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Gales Prize Old Ale (1920s - 2006)

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 623   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 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 (2571) - 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 (3560) - 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) - Portland, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2003 (1996) Deep opaque brown. No head at all. Some yeast chunks. Superb nose of syrup, caramel, sherry,some oaky sourness and wisps of grainy malt. Thin to medium bodied but a body that holds a boatload of immense flavors. Very vinous feel and taste, lots of oak character, carmelly/toffee malt base. Finish reveals more oak, sherry and a long wonderful finish that does not quit. Quite unique and damn tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2002
1999 bottle: Very noticable malt/black fruit flavor. No head on this bad boy at all. Great with a Romeo y Julietta Cigar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2002
Fruity and vineous with hints of oak and sherry. Shame the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. As for taste, though, this beer is a winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2002
A really weird beer! Almost still, and the murkiest brown color this side of Loch Ness. Not as malty or hoppy as expected for its style. Perhaps this is more of a barleywine? Oddly sour.

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