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Bad King John - Ridgeway Brewing

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Suds on 06-02-2008)
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Offa

California

4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is deep, dark red-brown, almost black, a little bubbly in the body, with a big, rich tan head that slwoly shrinks to a foamy ring and leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is very nice, fairly strong but smooth and pleasant. It has toasted brown bread, stewed prunes, hay, and hints of chocolate and port.

The taste is quite interesting, flavourful, and complex. Up front it starts smoothly with sweet fruit, especially prunes, toasted brown bread, a hint of fruitcake. This gradually transforms into a drier, toastier character with gradually increasing bitterness including pepper and spice (licorice, perhaps), and light hints of bitter chocolate and unsweetened coffee. The change is smooth and gradual, to a lightly bitter, dry finish containing the pepper, etc. The bitterness lingers, slowly getting a little stronger to fill the mouth before fading. Hwoever, nothing is sharp or burn tasting, the bitterness is not clinging or unpleasant (it stops just short of getting unpleasant), and it has a nice spicey-coffee character. The whole experience is enjoyable, engaging, interesting, very flavourful from start to finish, and the beer is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 16:52:57 | More by Offa
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abecuellar

Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-12-2013 05:43:35 | More by abecuellar
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Arborescence

Finland

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

02-19-2012 23:14:05 | More by Arborescence
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Bad King John is black...bitter...intense...like the ruthless man it honours. Do not come here looking for subtlety!"
So the label says...it says other things, too...forget about that, I'm gonna drink it!

Dark brown body, slightly crimson at the edges...lush cocoa head atop
Beautiful aroma, nice and roasty-toasty...just bitter enough, yet creamyand inviting. Nice balance of hops and malt here.

Drink it!
Dark and rich, deep and malty...black,cocoa flavors,some espresso tinges, dark essences dwell beneath...darkness always licks up from below...Full bodied, long,malty, rich and tasty finish...really well-balanced, everything is in order here.

A beer fit for a bad king, that's for sure. I'd have more if it weren't so damned expensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 10:31:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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AdrianMendez

Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

11-14-2012 22:32:53 | More by AdrianMendez
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Suigintou92


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-15-2012 18:20:42 | More by Suigintou92
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evanackerman

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer pours a nice dark black color with a tan head

aroma is prunes and roasted malt

taste is delicious roasted malt with a nice slight bitter finish, hints

mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very very smooth, light carbonation.

overall, this beer is quite delicious. Described as a "black ale" on the bottle, it is as fine an example of a british stout as I've tasted. worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 21:52:29 | More by evanackerman
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (bottle conditioned): best before 17 Feb 2013, poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard 9 Apr 2012.

Looks good: tan head on an exceedingly dark body.

The nose and taste are a great blend of dark chocolate, liquorice, bitter coffee and burnt prunes.

Not rich in body but flavoursome and interesting: a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 18:48:38 | More by BlackHaddock
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown in color bordering on black. Minor tan colored head on top. Low aroma-some minor nutty notes as well as a tinge of cocoa. Killer malty and mildly roasted flavor. Slight graininess that brings out the roasted quality even more. Slight chocolate and espresso flavors. Mild hop presence. Very well balanced flavor wise. Good mouthfeel. Nice lingering dry taste. Very very drinkable. I love the whole package.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 20:52:58 | More by lackenhauser
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rtepiak

Poland

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a unigue experience that separates the english stout from the export. mild but no diluted. good retention. supriseingly fruit but backbone of malt molasses. the palate is clean and not creamy... but broad. vanilla, cocoa, molasses, and a lot of blackberry. fantastic. mild but not basic.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 08:53:07 | More by rtepiak
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored in one swift fluid motion into a tulip pint glass to avoid any sediment.

Black bodied with thick big bubbled beige head that quickly dispersed.

Rich coffee aroma with a fruity hint, maybe raspberry dunked in dark chocolate.

A nice spritely spicy taste, peppery with bitter notes the roast comes through nicely in coal tasting smack to round it off.

surprisingly sup'able probably due to the great carbonation making it an easy drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:35:34 | More by EmperorBevis
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GClarkage

California

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/9/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn, in Santa Rosa, CA. $5.49 price tag.

Presentation- 500ml bottle, did not check for freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Black, but not as black as I have seen in a stout. Beyond full one in plus some head. Good 1/2 inch remains for the duration. Leaves some small chunks and some pacthwork of lace.

Smell- Beyond roasted malts. Deep burnt chocolate, frangrant bitter hops and a charcoal-campfire smokey nose.

Taste- First few sips reveal a light metallic note. Quickly fades though. Nice bitter and lasting hoppy flavor with added burnt smores campfire like dark chocolate.
Melds together nicely, but the hops play the main role.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth with a medium to lighter carbonation. Long lasting bitter lashing. Lightly creamy.

Drinkability- Very nice english stout. Do away with that metallic beginning and lower the carbonation a touch lower and you have almost world class. Very drinkable as is though.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 22:07:16 | More by GClarkage
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-17-2013 01:37:58 | More by Tiernan
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-07-2012 17:40:48 | More by kevgod
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-16-2011 01:08:09 | More by oline73
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selecter70

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice purchase from a great little shop in Cambridge, Liquor World. I always can go for a nice dark ale & chose such to follow up some other fruity-session ales, which posed some potential risk of shocking the system. However, such was not the case! A nice, smooth chocolate-brown pour to black, blocking out any light, with a full 2-finger reddish tan head and nice lace retention. The aroma was mild, some chocolate & malt-cookie. The flavor was a bit more smoky, with roasted malt & bitter hop edges. Dark chocolate presence without being overwhelming. Medium body & very drinkable as a porter-ale. Definitely a repeat purchase!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 21:02:02 | More by selecter70
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Demonhunter


4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-20-2012 20:31:33 | More by Demonhunter
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windypete

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-19-2014 16:33:09 | More by windypete
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CNAsbell

Mexico

4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-04-2014 17:16:43 | More by CNAsbell
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Ty1607

France

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-05-2014 16:09:57 | More by Ty1607
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Kenzie

Utah

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-18-2013 17:10:54 | More by Kenzie
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R15

Italy

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-18-2011 11:28:55 | More by R15
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sdbrewmasters

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-09-2013 13:50:12 | More by sdbrewmasters
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Stouttyme

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-11-2011 13:04:41 | More by Stouttyme
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Joaco

Mexico

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-25-2012 01:17:36 | More by Joaco
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Bad King John from Ridgeway Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.