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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 655   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Light aroma of molasses and coffee, dark translucent brown, taste of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, but a little watery. Not too filling, which has its place.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (7051) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry. Pours dark brown with an average size diminishing creamy light-brown head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, fruit, some sourness, chocolate and some hops. Flavour also has a mild sourness to it as well as some lightly roasted malt. I must say, I find it strange that is has no chocolate or coffee in the taste -- dissapointing. It does hide the 8% alcohol very well though. Upon reading the other reviews I have to wonder if this bottle was slightly off? As it is, it was just O.K.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6895) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 5, 2006
Dark brown with creamy head on top. Rather gentle aroma, some molasses, notes of alcohol. Medium bodied with smooth texture, very clean. Gentle toasted character. Pleasant ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2006
Bottel (500ml). Shared with blankboy. Poured like a clear dark cola with a large creamy diminshing off-white head, the trademark Ridgeway "sticky lacing" left behind. Aroma of sour burnt fruit, burnt malt, plentiful funky-pungent resiny hops, yeast, burnt candied chestnuts. Taste is mild, almost like cascade hops added to burnt root beer, with a bit of fruit and roast malt added, hints of chocolate and nuts, an undercurrent of yeasty sourness - better than I make it sound. Mouthfeel is creamy but watery, dry, slightly fizzy, with a balanced palate, delicate linger - overall drinkable but not really memorable - I like the Bad Elf better, I’m afriad - I was looking forward to this one, which is why we left it for last. Just okay.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
16 oz bottle pours fairly black with an offwhite head that fades fairly quick. Aromas of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavors are much the same a touch of dark fruit comes through as well. Palate is somewhat watery for the style but prettly drinkable.. A nice novelty but not much of a beer really.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Light malt aroma with some chocolate undertones. Alcohol really comes through in the beginning. It overwhelms any respectable stout flavors. Very thin, no mouthfeel. Almost like a high output guiness. Skip giving the coal, give them this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Aroma is a roasted, smokey coffee, black as coal, tiny toffee head. Tastes of roast coffee, liquorice. Light bodied, but finely bitter, pleasant mouthfeel. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2005
This stout pours as eclipse black color from a 500ml bottle. Small sized beige foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and cherries. A medium bodied foreign stout. Malts are roasty malts, semi-sweet chocolate and dark roast coffee. Some dark fruit and cheery flavors as well. Hops are slightly bitter and citrusy. Very dry and crisp finish. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Hides the 8% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and chocolate.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2005
From Bottle

Poured thick, and dark. 1/2 inch thick creamy off-white head. Aroma hits right out of the bottle. Nose is of cherries and slight alcohol, and malts. Taste is of dark roasted coffee, and malts. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthful is light for a stout. As it warmes I picked up some fruityness in the aroma and cherries, and a ton of alcohol warming in the taste made the end of this brew undrinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (12994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle. Black color with a small rocky off-white head that was lasting. Moderate roasted malt fruity aroma. Medium body with a thin texture. Moderate sweet bitter flavor with an average finish.


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