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Gales Prize Old Ale (1920s - 2006)

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 629   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2140) - 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 (236) - Trondheim, 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
1997 Vintage. tulip. amber color with cloudy body can’t really see through. Smell is more in the fruit side, dark fruits such as grapes, prunes. The taste reflects a lot the smell, mild sweet and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle split with Mitch, Matt, Jim, and Tom. Pours a clear amber with no head. Caramel, oxidization, plums, caramel and toffee on the nose. Tastes like caramel Kool-Aid, old toffees, and just a bit of tartness. Caramel and toffees again, sweet malt, more oxidization and old plums. Tart with a touch of old smoke on the finish. Started off really nice in terms of aroma, but everything was downhill from there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Huhzubendah (2549) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul. 1999 vintage The beer is flat and appears a light brown hue. The aroma offers old, dank basement, cardboard, malt, booze. The flavor is just not appealing. Old, boozy liquor dipped in cardboard. Devoid of carbonation and off putting on the palate. I have tried this beer several times over the last several years and have yet to have a positive experience. Avoid. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-02-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2012
275ml bottle in a snifter. Bottled in 1998. Pours brown/ruby with a small, beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel and bread malts, a little spiciness, and a good amount of hops. Flavor more like a wine with all of the fruit notes and high alcohol content, but the malts and hops remind you it’s an old ale. Smooth texture. A really good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
RochefortChris (8) - Taylors, South Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2012 does not count
I was very disappointed with this as I love old ales. I chipped the bottle trying to get the cork out It poured with absolutely no head despite pouring it slow. It has the aroma of a Belgian quad with a hazy reddish brown coloring. Flavor was a bit solventy with hint of raisins and prunes. Very thin body and watery mouth feel. Hard to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11030) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2012
Vintage 1996 bottle at the Chriso Fullers Vintage Tasting, London. I brought this one along. Pours cloudy, amber-brown with a few bubbles for a head. Tangy fruits in the nose, some definite aged malts. Interesting flavor, medium sweet with leathery and tangy fruits, berries, slight herbal bitterness, some overripe semi-dark fruits. Medium to full bodied with flat carbonation. Warming finish with big leather character, wet wood, semi-dryness, leathery fruit aftertaste. Not bad. (3.6)

Vintage 2005 bottle at Chriso Fullers Vintage Tasting, London. Pours very cloudy brown with just a few bubbles. Aged malt nose, some hints of caramel. Light to medium sweet flavor with dry fruits, light caramel, some sweet cake. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Lightly warming finish, leathery, faintly tangy, with a bit more caramel. So so. (3.4)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bbbeer (586) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Supposedly bottled 1996. Dark brown, tinge of red, absolutely no head. Great aroma, smells like dark bread soaked in molasses, dates, raisins, caramel. Unfortunately the taste does not live up to the aroma, it is sort of flat and thin. A little sweet, some vinegar and alcohol. Extra points for aroma and being old and interesting but only marginally drinkable. Probably was better 5-6 years ago. Will have to see if I can find a newer version.

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