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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Looking forward to a depressing holiday? Here is liquid consolation. This 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is the best you could hope for in these dark times. Come to think of it, considering how bad you’ve been this year, this little coal-black gem is more than you deserve for Christmas. Concocted by the vastly talented -- though, frankly, a little too cheery -- Peter Scholey, Lump of Coal will be hitting shelves and better pubs in November 2004.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (178) - Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2015
My first tasting really didn’t agree with me. I re-corked the bottle and let it rest overnight. After resting the flavor was much improved! I raised my rating by a half point.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9189) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle. Very dark pour with a small head. Black licorice and roasty malt. Medium palate. Some ash.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikkellund42 (728) - DENMARK - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours opaque reddish black with small white head. Aroma is roasted malt, soy sauce, ground coffee, sour apples and hints of sweet licorice and campfire smoke. Taste is medium to very sweet and light bitter. Body is creamy with soft carbonation. Finish is long and mostly sweet with notes of malt syrup, black coffee, soy sauce and hints of ammonium chloride and mint. Mild, smooth and pleasant but not very Christmas-like.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8552) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle. High creamy lasting light brown head. Clear very dark brown body. Sweet fruity roasted malt caramel aroma. Mildly hopped roasted malt caramel flavor with little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long sweet finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ramboraffe (1714) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
Sample from bottle at Porterfestivalen 2015, Göteborg. Hazy dark brown with tanned head. Chocolate, dried fruit, ashes and roasted malt. A little watery. Sei dry with low bitterness and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerseyjohn71 (282) - corsicana, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2015
tastes ashy, burned caramel, good as its name, caramel, toast, resin, leather, earthy, alcohol, licorice, smoke, vanilla, brown, red, hazy, tan foam, frothy, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, smooth,

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlindGuardianco (70) - - OCT 4, 2015
Nothing very exciting but nothing wrong either, perhaps I just don’t find pure stouts as fun amymore, it went ok with chocolate, I will have it any day on a sampler but not so much as a pint

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4875) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle from Queens Plaza Beer & Wine Brisbane City 110515. It may be well past Christmas but this wet winter’s night is the perfect time to crack this beer open. Initially looks copper coloured when poured but it darkens to a deep brown/black colour. Carries a soft head that can’t decide whether to stay or go. Big aromas and big flavours. Plenty of vanilla, roasted malt and bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpmaster (1349) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2015
1pint-9oz bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $5.99 Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Nothing too exciting... it’s a mild stout in my book. Not as much roast as I’d like, however the chocolate does come through pretty nice. Wouldn’t turn this down, but wouldn’t seek it out either.


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