Bad King John | Ridgeway Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
ridgewaybrewery.co.uk

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Suds on 06-02-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
124
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
21
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Photo of thatsmyspot
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Allnzy
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Euroglot
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sergio_Nesmachnow
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got one in Mexico.
Look quite opaque, rather dark. Smell more like Porter than Stout.
Taste average for Stout. Aftertaste is better then first impression.

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Photo of davidperez
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, it pours a very dark brown, seemingly black, with a one-finger head, sudsy, with low retention.

Very sweet bouquet.
Notes of raisins, figs, liquor, brown sugar, caramel, a hint of vanilla and a slight roastiness from the malts.

The taste changes somewhat from the nose.
Upfront a nice carbonation teases your palate, and short after an earthy, hoppy bitterness with a huge roasted malts character, almost charred, overruns your palate. Then, the sweet notes appear, moderate yet assertive. Caramel, dark fruits, vanilla and predominantly, dark chocolate.
The initial thrust of bitterness is nicely balanced by this sweet layer.

The aftertaste is long. It has a decaying sweetness, and it ends dry and earthy.
Medium body, high carbonation.
After warming up, a slight umami note appears, and the sweetness becomes more assertive too.

An nice english stout, a little nicer than its rating, IMO.

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Photo of cesarrdgz
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of samEBC
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mistahmojoryan
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BartMcStout
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PorterThwarter
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MichialTanner1
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An impulse purchase, due to the label and my interest in English history. There is no way this beer could be as bad as King John himself, who was allegedly poisoned with a toxic ale.

Poured into a Spaten klug, this is almost an opaque black with a beige head that dissolved into nothing within about a minute. This would be hilarious if King John had been beheaded. However, there's really no lack of carbonation to the bottom.

If given a taste test, I would have thought this to be an English Porter. It isn't heavy or bitter. It's good, but not great--and opposed to the description on the label, it is actually "subtle". This would be a good pub pour and I really like the kind of sour, Worcester style smell to it rolling out of the mug.

So, I would say that this is at least as good as Henry III, maybe even Henry II. If they make a King Edward I, it had better be a Wee Heavy...

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Photo of risenz
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DypsoBubble
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Toffee taste to begin with, then a molasses and slightly metallic sour aftertaste. Not very hoppy. Slight carbonation.

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Photo of Duskenwood
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doey2015
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice nutty dark traditional ale. Excellent ale.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice english black ale, lot´s of dark fruits in the taste and a nice chocolaty smell. Very sessionable. Pours black ale with a brown foam head that disipates quickly.

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Photo of Nickspod
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A nice strong and very dark (virtually black) English ale

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Malt_Man
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature from 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

A) Very dark ruby-black. Opaque; can just see through it when held to light. Absolutely no head; no carbonation visible. Hm.

S) Very little, despite being unrefrigerated. Warm malts, but very faint.

T) Very dark mild malt flavour, slight hint of roasting at the back of the mouth. What hops there are, are muted. A subtle and well thought-out taste profile. A bit weird for a 6% beer, the flavours become apparent in the mouth well after the swallow.

M) Creamy mouthfeel, almost no carbonation. Subtle bitterness in the aftertaste. As above, this is a subtle and well structured beer.

O) A nicely done ale; not even close to being a stout, and it doesn't claim to be one on the bottle, so the BA type is wrong. This is a beer to drink slowly and appreciate.

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Photo of interzen
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Look: Flat cola. Seriously. Starts out fairly promising with a very dark pour (some ruby highlights if you hold it up to the light) with a head that had pretty much gone by the time I'd finished pouring. The net result looks like a pint of Coke. Not a good start.

Smell: Quite an earthy smell - lots of roasted malt and biscuity smells in evidence. Some dark fruitiness on agitation but the roasted smell dominate.

Taste: Again, quite earthy - roasted malts are very much to the forefront. Not a lot to distinguish it from other porters, let alone stouts.

Feel: Consider this as a porter and it's not too bad - fairly easy drinking with a medium/full body. Taken as a stout it's an epic fail for much the same reasons, in which case it's positively anaemic.

Overall: Is it a stout? Is it a porter? This is a beer with an identity crisis in more ways than one. It's not that it tastes bad; I like my beers malty and this one isn't too bad albeit a little one-dimensional. I think it's trying to be two things at once and doesn't really hit the spot on either count. Compared to something like Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout, Bad King John is looking pretty woeful. Not a drain pour because I enjoyed the taste, but I can't see me seeking this out again.

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Bad King John from Ridgeway Brewing
3.68 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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