Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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2.95/5 rDev -24.9%
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a dense, creamy, initially four-finger thick, deeply brown stained, full tan colored head. The beer is a full black color that shows just a flash of ruby to it when held up directly to the light. Weird, the aroma is quite weird; buttery, but with an almost chemical undercurrent. What is weird is that this might not be diacetyl, this is the most likely culprit, but for some reason it just seems a bit different than your typical diacetyl signature. Buttered popcorn aromas clearly dominate, but there is just a hint of roast character noticeable towards the finish.
Quite sweet with a fairly agreeable flavor until the finish which has a phenolic, chemical edge to it. The body has a nice fullness to it as well as a nice soft, chocolate tasting, roast grain flavor to it. That strange buttery note is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor, but the chemical note still manages to mute my enjoyment of this beer pretty significantly.
This is newly arrived in Arizona, so I don't understand why this is so bad; and to be honest the flavors of this beer seem pretty fresh, it is just that there are also some significantly off components to this beer as well.
08-20-2008 04:12:50 | More by Gueuzedude
3/5 rDev -23.7%
12oz can poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours almost pitch black in color. Some tan froth and lacing.
(S)- A raisin heavy roasted maltiness; almost smoky on the finish.
(T)- Again, quite heavy on the raisin with subtle molasses combined with an almost smoky but roasted malt profile.
(M)- A smooth carbonation level. A good malty balance that is a bit on the lighter side but plenty of flavor.
(O)- An easy drinking stout with smooth and mellow carbonation. Surprised this came in cans.
06-04-2013 19:49:08 | More by sweemzander
3/5 rDev -23.7%
Lion Stout in a can. It's gotta be done.
Pours a pretty thick blackness. Head is notable; beautiful notes of brown and tan. Loose and and little filmy. Excellent crown to a big black stout. Smell is a little sour; some vinegar, coffee notes, molasses. Not the typical stout smell; sweeter, a little sour, no oak, vanilla or bourbon notes to be found. Taste follows smell pretty closely. This definitely has a sweet edge to it. I also get some grape skins in the taste. The main roasted malt taste is upfront, which gives way pretty quickly to a sweet/sour and tinny finish. Some coffe and cocoa detectable. Not bad, interesting tastes, not a stout I'd drink very often. I can see drinking this fresh off the tap on a tropical island, beachin it up.
Has a distinct sour bite to it I don't care for. Don't know if it's a bad can; is that possible? I seem to like it much more out of the bottle.
04-23-2011 05:30:25 | More by SamN
3/5 rDev -23.7%
Poured from a 12oz can into a goose island matilda goblet. In the air the pour stream is a very dark brown but once in the glass becomes enough to be opaque / black. The head is a light brown and very tall so the carbonation must be somewhat high. Head reduced to a lumpy foam then dissipated completely in a short time. Smell is light, not too rich or outstanding. Taste is somewhat light and sweet and not really anything amazing as far as I'm concerned. Not a bad beer but not really what I would look for in a stout. To each their own I suppose. Drinkability is high as the abv is not too high and the mouthfeel is smooth and easy. The beer rolls across the tongue lightly with the bubbles biting just a little bit. Overall drinkable, but not my cup of tea (or beer). Was worth the try.
12-28-2009 01:12:40 | More by BigDank
United Kingdom (Wales)
3/5 rDev -23.7%
Poured int Sam Adams Sensory Glass.
Pours an opaque black, slightly brown around the edges of the glass. Pours a tan head the leaves good splattered lacing about the glass.
Aroma is very smokey. I smelt something like teriyaki sauce and it reminded me a lot of Sam Adams Triple Bock. It was very malty.
Taste was pretty much identical to the smell. It was was too smokey and nothing I enjoyed very much.
Mouthfeel was very creamy, but I couldn't withhold the taste so I couldn't keep it in my mouth too long. There was no alcohol present and it had decent carbonation.
Overall this is probably my least favorite stout to date. I don't plan on buying or drinking another one of these.
02-21-2009 21:53:02 | More by mothman
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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