Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 607   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JDBaker11058 (1246) - Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Appearance: clear, dark brown with amber highlights and a rocky tan head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, char, dust, and some grassy hops. Taste: light, bittersweet chocolate and roast, with some musty, chalky sawdust and grass notes. Finish: watery, with slightly lingering roast characteristics. Notes: A completely average stout. However, of all Ridgeway’s terrible holiday-themed beers, this is the least offensive. Beerdvent 2013, day 18.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fluffy (1600) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2013
kinda awful really, a mix of smoke and mustiness, maybe a bit of funk to it? nope not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shooter42 (130) - California, USA - DEC 21, 2013
To thin and bitter for my taste. Decent stout but not as good as expected for a holiday beer. I’ve had spiced ales with more depth and malt character. Kinda tastes like an extra stout.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Luvystypotables (618) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Not much of an aroma just a hint of malt. Dark brown colour, no head. Sweet taste of malt and black pepper. With a peppery palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mike5326 (875) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Reddish brown color, short lived off white head. Sweet malt smell. Light malt pepper and chard board body and a boring astringent finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (969) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours a deep brown color with a roasted malt mixed with caramel aroma. Taste is deep and dark, with a chocolate taste on the palate. The dark chocolate lingers on the tongue and has a minor coffee bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
msnelling09 (153) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2013
The beer pours a dark, chocolate brown with a nice fluffy head of light tan, sandy bubbles and a great retention. The head leaves a medium-thick, sheet-like lacing. In body, the beer is clear of particles and clean, but with a dark coloring that makes the beer nearly opaque. 3/3 On the nose, the beer smells of stale, dark breads, touches of milk chocolate, instant coffee, and bakers chocolate. Low amounts of diacetyl seem to be present as well with a light, buttered popcorn character. Touches of spicy licorice occasionally brush against the nostrils, but they are light. On the tongue, the beer tastes bready sweet, with a mild bitter roast, touches of coffee-like acidity, and the briefest of alcoholic pops just at the close. Hop bitterness builds as you sip the beer, and eventually hits slightly unbalanced levels. The finish is drier with a mild bitter roast. In flavor, the beer begins as softly chary coffee, moving into roast grains and toasted bread. The middle and finish carry lots of herbal and medicinal bitters that hurt other flavors in the beer. Touches of licorice, bakers chocolate, and caramel touch across the tongue, but are kept light due to the mildly aggressive bitter flavoring that mingles with slight char flavors. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavier side of medium in body, with a middling, soft carbonation, and a slightly watery, smooth, and almost-creamy mouthfeel. The bitters give the mouth a slightly sharp feeling, which is off with the rest of the beer. Overall, this is an average Export Stout that suffers from a bad blending of its bitters with the other rich flavors of the beer. It is not overly bitter by any means, but just feels a touch too bitter for the style. For a “Dark Holiday Stout,” I was also expecting more rich malt character, but it was fairly mellow with it malt character. This beer is not horrible, but is rather forgettable in the grand scheme of things. I liked it more as I drank more of it. It hides its 8% nicely. I would advise serving this at room temperature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2624) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle pour at home. Dark with light head. English style for sure. Sweet aroma. Malty earthy taste. Not very stout like. More like a brown I guess. just ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhammaren (1037) - FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
.5l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar Pours dark red, almost black with medium high head. Aroma is malts, sweetish, dark sugar and coffee. Flavor is dark malts, alcohol, dark fruits, dark sugar and some coffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
20107589 (304) - randers, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2013
soft coffe and liqurish aromas, appear total black with a bit frothy head medium bitter taste, and soft bitterness. great palate with a long aftertaste

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