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

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Ratings:
614
Reviews:
366
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
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Ratings: 614 |  Reviews: 366
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spicey stout and I like the style. Pours dark with amber highlights. Burnt aroma, lacey. Oh and some bittersweet chocolate. There is a spot of smoke in here and the spiciness, though the coffee throws me a bit off. Decent drinkable.Fine British beer and beat my expectations.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice different holiday dark brew. pours literally coal black, no transparency with a smallish white head, frothy. smells a little dark fruity with good rich roasted malts and a heavy sturdy yeast. flavor is low key but different, there is a pronounced fruity malty lightness if thats doable. mouthfeel is nice, less carbonated than it could be, with a full body and a pungent but complimentary to its flavor and aroma finishing kick. english for sure, the malts make this one. at 8% the value is great. very drinkable. i am an elf

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout poured out as a dark brown color. The beer is almost translucent despite the color. The head is thin and tan colored. Not much lacing. The smell is a bit roasted and has some earthy aromas too. The taste of the beer is light and creamy. The flavors don't really have a bitterness of coffee or dark burnt toast. It's one of the smoothest tasting stouts ive had in a while. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and not really complex at all. Overall it's an easy going stout.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black and poured with a finger high creamy beige head that quickly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacy patterns in the center. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The smell is quite sweet and has aromas of chocolate malts along with some hints of grapes.
T: Like the smell, the taste is both chocolaty and sweet and has notes of coffee and hints of grapes in the flavors. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, creamy, smooth and a bit thin on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: Any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste, which makes this beer quite easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A fitting name for a beer that opens with a distinct charcoal aroma from roasted dark grains. Though these aromas dominate, there is a Schwarzbier malt, ferment, and hop character to back it up. Looks opaque black and viscous. Flavors are again dominated by black roasted malts with a follow up of toasted malts, light cocoa, and light coffee. An underlying sweetness boarders on lactose and / or oats. Accompanying this sweetness is a velvety, almost oily texture that mellows the beer and rounds off the rough alcohol edges. Well melded and easy to drink for such strong flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with garnet highlights; the head was tan and retained well, leaving a nice pattern of lace on the glass

Smell: Fruity licorice aroma dominates, along with a touch of coffee

Taste: Starts with an initial milk chocolate flavor that is quickly overtaken by fruity licorice elements; there is some sulphur in there too that is quite unpleasant; after the swallow, there is a bad phenolic flavor that is medicinal tasting and reeks of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied (way too thin for a stout) with low carbonation

Drinkability: Really pretty poor, with some serious off flavors

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Photo of emerge077
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a large .5L mug. "F11 257" on label.

Right off the bat it looks very thin for a stout, reddish brown transparency more like a porter or dunkel. A thin cap of foam that doesn't stick around at all. A tiny clump of bubbles is left floating in the center. Ruby glint in the light, definitely not opaque.

Aroma is grainy, sweetish wort. A little musty, cooked veggies like a bad euro lager. Taste is the same... this is no stout. Sweet and musty, overcooked grain. Astringent and stale. Just offensive really. Is this a bad joke? Lump of coal, hur hur I get it.

I'm glad this was a gift because i'd never spend money on it. Shame on Shelton for bringing in this crap from a sub-par brewer.

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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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a jet black hue with a tan, bubbly, soapy, one-finger head. It left a little bit of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of mild maltiness. It also had a good dose of caramel flavors.

M - It was soft and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a pretty descent stout. I really expected more, it just didn't overwhelm me with flavor.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of superspak
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Foreign stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mothman
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

About 1 finger of light tan head. Head fades down to a thin layer. Leaves splattered lace. Color is a Roasted bark brown.

Aroma: Roasted chest nuts. Some chocolate malts, toffee, but it has a hint of skunkiness to it, reminds me of other English style beers. Not to bad, just in the background.

Taste: Chocolate, nuts, and toffee. That skunkiness comes back.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied for a stout. A medium amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy feel to it. Ends with a nutty flavor to it with some skunkyflavor to it.

Overall, not the stout for me. I just wasn't a fan of the English parts of this beer. It had some nice toffee notes but I gotta pass on this one.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light brown head settles down quickly, leaving little lace. The body is black with amber highlights and seemingly clear.

S - Dark, fruity notes; plums, raisins, maybe cherries. Chocolate malt and caramel. Yeasty spice notes, almost a Belgian yeast profile.

T - Lots of caramel, chocolate and fruit up front. A hint of hop flavor followed by solid roast grain notes. Finishes with mild coffee and chocolate character and a good bit of alcoholic warmth.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - This is an unusual beer that defied my expectations, but I am quite pleased with it overall. I was expecting something with big body and subdued, English flavors; instead, I got subdued body and big, almost Belgian, flavors. As it happens, I am a fan of this combination; and while it misses the English stout style in some ways, it does so in a distinctly enjoyable fashion.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours not quite a lump of coal dark but close with some nice ruby tint thru out with an off white head that is gone quite quickly.deeply roasted malt and dark fruit in the nose with a hint of milk chocolate,big robust flavors for a big stout tarry and fruity roasted of course with a light smoky flavor in the finish.Wow I really like theis holiday stout big and complex and quite quaffable to boot.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well it seems Ridgeway has put out another winner. I recalled liking their "Santa's Butt" very much, and when I saw this one I had to grab it (unlike Santa's real butt!).

It pours an almost-black mahogany body beneath a super frothy head of light tan foam. The retention s quite good, and it leaves some very nice, clingy lace in its wake.

The nose is limited, but there's a touch of dark caramel, a sublime fruitiness, and a very subtle roastiness to it; and it's remarkably clean beyond that.

In the mouth it's remarkably smooth, as any good English ale worth its weight should be, and it has a medium-light body, and a gentle, moderate carbonation.

The flavor expresses a well-melded combination of yeasty fruitiness (berries, cherry, apple) and softly sweet malt with a hint of darkness that suggests both chocolate and underlying roastiness. A cusp of polished firm bitterness keeps it in hand, and it finishes short and dry with just a flourish of yeasty fruitiness and a cusp of scorched dark caramel.

Not everything has to hit you over the head to be brilliant! Like so many other fine English ales, what this beer lacks in full-frontal assault of flavor, it more than makes up for in intrinsic value and balance. It's freakin' bloody drinkable, is what it is!!! The pleasant notes of sublime dark chocolate and yeasty fruitiness just keep popping their heads up here and there. A thread of roastiness runs through it, again and again, at its base. Darkly caramelized sugar throws its arms out to the world every now and again... yet it remains quite confident and concerned with itself - oh so British in nature!!!

For any fan of British ales, this is a must-try. For fans of porter or stout, don't miss this! And for your everyday average beer lovers in general, what a charm this is!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of cocoa, molasses, roasted malt, hint of coffee, smoke, & vanilla. Taste roasted malt, chocolate, ash, faint spice, licorice. Nice!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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