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Gales Conquest Ale Masterbrew

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Barley Wine
Horndean, England
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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 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rondphoto (2459) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2014
bottle @ Sergio’s / Louisville KY --- Garnet color, no head, no lace. Very still brew. Taste is sugary malt that includes dark dried fruit and earthy biscuit as it moves through the palate to a finish that is mostly alcohol. I’m certain the fact that this was brewed in 2001 puts a damper on its condition today. Fair, not in any way recommendable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvikar (3881) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Pours orange to brown with no head, aroma is sour with vinegar, lemon, fresh, flavor is sour with vinegar, pretty flat, medium bodied.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle courtesy of the Cubes. Sweet nose with tons of sherry and a little weird marmite. Sherry persists in the first sip. Abundant raisin as well as some apple/pear. A strange leather like flavor appears upon exhalation. Relatively full mouthfeel with no carbonation. Leaves kind of a slick on the palate. An interesting, strange beer. I’d be interested to have tasted it 7 years ago or so.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kerenmk (2788) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks zvikar. Hazy dark orange. Vinous, rotten berries and vinegar in the nose, Balsamic vinegar in the mouth. No carbonation, oxidized, long, vinegar finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (6534) - 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 (1669) - 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 (3388) - 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 (112) - 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 (356) - , 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 (3095) - 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.

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