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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Pours dark black. Little to no head. Thin mouthfeel w/ not too much else going on here other than alcohol to me. Some what sweet. Too expensive for what it was @ $6.50.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
bottle. Chocolate burnt malt aroma. A nice tan head with a dark reddish/ brown hue. Sour tasting with hints of coffee and some burnt chocolate. Thin bodied with a watery mouthfeel and a sour unpleasing finish. Not a beer I would drink again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Smells slightly sweet and caramelly. Pours dark brown with a thin white head. Taste is rather bland but fades to nice sweet flavor, not bad but nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 Bottle. Aroma-rubbing alcohol, cola. Taste-chocolate, grape soada, weak coffee, hay, bitter, watery. Blah.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2006
500ml bottle-pours a brown head with dark brown color. Aroma is alcohol and malt. Taste follows

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBellyT (15) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Impulse item at the checkout because of the great label and funny name. dark brown red pour with not much of a head that fades real quick. has a creamy feel at first but overall thin. tastes of chocolate, black coffee, an nuts. I was hoping for something more robust for the holidays, i think this might be beter in the summer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2006
(01.24.06) One pint, 9 fl oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 8% ABV. Ruby black hued stout with no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Fruity (cherry) and roasted malt aromas. Medium bodied that starts with light sweet malt and fruity (raisin) and roasted malt flavors. Finishes with light bitterness and roasty flavor. A surprisingly good fruity stout. Purchased as a fun beer during the past Christmas holiday because the bottle label was funny. Wished I bought some more.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Bottle. Poured hard into a tall glass, the beer pours with a nice sized tan head. Aroma is toasted almost burnt chocolate and just a bit tinny. Taste is sour right away with a tangy hop bite. Thin bodied with that funky sour taste makes this a wasted 5 bux.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1551) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2006
500mL bottle. A VERY DEEP mahogany pour with a small, bubbly and creamy tan head that leaves a little lace. Cocoa, chocolate and vanilla beans in the aroma. Medium body. Pretty thin for a stout. Toasty. A good bit of cocoa, black coffee, Baker’s chocolate and malts throughout. Hints of dark fruits. A slightly bitter black coffee finish. Quite a disappointment.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2006
16.9oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby--pretty much black unless in direct light. Head is pretty much nil, but for what it does have, it is tan. Smells of coffee and toasted malts. Toasted and burnt things is about all I taste (coffee, semisweet chocolate). No dark fruits--not terribly bitter either. Fairly clean finish, though a coffee aftertaste lingers (if that makes sense).


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