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Bad King John - Ridgeway Brewing

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84
good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.87%
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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5/5  rDev +33.3%

BOSSTRECENTODUE, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Offa
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

Offa, Oct 07, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

abecuellar, Jul 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Arborescence, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%

"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.

feloniousmonk, Feb 28, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

AdrianMendez, Nov 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Suigintou92, Aug 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

evanackerman, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

BlackHaddock, Apr 09, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

lackenhauser, Aug 15, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

rtepiak, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

EmperorBevis, Nov 19, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +8%

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.

GClarkage, Nov 09, 2008
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Tiernan, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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!

selecter70, May 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Demonhunter, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

windypete, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

CNAsbell, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

KyleStanton, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Ty1607, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Kenzie, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

R15, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

sdbrewmasters, Oct 09, 2013
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Bad King John from Ridgeway Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.