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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 youíve 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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1318) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle from favourite beers. Dark almost black colour with a fan head. Aroma and taste have roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FestDecBeet (319) - - DEC 6, 2014
Look: pours a dark black. Light brown head. Smell: chocolate. Bitter sweet chocolate. Alcohol. Sweet makes. Taste: coffee. Bitter chocolate. Smokey malt. Bitter. Feel: rather thick mouth feel. Definitely a dryness to it. Overall: ok beer. Not a big fan of the flavor. Description is slightly misleading. I feel more bitterness than sweetness. First drank: home 12/6/14

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
solidfunk (4681) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2014
An element of sourness ere, almost like berry - the keg has certainly gone bad. Pours maroonish without much head or lacing. Light tang in finish with some sourness. Not a huge fan - this is certainly worth giving to bad kids on Christmas. Cask at Churchkey.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1185) - Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Interesting. A lot going on here. My grandma gave me coal one year. A lot of dark licorice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2992) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Foreign stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6280) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"i canít imagine this was ever an imperial-itís an english sweet stout and comes in at 6.8%, not 8. Itís aroma & flavor is on the sweet side. Pleasant enough but not terribly complex. No comparison to Sam Smiths Oatmeal or even St. Peterís. Ends up being a little thin on the palate whether an imperial or not. Overall, a decent beer but nothing I need to try again."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2350) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a mug and a sniffer. The head was about the same size, it just lasts longer in the snifter. The rest of the appearance was a dark brown close to black color. Once the head dies, the lacing was semi-thick and clung nicely. The smell had a little bit of roasty coffee along with roasted chocolate and just a tad of lingering booze in the background. Was that some light cinnamon too? Maybe, if so, thatís really light. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body. Sessionable? Not exactly, I sipped this one for the most part. Overall, I say this was a good foreign stout to definitely have again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dodgrblu (642) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Twenty-Five Ounce bottle from Reno, mild chocolate aroma, and roasty, dry palate.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
andrewje41 (879) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark. Mild, odd cocoa chocolate flavor with some roasted malt flavor. A very bland, plain stout overall in my opinion. Not the worst, but I wasnít too impressed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2014
Backlog. On tap at Green Lion Inn December 2010. Slightly sweet with chocolate, coffe, caramel and roasted malts.


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