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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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8
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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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Photo of wpreynolds
2/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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 Rockjocknroll
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 AMCimpi
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 Highbury09
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 wrecknut
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hdtrice
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Juice14
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fishguyac
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drwatson32
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lump Of Coal from Ridgeway Brewing
3.45 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
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