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Lump Of Coal - Ridgeway Brewing

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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 7
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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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: 546 | Reviews: 348
Photo of vinicole
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

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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4.12/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of RockinghamBrewingAssn
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Unimpressive.... Wish I would have read about it before buying. It is not bad, just not at all a stout, and not worth the price (I paid $6.49 at a specialty beer store). It tastes like an average home brew from a kit.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Foreign stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Best part of this beer was the label.

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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2/5  rDev -42%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Josh012012
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This has been in the cellar since I impulse bought last x mas.. blind tasting

Stout my ass.. Tastes like Old Ale, Baltic Porter, Quad, and Stout all mixed together. Way malty... yes is complex in the fact that there are a lot of different flavors...but not in a good way. IMO.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of barczar
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.