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Gales Prize Old Ale (1920s - 2006)

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 627   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 One geyser yields a dry and tart wooden cider…Another one spurts peppery tobacco ashes…The one next to it a rich and spicy red wine…I love when my mouth feels like Yellowstone…The problem with this beer though is that sometimes the geysers turn to stagnant pools...The flavors are there but become too tart, alcoholic and incohesive...Rating above is an average of the two extremes...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Murky brown beer bearing a close resemblance to pond water.Very thin head which is surprising considering the authority with which the cork came out. Big malty nose with a little sweetness in there. A little thinner palate then I was expecting. Good malt front with a tartness coming through at the middle and riding it out to the end.Very strange but I think I like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 2, 2002
1996 vintage, sampled Sept 2002. Thick, murky-looking viscous fluid which looks as much like port as any beer I’ve seen. No head at all, no apparent carbonation. Powerful, powerful winelike aroma; also brandied raisins, toffee, butterscotch; rapturous. Flavor is again as much wine-like as beerlike; as Venom states, a lot like sherry, very much a sipper. I could have used a hint of carbonation; the flatness makes it seem a might syrupy to me, but overall a top-notch brew, very different from any American barley wine (I know, not exactly the same style, but what I’m used to) in my experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2002
Bottled 1996. Cork came out easy, with no pop, however it was still wet and had been stored vertically. Poured with no head at all. Wow, very aromatic. Smelled mostly of alcohol, raisons and red wine. The flavor seemed to be mostly raisons and alcohol. I’m not a huge fan of raisons, so this wasn’t my favorite. Not exactly what I had in mind. I was a bit disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2002
rating 1997 edition: this is my first experience with aged beer. pours almost black with no head. has an alcohol bite to it yet it is still very smooth. has a nice sweetness to it with a some what dry finish. an excelent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2002
Ah, this has that typically English Strong aroma that I love. Lightly buttery, cider, sweet fruit-punch malt, definite vinous notes, and a touch of alcohol. In direct sunlight, this beer looks like a scrumpy or possibly like rusty, muddy river water. Head is nonexistent, as is any effervescence. Dark, fruity, sweet malt dominates the flavor profile, with some apple butter, cinnamon, butterscotch, and an interestingly tart note right at the finish that persists for a while. A somewhat different English Strong/Old Ale. Tastes and feels cask-conditioned, even though it was a bottle. I have a feeling this is at least 3 years old, possibly 4 or 5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3590) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2002
Bottled 2000. Chestnut, no head and almost flat. Alcohol dominates the nose, body is syrupy and has a suggestion that it has been matured in one of those wooden barrels that previously held sherry and whisky before getting slightly sour and vinous in the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2002
mild aroma, no head, vinous and alcohokic. creamy and delicous. syrupy and very different. I was slightly worn out at this point because like Zach this was number 13 on a very hot day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2002
there’s nothing finer than peeling away wax and finding the bottle corked! no head at all, way too sweet and overpowering alcohol, couldn’t even finish it, but it was my 13th different beer of the day

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
Kind of strange little brew, quite unique. quite an acidic, dark fruit and mineraly, vinegar flavour. also quite fizzy, also tasted a bit of berries in there aswell, strange and unique, pretty darn good.

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