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Bass No 1 / King’s Ale

Formerly brewed at White Shield / Museum (MolsonCoors)
Style: Barley Wine
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Cask & bottle: Occasional.
Abv has varied between 9.0% and 10.5%.
This is the very first Barley Wine to ever be mass produced. It is named after the brewery in which it was first brewed. This beer started a tradition in British brewing in which all brewers produced a barley wine. This beer is only produced occasionally and as such is very hard to find.
Bass King’s Ale is a batch of Bass No. 1 which was started by Edward VII during a visit to the brewery in 1902.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PMgep (209) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2015
At Dunder 2013 as Kings Ale 1902 vintage. No carbonation left. Vinous, soy sauce and port in aroma. Oxidated taste but still pleasant considering the age.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mR_fr0g (6541) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2015
Bottle shared at Leighton’s place. 25/08/2015. Thanks to Leighton for this vintage. Amber / brown coloured pour, lcear, no head. Aroma is meaty, boverille, soy, wood. Flavour is composed of mearty marmite, , light malt vinegar. Palate ismedium full, viscous, low condition, paper. Interesting to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4235) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle share at Leighton’s. Many thanks to Leighton and Ken. 1977 vintage. Very dark brown, still, clear, no head at all. Aroma is plastic, plasticine, a little sour, earthy, dried toothpaste, booze. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is plasticine, malts, booze, yeasty with a touch of balsamic towards the finish. Great to try it. Very interesting stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fajry (1264) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 17, 2015
Fľaša. S veľkou vďakou Cuso. 113 ročné pivo, bolo na moje prekvapenie super! Hnedá, farba, bez peny. Vôňa úúúúžasná jemne sladká, lieskové oriešky, vanilka, prezreté višne, jemne karamel. Chuť však prázdna, vodová, bez akejkoľvek dochute. Iba jemne cítiť karamel a trošku štiplavosť na jazyku. Bol to však zážitok!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rusos (288) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle, shared by Cuso.Amber colour. Aroma chocolate cheries, dried raisins,soya sauce, cork, mollasses. Taste raisins, chery, roasty, chocolate alcohol and quite strong sourness. Long lasting sour/bitter/roasty aftertaste. No carbonation. 113 years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MisoW (2541) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle kindly shared by Cuso, thanks Imro. Vintage of 1902, 113 years old. Pours dark brown color, no head, really no carbonation. Aroma of soy sauce, some dark fruits, caramel. Taste is sour, lightly bitter, soy sauce, some alcohol, sherry, caramel. I would not be able to drink whole bottle, but I am very glad I had the opportunity to taste this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gurthnar (3848) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle kindly shared by Cuso. 1902 vintage, 113 years old at the time of drinking. Aroma initially honeyish, sweetish, dried fruits, then turns to soy sauce. Hazy brown colour. No carbonation. Taste incorporates lots of vinegary acidic and solventy alcoholic notes. Also oxidized sherry. Lots of hype, but the beer is perceivably over-aged. Objectively almost no pleasure in drinking this, rather curiosity. Little of traditional beer flavours remain. Bitterness present but I do not get hops flavours. Maybe the slightest hint of burnt sugar malt. I am glad to have tasted it but nothing too special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (6621) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle kindly donated by Kaufmanized. Vintage 1902. Muddy brown color with no head. No carbonation. Vinous notes with soy sauce, wood in aroma together with leather, vanilla, port (?). Sour taste together with, malt, soy sauce, caramel, cardboard, cherries, vanilla, brandy, wood. Alcohol is strongly present. Surprisingly good after 113 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Huge thanks to Graeme for bringing this rare treat. Took some ingenuity to get cork out of lead seal. Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma is cardboard and brown sugar. Thick mouth with rich malt, very sweet, dark fruit, brown sugar, cognac. An amazing experience to be able to drink this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bartlebier (2820) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2015
As Cooper’s Silver Jubilee Strong Ale, brewed in Burton on Trent, vintage ’77 bottle shared@ BBF ’15 Vintage Tasting ZO, merci. Distinct old ale aromas of madeira, macerated nut oils, deep semifresh spiced flavours resting underneath a sheet of dusty time on a thinned out cardboard palate. - Some of its former lustre has managed to survive.

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