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Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout | Ridgeway Brewing

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Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday StoutLump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout
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Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday StoutLump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ybnorml on 11-25-2004

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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 OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kuges
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Casey_L
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bbtkd
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
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 Kevinpitts
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fscottkey
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
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%
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 +15.6%
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 Bear1964
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.29/5  rDev -33.8%
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 -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of vladdswrath
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 13tido
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gaddabble
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopkrid
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jp32
2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
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 +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wattoclone
4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
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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Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
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