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


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RATINGS: 152   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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jonas (8043) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 4, 2017
Backlog rating from RBESG 2008, grand tasting: Chestnut, creamy head. Raisin, chocolate, treacle nose. Light smoke, raisins/fruit and chocolate flavor. Mellow mouthfeel. Raisin/dried fruit aftertaste.

Sigmund (7920) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2017
Sampled 1902 vintage from lead(!)-sealed and corked bottle, at RBESG 2006 in Göteborg. The smell was simply lovely, very complex and enticing. Unfortunately the flavour had turned into vinegar, and I could not finish my small ration. But I kept the cork, and enjoyed the smell of it for months!

john44 (3402) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2017
Cask at White Horse Old Ale Festival, Parson’s Green, London in 2007 - Red/Brown. Very fruity, dark fruits, fruit cake. Malty, caramel & toffee. Some chocolate. Quite hoppy. Big Alcohol hit. Very warming. Sweet-bitter & tangy. Dry finish. Enjoyed this. Interesting beer! (2007)

kermis (14567) - 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]

rouhlas (3784) - Thessaloniki, 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.

canddw (101) - - 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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PMgep (288) - 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.

mR_fr0g (13523) - 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.

The_Osprey (9163) - 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.

fajry (2257) - 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!

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