Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing
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3.58/5 rDev +3.8%
The beer pours a dark, chocolate brown with a nice fluffy head of light tan, sandy bubbles and a great retention. The head leaves a medium-thick, sheet-like lacing. In body, the beer is clear of particles and clean, but with a dark coloring that makes the beer nearly opaque. 3/3
On the nose, the beer smells of stale, dark breads, touches of milk chocolate, instant coffee, and bakers chocolate. Low amounts of diacetyl seem to be present as well with a light, buttered popcorn character. Touches of spicy licorice occasionally brush against the nostrils, but they are light. On the tongue, the beer tastes bready sweet, with a mild bitter roast, touches of coffee-like acidity, and the briefest of alcoholic pops just at the close. Hop bitterness builds as you sip the beer, and eventually hits slightly unbalanced levels. The finish is drier with a mild bitter roast. In flavor, the beer begins as softly chary coffee, moving into roast grains and toasted bread. The middle and finish carry lots of herbal and medicinal bitters that hurt other flavors in the beer. Touches of licorice, bakers chocolate, and caramel touch across the tongue, but are kept light due to the mildly aggressive bitter flavoring that mingles with slight char flavors. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavier side of medium in body, with a middling, soft carbonation, and a slightly watery, smooth, and almost-creamy mouthfeel. The bitters give the mouth a slightly sharp feeling, which is off with the rest of the beer. Overall, this is an average Export Stout that suffers from a bad blending of its bitters with the other rich flavors of the beer. It is not overly bitter by any means, but just feels a touch too bitter for the style. For a “Dark Holiday Stout,” I was also expecting more rich malt character, but it was fairly mellow with it malt character. This beer is not horrible, but is rather forgettable in the grand scheme of things. I liked it more as I drank more of it. It hides its 8% nicely. I would advise serving this at room temperature.
12-15-2013 21:59:47 | More by Maxwell
3.86/5 rDev +11.9%
Lump of Coal in a snifter at cellar temperature.
This has a one to two-finger, VERY creamy-looking beige head, and while it's close to black, it's definitely not opaque black like coal. There's some transparency.
It smells very good, with a pretty strong aroma of raisins, vanilla, and roasty chocolate.
There's a lot of dark fruitiness in the flavor. It has a pretty light roasted malt finish for an 8% ABV stout. Still tasty though.
It feels a little over-carbonated. I don't think a stout should be quite so effervescent.
I just realized it: this resembles a Belgian strong dark ale more than any stout, in color, smell, carbonation, and even flavor. It's not terribly complex, but at least it appeals to my affinity for dark Belgian ales.
12-05-2013 17:56:24 | More by Kuaff
Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.