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Gales Prize Old Ale (2007)

Formerly brewed at Gales

Style: Old Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottle Conditioned. 500ml bottle. Crown cap.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and minute amounts of black malt and brewing sugar; Fuggles, Goldings and Challenger.
Brewed at Gales, then matured for 12 months in stainless steel tanks at Fullers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (977) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 4, 2015
Bottle. Had a case of these and must have it noted in my backlog. Dark brown with thin beige lacing. Aroma of dark ripe fruit, grapes and red wine along with some cocoa nips. Tart flavour with notes of grapes and roasted malt ending in a grapefruit bitterness. Still a classic to me and aging does this beer well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kraddel (6376) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle thnx to matt 2007 vintage as to be expected. Pours bit clear, dark amberbrown,. Small white head. Smell is sweet, bit port. Sharp, yet round. Taste is sharp port, sugar, milkchocolate aspects ( white chocolate, even) . Bit dusty. Perhaps a bit over its most charming period, but still fine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (2233) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2015 Light earnest clear dark ambery brown, lick of a off white head. Big sugary cola bottle bag, edge of oxidization. Lemon cola, vibrant malt and lightest vinegar tinge. Sourish vibrance to the mouthfeel but the light coppery finish shakes things a little. Localised crisp bitterness on the linger. I enjoyed it but I’ve no idea what happened here.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015 Bottle at Craig’s. Pours red brown with a thick off-white head. Aromas of sweet cola, red fruit. Taste is sweet, fruity, blackcurrant. Thin texture, medium body. sweet finish. Bit of cardboard at the back, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10878) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours ruby, nose is oxidised sherry, caramel, taste is cherry, sour, fruity, sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (1192) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle bought from the brewery some time ago. Pours dark red brown with a thin white head. Aroma of toffee and kriek. Taste sour. I think this is improving.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
Not sure where I got this from but had this at Adina Apartment Hotel, Berlin, Germany, Saturday 16th November 2013 Wonderfully tart and tangy, sour even. Six years young this has aged really well. Sour fruit on nose, Loz is convinced that this will have a meatiness but we’re both surprised that it has nothing like. One of those wonderfully quirky British beers that sort if defies a mainstream catergorisation. Lovely beer, ok it may not have such a cute corked bottle as the original but to be fair I had a few duffers with the originals, sonehow I don’t think that’ll happen here. Good beer. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 4.0

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6672) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Tasting at Kevin’s. Sweetness to the beer. Almost grape juice. No carbonation with pour. Light body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Review from notes: 2007 Vintage A - Pours a hazy brown with a thin khaki head. S - Raisins, prunes, dates, dark sweet bread, thick caramel malt, woody apples, new leather, has a sharp but sweet candy aroma, chocolate covered raspberries and alcohol. T - Tangy fruit, cherries, raspberries, woody undertones, tart grapes, green apples, very woody with a dry tannic finish. M - Low carbonation, smooth and drying finish, Wonderfully complex aroma, the flavor was more tart and the tartness grows as it warms. A little weird but very good. I’ll let my other bottle go a few more years before I try it again. Serving type: bottle 10-04-2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5953) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 15, 2013
500 ml bottle, vintage 2007. Murky brown body with practically no head. Aroma of caramel malt and dry fruit. Flavor is sweet malty, caramel, dry fruit, warming alcohol, vinous and moderate bitterness. Fine body and long, sweet malty aftertaste. Nice.

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