The strongest X and K Ales, XXXX and KKKK had both disappeared by 1900. In London, at least.
Though between the wars Barclay Perkins brewed one. It was a winter seasonal and, if the adverts are to be believed, was dispensed from a pin on the bar. Something you still saw in the 1970’s. Marston’s Old Ale was usually served that way. I wonder if anywhere still does that?
KKKK is, as you would expect, an absolute monster of a beer. Over 11% ABV and more than 100 calculated IBUs. The perfect beer for a lunchtime session.
As with all Stock Ales, this would have been aged. In the case of a beer this strong, probably at least 12 months.
|1853 Reid KKKK|
|pale malt||26.25 lb||100.00%|
|Goldings 120 mins||5.00 oz|
|Goldings 60 mins||5.00 oz|
|Goldings 30 mins||5.00 oz|
|Goldings dry hops||1.50 oz|
|Mash at||148º F|
|Sparge at||165º F|
|Boil time||120 minutes|
|pitching temp||56º F|
|Yeast||Wyeast 1099 Whitbread Ale|
The above is one of the many recipes in my book Let's Brew!
And I've recently created a Kindle version of the book.