Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 635   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
andrewje41 (1068) - 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 wasn’t too impressed.

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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (3496) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
Bottle at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 26112011. Colour is almost black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, some coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - Dark Brown to Black in colour; Deep Red against light. Very Malty; lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, espresso coffee, hints of smoke and vanilla. Very Fruity; dark fruits, berries. Hoppy; slight hop bitterness. Smooth and full-flavoured. Very chocolatey. Sweet roast chocolate malty throughout with a dry malty finish. Deceptively easy drinking for ABV. Nice sweet stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
500ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cold. Aroma: Lots of sweet milk chocolate, some caramel. It smells like a Milky Way candy bar. Appearance: Clear, dark ruby body with a medium-sized, dissipating off-white head. Light lacing. Taste: Burnt marshmallows and dark-roasted malt over a layer of sweet chocolate. Interesting! Almost like a s’more. Palate: Medium bodied, light carbonation, with a medium+, mildly bittersweet finish. Overall: Pretty tasty stuff; it’s like drinking a candy bar or a s’more. Quite nice, quite nice indeed. I’d look for this if it were year-round and I were in the mood for a treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dal9000 (226) - Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Pours dark chocolate with a thick tan 2 finger head. Very mild coffee chocolate flavor that stays on the tongue for minutes. A very light stout but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7423) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2014
Live rate. Leftover bottle from Xmas. Pours glossy, good as black with ruby tints and a slender beige foam disappearing fast. Mildly enticing plum and blackberry and apple crumble notes on the nose; largely yeast, with a scatter of ash. Mellow and slippery with more dominant apple, blackberry and blackcurrant skin character on the palate; gentle fizz, burnt paper, charcoal, very little malt depth. Alcohol very well concealed. Lacks body considering it purports to be an 8% festive stout. Not terribly exciting but a decent enough dark yeasty English.

   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 (4007) - 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 (6567) - 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.

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