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Gales Prize Old Ale (2007)

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Fullerís
Formerly brewed at Gales

Style: Old Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


superspak's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2012
500 ml bottle into snifter, 2007 vintage best before 12/18/2010. Pours extremely hazy dark reddish brown color with a small foamy light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty foamy cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge prune, raisin, fig, toast, red wine, molasses, caramel, chocolate, bread, earth, tobacco, and light herbal. Pretty nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of raisin, cherry, prune, red wine, toast, molasses, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, earth, tobacco, wood, light cardboard, and herbal. Moderate wine-like earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, toast, roasted malt, chocolate, earth, tobacco, cardboard, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Pretty nice flavor balance with good complexity; fair amount of oxidation noticed; slight cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, syrupy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is decent. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid old ale. Some good flavor complexity with decent balance; though a bit cloying, it was quite smooth to sip on. This was fairly enjoyable.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1303) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
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 Iíve no idea what happened here.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (4060) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. 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. But of cardboard at the back, but good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3243) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours ruby, nose is oxidised sherry, caramel, taste is cherry, sour, fruity, sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (427) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7620) - 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 weíre 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 donít think thatíll happen here. Good beer. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 4.0

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4138) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Tasting at Kevinís. Sweetness to the beer. Almost grape juice. No carbonation with pour. Light body.

3.7
   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. Iíll let my other bottle go a few more years before I try it again. Serving type: bottle 10-04-2012

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4578) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (661) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3/1/2013. Really enjoyed this. Pours brown-red with a thin white head. Aroma is vanilla, wood, earth, sour. Taste is sour apple, vinous, cherries, wild, sweet, excellent. Mouth feel is syrupy, oily, chewy. Very pleased to have this shared with me. I wish this were readily available; I would drink it often.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SilkTork (5254) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Chris Oís Fullers/Gales Tasting Feb 2012. Starts sweet then sucks all dryness out of your body finishing very dry and puckering. Epic fail.


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