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Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing

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79
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477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | 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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California

3/5  rDev -13%

12-27-2013 04:53:04 | More by jeff1973
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westcott

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-27-2013 02:07:33 | More by westcott
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northstar23

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-26-2013 20:49:40 | More by northstar23
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mkh895

Arizona

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-25-2013 22:25:53 | More by mkh895
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jmccraney

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-25-2013 21:19:40 | More by jmccraney
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Cris4545

Indiana

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-24-2013 20:04:17 | More by Cris4545
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KeyWestGator

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-21-2013 04:06:54 | More by KeyWestGator
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jgammoniv

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-20-2013 15:29:12 | More by jgammoniv
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Lovely85

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-19-2013 05:05:01 | More by Lovely85
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-19-2013 04:04:07 | More by kylehay2004
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SonOfOdin

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-19-2013 03:13:34 | More by SonOfOdin
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DeeMalloy

Florida

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-17-2013 04:17:14 | More by DeeMalloy
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 21:59:47 | More by Maxwell
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WMD-1002

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

12-15-2013 20:20:44 | More by WMD-1002
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msanborn

Texas

3/5  rDev -13%

12-11-2013 22:21:44 | More by msanborn
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-10-2013 00:46:20 | More by kjkinsey
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-07-2013 20:27:27 | More by BillRoth
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Lsmith316

Idaho

2/5  rDev -42%

12-06-2013 01:34:15 | More by Lsmith316
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Kuaff

Alaska

3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 17:56:24 | More by Kuaff
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-05-2013 12:54:06 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Lionhawk

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-05-2013 02:46:23 | More by Lionhawk
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squirreljr

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-04-2013 16:01:46 | More by squirreljr
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lump of coal pours a black color with a small white lacing head. There is a weak toffee aroma. The taste also is weak, lots of toffee, with a very dry aftertaste. Weak watery flavors. Overall its decent, weak and watery, but in no ways horrible, a bit borring.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:15:13 | More by vette2006c5r
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drew74

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

11-29-2013 22:38:20 | More by drew74
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saburky

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

11-29-2013 03:22:37 | More by saburky
Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.