Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Stout
South Stoke, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Bottle: Unfiltered
A Very English Black Ale
Bad King John is black, bitter, and intense. Like the ruthless man it honors. Do not come here looking for subtlety!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (16660) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
The beer is black with a thin khaki head. Smells of roasted malt and bitter baking chocolate. A bit of toffee and molasses with a mild coffee aroma and perhaps a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is lightly sweet, mostly from the dark fruit notes, which consists largely of prunes. Fairly heavy on the roasted malt with some coffee and a mild flavor of dark chocolate.

Grumbo (4102) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

Barea (109) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 4, 2017
Aroma: malts, chocolate, roasty, slightly citrus. Small white head, dark brown color, more watery texture. Taste: malts, caramel, licorice, cocoa, roasty, slightly bitter but lasting bitterness. Good black ale.

The_Osprey (9343) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2017
August 2017 - 500ml bottle at home in Richmond as ’Ridgeway Bad King John’, 6.0%. BB March 2018. Almost black, forms a light brown head when forced that endures a short while. Aroma is a mix of cola, ash, liquorice and the aftermath of an attempt to clean the oven. Good potent aroma. Body is a little light and watery, smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is ashy and a little bitter up front, burnt notes in water, touch salted, charcoal. Nice flavour to it, if a little watery in places. Overall, very decent. This was a lot better than I thought it would be given that it was a cheap supermarket purchase. (7-4-6-3-15=3.5)

redders1974 (1648) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2017
Black with ruby hue massive liquorice hit which i liked tasty and unusual stout.

Davros IX (517) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2017
An ESB/old ale crossed with a stout. It looked great in the tankard with lovely colour and head. There was a lot of quite surprising sweet malt that resulted in a very nice mouthfeel. The flavour was unique and difficult to pin down; a bit of a curate’s egg that left me uncertain as to whether I actually enjoyed it.

john44 (3402) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle. Black in colour. Very Malty; burnt roasty malts, bitter coffee, liquorice, some chocolate. Hoppy; earthy hops. Very very bitter burnt roasty malts; burnt taste much too extreme. Subtle NO; Intense yes. Didn’t enjoy this at all. Very disappointing! (2011-09-16)

Onesimus (104) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2017
On the nose you are hit by liquorice and some hints of caramel. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation and feel. Tastes strong liquorice and some herbs (like dandelion and burdock). Bitter sweet and quite a long aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Swaroga (2224) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 4, 2017
50cp bottle. The beer has a dark brown, can see through, colour with small, ivory head. Aroma has weak intensity, with notes of dark fruits, chocolate and molasses. Very watery and mineral. Watery body with delicate carbonation. Flavour is also watered down. On the other side the beer is easy to drink and not completely distasteful. Easy pint with empty flavour. Many other real ales could fill this emptiness.

CH-303 (2375) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Appearance: Very dark brown, slight tan head.

Aroma: Dark malt, roasted.

Taste: Dark malt, roasted, sweetness. Slight coffee. Nice.

Bought: Sainsbury’s, 500 ml, GBP ?.??

Info: 31/12-2016, BB: 13/6-2018

meldorf75 (121) - - JAN 1, 2017
Barwa ciemna. Piana srednia drobnopechezykowa. Aromat owocowy. W smaku slodko ale z goryczka. Fajne rzeskie piwko.

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