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Gales Prize Old Ale (1920s - 2006)

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2006
Bottled. Clear dark ruby color and neither head or carbonation. Lightly sour and vinous aroma with alcohol and berries. Sweet flavor with some alcohol, mould, cellar, stock and roasted malt. Sweet, lightly sticky and medium mouthfeel. It certainly cellars well, and the alcohol stays, even after almost 25 years they say !!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
yespr (32113) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2007
27.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown/redish with a completely diminished off-white head. Mouldy and malt sweet aroma. Slight note of raisins. No carbonation. Thick malty flavour, dry and heavily oxidiced. Ends very dry. Needs a rerate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2003
[only 2 years old] The aroma is fruity with notes of grapes, yeast, wine, and alcohol. The color is dark brown - opaque with no head. The flavor is round and rather sweet and fruity with notes of plums. It is rather complex, a little acidic with no bitterness. It has a good palate, but it is very light for a 9% ABV. I had expected more, but maybe that's because of the youth of my sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 (Bottle 27,5 cl) Vintage 2004 Almost mahogany - "Cuba-mahogany", Pernille claims - a statement I didn’t inquire any further into. Almost completely absent head. Lovely nose of port. Pronounced sweetness and lots of complex flavours of dried fruit. And yet manages to remain rather dry. Probably wil improve a lot with aging, so I guess I’ll store the rest of my sixpack till I retire. 010605

(Bottle 27,5 cl) Vintage 1988 7/4/5/3/12=3,1 280705

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Bottled. Clear orange coloured with no head. Aroma of cheese, caramel and dried fruits with fruity notes. Unpleasant flavour of sherry, wood, cheese and dried fruits. Not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 Bottled. Hazy brown colour, no head at all. Cognac aroma (alcoholwise), also plum, yeast and caramel. Bitter soapish plummy flavour at first, then it turns sweet sugary plummy. Wellbalanced. Long caramellish plummy aftertaste. Alcohol in flavour.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
omhper (19975) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Bottled (2 different bottles), 2004 vintage. Cloudy ruby, very lively. The cork shoots off with a big bang and leaves a sour, yeasty cloud behind it. Citric like lambic. Vinous and fruity, behind the acid some toffee and a little bit of alcohol. It might gain from aging, but I’m not very likely to waste my money and shelf space.
Bottled (Milestone’s Pale Ale) Bottled (corked). Nut brown. Pours thick. Aroma of plums vinegar and dried fruit. Strange mellow maltiness, lightly acidic. Sweet and syrupy. Sweaty thick bitter finish. Although not bad, this is nowhere near George Gale in top shape. Must be brewed on a monday morning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17593) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2006
Bottle. 2003 vintage. Hazy amber colour with almost no head. Malty aroma with some fruitiness. Malty fruity flavor with hints of raisins. Long fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2011
4th May 2009
Slightly hazy red - brown beer. Semi dry palate. Sour ale. Tart and a little fruity without ever being overpowering. Also has some barleywine like malt but the cherry and tea sourness dominates. Unusual.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013
2013-05-02, traditional corked bottle at Kulminator, Anwerp, vintage 1982, 31 years old, 8-5-6-2-13=34
Bright brown color, clean, and expectedly flat, no head. The aroma is interesting, old leather, light tobacco, old wet wood. The mouthfeel is a bit oily; there is caramel flavor, quite dry, no residual sweetness; also the typical sourness in not noticeable; it has some kind of woody bitterness, and some feeling of old cardboard and dust, although it’s not the same as normal oxidization; very light Porto wine; moderate alcohol warmth.
Quite weird experience, but still an experience.

2011-11-04, traditional corked bottle at Plan B, Copenhagen, vintage 2005, 6 years old, 7-4-7-3-13=34
Oxidized, with malty flavor, no bitterness, quite some liquorice and very low wood character. The aroma is a bit Sherry like.

2010-02-22, traditional corked bottle, vintage 2005, 4+ years old, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Dark brown color, no carbonation, no head. Aroma of caramel and malt, sweet and woody, nutty, lightly vinous. Smooth mouthfeel, with caramel flavor, light oxidization, light fruity touch, wood character; there is very little sourness left, no bitterness and almost no sweetness (not dry yet); average alcohol perception. The final gets a bit drier. Harmonious and complex.
A real Sherry!

2009-05-15, cask conditioned at Københavnske Øldage 2009, cask from 2006, 3 years old, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Hazy amber color. The usual Gale’s aroma, more mature than usual, vinous. Good body, good caramel flavor, fruity, a bit oxidized, an oak touch, light sweetness. Great!

2001-09-30, the beer comes in an old style bottle, corked; it’s a 1997 vintage (4 years old) and served at 14°C, 5-3-8-3-14=33
A strong and fast malt aroma. This brew is medium-bodied, for its strength, malty; but the sweetness is balanced by a remarkable sourness, like a Belgian Oud Bruin; there are liquorice hints and a wooden cask flavour. The palate is correctly bitter, but not enough aromatic.

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