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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,414 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,414
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 50
Gots: 61 | 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 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.

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

Poured into a Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours a dark cola brown with 2 inches of head the color of milky coffee.

S-Condensed milk sweetness, malted milk balls, Hershey's chocolate.

T/M-Medium bodied and creamy, with low to moderate carbonation. Less roasty than I expected, given the style. Very smooth and creamy, with condensed milk sweetness and light notes of toffee. The finish had a slight metallic tang that diminished as I continued drinking.

D- A 6-pack of this excellent stout sells for just $8.99! Not a bad deal at all.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 10/22/10

Very dark, scorched brown; appears black in the glass. One & a half fingers of light brown foam. The head dissipates at a moderate rate leaving a few smooth swaths of lace. Swirling revives a decent layer of foam.

Solid, smooth aroma of roasted dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate & coffee beans. Faint touch on an almost vanilla-like sweetness; subtlety is key on this one, though. Earthy overtones. At 8% abv alcohol is not appreciable in the nose.

A brief foray into chocolate sweetness is about it before the flavors become roasted in the middle & dry on the finish. To my liking the roasted notes creep right up to burnt territory, making for an enjoyable balance. Roasted coffee & dark malts. A little bitterness, too. Still seems like there's a hint of vanilla. Very well-structured.

Full bodied & smooth, the calm of the beer is set on edge by the carbonation which is fairly vigorous. Though it's a tad pricklier than I'd prefer it's far from too much. Finishes with dry bitterness. Roasted notes linger.

This is a really easy drinking stout. It's just really steadfast all-around. I picked a can as part of a mix & match six pack. Now that colder weather is upon Ohio this is in the running for "nightcap stout" of the season.

Photo of codewarrior
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330mL from a mix and match 6-pack, poured into a snifter

Picked this bottle up on recommendation of the beer guy at Joy Wines on 6th. It's not a bad 6-pack stout, all things considered.

A: Pours dark and thick, pitch black with 2-fingers creamy thick head. Looks like a stout.

S: Rich bitterness, and a slight unexpected hoppiness. Something else in here, but not sure what. Slight hints at smokiness.

T: Good front, bitter, good back, fading into chocolate, middle is kind of implacable and lost. Smokiness increases a lot as the beer opens up, and ultimately makes the middle a bit better down the long-haul.

F: Bit on the thin side for a stout, feels nearer a porter to my mouth.

D: Similar to B.O.R.I.S. in a number of ways, only not as good. Still, for the price, this is a very tasty stout.

Photo of kwjd
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label in Ontario says Signa Stout for some reason, but I'm sure it is the same beer. Pours an incredibly dark brown, almost black, colour with thick tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but some lacing on the glass. Looks quite thick. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Flavour has a lot of sweetness to it. Syupy mouthfeel, which works well for the sweetness of this stout. I can't believe this is under $2 for a bottle. If I didn't already have about 50 bottles of imperial stouts at my place, I'd buy a ton of this.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - opaque and black, a frothy thin mocha cover kicks up a thick finger of suds but is gone quickly. A few little islands of bubbles here and there, but a pretty bare top.

Aroma - grainy but with some semblance of roasted grain.

Taste - roasty, malty, tasty. Hints of coffee. The abv is fairly well hidden but peeks out a bit with some warming. A good basic stout, kudos for having it canned.

Mouthfeel - very nice smoothness, though the peppy carbonation could be tamer. Good sturdy body.

Drinkability - a fine sipper for the autumn fireside, though a few of these can sneak up on you.

Photo of MattyV
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle labelled "Sinha Stout" and 8.8% ABV, but pretty sure this is the same beer.

Pours a jet black colour that totally prevents any light from passing through. A pretty aggressive pour yields a thick and pillowy mocha head that shows good retention and moderate lacing

Aroma is big on the dark roasted malts, with definite touches of cocoa, coffee beans, and tobacco. I pick up hints of alcohol on big whiffs, but not too noticeable overall.

Rich complex flavour with roasted malts that provide notes of dark chocolate mostly, as well as caramel, coffee, and tobacco that are wonderfully balanced by the bitter hops. Finish is of a lightly bitter lingering roastiness with a slight touch of boozy warmth.

Rich, smooth body with just the rich touch of carbonation to keep the beer from being too heavy

Who knew such a great stout could come from Sri Lanka? This will definitely go into my rotation of go-to widely-available stouts; good value and a great rich, complex flavour profile. Well balanced but slightly on the sweet side which hurts its drinkability for me a bit.

Photo of nickadams2
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Black with a thick,creamy tan head.Great retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Licorice, roasted malt and coffee.

T_Coffee,bitter chocolate,black licorice. Roasted malt and molasses on the back end.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Very drinkable foreign export stout.

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

This is one I've always been interested in trying, but I could never find it. That is until I went to Half Time in Poughkeepsie and picked up some nifty cans.

A: Oily black with tan head that faded quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Sugar. Alcohol.

T: Roasty and sweet. The sweetness is weird because it reminds me of the syrupy and sometimes cloying dark fruit sweetness of a Belgian quad. Alcohol comes through in the finish. Perplexing yet pleasing.

M: Chewy and playful.

D: Very good for its high alcohol and strong flavors.

I'm quite pleased with my experience with the Lion. A very good beer that's just a little overrated.

Photo of taxguyjase
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - A frothy chocolate head, pitch black with almost no visible carbonation. Feels very inviting. 4.5/5.0

Smell - Coffee dominates the nose, but you'll also get some mocha and roasted malt in there. Nothing that is all that different from the expected. 3.0/5.0

Taste - A bit different flavor than I was expected based on the smell. While the coffee was more promenient in the nose, the taste seems more focused on the bitter chocolate. There's definitely a coffee flavor to it, but it's not all that robust. In fact, there's some sweetness to it. Nothing as sweet as a milk stout, but definite sweetness at the beginning of each taste. This beer is packing a pretty impressive 8.8% ABV, but you can't taste the alcohol at all. 4.0/5.0

Feel - Thick and rich. The beer definitely coats the mouth well and finishes smooth. The aftertaste is malt and dark chocolate. It takes a while for the flavors to clean up in your mouth. 4.5/5.0

Drinkability - I think I paid $3.99 for this thing and it's probably one of the best beers I've had for that price. Unfortunately, it's not available here in New Mexico...wah wah. Would definitely pick it up again though. 5.0/5.0

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

I picked this up at Brass Rail Deli, poured chilled from the can into a tulip.

A - an opaque, black as night color w/ thick band of beige, the lace clings decently and bead is average size

S - The smell is very good, lots of dried fruit aromas: fig, raisin and currant w/ a slight scent of roasted grain and mild alcohol in the aroma

M - A feel that has smooth carbonation with a mild level of sweetness and roastiness, the textue is full bodied and has a mild warmth of alcohol as it finishes

T - The flavor follows the nose pretty closely with mild fig, slight dark cocoa bitterness and mild hop effect w/ a moderate amount of wood/tobacco in the background a very nice flavor profile

D - I enjoyed this one a lot, a very good example of the style and nice to have from a can too. I would recommend this to anyone who likes strong stouts

Photo of hardy008
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, not letting any light through. Has a 2 finger foamy tan head with good retention. The aroma has roasted malt and chocolate.

The taste also has a lot of roasted malt and dark bitter chocolate. There is also some vanilla. Is somewhat more bitter than sweet.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Not a beer that I love, but one that I do like. I would like it more, if there wasn't a somewhat burnt bitter aftertaste.

Photo of tewaris
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lion Stout
The Lion Brewery Ceylon PLC
Foreign Extra Stout
8% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
625 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a Summit pint glass.

Appearance 4/5
Clear, very dark brown, almost black; big brown creamy head that receded rather fast and left moderate lacing.

Aroma 3.5/5
Dark malts and molasses is the first impression; an almost burnt sweetness is evident. I don't detect any hops, which is fine by the style. Also, aroma fades real fast in this one, and very little of the strong molasses aroma is felt later. Some fruity tartness.

Taste 4.5/5
Opens fruity, resiny. Some hop bitterness is felt eventually, but is never overwhelming. Burnt in a nice way. Finishes medium dry and clean for the sweet beginning. Roast can be well felt in the aftertaste. Very good. Some booze as the beer warms up. I won't be surprised if it's actually brewed with molasses.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Silky, with medium carbonation and medium body. Not the richest stout but it's not exactly an Imperial Stout, and mouthfeel is spot on for the style.

Drinkability 5/5
Very good. The body and taste are a perfect match for the alcohol.

Other
I would drink this beer again and again, and highly recommend it.

Photo of beerman207
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Seen this around for a while - finally decided to give it a whirl.

A: Dark as night with a geiser of head that goes away quickly - not sure why it was so out of control just to leave in a flash

S: Odd - smells like olives? Some smoke as well as mocha, chocolate. interesting combination. Not sure how I feel about the nose.

T: Olives up front followed by some chocolate and malt. Odd with the olive flavor for sure.

M: Medium carbonation - no problem here

D: Can't say i'd go for this again. For some reason, maybe I was expecting this to be more like an ris. Just not my bag unfortunately.

Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid black in color. In a Duvel Tulip, it's nearly half head and half beer. The head is tan and sudsy and also leaves plenty of lace.

Has a smoky and sweet nose. A smoked bacon scent with caramelized sugar. Interesting.

Smoked bacon up front with toasty malt, raisin, chocolate and some cola coming in at the close. Plenty of smoke and that bacon is interesting, but not bad, just different. I have to say, it works pretty well.

Smooth and the carbonation is mostly soft. For an eight percent beer though, I would have expected a little more heft in the body. Very dry finishing.

A glass of this would be fine, but more than that might be a bit much. Overall though, a unique stout. Seems to be more of a smoke baltic porter. It's a beer that I am glad I finally tried, but can't see myself getting it again in the near future.

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

Discovered this one at my local deli tonight. I had never seen it before and I figured I'd give it a try. The whole "lion" thing is kind of odd and the guy on the back sipping out of a chalice is kind of creepy. But all of that is just window-dressing for a pretty solid beer.

A: Here's a thick black pool of liquid from which no light can escape. The head forms a nice brown cloud and settles without too much effort. There's a good bit of hang and viscosity from swirling it around the glass. Overall it looks like a stout should and appears pleasing.

S: Not overly rich, not overly complex, not overly ambitious either. But it smells like a stout should. There's a nice mix of chocolate, bits of wood or oak, not overly burnt, and just a hint of licorice. But it also seems like it has a big, heavy, lead foot pressing down on all of it. Nothing jumps out...but nothing is overwhelming. Again it's solid but not a knockout.

T: The best part of the beer, in my honest opinion. I don't think I've ever called a stout "crisp" but this one has a crisp finish. It's got flavor but doesn't linger so long that you feel like you've swallowed a chocolate cake or a full meal. The flavor is a bit front heavy, not leaving much at the back end...but that really didn't bother me much. All in all I'm very happy with the taste of this beer.

MF: This is probably LS's weakest feature. The mouth feel is, for all intents and purposes, lackluster. There's no perk to fermentation or pep in this beer's groove. It sort of falls on my palette and goes "what?!" and I just respond with "oh, sorry...didn't mean to disturb you." I don't know what I want from this beer MF wise...but I don't like that it's as flat as it is.

D: at 8% this beer isn't messing around. At that level of toxicity I might go for something that leaves me a little more...how should I put it...impressed by it over the long term. That being said, I could certainly have more than one in an evening. As far as stouts go you could do much worse...but you could also do much better.

Overall, this is a nice stout that surprised me for being better than I expected initially, but eventually landed in the middle for me beer wise. If you see it in the store, I fully recommend picking it up, but there are far better examples of stouts out there than this beer, regardless of what the creepy man on the back of the bottle might say.

Photo of MorningDove
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the bad - Jackson promoted it

The good.

Tastes great, chocolate and molasis (actually tastes more choclaty then your average chocolate stout or porter)

Smells good, sweat strong stout

I like the lion look, some people may not care for cats

Drink, leaves you wanting more

I also have to state here a plus. This beer is relatively cheap. 7bucks for a 6 pack in AZ. This a great beer for the price

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

A - A nice extremely dark brown to black. Very thick. Great 2 finger dark tan head that disapates slowly.

S - Very strong smell of chocolate and caramel. Almost a roasted nut smell. Delicious none the less.

T - One of the better tasting stouts I have ever had. Starts with a blast of earthy flavors and then blends chocolate and caramel in the mid drink. Finishes with a great mocha/coffee taste.

M - Thick and creamy. Flows around just like any high-caliber stout should.

D - The only reason I gave this a 4 is, as with any stout, you can't drink very many! It is a great start or end beer, but don't plan on drinking this bad boy all night!

Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL aluminum can into a pint glass.

Appearance: entirely opaque black body with three thick fingers of foamy tan head. Just beautiful.

Smell: coffee, chocolate and vanilla all rolled together with a nice fruity alcohol bite. It actually smells a helluva lot like Bailey's & Kahlua mixed together. Mudslide beer? Nice.

Taste: like the aroma, but fruitier. Very Baltic-porterey. Extremely smooth, there's also almost a creamy taste. This is an extremely delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy and delicious. Even though there's not a huge amount of carbonation, the thick body gives the beer a really good feel.

Drinkability: very drinkable. The alcohol contributes a lot to the nose, or at least it seems, but it's not fusely or unpleasant in any way. If they sold this around here, it would definitely be a regular in this household.

Photo of Lauthaha
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A heavy pour at a 45-degree angle yields an ultra-thick head; nearly two fingers. The beer is opaque-brown and pours moderately thickly. Minutes after pour, head dissipates leaving heavy lacing on the sides of the glass. Head is a beautiful tan color which fits perfectly with the opaqueness of the beer itself.

Smell: Reminiscent of a bakery. Roasted malty character interwoven with hues of dark chocolate, coffee, berries, maybe even caramel. Tastes like something I should be biting into. Simply angelic.

Taste: There is a solid roastiness that is the perfect foundation for the rest of the taste. Chocolate and caramel swirl and effervesce upon my taste buds. Aftertaste is berry-flavored on top of the malty foundation. One of the best tasting beers I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Sits a bit heavy on the tongue, as it should. Leaves a gentle coating on the cheeks and palate which is not easily replaced. Very, very good.

Drinkability: As far as a stout goes, this one is VERY drinkable. In terms of beer in general, however, it IS a bit heavy. One or two should suffice; any more than that would put you up for a long night. ;-) Tasty, good mouthfeel, but not an everyday thing.

This would probably be a great beer to age in a cellar or to keep in the back of the fridge. Like I mentioned, one or two is all you really need. It's a great beer to start a night with as it's both flavorful and high in ABV. One of the tops!

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

11.2 oz bottle to nonic pint
NFD

A: Pours a thick oil-like black with a 4-finger frothy dark mocha head that was retained moderately well leaving thin lace down the first half of the glass.

S: Chocolate and bitter coffee with dark fruit esters.

T: Sweet roasted malt with a nice warming finish. Bitter coffee linger with raisiny esters upfront. A clean stout flavor.

M: Chewy and smooth. Well-rounded feel with good carbonation to provide a fuller body.

D: Absolutely delicious says my notes and my memory. A great balance between roasted malt and fruity esters.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,414 ratings.