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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 603   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 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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1320) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Tasted from big brown bottle into a nonic pint glass, of course. It poured an opaque, very dark brown color, reddish at the edges, with thin and short-lived beige foam. It would kick up a new head and some lace each time it was swirled, though. True-to-style stout aromas and flavors: bready, toasty, roasty (but not overdone), dark cherries and black plums, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Medium carbonation, chewy mouthfeel and lingering complex aftertaste. Very tasty and moreish.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (2201) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
Bottle at Gallowís Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 26112011. Colour is almost black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, some coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - Dark Brown to Black in colour; Deep Red against light. Very Malty; lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, espresso coffee, hints of smoke and vanilla. Very Fruity; dark fruits, berries. Hoppy; slight hop bitterness. Smooth and full-flavoured. Very chocolatey. Sweet roast chocolate malty throughout with a dry malty finish. Deceptively easy drinking for ABV. Nice sweet stout!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildbeercat (339) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
500ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cold. Aroma: Lots of sweet milk chocolate, some caramel. It smells like a Milky Way candy bar. Appearance: Clear, dark ruby body with a medium-sized, dissipating off-white head. Light lacing. Taste: Burnt marshmallows and dark-roasted malt over a layer of sweet chocolate. Interesting! Almost like a símore. Palate: Medium bodied, light carbonation, with a medium+, mildly bittersweet finish. Overall: Pretty tasty stuff; itís like drinking a candy bar or a símore. Quite nice, quite nice indeed. Iíd look for this if it were year-round and I were in the mood for a treat.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dal9000 (137) - Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Pours dark chocolate with a thick tan 2 finger head. Very mild coffee chocolate flavor that stays on the tongue for minutes. A very light stout but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2014
Live rate. Leftover bottle from Xmas. Pours glossy, good as black with ruby tints and a slender beige foam disappearing fast. Mildly enticing plum and blackberry and apple crumble notes on the nose; largely yeast, with a scatter of ash. Mellow and slippery with more dominant apple, blackberry and blackcurrant skin character on the palate; gentle fizz, burnt paper, charcoal, very little malt depth. Alcohol very well concealed. Lacks body considering it purports to be an 8% festive stout. Not terribly exciting but a decent enough dark yeasty English.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rmussman (1688) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Received as a stocking stuffer this year. A really mild stout. The flavor was nicely crafted but not what I come to expect from a stout. More of a dark ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (2686) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
From a 50 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a dark cola with a light tan head. Aroma of toasted nuts. Flavors of licorice and coffee. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Bitter roast finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (4537) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2014
500 ml bottle during the holidays (why not?). Pours a clear dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, some chocolate, a mild sweetness with a light earthy bitterness to the finish. Thin and watery, it doesnít drink like 8%. I wonít revisit this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bshep (108) - - JAN 5, 2014
Tasted like a lemony Guinness. Good for a beer tasting event, or to share with friends, but not something I would drink a whole pint of.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cwooldridge (17) - - JAN 2, 2014
Out of the bottle after a 30 minute rest. not took much to go on for the pour. Itís a stout. Off white creamy head that slowly dissipates. First smell was of cherries and sweet chocolate. Solid flavor of said Cheetos and chocolate and also got done nutmeg in there as well. Very smooth finish after a short lived alcohol flavor.


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