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Gales Prize Old Ale (1920s - 2006)

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 630   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottle Conditioned. 275ml bottle. Corked.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and minute amounts of black malt and brewing sugar; Fuggles, Goldings and Challenger.
Matured for 12 months in wooden casks.
It is reddish in color with hops and apple fruit on the nose, spicy and malty in the mouth, and a dry, even tart fruity finish with hints of raisins and apple.
The slow work of the yeast in the bottle may increase the alcohol content to 12% or even more. After several years of aging Prize Old Ale gains a more complex palate with Calvados like character. It is said that Prize Old Ale is at its best after 20 years of maturing.
Bottled as Milestones Pale Ale to celebrate the opening of the Milestones Museum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2013
1997 bottle shared during the 2013 Foothills BA Sexual Chocolate release. Some watery raisins and butterscotch. Slightly fruity, flat and thin body. It’s held up ok so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1456) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Shared a cool-looking red foil and cork bottle, 2005 vintage, nicely cellared at Thanksgiving dinner 2012. It poured a mostly clear reddish copper colour, no real bubbles or lace, some definite alcoholic legs when swirled. Smelled like a sour or brett ale, but didn’t taste like it. Aromas of grainy malt, dried fruit, toffee, candy, very faint hops resin and alcohol, perfumey like a port wine. Strong malt flavour, definitely oxidized but not cardboardy, caramelly, VERY fruity, boiled apricot jelly, wild cherries, black plums, tart grape skins. Full-bodied, almost no carbonation, well-rounded mouthfeel, alcoholic warmth, but smooth, smooth, smooth, no unpleasant fusels. Old and boozy in the best possible way. Complex and delicious. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (577) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2013
9.3oz corked bottle (2001 vintage). Pours cloudy brown with a thin beige head. Aroma of slightly burnt caramel malt and sweet bitter chocolate upfront, slowly mellows out to some dark fruit, plums and raisins and yeast notes. Taste same as aroma with a slight hint of red wine nuance in the flavor. Palate is a full body, smooth, mild carbonation, has some light sticky mouth feel. Finish same as taste, has nice sweet bitterness in the taste, alcohol is well hidden, hits you in the end. This brew has a complexity yet very good and well balance, a tasty and enjoyable brew. nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2364) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 2006 Vintage: Drank 2014-10-03. Dark ruby-red brown in colour with no head and no real fizz. It has very rich plum, deep red fruit and sherry flavours, currants and oak followed by a nutty, vanilla and warming, spicy plum finish. Excellent! This bottle has aged extremely well. 2006 Vintage from Rehills, Newcastle: Drank 2013-09-21. This dark brown beer has ruby red highlights and pours with no head. It has slight tart red fruity and vanilla flavours, cherry and slight ‘wet paper bag’ notes on the finish. Slightly best past its best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernbourbon (1310) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2013
1997 bottle. Finally opened after a battle with a crumbly cork. Pour is murky, still brown. No carbonation. Aroma is pretty nice - sweet toasty malt with lots of plum, date, and faint dark brown sugar. Really not much oxidation in aroma. Flavor is very complex. Light tart notes up front with bitter notes to follow. Then faint oxidation notes and a sweet roasted coffee finish. Big flavor, but not great at this point.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2013
From memory: I’ve had about a dozen of these and 2 or 3 were flat or outright spoiled. The remaining ones were very good Pours brown. Littke or no head. Some yeast chunks. Smells of maple syrup, sherry, fruit and malt. Complex taste also includes some sourness. Quite a unique beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer4000 (4527) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2013
275 ml bottle from 2001 sampled in 2006. Beautiful almost clear copper red body with a small tan head. Vinous aroma with dry fruit, slightly acidic berries, oak and noble caramel. Flavor is sweet, smooth malty, dry fruit, acidic berries, wood and pleasant oxidized old sherry. Fine body and wonderful aftertaste. A classic made for sipping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - APR 16, 2013
1997-pours opaque (but watery) brown, no head, fizz, or even bubble...pours like water. Aroma was pretty impressive with raisin, molasses, chocolate, and dusty yeast ester - brandy esque. Flavor is nothing but cardboard, and while this was expected to an extent, I wish some of the aroma came through on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle from Blue Max - 2003 vintage. Beer has gone flat - just really empty on the tongue. Nice aroma of dark fruit and wood. Taste is similar but it just tastes too darn old.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
burg326 (3765) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
1997 bottle poured a cloudy brown color with aromas of funk, stale bread and some dark fruit. Flavors are the same with some extra oxidation. Not the worst beer around but certianly not the best.

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