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Gales Conquest Ale Masterbrew

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Barley Wine
Horndean, England
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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottle conditioned. Single batch brewed in 2001 for B.United for distribution only in USA.
Ingredients: Maris Otter & Lager malts; and Goldings, Fuggles & Challenger hops.
The fermentation lasted for ten days. Conquest Ale Masterbrew was matured for six months prior to hand bottling.
Was also available in 30 litre kegs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (5714) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks zvikar. Bad cork, broke while opening the bottle. Hazy dark orange. Aroma of vinegar and fruits. Sourish flavor with vinegar, fruits and light sweetness. Medium-bodied, kinda flat. Didn’t age very well - infected. Still not that bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2014
’01 bottle at Alla Spina with that miserable dick Pat. Pours a cloudy reddish amber with no head. Nose is tart lactic note. Taste is sweet and malty, caramel, fruit, sherry. Slick oily mouthfeel

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3305) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle purchased at Monument in Concord, CA. Another fucking broken cork. The aroma is crazy vinous. Smells like the altar wine that the priest used to drink. Some light cardboardy oxidized notes, too. Sweet with toffee. What I would expect a 13 year old beer to smell like. Transparent amber body with no head. Flat and uncarbonated. Starts a little thin and watery, before some light caramel and light roasted malts come through. Some sherry with a lot of cardboard oxidation is also present. Ethanol is hidden really well. A really oxidized, flat, lifeless beer, which is exactly what I expected. This is more enjoyable than the Old Ale, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kchampagne (105) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
2001 Bottle Aroma is initially similar to a sweet port wine. There was good carbonation in my particular beer although there was zero head retention. The carbonation was mostly large bubbles rather than nice fine bubbles though. The taste is sweat with a definite boozy feel. I went into this beer thinking it would be bad based off of the reviews, but I was actually pleased.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cory (303) - , California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
2001 Bottle. SFBW Sour Sunday 2014 @ Triple Rock. Initially I noticed there is not head and is pretty cloudy. Up front there’s some stone fruit aromas, like nectarine, and earthy wood notes. It has a weird sour quality that I can’t put my finger on. It is a little towards white wine and sour bread. After a few sips there is a clear banana bread taste that turned me off to the whole experiece.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

Brewed in 2001

1/25/2011: George Gale & Co. Ltd Conquest Ale Masterbrew (Pale Ale)... Make sure you use a good, sturdy corkscrew to open this beer as the cork is really dry, but well-sealed into place... Aroma: Caramelized honeycomb; port wine; great alcohol vapors. Appearance: Red plum to garnet in color, hazy complexion; still (no carbonation left). Flavor: Subdued flat and well-oxidized toffee malt (the oxidation is actually not a bad thing), but no sweetness; woody and dry (like oak); dry red wine (more like Shiraz, not full, deep, and fruity like Cab or Merlot) finish with a delicate touch of red and green peppercorns (maybe Petite Syrah is a better wine descriptor since there is definitely a "peppery" quality found in the beer right alongside the other red wine flavors); there is also a very light fruity bitterness complemented by notes of leather and weak tobacco; the aftertaste brings some additional tannin and a really soft sugary vanilla caramel flavor followed by more leathery dried apricot. Palate: Medium body; SMOOTH; feels a bit thin, probably because there is no carbonation left. Overall: I personally think that this beer has aged quite nicely and has become a really complex, unique, and flavorful beer that I really enjoyed!

275ml / 9.3 fl.oz. corked bottle (9% alc./vol.) from Dilly Deli in Cincinnati (Mariemont), Ohio. Rating #193 for this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
suprchunk (2153) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Chunky, cloudy toffee colored pour. No carbonation, no head, no lacing. A big wine aroma, sherry. A slight acetic note. Taste is a sweet sour concoction. Not bad, but I guess it doesn’t travel all that well. Not to mention the cork was mangled upon extraction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange. It pours golden amber with pretty much no head. The nose is mellow, damp wood, mustiness, dull sourness, faint vinegar, peach, apricot, vanilla and coconut. The taste is smooth, earthy, wood, peach, apricot, nectarine, light sourness, wood, hay, spice and alcohol warmth towards the finish. Medium body and low carbonation. Easy-going stuff. I actually quite like the aged and sour aspect to this! Interesting and fun to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Had this at Where The Wild Beers Are. Pours a hazey amber with a thin white head. Big malt, chewy malt and sweetness. Tastes of malty candies, with lots of notes from those little hard pear candies that come in a tin. Chewy malt with sweetness, old and degraded.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (5292) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle poured at WtWBA Brooklyn 2013. Pours a deep brown, mahogany body with no head and very minor lacing. Aroma is sweet vanilla, maple, malt, prune and grain. Mouthfeel is medium with similar notes in the flavor. I wasn’t a huge fan of this offering, personally; however the barrel conditioned version (in whiskey blended with wine barrels) made for an interesting evolution bringing out more of a sour wine flavor along with oak, vanilla and malt.

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