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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: 147   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bartlebier (3303) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9228) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with no head. Aromas of Christmas cake, raisins, booze, brandy. Taste is cardboard, dried fruit. Thin texture, medium body. Interesting again, cheers Craig!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
McNeillR (2168) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Dark purpelly brown, no head but clear and stern body. Nutty ruffled raisin nose, oddly tart and woody. Very nice tea like and softly softly tinge of bitterness. Rusty and rustic. Bright and tart. Very engaging finish, smooth sweet finish.

Bottle, Tasting by Numbers Tasting, Cheers to Craig and his hand bottling skills.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle, thanks Craig. Dark brown with little tan head. Slightly oxidised aroma, dark fruits, chocolate. Taste of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, chocolate. Sweet and bitter. Privelaged to have tried this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is sherry, fruits, caramel, taste is sweet, syrupy, oxidised, dry, raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (2937) - Gray, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (3869) - Stockholm, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3483) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (3917) - West Bromwich (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.

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