Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout
Ridgeway Brewing

Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday StoutLump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout
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Style:
Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #137
ABV:
8%
Score:
80
Ranked #46,677
Avg:
3.49 | pDev: 14.9%
Reviews:
380
Ratings:
654
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Ridgeway Brewing
 
England, United Kingdom
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  10
Gots
  75
SCORE
80
Good
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Reviews by tucson_brewson:
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

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.

Dec 17, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 03, 2017
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rapidsequence from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. Erin bought it for me at World Market in Richmond.

Appearance: Looks pretty light as it pours, but pretty dark as it sit in the glass. Dark red highlights when held to the light, and a fair amount of them. Off white head. Very, very thick and sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet and lightly roasty. Just a bit of chocolate. A slight lactic sourness-- very slight, as is the rest of the beer's aroma.

Taste: Much better than the smell. Still lots of malty sweetness and some roasted malt. Just a touch of that English stout sourness. Although its pretty sweet thoughout, the finish becomes a little bitter with roast. Its pretty tasty really.

Mouthfeel: This is a smooth and soft beer that is creamy with a very slight stickiness. Good.

Overall: Seems like bottled English beer doesn't always deliver, but I like this one pretty well.

Nov 16, 2011
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sandy408 from California

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Apr 14, 2012
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HopDerek from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears as the same suggests, dark like coal, though light enough to see some dark red hues. Little head. Smells of smokey malt. Tastes of dark malts with some hoppy dryness. Not a watery beer, but not as creamy as many other stouts. Very drinkable, though kinda expensive. Worth grabbing a Christmas variety pack during the holidays though for a Lump of Coal.

Dec 20, 2006
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bigred89 from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Jan 12, 2013
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udubdawg from Kansas

2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Cellar temp. Not a bad stocking stuffer that I'm just getting around to.

Poured a bit thinner than I expected, but looks nice and dark in my imperial pint glass. Not that inky black, but inviting. Fluffy light tan head. Gentle swirling brings the head back. Lacing is limited to little spots.

Nose isn't that impressive. Darkly roasted malt and not a lot else...just a hint of chocolate, and maybe a lactic quality? I'm trying and failing to discern hops.

Taste is OK, but again not what I expected. Heavily roasted malt with a bit of sweetness - wish it was more of an interesting carmelized sugar. Not really tongue-coating but creamy and good. A touch of hop bitterness. Reasonably tasty, and mouthfeel is pretty good...just thin. Hard not to be disappointed that this isn't bigger.

Drinkability is pretty good - higher than expected, and none of the 8% ABV is noticeable. Sessionable, but there are cheaper alternatives.

The name, label, 8%, etc etc combine to create an image of a beer that IMO this is definitely NOT. Too bad. Congrats - your advertising made my friend buy your beer, but instead of a "dark holiday stout" it reminds me of a better than average hearty porter. Nice gift, but I don't think I'll buy it.

Feb 14, 2007
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InfernoBoss from California

3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Feb 24, 2019
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MI_beerdrinker from Texas

3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dec 31, 2019
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is lighter than what I expected for a stout - dark ruby-brown and almost opaque. Aroma is rich and smoky with coffee and molasses undertones. Flavor is not as strong as other stouts I have tried but still pleasing - smoky with coffee undertones and a hint of molasses. Finish is smooth and leaves a little bitterness, but the pleasant bitterness of hops. This is one lump of coal that you won't mind finding in your holiday stocking!

Dec 02, 2007
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tvv375ia from Iowa

3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from 500ml bottle into tulip glass

A-nice dark sienna with some ruby edging about a 2 finger head that faded without much lacing

S-a little chocolate and coffee followed with a little hop spice

T-much like the smell only lighter, with the smell I thought there might be some flavor here but it was really light tasting

M-light body for stout a little watery tasting

O-not bad but for the price there are a lot of better examples

Dec 26, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Dec 17, 2012
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snarksdad from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14.6%

Jan 12, 2013
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a dark brown with ruby highlights and a frothy beige head.

Aroma of malts, cherries, and a metallic note.

The taste is sweet and not much like a stout. Tastes of cherries and sweet fruit along with caramel and grain. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

Light bodied, dry and tart, and moderately carbonated.

A very light and thin stout, and more of a fruity winter ale. Nothing special in my book.

Jan 28, 2009
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice different holiday dark brew. pours literally coal black, no transparency with a smallish white head, frothy. smells a little dark fruity with good rich roasted malts and a heavy sturdy yeast. flavor is low key but different, there is a pronounced fruity malty lightness if thats doable. mouthfeel is nice, less carbonated than it could be, with a full body and a pungent but complimentary to its flavor and aroma finishing kick. english for sure, the malts make this one. at 8% the value is great. very drinkable. i am an elf

Jan 22, 2012
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WYVYRN527 from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a bit of a crimson hue. Some light does shine through. Not nearly as black as coal. Head is cream colored, and settles to a thin film on the surface.

S: A bit roasty, but a little too malty, with hints of caramel, chocolate, and some toast. Hops are almost non-present in the aroma.

T: Flavors are somewhat thin, but still expresses character of chocolate, coffee, and some bready malt. Finish is slightly sweet and cloying, with a vanilla note.

M: Medium bodied, this brew did not live up to what it was described as.

D: It was fun to try, but I don't think I could have more than one in a given holiday season.

Nov 25, 2009
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radiofish from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Jul 09, 2013
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timmy2b from New York

3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark Black with a small clowdy white head. Scent has a little bit of Cherry. Taste is very dry and lacking the chocolate that I was promised by the label. Tasting a little bit of alcohol which was unexpected for the ABV. Overall this was a weak attempt.

Jan 16, 2016
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tfsimpkins from Florida

1/5  rDev -71.3%
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!?!?!?

Jan 08, 2018
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guzzleacoldone from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 17, 2016
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 28, 2016
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mattster from Texas

2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured cold from 1pt 9oz bottle into pint glass. Nice creamy looking head low, holds at about 1/8 of an inch.

Smells of malts and maybe a hit of copper. Taste is nice, albeit light for a Stout, I think that this is a nice stout for people who normally find a stout a little stronger that what they would normally drink. It does have a nice chocolaty taste and nice creamy mouthfeel.

A little bitter aftertaste on the finish, but all in all a decent beer.

Dec 01, 2007
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Pintofbrown from Texas

2.46/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had my Lump of Coal in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The khaki colored head is very filmy, not much substance to it, barely enough to cover the lid.

The body is almost black with slight, mocha highlights in the bottom of the glass.

Smell- I liked the bread malt scent I got at first, then I remembered this is supposed to be a stout, not a brown or a winter warmer. There is also a little herbal spiciness and earthy quality.

Taste- A slight toasted malt presence is at the front of the drink. There is a bunch of hops, and grainy flavors in the middle of the drink and into the finish.

Again, I do not think you can really call this a stout. There is no roasted malt, and no dark fruit quality. There is some general sweet maltiness and then grassy hops.

Mouth feel- This is pretty creamy and has okay mouth coating. Unfortunately, it is leaving behind a long, alcohol-estery flavor and hop bitterness.

Overall- I really did get a lump of coal for Christmas with this beer. It has almost no characteristics of a stout.

Maybe if you count the sweet malt and general grassy hops that are overdone. Blegh.

Dec 27, 2011
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mfreire212 from Florida

2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I saved this one for a few weeks, with the intention of having it on Christmas Eve. So much for that! I decided that it was close enough and I could always get another one for the 24th if need be.

Anyway, I saw the 8 percent alcohol and braced myself for a strong tasting stout. It was strong, for sure.

A: Poured a dark brown, nearly black from the large bottle, into a standard pint glass. Surprised that there wasn't much of a head (maybe one finger which dissipated quickly) and very little, if any, lacing.

S: Very strong alcohol smell and not much else.

T: Much like the smell, the first and most dominant taste is the alcohol. Once that subsides, I detected some bitter coffee notes and a metallic aftertaste.

M: A thin offering that left a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D: I like most stouts, but I was disappointed with this one. Not that it isn't drinkable, but the alcohol overpowers any of the other flavors that may be present. It certainly warms you up well and would make a solid choice after spending some time outside in the cold (unfortunately, I am in Florida).

Dec 23, 2007
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Birdlegs from Washington

4/5  rDev +14.6%

Jul 22, 2012
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