Lump Of Coal | Ridgeway Brewing

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Lump Of CoalLump Of Coal

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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 wmickdds32
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jaidenjb
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Chico1985
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +44.9%

Photo of jbarger84
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of bark
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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 +4.9%
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 +5.8%
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 -0.9%
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%

Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of TXTider
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +15.9%

Photo of jmdrpi
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of TheBeerCarl
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a deep dark amber with a thin light brown head. The head is light in body and dissipates quickly.

Smell: malt and molasses are two most prevalent notes with hints of cinnamon, clove and rock candy.

Taste: Burnt sugar is the first flavor that comes to mind. There are subtle flavors of molasses, malt, coffee, clove and licorice. It also tastes like there is a lot of residual sugar and has more Belgium tripel characteristics than it does stout.

Mouthfeel: It has a very sharp bite to it from the excessive amount of carbonation and that bite lingers for a while.

Overall: I was not really a impressed with this beer as I was expecting a nice stout with maybe some holiday flavors. Instead I got a really sweet beer with mostly odd flavors.

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Photo of greenbeer29
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Warfarin
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Jeriba
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of rapidsequence
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle. Erin bought it for me at World Market in Richmond.

Appearance: Looks pretty light as it pours, but pretty dark as it sit in the glass. Dark red highlights when held to the light, and a fair amount of them. Off white head. Very, very thick and sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet and lightly roasty. Just a bit of chocolate. A slight lactic sourness-- very slight, as is the rest of the beer's aroma.

Taste: Much better than the smell. Still lots of malty sweetness and some roasted malt. Just a touch of that English stout sourness. Although its pretty sweet thoughout, the finish becomes a little bitter with roast. Its pretty tasty really.

Mouthfeel: This is a smooth and soft beer that is creamy with a very slight stickiness. Good.

Overall: Seems like bottled English beer doesn't always deliver, but I like this one pretty well.

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Photo of KidRagnarok
3/5  rDev -13%

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