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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 638   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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 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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, - NOV 7, 2009
500ml bottle. Pitch black color, opaque. Small tanned head which disappears fast leaving nothing. Strong aroma of chocolate and some coffee. Low carbonation, medium oily. Flavor is very chocolaty, but still not that sweet. Cacao hits straight when sipping, then thereís malty little bit sour phase and at the end itís all chocolate again. Alcohol is well hidden. I expected more stronger and harsher beer because of the name, but itís all good.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4352) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle from Queens Plaza Beer & Wine Brisbane City 110515. It may be well past Christmas but this wet winterís night is the perfect time to crack this beer open. Initially looks copper coloured when poured but it darkens to a deep brown/black colour. Carries a soft head that canít decide whether to stay or go. Big aromas and big flavours. Plenty of vanilla, roasted malt and bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpmaster (1272) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2015
1pint-9oz bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $5.99 Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GnarlyGnome (803) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Nothing too exciting... itís a mild stout in my book. Not as much roast as Iíd like, however the chocolate does come through pretty nice. Wouldnít turn this down, but wouldnít seek it out either.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (1591) - 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 (4756) - 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 (845) - 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 (437) - 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 (1460) - 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 itís 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 (4087) - Reval, 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. Itís a struggle to drink it.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
SilverfoX (751) - 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.


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