Ridgeway Brewing Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout - 8% ABV
I love Christmas ales. I love winter stouts. I love holiday porters. Most breweries give a merry nod to the holidays by producing one or two of the aformentioned lovlies, all for me. That's correct, they are all made specifically for me, but as that I am a really nice guy, I am willing to share.
Ridgeway brewing goes about the holiday brews a little differently, as far as I can find, they only produce winter ales. Santa's Butt Porter, Bad Elf IPA, Seriously Bad Elf Ale and this beauty, the Lump of Coal Stout.
This stout pours dark, not so dark as its namesake, but every bit as dark as a stout should be with a bit of ruby red coloring at the edges. You may be fooled by the lack of nose that the beer will be light and flavorless, but you, my friend, would be wrong. But don't expect a heavy, thick stout either, this one is lightly textured and lightly carbonated. You will taste coffee, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. The hops are present, but only expose themselves as you swallow it down.
It is not a great beer, but not a bad beer either and with all of that alcohol you can sit by the fire playing with your new iPad amid the debris of present wrappings from toymaggedon and not feel the pain as you contemplate how to pay for all of this.
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