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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 636   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (794) - - APR 20, 2013
Bottle. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Pours very dark brown, but not black like its namesake with a thin white head. Strong chocolate flavor with some caramel notes. Finishes smooth with the chocolate flavor lingering on the aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GnarlyGnome (756) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Nothing too exciting... it’s a mild stout in my book. Not as much roast as I’d like, however the chocolate does come through pretty nice. Wouldn’t turn this down, but wouldn’t seek it out either.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (1441) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Old rating. A gift from the Krampus. Pretty bad, dark brown, ashy, bittersweet chocolate, slight char, bah humbug.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4551) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle, from trade with Cuso - cheers man! :-) Pours a near-black deep brown body with a large cloudy off-white head. Aroma is nuts, nougat, grains, caramel, chocolate and hints of toffee and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, caramel, grains, bread crust and hints of toffee, dark malts, coffee and burnt toast. Medium to full body, soft to medium carbonation. Quite a tasty stout on the sweet side of things; guess the Christmas profile on this one is a good choice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielecamo (739) - ITALY - FEB 26, 2015
In bottiglia da 50cl. Colore marrone scuro, schiuma beige poco persistente. Aroma di vaniglia, caramello, cioccolato, liquirizia. Corpo abbast leggero nonostante la gradazione, bevuta appagante con sentori dapprima di vaniglia e caramello seguiti da tostato, cioccolato, liquirizia.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Brandon1989 (416) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Pours a clear amber brown color with a thick tan head that left some pretty good lacing around the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and alcohol. The taste is more of the same with some ashy flavor in there as well with quite a bit of bitterness. This beer is reminiscent of coal with the charred burnt flavor of the roasted malts. Not a huge fan but got the beer 50% off so its hard to pass that deal up.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirstyrabbit (1361) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown body, minimal head. The label says: "This brew is as dark as it gets". Oh, please - even Guinness Draught is way darker than this. I would say that for a stout it has a low darkness. Aroma has medium roast and some buttery hints. Also some coffee. Sweet buttery taste. This may or may not be diacetyl. Finish has berries. Very fruity-sweet and milky. The milky aspects are over the top, otherwise it’s somewhat drinkable. PS: Dear copywriter, I am sorry that Christmas is a sad and lonely time of year for you.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (3622) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2015
500ml bottle. Clear dark mahogany color. Medium size, beige head, stays. Mellow roast, bit of chocolate, sweet in aroma. Sweet, roasted malts, chocolate, ashy taste. Very rough. Medium bitterness. Malty body. It’s a struggle to drink it.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
SilverfoX (633) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
smells roasty and burnt and maybe medicinial, looks like flat cola with no head, tastes roasty burnt and a bit medicinial. not exactly nice but ill finish it. hardcore me.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suurjuust (1618) - ESTONIA - FEB 10, 2015
Dark brown with a reddish hue. Nose has a smattering of diacetyl, malt, mild chocolate and coffee notes, roast. Flavor is more roast, sweetness, coffee hints, some hops in the finish. As it warms, the diacetyl becomes apparent. Oily mouthfeel. This could probably do with a rerate. Shared by martjoobolut, thanks!

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
martjoobolut (1370) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 10, 2015
0,5L bottle (from Drink Shop, Tallinn), BB 25.09.15. Pours dark brown with beige head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is fruits, roast, butter, diacetyl. Flavor is sweet, roast, and some diacetyl. Finish is roast bitter. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: not a fan of diacetyl, hence not a fan of this beer.


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