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 akopczyk
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kips
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of user785335
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of speedvagen
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of DucksFan16
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of RajaSTL
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alarmclock314
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RichH55
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brittian
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveMiller
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkmiller76
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dovers
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a creamy off-white head that dissipate moderately but leaves a significant film of foam on the beer and around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a clear dark brown color that isn't as dark as a lump of coal.

The beer smell is pretty good. The beer has roasted notes and dark fruit notes with a bit of hops to it. The beer has a nice roasted malt note that is balanced out by a caramel and slightly sweet note. However, the smell doesn't seem to be as rich and deep as it could be.

The beer taste has the same roasted notes and caramel notes like the smell but with different degrees. The roasted malts are a bit stronger and the caramel is a bit weaker. The overall taste is more on the too watery coffee side with a caramel note that needs to be stronger. However, it is still pretty good and the notes do balance each other out.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy but also light at the same time. The beer is medium bodied with biting carbonation but feels a bit lighter than it should be. However, it is still pretty good.

Overall, the beer is a decent export stout and very good novelty gift for the Beer Geek in your life. Even if it isn't a gift, the beer is still overall pretty decent and drinkable. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for this every holiday.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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