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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,395 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,395
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 ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Standard black stout color with creamy beige head. Minimal head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasted maltiness with a definite waft of alcohol and a hint of raisin. All with a real dank mustiness to it. Huh.

Taste: Initially, a distinct smack of malt sweetness hits the tongue, supplanted by vanilla and plums. Finishes dry, similarly to a cup of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though still a bit lighter and lacking the fullness that I both crave and demand! Carbonation is rather low, allowing the beer to achieve some creaminess.

Drinkability: A genuinely decent stout, and one of the better foreign stouts I've tasted.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon seeing the country of origin and the bottle’s bible black contents —I had to experience this stout from Ceylon.

It cascaded into my glass producing an immediate dense off tan head which fueled my curiosity as to this beer's meritorious profile.

The head arose, flourished and then retreated to whence it came leaving little trace but a scant bevel of foam clinging to the perimeter of my glass.

This beer presented a small perhaps non-existent nose.

On first tasting, this dark full bodied stout produced a starburst of flavor-- predominant hops, notes of chocolate, toasted grain, a sprite of coffee.

Unfortunately the flavor was a rather curt performance-- a blaze of glory and then—the hole in the middle head heralded what was to come. Under the gusto of the start, the body was lacking-- there was something oddly transparent—maybe the right word is “nonexistent”.

The finish was clean and short. I wasn’t surprised as it trailed along with it’s precursor-- the vestige of the initial flavor.

Nevertheless this beer has a rather cordial mouthfeel and although the flavor endurance in my opinion leaves something to be desired, it is nonetheless an enjoyable experience.

gueuzeonhigh, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of LittleCreature
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle reads "Sinha Stout" but it's the same beer.

Appearance - 4.5
A firm pour yeilds a thick, brown, moussy looking head over a an opaque black body, completely impenetrable to light.

Smell - 3.5
I get the impression that this is a stout that would pair very well with oysters. It smells rich, roasted, some burnt astringency, roasted coffee, dried fruit, very grainy for a stout, also somewhat salty.

Taste - 4.0
Very smooth with a good balance of chocolate and molasses sweetness with burnt bitterness. Alcohol presence is barely perceptible amongst the strong flavours, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Very smooth with low carbonation, feels quite thick, heavy and oily in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
Slightly unfortunate aroma aside, it drinks well for a stout of 8%ABV.

OVERALL - 3.9
Possibly the darkest beer I have so far reviewed, only in the final few millimetres did it become cola-like in appearance. Apart from its unusual aroma, I found this to be a highly enjoyable stout, particularly impressive seeing as it comes from Sri Lanka, not a nation known for brewing.

* After typing this I see that I have made an all-to-common mistake. Stouts and and other dark beers are easier to brew than lighter, crisper styles. Despite the fact that most countries in the world brew at least one pale lager, it is actually one of the hardest styles to get right. Still, good to see a generally non-brewing nation making a stout.

LittleCreature, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of GavDomDadGH
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice extremely dark brown to black. Very thick. Great 2 finger dark tan head that disapates slowly.

S - Very strong smell of chocolate and caramel. Almost a roasted nut smell. Delicious none the less.

T - One of the better tasting stouts I have ever had. Starts with a blast of earthy flavors and then blends chocolate and caramel in the mid drink. Finishes with a great mocha/coffee taste.

M - Thick and creamy. Flows around just like any high-caliber stout should.

D - The only reason I gave this a 4 is, as with any stout, you can't drink very many! It is a great start or end beer, but don't plan on drinking this bad boy all night!

GavDomDadGH, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of madeofsteel
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours as black as night, with just a trace of reddish brown the very edge of the glass. Finger and a half of brown cappuccino looking froth. Not much retention, but some very sexy lacing.

S - Not much going on in the nose. Faint smell of coffee. Burnt malts.

T - Bitter chocolate and coffee. Some balancing sweetness. Roasty, burnt, with traces of black licorice. Better when it's good and warm.

M - The alcohol here is noticeable, but is warming. Perfect for where I live right now, like a cocoa or something. Kind of dry for my liking, though.

O - This beer should definitely be consumed at a warmer temp, more flavors work together and the body really starts to come out. Reasonably priced for what it is: a very well rounded stout.

madeofsteel, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer from Sri Lanka, eh? I'm game. This is a solid, sweetish stout with a rocky, fragrant head and a nice oiliness to it (from the hops maybe?). Different enough from other brews to make it interesting, although slicker than perhaps the very best stouts. Milky, juicy, with what I imagined as a rummy, sugar-cane undercoat. I thought it very drinkable. Perhaps not worth a trip to Ceylon, but definitely worth picking up out if you find it in your local store (as I did). Bottle had a drink-by date of September this year (bought it in February).

Thrasher, Feb 18, 2002
Photo of Mavajo
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Slightly opaque black color with a thin tan head that dissipates very quickly - light lacing. Nose is sweet with mild coffee/chocolate. I found the taste to be fairly simple and straightforward - mostly a roasted taste with some chocolate/coffee. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty easy drinking stout. There's nothing crazy about it, the alcohol is blended well and the taste is pretty simple and straightforward.

Mavajo, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of ZoomanCru
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: Dark, dark brown, bordering on black but still slightly translucent. Very dark, fine head with significant retention.
Smell: Deep woody smell with strong molasses nose. Grainy with a twinge of alcohol. Bready and spicy.
Taste: Very deep roasted grain flavor that blooms into a pleasant sweetness. Opens into an earthy cacao like twinge. Raisins and good pipe tobacco come to mind.
Mouth: Very smooth and heavy. Perfect light carbonation one expects in a stout.

ZoomanCru, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of wnh
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Hearty "pfft" upon uncapping this beer. Overcarbonated? Pours a rich, thick black, with a large, dense light tan head. Nice lacing.

Initial aromas of dark fruit, mineral, and something resembling cheap plastic zip-top bags. Odd. Lightly roasted coffee in the background, considerably lesser than expected. Sharp and somewhat pungent, but there seems to be a lot going on. A touch of meaty smoke comes through as the beer warms, and the chemically plastic quality fades rather quickly.

Smooth fruity and roasty entry, turning sweet in the middle before leading into bitter dark chocolate on the finish. There's a moderate Belgian-ish yeasty dark fruit ester thing going on that my palate isn't quite sure what to do with. It's not necessarily a good complement to the roasty stout, but it's not at odds with it either. As in the nose, the roasty character isn't as prevalent as I'd expect in a stout, especially at 8%, but it's subtle in a well-done way.

Medium bodied, leaning toward light, smooth and rounded on the whole but with a bite that increases the more I drink. Alcohol is relatively well hidden, but again picks up as the beer recedes.

An interesting interpretation of the style, but one that I can probably do without in the future. Good: subtle roastiness, Belgian-like dark fruit, dark chocolate. Bad: chemically plastic bag aromas, sharp pungency, biting mouthfeel.

wnh, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color with a cramy head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate bit of coffee and dark fruit.

T: taste of roasted malt , chocolate and dark fruit. Nice bitterness and c clean finish.

F: Full body, rich creamy texture, very well balanced. It’s been years since I have had this but it still as enjoyable as ever.

O: Good beer the relax with at the end of the day. Well worth checking out.

soju6, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of bort11
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, pouted into a standard pint glass. Tall fluffy mocha tan head, slow to recede. Leaves spidery rings on the glass with each sip. Color is almost black brown, with ruby/garnet highlights.

Smell is sweet chocolate mixed with chili pepper. Taste is a highly creamered coffee with bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but the carbonation is a little too much. Solid stout.

bort11, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Hoppsbabo, May 11, 2014
Photo of ybnorml
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

ybnorml, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rich dark flat black hue. The head is nice and tall made up mostly of big bubbles at first. It tightens up and a nice 1/4 inch pad lingers and lingers. Wonderful lace. A real looker.

S: Rather mild aromas. Hints of roasty malt and chocolate. A touch of plums and a dash of metal.

T: Rather good. Simple but tasty. Nice bold roast character up front. Lots of rich dark chocolate and a touch of coffee and dark fruit.

M: Lighter side of medium in body. It is rich, smooth, and damn drinkable.

Search this one out, its a nice tasty treat.

tpd975, May 15, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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 -1.5%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%

BeerForMuscle, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -1.8%
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
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.