cgarvieuk (12240) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well after much research the bottle i had in the kulminator which they stated as 1981 Kings ale, seems most likly to be Bass number 1 bottled into the old Kings ale bottle from 1977. Red/light brown in colour, ovaltine malt nose with a little fruit. mellow oh so mellow soft and gentle fruit malt, very juicy very fruity, and oh so smooth and drinkable. the depth and smoothness of this was remarkable. And no way would i guess the alchohol levelfrom this. Wonderful ...
Mini Cask at home ... Huge thanks to the Brewer for making this possible Deep scarlet brown ... Sweet rich toffee vine fruits nose ... Sweet toffee rich and deep ... lots of vine fruits ... little warmin ... wondefull mouthfeel ... Wonder if i should hand bottle this to see how it ages over 5 years ... Its lovely ...maybe not as complex as the Aged bottle but still worthy of a 4.5+ score.
madmitch76 (12182) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
harrisoni (12070) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask handpull at White Horse, Parsonís Green. So I was drinking a bit of history. Hazy ruby colour with disappearing beige head. Classic barley wine. Dark fruits in mouth bit of coffee/choc. Dry malt develops in mouth. Wonderful powdery dry malt. Very raisiny aroma. Was it worth the £14 train fare and half an hour on a packed tube train? You betcha! Very very rich raisiny coffee develops. Tart finish that is really quite sharp.
yngwie (11755) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 Thx to Magic_dave6 I also got a chance to try the 1902 Kings Ale. Thatís 104 years of cellaring. Thx a whole f...ing lot mate. I was lucky to get the first or second pour, and my beer tasted really good. The later pours seemed to taste more and more sourish and vinegarish. Mine had a madeira-like aroma, with a little sour and quite oxidized touch, evident alcohol and caramel maltyness. It was a murky brown beer without head, actually looking very nice. Except for those few chunks of cork floating in it. There were some sourness and a good oxidation in the flavor too, with caramel maltyness, a little nutty touch and a surprising bitterness. Full-bodied and sweet, slightly warming. The sourness were most evident in the long finish, where it also had company of alcohol and some caramel. Would have rated it 8-4-7-4-16-4. Maybe itís getting extra points for the age, but that doesnít matter, itís not that sample Iím rating. Once again, thx a lot Tom, it was a great experience. (060826)
Bottle, 1 liter, 1977 vintage, courtesy of Nightfall. Itís flat as can be, and dark brown in color. Itís very oxidised on the nose with plums, raisins and some alcohol. It has a certain acidity on the palate, itís full-bodied and quite dryish even though itís certainly sweet. Overall, a bit too acidic this one, but certainly a nice experience anyway. Rating. 6-3-6-4-14. 110820
Bottle at Kulminator. As Kings Ale, 1981 vintage, 8% ABV. Served in Kings Ale glass! A dark copper beer with a small beige head. Vinous, nutty, caramel, beef-stock aroma with obvious signs of oxidation, but not in an unpleasant way at all. Very mellow, and no aromas really stand out. The flavor continues in the more or less the same way, with caramel, some roasted malt, a little piney hops, some slightly warming notes of alcohol and a mild oxidation. Quite thin body, and with a touch of sourness in the finish, which is also surprisingly hoppy. Itís a privilege to taste a 25 year old beer of this quality. 080714
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Hand bottle, courtesy of cgarvieuk) Pours a brown body with spare off-white bubbles atop. Complex aroma of apple, toffee, leather, husky, old musty books, caramel, raisins, tobacco, chocolate, and roastiness. Flavor of raisins, brown sugar, oak, alcohol, Peruvian coca leaves, and scotch with a dry, bitter finish. Thanks again Craig for sharing this rare treat!
TBone (11326) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg@RBESG 2008 Grand Tasting
Dark ruby brown color, small tan head. Fruity (prunes) nose. Alcoholic, strong licorice flavor. Liquerish. Long salt licorice aftertaste. Super.
argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz handbottle, thanks kmweaver) Minimal beige head, clear dark copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, vinous, plum, some spice. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous/plum, caramel, toffee, light chocolate. Smooth medium body with low carbonation.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to Magic Dave for this one! Muddy medium brown. Dead flat, no head. Dark fruits and piloncillo sugar on the nose. It has a woody, alcoholic taste that is surprisingly unrefined. There’s a flat fruitiness, and it’s more than just a little bit burnt tasting. Very breadcrusty, very burnt. Some deep fruity sugars, and these emerge more as it warms, lending at least a little bit of balance. Still too burnt, and the alcohol is too apparent for my tastes given the structure of the beer. The oily body glides well down the throat.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: Bass No. 1
Mode: Hand Bottled
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark brown, scant head,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma with dark fruits and light alcohol,
Body: big body with a stickyness,
Flavor: rich dark caramel candy flavor, emerging fruit, touch of chocolate, light balancing earthyness grows almost into distraction, alcohol adds a bit of heat to the caramel, long bitter finish,
Overall: needs a bit more time for the earthyness to fade and let the fruity character develop,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
thewolf (10538) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mini-cask @ the RBESG08 Grand Tasting.
[thank you, chris_o]
Pours deep red-brown with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma is sweet, dried fruits, plums, prunes, cherries, apple and rye bread. Pleasant oily mouthfeel. Flavour is powerful, lots of prunes, light chocolate, dry and rather hoppy. Great.