KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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...
geologyguy (811) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark malt smell but very light, taste is the same...dark malt, taste is warm alcohol that is nice...dark reddish appearance is great
katrinaez (153) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Be prepared for zero carbonation. Doesn’t need it, but didn’t expect that. Husband hated it. I liked it. Was like a quad with the sweetness, but had a bit of a xmas spice and imperial aura to it. Enjoyed it. Heavy abv that shows up illustrator if no where.
ronaldtheriot (1366) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ridgeway Lump of Coal has a thick, creamy, beige head, a dark brown (ruby red brown, under light) appearance, and substantial lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet cream, bread crust, and malt. Taste is of sweetness, cream, dark roasted, and almost burnt, malt, char, and acidic bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ridgeway Lump of Coal finishes semi-dry and boozy in the head. You will feel this one. RJT
martinrumsam (556) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark murky brown with thin transient beige head. Aroma of coffee chocolate and vanilla. Taste is sweet with malts caramel chocolate and followed by coffee bitterness. Palate is thin and carbonation low. It’s ok but not in the league of the best stouts
VamboladeTolly (325) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ de tolly joogipood.Pours deep dark brown with beige head. Aroma is mild sweet, roasted malts, coffee, sweet plums,riped sweet pear.Taste is sweet and slightly bitterness after, smooth, spicy,riped plums. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Good.
BeerFunGuy (776) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This dark dark brown beer has a slightly bitter aroma and flavor typical of English style beers. It is less full and robust than the typical stouts that I like.
Oscbert (1067) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
~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.
Beergeek23322 (2530) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jds2008 (20) - Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
tmoreau (2621) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.