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Gales Prize Old Ale (1920s - 2006)

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.

FourJ's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FourJ (50) - British Columbia, - JAN 21, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 2000 vintage from Bottle Works in Seattle. Poured into a snifter glass. Well, I decided to give this one a try and Iíll just say that its as I hoped. Heard a little hiss when I opened it and it had maybe a half finger of head. Cork came off without any problems although had a tiny bit if mold on the outside. Color is reddish brown. Aroma is slightly lactic. Taste is prunes, yeast... Some lambic type tartness and maybe saison farmhouse. Medium body, a bit on the thinner side from what I expected. Bottle had black yeast layer stuck to bottom. A bit of yeasty trub on the last bit of the pour. Anyhow, good experience and worth the seven bucks or so I paid! Looking forward to tracking this down again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (3722) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle at the DC Local Gathering on 8/1/2015, shared by solidfunk. 2005 vintage. Dark amber brown. Aromas of caramel, toffee, light dark fruit. Tastes of vegetal notes, caramel, toffee. Light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6160) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2015
2005 bottle pours a hazy deep red with some tight, off white head. Nose has apples and brandy, still some citrus, plum, raisin, toffee, musty, some wet wood. Flavor follows with a touch more roast than expected, green apple, raisin, tart cherry, light brandy. Finishes a bit boozy, but all in all, probably peaking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7972) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2015
2005 bottle from A.J.s. Fruity nose, fresh plums, raisins, green apple, soy, musty barrel. Reddish brown. Flat. Nicely fruity, lightly tart, salty, Worcestershire sauce, very nice cherry/berry flavors. Apple too. Interesting. flat, oily, silky. I like it, though it is a bit of a strange bird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (5661) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2015
2005 version. Some citrus. Hazy red cloudy pour. Light tangy finish with some bitterness. Some residual malt. Low carbonation. Not something that should have been aged this long. Old bottle found at Charleston Beer Exchange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jow (2839) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2015
1997 random grab. Pours brownish plum with fine nose of dried fruits and some wood. Tastes of plums, wood, vinous, leaves, raisins, and medicinal. A bit oxidized and flat. Old beer tastes for sure but interesting none the less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryanfolty (2139) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2015
March 27, 2015 - 275 ml bottle from Blue Max. Muddy brown pour with limited bubbly head. Aroma was malty, caramel and alcohol. Taste was malty with some caramel but very thin and watery, which made this rough to drink. A little bit of the alcohol came out in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerViking (3321) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
2005 bottle via Denmark, murky brown and flat as a pancake, the nose is musty and oxidised nose, with a faint lactic tang. Body is oxidised barley wine, sweet and dry with very faint sourness. Not good, I guess the cork leaked. :-(

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to Casey, with Peter, Ben, and Travis. Bottle was from 2003. Pours brown with hints of dark amber. Aroma is malty with some toffee and fig newtons. Very light carbonation. Some dark fruits, dates. Slightly sour. Flavor was a little flat. But still a really nice beer. Thanks so much, Casey!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (10034) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
2005 vintage. 275mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks a lot, Alex), pours a dirty dark brown with a tiny bubbly beige head. Aroma brings out notes of sherry oxidation, caramel, bready malts, and some dark fruits. Flavour brings out lovely tartness, without being infected, sherry oxidation, toffee and bready caramel malt. Despite the oxidation which seems to be intentional, this doesnít appear to have gone off in any sense. Lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bill Becker (578) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 23, 2014
No foam with this 2005 corked bottle. It has a rusty-murky look to it. Light Port notes with a distinct tartness and lots of booze in the nose. Same goes for the taste. Though itís going on 10 years old, despite the lack of carbonation, I reckon it needs more time to develop. Iíll buy a few more bottles.

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