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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 609   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.


mcdav2154's rating

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcdav2154 (449) - - NOV 11, 2012
Enjoyable stout. Personally I would have liked it to be a bit thicker. Good balance. Would buy again.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2772) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Foreign stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"i can’t imagine this was ever an imperial-it’s an english sweet stout and comes in at 6.8%, not 8. It’s aroma & flavor is on the sweet side. Pleasant enough but not terribly complex. No comparison to Sam Smiths Oatmeal or even St. Peter’s. Ends up being a little thin on the palate whether an imperial or not. Overall, a decent beer but nothing I need to try again."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2225) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a mug and a sniffer. The head was about the same size, it just lasts longer in the snifter. The rest of the appearance was a dark brown close to black color. Once the head dies, the lacing was semi-thick and clung nicely. The smell had a little bit of roasty coffee along with roasted chocolate and just a tad of lingering booze in the background. Was that some light cinnamon too? Maybe, if so, that’s really light. The taste was basically the same. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body. Sessionable? Not exactly, I sipped this one for the most part. Overall, I say this was a good foreign stout to definitely have again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dodgrblu (626) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Twenty-Five Ounce bottle from Reno, mild chocolate aroma, and roasty, dry palate.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
andrewje41 (587) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark. Mild, odd cocoa chocolate flavor with some roasted malt flavor. A very bland, plain stout overall in my opinion. Not the worst, but I wasn’t too impressed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2014
Backlog. On tap at Green Lion Inn December 2010. Slightly sweet with chocolate, coffe, caramel and roasted malts.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (3035) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
Bottle at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 26112011. Colour is almost black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, some coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - Dark Brown to Black in colour; Deep Red against light. Very Malty; lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, espresso coffee, hints of smoke and vanilla. Very Fruity; dark fruits, berries. Hoppy; slight hop bitterness. Smooth and full-flavoured. Very chocolatey. Sweet roast chocolate malty throughout with a dry malty finish. Deceptively easy drinking for ABV. Nice sweet stout!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
500ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cold. Aroma: Lots of sweet milk chocolate, some caramel. It smells like a Milky Way candy bar. Appearance: Clear, dark ruby body with a medium-sized, dissipating off-white head. Light lacing. Taste: Burnt marshmallows and dark-roasted malt over a layer of sweet chocolate. Interesting! Almost like a s’more. Palate: Medium bodied, light carbonation, with a medium+, mildly bittersweet finish. Overall: Pretty tasty stuff; it’s like drinking a candy bar or a s’more. Quite nice, quite nice indeed. I’d look for this if it were year-round and I were in the mood for a treat.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dal9000 (200) - Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Pours dark chocolate with a thick tan 2 finger head. Very mild coffee chocolate flavor that stays on the tongue for minutes. A very light stout but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy


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