Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing
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3.66/5 rDev +6.1%
At least 3 years old, so...
Pours a brilliant deep brown with garnet highlights and a modest khaki head that dissipates to remnants of foam.
Aroma is boozy and fruity, reminiscent of rum. There's a sweet treacle note, along with artificial cherry. A nutty malt backbone is good contrast.
Flavor reveals oxidized notes of sherry, which counter the moderately roasty and deeply toasted caramelized malt well. There's a bit of cherry cough syrup that is offputting. Rum soaked raisins emerge as it warms, which is redeeming.
Body is moderate, with carbonation on the low side.
I like the malt profile. The sherry character is likely attributable to age, but it neither adds nor detracts, really. I'm not digging the fake cherry, though. Misses a lot of body and malt for a stout.
08-03-2014 18:30:03 | More by barczar
3.45/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-16-2014 19:40:53 | More by beertunes
Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.