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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

bottled
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RATINGS: 625   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (658) - - 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
geologyguy (811) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Dark malt smell but very light, taste is the same...dark malt, taste is warm alcohol that is nice...dark reddish appearance is great

3.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
katrinaez (153) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Be prepared for zero carbonation. Doesnít need it, but didnít expect that. Husband hated it. I liked it. Was like a quad with the sweetness, but had a bit of a xmas spice and imperial aura to it. Enjoyed it. Heavy abv that shows up illustrator if no where.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ronaldtheriot (1367) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Ridgeway Lump of Coal has a thick, creamy, beige head, a dark brown (ruby red brown, under light) appearance, and substantial lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet cream, bread crust, and malt. Taste is of sweetness, cream, dark roasted, and almost burnt, malt, char, and acidic bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ridgeway Lump of Coal finishes semi-dry and boozy in the head. You will feel this one. RJT

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martinrumsam (556) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle. Dark murky brown with thin transient beige head. Aroma of coffee chocolate and vanilla. Taste is sweet with malts caramel chocolate and followed by coffee bitterness. Palate is thin and carbonation low. Itís ok but not in the league of the best stouts

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VamboladeTolly (327) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle @ de tolly joogipood.Pours deep dark brown with beige head. Aroma is mild sweet, roasted malts, coffee, sweet plums,riped sweet pear.Taste is sweet and slightly bitterness after, smooth, spicy,riped plums. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerFunGuy (776) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
This dark dark brown beer has a slightly bitter aroma and flavor typical of English style beers. It is less full and robust than the typical stouts that I like.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oscbert (1067) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
~Light roasty aroma with vanilla and dark fruit. Some diacetyl Overall aroma pleasant, but mild. ~Pours a very dark brown almost black color with small disappearing white head. ~Surprisingly sweet flavor or dark fruit like prune followed by roasty bitter dark malts. ~Medium bodied with medium high CO2, lingering roasty finish that isnt all that pleasant. ~Meh, drinkable, not memorable. Would drink again if offered, but wont buy it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2530) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
12/28/2010. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla aromas. Roasted malt flavors with caramel, chocolate and bitter hops.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jds2008 (20) - Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Dark brown to blackish color with dark red tint. Full light brown fluffy head, slightly roasty aroma with dark fruit touches (prune, date, raisin). Initially bittersweet chocolate with flavors of dark fruit, with strong finish of malty roasty flavors and bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmoreau (2621) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Shared 16.9 oz. bottle, poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue with ruby highlighting, a modest layer of brownish tan head foam, and spots of lacing. The nose was roasted & cocoa, with a bit of molasses, and dark fruit. Light to medium bodied, with low carbonation, the taste added a moderate, earthy hop bitterness. Seemed a bit washed out and oxidized, but didnít offend as the other "secret Santa", The Bad Elf.


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