Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing
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Reviews by Kuaff:
3.86/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Lump of Coal in a snifter at cellar temperature.
This has a one to two-finger, VERY creamy-looking beige head, and while it's close to black, it's definitely not opaque black like coal. There's some transparency.
It smells very good, with a pretty strong aroma of raisins, vanilla, and roasty chocolate.
There's a lot of dark fruitiness in the flavor. It has a pretty light roasted malt finish for an 8% ABV stout. Still tasty though.
It feels a little over-carbonated. I don't think a stout should be quite so effervescent.
I just realized it: this resembles a Belgian strong dark ale more than any stout, in color, smell, carbonation, and even flavor. It's not terribly complex, but at least it appeals to my affinity for dark Belgian ales.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2013 17:56:24 | More by Kuaff
More User Reviews:
3.45/5 rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Found this in one of my boxes 'o beer I've got stashed at my friend Justin's (BA OKComputer) house. Don't remember buying it, may have had it up to 4 years. Bottle code: F14-206. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, translucent reddish-mahogany color with just a thin cap of tan head that quickly dissipated. While this is a very attractive beer, it doesn't look like a Stout, but more like Strong Ale or Barleywine. Think North Coast Old Stock ale.
A bit of sweetness is at the front of the scent, with some malt and grain showing through. After that, hints of tobacco and leather were apparent. On the tongue the beer was the same, a bit malty sweet, and some earth and leather notes. The finish had a tangy tobacco aspect.
The body was thin, if you consider this a Stout, but right on for a Strong/Old ale. Smooth all across the tongue, with a semi dry finish. Overall, a very good brew, one that I will certainly grab again if I see it, and I think it's worth your time as well.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 19:40:53 | More by beertunes
Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.