Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
625ml bottle poured into a goblet. I love the Michael Jackson quote on the back. It's top-fermenting AND bottle-conditioned? I'm sold!
A: Black as coal. Absolutely massive head that leaves tons of lacing.
S: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Like a mocha milkshake.
T: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a bit of licorice. Finishes slightly bitter. All the right notes for a stout.
M: Thick and smooth.
D: A world standard among stouts. It'd definitely find a place in my regular rotation if I could acquire it more easily.
06-21-2009 06:56:17 | More by BarrelO
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
nice thick, deep rich head. black as night color. smells of roasted coffee. tastes of barley and roasted coffee. smooth, sweet, and tasty finish. not dry like an Irish Stout. the alcohol taste is fairly strong. since it is such a rich beer, I would have a difficult time drinking more than a few of these at a time.
06-19-2009 02:16:31 | More by kingothewoods
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured into a tulip glass:
A- Pours jet-black, yet has an interesting high, thick, hazelnut colored head.
S- I really like this one... it has some chocolate and bold coffee aromas, a good strong alcohol smell, and even some caramel smells to round it out.
T- Very strong and sweet up front. The bold, yet balanced coffee and chocolate flavors kick in mid way though. It finishes with a quick bitter punch.
M- Medium carbonation, yet thick or chewy feeling. Quite fitting for what it is.
D- I really like that this stout has so much complexity and depth to it. It's also a great value for the money (at least where I live... something like $10 for a 6-pack). Tastes like it should cost more.
Also interesting to note for those homebrewers out there who may be reusing these bottles: watch out, they are really slippery for some reason. I know it sounds odd, but just try it... take a bottle and start rinsing it out in the sink... it almost has that feeling like when you are trying to wash bleach off of something.
06-18-2009 14:48:13 | More by jwheeler85
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
A: black with a solid two+ fingers of chocolate
hued head. I don't know that I've seen such
a strong crown come out of a bottle.
S: Sweet malty aroma with strong overtones of
coffee and cocoa.
T: Intense flavor, sweet upon introduction with
a coffee bittnerness at the back of the
pallet. The malt concentration is intense
and the blend of cocoa and coffee is master-
M/D: Nice and creamy with moderate carbonation
and a supremely smooth drink. The ABV
makes having a few nice and easy.
06-14-2009 01:52:29 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
A- Very dark, unable to pass light through my glass as I hold it up to the light. Has a medium tan size head that fades quickly with small fingers.
S- Strong coffee smell, finishes off with a slight semi sweet chocolate smell. On smell alone I have to say this is the best smelling stout I've ever had the pleasure of inhaling.
T- Strong coffee and hop flavor, finishes with a "slight" bit of sweetness but not a chocolate sweetness which I would have loved.
M- Medium thickness with slight carbonation.
D- Great stout from Sri Lanka, almost perfect!
06-12-2009 03:10:38 | More by Mayhem976
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
FANTASTIC ! I wish I had bought more than a 6 pack because I could drink 1 or 2 more than that.
Notes of chocolate and coffee in both the nose and the palate. Deep ruby in color with a tan lacing in my glass. Hints of toffee and vanilla as well. Michael Jackson called it his favorite stout so who am I to say anything else. 8% abv, full of flavor, a do NOT miss beer.
06-05-2009 05:42:51 | More by Keith238
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
Aroma: Mocha and Toffee up front with a toasty and caramel behind. A little alcohol warming as well.
Appearance: Black with a hint of copper. Dark tan head that last a good while.
Flavor: Sweetness on the tongue. Chocolate and toffee flavors. Moves to a dry finish and a caramel after taste.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy.
Overall: Nicely balanced. Good dark stout to drink on a cold night.
06-05-2009 03:12:48 | More by zosoworm
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
pours pitch black with a 2 finger tan head that leaves lacing down the glass
smell is mostly cocoa coffee and burnt malts
taste is roasted malts and chocolate and some sweet fruit which is the 8%abv
mouthfeel is a tad thin with but atleast not guinness thin
drinkability is good - this reminded me of a RIS light
06-04-2009 01:21:40 | More by jsh420
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Received in the May shipment of my beer of the month club.
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Appearance: Black (or at least exceedingly dark brown) and opaque with a nice tan head and significant lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, molasses, coffee, burnt malt.
Taste: Chocolate, coffee, molasses and some alcohol. Kind of reminds me of dark rum. Little bit of a sugary alcohol aftertaste that I am not a fan of.
Feel: Chewy and somewhat thick. Relatively low carbonation and quite smooth. Oily feel detracts slightly.
Drinkability: Very easy sipper; almost too easy considering the 8%.
06-02-2009 00:56:45 | More by bsp77
3.85/5 rDev -2%
A: Shiny brown with dark red/maroon. The head is tremendous with golden avalanches swirling to a firm settled three finger cap. As with a beer of this high octane, didn't expect nor noticed lace.
S: The nose was full of roasted black malt with a dark and dry coco. A dash of coffee but musty overall.
T: First and foremost is the roasted barley rather than the bittersweet chocolate. A slight smack of the lips uncovers the molasses and a spice, anise perhaps. I could not place the hops within, but a floral one and delicious overall.
M: Not impressed at the start, a wee bit light but grows smoother with silk undertones.
D: Lion Stout is a constant mixture of sweet and bitter. The different flavors hit your taste buds and then overtake your entire mouth, cheeks and jowls. This was a very good beer and makes me very eager to find more export stouts.
06-01-2009 02:11:59 | More by Brianmerrilyn
3.38/5 rDev -14%
Appearance - Black, 3 fingers of beige head with very good retention.
Smell - It is hard to explain what, but something seems wrong with the odour. It is not too different to the odour of most stouts, but it seems a little off.
Taste - The predominant taste is one of sweet coffee, but it isn't particularly strong. This didn't appeal to my preference for more complex stouts.
Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth.
Drinkability - Good for an 8% ABV stout.
Overall - This just didn't quite stand up to my favourite stouts. Perhaps Arjuna Ranatunga peed in it.
05-30-2009 12:11:32 | More by Cs1987
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
Purchased a small growler at Halftime in Poughkeepsie, on the lookout for a beer from Sri lanka for a work project.
Above average head poured into three plastic cups poolside, smelled more "boozy" than anything else. Tasted sweet and malty, too sweet for my taste, and a bit oily.
Perhaps worth a try, but I would not purchase again.
05-23-2009 21:22:11 | More by caminiti
3.7/5 rDev -5.9%
A = Nice and dark like typical stouts, nice foam head at first, settled to a lower 1/2 layer as it settled.
S = I feel it had a very strong, almost boozy smell, definitely tastes different than it smells. A little bit of a malty chocoalte smell, but not overpowering.
T = Good chocolate and coffee flavors throughout. It seemed to kind of juggle them back and forth.
M = Pretty thick like normal stouts, nothing crazy or surprising here for me.
D = It's has a great drinkability. Just watch out on the 8% ABV, it could catch up with you faster than you think. I wouldn't go out and get smashed on this stuff, but it can be drank all night if you pace yourself.
Overall, give this beer a try, most stout and porter drinkers should enjoy this.
05-21-2009 11:07:50 | More by nate4g63
4.4/5 rDev +12%
This is a very sweet stout. Very different from the dry stouts I'm used to (guiness extra stout... etc.). Strong chocolate, light coffee, and roasty malt taste. Mouthfeel is thick and grainy, like a meal in a glass. I like to swish the last bit in the bottom to get the residue out of the bottle. Really fun to drink. What a surprise from Sri Lanka! Similar but better to other cream stouts I've had.
05-20-2009 14:06:14 | More by jordansbaker
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
A: Pours a nice rich dark flat black hue. The head is nice and tall made up mostly of big bubbles at first. It tightens up and a nice 1/4 inch pad lingers and lingers. Wonderful lace. A real looker.
S: Rather mild aromas. Hints of roasty malt and chocolate. A touch of plums and a dash of metal.
T: Rather good. Simple but tasty. Nice bold roast character up front. Lots of rich dark chocolate and a touch of coffee and dark fruit.
M: Lighter side of medium in body. It is rich, smooth, and damn drinkable.
Search this one out, its a nice tasty treat.
05-15-2009 19:09:54 | More by tpd975
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Emerges nearly pitch black with a tiny bit of cocoa nibs highlights around the very edges. A creamy, slightly tan head forms and remains about 1/2 inch in size during the entire consumption of the beer.
Aroma is quite fruity with a minimal amount of roasty, stout like characters. This seems to fall a bit short on the export front. Slightly metallic. Very porter-like.
Flavor resembles the aroma. Minimal roastiness with a pronounced fruitiness and a touch of burnt chocolate. Raw chocolate and raisins. Again, more like a porter.
Creamy mouthfeel and finishes a touch dry. This is perhaps the most drinkable 8% beer I have had. I would have guessed around 5% abv. No alcohol in flavor, aroma or tastes. Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but far from great.
05-12-2009 19:49:38 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours black with brown tins and a dark brown head. The smell is sweet with smoky flavor, and heavy malt tones. The taste starts malty and smoky and finishes sweet. The ABV is hard to detect. The finish is malty with a hint of the smoky flavor. The mouthfeel is great, milky smooth, not super heavy-just a medium mouthfeel, great flavor balance, and a perfect carbonation for a stout. The drinkability is nice, the flavor can keep you coming back. This one is definitely worth checking out.
05-11-2009 01:46:31 | More by wingman14
4.8/5 rDev +22.1%
I bought a bottle of this on impulse at a bar that sells beer from around the world. I'd never heard of this brew, but I decided to give Sri Lanka a try.
This blew me away. It has a nice chocolatey flavor, but it's thick and smooth at the same time. It's strong enough that you can only have 2 without getting plastered.
I just bought a six pack from a high end liquor store for 9.99. Imagine, swill sells for about 2 dollars less. This will be on frequent rotation in my fridge. A great find!!!!
05-05-2009 23:58:03 | More by mambiso1123
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
A- black and opaque the way a stout should be
S- sweet roasted malts milk chocolate
T- sweet again and chocolate a good amount of roastyness
M- thick a little chewy good carbonation
D- really good no booze to it at all kind of a hot day stout i feel
05-05-2009 04:22:01 | More by SpruceFish
3.85/5 rDev -2%
It's a stout, so two guesses if it was a dark, almost black in color with a tan head. (Hint: Yes.)
There's some chocolate, coffee and raisin in the nose with a hint of floral hops. Definitely a roasty aroma overall.
It tastes like it smells with the chocolate and coffee and dried fruit, some molasses, but with a very subtle creamy ripe banana taste to it. There is just the right amount of hop bitterness to keep the sweetness from being cloying. There's bit of a smokey flavor to it like you would find in a porter. Overall it's a bit sweeter than I am used to in a stout, but it works. And if this beer really is 8% I for one can't taste it.
It's light bodied and it may not be the most complex stout ever made, but that could well work in its favor as it's really quite enjoyable.
05-05-2009 00:19:51 | More by MeisterBurger
4/5 rDev +1.8%
A: Pours a dark black color, no light, only a faint brown twinge to it. Provides a two finger brown head.
S: Lots of burnt and roasted malts. Espresso/coffe and cocoa are the most predominant scents, with some dried fruit.
T: Just like the scents. The cocoa hits up front followed by some very faint dry fruit. The backend provides the coffee. The coffee is the backbone of this beer.
M: A decent about of carbonation, just about the right amount.
D: A really nice Stout. A moderate ABV makes this beer enjoyable.
04-30-2009 16:49:11 | More by IronCitySteve
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed while cleaning some old tools and things in my workshop.
A-Attractive shiny black beer. Dark tan head rose lusciously off the pour, then reduced slowly to a thin layer.
S-Chocolate is thick, roasted malt with it. Hints of dried fruits, maybe some dark berry aromas.
T-Chocolate and roasted malts appear and are quickly usurped by dark fruity esters. These then bow down to the returning biumverate of chocolate and roast. Finishes with a slight alcohol, hoppy and roasty.
M-Moderate-low carbonation, contributing a pleasant prikle on my tongue. Body is medium-full, feeling big and great, slick and almost chewey.
D-Pretty good. The first of many stronger and fuller stouts that I had ever tried, I am happy to find that I still thoroughly enjoy this brew.
04-28-2009 21:18:09 | More by CHSLBrew
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured this 625 ml bottle into a standard pint.
Appearance: Beer pours a deep jet black (no light was getting through) color with a mocha cherry creamy looking head. A standard pour yield a 2 finger head.
Smell: Heavy molasses smell mixed with dry candied fruit.
Taste: The beginning of a sip starts out with as previously mentioned sweet molasses that moves into prune undertones. Finally sweet dry fruit (apricots especially) round it out. Light amounts of alcohol while it was cold became very noticeable when warm.
Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, creamy feel all around the mouth. Good for the style.
Drinkability: I could have had another 625 ml bottle afterwards but then I would have to try something lighter.
Final Thoughts - I have always wanted to try this stout and finally got to with the single bottle. Decent to purchase a single bottle every now and then however a six pack at the current price limits this one a bit for me.
04-26-2009 16:36:34 | More by bsend
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
A- Pours jet black opaque color with a creamy beige head that leaves nice lacing.
S- Smokey malt nose with aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.
T- Strong roasted malt flavor with a blend of coffee. Some bitter chocolate can be detected in the finish along with a peppery smoked flavor.
M- Medium/full, smooth and creamy a bit oily though. Somewhat chewy and a lingering roasted aftertaste.
D- Not a bad brew, just nothing overly complex.
04-20-2009 00:47:18 | More by projectflam86
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured from a 650mL bottle into a pint glass.
Pours an opaque black, with a huge creamy mocha colored head. Great retention, good lacing.
Nose has a nice roasty quality, and sweet milk chocolate and fruit. Maybe even some light vanilla in there. It smells like a milk stout with a heavier roast profile.
Taste follows the nose. Sweet start, dark fruity and chocolate. There's a slight tinge of floral hops, and the sweetness gives way to a nice bitterness, from the hops and roast. Very good balance. The contrasting flavors work well together.
Body is lighter (medium) than expected for a stout, but it's very very smooth. Really soft creamy feel. The 8% never really makes itself known. This is one of the more drinkable stouts I've tasted.
04-17-2009 02:10:51 | More by Gyle41386
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.