MikeJslc (629) - USA - APR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
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Gription79 (2001) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jackl (3472) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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!
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
Leighton (8645) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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)
pushkinwow (1574) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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).
johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Plovmand (6026) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Rasmus40 (8884) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Courtesy of Nightfall. As Bass Kings Ale vintage 1977. hazy brown without head. aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and oxidated. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 180812
tombyars (1269) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The ultimate barley wine? It is not subtle by any means, as this ale does grab you by the throat and gives you a good shaking down. Sampled at the Winter Beer Festival in Glasgow, November 1997. Cask, gravity dispense. Mahogany black in colour with a thin head quickly disappearing! Aroma - practically pure ethanol with a hint of sweet sherry and pear drops present. Thck syrupy smooth mouthfeel and no lacing at all. Dark malts deliver a very, very strong catalogue of flavours, booming richly in the mouth. Thick syrupy mouthfeel with fruit sweetness consisting of gaia melon, peach, cherries, mangos and pears. Notes of caramelised dates at the end as the warmth spreads down the throat like sweet alcoholic cough medicine. No hops detected in aroma or the aftertaste. Malty finish is potent as warmth spreads like wildfire with strong alcoholic notes of sweet sherry, port and plum brandy mug the mouth. An amazing taste experience which threatens to overwhelm the taste buds. You really need to try this in cask and see for yourself.