Brewed by 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. Thereís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (15794) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2006
500ml bottle from Cask & Glass, Tonbridge. Very deep ruby colour with beige head. Slightly sour aroma with smooth dark choc. Slight vinous texture too heightened by the blackberry fruit. Have to admit, itís very good. Choc intensity is good. Some charcoal towards the end. Nice sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 27, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Cask at the White Horse Old Ale Festival, 27th Nov 09. Deeo dark brown with a slim tan head. Chocolate malt on the nose, smoky and nutty taste. Smooth light finish.
Original rate (5/4/7//3/12) below:
Bottle. Dark mahogany colouration with a persistent beige head. Somewhat off aroma. Flavour of caramel and chocolate malt, quite sweet but not overly so. Smooth palate. Decent but not amazing. I think Iíve been spoiled by having some truly excellent strong dark milds and old ales in recent months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
Now this actually comes on like a genuine old ale. Very dark black. The woody aroma with hints of lactic sourness immediately strike you and there is some bitter chocolate in there too. Palate is much the same, with some sour notes on the finish. Excellent, chewy, complex stuff. Cask (gravity), London Drinker beer festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2006
BCA (from Southwick Brewhouse, BBE May 06). Iíve been experimenting with leaving bottle conditioned beers to condition after opening for an hour or more. This was left for two hours before sampling which I think added a real smoothness, not quite cask ale but nice. Dark with reddish glint. Earthy woody malts with pleasing hoppy bits which quickly fade. Quite dry with interesting acidity to the finish and some roasted complexities. Light bodied but full. Relaxed but very tasty and I would love to try this on cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Cask@Twickenham BF. Lovely smoke, woody, roasty old ale. Nice touch of winey acidity in the finish, nice dry finish, really enoyed it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2008
A Mes rate: gravicask at Twickenham beer festival.
Mahogany red with a good beige head and in decent condition. Strange but pleasant aroma. Full of Devonshire clotted cream and marzipan with a rich malt base and plenty of tobacco. A similar flavour but with a strong smoky character. Lots of charred wood, boardering on ashy but not quite. Wow, this is almost rauchbier smokiness, especially in the finish. Pleasing dried fruit and pipe tobacco finish. Lots of character. A very good old ale though not exactly what I would call true to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
Cask at NWAF, 2011. Dark reddish-brown pour with an off white head. Aromas of pear, red apples, toffee. Vanilla, dried fruit, pear and damson flavours. Sweet, malty finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (23682) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2011
Cask@GBBF2011. Very deep ambery brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma is fruits, mild roasted malts as well as some slight chocolate and coffee notes as well. Flavour is rather sweet malty with some chocolate, coffee and mild resiny and ripe fruity notes as well. Also a bunch of wood in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12053) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2012
Cask. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red-amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy spicey aroma. Moderate bitter wonderfull flavor. Dark spicey fruits. Long moderate biter finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (15410) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle. Huge creamy head with excellet duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are roast malt, caramel, nuts and hops.

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