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 beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with an acceptable tan head and moderate lacing that tends to fade. Roasted sweet chococate nose that is the beer's selling point. Good thickness on first taste, but could use a bigger flavor. Just not enough roast hit my taste buds to back up the aroma. As the beer warmed, the aroma lost some of its toastiness and left behind only the sweet chocolate. Finishes adequately with a slight hint at the abv, but left me wanting for more in its taste.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, opaque brown color with ruby highlights when held to the light. Poured a 1 finger off-white head with fair retention. Laced in light rings.

S: Dark roasted chocolate and coffee. Light bitters.

T: Dark roasted sweet malts, chocolate and coffee. Warming alcohol.

M: Thick and chewy. Syrupy smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

D: Doesn't drink like 8%. Very flavorful and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of popery
2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Yowza. That is one sweet beer. Unfortunately, that's not a compliment. It's cloying and syrupy. It tastes like someone dumped a load of sugar into the wort or whatever the right term is. I really need to start home brewing, so I don't sound like a moron on here. I like a big, sweet, malty English beer, but this tastes more like a Werther's Orignal than delicious malted barley. The color is a very, very dark amber with a good head and some lacing. The nose is malty, a tiny bit spicy and slightly hoppy. The flavor is much too sweet. It's malt with a ton of sugar thrown on top. Chocolate, butterscotch, toffee, syrup and honey dominate the flavor profile. The feel is syrupy and way over the top sweetness. I could not finish a full 50cl bottle. The name would lose its intended irony for me if I were receive this bottle in my stocking.

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Photo of haningj2
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 oz. bottle.

A - Best part of the beer. VERY dark brown, black under poor lights. Perfect stout color.

S - Not much in this department. Somewhat sweet malty smell, but does not give off much scent.

T - I give this stout much more credit than fellow beer advocates. Great stout flavor, but without discrediting the flavor too much, it does tend to be slightly too sweet for a stout. Sounds strange to say, but true. Very enjoyable.

M - GREAT. The brew just brings a smile to your face.

D - Another strong point of this stout. It is filling, as any stout should be, but drinks easier than anything I've had in a while.

I think this stout is wonderful. I would purchase again. Don't let other BA's mislead you, it is nowhere near as bad as they say. At least give it a try and see for yourself.

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Photo of tedpeer
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A - Pours black with an inch off white head that quickly subsided to an 1/8th inch. Little lacing.

S - Roasted malts.

T - Roasted malts, slightly sweet/fruity. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Thin and watery. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.27/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The best part of this beer is how it looks. Midnight black pour with a short-lived brown head. It goes downhill from there. Sour, fake-malt aroma with dank wood and grain. Thin, watery mouthfeel. The taste is not like any stout I have ever had. Corn, grain, sour hops, metal, and burnt malt, but in a bad way. The worst is yet to come: a Jelly Belly popcorn aftertaste. Seems like a gimmick name for a bad, overpriced beer.

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Photo of champ103
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. A beige head forms, and leaves some spotty lace.
S: Roasted and sweet chocolate malt. Pleasant, but not much is here.
T: Roasted malt and chocolate again. A light astringent fruity flavor. Metallic.
M/D: A medium body with decent carbonation. Not quiet what I expect from a stout. A little watery. Easy and smooth to drink for 8% ABV.

Not my favorite English Stout, and kind of subpar. Once is enough for me with this beer.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color but thin. A small tan head that fades fast with no lacing. Smells sweet, almost like a milk stout. Drinks the same way, a nice thin and smooth mouthfeel. Sweet but not as sweet as a milk stout, but no bitterness at all. All in all it was a good beer, very drinkable I could have another.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A 25 oz bottle served in an imperial pint glass.

A-Poured a two-finger tan head on top of a deep brown beer with dark ruby highlights. Head reduces quickly to sparse bubbles.

S-Dominated by roasted malts with some roasty chocolate.

T-Like the aromas, dominated by roasted malt and strong, sweet chocolate. Some hints of fruity esters with some raisiny aftertastes.

M-Rather thin body for the style. Still, this beer has a very pleasing velvety feel flowing over my palate. Carbonation is appropriately moderate.

D-Fair drinkability. It has a nice hearty flavor that feels appropriate for a nice, cold-weather Christmas gathering. Not as deep, dark, and foreboding as the description on the label led me to believe. But still, an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting dark brown pour. Pretty translucent, light can permeate this, it is definetely not black. Smell of malt and raisin. Very malty flavors, some roast, toffee and mocha. Medium bodied, could be considered slightly creamy. As it warms it loses it's creaminess. Finish a little tart/coffee bitter. Very drinkable with 8% abv. I really warming up to this style and this is a good example of it.

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Photo of sauron681
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, practically black. A nice light brown creamy head dissipates to quick for me, but great lacing. Smells of roasted caramel malt, prune/raisin aroma, also hints of toffee. Medium feeling in the mouth, not as thick as i was hoping.

Tastes of dark chocolate malt, slight harsh alcohol overtone. Finishes dry and chalky. Tastes heavy on belgian sugar? Nice fireplace brew but could be improved upon

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark with good carbonation. The head is medium tan, 2 fingers thick and fades fast leaving very little lace.

The smell is mildly roasty with some fruity notes.

The taste follows not very out standing just a simple English stout with a bit more alcohol. Some mild roastiness and some dark fruit.

The mouthfeel is ok, medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not a bad brew but also not much of a fine crafted seasonal to look forward to either.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of Goliath
2.59/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From last years notebook which I just found:

Pours a very dark brown with ruby edges, but black and completely opaque from a short distance. A two finger light tan head forms on the pour and lingers with decent retention leaving some small speckled spots behind.

The aroma is ok. I think I can smell every bit of that 8% ABV though. Some fruity esters and some roasted malts. Caramel and toffee mostly. I was hoping to find something a little darker in the nose due to the color, oh well.

The taste is ok. Some fruity plumbs going on with some caramel, bread, banana, nuts and tons of booze. The alcohol is a bit outspoken here and could stand to be better concealed. It's not obnoxious, but it's the most complex note in there, which is sad.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery with tons of carbonation. Too thin, too carbonated. Although, the carbonation does dies down as you drink.

Drinkability is moderate. It's not good, but not bad either. It's certainly drinkable, but boring and uninspiring. This is a one time purchase for me.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is obviously something that has been around since last season. Fortunately, the store that I bought it from is always at cellar temperature, with reasonable lighting, and thus maintained better than I could have aged it.

A: A deep brown, highlighted with a golden honey colour around the base and sides. Head is a creamy and very light brown. It forms quite quickly towards, and recedes about as quickly until it is half way down at which point it holds onto itself a bit more.

S + T: This is what I expect out of a winter seasonal, and the little bit of age has done good things for it. Toffee aromas and flavours along with some dark fruits - date and raisin, giving it quite a 'fruit bread' scent. The alcohol offers a boozy kick for character.

M: A bit sticky, almost like a caramel drizzle would be. Some sticky residue over the tongue, a little bit of smack to the lips.

D: The alcohol flavours keep this one a sipper for me, and it has a nice warming effect on the way down. Wouldn't have more than one at any given time, but it's a pretty decent brew, nonetheless.

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Photo of karengarys
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "dark holiday stout" pours very mahogany dark, my slow pour leaves little head. There is a definite "holiday" flavor, something between those strange holiday candies that were popular in the US in the 70s, and nutmeg or something. It is slight, but refreshing. Amazingly, the alcohol flavor is quite well hidden. The taste is nicely balanced malt molassis, and clean refreshing hops. The mouthfeel even meets my American expectations of being foamy or creamy (as opposed to wet and flat). The finish is nice and clean.

I recommend this easy to drink beverage any time of year!

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deeo, dark chocolate brown with a rye bread head that thins quickly.

Lots of oily caramel and alcohol malt in here. Maybe there's some mild piney hop backbone too. Almost Belgian spice notes of cinnamon but more sugary, typical for style? Deep, dark chocolate malt is quite prevalent, needless to say.

Interesting dryness of deep, dark, roasted/chocolate malt. Alcohol is a strong supporting cast with some hop grass and maybe slight pine. A bit of caramel and cinnamon tones.

Soothing at first, but tightens from bittersweet chocolate with warmth combining with piney hops and alcohol burn. Generally coats palate well as with typical high-gravity stout.

This is a very enjoyable offering. Heavy? Wicked heavy. It's a sippah!

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Photo of avalon07
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of long-lasting head.

S: Smelled of coffee, malt, some hops and sweets, as well.

T: Coffee, toffee, roasted malt, hops all mixed in. A little bit thinner than you'd expect, but decent.

M: A middling amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not a bad beer - drinkable to be sure - but not something to get overly excited about. Worth a shot.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy/chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Toffee, vanilla & sarsaparilla, all fade as this warms

T: Singed coco-cola, toffee, & some coffee up front. Leafy hops & a slight oakyness, plus more toffee & vanilla as this warms. Finishes very dry with roasted malt & toffee

MF: Medium bodied with soft carbonation

Drinks alright, but not much to get excited about here, give it a shot

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Photo of ballewblake
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Grimbergen chalice.

Poured dark black to the top of the glass. Aggressive pour, tan head that bulbed to the top and vanished almost by the time I walked from the counter to my chair. Minor lacing on the glass, minor inconsistent ring around the brew. Hazed foam on the top of the brew. Extremely light roasted malts on the nose, other than that its incredible hard to get any smell off this one. Tastes thick on the tongue, but very drinkable. A little sweet, very stout like characters, but mostly sweet up front, a bit smokey on the back. Probably should have saved it for the winter. :)
Not a bad stout, no spices on the palete like I was hoping. Average overall.

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Photo of Contra
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Labeled as "Much more than you deserve for X-mas this year", well Christmas this year is a long ways off, and we're pretty far off from Christmas last year... Doesn't mean we can't celebrate, now does it?

The most immediate visual on Lump of Coal is the mountainous, pillow of foam atop the liquid. Very impressive. The aroma is just right too, very sweet, like baker's chocolate. Taste is slightly off, compared to the aroma, but it's still strong.

Overall, quite good. Worth trying out, even if there are plenty of great alternatives in the stout category.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a black coal-like color with medium thin tan head that lingers awhile and leaves okay lacing. Nose is malty nuts and chocolate, and the mouthfeel is sojmewhat sweet, but also slightly biting. Flavor accentuates the nose, but also adds a hint of licorice. The 8% alcohol never made its way into the nose or flavor, but added to the warming finish. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of Damian
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Crazy Bruce's Liquors, West Hartford, CT

Poured a somewhat thin yet near opaque brown/black with faint mahogany highlights when held to the light. The bubbly, one-finger, coffee-colored head quickly faded to a persistent ring of froth.

The aroma was chocolatey, roasty and malty sweet. Oaky with strong bourbon and brown sugar notes. Some butterscotch aromas were also detectable. As the beer warmed, the bourbon and sweet brown sugar notes really came out. Spicy and cookie-ish. Quite impressive.

The flavor was a bit thin. Roasted malts and black coffee were most apparent. Sweet-ish caramel notes became noticeable as well. Slight char in the center with some warming alcohol on the back end. The 8% ABV was prevalent on the dry, mild English hop finish. As the beer warmed, the alcohol became a bit sharp. The aftertaste was somewhat bitter and astringent with a rather unpleasant alcohol sting.

Mouthfeel was quite watery and a bit overly fizzy.

Drinkability was decent, even for a lighter bodied stout.

While the aroma was excellent, I found this beer to be lacking in both flavor and mouthfeel. Overall, this is a rather average stout. At $6 a bottle, I would not buy it again.

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Photo of CNeilP09
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

first of all, this beer i drank with a pal, in a situation where we basically had to down it rather quickly.

i enjoyed the swill.

the appearance of the beer was expected and typical. thick, opaque, and rich. basically looked liked molasses in a glass, after the cocoa colored head resided.

smelled a bit of burnt wood, a bit of peat and a bit of sick.

this beer tasted rich, robust and delectable. very light notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, with a dry-ish hoppiness. very roasted fruit waxed below the overall conflict between the malt and hops grain bill.

mouthfeel--quite exquisite. smooth, soft, yet bullworth enough to let you know you were drinking a man's beer.

drinkability--i would allow myself to drink a pint or two of this beer, but given the alcohol content, i would decline after the second and move on to more adventurous brews.

not a bad beer, not a great beer. subtle and reserved. a lovely bedtime brew. which is exactly the point for which this beer was brewed.

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Photo of charlzm
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottled, consumed on 12/21/07.

Pours a very clear dark brown (like cola). A substantial tan head arises and remains for at least five minutes or so. Aroma is roasted malt with an off note of mustiness. Flavor has a nice bite at the beginning that turns metallic by the end. Thin but creamy mouthfeel. Light flavor of roasted/bitter grains with a hint of vegetable and/or oxidized character. Lightly astringent, totally non bitter finish.

Not a winner.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown when held up to the light, with an average off-white head, fair retention, no lacing.

S: Roasted coffee notes, chocolate, and sugar.

T: Dark chocolate is the predominate taste here, matched by some slightly acidic coffee beans, molasses and alcohol.

M: Viscous and syrupy for the style, creamy, definitely does not drink like 8%.

D: A pretty good beer overall, once I got into it, I'd buy again next Christmas season for sure.

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Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 634 ratings
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