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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 619   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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3.7
   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 there’s malty little bit sour phase and at the end it’s all chocolate again. Alcohol is well hidden. I expected more stronger and harsher beer because of the name, but it’s all good.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oscbert (1060) - 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 (2481) - 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 (2571) - 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 didn’t offend as the other "secret Santa", The Bad Elf.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dliberto (195) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Poured from bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark clear brown with a small white head. Aroma consists of yeast, caramel, nuts, dark fruit, and some bitter chocolate. Taste has all the above flavors with a smoke and tobacco flavor to it. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. It is okay.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (1828) - - DEC 7, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a big grayish-tan colored head. The big bubbly head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is much lighter in the roasted department then would be anticipated. It is heaviest of a caramel and malty smell with a bit of coffee and roast. Other aromas of toffee and molasses as well as a bit of vanilla and cocoa are there as well, along with a very light earthy hop smell. Taste – The taste begins with a blend of a roasted malt and caramel sweetened nature. There is a bit of cocoa flavor that is present upfront with this flavor later being joined by flavors of coffee as the taste advances to the end. All while the coffee increases, some flavors of an earthy hop nature come to the tongue as well, and with the coffee, end up bittering the taste quite a bit more. Some sweeter brown sugar and a bit of cream join the tastes more toward the end, and with a little bit of grainy taste, leave a sorta weakly roasted/dark stout flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the style, it is a good feel overall, although for the lack of roast, a little more carbonation may have been slightly better. Overall – Ah… A decent brew, but really not that special and not what I would consider a dark roastad ”as black as the lump of coal you’ll be getting for Christmas” as proclaimed by the label.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1048) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle from favourite beers. Dark almost black colour with a fan head. Aroma and taste have roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FestDecBeet (237) - - DEC 6, 2014
Look: pours a dark black. Light brown head. Smell: chocolate. Bitter sweet chocolate. Alcohol. Sweet makes. Taste: coffee. Bitter chocolate. Smokey malt. Bitter. Feel: rather thick mouth feel. Definitely a dryness to it. Overall: ok beer. Not a big fan of the flavor. Description is slightly misleading. I feel more bitterness than sweetness. First drank: home 12/6/14

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
solidfunk (4491) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2014
An element of sourness ere, almost like berry - the keg has certainly gone bad. Pours maroonish without much head or lacing. Light tang in finish with some sourness. Not a huge fan - this is certainly worth giving to bad kids on Christmas. Cask at Churchkey.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1143) - Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Interesting. A lot going on here. My grandma gave me coal one year. A lot of dark licorice.


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