Formerly brewed at White Shield / Museum (MolsonCoors)
Style: Barley Wine
Burton-on-Trent, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (12007) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2016
1978 Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Very hazy brown with no head. Aroma of mold, malt, caramel dark fruity notes and light wood. Flavour is above moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with very soft carbonation. Pretty good considering the age and an interesting one to try.[17-09-2016]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (2941) - GREECE - SEP 24, 2016
500 ml 40 years old bottle shared at the original Chez Moeder Lambic’s cellar. Thanks Alex!! Hazy copper brown color with no head. Malty aroma, toasted, breadt, cookie, caramel, fruity, dark dried fruits, some wood and alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
canddw (100) - - JUL 14, 2016
Mid amber beer with thin head, soft carbonation. Full lemon, yeasty nose. Light biscuity lemon taste with metallic hints and fizz. Mild bitterness throughout and long gentle finish. A little watery but fairly good

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PMgep (268) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2015
At Dunder 2013 as Kings Ale 1902 vintage. No carbonation left. Vinous, soy sauce and port in aroma. Oxidated taste but still pleasant considering the age.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mR_fr0g (10316) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2015
Bottle shared at Leighton’s place. 25/08/2015. Thanks to Leighton for this vintage. Amber / brown coloured pour, lcear, no head. Aroma is meaty, boverille, soy, wood. Flavour is composed of mearty marmite, , light malt vinegar. Palate ismedium full, viscous, low condition, paper. Interesting to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7126) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle share at Leighton’s. Many thanks to Leighton and Ken. 1977 vintage. Very dark brown, still, clear, no head at all. Aroma is plastic, plasticine, a little sour, earthy, dried toothpaste, booze. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is plasticine, malts, booze, yeasty with a touch of balsamic towards the finish. Great to try it. Very interesting stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
fajry (1749) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 17, 2015
Fľaša. S veľkou vďakou Cuso. 113 ročné pivo, bolo na moje prekvapenie super! Hnedá, farba, bez peny. Vôňa úúúúžasná jemne sladká, lieskové oriešky, vanilka, prezreté višne, jemne karamel. Chuť však prázdna, vodová, bez akejkoľvek dochute. Iba jemne cítiť karamel a trošku štiplavosť na jazyku. Bol to však zážitok!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rusos (690) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle, shared by Cuso.Amber colour. Aroma chocolate cheries, dried raisins,soya sauce, cork, mollasses. Taste raisins, chery, roasty, chocolate alcohol and quite strong sourness. Long lasting sour/bitter/roasty aftertaste. No carbonation. 113 years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MisoW (3408) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle kindly shared by Cuso, thanks Imro. Vintage of 1902, 113 years old. Pours dark brown color, no head, really no carbonation. Aroma of soy sauce, some dark fruits, caramel. Taste is sour, lightly bitter, soy sauce, some alcohol, sherry, caramel. I would not be able to drink whole bottle, but I am very glad I had the opportunity to taste this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gurthnar (5265) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle kindly shared by Cuso. 1902 vintage, 113 years old at the time of drinking. Aroma initially honeyish, sweetish, dried fruits, then turns to soy sauce. Hazy brown colour. No carbonation. Taste incorporates lots of vinegary acidic and solventy alcoholic notes. Also oxidized sherry. Lots of hype, but the beer is perceivably over-aged. Objectively almost no pleasure in drinking this, rather curiosity. Little of traditional beer flavours remain. Bitterness present but I do not get hops flavours. Maybe the slightest hint of burnt sugar malt. I am glad to have tasted it but nothing too special.

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