Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Received as a stocking stuffer this year. A really mild stout. The flavor was nicely crafted but not what I come to expect from a stout. More of a dark ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (3352) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
From a 50 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a dark cola with a light tan head. Aroma of toasted nuts. Flavors of licorice and coffee. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Bitter roast finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5562) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2014
500 ml bottle during the holidays (why not?). Pours a clear dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, some chocolate, a mild sweetness with a light earthy bitterness to the finish. Thin and watery, it doesn’t drink like 8%. I won’t revisit this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bshep (114) - - JAN 5, 2014
Tasted like a lemony Guinness. Good for a beer tasting event, or to share with friends, but not something I would drink a whole pint of.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cwooldridge (17) - - JAN 2, 2014
Out of the bottle after a 30 minute rest. not took much to go on for the pour. It’s a stout. Off white creamy head that slowly dissipates. First smell was of cherries and sweet chocolate. Solid flavor of said Cheetos and chocolate and also got done nutmeg in there as well. Very smooth finish after a short lived alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevoj (2239) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2013
smoky and cocolatey, nice combo. Dry finish, taste of dark malt, dark chocolate, ash. Black with creamy head. Sharp, short and dry on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3815) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2013
16.9 oz bottle. Black in color with a decent sized soapy beige head. Aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, light vinegar, and dark wheat bread. Taste is of multi grain bread, chocolate, light oat, light vinegar and roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4053) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. The look is clear, cola like, eggshell colored head, and brownish in color. The smell is toffee, sugary, burnt marshmallow, fig, and raisin. The taste is sugar, fruits, toffee, and sticky alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Natai (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Pours black with a small, off-white head. Aroma is dominated by cappuccino with a hint of caramel, flavors to match with a weak watery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dereksup (13) - - DEC 24, 2013
I love this beer. I wanted a stout, but this one is not overbearing. Still very molassesy as a stout should be, but it's not too heavy, and disguises the high alcohol content effectively.

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