Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout | Ridgeway Brewing

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Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday StoutLump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
ridgewaybrewery.co.uk

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ybnorml on 11-25-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,967
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
646
pDev:
15.07%
 
 
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Photo of MercInc
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BStrummin
2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of nick_perry
2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Way too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Pacioli1445
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evanmont1292
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of jettjon
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Premo88
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Sir_Goatman
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryMills
2.52/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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 .

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hint of smoke and rye

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of B_B
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abstractspirit
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tfsimpkins
1/5  rDev -71%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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!?!?!?

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Photo of cjtuggle
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sexmortus
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trboley
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SiepJones
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tucson_brewson
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L - Pours a dark cola brown with a finger-thin off-white head that disappears in seconds and leaves little lacing.

S - Cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel malt, coffee, cereal grain, little hop presence.

T -Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, slightly biscuity malt, toffee, a strong alcohol finish that emphasizes the bitterness but not too offensive.

F - Thinner and lighter bodied than I would have expected. Fairly carbonated with a dry finish. Not what I was expecting from a limited edition stout.

O - A nicely designed bottle. Looks and tastes like a stout and does the trick for a holiday gathering. Not the best stout by any means but a decent example.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This had to be one of the least tasty stouts I've had. It was thin and tasted like a roasted metallic chocolate cherry mess. Oh well, you win some and you lose some, this one was a loss.

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Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 646 ratings