muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
275 ml corked and waxed bottle, no date that I could discern, but a fairly dusty bottle, purchased at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD (April 2006) and served at cellar temperature in a Maudite glass....cork weak and wet as I easily pried it out, looks like a bit of liquid seeped through, danger Will Robinson danger....no pop, very little apparent carbonation but for a very thin white ring of bubbles, atop the heavily sedimented, lightly oily body....aroma of white whine, raisins, bit of powdered cocoa, caramel, faint alcohol….some oxidation evident, but still mostly sweet and bright, quite enticing actually....body initially sweet, very grapy and raisiny, very much like white wine in fact with not a whole lot of beery malts at all, although faint touches of dry grass and a light worty character do develop as it warms....light, dry, tannic at the finish; little oxidation evident on the tongue, at least not to the detriment of the experience. No masterpiece, but I find this quite fascinating and different, and seriously underrated.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
suprchunk (1799) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared by afdempse. Thanks Adam.
Alas, the decrepit cork did not survive the meeting with the corkscrew. After the cork debacle, the beer appeared a rusty orange hue, bordering on copper. No head, no lacing.
The aroma was of malt, alcohol, and light citrus.
The flavor still had a healthy alcohol presence, despite the age of the bottle. Also present was a dank cardboard flavor. Malt and subtle notes of citrus comprise the rest of the flavor. All in all, pretty bland.
The feel was more akin to a liquor than a beer. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, with virtually no carbonation.
I have had several beers by George Gale over the years. Various vintages and brews, random settings. I have yet to have one that has aged well, or that I would like to have again. Overall, a disappointment.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-25-2011
crossovert (5640) - Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml corked bottle. It pours a nice but flat cognac color. Crystal clear. The smell is of rich toffee, golden raisins, honey, fortified wine. I really like it actually. The flavor is earthy, slightly tart but by no means sour. A hint of vegetation comes in as is standard for some aged english beers. Toffee and dark fruits. I actually think it is very good. Not sure about the reviews shit-bagging it.
zdk (1789) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Beer Table - After 10 years in the barrel, this beer is no longer a barley wine. I was guessing an unenthusiastic wild ale. The body is syrupy without actually being sweet due to lots a citrus, grapefruit and cranberry. Medicinal and dry. The pour is a vibrant dark red, with no head or carbination. taste was slightly vineous, and with the alcohol heat, felt like I was drinking a dry, red wine. Not bad, but probably not worth the $7/8oz that I paid.
kindacold (197) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It should be noted that I am trying the Conquest Old Ale 2000 on draft, so this may not be representative of the bottled version.
The smell is sweet and sour, like a spirit more than a beer.
It pours a light amber with no head.
Tastes of cinnamon, apple, pepper, lemon, charcoal (hint), bit of salt.
Easy to drink, with no stickiness, and a mild aftertaste of hops and spices.
beer_wolf (9) - Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011 does not count
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not sure what to make of this. It being brewed in 2001 it may have turned or been improperly cellared by the beer merchant. But this bottle poured a cloudy brown ale, with a distinct sour aroma. There was no head, an no lace left on the glass. The mouthfeel was watery, the flavor sour beef broth, that lingered unpleasantly for several minutes. Hopefully this is not the norm for George Gale & Co.