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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

bottled
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RATINGS: 615   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 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2005
500 ml bottle, from BevMo. Pours ebony color with slight brick highlights at the rim and base of the glass when held to light, along with a small tannish head that diminishes to a ring of bubbles with no discernable lacing. Aroma is stout, roasty, hints of chocolate, burnt molasses and a milky herbiness. Flavor is nice, mostly sweet, prune juice with bitter notes, coffee, bakers chocolate, a bit of alcohol evident and an astringent roasty chocolate finish. Full body with the lightest possible carbonation. Pretty good, in fact Iíd declare it better than expected.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Kevin (2102) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 29, 2005
almost pitch black pour with a grey tan head. the nose is wine like. a lot of sweet grape booze. yogurt flavor, and the mouthfeel is gooey too. a strawberry, cherry, banana cream milkshake here. vanilla blueberry finish. i did not expect something this fruity. too much strawberry, hell, the flavor is strawberry, the finish is strawberry, and as it warms the strawberry reaches out and starts to strangle. this is seriously trying to kill me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - NOV 29, 2005
This is just OK not a stout really, though dark, it is too thin. Not a lambic, although it has a smoky fruitiness. Its kinda in its own class as a seasonal Christmas beer. Slightly astringent, not too bitter, not too sweet. A beer that tries to be all things and succeeds at none. It has a clean, dispersed finish, just kinda disappears.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle poured a translucent dark ruby brown with a small brown head. Aromas of cola,bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Palate was light bodied, smooth and clean. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and a hint of smokieness with a lingering, clean bittersweet finish.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Aroma is slighly roasted. Appearance black, but not so much that you cannot see through the glass. Pretty bland for a stout. Barely roasted, slightly sweet, if at all. Not worth the second purchase.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2005
A very decient stout. A rival of Youngs Double Chocolate in flavor. But the beauty is in the simplicity of the flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2005
Bottle. Black with a rich, lacing beige head. Fruity and roasted aromas. A bit spicy, too. Flavour is initially sweet, with lots of chocolate, smoke and roasted malts with a bitter finish. In the background there is also fruitiness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Pours a rich, velvety black., thin khaki head and decent lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasty, hop spice and dark fruit. Also somewhat yeasty. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, a cidery flavor, burned toast, light smoke, then a tart, then bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Pours a dark black color with a tiny little tan head. Some coffee in the aroma and a hint of chocolate but itís sort of faint. Coffee and chocolate flavors are there but itís not defined enough for my taste and the beer is actually quite thin. Not really feeling this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2005
500ml. bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black with virtually no head. Mild chocolate malt aroma. Flavor starts off mildly sweet with lots of roasted malt and chocolate. Finishes somewhat bitter and hides the alcohol very well. A bit thin bodied.


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