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Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing

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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 7
Gots: 43 | 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:
Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004

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Ratings: 546 | Reviews: 348
Photo of DaveMiller
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkmiller76
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CorgiDad
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dovers
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a creamy off-white head that dissipate moderately but leaves a significant film of foam on the beer and around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a clear dark brown color that isn't as dark as a lump of coal.

The beer smell is pretty good. The beer has roasted notes and dark fruit notes with a bit of hops to it. The beer has a nice roasted malt note that is balanced out by a caramel and slightly sweet note. However, the smell doesn't seem to be as rich and deep as it could be.

The beer taste has the same roasted notes and caramel notes like the smell but with different degrees. The roasted malts are a bit stronger and the caramel is a bit weaker. The overall taste is more on the too watery coffee side with a caramel note that needs to be stronger. However, it is still pretty good and the notes do balance each other out.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy but also light at the same time. The beer is medium bodied with biting carbonation but feels a bit lighter than it should be. However, it is still pretty good.

Overall, the beer is a decent export stout and very good novelty gift for the Beer Geek in your life. Even if it isn't a gift, the beer is still overall pretty decent and drinkable. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for this every holiday.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WckdVbz
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of garuda
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of duceswild
1.09/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Probably one of the worst beers I've ever had. Thin and boozy, not much smell or flavor to this beer.

Photo of Majesty
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of cocoa, molasses, roasted malt, hint of coffee, smoke, & vanilla. Taste roasted malt, chocolate, ash, faint spice, licorice. Nice!

Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ridgeway Lump of Coal has a thick, creamy, beige head, a dark brown (ruby red brown, under light) appearance, and substantial lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet cream, bread crust, and malt. Taste is of sweetness, cream, dark roasted, and almost burnt, malt, char, and acidic bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ridgeway Lump of Coal finishes semi-dry and boozy in the head. You will feel this one.

RJT

Photo of Oldmankeebler
4.48/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice stout. Slightly sweet with no hops. Smooth finish that isn't too bitter.

Photo of artdob
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Vanilla colored foam and light lace on a sea of black liquid. Nose is very light with sweet fruity notes. On the palate, pumpernickel, molasses.
A roasty bitterness follows. Light carbonation - a bit more than I want in a stout, but not over the top. 8% abv for this brew. A decent option for a cold winter night.

Photo of RJLarse
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Lump Of Coal in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a translucent black walnut color, garnet red when held up to the light. There is a foamy off-white head, leaving thin sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell is a faint and sweet aroma, toffee and charcoal.

Taste is also sweet up front, a chocolate and coffee flavor, with a rum candy flavor.

Moutfeel is perhaps thin for the style, but smooth, with a wet bitter sweet aftertaste.

Overall better than I thought ti would be. I had it figured for a holiday seasonal gimmick, but it's a pretty decent stout. I would have it again.

Photo of TBoneJones
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stout glass, this is a dark brown beer, with a thin off-white head that soon fades away, and nice lacing that also does the same. Body looks ok.
Smells lightly of roasted coffee and some cocoa.
Not as bad as I thought it might be. Roasted malts and a powdery cocoa sensation, simply so and generally a tasty brew. Not too dry or too sweet.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, creamy and medium-low carbonated.
Something to try once, certainly if it's a gift.

Photo of Snellgg5
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J_Dub
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into an imperial nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing trickled here and there to a standstill just above the beer as it got sipped down.
The smell had a super roasty coffee, big and bold and pure absolutely coffee. A light sweet chocolate enters in as it warms.
The taste had a nice roasty boozy sweetness. Light coffee enters in once again to balance and make good. A light coffee-ish aftertaste enters and leads to a semi-sweet to dry finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a semi-sessionable quality about it. Nice roasty coffee rolls over my tongue.
Overall, yeah, I dig this, and I dig it as a foreign/export stout. Merry Christmas, BA's!

Photo of Matt2509
4.44/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Solid stout. Great taste and good feel.

Photo of StevieJ_80
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.