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Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 328
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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Photo of shippos
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

courtesy of clvand0 via bifxmas.

poured with small tan head that faded into a skim and a black as night color. roasted barley mainly dominating the aroma with some soft syrupy molasses, treacle and burnt sugar also. sweet taste upfront followed a burnt toast, maybe burnt malt or burnt sugar. very very balanced beer and very drinkable. body does get a little on the thin side as it warms up and then you get some alcohol, but still very nice. big thanks, clvand0.

shippos, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark color with a small head that dies off and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and has lots of chocolate and a little coffee. Very pleasant. The flavor is mostly chocolate with a tiny bit of coffee and a hint of raisin. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Quite enjoyable.

clvand0, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of Guinness4me
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been a very, very bad girl. I deserve a Lump of Coal for xmas. In fact, I think I deserve a 12-pack. This was my third Ridgeway Brewing brew and I'm enjoying every single one of them.

It poured an impressive dark onyx with a tan foam head. At first swirl, it almost to have "legs" like wine!

Burnt coffee and chocolate wafted from my glass and to my nose, tempered with hops and alcohol. It was a hint of things to come.

The flavor is a complex combo of black licorice and coffee, sweetened with molasses and finished with dark chocolate. It left that almost cold aftertaste of black jellybeans and coffee-flavored hard candy.

It's mouthfeel is chewy and robust, should I describe it as lumpy? I don't know of another beer who could be called that and consider it a compliment.

It's a bit rich to drink a lot of, but I'll happily try.

Guinness4me, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle states that it's a "Dark Holiday Stout". As opposed to all the light holiday stouts out there? Maybe I'm a bit too cynical.

Appearance: pours black as a lump of coal (hmmm) and a 1/2" tan head that quickly dissapates. Leaves wispy lacings on top of the beer and around the glass.

Smell: Faint tea-like hops, some malty sweetness, and alcohol notes.

Taste: Rum smoked raisins floating in iced coffee with cream. A slightly smoky presence with hints of dry cocoa. Some mild grape-like astringency and hints of chocolate pudding finish out the sip. This is definitely on the sweeter side of things for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy. Coats the mouth well.

Drinkability: A nice Christmas beer but nothing out of the ordinary. I'm glad I tried it but I won't be back. Too much other fun stuff out there for me...

mattcrill, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a black color with a nice finger tall dark tan head. Looks nice. The nose is a hint of coffee, and a ton of chocolate in there. Its very sweet. The flavor is nice. Tons of chocolate in there, but it takes a second for your tongue to recognize it. The aftertaste is very mellow, with just a slight hint of hop dancing on my tongue. The feel on this beer is moerate to thick, a bit creamy as well. Velvety smooth and easy drinking. I think this is a nice beer overall. As it warms, it becomes even more drinkable.

kmpitz2, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deppe maroon and black with a dark tan head that leaves lots of lace on the glass.
Aroma of rich chocolate, roasted coffee and a hint of alcohol.
Flavors of chocolate and midly roasted coffee and barley. Fairly subdued flavors and minimal resiny bitterness.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and sweet malt, almost bull with just a hint of roasted notes and bittering. Not very lively on the palate.
Drinkability is average. Some decent flavors but kind of one-dimensional and somehat "flat," not bad just not memorable.

CRJMellor, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black as a "Lump of Coal". No light passes through. Has a mocha brown head. There is a good chocolaty aroma with just a hint of coffee in the background. The taste seems more sweetly vanilla than chocolate. Only in the finish is there a nice coffee bitterness.

ybnorml, Nov 25, 2004
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Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.