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Formerly brewed at White Shield / Museum (MolsonCoors)
Style: Barley Wine
Burton-on-Trent, England
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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2120) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 13, 2014
1978 vintage Princess Ale. Pours a slightly murky dull rusty brown color. Lots of leather, Madeira wine, burnt sugar, cardboard, raisin, wet wood, cured meat, decomposed leaves.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2241) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Vintage 1902. Hazy brown liquid with small off-white head. Still carbonated! Taste of raw sugar, leather, toffee, acetone, wood, vanilla, port wine, bread and light cardboard. Taste is light to medium sweet with notes of raw sugar, port wine, toffee, dried fruit, toffee and wood. Really good for the age. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Impressive that there’s still carbonation left. Tastes good after 111 years.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8115) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle shared at my 5K tasting at Bruce’s pad, big thanks to our Kenneth for bring along this 1977 swing top antique, 13/11/13. Opaque dark mahogony brown with thin tan edgeing. Nose is oxidised to the hilt, sweaty socks, dark toffee, rubbery, charred wood, dates, Xmas cake, dark fruit mash, plenty billowing about beneath the oxidised layering. Taste comprises Xmas cake, spice, nutty, woody, a dark fructis epiphany, raisens, stewed dates, brown bread, Soreen malt loaf. Medium bodied, flat, no carbonation, light bread mix in the finale. Ok for a 36 year old beer and still plenty to offer below the oxidised skin.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3057) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2013
Ken is a legend. Great hand bottle. 1977 version. A dirty brown pour with a decent khaki head. Still has enough carbonation despite the hand bottle. Has been kept well. Nose is very wet wood, black cherries, plummy tartness, rum and brandy oiliness and undertones. Taste shows heavy plum, blood orange tanginess, mild oak. Really quite woody and dirty. Works nicely. Good alcohol warmth. Nice stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (1788) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Massive thanks to richthevillan for sharing this historic beer with me and roberto. 1977 bottling year of my birth. Bottle@richies hop palace, birmingham suburbia. Very dark brown still beer with a golden oil rim around the glass. Aroma is strong, soy sauce, some vinegar and old leather jock straps. Taste is fortified mediera wine, soy sauce, leather and salt. A beer like no other I have tasted before. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (2693) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2013
Dark brown ruby red pour with zero head, Big soy sauce aroma on pour with a hint of vinegar, salt, tobacco, old smoking jacket, titanic’s bathroom, salt, wet chesterfield sofa, salty, fortified wine. At one stage I tasted a bubble of carbonation. Amazing beer event shared with Sarkynortherner and the beer legend Roberto.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Toerstig (47) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle issued 1911, brewed 1902. Intense aroma, like a leather sofa from a tobacco infused British men’s club. Fun but maybe not the best in taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 20/20
Staffan47 (860) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2013
Pintsize från 22 feb 1902. Provdatum: 3e september 2013 Närvarande, från väster: Johan W, Hasse N, Johan L, Egil M, Tobias H, Marcus S.B. (anländer senare), Mattias W och Staffan H. Nästan svartoxiderad blyförseglad kork. Bra skick och nästan helt läsbar etikett. Väl omhändertagen de senaste 28 åren. Dessförinnan finns ingen info. En trade (thanks Kaufmanised!) mot ett lass blandade rariteter. Nervöst bara att öppna paketet när det kom på posten. Sedimentrester ses längs ena sidan. Den har således förvarats liggande någon gång de senaste 111 åren. Hur mycket kan en öl oxidera? Kan det nå ett oxidationsmaximum? och vad händer i så fall efter det? det är bara några av de frågor jag legat sömnlös över dagarna före provning. Blyförseglingen avlägsnas försiktigt och tämligen enkelt med skalpell och kirurgisk precision. Börjar bra. Korken är lurig. Knarrar och gör oss alla nervösa. Glider ganska lätt ur men ca 1/5 blir kvar i flashalsen. korken ser ut att vara i bra skick. Hinner bara nudda vid resterande bit när den åker ner i flaskan. Det får vi leva med helt enkel, men det känns inte som det gjorde något. (lärdom till nästa gång att skruva igenom hela korken eller anväda gasöppnare). Utseende: Inte det minsta grumlig. Mahogny. Doft: Läder och piptobak har aldrig varit så tydligt förr. Första tanken är också något syrligt, typ oud bruin. Plommon och russin, även inslag av portvin får jag för mig. Fantastiskt. Helt klart över förväntan. Som en gammal inrökt chesterfieldsoffa från en Engelsk herrkubb säger Johan W. Ja jag förstår honom. (doftar direkt från flaskan dagen efter och då finns även bigarå med i bilden) Smak: Samma som doftbilden men syrligheten är tydlig. Infekterad kan den ju knappast vara eftersom bakterier inte var upptäckt 1902. Något mindre kropp än väntat men smaken sitter i hyffsat länge. Finns där möjligen lite sötma som döljs av syran? Senast jag drack en gammal bira (Thomas Hardys -79) smakade det gammal garderob och kärringavdelningen på en secondhand-butik. Det gör verkligen inte den här. Visst, nog kan man hitta inslag av damm i smakbilden om man vill och man behöver inte anstränga sig speciellt hårt heller. Men för mig var det ganska enkelt att bortse från det och bara njuta. Kolsyran är naturligtvis obefintlig. Härlig stämning och ett minne för livet. En objektiv rate på den här är ju naturligtvis helt omöjligt. Raritetsnivån är ju i princip maximal och dessutom var den så oerhört mycket bättre än väntat. Jag var mentalt förberedd på att det skulle ramla ut en dyig sjöbotten ur flaskan eller något liknande. Tack för en trevlig afton alla som var med denna kväll!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8111) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2013
Sampled from 1977 bottle which had been opened two years earlier. Can’t be good anymore but hey, why not just try it? So here we go. Appearance is ok. No head but a nice dark red color. Aroma is alcoholic and moldy. Taste isn’t that bad. Still barley wine there mixed with some sourness. A bit moldy and lightly cardboard as well but quite surprising that this is still drinkable. Wonder what it was like when it was fresh. Interesting experience.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SudsMcDuff (5806) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
rating #5000

first off, massive thanks to Ken (madmitch76) for trading this to me when i was in London, amazingly generous bloke and a nice guy too.
Long cork in very good condition, label showed some wear too but looks amazing for the age .. .
Pours a deep ruby brown .. minor spots of foam but the beer was still . .
-wow, shockingly complex beer-
just in total amazement- an amazing beer!! Rich and boozy, --lots of cognac, sherry, leather, mild oxidization, touch of soy and dark fruit. .. beautifully silky mouth feel too-
i was blown away by this beer.
taking into account the history of this beer, the path it took for me to get it, to share it with some good friends, and finally open it and it be so complex and tasty- easily the most interesting beer experiences of my life.

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I’d consider watching NASCAR if all the drivers had to pound about 15 beers before each race.


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