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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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89
very good

876 Reviews
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Reviews: 876
Hads: 1,528
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 62
Gots: 96 | 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

The dark caramel, large dense headed brew, with its 8.8% alcoholic content, is unique due to its sweet notes of chocolate and coffee interspersed into a foundation of dark roasted barley. Symbolic black to denote leadership, power, focus and strength, is dominant in the labeling as the lion journeys in the twilight unafraid, unbowed and unchallenged.
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Photo of EPseja
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed Lion glass from a 12oz can at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Dark, sepia brown with a creamy tight-bubbled cocoa-colored head. Very good retention and patchy, sporadic lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with background notes of raisins, soy and smoke.

T - Nicely smoky, like a slow-burning campfire. Almost burnt coffee sweetness up front followed by a slightly "stale" and mellow middle and a medium dry finish with warming alcohol and an aftertaste of charred dark fruits.

M - Thick and creamy as would be expected. Carbonation is tingly at first, but smooths out for a thick and satisfying finish.

D - A delicious choice for those who like a stout with a big, smoky character. Would also be a good find for devotees of rauchbier. Very enjoyable as a wintertime warmer, or a nightcap. (836 characters)

Photo of pumarocks
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the king of the jungle when it comes to stout! This is a great brew from Sri Lanka of all places. I picked this up at the Wine Cellar in Kenwood, OH. If has a deep rich chocolate/roasted coffee flavor that I associate with this style. It has good head retention and solid mouthfeel. so far, it is the best stout I have tasted. (334 characters)

Photo of righthereisay
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single at the 6 pack shop in Mt. Lebanon, PA (Brews Brothers)

11.2 oz Bottle poured into a Tervis Tumbler (OK, stop laughing, it does a good job keeping it cold)

Appearance: Pours very dark, not much head. Almost looks like Coca Cola

Smell: Doesn't smell too much like alcohol, which is surprising considering the 8%. Nice licorice / chocolate / coffee type of smell.

Taste: Not bitter, nice flavor. Maybe a little too much carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Very good. Nice body.

Drinkability: This can be deadly. Goes down way too smooth considering the 8%.

Nice price. Will definitely try again. (607 characters)

Photo of Musky
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark reddish color with a massive head that has tight and large bubbles that lace the glass as they recede into the beer. A nice bottle with different shaped labels which is a change from most countries. You receive a nice whiff of chocolate malt when first stick your nose in intialy. Smooth with a roast character that melds around the tongue, you can definitely pickup the alcohol taste which warms you through and through. An excellent interpretation of this great style from a surprising country. (514 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. (330 ml) bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, nearly black and completely opaque. The head formed creamy and light brown, 1-2 fingers thick, and faded into a thin layer that clung to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Sweet roasted caramel and chocolate malt, a little alcohol as well.

Taste: Coffee and dark chocolate flavors up front, some bitter hops come through in the middle as the beer warms, I couldn't identify them, oh well. The finish is of dark chocolate, semi-sweet, almost bitter, and lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, fairly thick but still smooth. The carbonation was more lively than I expected, but it balanced things nicely.

Overall: Excellent. I really enjoyed this one, and will definitely go back for more. (827 characters)

Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.00.

A: Cold coffee brown with garnet edges and luscious 1-2 finger German chocolate cake colored head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Fresh sweet milk chocolate aromas mingle with cold coffee, leafy, tobacco-ish hops, and abundant dark roasted malts. The sweetness has a milky quality.

T: The flavor is exceptional and intense for the style with big roasted, dark malt with slight lactose note followed by molasses, a short burst of coffee, and a chocolatey creaminess finished decisively with tobacco, leafy, earthy hoppiness which is a great touch to this fine underrated brew.

M: Medium-full in body with a solid smoothness and exceptionally well-hidden alcohol and a long, long aftertaste of leafy hops and mocha.

D: A fantastic stout with numerous aromas and flavors that form a cohesive whole that is a fine brew and a fabulous value for the contents. (1,011 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a unique take on a stout..reminds me of a baltic porter in some ways but not quite as full bodied or thick...

Black...whisp of a tan head..

Nose has some fruitiness and also a good dose of molasses sweetness

Full bodied but not ultra big like Bells Expedition...smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

A different tasting stout than most...the roasted malts are evident but this also has a uniquie combination of light fruitiness and sweetness (molasses like)...also some sweet milk chocolate like notes....finishes slightly dry leaving you craving another sip...

I like this one a lot...the ABV is hidden...it's highly drinkable...I could see getting in trouble sucking back about six of these in an hour if I wasn't careful...reminds me a little of Sam Smiths Imperial stout (789 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours jet black in the glass. Moussy, tan head holds up quite nicely. Leaves some splotchy lacing.

S - unique for a foreign stout - you've got your basic roast, but also some interesting earthiness, tobacco and smoke.

T - Smoky, sweet dense malt to start. There are all sorts of complex earthy, roasty flavours that really round things out. Long roasty finish with more smoke. As the beer warms, the malt sweetness becomes more evident and brings some dark fruit flavours to the forefront, while the roast and smoke fall into the background.

M - creamy, mouth filling, but not thick. Gentle carbonation, soothing alcohol is mild. Just about perfect for the base beer.

D - I'm hella impressed with this one, wish I had bought more than just a 6-pack.

Never heard of this beer until I saw it sitting on a shelf in Fargo, ND. I did a quick BA search via my phone in the store, and saw it had solid reviews, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

This kicks the crap out of anything I've tasted from England or Ireland in terms of a Foreign or even Imperial Stout. The smoke doesn't dominate, but it's presence is certainly obvious and blends in quite well. What makes this stout stand out from the others is the smooth, complex flavours that are still bold... I find the "bold" part to be missing from most "classic" examples. Incredible stuff. (1,346 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque inky black with a tan head that leaves envious lacing.

Roasty & yeasty with a hint of that foriegn extra sourness. Very malty roasty nose that seems to good to be true. Coffee semi sweet chocolate and a nice layering of tart souring that remind one of the old sour mash bourbon. WOW this rivals the untouchable guiness foreign extra for sure.

Thick and creamy roasty goodness leads the way. Nice chocolatey dark coffee goodness leads to a dry roasted grain. Again with the hint of sour dryness that leaves one longing for more.

Full and dry, wow this beer rocks the house.

When availible on draft and fresh, buy mass quanities. (648 characters)

Photo of drxandy
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625ml to tulip glass, pours a deep dark opaque black/brown with a hint of red in light, creamy tan head retains excellently eventually fading to lacing

smells of plums, raisins, brown sugar, yeastly goodness, smells sweet and complex

taste is of sweet dark fruit at the start blending into chocolatey depth and wonderful complexity, almost sherry like, malts are solid, roasty and complimenting the sweetness, licorice, coffee presence, alcohol is present but masked well.

mouthfeel is slightly bitter, roasty, sweet, low carbonation, very nice indeed

paired with scharffen berger 70% cacao dark chocolate wonderfully :D (624 characters)

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice dark reddish/light blackish color with a light brown creamy two finger head.

Smells of very sweet dark roasted malts. Hint of toffe, with some spicyness in there.

Exceptionally smooth, creamy, toffe like taste to it with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and had the right amount of carbonation.

I would say you could kick back a couple of these due to its smoothness and well balance, plus you cant really taste the alcohol (460 characters)

Photo of Shovelbum
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big creamy mocha head over a deep black body. Outstanding lace and head retention. Aromas of vinous fruit, toasted malt, coffee and a hint of hops. Initial flavors of vinous fruit are soon joined by coffee, chocolate and roasted malt and a lingering toasted biscuit-character. Sweet, but not syrupy, with a faint trace of a hop bitterness lending it some balance. Warming alcohol is noticeable, but doesn’t detract from the flavor. Full-bodied with light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel from start to finish with a faint lingering bitterness. Coats the mouth and throat.

A beautiful well-crafted beer from Sri Lanka of all places. Multiple layers of flavor with a nice alcohol backbone. South Asia’s finest beer—by a long shot. (739 characters)

Photo of zosoworm
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Mocha and Toffee up front with a toasty and caramel behind. A little alcohol warming as well.

Appearance: Black with a hint of copper. Dark tan head that last a good while.

Flavor: Sweetness on the tongue. Chocolate and toffee flavors. Moves to a dry finish and a caramel after taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy.

Overall: Nicely balanced. Good dark stout to drink on a cold night. (400 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dense black color with a thick creamy head that settles slowly. Lots of tan lace left in its wake.

Aroma gives off a sweetness like fresh cream; graham cracker; cherry pipe tobacco; roasted nuts; toffee. Subtle coffee in the background. The aroma seems to move from good to great as it warms.

Smokiness hits first, with chocolate, coffee, cherry, toffee, vanilla and graham cracker swirling around in the mix. Simply delicious.

Feels just a tad over-carbonated for the style and flavors. It's not thick, but doesn't need to be, maintaining a pleasing airy butteriness.

A bit dry, very smooth, and extremely well-incorporated 8% alcohol. A very good stout. Would be an excellent introduction to someone just discovering the style. (754 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep, opaque black color. Large, thick, creamy brown head with very good retention and lacing. Certainly looks the part.

S: Molasses, sharp prune sweetness, coffee and dark chocolate are most noticeable. Definite alcohol aroma as well. A somewhat leathery nose, with vague hints of vanilla and smoke.

T: Sweet brown sugar and prunes up front, with coffee/dark chocolate lurking in the background. An almost lactic undertone as well. Some earthy hops give a bit of a bite and work well with the mocha flavors. A definite leathery/dried fruit nature to this one.

M: Actually much lighter in body than you might expect at first. Smooth and creamy, with subdued carbonation. Just a hint of dryness at the finish.

D: This one sips very, very easily. I actually wouldn't have minded it being a little thicker and chewier, with a fuller body. It's super easy to drink and very tasty. Count me as a fan. (908 characters)

Photo of Mayhem976
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, unable to pass light through my glass as I hold it up to the light. Has a medium tan size head that fades quickly with small fingers.

S- Strong coffee smell, finishes off with a slight semi sweet chocolate smell. On smell alone I have to say this is the best smelling stout I've ever had the pleasure of inhaling.

T- Strong coffee and hop flavor, finishes with a "slight" bit of sweetness but not a chocolate sweetness which I would have loved.

M- Medium thickness with slight carbonation.

D- Great stout from Sri Lanka, almost perfect! (554 characters)

Photo of migwell
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I probably tend to over-rate this stout, having spent a year and a half cycling through Southern Asia, but it stands out so much compared to the general run of lackluster beers and second rate stouts that the difference is quite dramatic.

In a geographical area where finding even an 'adequate' beer is problematic, to tumble on a world class stout was a very pleasant shock. I never found this on tap, which I imagine would have been even better, but it ranks second in my experience to a nicely pulled Guinness pint in a pub in Ireland. (540 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ebony with an attractive camel head. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Colour is dark as midnight. Smells like a good stout should. Roasty malts, coffee, prunes, and hints of Belgian chocolate. Mouthful is a rewarding combo of thick and creamy perfection.

Taste is more complex than the nose, as dried fruits(prunes and raisins) and a touch of hops make their entrance. Very satisfying from start to finish.

Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, had a bunch of these and advertised the Michael Jackson accolades. The Vintage Cellar also posts the Top 50 BA ratings, and had a few Westy 12's when I stoppee by. I'll review the Westy later.

Lion Stout is a worthy concoction. Thoroughly enjoyable and English in character. Deserving of its praise. (772 characters)

Photo of adsomers
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went from having a dismissive attitude about this beer to considering it a favorite. That it is so cheap and accessible is a welcome bonus.

I'll skip the detailed review and just say that it ain't your everyday stout. It has.a fruity sweetness to it but is not overly rich. There's a sight tartness to it that make it quite refreshing IMO. The head is creamy and leaves a nice lace. Most of all, this beer is digestible, like a good abbey or Trappist ale.

Highly recommended but leave yuor expectations at the door. (521 characters)

Photo of Greg_MacLeod
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown to black color with thick caramel colored foam.

Sweet toasty malt smell.

There are a lot of different flavors going on in this beer. It starts out with a carmel / chocolate / fruity sweetness, lots of malt grain flavor, and just enough bitter coffee and hops flavor for a great finish. Every sip is a treat.

Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Well suited for a stout.

Overall this is one of my absolute favorite stouts. It has great flavor and wonderful drinkability. A single serving of this will cost you a small fortune where I live in Thailand, but it is a fortune well spent. (609 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice find from Bottleworks in Seattle. 625ml bottle. Coal black with a sturdy brown head that took up nearly 3/4 of my Lion tulip glass. This one needs a slow, gentle pour. Does not give off a cola-like appearance I've found in other export stouts.

Decent stout smell. Roasted malts, traces of chocolate and mocha. Slightly sweet wine smell. Not nearly as sweet as Dragon Stout, and much more in-line with what I expect from any stout.

Taste wise, this does not disappoint. Rich roasted malt flavour, with a good dose of dark chocolate and hints of black coffee. Lacks the sweet cola notes of Dragon; again, this is more what I expected from an export stout. No traces of alcohol.

Great mouthfeel; good, thick body with minimal carbonation. Easy to drink, even from this size of bottle. A nice rich export stout. I look forward to having more of this in the future. (876 characters)

Photo of thepeter
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my favorite Stouts hands down for quite a while. Pours a lamost pitch black with a thich dense tan head leaving velvety lacing and a thin remnance of a head. Aromas of Roasted barley dominate, coffee and cocoa come up big and, nut, raisin, and alcohol round it out a bit as well. Taste also sees a lot of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. The chocolate is there but it is a dry cocoa taste and the sweetness seems to be a bit of dark fruit. The aftertaste is perfect. Dry and clean, and the alcohol is not very noticable.
This beer feels great in my mouth perfect bubbles that coat the tongue and clense the palate. A great Beer to pair with dessert (making my store bought vanilla cookies 10 time better!) For the style I think it is one of, if not the most drinkable example. I am very glad to be able to find this easily once again. (867 characters)

Photo of starsbleedblue
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a-jet black in color with a thick caramel colored head
s- very sweet smelling, like a malty mocha with some vanilla notes
t- super rich espresso and chocolate... its like dessert in a bottle:)
m- thick, creamy, and velvety smooth
d- this is already one of my favorites so ill definitely be having it again (305 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black into the pub pint glass, with a surprising amount of fizzy carbonation. So, far, not like any stout I've had before. Got a good two and a half inches of mocha head, almost to the point of overflowing the lip of the glass. Head died quickly, leaving some spotty lacing and a thin film.

The most immediate aroma is booze. Subsequent sniffs reveal roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, but the booze is still there.

The taste is another surprise. Smooth, not harsh as the smell would indicate. Silky, but a little watery mouthfeel. I get burnt coffee and malt on the tongue, with a booze bite on the finish. Not harsh, though. Settled on smooth: taste and feel.

The high ABV is noticed halfway through.

This one comes highly recommended by a few folks, and the guy at the bottleshop offered to buy it back if I didn't like it. They were all correct. This one should be on the must-have list for anyone who's a fan of stouts. (943 characters)

Photo of DerekP
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as expected with brown floaties (such a poor choice of words, I know) that tell me this brew is left unfiltered. A creamy, tan head sits atop and looks delicious. Remarkable lacing does its thing from the pour.

Smells rich with dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee beans and alcohol. Dried prunes & figs (smell is outstanding).

Taste embodies characteristics in the smell with a smoky, burnt contour; so rich. Warmth from the alcohol (8.8% ABV). Oily hops brighten the taste & lighten up the taste buds. I welcome the creamy, heavy body. The flavors allow an otherwise mild swiss cheese to expose its better attributes. I can't get enough of the smoky, burnt aspect to this brew. It even washes down smoothly.

If someone can think of a negative remark in regards to this stout's quality, I'm all ears, but I certainly won't be jotting anything down. Simply outstanding. (886 characters)

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
89 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.