Bad King John claims to be a ‘very English black ale’. The bottle has an unusual eye-catching label that claims that the ale is black, bitter, and intense. I’d been led to expect great things, but frankly, I was a little disappointed. It’s true that the ale is on the black side of dark brown, with a light brown head to match. The toasty notes from the malt are certainly there in the smell, but I find the flavour a little one-dimensional, and lacking in the kind of punch or finish that I would expect in a 6% ABV beer. The label also suggests that this is not a beer for those that seek subtlety – I’d tend to agree with that.
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This Greene King IPA (the reward for a long day driving to York and back) is a little like some people that I’ve worked with over the years: it’s pleasant, well-finished, and competent, but to my mind, lacking in character. It’s a lowish-alcohol 3.6%, which probably accounts for the £1 price tag from my local Budgens.
Tonight, I’m roasting a nice piece of gammon for dinner. And I make no apologies whatsoever for matching it up with this bottle of King Goblin. The rich and smooth first impression is followed by a treacley, almost molasses-like after-taste that is just right fotr the sweet-cured joint. I almost think that this ale competes with the best of the Belgian strong beers such as Trappist and Duvel.