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


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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 Kingís 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1499) - 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!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (4317) - 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, canít believe this is 111 years old and held up this good. We were all stunned on how good it was. Enjoyable and unforgettable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeJslc (737) - 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. Iím stunned. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gription79 (2238) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4385) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle (as 1929 Princeís Ale) @ THE Others Tasting. Massive thanks to Ken for bringing this along! This is by far the oldest beer Iíve ever tried. The pourís 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 doesnít dominate. Overall, considering the advanced age of this beer, itís actually pretty impressive (as in, not offensive). Thereís some interesting port/sherry notes to this. Cool stuff! Thanks, Ken!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6321) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle (1929 Princeís 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10542) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2013 Bottle (Vintage 1929 Princeís Ale) at The Others Tasting, London - huge thanks to Kenneth for hanging on to this beer for so long. Pours murky brown with no head. Some tangy, semi-dark fruits on the nose, lots of wet wood. Medium to big sweet flavor with a prominent wood character, cork, sherry, oxidised malts, tangy berries, some caramel. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel (although, that could be cork). Lightly warming on the finish with more wet wood, lightly dried berries, leathery fruits, straight leather, mellow toffee. Quite good, especially given the age. For some reason I was compelled to slam to my face the dregs of this bottle, which meant I spent a few minutes picking cork from my teeth. Totally worth it, though! Big thanks to Ken for sharing this one. Honestly, itís pretty cool to get to try beers like this. (4.0)< br />< br />Bottle of the 1977 Kings Ale shared at Bruceís in London - big thanks to Kenny. Pours clear amber-brown with a faint, bubbly tan head. The aroma holds loads of wet wood, dark and well ripened berries. Medium sweet flavor, a bit of dried caramel, further wood, tangy fruits. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes fairly sweet with loads of ripe, tangy fruits, further wood, mild alcohol warmth. Has aged impressively. (4.0)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
pushkinwow (1966) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Princess Ale, bottled 1978. Huge thanks to trapissed (Alan) for getting to try this novelty - interesting to drink a bottle brewed before I was born. After chipping off the wax and being a little worried about getting the cork out in one piece it ended up sliding out fairly easily with absolutely no pop. Poured very carefully into a duvel glass, ruby black with no head as its completely flat. A quite offensive odour that I hoped would get better with some time to air out but it didnít really happen - soy, vinous, vinegar, wet cardboard, some funk and sourness with sherry/alcohol. Flat, odd body, some sherry and funk along with what I can best describe as just plain old. Happy to have tried this but would not seek out this again (at this age).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2233) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 26, 2012
1902 Vintage decanted at Ebís 8/23/2012 Wow a 110 year old bottle of beer Iím stoked fro the opportunity to try this, Thanks a million Chris! Pours into the glass a murky headless red brown liquor with faint legs when swirled. Wow that nose is rank. Musty cellar fumes mixed with sherry, wet cardboard and band aids. there a hint of caramel sweetness in there as well, but its hard to find under the other aromas. The flavor is more funk and earth with lots of sherry and dark fruit notes. A bit more funk and some plastic phenols round out the flavor. Medium body with a non existent level of carbonation and a harsh acidic sherry mouthfeel. How the hell do I rate this? Its clearly an oxidized mess, but the novelty alone makes me glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6323) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle. Thanks to Nightfall!! Pours hazy deep amber with no head. The aroma is quite oxidated with notes of plum and toasted malt. The flavour is bit acidic with heavy oxidation and ripe fruit. This is OLD! But still quite a joy!

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