Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.8/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Single bottle (no date I can see) poured into a nonic glass. While the title of the beer is "Lump of Coal Stout" down at the bottom is says English Ale, so I'll keep that in mind as I drink it.
Appearance: Dark brown that lets very little light through with a 1/4" thick head that died down to a very thin foam on the edges of the glass. Some ruby red notes when held up to the light.
Smell: Some of that alcohol ester smell (very faint) and a very slight burnt afternote. However, a candle was lit near the table so I may be smelling that. The smell is not strong either way.
Taste: Malt up front with some molasses and malt tastes, followed by a bitter finish and then a bittersweet (not chocolate exactly) aftertaste. Not to bad and pretty good with a heavy Christmas meal.
Mouthfeel: Just a little bit of carbonation on the tongue, then drinkable like any liquid after that. Nothing really special.
Drinkability: Went very well with a heavy meal and quite appropriate for a holiday meal. I couldn't have another one but good to have and try out. Not exactly a stout as I'm used to, but is really an English ale, and a pretty good one at that.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2009 23:19:57 | More by damndirtyape
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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.