A little Lion roar
A Review of Lion Stout by Lion Brewery / Ceylon
There is something about this time of year that just makes me want to get out there and drink every stout there is on the market. Now while I can't promise that I will be able to accomplish this feat, I can promise that I will do my very best to make it happen. During a recent trading session with my co-founder, I ended up with a Lion Stout from Lion Brewery. I have had it on the shelf for a little while, but today I decided it was time to attempt to tame this beast.
When poured, the expectations start to build from the appearance alone. A dark brown coloration that boarders on black fills the glass. A dark tan head sits on top, and cascades down the inside of the glass with vigor. The first smell that hits you is of light cocoa powder. Once you move past it, a light layer of dark fruits lays just beneath. Nothing is overly sweet, but very noticeable and mouth watering. Upon digging a bit deeper, you are able to find a nice malt backbone that has some help from a few notes of dark chocolate syrup and some very nice pops of coffee from time to time.
When you take the first sip, you immediately notice how smooth the Lion Stout is. The carbonation is low, and there isn't much of a hop bite at all. This one is all about the creamy and chocolate aspects of the stout style. The cocoa powder seems to blend with the chocolate layer and come through in a creamy and sweet way. At times, it gives the taste and feeling of a nice, melted mocha shake in your glass. Again, its creamy, smooth, and in no way not delicious.
I can't go so far as to say that Lion Stout is one of the best stouts I've ever had, because it's simply not. However, Lion Brewery has no reason to hang their heads over it either. It is a very drinkable stout that has a lot of flavor, and a very high enjoyment level to it. All better beer lovers could easily enjoy it. The more experienced drinkers might view it as a good session stout, while those still new to the game could look at it as a step up from a bridge stout, and a good example of the base style. So if you're out and about, feel free to take this one for a spin. This is one lion that everyone can enjoy trying to tame.