Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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4/5 rDev +1.8%
330 ml bottle - $1
A - Solid opaque black with a fluffy medium brown head which settles to an eighth inch. Lacing is average.
S - Bready dark toasted malts, caramel, dark bitter raisins and a pungent cinnamon spice.
T - Taste starts off bitter toasted malts, smoky flavor. Finish is an oily bitterness and more toasted malts.
M - Consistency is medium and carbonation is slightly less than medium.
D - Good tasting stout with an interesting cinnamon note in the smell.
05-13-2007 02:28:15 | More by umustdrink
3.55/5 rDev -9.7%
A- Opaque Black in color with a rich and tall cocoa head.
S- Nose is dominated by scents of richly roasted caramel malts.
T- Mostly sweet caramel malts on the palate with a slight bitterness on the finish. Could be more balanced. slight metallic taste as well.
M- Could be a little fuller fades quickly.
D- A acceptable stout. however it could be heavier in body and have a more complex and balanced palate instead of just being such a one note song.
09-21-2008 22:06:27 | More by UA8
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
11.2 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
Hearty "pfft" upon uncapping this beer. Overcarbonated? Pours a rich, thick black, with a large, dense light tan head. Nice lacing.
Initial aromas of dark fruit, mineral, and something resembling cheap plastic zip-top bags. Odd. Lightly roasted coffee in the background, considerably lesser than expected. Sharp and somewhat pungent, but there seems to be a lot going on. A touch of meaty smoke comes through as the beer warms, and the chemically plastic quality fades rather quickly.
Smooth fruity and roasty entry, turning sweet in the middle before leading into bitter dark chocolate on the finish. There's a moderate Belgian-ish yeasty dark fruit ester thing going on that my palate isn't quite sure what to do with. It's not necessarily a good complement to the roasty stout, but it's not at odds with it either. As in the nose, the roasty character isn't as prevalent as I'd expect in a stout, especially at 8%, but it's subtle in a well-done way.
Medium bodied, leaning toward light, smooth and rounded on the whole but with a bite that increases the more I drink. Alcohol is relatively well hidden, but again picks up as the beer recedes.
An interesting interpretation of the style, but one that I can probably do without in the future. Good: subtle roastiness, Belgian-like dark fruit, dark chocolate. Bad: chemically plastic bag aromas, sharp pungency, biting mouthfeel.
10-13-2009 20:30:52 | More by wnh
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
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
Thought I would give this a try after walking by it many times. Poured a huge 4 finger milk chocolate head of frothy foam which was well retained leaving sticky lacing all the way down. The body is a deep auburn color. Looks like a dark coke.
Scent is molasses, sweet malt, dark fruit, earthy.
Taste follows the nose but is somewhat more muted with the sweetness coming to the forefront too much for my liking to the point of being cloying. Surprised how much booze comes through up front although it seems to take a back seat as it warmed. Some coffee and mocha comes to the front as it warms.
Body is watery and almost light, some bitterness but not too much for the style with little carbonation.
A drinkable stout however not one that I would actively seek out given the other options I typically have. Glad I tried it and I can now tick off Ceylon on my countries list!
03-07-2012 03:08:09 | More by Stocean1
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a pitch black-brown, can't see any light through it whatsoever. There's a decent amount of creamy tan head that disappears rather quickly, leaving a thin layer that still wants to stick to the glass. I smell malt and chocolate, a tiny bit of roast coffee, and very faintly, some berry. The taste is a lot sweeter than I was expecting, more of a strong porter than stout. It's all malt taste, though. The berry flavor is stronger in the flavor, but it's still mostly coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy, hardly any carbonation there at all, which would explain the lack of head retention. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially for the style, of which I'm not really a fan.
11-05-2007 10:25:00 | More by Kulrak
3.4/5 rDev -13.5%
330 ml brown bottle, 275 15:47 inkjetted above label.
Inky black with cordovan highlights. Thick layered head of burnished khaki bubbles of varied size. Slow to settle, leaving some light lacing. Rich coffee dominates the smell along with some sweet notes as well, perhaps a touch of molasses. Sweet white sugar up front with a solid roasty middle that provides a firm backbone. This finishes sweet, in a 'would you like some coffee with your sugar' way with only a hint of roasted bitterness at the last moment. There is also a slightly overt alcohol note as well. Medium body with a soft cushy mouthfeel that contains almost no carbonation, smooth. This was enjoyable, but may have been better showcased with some spicy food rather than on its own.
05-11-2006 00:45:46 | More by hopsaplenty
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours midnight black with a rich caramel colored head. Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate and mocca. The smell carries through to the taste promissing a semi-sweet chocolate but finishing with a bitter coffee flavor. There is a mild hoppiness throughout The head lasted quite a while. The beer finishes smooth. A very nice stout.
04-21-2003 19:12:53 | More by Loki
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
Pour pitch black in a "maredsous" chalice.
Off brownish white head dissipates slowly to a thin film. Huge aroma of roasted barley and pure chocolate and hints of fresh coffee bean. Flavor is all FES, roasted malt, coffee, soft and pleasant astingency. Alcohol is well cloaked, this would pair wonderfuly with a N-Y cheesecake or a big bowl of ripe cherries.
02-12-2008 04:55:16 | More by bloberglawp
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
Well, I just complained about the stout classifications and here I am reviewing a "Foreign/ Export Stout." A stout's a stout IMHO and this brew proves that aphorism.
Poured from a bottle into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.
-Appearance 4.0: Foamed up to a nice head; over a half inch and a beautiful khaki colored head at that. The color of this stout is black, yes, but is a more clear black than some other stouts. Less "inky black" and more of a gem-like color. A beauty.
-Smell 4.5: Wow! Big, delicious bouquet. Notes of chocolate, brown sugar, toasted cereals...this baby SMELLS like a stout should!
-Taste 4.5: First tastes are semi-sweet chocolate and concentrated barley. This is followed by a big wave of cool liquid. The aftertaste is wonderful and very strong: smoky, chocolaty...just delicious. This is one of those beers that makes you taste it again and again to find other flavor levels and different nuances. Just delicious.
-Mouthfeel 4.0: This is a bottle-conditioned ale; "Beer Hunter" Michael Jackson's picture on the back label told me so! Mouthfeel is good but not great: a bit too much carbonation. This is, however, just a nitpick. Kind of like noticing a piece of lint on the Crown Jewels of England.
-Overall 4.5: Excellent stout. This beer could stand toe to toe with the best beers in the world and come out on top. This stout is refreshing, warming and demonstrates a quality of brewing at each and every level. Its high ABV (8.8%) is completely unnoticeable in the taste, so be aware.
I paid $10.99 for a six pack of these at the Lotte/ Assi Plaza in Atlanta. Good of the ol' Beer Hunter Mr. Jackson to appear on this beer, as it is a magnificent brew. Worthy of the name "Lion." Highly recommended.
08-28-2011 03:57:42 | More by BeerDocT
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Upon seeing the country of origin and the bottles bible black contents I had to experience this stout from Ceylon.
It cascaded into my glass producing an immediate dense off tan head which fueled my curiosity as to this beer's meritorious profile.
The head arose, flourished and then retreated to whence it came leaving little trace but a scant bevel of foam clinging to the perimeter of my glass.
This beer presented a small perhaps non-existent nose.
On first tasting, this dark full bodied stout produced a starburst of flavor-- predominant hops, notes of chocolate, toasted grain, a sprite of coffee.
Unfortunately the flavor was a rather curt performance-- a blaze of glory and thenthe hole in the middle head heralded what was to come. Under the gusto of the start, the body was lacking-- there was something oddly transparentmaybe the right word is nonexistent.
The finish was clean and short. I wasnt surprised as it trailed along with its precursor-- the vestige of the initial flavor.
Nevertheless this beer has a rather cordial mouthfeel and although the flavor endurance in my opinion leaves something to be desired, it is nonetheless an enjoyable experience.
06-08-2006 06:43:31 | More by gueuzeonhigh
3.5/5 rDev -10.9%
Poured from a 11.2 bottle with no freshness date. Poured extremely dark with a copious amount of tan head. Sticky foamy lacing on the side of the glass. Strong malty scent. Heavy malts and cocoa flavors. Pretty smooth mouth feel. Not really drinkable enough to go for another. A lot of other stouts out there with more flavor. Paired pretty decent with some fresh blackberries and blueberrys and yogurt.
03-26-2010 14:58:23 | More by mtnbikerpa
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours a huge 2 finger chocolate head, black in body, good head retention and lacing
Smells of faint alcohol and roasted malt.
Taste is a variety of raisin, fig type fruit and roasted malt. Rather light on the alcohol side. Hops are pretty non present
Mouth feel is a great balance of carbonation. Nice creamy head with a silky body
Highly drinkable, very good beer. Alcohol is hidden well. Cheap great stout, highly recommend
02-15-2009 22:47:52 | More by angelmonster
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Sweet, fruity nose with hints of burnt malts. Many flavors present that all mesh quite well. Chocolate/cocoa, raisins/plums. It's light bodied for its complexity and strength and drinks quite well. I think my package store did me a favor by aging it for me(it was 4 months past its "exp." date).
07-09-2002 06:30:17 | More by pbrian
3.55/5 rDev -9.7%
Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (No Date) into a pint glass.
A strong pour yields a 2 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that quickly disintegrates after a couple minutes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a deep, near mahogany black. Throughout consumption, decent lacing can be seen sticking to the sides of the glass like honeycomb.
Dark roasted malts aromas flow out of the head with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, raisins, and plums. The nose is a little on the sweet side with the dark fruit aromas overpowering the chocolate and coffee aromas.
Just like the nose, sweet dark fruit flavors dominate the taste. Notes of plum, raisin, black cherry, and brown sugar hit the taste buds first. A light, almost cognac alcohol flavor is also detected. As the beer is swallowed the dark fruit notes turn evolve into flavors with black cherry and plum being the most dominant. As these flavors settle and wane, a dark chocolate and dry coffee flavor begins to surface but is quickly met by a light rum alcohol warmth.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is slick and smooth. The body is there but is not thick or coating and is only slightly sticky. The carbonation is not fizzy and does not create a creamy mouthfeel but can definitely be noticed working behind the scenes.
09-01-2011 04:54:41 | More by output01x
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
Serving: 12oz can into tulip glass
Served: 3 June 13
Appearance: Incredibly dark. Thick. Pours with a magnificent four finger head that takes a long time to dissipate. Great lacing as the head slowly collapses to a small coating of light brown, frothy bubbles.
Smell: Smells rich and roasty. Dark, dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes seem to jump out through the black thickness.
Taste: The dark, bitter chocolate and roasted coffee seems to really come out in the taste. Unfortunately, I'm also getting some metallic notes from the can, forcing the overall rating down lower than what it should be. Really smooth and goes down easy. You can kind of feel the 8.8% on the very very back end, long after a sip, but the high ABV is masked well by the pleasently complex flavor.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Thick, just like a foreign extra stout should be.
Overall: Wow, a great beer, especially when you consider it comes from and island off the coast of India.
06-04-2013 00:15:51 | More by Beric
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
A - Fairly average in appearance - pours black with a very carbonated brown head that fades extremely fast. Pour this slowly.
S - A dry stout smell. Dominated with coffee malts and some grassy/earthy tones.
T - It all seems to come alive at the back of the tounge, I don't pick up much up front. The flavor is pretty subtle. I pick up smooth creamy chocolate malts with strong carbonation sweeping the palate clean. Overall to watery for me.
M - Excellent mouthfeel due to the high carbonation and dryness of this stout. Smooth and creamy.
D - Easy drinker here. This stout is not that bitter and the 8% is hidden very well.
10-13-2008 02:02:52 | More by Yesac
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
I bought a case of this at The Beer Mart in Reading, PA. I drank it in a goblet.
Pours an almost opaque black with only dark garnet color showing through around the edges. A very nice dark tan head of tight foam forms on top, falls to a coating, and leaves very good lacing on the glass.
Aroma is chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and somewhat fruity, with notes of burnt cherries or raisins. Spicy hops are also present. There IS a smell here, lingering, that is metallic or chalky, that is not pleasant. The smell of black licorice becomes stronger as it warms.
Flavor is strong roasted barley, masked fairly well by a decent amount of sugar. Coffee and chocolate flavors are right there in your face, but not really overdone. This IS a strongly flavored Export stout, however. Hop bitterness is fairly high, but pretty well balanced. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Aftertaste is burnt sugar and sweet.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. The finish definitely dries out toward the end.
I would drink this again. There's something about the smell I don't care for, but the taste and kick are good.
02-19-2006 16:45:40 | More by jakester
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
poured into a willi, deep black in color with a medium brown head that lingers the whole way down.
Smells of toasted malt and nuts with a tinge of sweet/spicyness in the back, like red chilis. quite enticing.
Tastes nearly like it smells, very earthy and spicy wrapped in a package and toasted. really a complex beer and I wasn't expecting this at all.
Mouth is viscous and thick but doesn't effect the drinkability. really a well rounded beer and an utter surprise to me.
10-18-2009 19:13:35 | More by naterock
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Big 'ol two fingers of milk chocolate head over the deepest dark pits of beery dispair!!! Its almost halloween so I'm being spooky...
Anise and wet grains float like ghosts to the nose whispering hints of roasted malts and caramel. Big ghoulish flavor, cocoa nibs, ripe figs, coffee syrup, anise, some bitters and spicy alcohol. This monster is full bodied beast, breathing out a mild carbonation and some stickiness to catch you in its hold.
You really got to hand it to the boys in Sri Lanka, for the price, they make a world class stout!
10-27-2011 22:23:01 | More by JoeAmerican77
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
88 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.