Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 13, 2005
There is a little coffee like aroma but not much else. The appearance is dark with a large tan head that quickly diminishes. The flavor is slightly roasted but the aftertase is very short lasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomciccateri (1002) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 31, 2005
From the bottle, an opaque dark brown with slight tan head. Alluring malty aroma. Chocolatey flavor where alcohol warms but thins the body a bit. Nice rich malty flavor with a late, slightly sweet character. Great by the fireside!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2005
18.9z bottle. Rich bitter chocolate nose. Black as pitch! The head consists of a large bubbled ring around the rim. The chocolate is the biggest standout in the nose, but a hint of dark roasted coffee accompany this. This is thick, rich and delicious. After reading the commercial description, the chocolate flavor has been replaced with a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Also a cinnamon, spicy flavors mixed in with the dark coffee notes. Great smoothness and not too overly hopped in the finish. This is my kind of stout!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (2946) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 Pouring into the glass I notice that it has virtually no head to it, a very thin texture, thinner than Guinness even. As a wonderful taste of roasted malts, barley and hops. A Rich tasting stout with a mild hint of dark fruit. Almost like a porter but not quite. The Alcohol doesínt hit as hard as other strong beer that I had in the past. If Santa every gave me this "lump of coal" for Xmas, I be very happy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4806) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Degarth via trade. Aroma is very malty with lots of chocolate covered fruit, cream, and a hint of mint. The slightest touch of coffee barely sneak by all the malt. Pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head that fades quickly to a thin sheet. Flavor has a lot of chocolate and caramel up front. Finish contains a lot of vanilla with moderate raisin and slight hints of coffee. Alcohol is slightly detectable, but blends well and has a nice warmth to it. Oily, but somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Maybe not one of the greats, but definitely underrated in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Very deep dark brown with just a faint glimmer of ruby. Tiny bit of tan head. Looks strong. Subtle toffee and perked coffee aromas. Nice, but a bit too mild. Toasty dryness, but at the same time rather sweet. Dark chocolate, bourbon. A bit winey palate, but smooth clean finish. An interesting and fun taste. Extra point for the goofy name.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Deep brown body, thin tan head. Bitter, roasted, rather acrid aroma with notes of bakerís chocolate. The body is oily, slick, and dominated by bittersweet chocolate with roasted malts, earthy hops, and dark fruit touches. English in spirit, but similar to high ABV American chocolate stouts too. Iím glad this isnít in a larger bottle, though, as the beer is quite rich.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Degarth, Thank you. Poured black, with thick creamy brown head. Nose had chocolate, roasted malts. The mouth feel was a bit watery, but, that could just be from all the IMPYís I drink. The taste was complex, more so as it warms. I tasted chocolate, roasted flavors, and a Smokey component. This was a tasty and welcomed treat, even if it was 100% humidity today. rerate 12-25-06 Seemed a bit watery and off this time,

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