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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,368 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,368
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 51
Gots: 50 | 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 MPLS
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh...nothing like a 6-pack of Sri-Lankian stout, in cans.

A: This is a deep brown bodied stout that had a billowy head that had a short stay. Spotty lacing and a saliva like tan layer is left throughout the whole beer.

S: This has a milk stout smelling nose. A fair amount of malt that's not overly roasted and a faint vanilla scent.

T: The taste is a bit better than the nose. Incredibly drinkable. Malty sweetness and a bit of dark chocolate. The finish is where the roastedness comes out and it quite floral with whatever hops are used.

M: It's lighter than most, but very appropriate for the style. Has a bit too much carbonation to make it lush and creamy.

D: The ABV is hidden incredibly well and it's a good effort. It's pretty well balanced, not exciting though. It's an economic purchase though.

MPLS, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a lovely brown-black, with a healthy layer of tan frothy head. The smell holds fragments of chocolate, molasses, prunes, figs, and espresso. The taste starts off with a chocolatey maltiness, but then progesses into those figs, plums, and currants, finishing with a tinge of light coffe and brown sugar at the back of the tongue. The body is more medium than heavy, runs very smoothly, and finishes nice and lightly, making for a highly tasty and drinkable stout.

TMoney2591, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle pours very dark brown with a large tan head that retains well and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee, some licorice, figs, dark fruits, and lactose.

Flavor is smooth milk chocolate, coffee, some licorice, touch of sourness, alcohol is well hidden. A lactic quality is present.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but still velvety for what is there, low carbonation.

Very good overall, but I like Fade to Black a little better. If you prefer milk stouts, then you will like Lion Stout a lot, an amped up version of the style.

elgiacomo, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

21.1 oz. bottle, a weird size, real heavy bottle, great label,

A: Pours black, with a creamy medium tan head, good retention and some spotty lace.

S: Light cacao count dark chocolate, like the 60% stuff, licorice, with a hint of banana liqueur and rum, it's a tropical stout for Pete's sake.

T: Great chocolate taste with some sour twang and that "tropical" dark malt character I find in Cooper's Export Stout and Xingu. Definite mocha characteristics, with notes of cinnamon stick, vanilla bean and roasted malt.

M: On the lighter side body for a big stout, but I like it as this is a style that needs to be drinkable and refreshing in the hot sun. Creamy and silky, enjoyable aftertaste that doesn't go on for too long, but makes you want another sip. That finishing vanilla note works wonders. The 8% is completely hidden.

D: I was excited to see a bottle of this at Hollingshead's; I've always wanted to try it, I'm a big fan of the style, yet there are so few examples around town. The price is real good, I think it was $3.99, and you get a delicious stout perfect for a hot summer day, a beer that can be drunk in droves, so be careful out there.

Halcyondays, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head, considerable lacing. Smells great, chocolate, malts, coffee, slight alcohol. Taste is good chocolate, malts, finishing a tad bitter. Feels creamy in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fine brew.

tone77, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of boudreaux
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The local stores are starting to branch out. They got this in the other day.
Nice stout roasted malt aroma with hints of ginger and, dare I say it, soy sauce. Very intriguing.
Pours pitch black with a voluminous medium brown head which lingers for a while as it gradually sinks down to a small creamy film on top of the beer.
As for the taste, there's rich deep fruit and chocolate/coffee flavors, tempered by the stout sourness typical of this style. It finishes with a bitter chocolate taste that has a moderate duration.

boudreaux, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.20 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. 8.0% ABV, 0933...(smudged).

A - A rather vigorous pour creates some fast cascading and a massive three-finger head. The dark tan dollop of foam sits gently on top of the clear but very dark brown beer with good retention and patches of thick lace.

S - Smooth milk chocolate and rich mocha flourish in this roasted malt beauty. Light notes of coffee and cream blend in too. It smells like it will be very smooth and creamy in both flavor and texture.

T - Incredibly creamy and smooth in terms of taste and texture, bold roasted malts with a rich milk chocolate and mocha flavor. The finish has a small coffee bitterness.

M - Amazingly velvety smooth and creamy, the soft texture is a supple, full body of pure enjoyment. Very light roasted bitterness to the finish.

D - This stout is absolutely fantastic. I've been meaning to get pack of it and next time I'm at a store that carries it, I surely will. I could have it all night!

BeerFMAndy, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: one inch light brown head, black brown in color, opaque

Smell: coffee and dark chocolate

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, light creaminess, and alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: super smooth, low carbonation, sweet with a bitterness that appears in the middle, light body for the style

Drinkability: I really liked this one. It is so nice and light and for the abv, the alcohol is not overly noticable. Very enjoyable, glad I went with the six on this instead of the single.

tigg924, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate and coffee scents

T - Surprisingly really good roasted malt gives off stronger coffee and some chocolate taste

M - This beer has a creamy smooth fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - I went in to this beer expecting sub par results just from my experience with other beers from that part of the world and must say that the can't judge a book by its cover applies here it even has a MJ quote on the back cover worth a try

armock, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of jeranbrews
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1-24-10

A - Pours thick and chunky like stew. Plenty of Vegemite on the bottom. Dark. Opaque, even held against sunlight. Mocha color head. Some continual carbonation. Pretty cartographical lacing.

S - Sweet, like frosting. Lots of chocolate, some espresso. Roasted smoky lightly-burnt toast. A good, standard, solid stout experience.

T - Bitter initial taste. Chocolate and coffee flavors abound. A Latin-American festival. There was a slightly sour aftertaste. Maybe a touch too much yeast.

M - Refreshing. Creamy. Fizzy. Still sour. This beer hides the 8% ABV with spy-like skill. Watch out.

D - Surprisingly good. This beer is a perfect example of why we must try more beers and keep an open mind. Out of all the beers I've had from South or South-East Asia this is easily the winner.

jeranbrews, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 11.2 oz can pours perfectly into my 33cl Corsendonk tulip, a thick and rich opaque black with an initial 2" tan head. Thin sheet of lace as I progress downward.

Aroma is loaded down with coffee, chocolate and anise - this brew is close to RIS. And the quaff matches up superbly, thick and rich with all the previous flavors hitting on all cylinders. Raspy and hoppy in the finish, but no sting off any alcohol. Top notch winter drinking beer.

So cool to see this in a can, no worries about skunking or oxy problems. Seemed fresh, or perhaps even aged and mellowed.

Vancer, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of jonziefle
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a completely black opaque color with a three finger pillowy tan head. It took a second try to finish the pour. Its so dark that I can’t tell if its clear or cloudy, but it looked clear from the pour. Very good retention on the head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet, slightly syrupy roasted malts on the first whiff. Some smokiness and dark fruit as well. A hint of red wine. The alcohol makes a small appearance.

Taste: Very smoky malts on the first sip with a good amount of sweetness. The flavors blend well with a smooth sweetness and smoky malts that become more mild as you drink. A slight cardboard like off taste near the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and incredibly smooth. Creamy with a slight alcohol bite at the end. Little to no carbonation.

Drinkability: A smooth easy drinker that is very mild and pleasing. The flavor, while good, is relatively characterless making it hard to describe. An odd red wine nose and flavor is present in this beer, which is strange for the type.

Buy Again? Possibly.

jonziefle, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque sable with a fine-bubbled and fairly persistent tan head. Aroma is smoky with firm tones of coffee and unsweetened chocolate with more than a hint of burnt caramel. Rich, smoky flavor is mainly of fine roast coffee, unsweet chocolate and caramel, subtly sweet. Texture is fairly smooth yet quite fizzy. A must for stout fans!

Cyberkedi, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Yeastcakes
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - subtle but firm coffee aroma and bitterness with some sweetness in the background
A - billowing beige head that forms pockets of larger bubbles. Deep brown-red body with ruby around the edges.
M - medium carbonation just a bit high initially, silky smooth body.
T - Perfect balance of coffee bitterness and a rich toffee sweetness that could also be described as dark plum notes. Just a hint of warmth at the end, but very easy to miss.
D - Once the carbonation subsides this is a very smooth stout that is dangerously drinkable for its alcohol content.

Yeastcakes, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a 12 oz

Pours a jet black with no transparency, with an oak colored head. Good head, retains as lacing.

Smells sweet like chocolate and malts, with hints of spices like nutmeg and a smokey aroma.

Taste is similar, with a mild dark chocolate bitterness accompanying the sweet notes. Rich.

Feels full bodied with a thick, oily texture. The carbonation is minimal but present in the feeling.

Absolutely delicious, a real treat. Hides the abv well. The only gripe is it disappears too fast.

Cylinsier, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 1-6-10

Pours a viscous black, with a slight blood red at the very bottom. A thick tan head sits on top, leaving a thin layer of filmy lacing.

Smell is very sweet, deep malt, very complex; notes of anise, chocolate, vanilla, and beef jerky. Very enjoyable.

Taste is exactly like the smell, very sweet, with a great smoky, slightly boozy edge. The finish is all caramel and toffee, the aftertaste is light and smooth.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, coats the palate with all the tasty flavors.

Drinkability is great considering the sizable abv and big flavors. A quick way to a good time.

Overall, an excellent beer that I had previously stayed away from. Learned my lesson.

BMoney575, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an Ommegang flute.

A: Pours a pure coffee black with a dense, dark mocha colored head that tops out at about 2 1/2 fingers thick. Retention was excellent and multiple rings of lace were left down the inside of the glass.

S: Initially, lots of roasted malt. As it warms aromas of coffee, cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, raisins, plums, and figs begin to emerge.

T: Not quite as complex as the smell. The roast is there, as is the chocolate and coffee. Unfortunately the dark fruit kind of takes a back seat to a dry and dusty cocoa flavor that comes on strong in the middle and on through the finish.

M: Equal parts sweet and roasty. There's also a bit of a fruity twang that pops out at the end. Finishes dry.

D: Very nice. I've eyed this for a long time and finally decided to take the plunge. I'm glad I did!

GbVDave, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've always wanted to try this beer, but never had any idea, until recently, of it's renown. It is certainly a high-end product.

A – Near perfect for a stout, obsidian with a thick tan head.

S – Café mocha, and just a perfect smell for a stout.

T – Not as good as the smell, but still very good. Uncomplicated.

M – Slightly thin, but reasonable.

D – Tremendous quality from a mass-produced beer.

ktrillionaire, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of BigDank
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

BigDank, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of whtguitarguy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black and looks like carbonated coffee with a tan head. Aroma is of caramel, coffee, alcohol, and a bit of nuts. There is a light malty aroma too. Alcohol is very prevalent in the brew. It overshadows a lot of the other flavors. There is a slight chocolate coffee flavor but the alcohol masks it.

whtguitarguy, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a rich and opaque coffee black-brown with ample tan head..

s: sweet hops and malt blending with nice burnt caramel coffee...

t: beautiful chocolate bitterness with a nice smoky edge...

m: very full bodied, a nice mouthful...rich and smooth...

d: a wonderful stout from an unlikely locale, Lion Stout is a complete success in my book and gets 10 thumbs up...i'll drink this again with pleasure!

salud!

sirdrinkwell, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of MissLynx
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one a little while back, at Fionn McCool's on St. Clair in Toronto (where it's called Sinha Stout rather than Lion Stout - apparently two names for the same product). I'd ordered it mainly because it was a stout I'd never had before, and I'm always up for trying new beers of my favourite types. Wasn't sure what it would be like, though -- I'd never really thought of Sri Lanka as a big stout-producing country.

To my surprise, it was really nice. Not necessarily about to be one of my very top favourites, but certainly very good and something I'd happily order again any time. It had a really rich, interesting flavour, with strong overtones of dried fruit -- black currant or maybe dried cherries or something. A little bit reminiscent of Unibroue's Trois Pistoles in that respect, although I certainly wouldn't call them equivalent (Trois Pistoles is a pretty hard act to follow). Also nice hints of dark chocolate and caramel.

All in all, a really enjoyable, unexpected treat. I will definitely order it again next time I'm there.

MissLynx, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Contagion
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer itself is a rich dark brown color that is almost black. No light passes through at all. When I poured it a thick, foamy head about ¾ inch formed. It was a dark tan in color and slowly faded. A spider web of lacing formed on the glass. Overall it has an absolutely beautiful appearance that is both enticing and inviting.

The first thing you notice is a chocolate malt smell. Some coffee malts and a touch of mocha is detectable. A molasses scent is noticeable in the background that rounds out its very appetizing scent. The flavor sets up a well balanced flavor. It starts off with a sweet flavor of coffee and chocolate malts. Molasses accents the flavor and brings the malts as well as a slightly mocha flavor and a hint of hops. AT 8% Alcohol By Volume, you can only slightly note the taste of alcohol

This is a full bodied beer; there is a creaminess to it that coats the mouth. The carbonation is a little heavier than what I normally expect in a stout, but not unpleasantly so.

This beer surprised me. I wasn't expecting an Asian stout to be this pleasant to drink. It wasn't as dry as an Irish stout, but not as strong as a lot of American Stouts. I found myself really enjoying drinking this beer.

Contagion, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black, with a thick bubbly tan head. A small layer of head retains well, leaving relatively nice lacing.

S: Sweet mollasses and slightly nutty roasted malts. Full bodied aroma.

T: Sweet and full flavored, with a bitter coffee-like bite. Finishes dry, with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

M: Medium amount of prickly carbonation, full bodied, slight chewiness.

D: The carbonation and dry finish help balance the full flavors, resulting in nice drinkability (though it is higher ABV at 8%).

seand, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Deep mahogany, opaque, large frothy, billowy medium tan head, leaves heavy lacing as it recedes.

S = Very heavy scents of mocha chocolate, it's almost like smelling a combination of freshly ground French Roast coffee beans almost powderized and added to some Kahlua. There is also a light sourness reminiscent of Guinness Special Export Stout, as though this sweet coffee, dark chocolate mix also had some sourdough bread thrown in at the end.

T = The taste though very good does not quite live up to the smell. All the elements are there, strong black coffee with dark chocolate added and with a heavy dose of condensed milk to sweeten it, a light bitter/sour bite to keep it from being a sweet cloying drink, but there is a kind of thinness which shows up right at mid-palate and kind of distracts from the brilliant tastes at the front of the mouth at first sip and the great explosion of flavors in the back of the mouth while swallowing. This aspect does improve as the beer goes on and it warms a bit, but there is still just something missing that makes it a very good, but not exceptional beer experience.

M = This beer has a great feel to it, I only count it down because of the almost ineffable missing element I seem to find (or rather not find in it in the middle of the drink). It is a medium body beer with a good amount of very fine carbonation, enough to lift the body but not contribute to tongue fatigue, absolutely great mouthcoating and a great finish feeling since it is very sweet but the alcohol and biter qualities really lend themselves to a very dry mouth for minutes after swallowing.

D = For a strong stout of this type it has exceptional drinkability though it remains a one and done type of beer.

Traquairlover, Dec 12, 2009
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.