Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
South Stoke, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
500ml Bottle. The pour was a very dark cola brown with an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin puddled film and medium collar with excellent sticky sheets of lacing, The aroma was of roasted dark bread malts and a bold leathery yeast with notes of bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark fruit (prunes and plums) and a hint of smoke. The taste was very roasty and a bit malty with a slight dark fruit sweetness and a note of bitter chocolate from the start, becoming a tad bitterer with a big coffee presence and a touch of smoke right at the end. The flavor lasted a nice long time preceding the swallow, with a bold creamy, bitter, smoky taste left lying on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was a few steps past medium in body with a thin creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation. Overall this is a very enjoyable brew with a good fruity and chocolaty feel along with a bold bitter roastiness, now add a wisp of smoke and you have a very good tasting and easy to drink brew...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8073) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle. High creamy lasting light brown head. Clear very dark brown body. Sweet fruity roasted malt caramel aroma. Mildly hopped roasted malt caramel flavor with little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ramboraffe (1468) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
Sample from bottle at Porterfestivalen 2015, Göteborg. Hazy dark brown with tanned head. Chocolate, dried fruit, ashes and roasted malt. A little watery. Sei dry with low bitterness and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerseyjohn71 (281) - corsicana, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2015
tastes ashy, burned caramel, good as its name, caramel, toast, resin, leather, earthy, alcohol, licorice, smoke, vanilla, brown, red, hazy, tan foam, frothy, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, smooth,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlindGuardianco (48) - - OCT 4, 2015
Nothing very exciting but nothing wrong either, perhaps I just don’t find pure stouts as fun amymore, it went ok with chocolate, I will have it any day on a sampler but not so much as a pint

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4526) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle from Queens Plaza Beer & Wine Brisbane City 110515. It may be well past Christmas but this wet winter’s 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 can’t decide whether to stay or go. Big aromas and big flavours. Plenty of vanilla, roasted malt and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpmaster (1290) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2015
1pint-9oz bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $5.99 Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GnarlyGnome (835) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Nothing too exciting... it’s a mild stout in my book. Not as much roast as I’d like, however the chocolate does come through pretty nice. Wouldn’t turn this down, but wouldn’t seek it out either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (1699) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Old rating. A gift from the Krampus. Pretty bad, dark brown, ashy, bittersweet chocolate, slight char, bah humbug.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4901) - 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.

   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.

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