Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing
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Reviews by tito42:
3.1/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. If this is a Julian date stamp on the label, it was bottled in July 2011.
A: Dark sepia, rather clear, with a very foamy cocoa head that leaves decent lacing and sticks around. Not quite as dark as I like my stouts to be.
S: Roasted malt with notes of coffee, tobacco, and fig. A whiff of alcohol as well. Somewhat faint but comes on as the beer warms.
T: Roasted malt and barley up front gives way quickly to a burnt coffee flavor. A peppery kick at the end and cherry and fig throughout. Also a hint of chocolate. Somewhat unbalanced compared to other foreign stouts, too much competing for my taste bud's attention here, without coordinating the effort. A pepper, like cayenne, lingers afterward.
M: Malty and dextrous. The finish is a bit harsh, really dries the tongue out, but fades away quickly as well.
O: An average effort at a foreign/export stout. Doesn't hold 8% necessarily well, with an unbalanced flavor profile.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2012 04:16:40 | More by tito42
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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.