From the Ridgeway Brewing company of Oxfordshire, England, this stout comes in at 8.0% ABV and I aptly try it on Christmas day.
"Much More Than You Deserve for Xmas This Year"
This beer pours, no pun intended, coal black, with a finger of light brown foam. The aroma is fairly subdued, a bit of coffee and a hint of black licorice. The taste is fairly subdued as well. Sweet, but not cloyingly so, alcohol and some dark roasted malt. For a stout, this is sadly quite flavorless. Perhaps that is why it is a lump of coal.
From the bottle: Yet another bummed out holiday? Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout is liquid consolation. It's a deep, rich, sweetly rewarding stout to take the edge off that grim family gathering., that cheerless annual festival of alienation. This brew is as dark as it gests, as black as the lump of coal you'll be getting for Christmas. Because, let's face it, you've been pretty bad this year.