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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88
very good

1,454 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 866
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 55
Gots: 70 | 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

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Photo of MattyV
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
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
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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

about 50 degree F into a pint glass
A- opaque black, large fine head that dissipates slowly.

S- aroma of black patent and smoke

T- surprisingly rich in dark caramel and raisin tones perhaps 120l crystal and special B

M- medium to heavy body

D- pleasant to drink and different from other stouts. Its inexpensive price makes it a winner.

Photo of fischerr3
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW

what can i say... chocolate chocolate chocolate... but i am pretty sure they used actual chocolate so its not getting a 5 from me

but damn... its done right. not like the sapparo chocolate which just tastes like a yoohoo. this is good

the mouth feel was a little grainy but that could have to do with the glass i drank it out of ... or not... but it was good

another one of those strong beers that you just cant sit down and drink 3 of... crap 2 of these and im ready to switch to water hahahaha but... its worth every bit of it

Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick creamy tan head that shows excellent retention, hanging around as a one-inch head for the duration.

The aroma is heavily roasted malts, coffee and cocoa powder. Almost like chocolate-covered espresso beans.

The taste is excellent for the style - toasted chocolate malts and coffee. There is a bit more sweetness than in the aroma and the finish is dry with bakers chocolate.

The mouthfeel is dry and roasty with a moderate carbonation.

This is an excellent example of an export stout and extremely drinkable for the ABV. Surprisingly good.

Photo of Long813
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Note: It was hard to find this beer here because it's also known as "Sinha Stout". Bottle reads "Brewed and bottled by lion brewery (ceylon) plc, sri lanka, under license of ceylon brewry plc.

Best Before: JUN2011
From: liamt07

A: Pitch black body and two fingers of dark mocha head. Retention is decent and lacing is great.

S: Dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and some caramel malts. Huge roasted aroma and has a slight scent of alcohol.

T: Much like the aromas, pleasant mixture of roast malts, mild coffee and some chocolate. Flavour are a bit thin, but still good.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Thicker than water like texure and leaves a dry roasted finish. Was unimpressed by the lightness of the drink.

D: Over all this is a good beer. Thanks liam. The flavours could be better and texture is weak, but it's a good intro stout.

Photo of jbowers56
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a formidable black with a dark tan head. Lacing is really good, head retention is not amazing though.

A beer that I've had a lot before so I'm pretty familiar with this. A kind of dried cocoa scent, if that makes sense, dominates the nose. Coffee and roasted malts are there too, along with some caramel. Alcohol is just noticeable, and a raisin/dried plum aroma peeks through if you sniff hard enough! Could be a bit more juicy in the aroma.

This beer is just straight up good, and amazing value for money. Bitter cocoa notes are there, as well as some richer, sweeter flavours like molasses and dark fruits. It doesnt stand out when compared to some other amazing high abv stouts, but it's a real cracker for the price.

Mouthfeel is very very good indeed. Creamy and rich, but not even close to overwhelming. Sits in the mouth for just the right amount of time, given the flavours that are there.

Photo of FliryVorru
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer pours a very dark brown with brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Some lacing remains but not as much as I expected.

Smell - The smell is floundering. Sometimes you can get a solid whiff, but other times I practically smell glass! The smells I do get are light and fleeting and very pleasant. Coffee, caramel, sourness, and licorice.

Taste - Very heavy in coffee, a little bit of sour mash, and a hint of brown sugar as the beer warms up. A crisp aftertaste that slowly fades and you're left with a charred cedar aura in the end.

Mouthfeel - The beer starts out decently carbonated for a stout, but almost as soon as it passes over your tongue it loses most of it. if you like carbonated beers drink this one a bit faster than usual to preserve the nice bit of carbonation because it fades as it warms.

Drinkability - This is very drinkable given that it's a stout and is a great one for summer. The ability to have you want more than one on a hot day is a rare thing for a stout, though it's best had in the fall.

Other comments
This is really one of my favorite stouts and is good on any occasion. It fits in multiple seasons, it pairs well with several dishes (especially grilled red meats), and best of all: it's very reasonably priced! Check it out next time you want a 6-pack of stout for your Thanksgiving holiday.

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

This beer pours black and completely opaque. There is a one inch light brown head that forms on the pour and it lingers with excellent retention leaving some spoty lace behind as it receeds.

The aroma is nice and oh so familiar. There are some nice malty tones with a dark and rich chocolate aroma accompanied by a touch of coffee. It's lightly sweet on the nose as well.

The taste is fine. There is some chocolate and coffee. There's a nice smokiness as well. It's a little phenolic on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly efforvescent.

The drinkability is moderate to high. The flavor profile is pleasing enough making for an easy sipper. The ABV is pushing the high end, but it's well incorporated. Overall it's a decent beer.

Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a can into a Bruery tulip. Beer is black and forms a huge dark brown head of small and medium bubbles. Head falls away quickly leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is unknown but presumably low due to lack of head retention. Falling head leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is overall a little weak, kind of sweet, mildly smokey, some roasted coffee perhaps. Smells OK.

Beer is medium to thin in body, slightly sweet and finishes nicely with some roasty bitterness. There is some ash like flavors to this beer overall that are less than pleasant but fortunately for it they are minimal. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is also good. Its a decent, kind of sweet, stout.

Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a snifter. Seemed really inconspicuous sitting there on the shelf in the LCBO, not sure how long they've had this and why it's slipped under my radar for so long. Regardless, I gave it a go for the first time last night.

Popping the cap on this, I got a nice whiff of chocolate and coffee with a touch of liqueur. This poured pitch black upon first observation, held up to the light, there was some red around the edges and whatnot. A beautiful single finger of milk chocolate brown head, quickly disappearing almost altogether but left enough thin yet chunky lacing to be remembered by. Nose is of dark chocolate, coffee again, lots of sweetness (presumably from molasses of some sort, at least that's what it smelt like). Taste is quite similar, with a little more coming from the chocolate and that sweetness is right up from. Malt are just as sweet and roasty, quite nice. Finishes with a slight burn from the alcohol, but nothing substantial. Medium carbonation and a full mouthfeel, yet quite smooth on the whole.

Quite nice on the whole, and at $1.95 a bottle, the drinkability is through the roof at this ABV! This may just be a new go-to stout...

Photo of longbongsilver
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Another trip to the mix'n'match pack of imports, pulled out this one at random. Just popped the cap & already smell it (first whiff is the usual dark chocolate bit, comes with the territory really) before even pouring. I finally get around to pouring & it's a really dark opaque brown, half the mug is head at first. The initial scent amps up to 11, plus something that reminds me of roasted nuts almost.

Taste matches the smell, plus some licorice as it warms, though it doesn't go down as thick as it looks like it would. The 8% shows off a bit, but in a good way.

Overall, a by-the-book stout. Doesn't scream at you, but handles what it's supposed to well.

Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,454 ratings.