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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   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 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.


tombyars' rating

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1589) - Saltcoats, - JAN 4, 2013
Pint bottle poured into a chalice glass on the 2nd January 2013. Black mahogany in colour with a tint of dark ruby round the edges and a thick mocha coloured head. Strong note of roast malt and bournville chocolate in the long aroma. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Initial black malt gives a distinct burnt toast flavour which gives way to roasted malt with hints of expresso coffee, bitter plain chocolate and dry almond husk. Slightly bitter, dusty hop resin note to the short aftertaste but this fades fast. Finish is full and creamy with sweet treacle toffee and pontefract cake evident. Tastes like a low ABV Imperial Russian Stout. Enjoyable and worth seeking out.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2016
I like the way this beer looks. Shiny clear deep deep deep brown with a nice 1/2" head that leaves only a little lacing. smell is chocolate and low burnt grains balanced nicely by thick malts. maybe some hoppiness, but I could be mistaking it for the rest of the aroma. Taste is nice. dark roast coffee and roasted barley... some vanilla and chocolate rounded out very nicely with just enough malt sweetness and lite hops. Maybe a little watery, but that could be the alcohol slickness. Am I detecting a "house" yeast flavor

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (6351) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2016
Amazing how I can not get this in Shropshire, but found it in California while on holiday. 500ml bottle opened on 4th June 2016. Not really a sunny day brew, but I wanted to have it anyway! As the name suggests, it’s black (like a lump of coal), the head a beige blanket of foam. Sweeter than I expected, and not as rich in body depth either, but still a decent beer with slightly over roasted maltiness coming through in both the nose and taste. Glad I bought it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
wchesser (1900) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Pours a thin watery brown. Looks like a brown ale. Not what I expected at all based on the name and the style. Nose is heavy belgian yeast esters. Taste follows. This presents as a belgian dubbel and not a great one. Very dissapointing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1431) - DENMARK - MAR 21, 2016
En rigtig juleøl efter min mening, uden alt for meget tilsætning (gran/julekugler/klegner etc.), men en humlet, krydret, stærk øl. Passer ikke rigtig til julebordet, men som en stille øl efter juleand,og svigermor er taget hjem.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gopherfan99 (1248) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle; pours dark brown with a beige head; aroma of chocolate, nuts, caramel, and a hint of licorice; taste is slightly sweet with chocolate, vanilla, nuts, and a hint of roasted malt; finish is semi dry with a hint of bitterness; okay

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
SanfordBrewer (1502) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2016
opaque black with a beige head. Medium body with high carbonation.

aroma: dark malt, polish remover (acetone), woodsy hops, faint fruit.

taste: acrid roasted malt, sharp rubbery phenols, astringent grain.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (2652) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 24, 2016
Deep brown color with a soft, tan-ish colored head. Light off banana notes over roasty porter-like flavor. Bready aroma.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1650) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2016
500 ml bottle. Pours ruby brown with a medium frothy light tan head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted oaty chocolate and caramel.

The flavor is sweet sugary dark fruits, roasted grainy chocolate malts with some black licorice and ashy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bit watery.

Overall, it’s overly sweet, grainy and ashy.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (945) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Malt and cereal smell and taste along with some mineral. Doesn’t even remotely taste like a stout. Light body, medium carbonation, and slight foam.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Block (2207) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Dark pour, thin head. Aroma is light of caramel and roasted malts. Flavor is also light, medium body. Mostly dark malts, some roastedness. A little alcohol at the finish, burnt.


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