Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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4/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours black as night, with a light tan head that laceswell and dissapates to a one finger static cap.
Smells boozy, and sweet, possibly of raisins and molasses. Can't detect much else, but raisin sweetness is very strong.
Taste is of very toasty malt chocolate, with that molasses in the background, and a little bit of bitterness in the finish. Quite pleasing and clean for the style, and really nicely sweet at the beginning of the sip. 8.8% abv makes itself known just a little bit in the breath initially, and helps the flavor out a lot. Coffee hints in the after-swallow breath, which is nice.
Mouth feel is tingly and thick, and drinkability is not fantastic due to the abv and boozy taste, but still pretty good for the style. Bonus points for the awesome lion picture on the bottle art, very Sri Lankan of them.
02-01-2011 09:30:42 | More by madvermin
4/5 rDev +1.8%
A - Black with a creamy one and a half finger head that is fairly short lived.
S - Dates, honey, molasses and faint soy sauce, but it meshes well.
T - There is a bit of chocolate and burnt malt flavor. Some faint lemony sour citrus notes make an appearance. Good.
M - Thin to medium viscosity, smooth and refreshing. Velvety comes to mind.
D - This goes down like water and completely masks the abv. It is defintely worth a try.
09-16-2006 21:23:04 | More by mrasskicktastic
4.01/5 rDev +2%
A: Pitch black with a creamy mocha colored head that leaves sticky lacing all around the beer. Looks really nice and the way a stout should look like.
S: Smells like mocha, cocoa, vanilla latte, raisins, and roasted coffee. It's a very pleasant and sweet smell that isn't very strong and comes with a variety of smells. For an almost 9% beer it's great that there's no alcohol smell at all.
T: It tastes exactly like it smells and there is hardly any alcohol flavor there. You get the roasted notes almost immediately followed by that coffee/mocha flavor and then some of the alcohol. It ends slightly bitter but not enough to overwhelm.
MF: Heavy and with a semi dry finish bitter finish.
O: I thought this was a great beer. I wasn't expecting much from it for some reason but upon tasting it it was great. It's pretty strong and the fact that the alcohol taste isn't very obvious is a huge plus. Would definitely have it again.
01-17-2014 06:16:55 | More by Weston19
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Received in the May shipment of my beer of the month club.
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Appearance: Black (or at least exceedingly dark brown) and opaque with a nice tan head and significant lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, molasses, coffee, burnt malt.
Taste: Chocolate, coffee, molasses and some alcohol. Kind of reminds me of dark rum. Little bit of a sugary alcohol aftertaste that I am not a fan of.
Feel: Chewy and somewhat thick. Relatively low carbonation and quite smooth. Oily feel detracts slightly.
Drinkability: Very easy sipper; almost too easy considering the 8%.
06-02-2009 00:56:45 | More by bsp77
United Kingdom (England)
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. Picked up cheap from my local beer specialist (short-dated). I've been meaning to try this one for a while.
Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle-conditioning results in plenty of chunky yeast residue. An exceptionally dark reddish-brown hue with minimal light penetration. Produces a large head of creamy brown foam with good retention; this remains for a few minutes before subsiding. A rich aroma of sweet dark malt - notes of dried fruit, brown sugar, roasted grain, chocolate and booze.
Tastes of sweet roasted malt with a mild bitterness. Notes of dried fruit, molasses, fruit cake and cocoa, in addition to faint hints of coffee, burnt grain and stewed hops. A dry, rounded finish with a warming hint of alcohol and a lingering sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and spicy, with tingly carbonation. Somewhat astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of rich dark malt.
Very nice - rich, thick and sweet. A well-balanced blend of flavours make this stout stand out, while the body does the style justice. A great beer to round off a session. Add this to your must-try list.
03-26-2012 00:17:25 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours dark almost black into the glass with a massive mocha colored head. Great looking beer.
Lots of stuff going on on the nose that seems to add some complexity: roasted malts, butterscotch, bourbon and faint coffee.
The palate is different than what I was expecting from the nose. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, hops hit hard on the back end with a boozy aftertaste lingering. There is something else I can't place. Very distinct flavor that I've never had before. Like it.
Full body that is light on carbonation. thick and creamy feel.
This is a nice stout with a real distinctive taste that stands out. A great sipper that is good to have around during these cold winter months.
01-21-2011 04:17:16 | More by haddon
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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