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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,331 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 42 | 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 UncleFlip
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, nearly black, with chestnut and ruby edges and a strong dark tan head.

Smell is roasty and sweet, with just a hint of hops and spice.

Taste is a strong roasty/smoky flavour, full of deep, dark molasses and malty flavours.

Carbonation hits high and low at the same time, but is tight and fast. Liquid is medium viscosity.

This one feels very balanced, making it quite drinkable.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of MoustacheHero
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A canned beer from Sri Lanka? I'm skeptical... Sri Lanka, formerly Su Lan. It was about 3 in the morning and I was looking for 1000 brown M&M's to fill a brandy glass, but back to the beer.

A: This can of motor oil poured pitch black into my glass with a milk chocolate head.

S: A faint smell of sweet malt, coffee and hot liquor.

T: An amazing strong flavor of coffee, caramel, fig, and hot liquor. A real surprise.

M: A big body, light on carbonation, high on creaminess and sticky syrup.

O: A mind blowing beer from a can. Like it dark and big? Then wrestle this Lion.

MoustacheHero, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Loki
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with a rich caramel colored head. Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate and mocca. The smell carries through to the taste promissing a semi-sweet chocolate but finishing with a bitter coffee flavor. There is a mild hoppiness throughout The head lasted quite a while. The beer finishes smooth. A very nice stout.

Loki, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark body. Jet black. Aromas are immediate coffee, molasses, raisin bread, sugars, with flavours of raisin bread, chocolate, and LOTS of coffee. Very well balanced. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol not noticable. One of the great stouts of the world. A rare gem at the LCBO.

mrmanning, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625 ML dark brown bottle. From the label I see it has won 5 international awards. Poured into a an Imperial Pint, the beer is black with garnet highlights and a massive coco colored head. Decent lacing.

When I opened the bottle I got a big whiff of alcohol, but when I smell the beer in the glass, I get molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits and roasted malts.

Nice roasted taste. It is sweet with plums, black cherries, coffee notes & brown sugar . The aftertaste is slightly dry and almost chalk like. Some raisin taste emerges about ½ way through.

The mouth is silky with very low levels of carbonation. This is a nice stout. The 8% keeps it from being sessionable, but this an enjoyable sipper. Where did the alcohol go? Great job by the brewer to mask it.

Great value at $2.99 a bottle.

Redrover, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shows a really low fill line. Also a fair amount of setiment on the bottom.
Aroma is a pretty simple dark malt with a roast quality. A little coffee and a little fruit.
Really nice looking beer. Black a pitch with burgundy hues. Nice full rich tan head with good lacing.
Nice chocolately quality, especially mid to finish. Roast throughout. Well balanced dryness with the bitterness. Pleasing long finish. 8% alcohol is well hidden. There is occassionally a slight metallic taste.
Adequate thickness. Carbonation adds fullness with a bit of softness.
Michael Jackson has quotes on the bottle label that describes many aspects of this beer pretty well. Flavor was consistent throughout the drink, i.e. temperature didn't enhance the quality of the taste.

garymuchow, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend is all about this beer, so I thought it was time to sit down and finally give it a chance.

A- Very black in color with a thick and creamy light brown head. This is not as dark as they come, but it does absorb light. The head has very good retention.

S- Very sweet and English smelling with some chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Not super roasty. I also pick up hints of vanilla and anise. Very refreshing smelling

T- Not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. There is a lot more of a roasty flavor than there is in the nose, but it is actually really interesting. This has quite the milk stout characteristic to it.

M- Luxuriously creamy. The carbonation is just right here.

D- It is a tad on the sweet side, but it is a very enjoyable beer, and even more interesting since it came from Sri Lanka.

david131, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of ypsifly
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 625ml with a best before date printed on the glass of Feb '05.

Pours jet black with a khaki colored head that leaves good lacing as it fell.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, slight hops and a touch of alcohol.

Pretty much tastes like it smells with the chocolate notes being more pronounced but its still balanced. Nice long finish. I found the mouthfeel a tad light for the style, but it doeasn't suffer for it. Quite drinkable for an abv of 8%.

I picked up a few bottles for $2.99 a piece at Huckleberry's in Ypsilanti. According to the owner this one might be hard to find in the future as the well this brewery uses became contaminated in the wake of the tsunami disaster. I hope that's just a rumor because this is a killer brew.

ypsifly, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of IPAescotch
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Molasses black color, poured like molasses too. Thick with a and syrupy with a large beige head disappearing quickly. Some sparse lacing

Smells like tree bark. Well roasted coffee.

Tastes the same as smell, with a touch of metal.

A chewable beer. Consistency somewhere between coffee and espresso.

Drinkable for the abv

IPAescotch, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours black and completely opaque. There is a one inch light brown head that forms on the pour and it lingers with excellent retention leaving some spoty lace behind as it receeds.

The aroma is nice and oh so familiar. There are some nice malty tones with a dark and rich chocolate aroma accompanied by a touch of coffee. It's lightly sweet on the nose as well.

The taste is fine. There is some chocolate and coffee. There's a nice smokiness as well. It's a little phenolic on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly efforvescent.

The drinkability is moderate to high. The flavor profile is pleasing enough making for an easy sipper. The ABV is pushing the high end, but it's well incorporated. Overall it's a decent beer.

Goliath, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Hex92
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. It looks like it should in the glass. Dark with a nice head. It has a hint of chocolate in its aroma. Goes down smooth. Who knew that a damn fine beer could come out of Sri Lanka. I think this has to be one of my favorite stouts.

Hex92, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of clvand0
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate with a little bit of fruit and roasted malts thrown in. The flavor is much the same - chocolate, little roasted and a hint of raisin. Moderate body and slightly creamy. Drinks really easily for the alcohol level.

clvand0, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this from Julio's.

A - Poured into a duvel tulip a great deep oily almost clear though black hue with a soft mocha head that leave great haloing and clouding.

S - Big chocolate, brown sugars, roasted malts, and some dark fruits.

T - Similar to the nose, there is a great rich, roasty malt flavor that gives way to sweet almost fruitiness. There is a slight bitterness at the end as well.

M - Nice mouthfeel. The ABV is nicely hidden, good carbonation, sweet in the mouth. Good finish.

O - Nice foreign stout here. Quite accessable but I kinda liked Guiness more than this one.

rudzud, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lion Stout pours a dark, opaque, espresso brown, with a light brown creamy head. The scent is surprisingly minimal with the rich flavor that follows. Chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops and a moderate duration of fine tingling on the tongue. It finishes smooth.

This is a very reasonably priced, relatively complex but, very drinkable stout. What is most surprising is that it is from Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

Internatbrewlove, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of brantadid
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very, very dark brown, almost black with a solid 2 finger head that was cocoa in color. It diminished toa bout a finger within a minute. Further diminished to a thin by frothy film over the top of the beer. Very nice lacing.

Smells of roatsted malts and cocoa or mocha.

Taskes of sweet malts on the front palate. Mocha and chocolate flavors follow throught the mid palate, and ending with a slight bitterness on the back palate. Some smokiness presents. Many layers of flavor in this beer.

Nice fizzy quality to this beer from a slightly higher carbonation. Not a completely creamy mouthfeel but not thin either. It falls somewhere inbetween.

Overall, a very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

brantadid, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of drizzam
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No discernible freshness date.

A - OPAQUE dark brown/black in color topped by a creamy one finger tan head. Head retention is excellent and a frothy wall of lacing is left down the inside of my glass.

S - Dark malt abounds in the nose, with plenty of bitter chocolate and maybe a hint of dark fruit, raisins or figs perhaps?

T & M - The dark bitter chocolate I smelled in the nose is certainly present on the palate. There is also an underlying sweet, almost fruity taste that lingers in the background. Medium bodied, maybe not as chewy as I would have liked but not bad.

D - A very good stout, and it certainly is unique compared to other stouts I have partaken in. A little higher ABV, but that is a characteristic of foreign stouts. This is certainly a delicious offering from Lion brewery...one I would certainly recommend.

drizzam, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of mcsquint
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass.
A - Opaque black in color with thick,foamy, tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.
S - Malt with a bit of milky chocolate.
T - Dark roasted malt,with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Not much in the way of hops.
M - Slick, very little carbonation.
D - Very tasty. 8% ABV. A bit pricey though $10.496 pack. There are better stouts for the money.

mcsquint, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of MrWilliams
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The simple design of the can is what caught my eye originally. Very little information provided just a sleek black can with red lettering saying Lion Stout, and a picture, you guessed it, of a lion.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

A 4.0) Poured easy received about a two finger head, mocha, colored that died down quickly. Deep opaque brown, and when held to the light only the barest amount shone through the edges. no lacing to speak of, the slightest bit that did present itself quickly vanished.

S 3.75) Dominant raisin smell with undertones of burnt toast. Just a touch of smoke but it's almost an after thought.

T 4.25) Served cold straight from the fridge. To begin with dark chocolate was the dominant flavor. A bit of slightly burnt toast presented itself on the finish and no hop presence. After letting it warm up a bit raisins became dominant. Chocolate still lingered and and toast became a bit more evident, overall the flavor reminds me of a cola with just a bit extra syrup but without the sweetness.

M 3.75) Mouthfeel is fair to middlin'. Not as heavy as many imperial stouts but nowhere near as watery as some of your basic stouts. Carbonation was very evident and almost tickled the nose on the first few sips but mellowed out a bit as the glass emptied. Still it lingered with a slight tingle on the tongue.

O 4.0) Quite enjoyable. I haven't looked yet to see the availability of this beer but my beer guy said it was the first time they had had it in two years. If I can find it more though I think that this could become a staple. Easy to drink with a middlin' ABV content of 8.8%.

MrWilliams, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before Jan. 2015 and served at cellar temperature. I grabbed a bottle of this while leaving for a camping trip a few years ago and rather enjoyed it, but for obvious reasons neglected to post a review at the time. This is the first time I've seen it since.

Pours a deep black colour; completely opaque, and topped with one finger of dense, dark tan-coloured head with a silky-smooth texture. It gradually wilts away over a period of minutes, with the eventual remnants consisting of a thin cap/collar and an unbroken curtain of lace. The aroma is a little subdued but fairly intriguing, with notes of caramelized sugar, molasses, milk chocolate and coffee, as well as fruitier hints of raisin and red licorice candy. The alcohol is detectable, but blends nicely with the other elements.

This is a pleasant-tasting, no-nonsense strong stout with a simple, balanced flavour profile - and it's growing on me more with each sip. Roasted malt flavours abound here, with treacle and burnt sugar providing a constant underlying sweetness. It's not overpoweringly sweet, though, with baker's chocolate, roasted coffee and some raisin/dark fruit to distract you, and a lingering, almost herbal finish that includes a touch of smoke and anise. The mild ethanol warmth works seamlessly here. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy feel on the palate and gentle carbonation levels. Unexpectedly drinkable - I could see myself downing 2-3 bottles of this in a night with little effort.

Final Grade: 4.04, an excellent A-. I am far from an authority on export stouts, mostly because very few of them are exported to Ontario. Still, I know what I want from a strong stout - and Sinha manages to deliver in spades. Big roasted malt flavours, with good balance and well-integrated alcohol is enough to earn this one a solid grade and some repeat purchases from myself. At $2.50 a bottle, Sinha Stout is very affordable, and something that no self-respecting stout fan should skip.

thehyperduck, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of BeerWizard
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A majestic and determined lion runs at you from the shield shaped label. Back label also has a quote from Michael Jackson seemingly touting this beer, so I guess that's a good sign. Poured into a tulip, black with a 2" head that had some stay to it.

The nose on this is roasty and smoky, chocolate, and tobacco which starts to delve into a barnyard element. Taste follows the nose as much as it can but is predominantly chocolate, and the high abv gives it like a chocolate liqueur-like quality. That being said the alcohol isn't very noticeable in either the aroma or flavor, it's just super smooth, light carbonation, medium-heavy mouthfeel.

I like this quite a bit and would handily get this again. Really good stout - one of my favorites that I've had this year.

BeerWizard, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an inky black color, with a thich and fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty solid lacing.

This beer has a bittersweet chocolate aroma. I can detect some coffee also. It has a slightly caramel like aroma.

This beer tastes like it smells. Chocolatr and coffee are dominate. It has some molasses flavor to it as well.

This beer is pretty well balanced. The carbonation fits the style perfectly. It leaves a chocolatey aftertaste.

This beer would make a pretty good session beer. The flavor is great, and so smooth. The 8% ABV might be a problem though.

Overall: This beer was much better than I expected. I enjoyed it a lot. I would have it again.

OStrungT, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Other than a hint of ruby around the edges, almost no light passes through the brown-black body. It's topped by a thick pile of fairly well-retained fine mocha foam. Some lacing. There's a very deep fruit aroma, like prunes and berries. Roasted notes give the impression of chocolate. Molasses. Alcohol is present in the nose, giving the scent a boozy character. It tastes of semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, plums, and a hint of black coffee. While there is some roasted bitterness lasting well into the finish, this stout leans toward sweet. Alcohol noticeable, but less prominent than in the nose. Balanced. Medium-full bodied with fairly smooth carbonation. Very easy drinking for such a strong beer. A nice beer to relax with after supper on a fall or winter evening.

mintjellie, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of jbowers56
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a formidable black with a dark tan head. Lacing is really good, head retention is not amazing though.

A beer that I've had a lot before so I'm pretty familiar with this. A kind of dried cocoa scent, if that makes sense, dominates the nose. Coffee and roasted malts are there too, along with some caramel. Alcohol is just noticeable, and a raisin/dried plum aroma peeks through if you sniff hard enough! Could be a bit more juicy in the aroma.

This beer is just straight up good, and amazing value for money. Bitter cocoa notes are there, as well as some richer, sweeter flavours like molasses and dark fruits. It doesnt stand out when compared to some other amazing high abv stouts, but it's a real cracker for the price.

Mouthfeel is very very good indeed. Creamy and rich, but not even close to overwhelming. Sits in the mouth for just the right amount of time, given the flavours that are there.

jbowers56, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice. This stout pours quite black and with a half inch of mocha foam atop. Head settles to a surface cap and offers a fair amount of lacing.

Nose is full of diluted chocolate, carob, some dark cherry and a touch of alcohol. Rather endearing and reminiscent of a baltic porter as much as a stout. Some coffee notes after a bit of exposure as well as some dark roasted malt notes.

Taste follows with chocolate and some dark fruit. A bit of roastiness is notable and lingers nicely on the finish. Alcohol is not noticeable in the flavor and reveals itself only on the nose as an aside. Has a slightly chewy texture as for the malt structure yet remains quite well balanced given the ABV. Otherwise offers a smooth and clean feel expected for the strength of the beer.

Overall a very flavorful beverage and I would surely try again. Both the style in general as well as this offering in particular.

HalfFull, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of dwalters
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got from Joe P. Been sitting on for about a year - Thanks Joe! The appearance is black with a light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Good lacing as I'm drinking it.
The aroma is a little coffee, a little chocolate and a port smell, kinda like cherries.
The taste is a little roasty, coffee and some bitter hitting the back of the tongue. Pretty good for sitting for a year. Don't taste chocolate but I'm getting a cherry or raisin taste.
The mouthfeel is creamy with a slight watery feel. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is soft.
A very good beer/stout.

dwalters, Nov 27, 2008
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.