Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
South Stoke, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 665   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1621) - Saltcoats, - JAN 4, 2013
Pint bottle poured into a chalice glass on the 2nd January 2013. Black mahogany in colour with a tint of dark ruby round the edges and a thick mocha coloured head. Strong note of roast malt and bournville chocolate in the long aroma. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Initial black malt gives a distinct burnt toast flavour which gives way to roasted malt with hints of expresso coffee, bitter plain chocolate and dry almond husk. Slightly bitter, dusty hop resin note to the short aftertaste but this fades fast. Finish is full and creamy with sweet treacle toffee and pontefract cake evident. Tastes like a low ABV Imperial Russian Stout. Enjoyable and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (499) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
altonbrownd (5898) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlf (373) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (9151) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2016
[email protected], Copenhagen (J-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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_queue (43) - 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. Theres 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, its not overwhelming. All of the flavors are very steadily pronounced, and its well-balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (12402) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2016
From tap at Taphouse. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roatsed malt, chocolate, caramel, spice, dried fruit, sweetness and hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (2467) - New York, TURKEY - OCT 14, 2016
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with slight reddish tint against the light, very small frothy beige head, sweetish liquor aroma, low carbonation, sweetish mocha taste with alcohol undertones, thin body, long mocha finish with alcohol aftertaste. A bit too thin and too much alcohol taste left in mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cokemonkey11 (603) - - OCT 5, 2016
Brown bottle, American size. Pours black with ruby hue and thin tan head subsiding quick. No bubbles. Scent is medium caramel. Taste is medium light caramel and quite bitter early hops without much flavor or seasoning. Finish is a bit sticky a bit dry. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnGalt1 (1708) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2016
I like the way this beer looks. Shiny clear deep deep deep brown with a nice 1/2" head that leaves only a little lacing. smell is chocolate and low burnt grains balanced nicely by thick malts. maybe some hoppiness, but I could be mistaking it for the rest of the aroma. Taste is nice. dark roast coffee and roasted barley... some vanilla and chocolate rounded out very nicely with just enough malt sweetness and lite hops. Maybe a little watery, but that could be the alcohol slickness. Am I detecting a "house" yeast flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (6546) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2016
Amazing how I can not get this in Shropshire, but found it in California while on holiday. 500ml bottle opened on 4th June 2016. Not really a sunny day brew, but I wanted to have it anyway! As the name suggests, its black (like a lump of coal), the head a beige blanket of foam. Sweeter than I expected, and not as rich in body depth either, but still a decent beer with slightly over roasted maltiness coming through in both the nose and taste. Glad I bought it.

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