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Gales Jubilee Ale

 (RETIRED)
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83
44
style
Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Barley Wine
Horndean, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle released to mark the Queen's 50th anniversary as monarch (1952-2002). A draught form (4.5% abv) was also available.


2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
Appearance is a boring clear ruby brown color with no head whatsoever. Fruity aroma, complex maltiness: apples, oranges, pears, plums, peaches together with big toffee flavours and some caramel. Taste is surprisingly tart, is this a bad bottle? Red apples, pears, brown sugar, not too well melted together. No balancing bitterness, light medicinal bananas and moisture qualities. Sharp thin body, especially for a barley wine, no carbonation to speak of. Probably another bad bottle due to their silly corks which made it pretty much a "Miss" in the Hit or Miss balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Crikey! (as the British say). This beer's quite unusual, which is par for the course when it comes to Gale's Ales. There is a foamy head, that quickly thins. The color is murky, muddy brown, like the Mississippi River. Some small black yeast flecks have just settled at the bottom of my glass. The 12% is extremely well-hidden. Flavorwise, this is a tour-de-force. This is a sweet, very malty brew with lots of bite. It's a touch Belgian Strong Ale with some dried fruit and chocolate present in the background. The English hops are mild and not all that assertive compared to the alcohol and malt. I have no idea how the draft version of this beer could be 4.5% abv without some serious watering down. As for the Queen, given that I've lived in the UK for 5 years, I think I'm entitled to an opinion: I'm ready for her to step down and give her son some time on the throne. I feel she's hogging it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Almost brown color with no head. Dried fruits and malt dominate the flavor, like a malty fruitcake. Somewhat chocolate dryness that was also sweet. Rich and complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2004
2002 Deep bloudy burgundy color with out any sign of a head. The aroma consists of spoiled apples and bananas, and a sugar and alcohol syrup; quite sweet. Thick and uncarbonated mouthfeel, initially sweet with a bouquet of fruit and flowers, turning to a nutty and woody finish with considerable bittering hops. An interesting experience, with a very smoky lingering finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Pale clouded reddish amber appearance, no head formation. Strong fruity, woody, sherry aroma. Sweet syruoy, fruity flavor, very sherryish with noticeable woodiness. Slight unmatured green apple bite in the finish, but remains unmistakeably sweet throughout.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2004
Flat, clear orangey-red-copper colour. Looks like except for the no head thing. Really salty Marmite aroma which isn't particularly pleasant. Vague dried apricots and yoghurt aroma in the background. Thick, viscous body but pretty lean. Not sweet, but salty, acidic, alcoholic and slightly bitter. Leafy hop flavour with a spiritous, nutty character. Took me over 3 hours to drink it but by the end it had grown on me - I had considered tossing it pretty early on.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (30790) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2004
[Bottled] The aroma is a lot like portwine, sweet with notes of wood, prunes, and plums. The color is reddish and it has no head, even though it gave a high fizz when the cork was lifted. The flavor is also very sweet with a wood background and earth, prunes, and plums notes combined with alcohol. The flavors last for a very long time. The flavor also reminds me a lot of portwine.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2004
9.3 oz. Bottle. Poured with no headand very little carbonation. Smelled like malt, prunes and alcohol. Tasted like sweet burnt prunes with a strong alcohol finish. I didn't like this beer very much.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Strong fermented fruit and alcohol comes barging right in. Really sticky and chewy in the mouth, felt like a meal. Alcohol warmed me right up.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 27, 2004
2002 Batch. Rough nose, a bit of roast and lots of fruit sides. Light brown fadding to lighter on the sides. light carmel and an explosion of fruit. plums, figs, light fruity hops, way fruity and sweet. A bit tart for the finish which really rounds it out nicely.


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