muzzlehatch (4425) - 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.
Huhzubendah (1979) - 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 (4548) - Wisconsin, 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 (1758) - 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 (193) - 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.
kopher (590) - New York, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
craziest commercial beer i’ve had. it’s completely flat. to be fair, it’s 10 years old, but still. vegetal malty aroma, slightly cloying, pretty odd, with rum raisins, vanilla, and tons of oak.
pours cloudy amber.
medium-heavy bodied, somehow both astringent and syrupy. it’s sweet and slightly tart with a dry malt finish.
EithCubes (4195) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from 2001 here on March 18, 2011. Corked and foiled. I have the feeling I bought this in Asheville a few years ago, but I’m not entirely sure. ’Spirited alcoholic nose out of the bottle, brandy, port, and sweet nothings. In the glass is a little more booze and nose hair burn, with some inky malt textures, sugar, and the remnants of a bombed out hop presence. Cloudy amber-mahogany pour with legs but no head. Taste is bittersweet with a dark and dry aftertaste, brownish malt dominant there Thankfully this bottle wasn’t infected! Rich and slithering malt, formerly sheeted but now folded over upon itself. Light wood and light vegetal, faint floral notes and rounded, subtle caramel. Mouthfeel is oily and thinnish, and despite the complete lifelessness/lack of carbonation, it’s just about right for this type of thing, and with no extremities, qualifies as extremely pleasant. A great strength has to be the alcohol - not at all a large component of the in-mouth taste, certainly no mention of that high a percentage. Very light warming and cheek dimpling after some volume, but nothing hot or brash; perfectly mellowed. Has some true depth despite a probably weakish recipe. One of my favorites from Gale’s, which has tended to be hit-or-miss in these aging experiments.
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reading other reviews, this beer seems to be a bit inconstant. Some QC issues, perhaps. Anyways, the bottle I got was very good. Cloudy amber in color, no head, very little carbonation. Nose is of caramel, wood, a bit of acid and tropical fruits; pretty rich. Taste is sweet and a bit sour, touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. The aftertaste fills the mouth with malt, stone fruit, and a bit of vinous character. Very nice sipper with a rich meal, or in front of a smoky fire. Kind of has qualities similar to a british pale ale in a barleywine.
GRM (2485) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
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
jkwalking05 (2356) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.