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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GRM (3019) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
Bottle, 275 ml, tasted with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured November 5 2009; eye: dark caramel, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: Madeira, stale, light dark fruits, light molasses; mouth: thin, stale, Madeira, light molasses, light dark fruits, thin and watery finale in Madeira and molasses, not much carbonation, light body; overall: ordinary FRANÇAIS Bouteille, 275 ml, bue avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 5 novembre 2009; œil : caramel foncé, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : madère, éventée, léger fruits noirs, léger mélasse; bouche : mince, éventée, madère, léger mélasse, léger fruits noirs, finale mince et aqueuse en madère et mélasse, pas de carbonatation, corps léger; en résumé : ordinaire

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jkwalking05 (3811) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Deep amber in color with no head. Aroma is of brown sugar caramel and maple. Taste is of maple, heavy oxidation, rusty nail, and mold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8592) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
Large yeast deposit floating in the glass. If you can get past that, it’s quite good. Dark molasses pour. No head. Sweet taste. What you’d expect from the genre. Rated 4/18/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2010
(bottle - 275 ml - 2001 vintage) Dark ruby red with no head and very little carbonation. Earthy and musty aroma with a lot of cider, fruit, and whiskey notes. Flavor is sour and funky at the start, but moves to a fruity and cider-like sweetness near the end. Dry and bitter but still holds up pretty well for nine years old. I’d say more of an old ale than a barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2010
In the bottle from cyclone liquors. Pours ruby red with no head. This comes out of the bottle more like a sherry than a beer. Has an awesome aroma of liquor and whiskey. The flavor is a blend of apples and port. I find this to be a lot like Harvey’s bristol cream but a bit milder. Quite an interesting concoction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3341) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Caramel cider colored with vitrually lifeless, uncarbonated body. Nose of aged wood, sherry, light marsala, malt and toffee and hint of farmhouse/manure. August flavors of aged wood, mild marsala and cream sherry, malt, understated toffee and caramel with a hint of Brett. Thin, oxidated finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
2001 vintage. An anemic brown ale with almost no head. In aroma, oxidized malt with a bit of soy sauce, dark fruits, not bad. In mouth, a rather lifeless and oxidized ale with notes of madera, licorice, and light molasses, very thin and tired. Tasted Nov. 5 2009 with GRM and Mike H.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6168) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
330. Corked and foiled. Well, geez. I have certainly had worse. Pours a murky medium amber with tottfee highlights and no head or lace. Rich, vinous, tangy cherry and doughy malt nose. Creamy medium body that goes a bit watery in places. Flattish. Fruity, vinous, bready mid-palate. Mild finish. Not disgusting, by any means, but can’t possibly be what the brewer had hoped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
travita (4053) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2009
Very small head, red in color, and clear. The smell is ok with maple, tofee, fruits, and wine like. Very strong aroma. The taste is sort of nasty however with dirt, booze, watery, and oxidation.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2009
Also a 2001 vintage. Flat sticky caramel looks, completely opaque. Very diminished aromas consisting of madeira, caramel and white grapes. Terribly oxidized in mouth. I don’t understand how people can still be enjoying that. Virtually lifeless both in its flabby, oily body and in its stale tartish apple vinegar notions. Caramel crawls underneath, but is completely slaughtered by cardboard, old wood and wet leaves oxidation notes. The lack of aftertaste was a liberation. Bottles are still available quite broadly, but even with optimal storage, I can’t really imagine this still being any good.

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