WJ King Kings Old Ale

Formerly brewed at King Beer
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.

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MesandSim (7117) - 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.

Ethereal (2421) - 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 I’ve been spoiled by having some truly excellent strong dark milds and old ales in recent months.

StueyD (1586) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2007
A dark, chocolate brown coloured beer with ruby tints and a weak white head. A strong malty nose with a liquorice aroma, but a bit earthy. A dry, toasted malt taste with caramel, liquorice, and a light smoky flavour comes through to a fruity, bitter sweet finish. (Bottle - courtesy of Edd @ The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk, who collected this, amongst others, during a trip to Horsham).

joe19612 (3002) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle conditioned. Ruby coloured when poured. Malty sour aroma. Very roasty feeling in mouth. good dry finish though. Typical english winter ale.

harrisoni (19024) - 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, it’s very good. Choc intensity is good. Some charcoal towards the end. Nice sourness.

Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2006
BCA (from Southwick Brewhouse, BBE May 06). I’ve 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.

MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2005
Cask @ Camra National Winter Ale Festival, Manchester, UK 28 Jan 2005
Slightly sticky. Roast beef and cherries predominant. Missing some in maltiness.

duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
[email protected] BF. Lovely smoke, woody, roasty old ale. Nice touch of winey acidity in the finish, nice dry finish, really enoyed it a lot.

Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2004
Cask conditioned at the Twickenham BF 2004, day 1.. Tasty, hoppy and fairly full bodied beer. Roasty and sweet.

chriso (7583) - 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.

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