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. Theres 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (8524) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Market Porter, Southwark 14/10/10. Deep, ruddy brown with a slight tan head. Sweet, nutty aroma with some fruit and roasted malts. Flavours of berry fruit, wood, chocolate and charred malts, before a decent bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7698) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Gravity @ Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival. The pours 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7533) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (6408) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 50cl bottle from the Home Brew Shop, Aldershot. Dark brown, almost black, in colour with a billowing tan head; malty aroma; malty flavour with some smoke, caramel and pear; dry, burnt sugar finish.

Cask at the John Logie Baird (JDW), Hastings. Deep chestnut brown, sweet and caramelly with a dry slightly smokey finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike_77 (6364) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5711) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2005 March, 2004: Gravity @ London Drinker Fest. Black with scarlet fringes. Big black chocolate aroma - very black. A full soft mouthfeel. Slightly sour woody notes. Very tasty. Full of character.[3.4]
Jan, 2005:Bottle Conditioned. An attractive dark beer bordering on a stout but with an interesting edge of refreshing acidity. [3.4]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (5053) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2011. Dark reddish brown color. Toffeish malty aroma with licorice. Sweetish toffeish flavor with plenty of licorice. Rounded and mellow. Tastes old but I would not say it is positive in this case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (4698) - 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.

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