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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 605   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 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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2005
Pours out not nearly as thick as you’d think with absolutley no head. The taste isn’t bad, and seems to be a strange mix of a weaker imperial stout and a porter. Decent coffee/chocolate flavor, but not quite the complexity I’d desire from this style.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Smells and tastes estery. Pretty bland and watery for a porter. The most flavor came from the yeast, which I didn’t like. Will not buy again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (not opaque), bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, soft carbonation. Kinda boring and too sweet, but has a nice mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Brown/black with a medium tan head. Light, sweet chocolate and nougat nose. Tangy, musty flavor with a touch of coffee and nougat, medium bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Not a bad stout, if a bit watery. Small-headed, too. But it’s got a nice chocolate, coffee aroma. Same with the flavor. Sticky chocolatey finish. Some more roasted flavors would’ve been nice. Appreciate the 8%.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Black body a head that’s first foamy and brown but condenses down to a tick creamy tan top. Cigar smoke, mint, and dry chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is trying to be big, roasty and chocolately but it’s distracted by a an efferevescent green hop/alcohol taste. Bitter, roated finish buoyed by sweet chocolatey malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2005
The Shelton Bros import this, so I should not have had the trouble finding the rating. Pours obsidian, with medium off-white head. Aroma is big corn flakes, chocoff, tobacco, Godiva chocolate (sorry, Carmella) but it does smell like that! Finishing chocolate (tons of it) plus some coffee and red wine character, but this one has a great chocolate syrup flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5166) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Bottle at jeffc666’s Birthday Gathering. Courtesy of jasonp. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is light tobacco, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Hints of coffee as well. Taste is roasted malt and more light tobacco-ey notes with light coffee notes. Some bittersweet chocolate in there as well. Body is medium with a decent carbonation feel to it and some smoothness. Finishes with more roatsed malt, coffee, light licorice and mild cocoa.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Sampled at jeffc666’s gathering. Clear dark brown almost black with a small light brown head. Lightly roasty chocolate nose. Taste has big notes of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke and a hint of band aids. Alcohol content is present but not overwhelming. Medium body, soft carbonation. Decent stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Pours black with no head. Aroma is of licorise, and a slight sweet malt. Flavor is leather smoke and sweet malt.


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