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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planky84 (3492) - Lee, 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.

john44 (3454) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - BCA - Dark Brown in colour; Red against light. Malty; roasty malts, liquorice, coffee. Hoppy; earthy hops. Fruity; sour fruits. Roast malty throughout with a pronounced sour hop/fruit edge. Decent.

Beese (3288) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
Cask at the Le Gothique’s Halloween Beer Festival 2013. Poured a dark brown colour with a medium beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel and banana essence. A slightly sharp acidic flavour first off followed by apples and brown sugar. Finish was nutty with some cinnamon and roasted malt.

joe19612 (3131) - 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.

Ethereal (2471) - 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.

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.

wheresthepath (2424) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
[Bottle from Pallants of Arundel] Pours a deep ruby-brown with a moderate cream head. Medium carbonation - rather fizzy for the style. Plenty of smoke up front, then a good coffee base with slight liquorice hints and a light earthy bitterness. Decent flavor, but the mouthfeel is too thin and fizzy and the finish is on the short side.

kwik-lime (2116) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2012
Dark brown verging on black with a tan head. Roasted malt, smokiness and coffee with a slight, but not unpleasant, hint of sour fruitiness peeking through. Really enjoyable beer and a good example of the style.

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.

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).

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