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WJ King Red River

Formerly brewed at King Beer (Formerly WJ King)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Horsham, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
This premium bitter, good to its name, has an enticing reddish hue. The aroma has vine fruits with a hint of caramel toffee from the aromatic malt and a nod towards the hoppiness to come. Red River has a smooth, full mouthfeel and an initial taste of almonds and some metallic flavour from the hops. There’s a good malt and hop balance and just enough alcohol warmth for the strength. As the taste develops the hoppiness grows with a long lingering bitter aftertaste with hints of pine and spice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
Bottle 50cl. @ Chriso’s pre GBBF Shindig ’09.
Clear light medium amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, oxidide. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration. Body is light medium, texture is watery - oily, carbonation is soft. [20090801]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40478) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010
50 cL bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours cloudy dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma is spiced and roasted malty. Flavour is roasted malty and sligh breadish. Bitter, fruity and caramelish. Bitter and fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34362) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
Bottled. An amber beer with a bit of brown sediment floating around under a huge tan head - very lively when opened. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and fruit, leading to a lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2010
Bottle at Ungstrup. Hazy orange coloured with a huge off-white head. Fruity aroma of cherries and caramel. Fruity flavour of cherries, caramel and hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25392) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2009
bottled. Hazy deep amber colour, small bige head. Aroma is quite much wooden, mild sourish notes, some slight hops and some mild herbal notes,. Flavour is caramel, some hops, mild grains and grass. Also some rather wooden oaked notes, which is strange. Still quite much that with a big grassy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a hazy amber with a huge and lively off-white head - shaving foam style - leaving quite some lacework. Fruity and caramellish nose. Medium body, sweet caramel, fruit and yeast. Hardly any hops. But not too bad really. 261010

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
omhper (23513) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. I’ve never enjoyed King & Barnes’s beers, and judging from the two first cask ales tasted from W.J.King I don’t think I’ll like this brewers new beers either. Dark amber. Aroma of grain and apple. Sweet and sulphuric. Clean, rounded mouthfeel. Unclean, sweaty flavour, low hop rate. Surprisingly other beer geeks praised this beer beside me, personally I thought it was off. If I can, I’ll try to re-rate this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2011
Cask @Charlies Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a slightly hazy reddish pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel finish with bitter hints in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2011
19th April 2011
JDW Crosse Keys
Clear brown beer. Good white head. Light dry palate. Dark toffee malt with bittering hops. Bitter orange - grapefruit. Finishes dry. Not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2011
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Clear, rich gold pour with a small, foamy head. Sweet malts on the nose, with hints of caramel. Flavor is so so, bits of sweet malts and caramel, some socks, mild herbs and leaves. Light to medium in body with fine carbonation. I’ve got mixed feelings about the finish. Not overly impressed, but not altogether bad. Some sharpish malts, leaves, toast and citrus rind. Interesting.

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