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Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing

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Lump Of CoalLump Of Coal

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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 7
Gots: 43 | 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:
Beer added by: ybnorml on 11-25-2004

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Ratings: 545 | Reviews: 348
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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

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3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.


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3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Dark brown (rather than black as expected) with quickly disappearing head.
Lovely aroma of coffee, roast malt, chocolate,prunes and Christmas cake (or is that auto suggestion?).
Taste does not match the bouquet. Sweet followed by stewed veg' hop. Not much malt. Thin.
Nice carbonation. Boozy.
Disappointing brew as I have saved this for two years before drinking. Not a true stout.

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Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.