King and Barnes Christmas Ale

 
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Formerly brewed at King and Barnes
Style: Barley Wine
Horsham, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Last brewed in winter 1999.
"A pale golden beer with mellow bitterness containing many of the flavours of Christmas including dried fruit, malt and alcohol."

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (15130) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Bottle 1997 as a gift from Peanut At Dilly Deli. Poured hazy copper color with a medium frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate fruity, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy complex fruity balanced flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This was a standout beer.


3.5
The_Osprey (9698) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2018
December 2017 - Tasting in Hackney. Bottle shared with big thanks to Leighton. As 'King and Barnes Christmas Ale', 1993 vintage. Pours a purpley shade of brown, opaque with no head. Aroma has a little cat food initially, papery, some vanilla. Body is smooth with low carbonation. Taste is actually pretty good – rounded malts (if a little meaty), dense sugars and some dried fruit. Nice flavour to this. Quite impressive for a beer that's nearly 25 years old, though I'm not sure I'd be able to drink a full one. (6-3-8-3-15=3.5)

2.6
mR_fr0g (14028) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2017
Bottle shared at Leighton's place at the Ktwse tasting, 12/12/2017. Thanks to Ken. A Mostly clear nutty brown coloured pour with a halo of white head. Aroma is oxidised, sweet nutty malts, brown sugars, salty, umami, jammy. Flavour is composed of semi sweet, minty, stale malts. Palate si semi sweet, oxidised,lowish carboantion. . Minty.

3.7
MrTipple (6990) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2017
12Dec2017 Sweet, candied and dried dark fruits, prunes. Hazy brown, no head. Light bitter. More sweet dark malts, dried prunes, oak, dark malts, light grain and bread, very soft carnation, medium bodied. Aged very well! Bottle shared at Leighton's - thanks to Leighton!

3.5
Scopey (16275) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2017
1993 bottle care of LKS. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The aroma is earthy, tangy, dried fruits, raisin, umami, vanilla, fruit cake, oxidised malts, brown bread and umami. The taste is slick, oily, brown bread, fruit cake, raisin, date, earthy, tannin, earthy, light spice and wood with a dry, fruity finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Great condition for the age.

3.4
Leighton (22820) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2017
Bottle shared in London - vintage 1993. Pours clear ruby with a small, bubbly head. Nice aroma, some well toasted toffee, bread, graham crackers, berries, prunes. Medium sweet flavour with lots of meaty berries, chewy toffee, a little earth, leather, note prunes. Medium bodied, lightly oily, soft. Sweet finish, more meaty and leathery berries, fruit leather, sweet toffee. Has aged reasonably well.

3.4
Ktwse (5676) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2017
Pours deep brown with low tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, burnt butter. Taste is sweet, butterscotch and burnt butter. Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.

4.2
gripweed57 (2978) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2017
From old tasting notes. 1995 vintage. Hazy amber orange color. Huge rocky beige head. Earthy toasted malt nose.msweet toasted malt flavor hints at butterscotch and licorice. Intensely robust and complex. Great flavor and obvious big alcohol strength.mlots of hops in finish balance off this brew nicely.

4
minutemat (6252) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
1996 & 1997 vintage side-by-side tasting @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Jan 15, many thanks Mike for these rare gems! Both pour clear gold with decent head. 1996 has a dusty cobweb taste, rather musty and past it’s best. The 1997 seemed to retain a good caramel fruitiness and tasted really rather special. An excellent tasting, shame there wasn’t more to savour!.

4
BlackHaddock (7961) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
Two shared bottles: 1996 and 1997. Both were superb! Brought to the January bottle share meeting in Shrewsbury by Mike. Broached between five of us on 12th January 2015. Clear, mid-gold with white heads the beers looked good. Fairly sweet with plum and spicy notes. Slight ’musty and dusty’ feel to the brews, but both bottles were covered in cobwebs, so maybe they gave off some of the esters I picked up on? The 1997 version seems a little darker, stronger and fruitier, however it was a joy to drink both of them. Lovely surprise to have a chance to try these ’classic’ beers from the late 19 hundreds. Cheers Mike.

3.9
andyhwcinc (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2012
’98 version. Enjoyed from bottle as part of Delilah’s winter beer tasting in Chicago, IL. Excited to have tried this as the brewery has been closed for a decade now. Appearance is a very cloudy, murky brown with no head and an overabundant amount of yeast sediment at the bottom of my glass. Aroma of sweetness, malt, and a bit of spice. Taste was pretty thick, sweet with a presence of raisins, along with spice and caramel malt. Surprised that this was almost 15 years old. Kept well over the years.


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