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Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 6
Gots: 36 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004)
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Photo of artdob
3.18/5  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
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
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
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J_Dub
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
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
4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Solid stout. Great taste and good feel.

Photo of StevieJ_80
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikus
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife summed this one up perfectly... 'it's a stout'. I'd be hard pressed to pay $6.99 for this again, but with that being said, there is nothing bad about this brew, just nothing great.

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rgirl
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EricTeusink
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of marioluck
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of graybayou
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Z-man
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 55 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent – curtain of tiny to small bubbles covering glass
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins with slightly sweet roasted malt with an ephemeral hint of cherry, ends with a roasted malty sweetness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

Photo of SeattleBoB76
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Jho3325
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kerne
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jaywoz
1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this stout features a light tan head of dissipating foam that dies down to thin layer and nice lacing. Nose of chocolate milk, dark roasted malts and grains, and a bit of vanilla and dark cherries. Flavors are sweet malts to the front and sides with cocoa, raisins, light smoke, and chocolate milk flavors to the back. A sweet stout that almost could pass as a milk stout. Very smooth and boozy brew. A coating lightly bitter aftertaste from the malts....a nice take on an export stout.


Photo of trippnwo
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a big grayish-tan colored head. The big bubbly head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is much lighter in the roasted department then would be anticipated. It is heaviest of a caramel and malty smell with a bit of coffee and roast. Other aromas of toffee and molasses as well as a bit of vanilla and cocoa are there as well, along with a very light earthy hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a blend of a roasted malt and caramel sweetened nature. There is a bit of cocoa flavor that is present upfront with this flavor later being joined by flavors of coffee as the taste advances to the end. All while the coffee increases, some flavors of an earthy hop nature come to the tongue as well, and with the coffee, end up bittering the taste quite a bit more. Some sweeter brown sugar and a bit of cream join the tastes more toward the end, and with a little bit of grainy taste, leave a sorta weakly roasted/dark stout flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the style, it is a good feel overall, although for the lack of roast, a little more carbonation may have been slightly better.

Overall – Ah… A decent brew, but really not that special and not what I would consider a dark roastad ”as black as the lump of coal you’ll be getting for Christmas” as proclaimed by the label.

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Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
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