Bad King John - Ridgeway Brewing
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3.45/5 rDev -8%
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.
08-08-2012 03:42:03 | More by LiquidAmber
United Kingdom (England)
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.
04-09-2012 18:48:38 | More by BlackHaddock
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
04-06-2012 19:13:29 | More by Samp01
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
02-19-2012 13:02:29 | More by avalon07
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
01-29-2012 21:44:49 | More by StJamesGate
United Kingdom (England)
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.
11-19-2011 01:35:34 | More by EmperorBevis
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
poured from 500ml bottle into imperial pint glass
A-more of a dark ruby color with about a finger of head that faded wuickly with a little lacing
S- a little coffee and some roasted malt smell
T-some coffee and dark fruits with a finish of some carmel
M-a little on the thin side for a stout, I like mine a little creamier
O-A lot of potential but not quite there maybe a stout light
10-17-2011 02:11:23 | More by tvv375ia
Bad King John from Ridgeway Brewing
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