overall
53
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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: 667   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1770) - 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.


3.4
milewide (2315) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2017
Fine roasted flavor and very dark brown color. Solid body. Leans sweet. From World Market.

3.4
Grumbo (3980) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

3.8
thomat (4144) - G�teborg, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2017 On tap @ BAJT. Very dark brown with a small tan head. Fruity and malty tones. Malt, fruit, coffee and hops. Medium body with a nice bitter fruity finish.

3.3
phfyysik (1427) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 20, 2017
Pours brown with almost no head. Aroma is caramel, honey, roast, some barley. Taste is sweet, roast, caramel, toffee, light sour notes, dried fruits, soft metal, light sourness. Nice beer!

3.1
DraftDodger (1708) - 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 (7978) - 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 (599) - 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 (3345) - 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 (639) - 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.


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