Lump Of Coal
Ridgeway Brewing

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Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #71
Ranked #28,102
3.45 | pDev: 15.07%
Jan 25, 2022
Nov 25, 2004
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Notes: Yet another bummed-out holiday? Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout is liquid consolation. It's a deep, rich, sweetly rewarding stout to take the edge off of that grim family gathering, that cheerless annual festival of alienation. This brew is as dark as it gets, as black as the lump of coal you'll be getting for Christmas. Because, let's face it, you've been pretty bad this year.
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4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Unknown bottling date; drank 1/20/22 @ the Roadrunner Lodge.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice tan head; decent lace.

Black licorice, oatmeal & dark chocolate notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Black licorice, candle wax & dark chocolate flavors up front; creamy oatmeal notes on the finish.

Russian Imperial Stout mixed with oatmeal? Interesting, and ultimately worth quaffing.

Jan 25, 2022
Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JayQue from Virginia

A fairly decent stout. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, this beer features a medium sized tan head with good retention (on a hard pour) and some spotty tan lacing. The color is a very dark brown but some reddish light gets through when you hold it to a light. Smell is mostly bready malt and toasted malt, fairly subdued. Taste is more of the same but there is a little vinuous aspect too which I find more often in stronger, richer stouts. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but it goes down smooth for 8% .abv. I had it with dinner and found it to be pleasant but not all that memorable. I wouldn't turn another one down but probably wouldn't seek it out either.

Dec 29, 2021
3.66 by zotzot from Vermont on Dec 23, 2021
3.77 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Nov 09, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by SevenBeersDaily from Finland

First of all, this is NOT black. It is dark reddish brown. Second, it is not the stout that it claims. It is a British brown ale, so the makers have arranged for some bad publicity by misleading consumers with false descriptions on the label.
Having said that, it is quite a drinkable ale. Very little head or carbonation, but a lot of lacing.
The taste has a lot of burnt charcoal notes and a bit too much sweetness. This is not an expensive beer, and it shows.

Oct 29, 2021
3.48 by QuintusHorace from California on May 04, 2021
3.68 by sbuck from New Mexico on Mar 07, 2021
2.17 by Argail from Louisiana on Jan 08, 2021
3.35 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Dec 21, 2020
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2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by JonnoWillsteed from England

My bottle is marked as ABV 7.5% versus 8% in the Description^. Blind tasted to write the review, ie I haven't read the lable or other reviews on this beer.
L- Superficially black, though very deep ruby-red with a halogen torch held behind the glass. Poured with a 3mm pale tan head that was soon a max 1mm patch in the middle.
S- Well I never, I'm not sure if I get anything from this at all. I have just finished quite a pungent other beer but I'm still surprised. (checked with wife, a good nose on her, she concurs)
T- Quite rich, now I get a clear liquor-ish ABV% note - surprising for it's quite modest 7.5%. I also get some dry hops into the finish. Nothing in between though, no sense of the style of beer I'm drinking.
F- It has presence but I think virtually all of that is coming from a quite clear ABV%-zing, that plus a minor hops+sour lick in the tail.
O- A bit of a confused character here and yet ironically zero problem finishing it. Clear ABV% - verging on loud as it warms - seems to be it's main thing despite it not being notably high. Absent are clearly defining stout or black-beer notes.
BB: 21/09/22 500ml bottle. Bought from TremblingMadness/York/UK for home delivery to London.

Dec 11, 2020
3.56 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Dec 05, 2020
3.21 by Chilmer from Iowa on Mar 04, 2020
3.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Feb 19, 2020
3.06 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Jan 02, 2020
3.31 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Dec 31, 2019
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

This beer is not a stout. Closer to a brown ale. Pours thin and brown with no head or lacing. Thin tasting. The flavor is slightly sweet and nutty. Ok for a brown, weak for a stout.

Dec 28, 2019
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3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by WickedBeer from Alabama

Just a quick stout pickup from World Market. Imported by Shelton Brothers.

Pours a sienna brown color, appearance more indicative of a porter. Ivory head that settles quickly, with large amounts of rising carbonation emerging from the depths of the beer.

Bittersweet baker’s chocolate, malt, and dark roast coffee on the nose. A bit of a tanginess and a touch of smoke that emerges after a few moments.

A fairly enjoyable flavor profile; people need to know what to expect from an export stout before drinking, as opposed to the crazy viscosity and depth of American Imperial stouts. Roasty and lightly bitter, with undertones of smoked malt and cacao nibs. Everything fades a bit early, however it’s a very drinkable beer.

Light-bodied, with a high carbonation and more viscosity than the initial pour would have suggested. Finishes with a touch of residual stickiness and bitterness.

Nov 19, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Gordono from Nevada

Dark, sweet, chocolate, caramel, coffee, desert in a bottle.

Nov 17, 2019
3.26 by InfernoBoss from California on Feb 24, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by MercInc from Wisconsin

Always pickup a few of these for Christmas. a Good Stout. But, I've had better. We put it in Christmas gift baskets for fun.

Jan 12, 2019
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2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
by BStrummin from California

Thin, watery. Basically a dark brown ale. Not really a stout imo. Mass marketed at Christmas time from the same culprits that bring you the just as bad Bad Elf series.

Dec 27, 2018
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2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
by nick_perry from North Carolina

Way too sweet for my liking.

Dec 25, 2018
3.51 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota on Dec 21, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Evanmont1292 from Virginia

not much to say. Overall great brew. Very dark, taste is great and has a unique style. Overall impressed

Dec 21, 2018
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3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jettjon from Florida

From a bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, it’s a dark, chestnut brown color. A vigorous pour yields about one finger of light brown head that fades at a quick pace, leaving a decent ring. Not much on the nose, just some well-roasted and sweet malt. Mouth is similar, with a nice toasted malt flavor and nice, moderate coffee-bitter back, with a bit of sweet maltiness and nearly non-existent alcohol burn. 8% ABV is well integrated. No big flavors, just a solid, drinkable stout. Mouth is middle-chewy and appropriate to style. Overall a solid, strong stout, but nothing spectacular. These would be great at a cozy brewpub sitting near the fire. Would try again.

Dec 17, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Premo88 from Texas

16.9 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: pours dark brown-bronze, clear, topped by 1/2-inch head of beige foam; looks much more amber once it's in the glass, beautiful dark crimson; some sticking and lacing off a consistent collar; nowhere near as dark as the average stout

S: buttery bready sweet, donuts, milk chocolate as it warms

T: toasted fruitcake with a noticeable nip of alcohol heat and a strong earthy hop bite and aftertaste; prunes; as it warms and the palate adjusts, it has a bit of the rye-like twang some Irish dry stouts have; baker's chocolate

F: relatively light for so big a beer, plenty of carbonation, arguably too light for the style but I like it quite a bit

O: fans of thick, dark chocolately stouts with coffee notes will be very disappointed, hence the 3.45 overall rating when I entered my review, but if the label were reprinted and the beer re-classified as an English strong ale, this one might find a better reception, for it's an all-around fantastic English beer — it's just much more of a good bitter that's been working out in the weightroom than a charred-malt stout

Dec 16, 2018
3.8 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon on Dec 12, 2018
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2.52/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
by TerryMills from Tennessee

Not much of a stout, Guinness from the gas station is craft compared to this lol...

Watery finish with off flavor on the end, very thin and weak even for a regular stout .

Aug 07, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by OompaMentor from Georgia

Hint of smoke and rye

Feb 25, 2018
3.54 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont on Feb 10, 2018
3.39 by B_B from California on Jan 26, 2018
3.97 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Jan 14, 2018
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1/5  rDev -71%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by tfsimpkins from Florida

This is not a stout. No even close. Closer to a Doppellbock at. I feel missled This is NOT a stout. Shelton Brothers?! What's your claim!?!?!?

Jan 08, 2018
2.85 by cjtuggle from Ohio on Jan 08, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

16.9 Oz bottle, no bottling date, but I assume it was fresh; bought on sale after Christmas for $1.57.

This was an OK to borderline good import stout. Nothing at all stood out about it. I would not buy it again.

Jan 02, 2018
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3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

Imperial pint poured into an imperial pint glass.

L---Dark brown, but not fully opaque. Lets a little bit of light through. Tannish head dissipated quickly. Left some decent lacing.

S---Cocoa, coffee. Maybe some roasted nuts??

T---Chocolate/cocoa. Some dark fruit. Coffee in the nose is not present in the taste.

F---Feels lighter than it looks. Nicely carbonated.

O---Was expecting more from an English stout. Wasn't bad by any means, but wasn't as good as I was hoping for.

Dec 31, 2017
3.67 by dcmchew from Romania on Dec 26, 2017
3.61 by Sexmortus from Arizona on Dec 26, 2017
3.83 by Trboley from Ohio on Dec 22, 2017
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