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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,414 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,414
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 50
Gots: 61 | 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 kimcgolf
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque brown, as expected from a stout, with thick, pillowy tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma was a mixture of chocolate and toffee, all under the malty sweet umbrella. Flavor was very sweet, and most predominantly caramel, with a hint of chocolate. Because the body was fairly thin, the finish was slightly watery, but mostly a smooth aftertaste of sweet malty toffee and choclate. A good Stout.

Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lion Stout pours an opaque black with a thick tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mild, but has notes of chocolate and coffe. The taste also has chocolate and coffe notes. Nice thick mothfeel. An enjoyable stout. I would say it is definitely worth a try.

Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for this one for quite a while and was pumped to see it for a reasonable price at Belmont Party Supply when visiting buddies in Dayton, Ohio.

This export stout pours black to the core and represents with both foamy head and respectabe lacing. Almost picture perfect. Nose is dense and deep with stolid coffee and chocolate.

The taste repeats the chocolate and coffee barrage begun in the nose and finishes with a surprising burst of sourness. The texture is pleasant with thickness and fluidity both.

This is far better than I expected and probably the best Asian beer I've ever had, and I've had a bunch.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep black with large bubbles creating a thin tan head.

S - Chocolate with a slight hint of dark fruits.

T - Chocolate with dark fruits. Slightly sweet and roasty.

M - Very carbonated. Creamy but slightly on the heavy side due to the amount of carbonation.

D - This one goes down way too easy for 8%. Feels a little heavier than it is due to the heavy carbonation.

Photo of Jhun
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I was in the liqour store looking through the fairly large beer selection and I saw this by itself and in a six pack, so I decided to pick up the six for ten bucks.
I opened it up and poured it into a nice clear glass and danm me if it didn't look just perfect nice and dark like a stout should be.
It smelt strongly of chocolate to me and just a hint of alchohol just to where it was actually refreshing.
I thought it was a creamy texture and just like the smell a chocolaty flavour and a refreshing amount of alchohol with it to give it a nice bite.
I in the end got drunk off of it and Finnegans Irish amber. I really enjoyed every bit off it. As you can See I highly recomend it!!!

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber of 8% stout for $2.99? Might as well try it, I suppose.
It pours black, like black black, and is topped by a lively tan head that settles down to a skim but never completely disappears. Sticks to the side, too. So far, so good!
Aroma isn't as impressive. A bready nose to it. A little bit of chocolate malt peeks through, though.
The taste comes through, though. Nice and chocolaty. Dry baker's chocolate and maybe some coffee come through as well. A medium. Alcohol's not really noticable, and this brew has a nice, full taste. Mouthfeel's a little heavier than average, and carbonation is moderate. Everything comes together pretty well in this brew, and I'm impressed. Tastes about the same as a Rogue Mocha Porter for $2 less per bomber. Horray!

Photo of OldSock
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – 625 ml bottle from Half Time. What a head, tan, thick, creamy, long lasting and it leaves a solid sheet of lacing. The beer itself is opaque dark brown.

Smell – Subdued aroma, understated roast with some caramel and a distant vinous character. Hard to compare to any other beer that I have had.

Taste – Sweet toffee up front, mild flavor despite the high alcohol. Light chocolate roast, nowhere near as intense as in most other big stouts. Hopping in low, just enough to barely hold the sweetness back. There is also a mild acidity that increases the refreshing character of the beer, but that gets a bit old by the end of the big bottle.

Mouthfeel – Full and smooth despite medium-high carbonation for a stout.

Drinkability & Notes – Talk about a big summertime stout, this beer is exactly right for sipping on a warm evening. I am happy that this one seems to have made it to me in good condition, one of the tastier beers from Asia that I have had.

Photo of thelagerheads
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In between bites of my bologna and mustard sandwich and dabblings in the fine delicacies of M&Ms chocolates and swigs of Lion Stout I can't help but be reminded of St. Augustine: "All things that are corrupted are deprived of good. But if they are deprived of all good, they will cease to exist. In so far as they exist they are good. Evil is no substance." But how can this be when EVIL is the man who has never gotten his PAWS around a LION STOUT?!?!

So what is it about me and coffee? I've never drunk the stuff more than 10 times in my life and each time with more sugar than a Pepsi and half milk. I'm a late comer to beer as well so it's quite peculiar that in concert these two should form the corpus of my favorite brews. I literally want to hug this lion. Both for the 8% alcohol involuntary lovefest and also to squeeze the daylights out of Michael Jackson (the brew guru) and his big mustache who adorn the back label. It also comes in a top-notch case which is as good looking as a hat box. 5 knocking stars and filaments.

Photo of funkengruven
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured from the bottle labeled "Sinha Stout" into the glass a deep almost black with a dark tan head. Smell is clean with some coffee and roasted malt notes. These roasted malts make their way into the flavor, quite pleasant. This is however quite a bitter brew and the roasted malts are very pronounced, this makes it a slow drinking brew, but still a very good one.

Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, syrupy midnight black, with 2 fingers of tan coloured head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and some toffee notes. Taste of molasses and sweet prunes, with some chocolate and bitter/burnt coffee to finish. Would like to see it a little less carbonated for a smoother beer and better mouthfeel. It has a bit of acidic/twangy character to it. Overall, a pretty good stout, and one where you don't notice the alcohol.

Photo of wjimson
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The expiry date on the bottle reads July 06, and the name reads "Sinha stout". Poured it into a Guinness glass. The colour is black while the head is of a lighter colour. The smell is not noticeable. The bitter chocolate and roast coffee flavours are pronouced. Yet, the beer surprisingly smooth for a its alcohol strength of 8%. The taste of the alcohol is hidden very well and only comes out near the end. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter without being tangy and flat. I would definately get this one again.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with a thick dark head. As I've said in the past, this is my ideal perfect appearance for a beer, therefore it gets five. Smell is very moderate, a bit malty.

Taste is very malty, sweet and creamy. A hint of fruits, tastes almost like roasted nuts. For strong beer, the alcohal is almost non existant in the taste.

Mouthfull is very thick and smooth, it would seem ideal to drink this in the Winter. Suprising that it comes from a tropical country like Sri Lanka. Drinkability, very easy to drink. Despite having all the qualities of a dark beer, it does not go overboard on any of it's qualities.

Would highly recommend if you can find it. For it's price, taste and content it is definatly worth it.

Photo of Higravity
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the lager <shudder> now on to the stout. Nice deep cocoa color with a tan head that yeilds some lacing. Smells of a nice blend of roastyness and linger sweet malt but a little too clean. Nice flavoring for a company that makes sucha bad lager. Full robust roasted flavors with a touch of alcohol. Nice decnt stout body, I will visit this again as the $2 price was nice.

Photo of DrZarkov
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I actually stumbled apon this beer by accident. I ordered something else and was brought the Lion Stout, but after one taste it I was rather pleased by the mix up.
Appearence was dark and rich. The taste and mouthfeel were superb. I was reminded of a Scotch Ale, but much darker with a more coffee and chocolately taste.

Photo of BDTyre
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon seeing the country of origin and the bottle’s bible black contents —I had to experience this stout from Ceylon.

It cascaded into my glass producing an immediate dense off tan head which fueled my curiosity as to this beer's meritorious profile.

The head arose, flourished and then retreated to whence it came leaving little trace but a scant bevel of foam clinging to the perimeter of my glass.

This beer presented a small perhaps non-existent nose.

On first tasting, this dark full bodied stout produced a starburst of flavor-- predominant hops, notes of chocolate, toasted grain, a sprite of coffee.

Unfortunately the flavor was a rather curt performance-- a blaze of glory and then—the hole in the middle head heralded what was to come. Under the gusto of the start, the body was lacking-- there was something oddly transparent—maybe the right word is “nonexistent”.

The finish was clean and short. I wasn’t surprised as it trailed along with it’s precursor-- the vestige of the initial flavor.

Nevertheless this beer has a rather cordial mouthfeel and although the flavor endurance in my opinion leaves something to be desired, it is nonetheless an enjoyable experience.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for a while and recently picked up a bottle. It's almost 90 degrees in Richmond right now, but I'm ready for this guy right now. Here we go.

Appearance: A huge off white head that unfortunately dissipates rather quickly. Body is black and opaque as far as I can tell; not light's coming through in the least. Spotty lacing, but enough to keep it interesting.

Smell: Lots of toasted malt characteristics, along with a lot of sweet malt and fruit. I get some plum and dark berries. Also some semi sweet chocolate, some figs, and a seemingly good amount of hops to curb some of the sweetness and balance it out.

Taste: A very nice balance of everything in the aroma without going overboard. It doesn't pack as much of a punch as I'd hoped for, and with that this would be a much higher rating. I think that's due to the finish; the flavors are so strong and balance initially, but by the end, they don't necessarily die off, they're just fairly vague. There's lots of roasted malt and fruit characteristics in the initial sips, though, that I like a lot. And for how much malt and sweetness there is, enough hops are there to really meld everything together.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy without the creaminess of something like an Imperial. More carbonation and it'd be maybe a bit astringent, but as it is it's going down pretty well.

Drinkability: Lots of flavor without going overboard. And wow, this went down extremely quickly. Without the possible Imperial-like cloying or syrupy nature, this goes down pretty easy. It's balanced, flavorful, and doesn't present itself at all even close to 8% ABV. I'll be drinking this again, especially come fall and winter.

Photo of WonderWoman
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate color with a khaki foam that fell to a trace around the rim of the glass.
Smells of roasted malt, figs, and dates. It kind of reminds me of a camp fire.
Tastes of smoky dark chocolate and tamarind juice.
Mouth feel is heavy and smooth with a lingering coat of film in the back of my throat.
This is a great stout has a lot of body it, great for dessert.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark black with a billowing tan and copper head that fell to a small creamy head that left behind a some nice, thin lace.

Smells of dry, roasted barley, a touch of coffee, popcorn and a slight medicinal cherry. There’s also a slight woody, oaky essence that ties the smells together with a very organic feel.

Starts very smooth with a delicately roasted, smoky barley and with a light, sour, tingly sensation around the edges of my tongue but then picks up a blueberry and cherry sweetness. The sweetness then collapses back into the smoke to pick up a toasted coffee in the finish with just a touch of oaky sourness and a dry honey flavor. The dynamics here are really something!

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a very thin carbonation that adds a tingly element to the dryer flavors. This felt a little heavy to me.

I’m liking this one. The flavors are really subdued, but quite wonderfully blended together. Inconspicuous, but delightful!

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep deep dark roasted brown color. Pillowing beige head with tight bubble forms nice lace around the glass.

S: Notes of sour, lactose, molasses, prunes, milk chocolate and alcohol

T: Starts with milky sweetness. Hints of caramal, latte, milk chocolate and toffee. Moments of grape juice and marshmallow. Finishes with lots of rounded roasted malts.

M: Good texture and consistency. Not too syrupy.

D: Fantastic stout.

Photo of klewis
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A: Pours black with a bubbly off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruits.

T: Typical stout flavors of chocolate and coffee are complimented by a prominent nutty character. Slightly bitter in the finish.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation for a stout IMO, but the texture is a bit watery.

D: This is my first foreign/export, so I can't rate it with an accuracy in accordance with the style, but as a stout it is definitely enjoyable. Well worth the price.

Photo of nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was purchased at Piazza Decepoli for $3.99 for a 625ml bottle. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a straight black coloration. The head is very thick with a creamed coffee colored head. The beer has nice head retention and leaves rings of lace on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a coffee and subdued chocolate malty smell. The beer also has a very present and inoffensive alcohol smell.

Taste: The beer has a ok medium roasted coffee taste. There is a bit of chocolate to the taste. The beer has some spicy anise notes. There is a bit of a metallic twang to the aftertaste that detracts from a otherwise good beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is very creamy and very smooth. The beer is full bodied. The beer hides its alcohol well in the taste. If it wasnt for the metallic aftertaste I would rate this beer much higher. This is a pretty good beer inspite of the metallic aftertaste. I will definately purchase this beer again. If I have future bottles of this without the metallic aftertaste I will re-review this beer.

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle, 275 15:47 inkjetted above label.

Inky black with cordovan highlights. Thick layered head of burnished khaki bubbles of varied size. Slow to settle, leaving some light lacing. Rich coffee dominates the smell along with some sweet notes as well, perhaps a touch of molasses. Sweet white sugar up front with a solid roasty middle that provides a firm backbone. This finishes sweet, in a 'would you like some coffee with your sugar' way with only a hint of roasted bitterness at the last moment. There is also a slightly overt alcohol note as well. Medium body with a soft cushy mouthfeel that contains almost no carbonation, smooth. This was enjoyable, but may have been better showcased with some spicy food rather than on its own.

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 650 mL bottle served in a Chimay goblet. The beer is cold.

Appearance: The stout is deep black. When held to light, dark ruby colors emerge from the edges. There is a bit of head that has left a nice ring of lace.

Smell: The stout has some nice chocolate notes, as well as a spicier smell to it. It almost conjures up a good molé sauce.

Taste: There is a nice chocolatey flavor that jumps all over the expected roast malt aroma. There are also spices, peppers and cinnamin and other exotic flavors that go very well in the beer.

Mouthfeel: The combination of spices in this stout is quite extraordinary.

Drinkability: The 8% abv and deep stout flavors are little much to continually pound. Overall though, this is a good ale to try.

Photo of HimerMan
2.23/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle at the House of Brews in NYC. (Michael Jackson picture on the back of the bottle.)

Pour was a nice almost black with dark brown flat head.

Taste left a lot to be desired - as it was very different from what I am used to in a stout. Interesting to say the least, just not exactly what I prefer in taste.

I would suggest trying this if you like a less creamy more carob syrupy flavor beer with a roasted flavor (somewhat smokey).

Give it a shot - always worth it to formulate your own opinion.

Cheers.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,414 ratings.