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Bad King John - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of Pegasus
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque dark brown body, crowned by a moderate, dense, dark tan head, which retains fairly well. The lacing is utterly glass-coating, and quite superb.

Aroma: Lots of roasted barley up front, followed by a fairly strong dark fruit presence, possibly dark plums, or figs.

Taste: Opens with bitter cocoa, and a sharp infusion of earthy hops. As the taste progresses, the hops reach ascendency, while the bitter cocoa is drawn out to a strong and lingering presence. Finishes with a lingering,earthy and bitter hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Would have benefit ted from a more moderate hop selection, the hops were simply too earthy.

Presentation: packaged in a custom 19.9 ounce (500 ml) brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium brewing chalice.

Pegasus, May 19, 2013
Photo of Kenzie
4/5  rDev +7%

Kenzie, May 18, 2013
Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

GoHabsGo, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +7%

Tiernan, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of BogBoyJD
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

BogBoyJD, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012. The last of my Sainsbury's Beer Hunt brews - from 2011! I've been sitting on this for a while; hope it's still OK. The label is edged by a quotation from Scott's novel Ivanhoe, and the name of the beer is presumably also taken from the book.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. Appears black, though it is revealed as a dark reddish-brown when held to the light. Yields a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or so before settling and disappearing. Aroma of dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate, caramel/molasses, grain, nuttiness, mild dried fruit, faint coffee and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet. A subtle but nicely rounded character.

Tastes of roasted malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, ash, liquorice, hints of coffee, chocolate, caramel/molasses, faint prunes, earthy yeast and stewed hops. An acrid quality pervades the flavour, along with a mild sourness. A strident, malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing, along with a touch of alcohol in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with a slight spiciness and decent body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and stewed hops.

An OK brew - more of a strong dark ale than a stout (not roasty enough in my opinion). The smell is nice, with balanced complexity. The taste is less pleasing - a touch too much roasted malt and burnt grain crowd out the other flavours, resulting in an excessively dry bitterness. Body could be a tad more meaty. Drinkable but nothing too special. Worth trying, but no need to seek it out.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of AdrianMendez
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

AdrianMendez, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

standardcherry, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Pelicanrocks, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Suigintou92
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Suigintou92, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

MarkyMOD, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a dark brown amber, light tan head and light lacing. Mild roasted and sweet malt aroma. Light flavor of dark caramel malt, slight hops. Flavors nice but very subdued. Like most of the beer from this brewery, the flavors are OK, but too bland and low key. Light to medium bodied. This tastes more like a dark ale than a stout.

LiquidAmber, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of phattman073
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

phattman073, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

raythealeman, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Demonhunter
4/5  rDev +7%

Demonhunter, May 20, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
3/5  rDev -19.8%

JohnBender, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

BlackHaddock, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Samp01
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark clear brown with a small short lived brown head on the pour. Aroma and Taste of roasted caramel malt, some coffee and dark fruit, with some liquorice notes and light bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is a sweet roasted caramel malt, cacao, espresso with some light liquorice flavor and some bitterness on the end for balance. Both the aroma and flavor become more pronounced as it warms up. Overall a good tasty brew.

Samp01, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Kahlerbock, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Arborescence, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very, very muted aroma of malt, coffee, and a little hops.

T: Tasted of light coffee notes, a good shot of malt, mild hops and a burnt quality. The flavor here is decent enough, but is certainly on the mild side.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a bad beer, but not particularly memorable either.

avalon07, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of MisledTitan
3/5  rDev -19.8%

MisledTitan, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Russet-tinged black with steady beige head that leaves few trailers. Blackberry and ash on the nose with a bit of Band-aid.
Dark roast coffee, melted brown sugar, dates, hints of dark chocolate and cola-type caramel, then an assertively bitter hop ending made mostly of branch and autumn leaf.
Sweet comeback, dry linger. Medium, oily, chewy, slick, no burn.

Maybe a bit sugary and simple; not huge depth here. But good roasty notes; more oily than most. Oil and sugar do contrive to be a cloyingly bittersweet after a while, but at this strength you're not sessioning it anyway.

I'd been ready to write off Ridgeway based on rep and some very average beers, this earns them a stay of execution.

StJamesGate, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Joaco
4/5  rDev +7%

Joaco, Jan 25, 2012
Bad King John from Ridgeway Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.