Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing
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Reviews by longarm:
4.1/5 rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Fluffy brownish-yellow head starts strong and fades quickly. Rim of milky foam clings to the side of the glass. Deep darkness as expected with a stout.
Aroma: An enticing milk chocolate aroma dominates the nose with a hint of cherry. Some hop aroma appears at the end of each whiff. As it warms, some spices begin to shine through, but it's difficult to determine what they are.
Flavor: Less of the chocolate character shines through in the flavor. Dark roasted maltiness without roasted barley bitterness. Still, there's a slight balancing bitterness that hits on the finish but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth beer. Light hops and spices clean the palate, but still a little sticky-sweet.
Overall: There's enough complexity to keep this intriguing for a holiday warmer, but it's not weird or overly spicy. It definitely should be warmed just a bit before serving to bring-out some of this complexity. I wish I had a bit of cheesecake or some chocolate covered fruit to bring-out the flavors in different ways. It's hard to drink a lot of them, but that's really not necessary anyway for an 8% a.b.v. brew anyway.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2006 02:03:17 | More by longarm
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.