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Gales Prize Old Ale (1920s - 2006)

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 636   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernbourbon (1366) - 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 (246) - 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 (4916) - 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 (7439) - 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 (4298) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
portableparty (2000) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle 1996 #6042. Pours calm brown black with emptiness. Aroma has a strange mint chocolate scent. Taste is mild licorice mint and chocolate and old stale anise tartness. Palate is full and watery? Old beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2335) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Pours a murky brown color with no head at all. Aroma is definitely barleywine-esque; sweet malty syrupy but with a definite musty overtone from the age. No carbonation remains...flavor is malty sweet, almost chocolatey and caramel with some apple notes...the age definitely adds some edges that approach tart but I think we opened this bottle just in time before it turned. Overall I am quite impressed by how it held up to the years! Notes: Bottle #: 2649, bottled in 1997 opened March 2013 Bottle from Las Vegas Total Wine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
banii (240) - Sola, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2013
1998/1999/2000: Alle er rødbrun, med lite eller ingen karbonering. 1998-utgaven har aroma av kjeller, røde overmodne bær, mye eik og portvin. Smaken er litt kork, voldsom eik og generelt veldig lik en portvin. Noen underlige oksiderte toner og pappsmak her og der gjør den litt emmen. 1999-utgaven har mye av det samme, men mindre oksidert og noe friskere. De rene frukttonene kommer mer frem. 2000-utgaven er perfekt, mengder med frisk rød frukt, eik og calvados.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
karlsnes (47) - NORWAY - FEB 27, 2013
27.02.13 2005-årgang Uts: mørk brun med rødskjær, ingen kullsyre eller skum, uklar og ugjennomsiktig. Duft: portvin og moden sherry, syrlig og oksidert, modne druer og fruktkompott. Hint av korn. Smak: tydelig oksidert, lær og ubestemmelig fruktighet, tynn munnfølelse. Over toppen...

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