12 Days of Christmas Beer: Ridgeway Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout

Editor's Note: To help you get in the spirit, we'll be featuring a Christmas beer or a Winter Warmer every day for 12 days. Got a favorite seasonal brew? Let us know in the comments.


Of course this is a gimmick, meant as an impulse-buy to be tucked in the toe of a Christmas stocking, but the beer's not bad. A savory, roasty stout with a meaty side, Ridgeway's Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout reminded us of coffee-rubbed ribs, and in a good way.

This isn't the kind of stout we'd offer up for dessert; it's pretty dry, full of blackstrap molasses and pumpernickel bread flavors, lightened a bit with tart cherry notes. If you're looking for diesel-fuel-thick imperials, this isn't the one, but try this with a big bowl of chili or a well-peppered steak before you move on to the sweeter stuff.

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