Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout | Ridgeway Brewing

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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
Ranking:
#44,075
Reviews:
374
Ratings:
637
pDev:
15.07%
Bros Score:
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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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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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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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Photo of Dbazbrewing
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +15.9%
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 RochefortChris
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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 OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
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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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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