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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,341 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,341
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 50
Gots: 44 | 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 alexgash
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, maple syrup brown with an untamed, creamy tan mane. Very regal.
Smell is a little odd. Kind of sour with some metallic cocoa malt. Off?
Tastes of sweet, dry chocolate with a cardboard edge. Smoky, peaty flavors chime in, and then fade, as roasty coffee bitterness takes over and lasts into the finish. Big bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Not bad—especially for the price and place of origin.

alexgash, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: A deep dark brown color with a full, foamy, tan head (low retention. Aroma is dull and muted: Roasty and chocolaty with a light hop presence. Metallic notes. Flavor: sweet start with a dominant roasted taste, chocolaty, and a lightly dry and metallic finish. Palate: medium bodied and creamy with low co2. This beer seems to have under utilized the assets of the ingredients. Not a bad beer, but not well balanced and not memorable.

SeanChouffe, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head on this thing is like a root beer float. Nice and sticky with heavy lacing down the entire glass. It came on really strong, but seemed to disperse pretty quickly. The aroma is very nice with a heavy chocolate and small traces of anise. The smell is much sweeter that the taste. The roasted, coffeeness really comes out strong. The high ABV is pretty well hidden in the background, but it clinges to the throat a little. Definately a nice stout with some heartyness to it and clearly one of the best example of great lacing. This is a fine beverage to sip on a cold fall night.

ALESwhatCURESya, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so Michael Jackson (you know which one) is actually sticking his head on the back label now, I guess I have to try it, marketing people take note!

Props to Sri Lanka for kicking out a good beer, usually stuff from that area tastes like the Kellogg's Rice Krispies version of Budweiser.

Though I liked this beer, it wasn't the end-all, be-all of my stout beer experience. Smells and tastes of roasted coffee malts with a bit of chocolatey goodness on top. A tiny bit of left-in-the-coffee-pot-too-long burn smell and taste going on though. Barely detectable alcohol subterfuge going on here, you'll notice the punch more in your forebrain later than on your tongue. Slightly chewy and very smooth, a good drinkable beer, puts Sri Lanka on the map for sure. Got me on the Mothership, but didn't take me to Funkytown.

PopeJonPaul, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of vitesse
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from euro-style 12 oz. brown bottle.

pours an opage black. semi-thick brown head that cascades nicely, especially for a non-nitro stout.
smells of espresso and chocolate.
this is a nicely roasty stout. very very drinkable. the alcohol has little presence int he flavor. very little perceptible hop bitterness or diacetyl. i couldn't taste any vinous/sherry flavor, which is good.
mouthfeel is thick, but doesn't detract from the overall beer.

nicely drinkable. an excellent example of a foreign stout. i highly recommend this one.

vitesse, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of gbontrag
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm starting this at 48 degrees farenheit-finish at 52...

smells like prune wine in a corn cob pipe, and looks black as hash.

This has got some buzz to it, I can smell the alcohol. My bottle has appreciable carbonation that with the help of the alcohol cuts the stout malting. Burnt bread pudding. Some raisin, burnt sugar, a picture of one black raspberry on a leaf, burnt sugar, bittersweet chocolate shavings on a bed of barley straw....carmelized bread crust (for those of you who've ever had bread/pizza from a wood-fired oven), and a little bit of black licorice.

Awright. The "8.0%" alcohole has kicked in...

Burnt chocolate bread pudding. Okay, okay, it's stout. I like it. It's strong. It's totally balanced for being a little shallow on the depth side of flavor. Carbonation works with the high alcohol % to carry the burnt sugars to cut short any lingering sweetness. There's a photo of hops thrown in the brewing process, and it's retained in the after taste. I'll say black licorice again, and I meant to say burnt sugar twice. I agree with the overall ranking, a good, not bad stout with a good price.

Personal flavor picture: Imagine trying to cook Ghiradelli brownies (from a mix) in aluminum foil on the engine of your brother-in-laws' small pick up engine while you drive 75 miles to tailgate a pro-football game. When you're drunk enough to pull the foil out, AND you're drunk enough to lick it clean, that's where you'll find the flavor of this stout. It's a nice average brew from a long way away.

BE LIKE MIKE!!

gbontrag, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown, almost black color with a fluffy tan head. Scorchy dark malt aromas with complements of chocolate and black licorice, some subtle hops and a slight yeastiness to the nose. Roasty graininess is upfront, strangely enough- it goes somewhat watery mid-palate and finishes with a slight fruitiness, and more dryness from roasted grain and light hopping. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, letting the drinker know this beer is not a domesticated brew. 8.0% ABV is hidden well under the shroud of roasted malts, other than some warming sensations to the esophagus and stomach. It's been a while since I had one, but I seem to remember liking it more on-draught.

crookedhalo, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pitch black color, dark tan head, not a whole lot fo lacing on the way down. Smell is of slight coffee and alcohol hints. Taste is too much alcohol, not enough stout, too much carbonation. Not a rich enough body to support the other flavors. There are better stouts, including ones that don't get Michael Jackson to pimp their beer.

TastyTaste, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.79 for a 625ml bottle. 8.0% ABV.

Pours out to a very dark brown, lighter in color than expected, forming a large and robust soapy dark tan head that looks gorgeous with exceptional retention and beautiful solid sheets of lacing composed of microbubbles. Aroma is akin to a Baltic Porter...lots of raisin, dates, figs, and prunes, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and the faintest suggestion of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very nice...lively but not abrasive, with a medium body and lightly dry finish. Tastes quite nice, what I would expect for a baltic porter. Powdery cocoa with a pleasant light tartness and astringency of black currants, very faint metals in the middle, with some husk and lightly roasted grains. Almost smoky towards the finish with suggestions of diatomaceous earth. The sourness keeps the beer alive, augmenting and balancing nicely with the other subtleties going on under the hood. Alcohol is imperceptable in aroma or taste, but I'm feeling it after one glass. No other off-flavors.

Damn tasty, whatever you call it...I call it a Baltic Porter. I really enjoyed this. Forget the hype and bias and just drink it up. Very easy to drink with a tight body and the brains to back it up. Paired nicely with the 9-grain bread I just made. A wonderful stout and cheaper that Sinebrychoff or D.Carnegie & Co. Highly recommended and an exceptional brew for the price!

Mitchster, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black.

Sweet and roasted nose with hints of burnt malts, blackberries, apples, molasses and coffee beans.

Starts sweet with a hint of molasses, cocoa and coffee. Mid-palate dries out a bit and bitters a bit as well, with notes of blackberries and dark chocolate. On the finish is a lovely roasted malt bitterness and just a hint of mocha.

This is a very nice stout. It's not great, but at $ 7.99/6 Pack it might become a regular around the house.

Crosling, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of wyllder
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a healthy caramel head and leaves a good lacing as you go.

Nose is a pleasant mix of dark chocolate and black cherry scents with a pungent background. There's no mistaking the presence of alcohol here. But it's still an appealing and intriguing aroma.

Taste is pungent at first, and turns sweet on the midsip with a creamy chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Aftertaste is bitter chocolate backed up by black cherry.

Mouthfeel & drinkability suffer a bit from being a bit too pungent IMO.

Still, a very good stout and certainly different from the norm.

Wyll-

wyllder, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yum, new favorite beer of the month....

This puppy pours black, but not terribly ominous, with a head of thin foam that is not well-retained. The lace and stain is okay, but typically doesn't form or stick well.

Smells of a jam-like fruitiness over a fairly nutty body, as a scent of unroasted coffee beans combines with a great vinuous edge. Simple, straightforward, and in my experience a consistent beer to my nose.

Starts of mocha hints with a soft milk-chocolate core blunted by the long roastiness drawn out to be thin and easy. Expansive for a stout, instead of the hard and heavy hitting typical of most, and showing complexity. Specifically, it holds a nascent fruity note with a bare notice of acidity nudging through with slight spots of dark sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but rounded smooth.

What a surprise! For $3.00 USD for a 22 oz. bottle, this beer is a steal, especially considering its smooth complexity. Very easy to drinkability and balanced to say the least.

nomad, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Virtually jet black. Mountainous, stiff, dogged, light bister head yields lace. Notions of dark chocolate covered prune and singed molasses candy upfront in aroma. Wafts of burnt barley and dark lovibond caramel are secondary. In flavor, incipient is a soft, milky note of light roast coffee mocha. Sharper notes of raisin and bitter chocolate ensue mid palate along with sweeter tones of treacle and burnt brownie. Roasted grain along with moderate hop bitterness fully dry the profile, especially considering the high attenuation. Dangerously, this is almost thirst quenching. Softens again late, with ashen milk chocolate hints yielding to the pleasantly warm, cleanly burnt finish. A well crafted, nearly spot on export stout. Lacks the "beefy" character of US microbrewed stouts of the same alcohol content, but agreeably so in that regard. Dry and satiating. Excellent drinkability. Thanks to Bighuge for this one.

marc77, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer after divorcing the 12 ounce brown bottle it’s resides in its chalice a piceous color with a meaningful chocolate head, the texture creamy and after decomposing the resultant lace a brown drape to cover the glass. Nose is heavy with toasted grain, sweet like over ripe fruit, hint of coffee, pleasant to sniff; start is rich in roasted grain, quite sweet with the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is light in carbonation, the hops mild but noticeable, very dry with a sweet and long lasting aftertaste, quite a nice stout.

Gusler, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of palliko
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out opaque and black, with a firm cream head, lots of sticky lace. The aroma is light toasted coffee, slightly pungent. Initial taste is caramel, sweet malt, unsweetened dark chocolate and coffee over prune and molassses. Mouthfeel is gentle carbonation, dry astringent esters. Finish is dry, leaving a metallic taste on the tongue. After all the hoopla I was expecting more complexity. No where near the quality of Stone's Imperial Russian Stout. Very much a run-of-the-mill stout.

palliko, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Good carbonation. Nose is coffee/caramel. Strong coffee/carmel flavor, nice, sweet, beefy stout. $6.49 for a 6-pack of 330ml bottles from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully ebon hue, rich, tan hand, thick and rocky...good looking stout, so far. Nose, soft and creamy, with notes of nuts and cocoa. Taste is smooth at first, but fills the mouth well. Huge malts, caramelly, thick and nearly chewy, very full bodied. Perfect integration, wonderful balance, sweet and tasty, but never too, with a delicate fruitiness, just underneath. The ABV peeks in just a bit, but doesn't mar the enjoyment of what's nearly a perfect stout! Beats the hell out of Guinness, but gets me yearning for an Expedition. Hearty and proud as it's namesake, Lion is a stout fit for a king. Lightly spicy in the end, nutty, and never-ending tastiness.

feloniousmonk, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of cbl2
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Black with a hint of red; 1/4 inch tan head.

Smell:

There are many words that could describe this gorgeous beverage's aroma, though it can be summed up in but one: mochacino.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Delicious!!! Smooth feel on the tongue that is creamy to begin, but finishes with a bit of coffee kick.

Note:

This was part of a "Beers around the World" sampler, and was by far the best of the bunch.

cbl2, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost black. Thin light brown head. Bubbly collar leaves some adequate lace. Aroma reminds me of a charcoal barbecue. There's also some nice milky notes and blackened malts and coffee. Really nice nose. Flavor's got some nice bitter roasted notes to it. A little chocolatey. Dry. Vanilla bean. Sweet lactic sugars add a bit of a "baltic porter" feel to this stout. I like it. The body is medium-full. Lightly carbonated and easy down the chute. Good stuff.

Bighuge, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body does allow a little bit of light through the extreme edge. The dark tan head is like a froth of chocolate milk. Toast, chocolate, caramel and plums are in the aroma. The same follows into the flavor with the addition of a little char in the back. Very tasty stout that really doesn’t taste as strong as it actually is.

aracauna, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark fudge brown, nearly black, thin and firm light brown cap, a slight skim remains once it settles, lacing in thin sheets. Aroma of slight roast, stale raisin, parched prunes, dry cocoa, and anise. Taste is mild with tame roastability and soft chocolate, slight floating sweetness of dry dark fruits, touches of molasses and toffee roast. Doesn't withstand too much in the flavor dept. or in its length, over far to quickly, but it does incur a certain broad range of capable character. Feel is smooth, a bit sweet and tangy, lightly roasted edge, just shy of a medium body mostly, seems to pick up a bit towards the finish where it drys out with some light cocoa. A fairly decent effort; quick stout flavors and a somewhat healthy body, but could be better. I would consider this over a Guinness on nitro-tap I think?

tavernjef, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 330 mL bottle, into a snifter. The color was black, with a ring of white head. The smell was a strong roastiness, with a slight bit of licorice. The taste starts somewhat licorice sweet, with a bit of a roastiness as the beer warms in the mouth, with a slight alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel had a nice thick consistency and carbonation. As for drinkability, this is one that's good to enjoy a couple of, but not one that I could really session with (too rich).

A very enjoyable stout, and one I'd been looking forward to trying, and I'm glad I did. Nice and rich, and though I don't think I could pound these all day, a couple of these are worthwhile.

beergeek279, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of marcobrau
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce bottle served in a LaTrappe goblet that poured thick and completely opaque, leaving a somewhat thin, but beatiful dense layer of foam that stayed put for several minutes. I think to myself that this is going to a dense stout. I am right. The aroma is of heavy with cocoa and espresso. The first sip is sweet and smooth, with cocoa and/or dark chocolate up front, followed by more cocoa notes laced with bitter espresso. There's more bitterness mixed with dark rum flavors towards the finish which is long and warming. Nice lacework is left on the sides of my glass as I continue to sip this beer. The carbonaton is a bit high and detracts a bit from the quality of this beer, but overall an excellent, potent stout that is sweet without being too sweet.

marcobrau, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of jackndan
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lion Stout: from Sri Lanka. In a 22 ounce bomber bottle. Pours a deep black, but a great garnet color shows up when held up to a strong light. Great thick coffee and cream head, very rocky and extremely long lasting. Aroma is sweet, like a mocha espresso. Great taste, fairly complex, leaning definitely toward the sweet side of things, to say the least. Some flavors from the coffe family as well, and some roasted malts flavors are notable as well. I think I'm beginning to understand warm weather stouts: thick, sweet and cool, and nowhere near as heavy as cake or the like. Nice, and well worth picking it up.

jackndan, May 27, 2004
Photo of abents
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with HUGE tan head that's real chunky. Laces glass real well, it looks amazing. Smells of coffee, chocolates, and alcohol. Nose is pretty big. Tastes of big roasted malts that leads to a nice alochol warming, but finish stops pretty quick with no real lingering alcohol you get in most big stouts. Tastes noted include: bitter chocolates, coffee, and fruits. Nice dry finish that makes this a very drinkable stout. Moderate carbonation with nice warming quality to it. Great beer can't drink a lot of them, but this is a nice last beer before bed kinda thing. Great brew, will have again and again.

abents, Apr 28, 2004
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,341 ratings.