Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
South Stoke, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 669   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 youve 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (3422) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2006
bottle. Im only a half-hearted fan of dark English ales, but the description and the abv on this one got my hopes up. I was hoping for something hearty and robust, which I think a few English stouts lack. The pour on this is very nice, a rich red-black with a lasting, full tan head. The aroma is nice and full. Its mildly sweet of dark chocolate, very creamy, with subdued woody hop character. The flavor is full enough, plenty of chocolate, soft coffee, tame, musty hops; a bit of cola, and a faint sour finish. These notes are all very well rounded and mesh excellently. I could drink plenty of this stuff no problem. Its just a bit too fizzy in the mouth, but doesnt create any strong dislike in me. This brew did indeed go beyond my normal expectations for an English stout. That being said, perhaps some of its harmony and round sweetness can be attributed to the fact that the bottle has been waiting for the past several months since winter time began.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Dark brown/black, with a tan head. Aromas are roasted malt and chocolate. Flavors are roasted malt and hops, with a bitter/sour end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
twindadplus2 (699) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Opaque black with a very thin head. Slight aroma of roasted malt and alcohol esters. Flavor of roasted malt and dark chocolate with an earthy hops bitterness at the end. Body is a bit thin for a stout and Ive certainly had better. Not terrible but, from a name like Ridgeway, I expected more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3372) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of hops and roast. Flavor is smooth, chocolate, and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2006
From a 1pt.9oz. narrow neck brown bottle with a humorous (or is it humorless) blurb about the stout on the back label, no bottled/freshness date. Made an unimpressive appearance, poured like water, an opaque black with a fizzy head that quickly settled into a fine fizzy lacing, moderate carbonation. Had a chalky, watery roasted malty nose with whiffs of alcohol solvent. A rough, watery medium bodied mouth feel, below average drinkability. Watery roasted maltiness, no real strong malt taste either way, chocolate, coffee or black, a chalky, toothpaste taste towards the middle, a earthy hop bitterness at the end and a watery, chalky, malty finish with a lingering alcohol solvent-like flavor in the palate. I admit, I bought this bottle last Christmas and now, one week before the end April, Im finally getting around to trying it, but I dont think this is a bad bottle, just a bad stout. Normally I have a high opinion of Ridgeway products, higher than most reviewers, but this is a true lump of coal, a bad tasting stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, slight roast, almost no smell. Flavor is very smooth for 8%, slight chocolate, and a slight bitter hoppy finish. Good body, however i was disappointed with the lack of aroma and flavor this beer was bland and boring after its pour. O.k. brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2006
Found this bottle hidden in the very back of a very small cooler in a beer store, must have been there for a year and a half I guess. Pours a pitch black, thin looking no lacing, and a very tiny tan head. Aroma not strong but smells like brownies and chocolate. Taste is mostly just dark chocolate, just like a hersheys bar, slightly sweet with a hoppy finish, kinda bitter, some espresso, coffee beans, maybe a touch of vanilla, creamy mouthfeel very smooth and easy to drink, not bad at all, just a pretty standard stout, just like a lot of imperial stouts Ive had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Pours dark reddish brown w/not a lot of visible carbonation. Head looks creamy, but disappears almost instantly. Malty & bitter, & definitely wont buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pours a deep dark reddish brown, with a reddish brwon head that was huge and creamy but disappeared quickly. Aromas of strong coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Flavor of bitter coffee, chocolate. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (5078) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Bottle. Tan small head that completely diminished, virtually no lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a reddish brown hue. Malt and some alcohol aroma. Flavor is malty sweet and roasty. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body.

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