Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout
Ridgeway Brewing

Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday StoutLump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout
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Style:
Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #139
ABV:
8%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,687
Avg:
3.49 | pDev: 14.9%
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
647
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Ridgeway Brewing
 
England, United Kingdom
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Winter
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SCORE
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Photo of BStrummin
2.17/5  rDev -37.8%
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 jettjon
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +20.9%
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 TerryMills
2.52/5  rDev -27.8%
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 HopsAreDaMan
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -2%
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 tucson_brewson
3.21/5  rDev -8%
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 BeerSexLove
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of Dbazbrewing
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Looks real dark, with a light ruby red coming through when held to the light. Soft light bubbles floating to the surface.
Aroma is complex with Dark Cherry’s, roast chocolate and oak.
Taste is fairly delicious with a roast barley bitterness, sweet malt and a bit of ash smokiness.
Mouthfeel is moderatley thin but not super light.
Overall, this is rather nice. Not the perfect stout but a good winter treat for Xmas.

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Photo of Eddieeight
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color
Smell is overwhelmingly cherry
Taste is malty, a little raisin, finishes a little bitter
Mouthfeel is thin...not like a stout
Overall it tastes a little bland... Not bad, just not very exciting

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a mostly murky dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of off white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sliding concave lace.
The aroma had some stiff sweet milk chocolate with some burnt toast, mild roasty coffee grounds, touch of dark chocolate with some tree bark earthiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a crisp earthy rounded character pushing back the roasty tones of the coffee and starting to bring in some dark fruits - semi-sweet and nice. Nicely done aftertaste of the dark fruits with a slight roasty note and the coffee grounds.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good, perhaps a touch low, but that didn't bother me. ABV felt on par. Semi-smooth with the dark fruity sweetness but not cloying with the dark roasted coffee bean edge in the finish.
Overall, to me, I'd say this was a pretty nicely done foreign/export stout that I would have again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am continuing my 2017 Christmas in July celebration, inspired by the good peeps at The FGBS who held Christmas in July on Tuesday. I had meant to drink these on Christmas day 2016, but I got rather blotto early on & set them aside as part of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "One of our range of very special Christmas beers brewed in England for the USA. We all know of course, that Santa is really from Lapland!"; "Much More Than You Deserve for Xmas This Year ..."; "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."

I Pop!ped the cap, but just as I was getting ready to do an aggro pour, I was reminded of my New Year's Resolution to take it easy, especially with bottles. As such, I went with a gentle pour followed by an in-glass swirl to raise a finger of foamy, rocky, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose smelled of bittersweet chocolate, black coffee & anise/licorice. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not creamy, but close. The taste was roasty & sharp with the anise/licorice flavor, leaving the chocolate and coffee notes to bring up the rear. I was pretty impressed with this, especially at its relatively low price point. Finish was dry & roasty & would make a fine addition to any holiday gathering. I especially liked the way the various flavors really seemed to mesh on the extreme finish, leaving me both licking my lips & shaking my head.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ridgeway Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout, 8% ABV, 33 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and black, with a one finger off-white head, leaves decent lacing. Nose is slightly sweet, and malty. Tastes excellent, low bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel and overall excellent. Doesn't jump out with a lot of flavor, but I'm liking it.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: [4.00] The bottle lists the ABV (8.0%) and the born date (08/17/2016). The beer looks black but is a dark ruby red when held to the light. It has 1 finger of tan head with creamy but irregular bubbles.

S: [3.25] Dates, figs, booze, charred wood. The booze is definitely present.

T: [2.75] Bitter chalky chocolate, floral flavors, something a little "off" also (I can't put my finger on it). Finishes with charred wood and marshmallow. Despite the booze on the nose there is no booze in the taste.

M: [3.00] For 8% it is a bit thin - accentuated by low carbonation. So it drinks really easily. I expected more heft and chew.

O: [3.00] The flavor is "off" in some way. For 8% it seems like it should have more depth and body. It drinks easily because of the thin body but I want it slowly becaose of the off flavors. It is 5 months old at this point but I am not sure that is responsible for any of my observations.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - pours 2 fingers of medium khaki foam, body is translucent deep garnet to mahogany with steady carb rising through the center, leaves pretty nice laced rings after each quaff

Smell - nice nose of dark fruits, raisin, hints of black cherry, dark chocolate, and roasted malts

Taste - just like the nose, opens with dark fruits and dark chocolate, bit of raisin and fit, quickly transitions to unsweetened dark chocolate and roasted malt, finish is drying char and bitter dried roasted cherry pits - or maybe this is what coal tasted like..

Mouthfeel - lighter side of medium, slight creaminess, carb is on the lower side, dryness/roastiness intensifies after each quaff

Overall - this evidently gets its name from the taste vs the appearance. Not a bad stout, but is on the thin side and doesn't seem like 8% abv in a not so good way. This was a gift and loved the name and the thought, but the bitterness becomes strong towards the finish. I'd drink another if it was given as a gift, but I won't seek this one out myself.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Roasted dark malts, earth, cocoa, and some coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with roast and chocolately notes.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.29/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Reddish brown in color. Tinge of red towards the top where the light penetrates. This is the Christmas equivalent of getting coal in your stocking as a kid. It's bland and virtually flavorless. Sweet, dry malt. Ho ho ho, Awful.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks dark brown, not nearly as black as the label sold it to be. Head is small and beige in color, with slight lacing. Smell is mostly malt and prunes. Taste follows suit, but with a mild burnt coffee and alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, as expected in a stout. Not bad at all, but nothing really special either.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a funky Buddha snifter.

Soapy,light khaki colored,1finger head.Black / brown in color,with limited light showing through the glass.Light carbonation.

On the nose I don't get much but dark fruits,mostly prune.I get hints of dark roasted malts,but not much.

The palate follows the nose...dark fruits and dark malts.

The body is medium thin.

This isn't a terrible stout,but it isn't a great one either...a proverbial "Lump of Coal".

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Photo of jp32
2.46/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Dark in color, but pours thin and mostly transparent into the glass. A decent-sized cream-colored head sits on top but fades relatively quickly. Aroma of roasted malts with some sugary fruits in the background. The body is thin, but nicely carbonated. I wouldn't call it watery, but I am definitely calling it thin. These euro stouts just never seem to man up to american made stouts in terms of body and depth. It's flavor is obviously malt-forward (as it should be) and is slightly sweet up front before giving way to a more charred, burnt, tart, finish. It's not a bad tasting beer, so I shouldn't be describing it as such, but it's just not very exciting and seems lacking in a few areas.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My bro-in-law bought this beer from the beer store just around the corner. It poured an opaque dark with ecru head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had hints of roast and bitter hop. The taste has hints of mocha. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's decent and worth a try.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from local Wegman's. A little pricey for a 16.9 ounce bottle but it is imported from UK. This is not a beer for the casual stout lover. It is unusual with a strong burnt wood flavor which imparts a lasting finish. Since I grew up in a working family, I ate a lot of burnt food and grew to like it. My wife likes her marshmallows lightly toasted, but I prefer them burning like a fireball until black and hard. Thus, for me this is an excellent version of a holiday stout. There are other flavors in there including sweet dark fruits, but the carbonized wood is the main feature.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark Stout English Ale @ 8% ABV. Advertises a sweetness to balance the malts, but is missing. Basically, forgetful in every aspect. Doesn't taste "bad", just lacking in being exceptional in any way.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Has plenty of brown to it, moreso than black, some ruby of a darker variety going there. Thin oily tan head. Aroma was roasty and bitter.

Nuts and toffee, chocolate malt, dark fruit bitterness, plenty of alcohol heat. Price is decent, torn on the format, I would never want more than 12oz of this at a time, but the 17oz format is pricier than need be even if below average price wise for that format.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep burnt red color, reminds me more of a barley wine, a dark red wine, or even an imperial red; that does not quite fit a stout profile for me. Deeper roasted malts in the aroma and taste with a bit of alcohol and fermented red grapes as well. This beer isn't bad, don't get me wrong, it just doesn't seem to be a stout worthy in appearance and seems to miss it slightly as well in the taste.

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Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 647 ratings