Coaster Critique: Ridgeway Brewery Lump of Coal

On the Tenth day of Beermas…..

Name: Lump of Coal

Brewed by: Ridgeway Brewery

ABV: 8%

Purchased: Swett’s Hogan Road Deli

Lump of Coal pours as black as night with a short off white head.

It smells strong of dark roasted malts, picking up some bitter chocolate notes and some smoke.

Tastes very malty, dark roasted grains, some slight coffee flavors, bitter dark chocolate and a really smooth smoky flavor. Very dry mouthfeel with a smoky aftertaste. Not detecting the alcohol in the flavor, the 8% blends right in.

Overall a really nice stout, rich and malty, I really enjoyed this beer. On the label it reads “Much more than you deserve this year…” so I guess this is a beer for those of us that landed on the naughty list, sometimes it’s good to be bad.



Feel free to follow along!

Day 1: Samual Adams White Christmas, Boston Beer Co.

Day 2: Slick Nick, Sebago Brewing Co.

Day 3: Goose Island Christmas Ale, Goose Island Beer Co.

Day 4: Winter Session, Peak Organic

Day 5: Woodchuck Winter, Woodchuck Cidery

Day 6: Snow Day, New Belgium Brewing

Day 7: Weyerbacher Winter Ale, Weyerbacher brewing

Day 8: N’ice Chouffe, Brasserie D’achouffe

Day 9: St.Bernardus Christmas Ale, Brouwerij St. Bernardus

Day 10: Lump of Coal, Ridgeway Brewery

Day 11: Samuel Adams Merry Mischief, Boston Beer Co.

Day 12: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Anchor Brewing Co.



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Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.