Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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89
very good

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Reviews: 874
Hads: 1,515
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 59
Gots: 92 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-28-2001

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with ruby highlights and a tan head. Plenty of fine lacing was left behind as the foam subsided a bit. Malty aroma, with lots of chocolatey sweetness and light roasted coffee. Light bitterness with a strong sweetness. A bit of dark malt character, but not as much as I expected. It finishes a little acidic with just a hint of dry, grainy astringency. The carbonation is well integrated, with fine bubbles supporting the body somewhat. Not bad at all, though the flavour doesn't quite pull through like the aroma does. (524 characters)

Photo of stodbrew
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with some deep red coming through at the edges. Ok tan head at first, then dissipates to a slight film.

Aroma is dark chocolate and some dark fruit.

Taste is hugely chocolatey up front giving way to a bit of coffee-like roastiness. Somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel is very full.

Overall, a pretty good beer. (325 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sinha Stout.

A: Black, with a touch of tan head.

S: Sweet, roasted malt.

T: Very refined, smooth roasty flavour. Doesn't have the burnt bitter flavour of a lot of stouts. Very well balanced (though perhaps it's less bitter than the style calls for?).

M: Moderate, almost chalky.

D: No harsh bite for the beginner, but enough flavour for the geek. The alcohol could certainly be trouble! (401 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from Liquor Mart (Colorado) and consumed the next evening. Pours a four finger fluffy clingy cavernous caramel-brown colored head over a pitch black liquid. Smells of chocolate, sour black malt, toffee and caramel. Coffee roast only with searching. Tastes smooth silky milk chocolate that persists through and dries a touch in the finale. Soured black malt makes it's presence known in diametric oposition to the chocolate. Coffee modifies the sour and a toffee sweet keeps it from ruining the beer entirely. The aftertaste has a bit of alcohol sting rising up the back of the throat. Hop flavor is missing amid the mix of strong dark flavors...perhaps some cottony fuggles. Any hop bitter is buried beneath the sour and alcohol. Mouthfeel is only medium and carbonation is moderate. The overfoaming head hurts this beer's appearance. Near the end of the bottle, the alcohol became more prevalent in the aftertaste detracting from the drinkability. (964 characters)

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sinha Stout, 330mL bottle, B/B Apr 2005.

Appearance: Opaque black syrupy fluid with a tan head which almost looks rose-coloured. Close inspection with bright light shows moderate carbonation and mahogany colour.

Smell: Solvent alcohol, date, raisin, cocoa, maybe even stone fruit. Complex but still refreshing.

Taste: Smooth, chocolatey, bitter, very nice, but not particularly unusually good,

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy but quite interesting. Definitely creamy. As a result, drinkability is impressive. Although I wouldn't drink it all night, but it's a nice stout overall. (592 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured pitch black with a huge bronze head. Soem carbonation. Nose was big on roasted malts, some black licorice. Taste was to the sweet side. Again, black licorice was dominant. Nice malts. Very smooth, light bodied...a little too light bodied i would have to say. Lingering sweetness...a touch of raisin off the finish. Alcohol warmth. As far as a stout goes, i was looking for a little more body and fullness. Drinkable but not where i might want a stout to be. (464 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/11/05- Purchased at the Wine Exchange in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Black pour with a full 1 inch dirty white head. Average lacing.

Smell- All your basics. Chocolate, espresso and dark malts. Nothing really spectacular, but still a good whiff.

Taste- Mirrors the are the scents. I think mostly some dark sweet chocolate and a bit of coffee. Malts were mild.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation for a stout and definitely creamy.

Drinkability- A fine stout. Nothing out of this world, but still a very good one worth trying. Heck for $1.75 it's worth buying a few. (657 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle: poured a pitch black with a gorgeous mocha puffy cap. Moderate carbonation for a bottle conditioned ale. Nose recalls coffee, dried fruits, toasted caramel sweetness and grassy hops. Full bodied, rich, and silky mouth feel. What a wonderful mix of flavors..all very mellow and not sharp or over bearing: cocoa, chickory, dates, musty apple, slightly charred toast...all kept in balance with lashings of lemon grass acidity from the hops and a soft drying charred finish that is totally in balance with sweet caramel tones...the finish is the mellowest, evenly balanced I have ever tasted in a stout...this is a world class stout and probably the best foreign stout available in bottles. Smooth, well rounded and very drinkable for a stout. (753 characters)

Photo of Naes
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours black and has a one inch tan head that is frothy and laces well.

The aroma is of chocolate, alcohol and has traces of roasted barley.

As for flavor, chocolate is the main character here. Alcohol is also a presence in the finish of this brew.

The mouth feel is surprisingly light for such a strong beer, but still falls in the medium bodied category. It’s mildly carbonated and goes down smooth.

I can definitely see another in the future, just not tonight. The drinkability is hindered by its ABV (for me at least). (544 characters)

Photo of karst
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle without the gold foil on neck that displays a white dot matrix printed best by date of Feb. 2005. Pours jet black with ruby glint held to a summer's setting sun. A fist of stiff dense tan head slowly recedes and laces the sides of a Stone Old Guardian Rastal.

Aromas of dark chocolate, prunes and burnt sugar and hints of burnt barley and dark caramel.

Flavors of light roastfully coffee mocha, raisin and bitter chocolate. Roasted grain, hops and high ABV dry the clean burnt finish. Excellent drinkability.

Amazing story of the brewery can be found on Michael Jackson's Beer Hunter site where he recounts his "most unusual beer hunting trip" I always cite a visit to Sri Lanka, in 1986.
http://www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-001402.html

Recently the Colombo brewery shut down to brew water the next day after the Tsunami hit the area. The origional brewery is in the mountains near the holy city of Kandy. 75% of Lion Brewery Limited sales are for this stout. Two other brewerys in Sri Lanka also produce stouts.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/8508/15048/

McCallum Brewery, also of Colombo, has two BA reviews presently. I do not know the third Sri Lankan brewer.

This beer come highly reccomended! An amazing joy to drink! (1,276 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 330ml - 11.50 fl.oz. - 0.58 Pint - standard looking brown glass bottle that looks rather funky and a tad trendy with its rhomboid neck and main labels. Black crown cap has a colorful picture of a lions heads, as does the main label above the words ‘LION Stout Imported Alc. 8% By Vol.’

Appearance: Thick dark brown body with a heavy dose of ruby in the backlit flashes that form at the edges of my Pint glass. Cocoa brown head sits nice and even on the surface and leaves a little lacing as the rink slowly works its way down the libation vessel. Finely dissolved carbonation supports the head throughout and wit vigor when gently swirled.

Nose: Lightly sweet malts mix with a caramel laden molasses. Coffee tinted cum roasted body which is backed by dark chocolates. Some hops in the back end.

Taste: This is a very “soft and gentle” yet big roasted malty Stout with some Cocoa powder and a light hint of milk chocolate in the back end with a smidgeon of freshly brewed black coffee which has just been impacted by a small amount of fresh cream. After a few small mouthfuls a nicely rounded bitterness develops in the finish and mixes well with the roasted chocolate lingering ending. Damn tasty stuff and as slick Teflon®.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and exceptionally creamy in the mouth; it withstands a gentle swirl around the tongue with ease, quite robust and hearty, yet with an attractive lightness thanks to the finely attenuated conditioning. Helps to accommodate the 8% ABV all too easily.

Drinkability: I tried this once back in England many moons ago as a Student and I don’t recall it being this drinkable, it had a more acidic bite to it then, either that or my tastes have changed. This bottle was very soft and incredibly palatable. It didn’t last long!!

Overall: Heard a lot about this one, for whatever reason it seems to have rather the cult following. That is usually a sign of image over substance, but this really is not that bad actually, I’m almost torn to admit that I really quite like it, not sure why, but for $1.69 it ain’t all that bad. (2,100 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deoop brown, almost opaque color with slight off-white head. The smeel is absolutely fantastic, a mixture of roasted grains, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, ripe fruit, and prunes. I don't think I have ever experienced this complex a smell. Taste is dry and bitter, with roasted grains and chocolate at the top. Mouth feel is a slightly bitter. An excellent beer. (370 characters)

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

Bottle picked up at the Foodery in May. WIll compare to that now coming i to Toronto. Nice head with bubbles in foam. Malty sweet, vanila, milk, good hops. Very drinkable and serviceable stout. This would be a standard beer for me if always available, which reflects that big stouts get higher ratings on complexity and thickness, but this is nice. Second bottle a few days later. (380 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black, some dark red shows at the edges, big tan head, some lace. Smells like bitter roast, grass, some skunkiness is detectable? Wow, coffee and cream, little yeasty and sour, pretty roast. How the hell is this beer so smooth? The 8% doesn't show at all, insanely smooth and creamy, very slick mouthfeel. Excellent. (329 characters)

Photo of nrrd
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a little thick head, very little carbonation.

Smells sweet with a touch of coffee, not perticularly strong. Taste is dark chocolate and slightly burnt cofee, malty, bitter, but very pleasent and drinkable, especially as it warms up. Finish is a tad sweeter.

Overall, this is a very solid and drinkable stout. (332 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent opaque dark brown, with plenty of foam some cascading carbonation. Smell is toasty malts with some cocoa and coffee thrown in. Taste is malty sweet, with some chocolate and coffee again up front. Finish is a bit rough for me though. The beer starts off rather sweet and then ends up just a shade unpleasant. The bitterness is quite mild. Mouthfeel could be much fuller for this beer especially at this sweetness level. The 8% ABV is well hidden, but I couldn't drink more than a bomber at a time. (511 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid stout that reminds me a little of Mackeson's XXX, but a little less complex. Still for an 8% brew ...there's NO hint of that kind of strength. Other than MJ's strange endorsement (when he himself just called it "surprisingly good") it's a winner. (252 characters)

Photo of bnuttz
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat translucent dark black color with a large and foam dark tan head. Smells of bitter roasty malts, chocolate and coffee, and a somewhat metallic smell is present as well. Taste is sweet and chocolatey with an alcohol presence. Very smooth, and somewhat acidic, but not in a real bitter way. Mouthfeel is smooth and on the thinner side, no a thick brew by any means. Drinkability is very good for an 8% brew. (422 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an unexpected find at the Classic City brewfest, a strong stout brewed in the tropics of Sri Lanka. It is dark brown, nearly black with a fantastically thick head that stays and stays.

The aroma is caramel sweet, and has delicate hints of chocolate, coffee, plum/prune, and has a slight metallig twang that English stouts and porters often have. Pleasant aromas, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Flavor profile follows suit. It is dominated by bittersweet choc and coffee accents of the roasted dark malts. There's a bit of creamy vanilla in there too. It has a definately prune (or Lekvar-brune butter) quality throughout that adds a hint of fruity acidity. Overall it is very mellow and quite subdued.

It has a medium body, which is creamy in texture and very smooth. There is zero indication of the 8%, it would make a fine sessionable brew. Tame, but enjoyable. (884 characters)

Photo of texashammer
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label is simple and dark with lion head. I appreciate simplicity. Six-pack holder shows Michael Jackson big with endorsement -- a little tacky on his part perhaps. How are we to trust the "guru" if he gives endorsements, hmm?
Pours black. Shows nothing when held to light but blackness. Head is 2 fingers, fades to 1 and holds there. Thicker head with dark tan color and really sticks to glass.
Cold at the store and I couldn't wait to open it, but it's way too cold and has no aroma at this temperature. Waiting for warming.
Warmer: has a little of a British porter aroma, like the Sam Smith Taddy and Fuller's London. Sorry I don't know what to call that. Certainly and recognizably coffee and bittersweet or baker's chocolate. There is a roasty bitterness to the smell. Some dark dried fruit like prunes perhaps.
Taste is a lot more simple than I hoped and sort of expected. Coffee and roasted bitterness and not much more.
Mouthfeel is slightly chalky and dry, but with some fairly full body. I would almost say "rich" but not quite. Smooth and not overly carbonated.
Drinkable? Definitely, especially for the slightly high alcohol. Not extremely complex, but worth having again as a standby. (1,206 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 625ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. I've been looking for this beer for quite a long time without much success and I finally found it. It did not disappoint. I must confess that the sheer fact that this is from Sri Lanka, an area not really known for its brewing prowess, earned this beer a few sentimentality points in my book, but it can definitely stand on its own. Pours jet black with a nice khaki tan head. Smell is a touch on the sour side, with some sour cherries present. Taste is slightly sweet up front, with cherries, prunes, unsweetened bakers chocolate and alcohol in the body. Not quite as complex as I imagined but still one of the more interesting stouts I've had. Definitely a departure from your everyday stout. Its 8% ABV is well blended, making for a deceptively drinkable brew. I will definitely buy more of this. (869 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle, bought at Selfridge’s, London. Label says for some reason "Lion Dark Beer" in stead of "Lion Stout", but there’s no doubt that this is the very same beer. Otherwise the label is exactly the same, so is the ABV and the characteristics of the beer. Pitch black colour, impenetrable for light. Large and thick brown head. A real beauty! Excellent aroma of various types of wood, tar, leather, tobacco. Full and rich flavour where the roastiness and hops are perfectly balanced with the velvety sweetness. Extremely drinkable. It’s debatable whether "the perfect stout" exists, but the Lion must be pretty close! (626 characters)

Photo of malty
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml tapered neck brown bottle - no freshness date.

Virtually opaque with a beautiful khaki head that settles down to 1/4 inch - but rebuilds quickly with a few swirls of my New Belgium goblet.

Scent of charred dark malts and marshmellows. There's also a hint of sharp alcohol in there also.

Taste is rummy and liquer-like. The roasted dark malts follow nicely along with a bitter dark chocolate. Alcohol is somewhat apparent, but not an issue. There's also a bitter acidity that balances nicely with the roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking, but the carbonation was fine and kept the overall flavor and finish in the palate for a good long time.

Drinkability is good seeing this is 8% abv. You might want to be careful with this one.

Overall a good ballsy stout that's not shy. I wonder if this is available on tap? I was hoping for a more creamy texture, but maybe this bottle was a little old (?). I would buy this again. (980 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of the Lion Stout this evening. I like the thick, cardboard box that it comes in. Its also nice to try a stout brewed in Sri Lanka. I have been reading about Michael Jackson blowing this beer for many years now. I'm glad I finally have the chance to check this out.

I had this out of a 11.5 oz brown bottle and served in an imperial pint glass. There is the # 335 15:07 in jet ink on the front of the bottle, but I don't know what that means. Translation would be helpful. The label claims this beer has 5 international gold awards to its credit.

Black in appearance with some ruby highlights on the bottom. Very nice, stained brown head on top with attractive sticky lacings all over the glass. This is a nice looking beer.

Aroma of chocolates, black olives, and roasted coffee beans.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is at a good place. Chocolately malts blend with a zingy olive-like bite. Roasty and robust flavors should make your palate content.

This is a solid Foreign Stout and certainly one worth checking out if you dig stouts. (1,088 characters)

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
89 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.