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

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RATINGS: 136   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 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 (880) - 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 (8972) - 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 (5934) - .....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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2013
1902 bottle thanks to Graeme-great job and appreciation for bringing this to our 5/4/13 Houston tasting. Lead sealed!! Cork was a bit worn but still moist and musty like old shoe leather. Flat. Tastes like Slim Jim. Sweetish, chewy, some sherry/port notes. Reminders of Sam Adams triple bock. Still freaking drinkable for a beer made before my grandparents were born!! Points for coolness and still holding up after 111 years!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (5100) - Utah, USA - APR 14, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 1902 bottle that Doug somehow tracked down like a hunting dog on a scent and we ended up trading some beers for it. Thanks for the legwork in getting this!
Appearance: Lead capped. Poured clear brown with some bubbles and some legs in the glass
Aroma: Brown sugar, raisins, leathery with very mild cardboard
Taste: Honey, brown sugar, port wine, salty with a dry finish
Wow, can’t believe this is 111 years old and held up this good. We were all stunned on how good it was. Enjoyable and unforgettable!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeJslc (759) - USA - APR 13, 2013
1902 bottle Thank you Douglas88! Excited to try this. Brown-copper, clear, no head. Aroma is complex--bready, nutty, raisins, plums, soy, some leather, port-like notes, some toffee sweetness as well. Flavor is malty, nutty, toffee, soy, raisins, leather and tobacco. It has a silky, oily mouthfeel and has a warming alcohol character. Finishes with a toffee sweetness. Unbelievable how well this has held up over 111 years. I’m stunned. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gription79 (2311) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 13, 2013
Poured from the 111yr old bottle. The cork was a fight to remove. Poured with slight carbonation and brilliant clarity. Very vinous, grape, malty, chocolate, leathery, toffee, raisin, fig. Very rich and an amazing beer to try. Sticky and oily mouth feel. Thanks Doug for this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4932) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle (as 1929 Prince’s Ale) @ THE Others Tasting. Massive thanks to Ken for bringing this along! This is by far the oldest beer I’ve ever tried. The pour’s a hazy, murky brown color with no head. It pours like meat stock. The nose is red berry, hints of sherry and tart red wine vinegar. Dried cork, concentrated balsamic vinegar and wood. The taste is mildly tart raspberry jam, sherry-soaked wood. Mildly molded red grape. General umami flavors, a hint of salt. Thick mouthfeel, plenty of mineral. Mild sourness that doesn’t dominate. Overall, considering the advanced age of this beer, it’s actually pretty impressive (as in, not offensive). There’s some interesting port/sherry notes to this. Cool stuff! Thanks, Ken!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7405) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle (1929 Prince’s Ale) at THE others tasting, massive thanks to Ken. It pours murky deep brown with a purplish hue. The nose is wet wood, dark fruit, faint tartness, musty, light spice, mould and cherry. The taste is red grape, dark berry, wet wood, earth, jam, sherry, mustiness and leather with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body, limited carbonation and chewy mouth-feel. Smooth and interesting drinking. A real treat to try something this old, which actually remains drinkable!


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