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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good

1,434 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,434
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 54
Gots: 63 | 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

 http://www.lionbeer.com 
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Photo of JLeege
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- On tap, poured into a snifter. The pour is black with a creamy one finger tan head. Great retention and a little lace left behind.

Smell- Dark roasty malts and sweet milk chocolate aromas.

Taste- Very reminiscent of a milk stout for me, very creamy lots of chocolate notes. Roasted malts towards the back end, finishing slightly bitter. Not quite the bitterness or hop presence as some "export" stouts, but this is solid throughout. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Pretty full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This aspect is great, a very slight alcohol warming noticed as well.

Overall- Very solid beer at a pretty good value. I will be drinking this again.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an over sized sipper after I had let it sit outside of the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

A-Pours nearly pitch black with a two finger mocha head that slowly dissipates. It leaves some cascading and lacing on the glass.

S-Dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, hint of brown sugar, alcohol. Hops are present, but the malt clearly dominates.

T-Chocolate flavors dominate; not dark chocolate like the nose, but more of a milk chocolate. There is also a somewhat strong alcohol presence. It has a really nice caramel finish. It is delicious.

M-It seems slightly thin. However, its has a smooth and creamy feel.

D-This beer is delicious and much more complex than I ever expected. The booziness and sweetness of this beer cut into its sessionability, but it is great for sipping.

Overall, I loved this beer. I recently drank Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and this was much better all across the board. I will definitely purchase this again.

Photo of bfflo
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black as night with a big tan-colored head, although it doesn't seem to retain for very long. Moderate lacing. Roasted, malty, typical stout smell, with some sort of distinct, slightly pungent fruit note I can't quite put my finger on - maybe dates? Mild chocolate notes and kind of an earthy character to the bouquet overall. Taste: Full-bodied, thick-ish feeling front end and a heavy-leaning mouthfeel, which all sort of smoothly vanishes over the palate in the middle, transforming into a slightly odd, pungently sweet finish. I think it's in the finish the high ABV kicks in a touch, turning it into a slightly challenging brew - but still not something you'd readily take for an 8% ABV. A sort of dry, roasty aftertaste lingers, but not bitterly so. Lion Stout used to be one of my stout go-tos before I'd tried very many kinds, and this is my first return to it in a year in which I've been trying a lot of stouts. I'm not sure it is holding up as well as I'd hoped. It's got some character and body and an ABV that packs a little bit of punch; but the flavor combination, to me, is not entirely pleasant; the weird-sweet finish in particular puts me off a little bit. B-.

Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer that doesn't let any light through. Decent bubbles on this, small mocha head that left a little bit of chunk on the sides.

S - A lot of coffee, little bit of licorice, some dark fruit, slight alcohol burn.

T - This is a bit of a milky stout, decent amount of coffee and some licorice and dark fruit that make it taste a little "foreign." I don't care for the style but it's not my favorite. Above average.

M - Creamy, lighter side of full bodied, little kick from the carbonation.

D - It's a solid beer that I did not mind, and would drink again if it were offered. Above average, decent take on the style. Drinks a little harder than 8%.

Photo of thepeter
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my favorite Stouts hands down for quite a while. Pours a lamost pitch black with a thich dense tan head leaving velvety lacing and a thin remnance of a head. Aromas of Roasted barley dominate, coffee and cocoa come up big and, nut, raisin, and alcohol round it out a bit as well. Taste also sees a lot of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. The chocolate is there but it is a dry cocoa taste and the sweetness seems to be a bit of dark fruit. The aftertaste is perfect. Dry and clean, and the alcohol is not very noticable.
This beer feels great in my mouth perfect bubbles that coat the tongue and clense the palate. A great Beer to pair with dessert (making my store bought vanilla cookies 10 time better!) For the style I think it is one of, if not the most drinkable example. I am very glad to be able to find this easily once again.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Nice pour produced an inch of mocha head with a nice pitch black color beer. Was pleased to see this beers carbonation.

S - Smells of coffee, chocolates, mild dark fruits, a bit of warming alcohol and licorice but very mild licorice

T - Wow that's pretty creamy! The taste of mostly of coffee and licorice. Very little coffee maybe little than 20% coca but the ABV is well rounded producing very little ABV burn which is a sigh of relief!

M - Medium to heavy. Still a sipper but well covered.

D - I liked it. Came off more like a porter but it was a stout which makes it very drinkable. Beer was smooth and ABV was well concealed which I also love. Try this beer if you can!

Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle. Pours black with a long lasting brown head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma has dark fruit, chocolate malt and some brown sugar notes. Body is on a lighter side for a stout with dark fruits (prunes) and chocolate dominate the mouth. Finish is short, sweet and fruity. Hops character is very muted. Not a bad brew but I expected more from a stout.

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

Appearance is a black bodies brew with a tan head that has good retention with some lacing, decent carbonation. The smell is cocoa, coffee beans, some licorice and the taste is bitter chocolate along with coffee, licorice followed by some sweet fruity taste, maybe blackberry that leaves a sweet aftertaste. The taste also has a smokey and roasted flavor to it that makes you want to drink more of it. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and seems to be a medium to heavy feeling beer that is pretty drinkable even though it is filling.
I did enjoy this one, but I have noticed that this site says ABV is 8.00 %, while the bottle says 8.80%.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Noted as 8.00%. QC must have been slightly out of whack as I about to enjoy an 8.80% ABV. As a note this is packaged with the high ABV Belgians as it probably should be, with a complete box allowing in zero light, very stealthy, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a burnt malt and cocoa flavor with a black licorice accent. Pours into a chalice, which is the glass at hand, jet black, with a tan micro-bubble thin head. Taste is roasted malts at the start with a big milk stout flavor kicking in, followed by some black licorice, and then a classical sweet milk stout finish. This is a top fuel dragster brew. Slow to the start,hits the green light, then glides home. I am very impressed by a brew of this stature being such a great value.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im not typically a can beer drinker. I put together a random 6 pack from Total Wines. Ive seen this beer before, and finally decided to give it a try. It is your straight forward stout with a dark, creamy color, smoother taste, nice aroma, and that unmistakable stout taste. However, this beer is nothing to write home about. It is not bad, but it is not anything I'll remember 5 years from now.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

A: Near black with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Sweet biscuity malts with a hint of sour beer and bitter hops.

T: Tasty! A decent amount of lactose creaminess. Hops are present, dark malt is present. Really well put together.

D: The big flavors cover up the alcohol nicely, but the intensity of the brew demands attention.

Overall: This is a very tasty and above-ordinary foreign stout. Nicely put together and definitely not over-hyped.

Photo of IPAescotch
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Molasses black color, poured like molasses too. Thick with a and syrupy with a large beige head disappearing quickly. Some sparse lacing

Smells like tree bark. Well roasted coffee.

Tastes the same as smell, with a touch of metal.

A chewable beer. Consistency somewhere between coffee and espresso.

Drinkable for the abv

Photo of gopens44
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very much dark. Can't see the football game through this at all. Head was mocha colored, foamy and generous at pour but fell down considerably after a few minutes.

S - Nutty with hints of dark cherries and vanilla.

T - Decent. Dark chocolate with wood accents. Smokey perhaps. A little more watery in taste than most stouts I have had, but still good. Some sorta dark fruit in the taste, like the black cherries in the nose or plums perhaps.

M - thin yet smooth. Some aftertaste in the relatively little carbonated creation.

Decent enough stout. Not my favorite, but you could do worse. A little lighter than most stouts, so this could be a great hotter weather stout.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a 2 finger head that decimates slowly

S - The smell for this one is wonderful, chocolate and caramel, like a milky way!

T - Im a huge fan of coffee, and this one felt like I was having starbucks at 2 am! Great chocolate and caramel flavoring, very earthy one my favorite stout beers that I have tried so far.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - Not a beer that you can drink a lot of, but great to start or end your night on a good note.

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

This beer was served in a can which I poured into a pint glass.

It was very dark and had an aroma of coffee, chocolate, malts, and a hint of fruit.

It was medium-bodied with average carbonation. It was smooth and creamy, but not thick.

Drinkability was good.

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

A. A dark chocolate coloured stout with a tanned head.

S. Some coffee essence along with hints of chocolate.

T. Chocolatey, oaty, black coffee and some vine fruits. Quite sweet and I thought it had a taste of a weak red wine.

M. Oily and I thought surprisingly thin.

D. A quite tasty beer and a good performer. It is certainly a beer that will make you want to come back for more. Delicious!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Michael Jackson (the beer writer) had good things to say about this beer; he even landed his mug on the packag- ing somehow.

Massive tan head--four fingers' worth--rises slowly. Rocky, dense and bubbly, it drops to a thick lace that sticks all over the glass. Very fragrant with aromas of black currants, blackberries, cocoa powder and mild roast coffee. Amazing smoothness and medium creamy body with a lush mouthfeel. Quite malty to start, with a sweetness similar to sweetened coffee. The 8 percent ABV is deceiving to begin with, but after several sips, the palate warms right up. From middle to end come waves of roasted malt with undertones of dark bitter chocolate and faint espresso bean. Minimal hop bitterness, a little fruity and yeasty toward the end. Finishes on the sweet side with a long note of roasted flavor.

Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep opaque black with a thin diminishing head that leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit of roasted malts and slight coffee and molasses. The taste is more pronounced roasted malt body with the usual backup of coffee and bitter cocoa. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with mild carbonation. This is certainly one worth trying on-tap if you ever come across it.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely dark, nice milk chocolate finger of head.

Smell is nice, with lots of milk chocolate and roasted malts. Nice little bit of sweetness.

Chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, sweetness, toasted malts. Slight hop finish.

Feel is medium in body, slight carbonation. I don't expect full body, but it's on the lighter side of medium.

Tasty, and easy to drink. I think the bottle was a tad better, but I'd totally drink the cans any day as well.

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

Drank from a pint glass. Poured rich, thick and dark; solid two finger cola-colored head with good retention and residual lacing. Smelled of chocolate, caramel, malts, dried fruit; had a very slight soapy smell to it. None of the smells were particularly strong. Taste was sweet roasted malt flavor, molasses, some coffee, dark chocolate. Felt very creamy and rich, decent carbonation, medium body. When you take all factors into consideration (a/s/t/m/d, and most importantly $) this is a pretty darn drinkable beer. One of the best value big beers I can think of.

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

The export stout style, to me, always seems to land a bit short of Russian Imperial Stout, with some Baltic Porter roasted notes. This seemed to fit right into the profile, with some additional full mouthfeel, calling to mind an oatmeal stout without that level of sweetness. Deep roasted flavor, a touch of charcoal, and a nice bit of sweet malt. ETOH was evident but not offputting.

Photo of r0nyn
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my DFH snifter.

Pours a super dark opaque black that completely blots out all light. Big inch thick tan head at first that slowly recedes into a thin cap, leaving some sticky, stringy lacing. Smell is malty, with nuances of chocolate and coffee wafting around. Bit of sweet caramel too, along with a slight booziness that's just barely detectable.

Chocolate and coffee to start, followed by roasted malts and a little bit of barley. Caramel and toffee also make an appearance. Booziness is almost non-existent, as are the hops. Aftertaste is all bittering coffee. However, all the flavors seem a bit... subdued. Not as big and bold as I was expecting, even after letting the brew warm up for a little while. A little bit of astringency at the end. Mouthfeel is fine, creamy while also being crisp and dry thanks to the carbonation roiling around in there.

Drinkability is good for this stout. It's a bit more subdued than I'm used to from the style, but it's by no means a bad beer. Definitely a candidate for a good night of drinking. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy.

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

330ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with 4 fingers of frothy tan head which retreats leaving ample lacing.

S: Smells of hay, cocoa and coffee.

T: Tastes of mild, sweet coffee and booze.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly rich and the carbonation is not too high.

D: Does a pretty good job of disguising the 8.8% ABV but the slight hotness and the sweetness might hurt the drinkability.

Photo of tbeckett
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before November 2010, aka tomorrow. Poured into a snifter.

A - Opaque and black. Light tan , two finger head cliging to the side of the glass but fading to a creamy cap fairly quick.

S - Lot's of chocolate and coffee mixing well with roastiness. Nothing out of the ordinary here, typical 'stoutiness'. There is a nice complimentary licorice type of aroma too. No alcohol in the nose. Dark fruits are present also.

T - Coffee and chocolate champ through really well and move really smooth. Licorice comes through nicely again for me. Minor alcohol in the finish. A little bitter in the finish too.

M - Medium body. Mild carbonation. Sort of creamy going down.

D - Hey, why not. This is pretty decent stuff. You would never know this was 8%. Not an amazing brew, but it's a really nice strong stout.

Photo of dtivp
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black with anice dark tan head, not much retention and litlle lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malt, licorice and strong coffee.
Taste followed the nose, with dark roasted malt, bold coffee, licorice and slight alcohol.
Mouthfeel was a medium body, light carbonation, very smooth.
This was a nice stout, a like a little more bitterness, however, I would purchase this one again.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,434 ratings.