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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,468 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 55
Gots: 75 | 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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Ratings: 1,468 | Reviews: 869
Photo of Gyle41386
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of slowdaddy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jlabs
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beerphan
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

625ml bottle -> imperial pint
no date

Pours black with a huge tan head that recedes to a 1/4 inch blanket and leaves behind gobs of dotted lace.

Nose: Chalky chocolate, roasted dark malt, some coffee and a little something that smells funky.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, burnt coffee grounds and all the dark malts that you can handle are countered with a subtle yet effective balancing bitterness. Roar!

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and smooth. A little thickness would blast this brew into the next stratosphere.

Extremely drinkable brew from an exotic far off land, and at $2.99 for this bomber one hell of a deal.

Photo of divineaudio
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a snifter. no discernible freshness date.

color is a thick, opaque black with just a hint of ruby red highlights. forms a dense, foamy, light brown, 2 finger head that calms to a film pretty quickly. got some nice chunky lacing too.

smells strongly of worcestershire or soy sauce. also has some dark chocolate, dark fruit and a bit of musty, wet cardboard.

taste is dark, rich and fruity. i'm getting roasted and chocolate malts with hints of coffee and a berry like, fruity sweetness. notes of tobacco and molasses in there too before a long, bittersweet hop finish. alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. i can totally see the comparisons to a port or sherry.

mouthfeel is chewy, thick and smooth with a slight alcohol warming.

drinkability is high considering the alcohol content. i see this beer all the time and can't believe i waited this long to try it. pretty damn good, and on the cheap side for an import. i'll definitely be buying this again.

Photo of Long813
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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 KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Vanz
2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of MaxOhle
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of kyle86
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of bmoney
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of blakesell
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a good solid black with a finger of creamy tan head. There is a hint of brown at the top of the head as if someone poured cinnamon over the top like with an espresso, making it look much less tan. Lacing is thick and ample.

Smell- Wow! What a nose, grapes, prunes and just a touch of bourbon upfront. Licorice and chocolate malts are quick to follow. Michael Jackson is on point with this one, even the yeast is amazing for a stout on the nose.

Taste- Holy... Yes, this is an excellent stout. Port grapes, non dairy creamer, chocolate, black licorice, star anise, dark fruits and the yeast here, I would steal this yeast for a stout of my own. I'll see if it is bottle conditioned in the future.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, warming, lightly hopped, full-bodied, and medium in carbonation.

Drinkability- This is about as good as it gets on a foreign/export stout level.

Photo of Arch578
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pentathlete
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent opaque dark brown, with plenty of foam some cascading carbonation. Smell is toasty malts with some cocoa and coffee thrown in. Taste is malty sweet, with some chocolate and coffee again up front. Finish is a bit rough for me though. The beer starts off rather sweet and then ends up just a shade unpleasant. The bitterness is quite mild. Mouthfeel could be much fuller for this beer especially at this sweetness level. The 8% ABV is well hidden, but I couldn't drink more than a bomber at a time.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found during my first ever trip to the LCBO.

A- Well this is dark. A very dark brown topped by a dark beige.

S- Smells terrific. Rich chocolate milk and very little alcohol.

T- Much like the smell but a little roastier. Almost like drinking chocolate milk. Some acidity whichtakes away nothing from the smoothness. Bitterness is quite soft and leaves a lot of room to the chocolatey goodness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Only the nice warming sensation signals its presence.

M- Medium carbonation. Nice body. A little astringent.

O- Really good beer. Just light enough. Satisfies stout cravings.

Photo of Pillowburn
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of malty
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml tapered neck brown bottle - no freshness date.

Virtually opaque with a beautiful khaki head that settles down to 1/4 inch - but rebuilds quickly with a few swirls of my New Belgium goblet.

Scent of charred dark malts and marshmellows. There's also a hint of sharp alcohol in there also.

Taste is rummy and liquer-like. The roasted dark malts follow nicely along with a bitter dark chocolate. Alcohol is somewhat apparent, but not an issue. There's also a bitter acidity that balances nicely with the roasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking, but the carbonation was fine and kept the overall flavor and finish in the palate for a good long time.

Drinkability is good seeing this is 8% abv. You might want to be careful with this one.

Overall a good ballsy stout that's not shy. I wonder if this is available on tap? I was hoping for a more creamy texture, but maybe this bottle was a little old (?). I would buy this again.

Photo of lilnicky068
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of orfeu
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 17-ounce snifter at cellar temp (~50 deg. F). Black-coffee dark brown with a rather substantial creamy and crater-pocked dark-tan head. Black cherry and dried fig aromas mix with a pronounced boozy scent. Fruit aromas lighten up and reveal fresh fig and roasty chocolate aspects. Interesting and complex. Black roasted malt flavor up front, becoming dark booze-soaked cherries and prunes. Dry, astringent alcohol presence in both taste and mouthfeel; chocolate and dark-roasted coffee at the finish. Vinous berry flavors in the aftertaste. Some definitely noticeable alcohol sharpness on the palate -- jarring at first, but then it cedes to a smoother, almost (but not quite) silky slickness. Actually, the alcohol seems to meld pretty well with the other flavors, tying them together with a dry oakiness, all while remaining distinct and apparent. Hmmm; root beer flavors in the burps!(?) In all, Lion Stout makes me think -- if it is at all representative of the style -- that Foreign/Export Stouts are akin to "junior" Russian Imperial Stouts -- sort of a "warm up" to those larger, more over-the-top relations. In any case, very drinkable. Secure recommendation.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle serving, poured into a tulip glass.

Completely opaque black body. Huge tan head that lasts and lasts, finally leaving beautiful lacing. (Warning: Don't pour too fast, I should have used my Duvel glass). Perfect appearance.

Smell is very intensely roasted malt with plenty of flavor highlights. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, this stuff has a little bit of everything going on. Also a sour note in the nose, not a bad smell, just a little different.

Flavor is very rich and complex. The roasted malt jumps right up and hits you in the palate. Sweet and chocolatey, with coffee notes in the finish. Some dark fruit presence as well in the aftertaste. The 8% ABV is not noticeable to me, other than a slight warming effect.

Mouthfeel is medium-rich and somewhat chewy.

Drinkability is pretty good overall. More than a couple would quickly be overwhelming to the palate, but I really enjoyed this one!

Photo of WJVII
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass (room temp) this brew was coffee black with a brownish gray head that left nice lacing. The brew has a smoky smell with chocolate notes and a mild floral nose. The taste is mild with a medium body. The after taste is very smooth. There are some deep flavors of roasted malts, but not too much on the sweet side. The balance is nice, no bitterness, and very smooth. This is a nice brew, decent balance but not really something I could drink more than one or two at a time.

Photo of beerhan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a solid, deep jet black color. Almost reminds me of roofing tar. There is a huge layer of brown, cappuccino-colored foam that seems to last longer than the beer itself. When I first cracked open the bottle, I caught a wiff of red wine. Maybe that was just the alcohol content. After I pour, I notice an immense smell of chocolate. Sort of like some kind of chocolate/mocha flavored cappuccino. The taste is very good. Roasted and chocolately up front, with just a little bit of a hop kick towards the end. Finishes smooth. It has a slight warming effect at 8.0%. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied, but yet its surprisingly easy to drink. Tasty brew here, definitly a good session beer.

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Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.