Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from a can into an imperial pint
Pours a jet black and very smooth, Head is big and fluffy but disapates very quickly to about 1 finger, thick at the edges that causes a nice lace.
Chocolate, malt and slight coffee notes in the nose, pretty straightforward.
The flavor is extremly different all the flavors in the nosre are there but very subtley, a burnt toast flavor is what domintates and is actually very good. The red chilis are decectable at the finish but only if you are really looking for it.
Mouthfeel is right down the middle of the road in every way. Medium body, carbonation and overall feeling on the palate, not overly silky or thick but not thin or watery.
Very easy to drink but more of a sipper than something you would be able to drink alot of in a sitting, maybe 2 but thats about all I could see myself doing.
10-11-2009 23:14:20 | More by SpecialK088
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
500 ML bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.
A-- Looks like coke pouring out of the bottle. A little darker and much less carbonated but looks almost the same. Head is a mocha color and settled on a 1 1/2 finger head. Lacing is very nice and leaves an almost spider web quality.
S-- Coffee,roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch licorice. Remindes me of the Sam Adams Imperial but this smells a bit watered down.
T-- Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Roasted malts are the first thing that got me.
M-- The licorice comes in the mouth feel as the anise just coats the lining of my mouth. A little carbonation and the sugar does go straight to your stomach. that part is not that great though. It does get a bit sweeter as it warms up
D-- This is from Sri Lanka?? Serious? It's 8 %?? Seems a bit watered down for an 8%. Very drinkable. The licorice I would do with out but a very nice beer. This is a stout you can drink in all seasons.
10-11-2009 06:18:31 | More by mulder1010
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
Purchased a single at the 6 pack shop in Mt. Lebanon, PA (Brews Brothers)
11.2 oz Bottle poured into a Tervis Tumbler (OK, stop laughing, it does a good job keeping it cold)
Appearance: Pours very dark, not much head. Almost looks like Coca Cola
Smell: Doesn't smell too much like alcohol, which is surprising considering the 8%. Nice licorice / chocolate / coffee type of smell.
Taste: Not bitter, nice flavor. Maybe a little too much carbonation.
Mouthfeel: Very good. Nice body.
Drinkability: This can be deadly. Goes down way too smooth considering the 8%.
Nice price. Will definitely try again.
10-10-2009 21:37:48 | More by righthereisay
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
I've lost track of how long I've had this beer - probably a year and a half? I'm finally getting around to drinking it.
Gorgeous black with a dense mocha-colored head that is thick, creamy and long-lasting. Some lace is left as I drink this.
In a blind taste, I'd peg this as a Baltic porter. It's got the dry, unsweetened dark chocolate, cocoa and mildly burnt malt character. In addition, it's got a very characteristic smell of Baltic porters, with a rich, mildly bready and (I hate to say it) lager-like. Solid stuff
Opens fruity with plums (not from oxidation) with a rich, deep chocolate character with some bitterness and a mild tartness too. The tartness is mildly cherry-skin like, and dissipates with exposure to air. Rich coffee characteristics, almost cold-press like with low bitterness and high flavor. The sourness and coffee work well together.
Light in body ( a bit too light) with medium-high carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little disappointing. The finish with its coffee and chocolate bitterness, is quite excellent.
I'm definitely enjoying this, and will grab another and try this again soon.
10-02-2009 03:38:10 | More by DefenCorps
3.85/5 rDev -2%
From a bomber type bottle, this dark elixir poured a molasses brown and formed a nice foam head of two inches. Roasted biscuit and malts frame a medium body brew, with coffee, molasses accents and a nutty finish. Good, I would drink this again. A small step up from dry, smooth and un-flavored stouts.
09-29-2009 16:20:58 | More by HiAIPA
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
12-ish oz bottle to glass. Good stout, has classic roasted flavors, not as heavy mouthfeel as I expected. Fairly easy to drink. Wouldn't guess this is 8% alcohol, very balanced. Left a little sludge in my glass, guess I should drink faster next time. Would buy again.
09-26-2009 21:01:11 | More by kpoole25
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured into a pint glass.
This was a very nice surprise. My wife picked it up for me mainly because of the look of the bottle. It is very tasty and I'll be getting this beer a lot more. Thanks honey.
Looks very dark, black with a two finger head that reduced to a nice cap.
Smell is roasted malt with some sweetness giving a chocolate sent.
Taste is roasted malts chocolate and coffee with a slight bitterness. Balanced towards the sweet malt side, very creamy. Very good flavors.
Feel is a medium body with some good carbonation.
Drink is very high I had to take a second look at the ABV. Could easily get in trouble drinking these. Too darn smooth and drinkable for the ABV.
09-26-2009 04:42:36 | More by dbtoe
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
11.20oz can poured into a goblet.
I picked up a single can of this at West Lakeview today.
A black liquid with dark amber to orange edges and a fizzy two finger cocoa brown head that falls flat fast into a thin ring. Some smaller island of bubbles remain. There is no lacing, but there is some coating when I swirl the glass.
The nose on this stout is great! Lot's of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, some figs and raisins. Lot's of dark malts, and tiny bit 'o booze.
The first sip is dark, roasty, delicious malts. Bittersweet chocolates, coffee, caramel, excellent! There's a slight long bitter finish that works well with the sweet malty middle. The alcohol level is creeping up fast.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.
I really enjoyed this beer and I wish I bought more than one can. This could be a great go-to beer this fall and winter. A good brew when the weather cools down when I want something that's very easy drinking and warming.
09-25-2009 00:34:24 | More by beertooth
3.33/5 rDev -15.3%
Poured from a bottle cold to a glass
A - 3 inches of head being the head is reddish tan. Color reminds me of Dark chocolate/coffee. Couldn't see through the glass
S - Strong hop/malt smell but at first couldn't figure out but my first guess would be like a dark chocolate or coffee.
T - Creamy taste at first but turns a little bitter, just a little! But it does turn smooth going down.
M - Creamy and smooth but full bodied
D - Good beer, one was good enough for me though. Great beer to share when your with others.
Over all not my kind of beer. This won't stop me from trying others in this class. I recommend this beer even though not my style. Someone with a more seasoned palate will appreciate this more than me.
09-22-2009 02:27:54 | More by FreshmanPour77
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
11.2 oz Bottle #32308 20:25 (not sure what this means and the lion stout website is currently under construction)
Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass
Price - $45.99/case
Appearance: Pours dark with a three finger lite tan head. Creamy and Looks delicious.
Smell: Burnt malts. Some licorice with a hint of booze.
Taste: Bitter chocolate with mocha flavor. Nice hop balance.
Mouthfeel: Well balanced not too thin, not too chewy.
Drinkability: Can drink several of these in a row without it getting too heavy or sweet. I keep this one available year round.
Pretty decent beer and the price isn't bad either. I've had their lager and didn't care for it. This is clearly the flagship for this brewery.
09-15-2009 21:53:41 | More by 05Harley
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
330ml brown bottle, laser dated '52008 17:26' (May 20 = my birthday, but I'm leery of this 'gift' 15+ months late?!?!). Picked up the bottle several weeks back on a visit to Sharp Edge Creekhouse; jumped at the chance as this is one I've never seen sold in Oregon. Poured on a cool and rainy Saturday (mid 3rdQ of the MState-JState game) to a pint glass.
A: Deep and dark, we'll say 'ebony' since some maroon-ish (Go State!) hints nudge at the sides, detracting from true blackness. Billowing pillow of khaki head, a full three fingers, that drops gradually to a thin creamy cap. Excellent lace, crisscrossed cobwebs.
S: Husky/earthy aroma of dark/burnt malt - like rich cacao and roasted coffee beans. There's sweet, mesquite-like smoke, a trace of vanilla and toffee. A little weak, but oh so 'Mmmm...'.
T: Semi-sweet chocolate fudge, a sugary coffee. Pit fruit, a dark purple grape, vanilla and big caramel/toffee. Perfect lactose, really an interesting and deeply flavorful version of the style.
M: Velvety smoothness, a creamy mouthful. Medium bodied, seems less heavy, yet a little more boozy as it warms. Some dark chocolate bitterness hangs around on the tongue.
D: I have to rank this right up there with the Guinness 'John Martin', Deep Shaft, Pelican Tsunami and Alameda Black Bear XX among the best I've enjoyed of the style. Weighs in just a little too much on the sweet side and with a not-so-hidden alcohol, but still a delicious treat I'd love to have again and will definitely recommend.
Chalk one up for Sri Lanka (#34 country on my personal list)...well done!
09-05-2009 22:31:13 | More by msubulldog25
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Very dark colour, slight reddish tinge up to the light. Thick and dense ochre head, sinks steadily but looks nice, like frozen coke. Leaves a ring of lacing at the top. Not too special. Otherwise looks great.
Smells quite sour, a lot of burnt notes, but not overly so. A hint of some unsweetened dark chocolate and roasted coffee, and a sharp hint of booziness as well. Oddly enough blends quite well, but not perfectly balanced.
Taste is quite sour. Chocolatey on the front palate, then gets a fruity, almost wheaty organic sourness to it, dark though, roasted and with a light espresso touch to it. Doesn't have a great deal of flavour, just hands out a slightly roasted malt and maybe a touch of oak as well.
Mouthfeel is not bad, very middle of the road though, not very full but certainly not thin. Leaves a little dry, not bad.
Alcohol is very well hidden and frankly I'm not sure where because there isn't really a huge flavour here, I'm very impressed. It's all well and good for American brew-bullies to bombard heavy beers with hops to disguise alcohol, but I think here they've just utilised flavour well.
Very, very drinkable overall. Possibly the most drinkable Asian beer I've ever had, in spite of being dark, and 8%.
09-03-2009 03:49:42 | More by laituegonflable
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
Pours a deep opaque black with a huge bug loosebubbled head of mocha-cream foam. Lacing is superlative. The head looks a little too much like styrofoam to my mind, but it's pretty nice.
Quite odd on the nose. Some dark roasted notes, with a really unnerving hint of weed killer. There's something sharp there - it reminds me of wandering into the garden shed. Otherwise the toasted, slightly smoky aromas are pleasant - maybe it's just a boozy hint that's putting me off, but it's certainly odd.
Deep and toasty palate, crusty and dark at the start, but mellowing to a rounded high-cocoa chocolate sweetness. The full body of the palate is rather short, but there's a single note of carbonised bitterness which lingers through the centre as the rest subsides. A hint of booze just pops up near the end. It doesn't have the complexity to be truly great, and the mouthfeel is certainly weaker than is warranted, but it's not bad all up.
A pretty pleasant stout. It certainly has a good handle on the roasted bitterness. I wish it had upped the sweetness and the body a bit, and lengthened the palate. But not bad overall.
09-02-2009 07:46:58 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
a: This was black, no highlights. It poured with a large, long lived, sticky mocha colored head. Great looking stout.
s: Chocolate cake or chocolate milk, I can't decide which. Plenty of warm, roasty malt, but no heat to speak of.
t: Gentle roasty chocolate that gets a little sweeter towards the finish. Faint coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.
m: Medium bodied with long lasting, gentle carbonation. The aftertaste is long lasting and very welcome.
d: This wasn't "big" tasting, not all that complex either. Just well made and dangerously drinkable.
08-31-2009 10:32:27 | More by DIM
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
330ml (?) bottle. marked with "52008 17:27", whatever that means. tasted in mid-may 2009.
nearly opaque, black/brown, with reddish brown on the edges under the light. 2+ finger, light to medium brown head, very slowly recedes to thin layer. great lacing, forming curtains in the latter half of the glass.
aroma: fruity esters, almost strawberry, upfront. like a fruity nougat. then dark caramel, hints of coffee and some earthy roast and hops.
taste: that fruity, vanilla nougat character again, but not necessarily sweet like the actual candy. then the roast malt, caramel, with coffee tones, and earthy hops. moderate bitterness with gentle underlying acidity. bitterness and medicinal hint can become unbalanced though, without enough malt or ester sweetness overall.
medium body, creamy at times, punctuated by acidity and astringency, peaking in the finish. moderate carbonation has tingle upfront, and helps with creaminess, but doesn't lift the astringent feel.
the fruity nougat character and medicinal off-balancing actually gets a tad distracting. this beer is ok, but i think jackson's hyping of it gives more credit than is really due.
08-29-2009 23:32:10 | More by tai4ji2x
4/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured a pitch black body with an intense roasted and chocolate malt smell along with a good chunk of coffee malt. Thicker, sticky full body that is both smooth and creamy while having a strong roasted/coffee malt presence so it goes down dry with a dry finish. Some sweetness from chocolate in there as well and hints of fruits (like chocolate covered cherries). ABV mostly hidden but does kick up the dry taste a little...just a great sipper that I can have anytime.
08-24-2009 15:25:58 | More by clayrock81
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
A delicious and quite drinkable higher abv stout.
A goodly amount of sticky lacing to accent the largish head. Nice.
An intoxicating blend of coffee and roasted malt in the nose. A touch of floral hoppiness.
Taste is soft with a roasted malt backbone. Sweet dark breadiness follows with a strong coffee structure. A firm dry bittering makes this one seem like an Irish stout at the finish but the superb and multilayered malt core makes it much more. Much coffee here. You could easily think the bottle came from Starbucks. The abv is discretely hidden and showcases the dryness of the brew. The feel is short of heavy with a chewiness that promotes savoring. Carbonation is mildly effervescent and well suited to healthy sipping.
Drinkability is dangerously easy. The pleasing profile can lead you to indulgent enjoyment of this one.
A great brew here. Heavy coffee structure and and dry a finish allows you to get loose in your enjoyment of this one. Watch out because it does catch up
08-22-2009 06:32:01 | More by scootny
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
330 ml bottle. Perfect pint glass.
Appearance: Pours nice and black, some light passes around the edges. The off white- light brown head looks thick and rich and fills the remainder of the glass and almost overflows-- beauty. Sadly it only lasts half the glass or so. A little thin lacing.
Smell: Roasty dark malts, sweetness, and some chocolate. Really pretty nice, not overstated, but not wanting for much.
Taste: Surprisingly good. Roasted malts with some nice bitterness and sweetness. There's notes of chocolate and coffee. Its really balanced and finishes clean.
Mouthfeel: Seems appropriately full for the style. Not thick like an imperial, but its not one. Smooth and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability: This is 8% so watch out. Would be easy to accidentally pound this. Delicious and very drinkable. Nice surprise from a foreign stout. Best beer ever from Sri Lanka-- although its the only one I've had.
08-18-2009 02:31:12 | More by rapidsequence
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass
Pours up deep opaque black with a one and a half inch dark tan head.
Aroma is chocolaty with a hint of dark fruit, raisins coming to mind. A bit of a creamy "milk stouty" sweetness and a touch of molasses and wet wood.
Taste is again quite chocolaty with some molasses flavor prominent. A hint of dark fruit in the middle, a mixture of dark cherry and raisin. Some light roasted coffee in the finish alongside a wet wood character.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite smooth and creamy.
Quite an enjoyable stout. I like the balance of sweetness and roastiness.
08-17-2009 06:45:30 | More by roadhouse
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Cool looking black can courtesy of khiasmus, thanks again!
Never thought I'd be able to drink a beer from Sri Lanka without going there.
Pours a deep black color with a big tan head.
Aromas are of brown sugars, cocoa, are other dark malt notes. Smells pretty nice.
Taste is very malt forwards, dark cocoa, brown sugars, and molasses. Beer has a nice full smooth feel, and a finish that has a hint of both alcohol warmth and a mineral hop bite.
Nice mouthfeel, full and smooth.
Very good drinkability. Nice stout, wow, this was a pleasant surprise. Tasty, but not to heavy, good stuff.
08-15-2009 05:15:38 | More by flexabull
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
Appearance: Black, enormous head.
Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted notes, a little sweet hickory bbq.
Taste: Dark fruit, mild dark chocolate, not too bitter or too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Felt light for an imperial stout (which I now see it is not), still maybe a little light for its strength.
Drinkability: The lightness almost makes it dangerously drinkable.
Saw a can of this on the singles shelf so I figured I'd check it out. I thought it was an imperial stout due to the ABV, but it definitely doesn't have as much flavor as most imperials. It is very drinkable, quite light for a 8% beer. Worth a try.
08-14-2009 16:12:56 | More by Mdog
3.43/5 rDev -12.7%
Black color with a billowing 2 finger head that camps out for a few minutes before settling to a ring. Smell is roasted malts and dark fruit. Taste is ashtray, raisins, wood, lots of hops, and coffee grounds. Would be pretty damn solid but the ash holds it back just a bit. Medium bodied, normal for the style. This beer packs a lot of flavor but it is not a good enough flavor to justify drinking at 8%. If this were 6% I would probably rate it higher since then it would be sessionable, but at this high of ABV I would rather have something else.
08-06-2009 04:09:57 | More by alcstradamus
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
This beer pours an inky black color, with a thich and fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a pretty solid lacing.
This beer has a bittersweet chocolate aroma. I can detect some coffee also. It has a slightly caramel like aroma.
This beer tastes like it smells. Chocolatr and coffee are dominate. It has some molasses flavor to it as well.
This beer is pretty well balanced. The carbonation fits the style perfectly. It leaves a chocolatey aftertaste.
This beer would make a pretty good session beer. The flavor is great, and so smooth. The 8% ABV might be a problem though.
Overall: This beer was much better than I expected. I enjoyed it a lot. I would have it again.
08-06-2009 00:13:42 | More by OStrungT
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my branded Lion beer glass.
Big brown head rises up from the pour. Decent head retention. The body of the beer is, of course, black. Smell is loaded with coffee and chocolate. The taste has the coffee and chocolatey elements of the smell. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking, but a thinner body icreases the drinkability.
08-05-2009 04:48:20 | More by BierFan
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.
A= At fridge temp, this stout poured a deep dark black (no light was getting through this beauty) with a 2.5" foamy tan head. After letting the glass sit for a good 10 minutes, the head dropped to a ¼" cap that retained well. Incredible sticky lacing clung to my glass all the way down.
S= A nice blend of sweet and roasty-bitter aromas here. The sweetness was reminiscent of raisins, molasses, and chocolate. The rest of the smell was made up of dark roasty malts, coffee, and maybe a hint of chickory.
T= This tasted like a highly sweetened and carbonated café au lait coffee. Lactose sugar, milk chocolate, and treacle came first, followed by some roasted grain and dark chocolate bitterness. There was a complex yet subtle array of ripe dark fruit and earthiness running all through the middle of this beer. Finish was more sweet than bitter, though the roasted grain notes did linger on to the aftertaste.
MF= Heavy body with just a moderate carbonation level. Felt slick and tongue-coating in the mouth.
D= This was a very interesting and delicious beer. The ABV is really well hidden and is not a factor at all. If you are into sweet stouts, this is very sessionable in my opinion.
08-03-2009 16:42:49 | More by spointon
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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