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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: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering, Ulfborg 2011. Official 1977 Rebottling, Quart size. The wax was a bit broken but the cork looked in good shape (at least externally). We placed it on a geuze basket and carefully poured to the glasses. Very dark brown with no head. Aroam of very ripe fruit, caramel, port, oxidization is very faint and it becomes a bit more evident in the flavour. Tastes of very riep fruit, port, sherry ,caramel. has held remarkably well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (5743) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 Kings Ale #1, Brewed 2/22/1902, Tasted 6/11/2011. A huge thanks to Brad for sharing this piece of history. It is incredible to think of how the world has changed since this beer was brewed. This beer has a strong aroma of sherry. Some vinous character, in both the flavor and aroma. There is burnt sugar, soy sauce, old basement, caramel, and dry oak. A thick, rich beer with a great palate. No carbonation. It has lasted surprisingly well, even with a cork that was falling apart. Brad had to decant and strain the beer. What a great experience to try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6015) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2011
I finally found my "long lost" notes for this beer! Had to clean out a closet that had water damage from Hurricane Irene and found my notes from my 2003 Belgium trip. My notes list this as "81 Kings Ale Bass". Bottle from Kulminator in Antwerp on 5-14-03. Vintage is 1981. Deep brown pour. Slight brown head. Nose is chocolate and medicinal notes with alcohol. Strong chocolate and caramel taste. Thin bodied. Ends with more caramel. I seem to recall back in 2003 this beer was not in the database. I though I’d lost the notes.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10959) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Bottle 750ml vintage 1977 @ TFODRBSG11, Ulfborg
Pours clear dark amber/brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is oxidized with notes of malt, caramel and dried fruits.Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15559) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering, Ulfborg 2011. Thanks Nightfall, Bottle from 1977. Pours ruby brown with a small bubbly off white head. Oxidized. Sherry and port and some vague dark tart fruit. Caramel and toffee. Dammn - nose holding up pretty well. Tobacco , earth and wine. Very vinous. Subdued alcohol. Wauw!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15292) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle from 1977 @ FOneFan from Nightfall. Very dark brown with tiny off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, port, earthy, little toffee, hops and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7341) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle@TFODRBSG11 - from 1977, courtesy of Nightfall.Pours brown with tiny off-white head.Aroma of cellar, red berries, spices, oxidized malt and yeast.Flavor is sweet oxidized malt with some sourness, chocolate, red berries and warming.Medium to full body, soft carbonation.Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - AUG 20, 2011
1977 version. Unclear deep dark brown colour. Sweet indeed vinious aroma, strong, caramel, port wine bit like aroma. Good mouthfeel, filling. Very sweet flavour, dark fruit, vinious, port wine, very very sweet, long lasting very sweet dark fruit vinious port finish. Thank you Nightfall!!! Big time!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (16772) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Bottled in 1977! Small head. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are earthy, caramel, raisin, malt and a little skunky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Huge thanks to Blazer06, Zack, for making this send-off tasting even more special than it is already. Wow! Big bottle of 1902 barleywine with over sized clumpy looking black wax over the cork. The cork broke up so this is poured via the help of some cheese cloth. It pours muddy dark brown pond water with no head. The aroma is water logged wood, some cardboard, sweet malts, booze, sherry and then aged figs and molasses. The taste starts sweet with thick sweet maltiness, a nice level of caramel candy and then rolling into fig sweetened earthiness, aged dried cherries smashed into wet cardboard and smooth oak. It ends with wet wood, cardboard, ripe sugary cherries and caramel. Fantastic!

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