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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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1,304 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 49
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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 Cylinsier


4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

01-09-2010 02:30:29 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of BMoney575


4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

01-07-2010 00:14:59 | More by BMoney575
Photo of GbVDave


3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

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!

12-31-2009 15:20:56 | More by GbVDave
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

12-30-2009 09:03:18 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of BigDank

South Dakota

3/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

12-28-2009 01:12:40 | More by BigDank
Photo of whtguitarguy


4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

12-26-2009 23:48:00 | More by whtguitarguy
Photo of sirdrinkwell


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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!


12-26-2009 21:32:46 | More by sirdrinkwell
Photo of MissLynx

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

12-24-2009 07:39:58 | More by MissLynx
Photo of Contagion


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

12-24-2009 02:40:34 | More by Contagion
Photo of seand


4/5  rDev +1.8%

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%).

12-22-2009 22:28:31 | More by seand
Photo of Traquairlover


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

12-12-2009 22:52:40 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%

Got 2-6pks from BOTW in Rochester.

The beer pours an opaque nearly jet black colour, very little head.

Smell is of burnt toffee, coffee, chocolate and mocha

Taste is malty upfront, full robust flavours of caramel, chocolate, coffee and toffee. taste is slightly sweet (but not too sweet) with a nice balanced bitterness, this is nearly perfection in my book.

Mouthfeel is excellent, the flavors just explode into the mouth, thick and chewy, for a 9% ABV, this is really drinkable.

This is one of my top 3 beers to drink at any point. This will be a staple in my fridge for the forseeable future.

12-10-2009 02:22:33 | More by keithmurray
Photo of HalfFull


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

12-09-2009 04:39:03 | More by HalfFull
Photo of jrallen34


3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is not very black, almost brown especially in the light with a unique super light tan head. There is good retention and lacing.

The aroma is very light all you get is a brief whisp of alcohol and light hops.

the taste is super light as well that is a sweet hoppiness that feels like water making it ok to drink but overall nothing very special or exciting. Damn you Sri Lanka.

12-07-2009 17:53:33 | More by jrallen34
Photo of deruiz10


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

16 oz. bottled poured into a pint glass.

A - Two-finger head is tan, leaves little lacing. Pour is black and lets no light through.

S - Black berries and sweet malts, hints of alcohol.

T - Dark coffee with some bitter chocolate, currants. Finishes like black berries and coffee with cream. Not very complex.

M - Lighter than expected and fairly carbonated, but sticky in the mouth nonetheless.

D - A good drinking beer for the stout lover when you're in a non-sipping mood. Also serves as a good intro to the stout genre.

12-07-2009 05:18:03 | More by deruiz10
Photo of tanousa


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

A- Beautiful dark tone with a nice tan head.

S- Mocha , roasty smell and bitter chocolate.

T- Nice tasre of molasses , chocolate and coffe, very complex flavors mixed in this stout.

M- Nice body, little to medium carbonation , cramy and delicious.

D- you can drink more than one because its so good but remember the 8 % ABV , this beauty can get you in trouble!

12-05-2009 23:26:38 | More by tanousa
Photo of OatmattStout


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

very nice head with ample lacing

nose of mild roasty malts

taste was nice. sweet right off the bat with dark flavors of currant, and dark breads. has a nice drying hoppyness that lingers a bit but not overpowering.

what it lacks is the sour note that guinness FES has and makes it much more enjoyable to me. there is a bit of residual sweetness that would get to be to much after a couple though.

mouthfeel is good and what I expected and drinkability is average with that sweetness and abv of 8%

12-05-2009 20:38:29 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of jujubeast6000


4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

Reviewed 9/13/2009 (Bottle):

Pours an extremely dark brown color body, huge head, light tan, very lasting, creamy. Roasty aroma, some espresso, maybe chocolate. Very good smelling. Creamy mouthfeel, coffee and chocolate flavors. Slight ashiness. A little boozy. Less hot as it warms up. Very good tasting.

12-05-2009 15:38:24 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a rich black with a thick four finger chocolate milk coloured head that I wasn't expecting.

Smells of chocolate milk, coffee, sweet rich, burnt malts and somewhat smokey.

This is a sweet stout no doubt about it. Chocolate milk, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, no real depth however. Not very balanced by any bitterness, this is a one sided sweet stout.

Thick carbonated mouthfeel, and highly drinkable especially for the high alcohol. Considering the price($2 a bottle) this is one of the best stouts money can buy!

12-04-2009 03:04:01 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of budgood1


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

pours out of the 330ml bottle an opaque brwon hue with a crimson hues on the edges. huge frothy dark tan head...sticky and clinging lace adorns the glass. fusel coffee, toffee and cocoa in the nose with some raspberry hints. the taste is of a nicely balanced sweet style stout...lactic hints mesh with chocolate and nougat notes...some chocolate covered cherries...maybe soaked in brandy to give it a boozy flair...again fair and balanced in nature. full luscious body with a delicate, velvety mouthfeel. high drinkability due to the fact that this stout never becomes over the top or a boozy bomb.

this is a nice stout. would love to get a belly full on tap somehow. worthy of the respect...but not hype worthy. it stands on it's own merits.

12-04-2009 00:18:34 | More by budgood1
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

I've never had a beer from Sri Lanka before, but at a friend's request I picked this up on special at the LCBO - glad I did!

Pours a near black, with a thin tan head. A bit of lacing, good retention.

The smell is spot on: roasted malts, a bit of toffee or caramel, coffee and dried fruit. Very appealing.

A very flavourful and enjoyable stout, with all of the above flavours, plus a milky butterness that provided lingering sweetness. Hardly bitter at all. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is slick, creamy and buttery.

Well worth a pickup; you wont be disappointed with this stout!

11-29-2009 05:27:47 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from 330ml bottle into Roanoke College American-style pint glass.

Appearance: Pours opaque black with a very large brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves good lacing behind.

Smell: Roasted and sweet caramel malts with plum notes.

Taste: Roasty with a sugared coffee sweetness and slight roasted bitterness. A very sweet stout.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a full body. Very little carbonation present. Dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good stout overall and the sweetest I've tried thus far. Very drinkably for 8% ABV and well worth a taste.

11-23-2009 02:41:32 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of jlindros


3.85/5  rDev -2%

I heard this was an interesting beer, and it's from Sri Lanka, probably the first thing I've ever had from there. Here's the review, enjoy.

A: Pours super dark with a huge rich creamy head. The head rises to be 50% of the glass with a thick dark chocolate colored creamy foamy head. It slowly pops downwards. The black stout doesn't let any light through, so it's basically pitch black.

N: Nose is interesting, with some creamy malt aromas, spicy alcohol, toasted aromas, slight fruit, almost an aroma of toasted seeds, like toasting pumpkin seeds. Sweet malts and syrupy aromas also take a liking to it. It's a very unique and strange nose that I can't even pick out aromas to describe.

T: Starts with some nice chocolate flavors, creamy milk chocolate. Then some tangy spicy flavors that are also semi strange and interesting at the same time. Some light smoky flavors, and some char, like taking a bite from a charred log, literally. It's weird. The strange toasted seed aroma comes out slightly in the taste as well. It's so unique and interesting. Not amazing flavor, but interesting. A slight coffee taste comes through on burps as well. Some dark fruits also come through, fig and raisin mostly, with tastes of nuts and nutmeg.

M: Pretty creamy and thick, and despite the head not much carbonation.

F: Finishes semi bitter, slightly tangy and spicy as well. Pretty dry too, and leaves a chocolate powder flavor in the mouth, like chewing on cocoa powder. There's also some lingering fruit flavors and the stout like bitterness sticking around. It does hide the 8% abv well though.

11-21-2009 04:46:38 | More by jlindros
Photo of gatorbreath


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

App: Very chocolaty dark brown with mocha brown head

Smell: Mochaish with chocolate and perhaps some dark fruits. Very busy this one.

T/MF: Dark chocolaty dark fruit and very light mocha/milky note. Very complex on the palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carb'd. Premier Stout in my opinion

Drink: Could drink a few of these, and have, and enjoy each time. This is a very nice offering.

11-21-2009 02:41:00 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of Frosty80


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Color: pours very dark brown. sits black with a very small dark brown rim

Smell: mellow but obvious alcohol presence. no roast to speak of. slight chocolate presence with a hint of dark fruitiness

Taste: low roast flavor dominated by chocolate and dark fruit. slight alcohol presence. hint of roast in the finish. bitterness is very low

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. low-full body. low carbonation

Notes: tasty stout with rich flavors lacking the usual coffee flavors. great tropical export stout.

11-20-2009 04:08:52 | More by Frosty80
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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