1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

Not Rated.
Lion StoutLion Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

1,457 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,457
Reviews: 866
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 56
Gots: 72 | 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

 http://www.lionbeer.com 
View: Beers (3) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Lion Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,457 | Reviews: 866 | Display Reviews Only:
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

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dark black body but it is not super dense however no light comes through the glass. The only carbonation that can be seen is the few random bubbles stuck to the glass. The head is a creamy thick foam of oatmeal color that fades to a film after a bit.

S- This beer has a dark smooth malt flavor with a note of cream and a slight perfume note to it.

T- This beer has a creamy dark roasted malt flavor with a light band-aid hint and a soft sour note to it. The finish has a very faint alcohol nip in the finish. As the beer warms the note of chocolate malt comes through with the dark roasted malt.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel but no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer is smooth and mellow but has a nice malt flavor and some subtle depth that is hard to put in words. A bit of some wild notes or perhaps smoked malt but whatever it is, it is soft enough to be intriguing and not offensive.

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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of KG710
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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.

Photo of RupertRonco
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz on tap at The Porch in Key West, FL 5/27/2014.

A- dark black body, one finger tan head with average retention. No lacing.

S- charred malt, a bit of smoke, some umami, dark chocolates and subtle raisins. Smells solid but not unique or intense in comparison to other American offerings.

F- dark chocolate, roast and charred malt, raisins, still a bit of smoke. Very good, with a nice bit of complexity. Flavourful and interesting.

M- lighter body but not watery. Solid carbonation, not flat or fizzy. A fine dark fruit-filled aftertaste with a bit of earthy bitterness.

O- solid export stout, similar to Guinness FES and probably rates a bit underneath it. Recommended if there isn't anything else good under the stouts section of the draft list.

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.

Photo of Rayek
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very potent Stout that makes a great nightcap.

A: Dark Mahogany, almost black. Thick tan head leaves almost no lace down the glass.

S: Cherry, grape and citrus came through. The alcohol in this beer is present in the aroma as well.

T: Very complex. Dark cherry, coffee, brandy and a hint of bitter chocolate intermingle well. The alcohol adds a little acidity and gives the beer warmth going down.

M: Thick and slick, with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: A powerful beer that I wouldn't want more than one of in a sitting. Great right before bed or on a cold night in front of the fire.

Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a huge light brown head.

A very nice aroma of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt.

The taste is roasted and malty with notes of smoke, coffee and chocolate.

The body is glassy and smooth.

Overall this is a fine stout with an exceptional aroma. It's one for roasted malt fans.

Photo of 05Harley
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz Bottle #32308 20:25 (not sure what this means and the lion stout website is currently under construction)

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass

Price - $45.99/case

Appearance: Pours dark with a three finger lite tan head. Creamy and Looks delicious.

Smell: Burnt malts. Some licorice with a hint of booze.

Taste: Bitter chocolate with mocha flavor. Nice hop balance.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced not too thin, not too chewy.

Drinkability: Can drink several of these in a row without it getting too heavy or sweet. I keep this one available year round.

Pretty decent beer and the price isn't bad either. I've had their lager and didn't care for it. This is clearly the flagship for this brewery.

Photo of Murph
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark brown/black with only the slightest of light getting around the edges and a nice brown head. The nose has a lot of sweet malt and chocolate aromas along with some slightly alcoholic notes. The taste starts off with some huge sweet chocolatey notes and some slightly biscuity malt. As the brew progresses there is a slightly earthy/smoky taste that emeges as the brew finishes. There is a nice creamy quality to this beer that makes it nice and smooth and rather drinkable. I'm not sure if this one deserves the attention that it gets from Michael Jackson but it is a nice stout that makes a great desert brew with its sweetness.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.