tombyars (1672) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The ultimate barley wine? It is not subtle by any means, as this ale does grab you by the throat and gives you a good shaking down. Sampled at the Winter Beer Festival in Glasgow, November 1997. Cask, gravity dispense. Mahogany black in colour with a thin head quickly disappearing! Aroma - practically pure ethanol with a hint of sweet sherry and pear drops present. Thck syrupy smooth mouthfeel and no lacing at all. Dark malts deliver a very, very strong catalogue of flavours, booming richly in the mouth. Thick syrupy mouthfeel with fruit sweetness consisting of gaia melon, peach, cherries, mangos and pears. Notes of caramelised dates at the end as the warmth spreads down the throat like sweet alcoholic cough medicine. No hops detected in aroma or the aftertaste. Malty finish is potent as warmth spreads like wildfire with strong alcoholic notes of sweet sherry, port and plum brandy mug the mouth. An amazing taste experience which threatens to overwhelm the taste buds. You really need to try this in cask and see for yourself.
gunnfryd (14659) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DSG 2011 vintage 1977. Dark brown colour with no head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, dried fruit, cellar, caramel. Flavour is alcohol, dried fruits, oxidation, fruit, grapes, cellar notes, caramel. Nice beer.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.....
Meilby (11234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Dedollewaitor (15908) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
chrisv10 (16571) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Geokkjer (7570) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
- 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.
faroeviking (10664) - FAROE ISLANDS - AUG 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!