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Bad King John - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Suds on 06-02-2008

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Photo of Nickspod
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A nice strong and very dark (virtually black) English ale

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Malt_Man
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature from 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

A) Very dark ruby-black. Opaque; can just see through it when held to light. Absolutely no head; no carbonation visible. Hm.

S) Very little, despite being unrefrigerated. Warm malts, but very faint.

T) Very dark mild malt flavour, slight hint of roasting at the back of the mouth. What hops there are, are muted. A subtle and well thought-out taste profile. A bit weird for a 6% beer, the flavours become apparent in the mouth well after the swallow.

M) Creamy mouthfeel, almost no carbonation. Subtle bitterness in the aftertaste. As above, this is a subtle and well structured beer.

O) A nicely done ale; not even close to being a stout, and it doesn't claim to be one on the bottle, so the BA type is wrong. This is a beer to drink slowly and appreciate.

Photo of interzen
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Look: Flat cola. Seriously. Starts out fairly promising with a very dark pour (some ruby highlights if you hold it up to the light) with a head that had pretty much gone by the time I'd finished pouring. The net result looks like a pint of Coke. Not a good start.

Smell: Quite an earthy smell - lots of roasted malt and biscuity smells in evidence. Some dark fruitiness on agitation but the roasted smell dominate.

Taste: Again, quite earthy - roasted malts are very much to the forefront. Not a lot to distinguish it from other porters, let alone stouts.

Feel: Consider this as a porter and it's not too bad - fairly easy drinking with a medium/full body. Taken as a stout it's an epic fail for much the same reasons, in which case it's positively anaemic.

Overall: Is it a stout? Is it a porter? This is a beer with an identity crisis in more ways than one. It's not that it tastes bad; I like my beers malty and this one isn't too bad albeit a little one-dimensional. I think it's trying to be two things at once and doesn't really hit the spot on either count. Compared to something like Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout, Bad King John is looking pretty woeful. Not a drain pour because I enjoyed the taste, but I can't see me seeking this out again.

Photo of Life-Love-Beer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3/5  rDev -19.4%

A: Pours out like Coca Cola. Fizzy but leaves absolutely no head whatsoever. Looks just like Coke.
S: Just a generic porter smell and ... tinsel?!!!
T: A generic smokey porter profile with a horrible corn snacks flavour. The aftertaste is actually very nice – fudge and caramel – but the initial wash is so bad that I'm questioning the quality of my bottle. It's very fizzy, albeit the bubbles are fine. Not like pop.
O: Hmm, could I have bought an infected bottle? Not sure I want to pay £2 for another bottle to find out. If this is Bad King John in its normal state then it's one of the worst stouts I've had.

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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Bad King John from Ridgeway Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.