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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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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Pours a very dark, yet still transparent, brownish black with a nicely-lacing, rocky tan head. Dry, milk chocolatey aroma has a touch of cherries and roasted malt. Body starts with a touch of sweet grain turning more tart and slightly puckering toward a dry, bitter finish. Palate is somewhat thin for the style. This manages to hide its alcohol very well, but it could do without the tartness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1101) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Nice drier stout. Nice bitter chocolate notes. Not as sweet as I would like. Looks great in the glass. Nice and dark black with a thin tan head.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Thanks to 1FastSTI! Pours a dark brown color, small off white head. Aroma of sweet candy, chocolate, mint. Flavor is dry, a little sweetness to it, chocolate and roast notes.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Not as naughty as I expected a little light for the name. Not very imperial and no depth very drinkable and better warm but not a 10.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
This beer has a mild aroma of malt and coffee. It is dark brown in color and doesn’t produce much of a head. It is thin and mildly sour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
swatskee (17) - Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
poured black with a tan head, nose of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. medium body, bitterness from roasted & chocolate malts, with an underlying caramel and chocolate note in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Black color with no head. Slim aroma of coffee. Taste does not have much malt body to it, but definitely has the dry bitter bit from roasted malt. Coffee stands out more now in the taste. Certainly drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3711) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [bottle - 50 cl] Dark black pour with a very small tan head. Some red highlights. Slightly bitter aroma of roasted malts with a hint of some chocolate and coffee. Sweet taste at the beginning with a malty middle and a hint of chocolate and some sweet malts at the end. Could use a little more body to it however.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Overall a very interesting holiday stout. I cannot put my finger on what the spice or hop additon is. It contributes a wonderful hidden character to this beer. The stout is definatly British in nature. Sweet forefront that leads to a dry finish. Perhaps there are some pine tips in the mash? Better served at 60-65 degrees. Small quickly fading head. Nice, but I not overly impressed. Good as holiday beers are concerned.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2005
On tap at The Blind Tiger. Lots of charcoal... hence the name. The charcoal taste is balanced nicely with mocha and coffee and a small hop kick. Found the palate to be a bit thin for a stout.


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