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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

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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 fx20736
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25oz bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Bituminous black with 2 fingers of khaki head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is faint but I pick up gently roasted (not burned) malt with some spicy, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is frothy and light.

Taste: nice mix of coffee, some cocoa, some malted milk balls and cordial cherries withon a bed of roasted malt.

Notes: A nice sweet stout

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Photo of match1112
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours black as nite with reddish brown highlights. a half finger of tan head quickly and loudly, like fizz in soda, settled to a spotty froth on top. the nose is very weak for a stout. not getting any roast or chocolate or hops, just beer. taste is slightly bettter with a little chocolate flavor, but very weak and disappointing. mouthfeel is o.k. at first, goes down smooth, but then leaves a bad aspirin bitter flavor behind that lingers for ever. at seven dollars a pint and the muted flavors i would not recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of RPMazzi
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This better be good as I paid $6.99 for a 1pt 9oz bottle at Total Wine. The marketing sucked me in. What stout lover can resist a lump of coal at the holidays?

It poured black at the core, progressing to the darkest brown on the edges. The light beige head was nearly non-existent and what little there was withdrew to a think blanket immediately with a bit of stickiness at the rim.

Classic stout aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, hops mingling around, toffee maybe.

1st impression - not as huge as I thought it may be. But then again, this is not an imperial stout and it tips in at 8%ABV which should advise this is not going to be huge.

2nd impression - Nice roast flavors, a bit of cocoa, with a nice blend of sweetness and hop bite with neither one overpowering.

Pleasant mouthfeel with the alcohol well hidden and a moderate and lingering finish.

What I like about this is that it is not a huge imperial. I can get good stout flavors without the high intensity of an imperial. The lower alcohol is nice as well. I love imperials but when I'm about to pop a 500-650ml 10%ABV+ imperial I'm making a real commitment. I can pop this, enjoy and still be good to go.

Big downside is price. I'd pay 10-12 bucks for a six pack of 12oz bottles but at $6.99 for a single bottle, I probably won't buy again just because of economics - but it was good and worth a try.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark ruby red-brown.
A short lived bubbly head and some small lacing.

The nose hits me with hops and some caramel and toasted malt and some hints of licorice. But the sensation is diminutive.

Flavor is rather a petite stout- maybe I'm not considering the "English Ale" moniker. Maybe I'm used to being pounded by dark odoriferous ales with muscular flavors. This is not one.

It is an enjoyable beer-- but in the end not one that I'd reach for instead of an imperial stout. Maybe it's because I saw "Lump of Coal" or maybe I saw "Dark Holiday Stout"..

Mouthfeel is cordial- nothing overwhelming, nothing to spark the memory while browsing at the packie..

Overall-- OK.. there's many that are less satisfying but many that are more such..

It was an enjoyable beer.. but I'm not going to walk a quarter mile for it.

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Photo of klipper
2/5  rDev -42.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle marked F13-245. Sampled on December 13, 2011. The pour is mainly dark brown with ruby red hues glistening around the edges when held to the light. The head is minimal. On the nose there are a variety of scents including sweet malts, cherry, and later spent coffee grinds. The body texture falls into the thin to medium range. The taste is a little more mellow with the same mixture of malts, cherry, and coffee grinds with the slightest hint of clean, crisp hops at the finish.

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Photo of radicalruckus
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jaidenjb
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of Chico1985
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this 500ml. One of the many random, slightly gimmicky Christmas beers by this brewery.

Very dark brownish-red, no translucence but some orange highlights. Light beige head starts big, retains decently.

Faint, mostly uninteresting scent, tart/dark fruit and dark malt.

Lots of fruit in the taste, raisin and plum, molasses. Yeast, dark bread, light tartness. Some cocoa in the finish.

Low on the carbonation but an okay mouthfeel. No booze taste.

Not much stout, it's okay, nothing about makes it me want to re-visit though.

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Photo of ladykate526
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Photo of jbarger84
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of bark
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010.

The colour is black; the finger thick head is golden brown. Some lacing occurs.

The smell got notes of sweet red berries, some bitter notes, liquorice and raspberries.

The smell is semi-sweet with lots of red berries, some burnt flavours that makes me think of burned pop corns. Salt liquorice and raspberry candy. The aftertaste is on the lighter side with more red berries, some black German rye bread and a growing fruity bitterness. Matured strong wine in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh, the small bubbles medium strong. He liquid is light.

I had no idea that this beer vas that strong (8 %), I had guessed 5 % or so. A fine English stout that sadly was served way too cold.

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Photo of kjlued
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When Poured this beer, I was at first a little disappointed.
Although it was fairly dark, it just was not as thick as I would expect it to be.

However, I bought it and now I had to drink it.
At first taste I could feel the ends of my mouth curling up towards a smile. I was actually pleasantly surprised. Even though the look is not stout, the taste most certainly is. Good beer and worth drinking.

So if you have been naughty this year put this on your shopping list cause Santa already has a different lump of coal waiting for you.

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Photo of Casey10
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one last year never tired it saw it again it was okay. Kind of surprised a higher abv stout would be this thin. Had some nice qualities tasted okay but nothing that made me want to have another. It poured dark but again not so much their for taste some malts but again thin.

Glad I tried it always nice to have something different not sure if I would have again.

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Photo of ckollias
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 1 pint 9 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark blackish-brown with a thin tan ½-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Malty licorice aroma. Hints of coffee and roasted malts.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and slight roasted malt bitterness. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Slightly hoppy and smooth.

M: Thin body and minimal carbonation

O: Decent export stout – easily drinkable –just not enough body to make it excellent.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of TXTider
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 1 finger head which quickly dissipates, black in color

S - caramel, molasses, little bit of coffee towards the end

T -sweet, roasty, mild alcohol

M - smooth, low carbonation

O - not bad, I plan to cellar one and try it again in a year, there are others I prefer for this category

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 621 ratings
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