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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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1,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,326
Reviews: 837
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:

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001)
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Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle(with beer guru Michael Jackson on the back label, giving his endorsement), into a standard pint glass.
Black in color with edges of ruby. Nice head of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint whiff of alcohol, chcocolate note.
Taste-Mocha, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, leading to a dry, black coffee finish. A nice match for a char-grilled steak.

hosehead83, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Friction4now01
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%

This beer was a bit on the disappointing side, but that is probably because I had overly high expectations for it.
A: Nice dark brown/blackish color that you typically see in a stout or porter. There was a good amount of head on the beer, but it settled quickly.
S: Strong scent of chocolate with a hint of vanilla and coffee.
T: The tastes definitely reflect the smell. Chocolate is the dominant flavor. However, the beer seemed disappointingly unsweet.
O: This is a good stout, but would be better if it was just a bit sweeter.

Friction4now01, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Stigs
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours a big frothy head of khaki colored foam. the beer itself is almost pitch black, just some dark ruby tones when held up to light. think layer of lace left around the glass.

S - nice and roasty, good amount of sweetness in the form of dark fruits, molasses, dark chocolate and just the slightest bit of stale coffee.

T - very sweet - lots of brown sugar, caramel, candied plums...slight bittering from dark chocolate, boozy. lingering sweetness.

M - incredibly smooth, rich and creamy. carbonation is spot on, barely there.

D - good, solid. a bit too sweet for my liking but other people might love it. lovely body, alcohol is noticeable but adds another layer to this.

Stigs, May 07, 2010
Photo of gopens44
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Very much dark. Can't see the football game through this at all. Head was mocha colored, foamy and generous at pour but fell down considerably after a few minutes.

S - Nutty with hints of dark cherries and vanilla.

T - Decent. Dark chocolate with wood accents. Smokey perhaps. A little more watery in taste than most stouts I have had, but still good. Some sorta dark fruit in the taste, like the black cherries in the nose or plums perhaps.

M - thin yet smooth. Some aftertaste in the relatively little carbonated creation.

Decent enough stout. Not my favorite, but you could do worse. A little lighter than most stouts, so this could be a great hotter weather stout.

gopens44, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of MinorThreat
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle from Little Raven Vineyards; thanks for the great recommendations Peter.

A-Thick black body with a small quick receding nougat colored head.

S-Sweet coffee and caramel with a very understated alcohol scent

T-Chocolate and caramel sweetness with espresso bitterness that blend real well. Not all that complex. Seems to almost have a bourbon cask smoky/roast flavor.

M- Really nice. Comes in thick and creamy but has enough CO2 that it washes clean without any CO2 burn.

D- For as high of ABV as it carries, pretty drinkable.

MinorThreat, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Jhun
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Well I was in the liqour store looking through the fairly large beer selection and I saw this by itself and in a six pack, so I decided to pick up the six for ten bucks.
I opened it up and poured it into a nice clear glass and danm me if it didn't look just perfect nice and dark like a stout should be.
It smelt strongly of chocolate to me and just a hint of alchohol just to where it was actually refreshing.
I thought it was a creamy texture and just like the smell a chocolaty flavour and a refreshing amount of alchohol with it to give it a nice bite.
I in the end got drunk off of it and Finnegans Irish amber. I really enjoyed every bit off it. As you can See I highly recomend it!!!

Jhun, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of rabidawg
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Dated November 2002.

Appearance: Black coal and tar blended with espresso, with a little red-eye gravy thrown in for good measure. Amazingly fine bubbles in the head, clinging to the side to shade the dark side of ebony.

Smell: I'm catching a certain metallic twang, with gossamer hops leavings fighting their way through the heavy malts. Nothing outstanding here.

Taste: Mouthfeel is thin and watery, and I feel as if I'm drinking a Coke float, with a creamy start washed away by carbonated malty sugar water. Malty and roasty, with a slight drying, yet oily, hop finish. I've never had a beer that so masterfully masked an 8.0% abv. Very drinkable, could be dangerously so if I'd bought more than a single. As it warms, I'm catching an almost ashy finish, but it's not as unpleasant as it sounds. Very carbonated for a stout.

I'd often seen this beer and ignored it because of its corny label. Have to say I'm happily surprised.

rabidawg, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a huge amount of brown colored head. This is one of the best-looking stouts I've seen.

S: Had aromas of malt, coffee, chocolate and some light fruit. Nicely done.

T: At first, this beer did not impress me. After a while it grew on me. Coffee, malt, light and chocolate all appear. Unlike some other stouts, the coffee in this one didn't dominate the other tastes.

M: This had high carbonation rate a smooth finish.

D: The Lion Stout is definitely a drinkable beer. While not my favorite in the stout category, it's still solidly done.

avalon07, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

From a 330 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: dark brown leaning towards black with a thin head that disappears in about the time it will take you to read this sentence. All that is left behind is a thin ring of foam.

S: nothing stunning but, there are roasts, malts and coffee present.

T: roasted malts, molasses and coffee are the dominant flavors but there is also a slight sweetness to it.

M: medium body and carbonation.

O: not a bad beer, it is easy to drink and a good price. I could see enjoying this beer with a nice meal of spicy Indian food.

polloenfuego, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of turnerk3
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

A: Pours a very delectible blackish haze with an even more appealing one inch of brownish head. However, the retention of the head is deceiving. At first it seems to cling quite nicely but then it turns "turtle" (a.k.a. pulls head into shell).

S: Surprisingly I'm not too impressed by the aroma. It may be because I'm used to it on draft and not a can, but it still lacks the true caramelly essence.

T: This is good, but not great. A nice malty taste comes through, but it still lacks the true "coffee" kind of taste I was expecting. There is a bit of sweetness that overcoats that coffee flavor, but it's still not too overpowering.

M: First it feels a little over carbonated, but then it seems to lack true character at the end. A little too inconsistent for me. It's still fairly decent for a stout.

O: It's a great beer to have if you're preference is malt or dark, but if you're a hop-head (like me) I'd tread carefully. Still give it a shot and let the taste buds experience something new.

turnerk3, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of MrDanno96
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. I could also see some carbonation sticking to the side of the glass after the initial pour. Some moderate lacing. Pretty standard appearance for a stout.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, fruity esters, maybe cherries, molasses, and some alcohol.

T: Strong coffee flavor, dark chocolate, molasses, and some caramel. Roasted malts are also definitely a strong presence here. Hops come through just a little in the finish. As it warms, the sweet fruits from the nose come through a little as well. Overall, a pretty well balanced flavor.

M: A pretty full body and pretty crisp. I feel like there's a little too much carbonation here that interferes a bit with the complex flavors it presents. I had to search around the carbonation for all the flavors I noted above, especially the first few sips. About halfway through my glass I began to feel the warming effects of the alcohol, but it is definitely well hidden.

D: This is a pretty good stout. Lots of good flavors. As I noted above, I feel it suffers just a little on the mouthfeel. I would have this again, but probably not more than one at a time. It's also a pretty cheap, high abv beer.

MrDanno96, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of droomyster
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a clear but very dark brownish mahogany with a brown head that hurriedly settles. Smell is good but not extraordinary: milk chocolate, scorched brush, and notes of oatmeal. Very finely carbonated medium-full body transmits strong flavors of dark Godiva, expresso, and a light smokiness and ashy bitterness. Body weight could use a little more heft. All in all, a nice beer; I'm glad to have tried it.

droomyster, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of OldSock
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance – 625 ml bottle from Half Time. What a head, tan, thick, creamy, long lasting and it leaves a solid sheet of lacing. The beer itself is opaque dark brown.

Smell – Subdued aroma, understated roast with some caramel and a distant vinous character. Hard to compare to any other beer that I have had.

Taste – Sweet toffee up front, mild flavor despite the high alcohol. Light chocolate roast, nowhere near as intense as in most other big stouts. Hopping in low, just enough to barely hold the sweetness back. There is also a mild acidity that increases the refreshing character of the beer, but that gets a bit old by the end of the big bottle.

Mouthfeel – Full and smooth despite medium-high carbonation for a stout.

Drinkability & Notes – Talk about a big summertime stout, this beer is exactly right for sipping on a warm evening. I am happy that this one seems to have made it to me in good condition, one of the tastier beers from Asia that I have had.

OldSock, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of peensteen
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Basically pitch black in colour, finger of tan head, good retention, solid lace as well. Smell is of dark chocolate, coffee and a huge roasted malt bill, bits of dark fruit come and go, milk chocolate as it warmed up. Taste is fairly roasted up front with milk chocolate, moderate sweetness, mild bitterness as well as some coffee and dark fruit in the finish. Medium carbonation, medium full body, nice full creamy feel here. Nice stuff and quite drinkable overall, certainly got my $2.05 worth on this one.

peensteen, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of 86sportster883
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

The Lion Stout is perfectly named. It has many of the more pleasant roasted malt and coffee like features of a quality dry stout, combined with a big 8% abv to boot.

Pours black and opaque with a quickly fading tan head and a faintly sour aroma. I enjoyed the way the alcohol blended with the bittersweet chocolate flavors. Robust and roasty, but at no time harsh. Medium bodied with a good mouthfeel, but I would not describe it as remarkably smooth. Well balanced though, with a relatively clean dry finish.

Overall, a good foreign stout that I wish I had more of.

86sportster883, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of jonziefle
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: Poured a completely black opaque color with a three finger pillowy tan head. It took a second try to finish the pour. Its so dark that I can’t tell if its clear or cloudy, but it looked clear from the pour. Very good retention on the head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet, slightly syrupy roasted malts on the first whiff. Some smokiness and dark fruit as well. A hint of red wine. The alcohol makes a small appearance.

Taste: Very smoky malts on the first sip with a good amount of sweetness. The flavors blend well with a smooth sweetness and smoky malts that become more mild as you drink. A slight cardboard like off taste near the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and incredibly smooth. Creamy with a slight alcohol bite at the end. Little to no carbonation.

Drinkability: A smooth easy drinker that is very mild and pleasing. The flavor, while good, is relatively characterless making it hard to describe. An odd red wine nose and flavor is present in this beer, which is strange for the type.

Buy Again? Possibly.

jonziefle, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of lochef81
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%

I've seen this stout for years on the shelf and avoided it based upon its location of origin; I couldn't have been more wrong. This stout pours a near black color with a small tan head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is a very pleasant familiar blend of coffee, chocolate, sweet roasted malts, dried fruit, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is a little flat, could definitely use a little more creaminess. The flavor is exactly as the nose foretold but, unfortunately, there is a long lasting metallic aftertaste that spoils what would be a truly outstanding stout. Hard to believe the abv, it is so well hidden. For its cost and availability this could definitely become a go to stout for me...just lose the metal in the finish.

lochef81, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of nickadams2
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

A_Black with a thick,creamy tan head.Great retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Licorice, roasted malt and coffee.

T_Coffee,bitter chocolate,black licorice. Roasted malt and molasses on the back end.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Very drinkable foreign export stout.

nickadams2, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of QXSTER1
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

As a fan of full bodied stouts this beer didn't impress me as much as it's reputation in the beer publications indicated it would. I felt it was on the dry Irish stout side but without the creamy head and roasted malt flavors. Bitter roasted barley, but not much malt backbone left me wanting more and not getting it.

QXSTER1, Mar 10, 2002
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Notes from 07/21/2010:

330 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours jet-black with a full finger of khaki-tan head that shows its bottle conditioned carbonation and laces very well.

S: Chocolate, roastiness, and some nuttiness.

T: Sweet chocolate is about the only discernable feature. Fortunately it opens up a bit as it warms.

M: It has a medium body with some creaminess and stickiness.

D: This is a dessert beer for certain.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

pours pitch black with a 2 finger tan head that leaves lacing down the glass

smell is mostly cocoa coffee and burnt malts

taste is roasted malts and chocolate and some sweet fruit which is the 8%abv

mouthfeel is a tad thin with but atleast not guinness thin

drinkability is good - this reminded me of a RIS light

jsh420, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of mrnobody
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

330ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with 4 fingers of frothy tan head which retreats leaving ample lacing.

S: Smells of hay, cocoa and coffee.

T: Tastes of mild, sweet coffee and booze.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly rich and the carbonation is not too high.

D: Does a pretty good job of disguising the 8.8% ABV but the slight hotness and the sweetness might hurt the drinkability.

mrnobody, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of blakelive784
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

11.2 oz bottle served into standard pint glass:

A - Pours a non transparent dark brown/black color. The head is two fingers, devoid of cream, and terrible retention. Excusable for the high abv.

S - Bitter chocolates, roasted malts, and a strange olive smell. Relatively mild, and the ethanol is present.

T - Much better than the nose predicted. Sweet cream and chocolate on the open. Roasty backbone is evident throughout. Extremely well built. High abv isn't noticeable until the finish, where it fits.

M - Full bodied, smooth and wet. Nearly perfect.

D - Hides its abv very well, well balanced, and extremely drinkable. I'm very surprised with this one and will have it again.

blakelive784, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Neehan
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured a murky black with a thin head but good retention and substance. The smell is of roasted malts with a chocolaty back ground. Very smooth and inviting. The taste was very roasted, very malty, very smooth-- very good. The alcohol is well hidden and there is solid balance in the mouthfeel. Good stuff.

Neehan, May 03, 2007
Photo of reslo
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Being Irish I take my Stouts seriously and this is a great find. Despite not favouring carbonated stouts the carbonation present is not intrusive and certainly not a distraction.

Bottled under the name Sinha Stout in Australia at least, at 8% this is not to be taken lightly especially as the alcohol is not at all noticeable at first. This ones not for the too young at heart as it will be drunk too quickly and not in the manner that is required to truely appreciate it.

The chocolate and caramel smell makes you believe in a taste that is to be cherished, unfortunately the real life experience doesn't quite get there for me but its certainly not a problem.

reslo, Jul 09, 2007
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,326 ratings.