glad I was able to try it, though I don't see myself drinking it again.

The beer pours to a nice inky black color with a brown hue at the edges. Capped off by a nice tall brown head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving very little lacing in its wake.

The smell is good. Has a subtle dark chocolate aroma along with a mild roast. A hint of astringency from the roasted malts. Gentle burnt coffee aromas. A tad bit on the sweet side. Smells like there is some lactose in the mix.

The taste is very similar to the smell. Starts off a touch sweet, then the roast takes over. A touch of sourness from the roast. A bit nutty with some caramel and toffee flavors. Good coffee flavor in the finish with hints of dark chocolate. Tastes like it has some milk sugar. Quite pleasant in the finish.

The body is fairly thick with a mild carbonation. A bit acidic with some tannins. The finish lingers for a little while, but ends clean with only a fleeting memory of coffee roast. Fairly drinkable for an 8% stout, but it's not something I would want to drink more than one of in a sitting.

neonbrown82, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of MPLS
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh...nothing like a 6-pack of Sri-Lankian stout, in cans.

A: This is a deep brown bodied stout that had a billowy head that had a short stay. Spotty lacing and a saliva like tan layer is left throughout the whole beer.

S: This has a milk stout smelling nose. A fair amount of malt that's not overly roasted and a faint vanilla scent.

T: The taste is a bit better than the nose. Incredibly drinkable. Malty sweetness and a bit of dark chocolate. The finish is where the roastedness comes out and it quite floral with whatever hops are used.

M: It's lighter than most, but very appropriate for the style. Has a bit too much carbonation to make it lush and creamy.

D: The ABV is hidden incredibly well and it's a good effort. It's pretty well balanced, not exciting though. It's an economic purchase though.

MPLS, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Twerknasty
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent engine oil pour, with a hefty ginger bread color. Chocolate cake, icing, a very sexy nose. The sweetness is balanced by dark burnt raisins, and dark chocolate. The sweetness is piloting and controlling this airplane, but the chocolate covered gingerbread man is rolling in the passenger seat doing work-quitely. I like this stout, very interesting and entertaining while having complexity and drinkablity. A good stout. Creamy, yet carbination to balance it all.

Twerknasty, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of CrazyMike
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with a thick dark head. As I've said in the past, this is my ideal perfect appearance for a beer, therefore it gets five. Smell is very moderate, a bit malty.

Taste is very malty, sweet and creamy. A hint of fruits, tastes almost like roasted nuts. For strong beer, the alcohal is almost non existant in the taste.

Mouthfull is very thick and smooth, it would seem ideal to drink this in the Winter. Suprising that it comes from a tropical country like Sri Lanka. Drinkability, very easy to drink. Despite having all the qualities of a dark beer, it does not go overboard on any of it's qualities.

Would highly recommend if you can find it. For it's price, taste and content it is definatly worth it.

CrazyMike, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I heard this was an interesting beer, and it's from Sri Lanka, probably the first thing I've ever had from there. Here's the review, enjoy.

A: Pours super dark with a huge rich creamy head. The head rises to be 50% of the glass with a thick dark chocolate colored creamy foamy head. It slowly pops downwards. The black stout doesn't let any light through, so it's basically pitch black.

N: Nose is interesting, with some creamy malt aromas, spicy alcohol, toasted aromas, slight fruit, almost an aroma of toasted seeds, like toasting pumpkin seeds. Sweet malts and syrupy aromas also take a liking to it. It's a very unique and strange nose that I can't even pick out aromas to describe.

T: Starts with some nice chocolate flavors, creamy milk chocolate. Then some tangy spicy flavors that are also semi strange and interesting at the same time. Some light smoky flavors, and some char, like taking a bite from a charred log, literally. It's weird. The strange toasted seed aroma comes out slightly in the taste as well. It's so unique and interesting. Not amazing flavor, but interesting. A slight coffee taste comes through on burps as well. Some dark fruits also come through, fig and raisin mostly, with tastes of nuts and nutmeg.

M: Pretty creamy and thick, and despite the head not much carbonation.

F: Finishes semi bitter, slightly tangy and spicy as well. Pretty dry too, and leaves a chocolate powder flavor in the mouth, like chewing on cocoa powder. There's also some lingering fruit flavors and the stout like bitterness sticking around. It does hide the 8% abv well though.

jlindros, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Shiny brown with dark red/maroon. The head is tremendous with golden avalanches swirling to a firm settled three finger cap. As with a beer of this high octane, didn't expect nor noticed lace.

S: The nose was full of roasted black malt with a dark and dry coco. A dash of coffee but musty overall.

T: First and foremost is the roasted barley rather than the bittersweet chocolate. A slight smack of the lips uncovers the molasses and a spice, anise perhaps. I could not place the hops within, but a floral one and delicious overall.

M: Not impressed at the start, a wee bit light but grows smoother with silk undertones.

D: Lion Stout is a constant mixture of sweet and bitter. The different flavors hit your taste buds and then overtake your entire mouth, cheeks and jowls. This was a very good beer and makes me very eager to find more export stouts.

Brianmerrilyn, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of surlytheduff
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a pint glass. Poured rich, thick and dark; solid two finger cola-colored head with good retention and residual lacing. Smelled of chocolate, caramel, malts, dried fruit; had a very slight soapy smell to it. None of the smells were particularly strong. Taste was sweet roasted malt flavor, molasses, some coffee, dark chocolate. Felt very creamy and rich, decent carbonation, medium body. When you take all factors into consideration (a/s/t/m/d, and most importantly $) this is a pretty darn drinkable beer. One of the best value big beers I can think of.

surlytheduff, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of AdamGarcia
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

625ml bottle served in tasting glass. No discernable bottle date.

A: Pours a nearly black, coffee-like color. Larger head than expected, mocha colored. Head retention is decent. Good looking beer.

S: Even at warmer temperatures the aroma never jumps out of the glass. Mild coffee. Sweet chocolate. Faint whiff of green hops. Dark fruit and just a suggestion of tartness. Pleasant for sure, but lacking in intensity.

T: Nice roasted character. Mild coffee with cream. A little bit of chocolate flavor hiding about. Dark fruits make an appearance. Just a little nuttiness. Some bitterness here and there and then a mostly sweet finish.

M: Low carbonation. Silky smooth feel. Less viscous than it's American Imperial Stout counterparts

O: Easy to drink and seemingly simple initially. Complexity becomes apparent over the course of comsuming this one. Versatile. No indication whatsoever of it's 8.8% abv. One could easily confuse this with a much less potent beer. Very good overall.

AdamGarcia, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of HiAIPA
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber type bottle, this dark elixir poured a molasses brown and formed a nice foam head of two inches. Roasted biscuit and malts frame a medium body brew, with coffee, molasses accents and a nutty finish. Good, I would drink this again. A small step up from dry, smooth and un-flavored stouts.

HiAIPA, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Andy
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Creamy aroma, yet with some smokey hints. Big, bubbly tan head. Slightly sweet beginning, fruity yeast flavor. Smooth drinking.

Andy, May 30, 2002
Photo of klewis
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A: Pours black with a bubbly off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruits.

T: Typical stout flavors of chocolate and coffee are complimented by a prominent nutty character. Slightly bitter in the finish.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation for a stout IMO, but the texture is a bit watery.

D: This is my first foreign/export, so I can't rate it with an accuracy in accordance with the style, but as a stout it is definitely enjoyable. Well worth the price.

klewis, May 26, 2006
Photo of mentor
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from Liquor Mart (Colorado) and consumed the next evening. Pours a four finger fluffy clingy cavernous caramel-brown colored head over a pitch black liquid. Smells of chocolate, sour black malt, toffee and caramel. Coffee roast only with searching. Tastes smooth silky milk chocolate that persists through and dries a touch in the finale. Soured black malt makes it's presence known in diametric oposition to the chocolate. Coffee modifies the sour and a toffee sweet keeps it from ruining the beer entirely. The aftertaste has a bit of alcohol sting rising up the back of the throat. Hop flavor is missing amid the mix of strong dark flavors...perhaps some cottony fuggles. Any hop bitter is buried beneath the sour and alcohol. Mouthfeel is only medium and carbonation is moderate. The overfoaming head hurts this beer's appearance. Near the end of the bottle, the alcohol became more prevalent in the aftertaste detracting from the drinkability.

mentor, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a stout, so two guesses if it was a dark, almost black in color with a tan head. (Hint: Yes.)

There's some chocolate, coffee and raisin in the nose with a hint of floral hops. Definitely a roasty aroma overall.

It tastes like it smells with the chocolate and coffee and dried fruit, some molasses, but with a very subtle creamy ripe banana taste to it. There is just the right amount of hop bitterness to keep the sweetness from being cloying. There's bit of a smokey flavor to it like you would find in a porter. Overall it's a bit sweeter than I am used to in a stout, but it works. And if this beer really is 8% I for one can't taste it.

It's light bodied and it may not be the most complex stout ever made, but that could well work in its favor as it's really quite enjoyable.

MeisterBurger, May 05, 2009
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,332 ratings.