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Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout | 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
Ranking:
#41,606
Reviews:
368
Ratings:
618
pDev:
14.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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8
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3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopazoid
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kips
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of user785335
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle is labeled with F 17 246

Appearance: The body is very transparent but dark brown. I can see fairly well through it so it's not completely opaque. The head is darker than off-white...more of a very light tan. Very good retention and lacing. The head is creamy.

Aroma: There is a very sweet caramel and strong buttery aroma with a toasted note mingling in there.

Taste: Fairly strong carbon flavor from the roasted grains with a touch of caramel and a bit of butter and alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Very very slick and smooth. There is a light bite of roasted bitterness at the end.

Overall: It doesn't look, smell, or taste much like a stout aside from that carbon roasted bitterness. It's interesting but it's not a beer I would repeat. If you are a fan of the diacetyl laden English ales you will be at home with this beer. Otherwise I would say to stay away from it. It is a drinkable and enjoyable beer but that buttery aroma and flavor reduce drinkability a bit.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a moderate foamy 1" head and decent lacing. Has a very distinct fruity and chocolatey taste. Not bad, but not one of my favorites.

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours bright, dense dark brown to black under a clingy 3” tan foam collar with a fine bead. S: Malty, light roast, dark dried fruit. T: Lightly sweet, dark dried fruit, hints of chocolate. Nothing burnt or harsh. F: Full bodied, very soft on the palate. O: An inoffensive, easy to drink sweet stout.

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3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lump Of Coal Dark Holiday Stout from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 618 ratings
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