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Gales Prize Old Ale (1920s - 2006)

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12936) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2005 - Toffee and a light sourness. Cloudy brown with a thin head. Caramel and a light sourness and a nice finish. A little woody and a nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (4030) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2014
1996 Bottle, opened last night... with all expectations that it would be bad if not undrinkable. Although there is the occasional high rating for these old bottles, and I do suppose I got lucky with this one.

Pours perfectly still with a deep ruby brown color.

The aroma has all sorts of tobacco, cherry, raisin, sherry, & lemon rind. It’s oxidized no doubt, but in no unpleasant way, it does indeed have the lightly & pleasantly oxidized character one would expect to find in an Amontillado.

The flavor is similarly rich and all over the place, raisin, leather, tart lemon, sweet cherry, toffee, woodiness, brown sugar and sherry like character akin to Oloroso.

It’s truly special to drink a beer this old that has developed so favorably.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2014
1999 vintage. Red/amber pour with minimal head. Subtle aromas of dark fruit with acidic notes. Flavor is slightly sour and acidic. I was expecting something a bit more malty and sweet. Not bad, but I suspect this one was past its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (4457) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 15, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Brewed in 2001. Pours an hazy with no head, aroma of cherry, sour cherries, scotch and chocolate, flavor of vinegar, dry, low sweetness and nice fruitiness, medium bodied.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Marheb (5021) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2014
Brassée en 2005: Un liquide inerte et problématique qui suinte la cire à chaussure, bois moisi, pomme pourrie et je pourrais continuer comme ça longtemps. Une gorgée a suffit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (4225) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. Brewed in 2001. Pours muddy brown. Cherry Heering and chocolate milk aroma. Vinous, sour taste, full-bodied, no carbonation, sourish finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimsal27 (291) - New York, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle 1997. Pours mahogany out of bottle. The beer smelled great. Sweet, dried fruit, sherry. Taste reminds me of a watered down version of port wine. Zero carbonization. I don’t know what oxidation tastes like but I don’t get any wet cardboard here. True sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2014
1998 bottle, pours a murky brown with big sediment. Aroma is sweet figs and oak. Taste is flat sweet molasses and dark fruits, it is what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. 2001 bottle. Murky brown. Lovely aroma of malt, chocolate, lots of dark fruits, a bit of sherry and liqueur. Sweetish-sourish flavor, malt and fruity with some cookie notes and chocolate. Interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2014
A murky mahogany brown body fills my snifter with no trace of carbonation

Flowing aromas of bright vibrant cherries, moist raisins, and prune juice with a dark moist coffee cake and oak barrel base accented by candied apple and pear, flavors of juicy white grape, and green melon dominate on the palate, finishing with added cherry nuances and a bit of char and caramel chocolate sweetness from the faintly carbonated, somewhat watery, medium body with a soft sweet tact balanced by mellow tartness and dryness, residuals remain in the darker bready yeast realm with an underlying layer of oak

With further warmth, the aromas and flavors shift towards the yeasty fruit cake layers with the mildly tart fruit characteristics transitioning towards a wild earthy nature

9.3oz corked bottle brewed in 2003 at 60º into 16oz Spiegelau Soiree brandy snifter

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