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Bad King John | Ridgeway Brewing

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3.7/5
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125 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#28,672
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
125
pDev:
11.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of interzen
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
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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Photo of Life-Love-Beer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3/5  rDev -18.9%

A: Pours out like Coca Cola. Fizzy but leaves absolutely no head whatsoever. Looks just like Coke.
S: Just a generic porter smell and ... tinsel?!!!
T: A generic smokey porter profile with a horrible corn snacks flavour. The aftertaste is actually very nice – fudge and caramel – but the initial wash is so bad that I'm questioning the quality of my bottle. It's very fizzy, albeit the bubbles are fine. Not like pop.
O: Hmm, could I have bought an infected bottle? Not sure I want to pay £2 for another bottle to find out. If this is Bad King John in its normal state then it's one of the worst stouts I've had.

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Photo of Jenno10
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of vinicole
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vey dark brown. Very little head.
Roasted malt bouquet and not much else.
Caramel and lightly toasted brown bread. A hint of sweetness.
The body lets this beer down. Watery.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a little transparency. Skim creamy tan head what leaves some really decent clingy skim-like lace.

Mild charred malt and creamy coffee notes. A whiff of chocolate.

Assertive charred malt that leads to a bit of creaminess in the mouth. Bitter coffee notes, chicory, carbon. But with all of those harsh edges, this one is…smooth. Finish is bitter and svn a little medicinal.

Medium to medium full. A little loose for a stout.

Very very decent brew. A bitter-focused English stout, with still a bit of smoothness. Worth a try.

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Photo of lehueve
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Bad King John from Ridgeway Brewing
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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