Lump Of Coal | Ridgeway Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ybnorml on 11-25-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
614
Reviews:
366
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
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Ratings: 614 |  Reviews: 366
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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of SheaDawg
4.54/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I really don't understand all of the reviews reflecting a "mediocre" beer. Pours very dark with very little head. The taste is subtle in respect to a stout. Easy on the palate. Very light. Very light hint of cocoa. Smooth and easy beer. If people are of the opinion that it has to have a SUPER COMPLEX taste to be a great beer, then they have forgotten what beer should be. This is a great beer!! Pure and simple excellent stout!

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Photo of RPMazzi
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of jwg782
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Basoos1
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of jaidenjb
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of SeanMurray
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Tastes AMAZING. Super dark and chocolate...

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Photo of Oldmankeebler
4.48/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice stout. Slightly sweet with no hops. Smooth finish that isn't too bitter.

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Photo of Matt2509
4.44/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Solid stout. Great taste and good feel.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.39/5  rDev +27.2%
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!

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Photo of wattoclone
4.38/5  rDev +27%
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 Byeast
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured opaque black with some reddish brown hints on the edges , a creamy tan inch of head dissipated to a nice , lasting layer.

Smell: dark, roasty , and slightly sweet malt , some dairy , hint of chocolate syrup , very faint licorice.

Taste: Nice creamy body of roasted malt , bittersweet chocolate , slight dairy, coffee bean , some darker berry / fruity qualities , and pleasant hop bitterness keeps it all very well balanced in the finsh.

Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: A very nice stout. The only thing that makes it holiday like imo is the warming strenghth. Very pleasant roasty , chocolatey ,and sweet flavors that are kept in a great creamy balance.

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Photo of drwatson32
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schoolboy
4.32/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this on a close out deal. Figuring it is a strong stout, a little aging should be good for it. That seems to bear out in the tasting. It is a well behaved stong stout. A bit sweet and nicely balanced. The malt and hops nicely cover the alcohol (completely).

It has a very smooth, civilized taste. It works very nicely not too cold. I probably would never buy it again since the single bottle was a bit pricey, even with a buck or two off.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black that the light of the pub could not penetrate. A dark tan head of decent size. Leaves no lace.
Smell is kind of sweet, toasted malt, caramel, coffee, toffee.
Taste is toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and a sweetness that comes across as cocoanut milk. Very nice. Great balance and flavor.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, full-bodied with a light effervescence all over the mouth and tongue.
Drinkability: oh, heck yes! Even with an 8% ABV I could drink this fine brew all day. With or without food, this is a great beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/23/07- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with no freshness dating. Pretty sure it's this years Christmas release though. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Moderate black coloring. Not quite pitch black, but black enough. 1/2 inch large bubbled and quickly receding head. Lacing is acceptable with some streaks here and there.

Smell- Chocolaty, malty, coffee scented and a light whiff of alcohol. Overall a better than standard.

Taste- Deep roasted, borderline scorched malt. Good and heavy deep dark chocolate tastes as well. Stale coffee grounds with a dash of brown sugar that gives it a bit of sweetness. Hops have a slight bite also.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, fairly heavy mouthfeel.

Drinkability- For an English Stout, I really thought this was a good example. Flavor meld was good and well as the overall texture. I'm glad I got to try this one. Even though the $5 price tag was too steep.

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Photo of WMD-1002
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of pogoowner
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Suds
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I honestly didn't expect much from this beer. What a pleasant surprise. It's a deep, thick, dark, high viscosity brew. Jet black with a light tan head. The smell is intense...coffee, dark chocolate, and licorice. Dark fruits (cherry?), and a bit of smoke and charcoal. The taste is sweeter than anticipated...rich, luxurious, and balanced with a no-nonsense bitterness. Fruit, roast, and lots of grain in the flavor. The body is substantial: filling is an understatement. Mmmm...Christmas!

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Photo of OldTime
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of dbarny76
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black, with hints of red, nice foamy head.

Smells of dark cherry and sweet malt.

Has a great dark fruit and sweet malt flavor, matches the smell nicely.

Very smooth and creamy, easy to drink for an 8% and hides it's booze very well.

This was the best beer of my all English night, and it was easy to see why, great flavor and texture make this a darn fine beer.

DOA

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.21/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Quite lovely jet black; to the light a deep clear mahogany with ruby highlights. Expresso crema head that cascades nicely as it rises. Extremely fine, lazy carbonation. No real lace, but good retention. Good lookin' stout.

Smell: Not a punisher by any means, but a subtle blend of chocolate, rum raisin and perhaps a slightly sharper cherry fruitiness. Hops try, but fail, to make some sort of statement.

Taste: Oooh, much better the second time around. Had this last night and was thoroughly unimpressed; this time, I'm digging it. Dark chocolate off the bat, velvety smooth, with a cherry brandy mild booziness midpalette. Roasty and bitter in the finish, but complements the other flavors quite well -- nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Smoove.

Drinkability: Great, although the alcohol is amazingly well concealed, so you may want to let your guests know what they're getting into. And at two-fitty at Cost Plus, I shall not complain.

What a difference a day makes. This is why you should taste twice, review once. I was ready to crucify this beer last night -- I HATED it -- but a fresher palette, an appropriate glass and a bit closer to room temperature, and presto -- coal turns to gold.

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