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Gales Last Drop

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottle: Special.
Almost certainly a rebadged Prize Old Ale, but not verified.
The last ever drop from Gales Brewery - 16 March 2006. End of era 1847-2006 and every last drop has been squeezed in to this little (275ml) bottle with a cork. This will be the last ever beer to leave the Gales brewery. Rich, complex and vinous as you’d expect of a 9% mature ale.

SilkTork's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, - FEB 16, 2013
Chris O’s Fullers/Gales Tasting Feb 2012. Beautiful sweet toffee notes. A very drinkable and attractive beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle @ chriso. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel and toffee aroma. Sweetish malty toffee flavor with weak dark fruit hints and also weak cherry hints. Has a fruity malty toffee and dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle at chriso’s Fullers/Gales Tasting, thanks to Paul. Pours cloudy, amber-gold with a fine, bubbly head. Ripe fruits and honey in the aroma. Very sweet flavor, lots of candies, caramel, alcohol and toffee, as well as ripe fruits. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Mild warming finish, alcohol notes, sweet and ripe fruits, mild tang, slight age comes through, a bit of caramel. Pretty nice. I would say definitely NOT a re-badge of POA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12504) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales Tasting, purchased a few years back from the Fuller’s brewery. It pours cloudy orange-amber, with a thin off-white film. The nose is toffee, sticky fruit, Christmas cake and spice (much sweeter than the regular 2006 POA). The taste is full of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, lots of wood and some dried fruit, with a warming finish. Full body and fine, prickly carbonation. Much sweeter and less fruit than the regular POA 2006 and missing the great sweet-sour aspect that makes POA so enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle at Chriso FullersGales Tasting. 2006. Thanks to Scopey from the Fullers brewery. Toffee sweetness aroma. Less bitter. Some vinous fruit. Has some sharp raspberry pippiness. Yes some good red fruits. Some sweetness. Some harsh pepper bitterness. Compared with Harvest Ale not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9579) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2011
Bottle at The Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage, Oxon, 29.07.11 that Peter Fowler (landlord) shared with us Pours hazy amber there is even a light orangey tinge to this. Interestingly we drank this alongside Gales Prize Old Ale which I think was either 2006 or 2007 it was the last Gales Prize Old Ale brewed at Gales but which was then bottled at Fullers I believe. I understood that there were suggestions that these two beers were one and the same beer which to be honest both being 9% I had also gone along with. However they were really quite different the Last Drop had a very different colour and also was much sweeter, it had none of the tangy, fruity, sourness of the Gales Prize Old Ale and was nowhere near as complex, in fact I was a little disappointed and much preferred the Gales Prize Old Ale the only similarity that I could see was that the Last Drop shared the old style bottle that the Gales Prize Old Ale used be served in. So whilst absolutely fine the Last Drop it may benefit from a few more years of ageing to realise its full potential. A6 A3 T7 P4 Ov13 3.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7849) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2011
(Bottle. Many thanks to SaintMatty) Hazy amber colour with brief, bubbly head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of citrus, dried apricots, orange peel and hints of cellar. Slightly vinous. Fruity, malty taste with orange, citrus peel, apricots, treacle, fruit cake and a cirtussy bitterness in the finish. Some warming alcohol towards the end. More than medium body, fairly sweet. Almost no carbonation. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6805) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2010
275ml Bottle - Copper coloured. Leather, dried fruit, malt, nuts and vinous hints feature in the aroma. Warming taste with malt, caramel, nuts and some hints of dried fruit. A real cracker and I have to say that I drank this with mixed emotions - pleased that I have been able to try it, but sad that Gales closed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 1, 2010
275ml bottle (?) - shared by SaintMatty - many thanks!
Deep red, hazy to murky, tiny ring head. Glorious raisiny aroma at first, plummy, later some walnuts come over too. Pleasant carbonation, a gentle tingle on the tongue, both from the carbonation and the hopping. Otherwise, quite a soft and sweet palate. Taste much more nutty - walnuts, just a touch drying at the edges. Lots of plums and dark fruits in the mouth, dates too. More and more dates in the finish, and more walnut papers. A touch of alcohol detectable with the biting bitterness, but as it’s a sipper that’s quite within the parameters I’d expect. Stunning beer. Gales at their glorious best, and aged beautifully after 4 years. Many many thanks SaintMatty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quack-Duck (9120) - Down South, GERMANY - APR 20, 2010
*** RATING #3600 *** bottle, kindly donated by pivnizub, shared with Allen. The cork was slightly moldy, but stuck perfectly in the bottle. Clear golden colour with some cork floaties, no head. Brilliant, intensive aroma of sherry and wood. Full-bodied, loads of sherry, perhaps some malt whiskey. Delicious malty base with a shy fruity touch (dried apricots) and quite a large amount of bittering hops in the lingering finish. However, the sherry character remains in the foreground. Shy carbonation, smooth palate. An enourmously delicious beer - thank you very much pivnizub for letting me have a bottle of it!

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