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Lump Of Coal | Ridgeway Brewing

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Lump Of CoalLump Of Coal

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ybnorml on 11-25-2004

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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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Has plenty of brown to it, moreso than black, some ruby of a darker variety going there. Thin oily tan head. Aroma was roasty and bitter.

Nuts and toffee, chocolate malt, dark fruit bitterness, plenty of alcohol heat. Price is decent, torn on the format, I would never want more than 12oz of this at a time, but the 17oz format is pricier than need be even if below average price wise for that format.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep burnt red color, reminds me more of a barley wine, a dark red wine, or even an imperial red; that does not quite fit a stout profile for me. Deeper roasted malts in the aroma and taste with a bit of alcohol and fermented red grapes as well. This beer isn't bad, don't get me wrong, it just doesn't seem to be a stout worthy in appearance and seems to miss it slightly as well in the taste.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one poured a very nice and dark almost black color. Almost, because when held up to direct light some ruby does come through. There was a very nice brown 1 to 1 and a half finger of brown rocky head on this one. And this one also left a very nice lacing down the glass as the brew went down.

The smell was dark roasted barley and malts with some very dark fruit smells coming through, something like cherries or figs.

The taste at first hits with a strong taste of black roasted coffee. This is quickly followed by the roasted barley and malts and some sweet coming through. As this one warmed the taste of a strong boozy note was coming through.

This had a medium mouthfeel with a wet finish.

On to the overall and my final impression! As a sipper this bottle does contain 1 pt. 9 fl. oz. and it will begin to warm as you work towards a finish. With that warming comes more and more of a strong booze presence. This felt unusual to me as this was only rated at an 8% ABV. I do have two cellared (1 for me and 1 for the wife) and look forward to revisiting this one sometime around Christmas (this was written in January) to see if it matures well.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle. Pours ruby brown with a medium frothy light tan head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet roasted oaty chocolate and caramel.

The flavor is sweet sugary dark fruits, roasted grainy chocolate malts with some black licorice and ashy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bit watery.

Overall, it's overly sweet, grainy and ashy.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from Boise Co-op. smoky and chocolate, nice combo. Dry finish, taste of dark malt, dark chocolate, ash. Black with creamy head. Sharp, short and dry on the palate.

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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 ThaneMcC
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

An odd beer - almost a novelty with its odd flavor profile.

Pours a deep reddish black with off white foamy head. Smells strongly of cherry cough medicine, cocoa, coffee, molasses. Tastes sweet malts forward, strong cherry medicinal flavor. Texture is less than medium - far thinner than your typical stout.
Overall, overly sweet and medicinal - tastes a lot like someone took a stout and then threw in equal part of cherry Robitussin - really not a beer I would buy again

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 7/27/17.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa powder, toffee, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, earth, and roasted nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of roast and cocoa qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of teromous
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle is labeled with F 17 246

Appearance: The body is very transparent but dark brown. I can see fairly well through it so it's not completely opaque. The head is darker than off-white...more of a very light tan. Very good retention and lacing. The head is creamy.

Aroma: There is a very sweet caramel and strong buttery aroma with a toasted note mingling in there.

Taste: Fairly strong carbon flavor from the roasted grains with a touch of caramel and a bit of butter and alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Very very slick and smooth. There is a light bite of roasted bitterness at the end.

Overall: It doesn't look, smell, or taste much like a stout aside from that carbon roasted bitterness. It's interesting but it's not a beer I would repeat. If you are a fan of the diacetyl laden English ales you will be at home with this beer. Otherwise I would say to stay away from it. It is a drinkable and enjoyable beer but that buttery aroma and flavor reduce drinkability a bit.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a moderate foamy 1" head and decent lacing. Has a very distinct fruity and chocolatey taste. Not bad, but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours bright, dense dark brown to black under a clingy 3” tan foam collar with a fine bead. S: Malty, light roast, dark dried fruit. T: Lightly sweet, dark dried fruit, hints of chocolate. Nothing burnt or harsh. F: Full bodied, very soft on the palate. O: An inoffensive, easy to drink sweet stout.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a creamy off-white head that dissipate moderately but leaves a significant film of foam on the beer and around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a clear dark brown color that isn't as dark as a lump of coal.

The beer smell is pretty good. The beer has roasted notes and dark fruit notes with a bit of hops to it. The beer has a nice roasted malt note that is balanced out by a caramel and slightly sweet note. However, the smell doesn't seem to be as rich and deep as it could be.

The beer taste has the same roasted notes and caramel notes like the smell but with different degrees. The roasted malts are a bit stronger and the caramel is a bit weaker. The overall taste is more on the too watery coffee side with a caramel note that needs to be stronger. However, it is still pretty good and the notes do balance each other out.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy but also light at the same time. The beer is medium bodied with biting carbonation but feels a bit lighter than it should be. However, it is still pretty good.

Overall, the beer is a decent export stout and very good novelty gift for the Beer Geek in your life. Even if it isn't a gift, the beer is still overall pretty decent and drinkable. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for this every holiday.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ridgeway Lump of Coal has a thick, creamy, beige head, a dark brown (ruby red brown, under light) appearance, and substantial lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet cream, bread crust, and malt. Taste is of sweetness, cream, dark roasted, and almost burnt, malt, char, and acidic bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Ridgeway Lump of Coal finishes semi-dry and boozy in the head. You will feel this one.


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Photo of artdob
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Vanilla colored foam and light lace on a sea of black liquid. Nose is very light with sweet fruity notes. On the palate, pumpernickel, molasses.
A roasty bitterness follows. Light carbonation - a bit more than I want in a stout, but not over the top. 8% abv for this brew. A decent option for a cold winter night.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Lump Of Coal in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a translucent black walnut color, garnet red when held up to the light. There is a foamy off-white head, leaving thin sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell is a faint and sweet aroma, toffee and charcoal.

Taste is also sweet up front, a chocolate and coffee flavor, with a rum candy flavor.

Moutfeel is perhaps thin for the style, but smooth, with a wet bitter sweet aftertaste.

Overall better than I thought ti would be. I had it figured for a holiday seasonal gimmick, but it's a pretty decent stout. I would have it again.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stout glass, this is a dark brown beer, with a thin off-white head that soon fades away, and nice lacing that also does the same. Body looks ok.
Smells lightly of roasted coffee and some cocoa.
Not as bad as I thought it might be. Roasted malts and a powdery cocoa sensation, simply so and generally a tasty brew. Not too dry or too sweet.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, creamy and medium-low carbonated.
Something to try once, certainly if it's a gift.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into an imperial nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing trickled here and there to a standstill just above the beer as it got sipped down.
The smell had a super roasty coffee, big and bold and pure absolutely coffee. A light sweet chocolate enters in as it warms.
The taste had a nice roasty boozy sweetness. Light coffee enters in once again to balance and make good. A light coffee-ish aftertaste enters and leads to a semi-sweet to dry finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a semi-sessionable quality about it. Nice roasty coffee rolls over my tongue.
Overall, yeah, I dig this, and I dig it as a foreign/export stout. Merry Christmas, BA's!

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Photo of Mikus
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife summed this one up perfectly... 'it's a stout'. I'd be hard pressed to pay $6.99 for this again, but with that being said, there is nothing bad about this brew, just nothing great.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 55 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and 2 mm layer
Lacing excellent – curtain of tiny to small bubbles covering glass
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins with slightly sweet roasted malt with an ephemeral hint of cherry, ends with a roasted malty sweetness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this stout features a light tan head of dissipating foam that dies down to thin layer and nice lacing. Nose of chocolate milk, dark roasted malts and grains, and a bit of vanilla and dark cherries. Flavors are sweet malts to the front and sides with cocoa, raisins, light smoke, and chocolate milk flavors to the back. A sweet stout that almost could pass as a milk stout. Very smooth and boozy brew. A coating lightly bitter aftertaste from the malts....a nice take on an export stout.


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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a big grayish-tan colored head. The big bubbly head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is much lighter in the roasted department then would be anticipated. It is heaviest of a caramel and malty smell with a bit of coffee and roast. Other aromas of toffee and molasses as well as a bit of vanilla and cocoa are there as well, along with a very light earthy hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a blend of a roasted malt and caramel sweetened nature. There is a bit of cocoa flavor that is present upfront with this flavor later being joined by flavors of coffee as the taste advances to the end. All while the coffee increases, some flavors of an earthy hop nature come to the tongue as well, and with the coffee, end up bittering the taste quite a bit more. Some sweeter brown sugar and a bit of cream join the tastes more toward the end, and with a little bit of grainy taste, leave a sorta weakly roasted/dark stout flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the style, it is a good feel overall, although for the lack of roast, a little more carbonation may have been slightly better.

Overall – Ah… A decent brew, but really not that special and not what I would consider a dark roastad ”as black as the lump of coal you’ll be getting for Christmas” as proclaimed by the label.

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Photo of vinicole
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

Dark brown (rather than black as expected) with quickly disappearing head.
Lovely aroma of coffee, roast malt, chocolate,prunes and Christmas cake (or is that auto suggestion?).
Taste does not match the bouquet. Sweet followed by stewed veg' hop. Not much malt. Thin.
Nice carbonation. Boozy.
Disappointing brew as I have saved this for two years before drinking. Not a true stout.

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Photo of RockinghamBrewingAssn
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Unimpressive.... Wish I would have read about it before buying. It is not bad, just not at all a stout, and not worth the price (I paid $6.49 at a specialty beer store). It tastes like an average home brew from a kit.

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