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Gales Jubilee Ale

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Barley Wine
Horndean, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Bottle released to mark the Queen's 50th anniversary as monarch (1952-2002). A draught form (4.5% abv) was also available.

dreamboat's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, - OCT 25, 2004
No carbonation, no head, cloudy dull brown colour. Plum/raisin/sider aroma, quite sweet. Flavours much the same, cloying, alcohol bite - virtually undrinkable. Must have been a dodgy bottle, looking at the rest of the ratings...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (4057) - Oulu, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle 9.3 fl oz at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Vintage something very old. Colour is.deep dark red with very small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, dry fruits, plums, red vineous, olive, dryness, sherry? and some malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (2759) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
275ml bottle @ Shrewsbury Bottle Share, Aug 15, many thanks to Mike! Rich, uber-slick, smooth flavours with dried dark fruits sliding out of the syrupy gloss. Remarkably well-preserved given the dust-bombs we’ve opened from this box before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
19th Aug 2015, Shrewsbury Bottle Share meeting. 275ml corked bottle, cellar aged since birth. Lovely smooth tasting brew with a sweet sherry like taste and aroma. Red/orange colour with a wisp for a head. Would have liked a larger sample (5 of us), but I had enough to know it is still a top class beer and one I would gladly pay some heavy dosh for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (3129) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2015
0,275l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours hazy brown with no head and pieces of cork (it was dry). Aroma is sweet malts, pudding and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, pudding, chocolate, alcohol and hops. No more carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7701) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014
27,5 cl bottle @ Pikkulintu, bottled 2002
Aroma has lots of raisins, some alcohol and distant moldy cellar tones. Flavour is odd with raisins, moldy tones, cardboard, alcohol and licorice. Definitely past its prime but not completely bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5187) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 14, 2013
275 ml bottle sampled in 2010. A reddish amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, dry fruit, alcohol and some oxidation. Flavor is sweet malt, dry fruit and alcohol like sherry or port. Some degree of oxidation, but not in a bad way. Feels both robust and smooth at the same time. Full body and long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhammaren (1405) - FINLAND - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar Been in a closet now for 11 years! Thanks to Hannu. Pours murky muddy. Aroma is raisins, mämmi, alcohol, dark fruits. Flavor is vinegar, alcohol, malts, roasted malts , some chocolate. After taste is roasted, dry palate. Swell!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8187) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Slightly murky reddish orange pour, zero head. Nose is soy, molasses, dark fruit, and wood. Palate is moderate and a bit flat. Taste is very complex - soy sauce with some spice (reminds me of dipping sushi in a wasabi-loaded soy sauce tray), woody elements, and a healthy dose of red wine character. Interesting and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3516) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
THX Ungstrup. Pours a hazy brown with no head. Sweet with lots of rye bread and øllebrød. Lots of alcohol notes and residual sugars. Bready. Medium to full bodied. No carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (11664) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2012
Bottled, 275ml cork & foiled, from Geoff & Janet Day (Those were the Days!). Copper, amber with no head. Massive alcohol, whisky aroma leading straight into the flavour. So much alcohol it’s hard to get anything else other than a touch of tartish oxidation, and I know where this has been kept for the last 10 years. Some fruit, raisins, sultanas with a Belgian yeasty note, but overall this is pure Barley Wine, not a favourite but glad I tried it. Must get this years version.

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