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WJ King Kings Old Ale

Formerly brewed at King Beer (Formerly WJ King)
Style: Old Ale
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Status uncertain. Also available Bottle Conditioned.
This award-winning dark brown Old Ale has an intense dry, coffee and slightly smoky aroma. There’s a delicious and satisfying mouth feel of silky viscosity before the taste of coffee and molasses covers your taste buds. The aftertaste of liquorice from the malt and slight spice from the relatively light use of hops complements the preceding flavours very well and forms the perfect end to this beautiful beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - BCA - Dark Brown in colour; Red against light. Malty; roasty malts, liquorice, coffee. Hoppy; earthy hops. Fruity; sour fruits. Roast malty throughout with a pronounced sour hop/fruit edge. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
Cask at the Le Gothique’s Halloween Beer Festival 2013. Poured a dark brown colour with a medium beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel and banana essence. A slightly sharp acidic flavour first off followed by apples and brown sugar. Finish was nutty with some cinnamon and roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12724) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2013
Cask Gravity at the Green Dragon, Croydon. It pours deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is earth, roasty, toast, cola, dark fruit, blackcurrant and strawberry jam. The taste is bitter-sweet, dark fruit, berry, treacle, liquorice, wood and light bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Nice fruity character. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (4213) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2013
0,5l bottle @ Migration 2013. Pours very dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is rich sweet malts. Flavor is sweet malts and dark fruits. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
[Bottle from Pallants of Arundel] Pours a deep ruby-brown with a moderate cream head. Medium carbonation - rather fizzy for the style. Plenty of smoke up front, then a good coffee base with slight liquorice hints and a light earthy bitterness. Decent flavor, but the mouthfeel is too thin and fizzy and the finish is on the short side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (8778) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2013
Not quite black, but very dark red with a small bubbly head. It could easily be mistaken as a porter with its roasted malts which ooze of chocolate and coffee in both aroma and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13418) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2013
Cask conditioned at Merton Winter Beer Fest ’13. Dark brown to chestnut with cream head. There is a sharp, fruitiness to this beer, quite tangy with an additional nutty flavour. Some dark roasted malt notes, coffee, chocolate in addition to liquorice. Later a slight tartness comes through. Reasonable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike_77 (5577) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle conditioned - Aroma quite sour with some wine notes and yeast. Flavour has some full and fruity malts but also some light sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7070) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Gravity @ Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny off-white head. The nose is deep nutty earthiness, some chocolate and sweet syrup. Toasted brown bread and caramel. The taste is toasted leafy tobacco, some prune and dark fruits. A bit of spiced pumpkin cake and runny toffee. Chocolate malts. Medium body, smooth. Overall, a fairly flavorful effort. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwik-lime (1715) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2012
Dark brown verging on black with a tan head. Roasted malt, smokiness and coffee with a slight, but not unpleasant, hint of sour fruitiness peeking through. Really enjoyable beer and a good example of the style.

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