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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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2011
Cask (handpump) at the White Horse, Parsons Green on 27 January 2007. Deep ruby colour. No head to speak of. Very raisiny and fruity in the aroma. Iíd been so looking forward to this but ended up a little disappointed. More booze soaked fruit on the palate. But thereís a strange herbal bitterness, bordering on astringence - something like angostura bitters - and a slight acetic edge. Mouthfeel ends up relatively smooth, if a little woody. Plenty of interest here but it just felt rather unbalanced. I donít know how long this had been in the cask but I think it could have benefit from more age for things to meld together better. Subsequently tasted at SilkTorkís wedding reception as an ancient bottle of Kings Ale that was, frankly, about 50 years past its best. The quest for a happy medium continues.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (14282) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013
8th September 2007
Ractliff Ale - Bottled 16th December 1869 Dark brown ale. Heady nose - sour, wet wood, sherry and a hint of smoke. Intense fruity tang with apple dominating. Mellow smokey notes and then some salty caramel. Complex, unique and fantastic. A pretty intense beer that is still drinkable after an incredible 138 years!

1st March 2008
Kings Ale - Bottled 22nd February 1902 Dark brown beer, zero carbonation (duh!). Amazing nose of damp wood and brandy. Very intense sour and somewhat salty malt. Very slight fruit here and then some sublte smoke. Mouth watering - another remarkable antique beer!

29th May 2011
1977 Jubilee Ale. Rich dark red beer,few tan bubbles for a head. Woody - sherry nose, very fragrant. Light dry palate, the dryness being woody. Malty background provides a canvas for Vintage Port blackberry and cherry fruits and a little sherry. Finshes dry with bitter wet wood. Mild warming afterglow. Another great Bass super aged beer!

24th January 2013
Princes Ale 23rd July 1929. THE others tasting. Bit of bitch getting the cork off. Murky brown beer, no head. Nice nose of cherry and wet wood. Palate is dry and light. Taste follows the nose. Dry wood and fresh wood and a little cherry. Touch of brandy as well. Dry finish. Pleasantly fruity and woody!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
LCBS 2010. Wow this one was fun. Watching Marc Nolan open it was entertainment for the night! It poured a still amber color. Aroma is pure sherry. Oxidation did this one just fine, thank you! Some great raisins, booze and prunes in the aroma and flavor. But it tastes like an amazingly wonderful sherry. Really delicious. Thanks Zac for this gem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2141) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2010
1929 bottle courtesy of Zack at the LCBS 10. I canít believe this beer is actually 81 freakiní years old. What?? It had some oxidation, but when you consider the fact that this bottle survived six years of the Reich shelling the British Isles, the heyday of the Stones and Beatles, the birth of punk, and the turn of the millennium; itís pretty amazing. In fact, this bottle has probably outlasted most of the people born in England that year, and certainly all of their teeth. So back to the taste, vanilla, molasses, and some dark fruit were running the show.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
Huge thanks to puzzl for sharing this gem. The version was a 1929 Bass Princes Ale. The bottle arrived with a slightly leaking cork and was visibly disintegrated. It ended up crumbling fairly seriously when the cork was removed. Poured through a filter leaving a clear, deep amber beer with nice orange highlights. The nose is surprisingly intense. Loads of oak, damp moss and lots of cigar tobacco. In spite of all fo the age, there is still a whole lot going on in here. Lots of chewy malt, bright rye/buckwheat spiciness and a touch of dark honey. Fairly sweet dark fruit and a lot of oxidized character. Dried mushrooms, light sherry sweetness and a lot of musty character. Dusty and chewy with a kiss of acetic character as well. The malts still manage to pop up from behind all of this. There is a bit of corky flavour that comes across a bit like astringency. Really unique and amazing brew. Iím very glad to have had the chance to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2009
BCTC 09. Oldest beer I have tried to date. 1902 Kings Ale. Remarkable how well this held up after 107 years in the bottle. The cork seemed to be a bit crumbled. Aroma is awesome. Sweet sherry, oak, vanilla, chocolate, faint cardboard. Not as much oxidation as I thought I would smell or taste. Flavors of vanilla and molasses, dark malts and semi tangy fruit essence. Not soured just a hint of dark fruit. Plums, figs. Smooth and pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Little bits of notes from two separate tastings of it. The first was at BCTC 09, and was of the 1902 Kings Ale. The second was of the later Princeís Ale from 1929 I believe.
Bottle at BCTC. Excellent aromas, coffee, plum, chocolate, vanilla, some oxidization. Tangy and oxidized yet remarkably malty. Really delicious. 937418
Bottle courtesy of Andy at Paulís tasting in honor of Kanís visit. Pours a lightly hazy crimson. Light sour . Tons of oxidization. Not as good as the first time I tried it. Perhaps it needs another 27 years? 738416

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5595) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2009
BCTC 2009, Shared at the Ratebeer tent. 107 years old. A truly unique experience here. A dark muddy sludge like pour. lots of solid floaties, strange & not very good but what an experience to drink a beer that old. Big thanks to whomever brought this one out

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1638) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2009
BCTC. Many thanks to the incredible generosity of the RB crowd. Wish I could remember who brought this incredible beer. Thanks! Dark brown with ring. Oxidized caramel and nuts aroma. Toasty caramel molasses oxidization cereal and a touch of rust. Oily palate. In amazing shape after over 100 years. What an experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
[2400-20090801] Bottle. Heavy richly roasted wood aroma has sweet vanilla hints. Murky, dark brown body with a quick bubbly light tan head and a lot of brown sludge left in the bottom of the glass. Woody cask vanilla flavour has slightly thinned steak sauce characteristics and a lovely sweet long aftertaste. Full thick body. Drinkable even after 100 years, how can such a rare and unique a beer be comparable to another of today? I wonder if it tasted like this back then when they first started their mass production.
Overheard: "It tastes like everything thatís happened since."
(w/ others @ BCTC; Cooperstown, NY)

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