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style
Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
South Stoke, England

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unknown

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RATINGS: 661   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   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.

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3.1
DraftDodger (1655) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2017
Copenhagen 8/5 2017. 50 cl bottle from Kokkens Vinhus. Big lump of coal on the label with the motto: "Much more than you deserve for Xmas this year". Pours very dark opaque brown with bubbly beige head. Settles as thin patchy layer of foam. No lacing. Aroma is not very intense but pleasant enough. Caramel, chocolate of the bitter variety, roasted malts and cocoa. Medium carbonation and surprisingly thin palate. Flavor is rather sweet. Followed by a medium bitterness reminiscent of bitter dark chocolate. Aftertaste is sweet toffee. A very Christmas-like stout. A bit on the sweet side- But What the Hell - It’s Christmas.

4
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Roasted dark malts, earth, cocoa, and some coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with roast and chocolately notes.

3.2
Idiosynkrasie (7834) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2016
500ml bottle. Darkest brown colour with ruby glimmer and small, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Roasty, dark malty aroma, hints of dark chocolate, burnt caramel, liquorice. Taste is bitter, roasty dark malty, residual sweetness, a metallic touch, hints of ashes, coal, treacle, iron, blood, bramble, dark chocolate.

3
Obfuscate (593) - Minneapolis, - DEC 20, 2016
The wife likes it says she would ge another bottle but not so great for me. Cinnamon, rubbing alcohol.

3.5
NikkTwist (3302) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2016 Draft at Bru Craft. Clear very dark garnet brown pour with an off-white ring and spots of lace. Feels a bit more like a malty Red Ale than a Stout. Dark red stone fruit. Currants. Plum pudding. Malted milk balls. Chocolate liquorice. Shoe polish. Faint smoky notes. Slightly glossy. Not extraordinary, but proves more complex when you sit with it.

3.7
Learninbeer (625) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2016
The aroma is a little chocolate and a little caramel. Pours a dark brown with virtually no head and very good lacing. The taste is sweet/umami. The body is medium/light, the texture thin/watery, the carbonation fizzy/lively and the finish more abrupt. No bad maybe aged too long.

2.6
altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2016
Bottle from World Market, Friendship Heights. Dark red brown body with thin tan head. Nose is sweet, malty, caramel. Taste is malts, very alcy, spices and dark fruits. Quite strong and not much of it convincing.

3.6
wlf (711) - DENMARK - NOV 14, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2016 From tap; black with medium brown head; aroma is cacao, more toasted than roasted, chocolate; taste is medium sweet, dark malts, cacao, medium bitter, alcoholic spicy finish, no harsh roasted notes at all; creamy milky slightly watery mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation; reminds me of mousse au chocolat

3.6
Desverger (12500) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2016
[email protected], Copenhagen (ØJ-dag share 03/11/2016) - pours black with a beige head. Toasted and roasted malty, balanced with some chocolate and caramel sweetness, slight dark dried fruit nuance, hoppy backing, dry roasted finish. Nice.

4.2
beer_queue (145) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Appearance: Opaque black with some brown tones; thin, bubbly, beige head; very little lace. Nose: Raisins, toasted malts, some booze, and, strangely, a bit of apples. Taste: Creamy malts & raisins up front. Then come the dark chocolates, hops, and toasted malts develop. There’s also a lot of booze comin’ through during the development, which then fades away slowly to make way for the finish. The finish is dry and bitter like bold espresso roasts. Once it warms up, the sweetness is more pronounced. Mouthfeel: Full-body, smooth. The medium-high carbonation makes it very crisp on arrival; finish is really dry. Overall: Although the booze does stand out a lot in the middle, it’s not overwhelming. All of the flavors are very steadily pronounced, and it’s well-balanced.


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