King's Two Fisted Old Ale | King Brewing Company

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King's Two Fisted Old AleKing's Two Fisted Old Ale
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King's Two Fisted Old AleKing's Two Fisted Old Ale

Brewed by:
King Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by marburg on 04-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown nearly black with a nice creamy almond colored head,kick ass aromas caramel toffee standsout along with some butter and there is a noticable "green" herbalness to it letting you know they didnt forget the hops.Like alot of old ales this starts out quite sweet with flavors of caramel and some butterscotch but there is a dry raw nut flavor that comes thru late and some definent alcohol warmth as the beer warms.Pretty well crafted and pretty damn big,a good night cap beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled, obtained in an extra in a trade but I cant remember who from so let me know if you read this

appearance: pours out of the bottle into a snifter....cola-esque appearance was the first impression, rather dark body with a light creamy beige head and pretty substantial lacing

smell: aroma is pretty subdued and not very rich like many old ales...caramel evident, slightly herbal, smoky and earthy, cola

taste: I guess this isnt exactly what I was expecting...its not terribly bold or boozy like others of the style...earthy smoky molasses body, cola, caramel, black licorice, herbal hops

mouthfeel: a little thin, creamy

drinkability: fine

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is extremely dark amber/coppery with a monster off white head on it, unexpectedly huge head for the style actually. Nose is sweet and malty, caramel tones, dark fruits, this is right on par for the style.

Taste starts out with fairly strong dark fruits and then segues into a heavy chocolate and roasted malt tone, unexpected! Herbal hop character. Roast chocolate aftertaste. Unusual.

The mouth on this is decent, but about par for the style. Really good old ales kick up the thickness more than this. The drinkability, good but not spectacular. The beer is quite drinkable and tasty, but it probably wouldn't be high on my list for old ales, or for stouts, which it actually reminds me more of. It's a good beer, but it doesn't do either style in a particularly amazing way.

The bottom line: King's Old Ale is an interesting variation on the style. Take the standard dark fruit character and then give it a roasted chocolate whirl and you have a good idea of what is going on here. I don't think it does either of its styles in a particularly remarkable fashion, but it is an interesting hybrid and worth trying out for the novelty alone. Probably not a rebuy for me though.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby red like a porter. Very thin ring of off-white is the only result of the pour.
Aroma of roasted barley, dark malts and ---
Flavor of charred malt, I mean really burnt stuff and a slightly grape or wine like finish.
Mouthfeel starts sweet moves then to a kind of spicy, charred hit and then finishes with that wine like hit I mentioned.
Drinkability is pretty good, I found this a pleasant beer but nothing to spent time and energy seeking out.
Thanks to trbeer for the sample.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark and deep mahogany brown -- not quite black -- with a fluffy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Aromas of coffee, clay, and hops predominate, along with an indetermine earthy note that I can't put my finger on. On the palate, bitter chocolates come first, then oily hops and a dry finish. It's rich in flavor but not complex. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, which takes away from the richness of the malts and produces an overly sharp sensation. Overall, this is only OK. It's got some richness but not enough complexity to hold the attention.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the dark burgundy brown brew. Head fades to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average at best lacing. Aroma is vinous, dark fruits and dark malts. Flavor is sedately similar to the nose, with some smoke drifting in and out as well. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, with nice drinkability. Not a bad brew here, but could have been a bit heartier.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tasted at classic wines beer tasting in east lansing, michigan.
was poured a mohogany colored sample with a off white head.
the aroma was very malty, camerlized malt, ever so slight hint of hops.
the flavor was malty, hint of hops, more intense malt.
good beer over all i gave it a 3.5 in my notes for an overall score. i tend to think of an old ale having more hop flavor like kuhnhenns 4th D.

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Photo of granger10
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black coffee color with a slighly frothy light tan head. Smell is of charcoal mixed with brandy. Very unusual but good at the same time. Taste is strong on roasted black malts. Molasses sweetness accompanies the malts. Lots of hop bitterness in the middle. Roasted finish to it but not acidic at all. Slight sweetness maintains throughout this thick bodied beer. This is a good beer but I don't think I could drink too many of these.

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Photo of logansboat15
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice, unexpected beer from a lesser-known Michigan brewery, King Two-Fisted Old Ale pours an intense ruby-brown. A foamy tan head forms and leaves a moderate amount of lace. Smells slightly of currant with an alcoholic trace. Tastes of burnt chocolate with a mildly bitter hop finish. Medium-to-fullish mouthfeel rounds out a drinkable, fairly strong ale that is better-than-average. Would pair well with smoked chubs or any other strong smoked food. This is a manly brew not for the squeamish.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a dark brown color with a creamy tan head of short duration. The nose held smoky and roasted malt scents and a bit of vinous fruit character as well as some chocolate and chalky yeast tones. The taste was dark chocolate based with a slight sour fruitiness in the background. It seemed well hopped as it was quite bitter and also dry in the finish. The mouthfeel weighed in at a medium. It had a somewhat creamy texture and some gaseous fluffiness. The drinkability was fine and good, but overall this brew was a bit confusing. It seemed to have characterisitics of several different styles of beer, yet there isn't really much to talk about with this beer. Not bad, just an example of how a loose style can be interpreted loosely I suppose.

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Photo of BMoney575
1.89/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Reviewed from notes
Sampled on 11-17-07

Pours a very deep red, light around the edges, with a foamy tan head that almost rises out of the glass.

Smell is thin, rather harsh, but nice and earthy with lots of caramelized sugar.

Taste is very earthy, salty, with a definite soy sauce twinge. Absolutely gross. It was everything I could do to choke it down.

Mouthfeel is decent, this beer seems to foam up in your mouth.

Drinkability is not good. I've never poured a beer down the drain before, but I seriously considered it here.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's back to supremacy for the old king with this palate washing astringent. It starts as a heavy citrus and alcohol vapor that shrouds the roof of the mouth with a warming permafrost that soon gives way to a roasty toasty caramel malt gum of sorts. It first reminded me of Bell's Two Hearted Ale but no lingering citrus grove waterfall of rinds ensued. Plus this biter goes over to the darkside and sticks out its chin like a fighter but quickly pulls back in time to show that he is a gentleman of favorable repute. Unlike the previous two King entries this one gave a full foam even though it quickly dissipated. The picture above has suffered for its art seeing as it is blurry but was the best representation of the exploding head which first sprung forth. Not something I would drink regularly but then again I never drink anything regularly anyhow.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice. It's beers like this that remind me that the Old Ale style is a classic. Pours out to a deep reddish brown color with a head of foam that is short lived. Low carbonation and thick layers of lace. Wow. Smell is very yeasty and raisin-like, with some overtones of nuts. Taste is good, and masks the high ABV very well. Flavors of rasins, cocoa, raw vanilla bean and some bitterness toward the finish. Nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and a slightly creamy. Drinkability is fair. This is my first from King Brewing. If their others are as well made as this, I will have a new favorite local brewery.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A- A beast of an off-white head forms atop this murky leather/brown liquid. I cannot believe how long this head maintains itself. It takes such a long time to pour this beer, but it looks worth it.

S- Some raisin, brown sugar, cocoa powder, plum, some apple. Very complex and tasty.

T- Wonderful flavor. Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the fruit and the cocoa powder. Delicious. I am really digging this.

M- WTF. Way way over carbonated. I should have known from the pour(s), but I was so impressed by the beastiness. Looks, smells, and tastes great, but as soon as it gets into your mouth it turns into foam. Very strange and not appealing.

D- I love the flavor, but I cannot stand this in my mouth. So much carbonation. Maybe If I let this sit in a glass in the fridge for a day...

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Photo of RedHaze
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown with traces of ruby highilights around the edges. There's a half inch tan head that settles gently to spotty cap and thick ring leaving behind a nice sheeting of lace.

Smell; roasted, almost charred smelling malts, with mild hints of raisins. After that nothing seems to really stand out at all. A bit disapointing.

Taste; even more disapointing than the smell. A little roasted malts, with some hints of dark fruits with a little bit of hops in there. Overall everything is very muted. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, and hard to drink due to a bit of chalkiness, and such a high abv. I must say that I was expecting a lot more from this one.

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Photo of mcallister
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

4 for being different than any old ale/barley wine I've sampled. This bad boy is dark. Very dark. A burnt caramel/amber with orangy red hues throughout. Head is whispy, thick and long lasting. A light tan in color with a thick ring of lace.

What a nose. Raisin, plum, fresh fig, minerals and herb, milk chocolate, toffee, and more golden raisin with dried cranberry and dates. Not huge depth of aroma however intriguing.

Taste is a big letdown. Lacking depty and complexity. A bit of dark bready malts, with some raising in the mouth and some other dried fruits with very little bittering hop on the finish. The rest is a discombobulated wash. Mouth is medium and suits the style. Odd chocolatey flavors with toffee.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, dark amber, with a minimal white head and some lacing. The bouqet is very pleasing with fruit and hops each hitting a high note with nice balance.

The taste failed the expectations I had from the smell. I was expecting more body and a much hoppier finish, but it wasn't there. I'd say this is very drinkable in light of the abv.

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Photo of putnam
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown. Active crust of bubbles.
Aromas of brown, raisiny malts, chestnuts and obligatory, craft-brewy, resiny, fresh hops.
On the palate it is clean and dry, with chocolatey tannins -- bitterness nicely positioned in the middle -- and a cadence of chiming flavors that include vanilla, soot, caramel and cream. The texture is noteworthy: quite smooth, despite a serious challenge from deeply extracted hops. There is no feel of gas whatsoever, no prickle, just softly draped, bittersweet chocolate, tobaccos and tea flavors. It turns out the herbal elements are present only to enliven the brooding display of earthen, well-seasoned loungey notes.

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Photo of Brian700
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a bit darker than I expected for an old ale. It was sort of a deep brown with an off white head that didn't stick around very long.

The aroma was caramely and malty but pretty mellow.

The flavor was a little lacking for me. I think for an old ale this beer should have a little more bite to it. The malt was there just in lesser quantities I think.

The mouthfeel was also a little thin for me especially for an old ale. It was medium bodied with low carbonation. I think this beer could be good if it were concentrated by about 1/2.

Its an alright session beer though.

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Photo of marburg
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blackish brew with a big ol' sandstone-colored head. Enjoyable aromatics -- full of fruit, addictive medicinal qualities, chocolate, and a bit of smoked woodchips.

The same sensations present themselves in the flavor -- but they're a little less cohesive. Chocolate is lovely. But there's a jarring transition to a smoked flavor and a biting alcohol and an even worse hop finish that makes you wonder a bit. It's got a nice medium-full body to it, and it's a pretty flavorful beer. But the hops and the dryness are a bit unwelcome here. Drinkable for a high abv beer. But these guys are better than this.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leathery reddish coffee black color, not thick set in body but still very dark and rich. Finger high sandy brown head, sits briefly, extremely miniscule lacing.

Beautiful smokey black malt nose with deep, dark, and raspy molasses; has a very deep and dark plummy tang, raw black licorice notes laced with cough syrup ethonal. The smokey charred aspect in the aroma is wonderful, a nice display of smokey and dark charred tang...I really liked smellin' this. A bit out of the realm or norm for an Old Ale, but great non-the-less.

Taste is just as nice as the smell, solid black malt temperament, roasty, smokey, charred, tangy, with bits of plum and black licorice, leaves a nice little smokey dark nuttyness and left over charred flavors near the finish where it drys out with a welcoming cocoa dusted effervesence. Not as thick, bold, or rich as I hoping it would be after encountering the aroma. But once it starts it keeps enough interest in flavors to partake more consumption.

Feel is about medium, quick and slick front, a bit more creamier midway to finish. Smooth, smokey tang, subtle dry finisher, partially chalky though. I thoroughly enjoyed this stuff! A bit off for the style I think, but enjoyable all the same. Different and likeable.
trbeer gets another nod for this one...thanks!

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Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a very very dark amber with little head. It smelled very sweet, perhaps of apples or even citrus. It went down smooth and finished very citrusy and hoppy. It had a solid body but didn't feel too heavy going down. I would definitely recommend this brew and definitely have it again.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a dark red/black, with a bubbly film of white head. The smell is a sweet malt with slight roastiness. The taste starts with a strong dark malt sweetness and then a very good hop bitterness sinks into the taste, and there's a good warming alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. As for drinkability, this is a beer that I think I could enjoy quite a few of.

Thank you to trbeer for the bottle. Before the Mocha Java, I'd never heard of King, but I've been impressed with both of their beers, and can't wait to give some others a try in Ypsilanti. Quite good, and this is one I'd enjoy again.

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Photo of ZAP
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting brew...much darker than most old ales...nose is reminiscent of a english stout...mineral water....raisins....even some bock like dark fruits..

Taste is not bad at all but not what I expected...charred grains..dark licorice....mineral water...raisins..some dark fruity elements as well..

Body is medium..carbonation is low...this slips down nicely...

Really feels like an English made brew...I just looked at the label and it is from Michigan...not your typical old ale but a nice brew...I don't think I would buy it again but this is interesting enough for me to enjoy..

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Photo of Bighuge
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dirty auburn tone. No head forms. Lace is negligible. Not the most inviting piece of work. Kind of a rough aroma to this one. Not necessarily bad, but a little rough. Stale malts. Chocolate comes through. Not a lot else happening. O.K. That's it. Pretty average taste too. More roasted tones and chocolate than most Old Ales I've had. Kind of a bit of a stale taste to this as well. Maybe more earthy than stale. Alcohol is hidden nicely, but other than that, there's not a lot of juicy maltiness or fruitiness or richness that I like in my Old Ales.

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King's Two Fisted Old Ale from King Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 33 ratings