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Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004)
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

dsm45, Nov 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Unimpressive.... Wish I would have read about it before buying. It is not bad, just not at all a stout, and not worth the price (I paid $6.49 at a specialty beer store). It tastes like an average home brew from a kit.

RockinghamBrewingAssn, Nov 15, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Foreign stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Nov 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Best part of this beer was the label.

MisterE, Nov 11, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This has been in the cellar since I impulse bought last x mas.. blind tasting

Stout my ass.. Tastes like Old Ale, Baltic Porter, Quad, and Stout all mixed together. Way malty... yes is complex in the fact that there are a lot of different flavors...but not in a good way. IMO.

Josh012012, Oct 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13%

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Big_Dave, Aug 14, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

At least 3 years old, so...

Pours a brilliant deep brown with garnet highlights and a modest khaki head that dissipates to remnants of foam.

Aroma is boozy and fruity, reminiscent of rum. There's a sweet treacle note, along with artificial cherry. A nutty malt backbone is good contrast.

Flavor reveals oxidized notes of sherry, which counter the moderately roasty and deeply toasted caramelized malt well. There's a bit of cherry cough syrup that is offputting. Rum soaked raisins emerge as it warms, which is redeeming.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the low side.

I like the malt profile. The sherry character is likely attributable to age, but it neither adds nor detracts, really. I'm not digging the fake cherry, though. Misses a lot of body and malt for a stout.

barczar, Aug 03, 2014
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Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.