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Lion Stout - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,379 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 1,379
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 48
Gots: 52 | 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 Nesued
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a deep chocolate black/brown with a robust tan head the filled the Sam Adams glass I used for this review. The head resolved to a 1cm ring with ample lacing that coated the glass. Due to the color, I wasn't able to see the extent of the carbonation nor the abilty of the head to be retained during the duration of the offering.

Smell - Dare I say your typical stout aroma. Caramel with a big malty nose. A bit of a sweet bite produced as well, but overall a mild nose with a alcohol presence as well.

Taste - My first thought was a well balanced offering with a pronounced creamy finish. A chocolate body as well, with a good mild fruit finish.

Mouthfeel - More dense than I expected. Well circulated around my mouth with little added carbonation.

Drinkability - I was suprised by this stout. I had actively avoided it due to the "hype" I've heard associated with it. I'm glad I took the advice of a fellow SC BA'er and picked this up from a local Total Wine. I'll put this into my regular rotation. For an 8% ABV stout, this is quite drinkable.

Nesued, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of basica
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black pour into a La Guillotine snifter with a two-finger thick foamy tan head with medium retention (4)

S - Roasted malts, some nuttiness and hints of chocolate on the nose (4)

T - Sweet chocolate notes unleashed upfront immediately releasing pleasant roasted malt flavors. More roasted notes in the middle with flavors of oak and raisins gradually showing up towards the finish which was slightly bitter and slightly sour (4.2) (4)

M - Medium to full bodied thickness with an apt amount of carbonation and a lovely creamy smooth texture allowing this to go down really easily (4.5)

D - Pleasant chocolate and roasted flavors make this a really solid stout; not too much complexity here but still fairly balanced and very easy drinking (4.5)

basica, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of joemochas
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

joemochas, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of feelmefoam
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice thick, dark, mahogany, nearly black but not quite. Has a nice mellow brown head that put up two fingers of awesome froth. As it calmed down there was plenty of nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of burnt thick malts, some chocolate and coffee present as well.

Some malted barley hits your tongue at first, followed by bittersweet chocolate and maybe some raisins. There is a sweet, musty aftertaste that tastes a little syrupy, not quite sure what it is. Good, complex flavor.

Not an extremely heavy mouthfeel, as I first expected. About medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonatoin for a stout.

Pretty big and tasty, also very complex. Pretty drinkable for a stout.

feelmefoam, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of V3XX069
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

V3XX069, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of MattyV
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

MattyV, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Zone_Fighter
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Zone_Fighter, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of SeanChouffe
2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: A deep dark brown color with a full, foamy, tan head (low retention. Aroma is dull and muted: Roasty and chocolaty with a light hop presence. Metallic notes. Flavor: sweet start with a dominant roasted taste, chocolaty, and a lightly dry and metallic finish. Palate: medium bodied and creamy with low co2. This beer seems to have under utilized the assets of the ingredients. Not a bad beer, but not well balanced and not memorable.

SeanChouffe, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of jonziefle
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a completely black opaque color with a three finger pillowy tan head. It took a second try to finish the pour. Its so dark that I can’t tell if its clear or cloudy, but it looked clear from the pour. Very good retention on the head. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet, slightly syrupy roasted malts on the first whiff. Some smokiness and dark fruit as well. A hint of red wine. The alcohol makes a small appearance.

Taste: Very smoky malts on the first sip with a good amount of sweetness. The flavors blend well with a smooth sweetness and smoky malts that become more mild as you drink. A slight cardboard like off taste near the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and incredibly smooth. Creamy with a slight alcohol bite at the end. Little to no carbonation.

Drinkability: A smooth easy drinker that is very mild and pleasing. The flavor, while good, is relatively characterless making it hard to describe. An odd red wine nose and flavor is present in this beer, which is strange for the type.

Buy Again? Possibly.

jonziefle, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of ByTor2112
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from Toronto. Only $1.85 per bottle. Poured a nice dark color, no light passing through. A thick coffee colored head formed but dissipated leaving a nice thin film that left some light lacing. looked the top of an espresso. Nice sweet coffee aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate. A good bitterness sneaks in first on the palate. A very smooth combination of dark roasted and chocolate malts.A good chocolatey sweetness with a smooth almost silky feel like a milk stout. At 8% I didn't find the alcohol overly present or interfering. A good froth sweetens the brew and brings out a nice bittersweet taste from the roasted barley. I drank this as an after-dinner beer and it was excellent.

ByTor2112, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of netshark
4/5  rDev +1.8%

netshark, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of wollefdoogylloj
4/5  rDev +1.8%

wollefdoogylloj, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of gbontrag
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm starting this at 48 degrees farenheit-finish at 52...

smells like prune wine in a corn cob pipe, and looks black as hash.

This has got some buzz to it, I can smell the alcohol. My bottle has appreciable carbonation that with the help of the alcohol cuts the stout malting. Burnt bread pudding. Some raisin, burnt sugar, a picture of one black raspberry on a leaf, burnt sugar, bittersweet chocolate shavings on a bed of barley straw....carmelized bread crust (for those of you who've ever had bread/pizza from a wood-fired oven), and a little bit of black licorice.

Awright. The "8.0%" alcohole has kicked in...

Burnt chocolate bread pudding. Okay, okay, it's stout. I like it. It's strong. It's totally balanced for being a little shallow on the depth side of flavor. Carbonation works with the high alcohol % to carry the burnt sugars to cut short any lingering sweetness. There's a photo of hops thrown in the brewing process, and it's retained in the after taste. I'll say black licorice again, and I meant to say burnt sugar twice. I agree with the overall ranking, a good, not bad stout with a good price.

Personal flavor picture: Imagine trying to cook Ghiradelli brownies (from a mix) in aluminum foil on the engine of your brother-in-laws' small pick up engine while you drive 75 miles to tailgate a pro-football game. When you're drunk enough to pull the foil out, AND you're drunk enough to lick it clean, that's where you'll find the flavor of this stout. It's a nice average brew from a long way away.

BE LIKE MIKE!!

gbontrag, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of soulfly1492
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very prominent molasses. Moderate black malt. Some chocolate and lactose. No coffee. Bold aroma. No alcohol. Slightly medicinal or fresh paint.

Appearance: Black, opaque. Head is medium brown and pours small. Good retention and tons of lacing. Lots of yesty sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Taste: Lots of molasses here too. Sweet lactose, some milk chocolate, little actual cocoa. Bold flavors overall here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bosdy. There is some carbonation, although it's very smooth and hard to detect. Finishes mildly dry.

Overall: Unique taste on this one. The high molasses sets it apart.

soulfly1492, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Vonhinx
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Vonhinx, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of wiescins
4/5  rDev +1.8%

wiescins, Monday at 05:11 PM
Photo of jmbraxton
5/5  rDev +27.2%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of codewarrior
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

codewarrior, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like rootbeer into a snifter - big popping three finger light tan head slowly settles to a quarter inch.

Smells of coffee and lightly burnt chocolate. Thin body with low carbonation, sweet and chocolaty, some coffee bitterness. Easy to drink and zero sight of the 8% which is tricky of them.

Overall lacking the body I look for in a stout but the flavors, although sweet, make for a pretty solid drinker.

OldIronLungs, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of wedgie9
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a can. Pours nearly black with a very thick and frothy light brown head. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate, very roasted malts, and light hops. On the palate, the flavor is fruitier, displaying prune, the chocolate is more of a milk chocolate than dark chocolate. The malts taste a little more like caramel than expected, and the hops add a nice dimension as well. On the palate, this beer is actually lighter than expected, due in large part to the heavy carbonation. The finish is not terribly long. Overall, this is a very drinkable stout.

wedgie9, May 12, 2010
Photo of Packman4IL
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Packman4IL, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 625ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. I've been looking for this beer for quite a long time without much success and I finally found it. It did not disappoint. I must confess that the sheer fact that this is from Sri Lanka, an area not really known for its brewing prowess, earned this beer a few sentimentality points in my book, but it can definitely stand on its own. Pours jet black with a nice khaki tan head. Smell is a touch on the sour side, with some sour cherries present. Taste is slightly sweet up front, with cherries, prunes, unsweetened bakers chocolate and alcohol in the body. Not quite as complex as I imagined but still one of the more interesting stouts I've had. Definitely a departure from your everyday stout. Its 8% ABV is well blended, making for a deceptively drinkable brew. I will definitely buy more of this.

ChrisBowers, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of MisterE
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

MisterE, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of kirkpjr
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a heavy, dark black with just the faintest bits of light coming through. A finger and a half of thick, creamy milk chocolate colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate and vanilla with some caramel malts. Smells like this will be a sweet milk stout type. Some hops also round out the nose.

T: Creamy, sweet chocolate. Some vanilla here as well. A fair amount of alcohol is discernible in each sip.

M: Low carbonation and medium to full body lends well to this creamy stout - almost cask like in feel.

D: Pretty good export stout. Loved the feel on this one but the heat distracts a bit.

kirkpjr, Feb 13, 2011
Lion Stout from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
87 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.