King and Barnes Christmas Ale

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


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2002
1999 version. Re-rate - it Xmas time...I like it better. Complex malt aroma. Headless flat pour, though there is some carbonation detected in the mouthfeel. Sweet and sticky, with dried fruit and caramel, vanilla and cocoa. Iced tea color. Hops are more noted in the slightly bitter finish than in the flavors or aroma. Drink it in a brandy snifter, when its cold out...

gripweed57 (2459) - 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.

minutemat (5474) - 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!.

BlackHaddock (7329) - 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.

andyhwcinc (1884) - 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.

Travlr (24667) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2011
330 ml bottle, 1995. Murky brown color, thin tan head. Aroma of brown bread and light spce. Taste is sweet and spiced. Decent.

MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Date: 3/7/2010 Source:Other Richmond Beer Dig. Dark fruits and caramelized sugar in aroma. Cloudy medium brown with little head. Lots of fruitiness and some spicy yeast character. Finish is sweet and perfumy with some warming.

maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle from 1999 at the Richmond Beer Dig on 03/07/2010. Slightly hazy caramel amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet earthy, caramel and oxidized aroma. Big sugary caramel and earthy flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation.

Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
vintage 99 at the richmond beer dig spring 2010. oxidized and flat. sweet and earthy, like mushrooms. definitely past it’s prime. kinda like a flat j w lees.

dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
1997 vintage. a 13 year old bottle was provided by a flossmoor station mug clubber at a mug clubbing. dark, cloudy brown, no head, not lacy. nose of dried and sweet fruit, spice. flavor is sweet fruit, apples, perhaps a hint of raison and spice. medium bodied, sweetish finish. alcohol is well hidden, and the beer really held up surprisingly well over the years.

SaintMatty (7362) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2010
1999 Bottle Hazy brown in colour. Fruity aroma with Christmas cake, spice and marzipan. Malty, sweet and fruity taste with Christmas cake and a spicy kick. 1997 Bottle - Brown in colour. Musty aroma with leather, malt and hints of dried fruit. Tangy and fruity taste with tangy Christmas cake, marzipan and a slightly warming kick in the finish.

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