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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhammaren (1134) - 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.

3.3
   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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (197) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Color almost opaque black/red, chunky light brown head slowly dissipates to a thin skiff. Aromas of yeast, caramel, fruit. Flavors of prune, cherry, salted caramel, bittersweet chocolate. Mildly carbonated, viscosity a bit thin, but very drinkable. Finish is slightly salty and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2013
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, muscovado sugar, caramel. Taste is honey, chocolate, coffee, muscovado sugar, vanilla. Very smooth and balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4347) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2013
Very dark, no head. It’s not high on a stout aroma but you can tell its strength from its nose, and of course when supped, however it’s not overbearing. Full-bodied with some sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crispy34 (408) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle. Aroma slightly skunky and a little dark. Looks dark. Taste is pretty english. Dark with some skunk at the end. Palate is a little skunky, but fine. Overall, a pretty good stout. Would buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
davey101 (694) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2013
500 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The neck reads "F12 279 02:53" which I can only assume is a date code meaning its from October 5th, 2012. Pours a black body with a fingers worth of khaki foam. Looks good. Leaves behind some patches of foam and some nice lacing. Smell is awfully mundane. Sweet milk chocolate, faint vanilla, bitter roasted malts and not much else. Taste follows the nose with the addition of smoke smoke and a plasticy finish. Like a muted rauchbier with some artificial vanilla. Why is it so roasty? The saving grace here is the mouth feel which is full and creamy. Not a big fan of this one. The light smokey thing it has going on is less than welcome in my opinion.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Karol (653) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 27, 2013
bottled. I got this from Fajri for my thirsty-five b(eer)-day in May 2013. Thank you! Overall a very tasty stout. I am glad we can get this beer here Bratislava/Slovakia, because various stouts except Guiness are not commonly available yet. Although the 8% abv the alcohol is hidden and makes this beer easy to drink, so I must be careful!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Weefannybaws (102) - Paisley, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle saved from Christmas. Evil dark ale - 8%. Bitter maltiness to taste. Quite nice, but very strong, so could only have 5 or 6 pints in an evening. Goes perfectly with crisps or nuts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (6560) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark ruby brown with a medium beige head. The aroma is quite spicy with some dark fruity and roasted malts. The flavor is yeasty and spicy with light roast and dark fruity notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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