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
Photo of Casey_L
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bbtkd
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Kevinpitts
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fscottkey
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
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 -1.7%
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 +15.9%
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 Bear1964
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.29/5  rDev -33.6%
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 mpolewan
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of vladdswrath
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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 sculls65
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 13tido
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Cuervo_PCB
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gaddabble
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopkrid
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jp32
2.46/5  rDev -28.7%
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 guzzleacoldone
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Zazzi82
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 whatname
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HenryPorter7777
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
3.45 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
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