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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: 146   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10487) - 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 (15225) - 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 (14110) - 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 (7173) - 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 (10284) - 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 (16048) - 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 (7908) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
badgerben (4762) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Kings Ale #1, Brewed 2/22/1902, Tasted 6/11/2011. And endless pile of thanks to BDR for sharing this one. As the cork did not entirely come out, this was strained into a decanter in 4 rounds, the last being fairly heavy with sediment. These notes are from the first two round (likely the top half or so of the bottle). Dark brown color with no head, but surprisingly visible carbonation. Strong molasses and brown sugar aroma with a hefty dose of sherry. That sherry picks up a full head of steam in the flavor. Light oakiness, but a dry and old sort of woodiness, not like a fresh barrel of vanilla. Very vinous. Some prune notes. Almost bone dry. Bitchin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5419) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Wow, a 109 year old bottle of barley wine. Shared by BDR, pours a hazy brownish copper colored brew with no head. Aroma of tawny sherry, powdery brown sugar, a hint of soy and a touch of cellar cardboard. Taste is medium to full bodied, flavors of earthy oak wood, burnt brown sugar, sherry, a touch of part and dark Baker’s chocolate. Finish is dry bitter and dusty brown sugar with an aftertaste of old cardboard, vanilla and dried prune. This barley wine really held up after surviving two world wars, two world economic downfalls, and at least 100 failed predictions of end of times. Happy to have experienced this "once in a lifetime" drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2011
A huge thanks to cletus for this Kings ale bottle. Opening this up was like brain surgery. The massive cork was near the end of its life. I needed to decant and strain the bottle. The aroma is BIG. Lots of sherry and burnt brown sugar. A little dust in there, but not enough to detract. The body is brown and nearly still after the initial carbonation. No head. The body is very dry, with a pronounced oak character. A little vinous character and a lot of soy. Just a faint hint of chocolate towards the end. I was afraid I’d be disappointed, but this is stellar. And I"m sure I’m not just "tasting the rare" here.

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