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Gales Prize Old Ale (2008 onwards)

Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Old Ale
London, England


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottle conditioned. 500ml bottle. Crown cap. Occasionally available in cask.
Ingredients: Optic pale malt, Crystal, Chocolate malt; Fuggles and Goldings hops.
Matured for 12 months in stainless steel tanks. Each batch is blended with a portion of the previous batch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Maverick34 (2248) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Poured flat orangey brown. Almost no carbonation. Vinegar, booze, wood. Mediocre maybe a bad batch.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rubbishystuff (1844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
I usually enjoy old ales but Iím not sure if I got a bad bottle or what. Completely flat, intense aroma of dried fruit booze, malt and old wood. Not comforting old bookshelf kind of wood but basement shelving. Taste of booze wood, malt, dried fruit and soy sauce. Iím going to have to try this again and hopefully I just got an bad bottle.Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (3452) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2014
275 ml. bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and wine. Taste is malt, dark fruit, caramel, wine, and alcohol. Interesting. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (3746) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 31, 2013
500ml bottle from Alko Arkadia

2011 vintage - Pours dark brown with a bubbly white head. Aroma of sweet syrup, malts, hints of ripe fruits, caramel and toffee. Taste is sweet, sugary and malty with notes of alcohol, hints of ripe fruits, raisins, caramel and toffee. Finish is smooth, sweet and malty with notes of syrup. Quite balanced, but a bit too sweet old ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanCrusher (642) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle 0,50L (2011 version). Dark brown colour, small beige head. Aroma is mix of chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, blueberries, cherries, slightly parfumed and some Port. Full bodied, creamy, sweet at the start, aftertaste is somewhere between acidic and bitter. Alcohol is present in taste, but itís not overhelming. Vaery good beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Chris Oís Fullers/Gales Tasting Feb 2012 . Toffee and fruit. Some carbonation. Rounded and pleasant. After the disaster of their first attempt (the 2007), Fullers have managed to produce a decent beer. Though itís not quite the same as the beer produced by Galeís, and I suspect that has a lot to do with the yeast and the brewing equipment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6789) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
500 ml bottle. 2011 vintage. BB 26 Oct 12. (Alko) Helsinki, Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with small tan head. Strong malt, dark fruits and sherry notes in aroma. Flavour is super heavy maltiness, caramel sweetness, dark fruitiness and mild hoppy bitterness. Alcohol warmth. Rich and heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle. Deep clear reddish-brown with a medium tight off-white head that quickly disappears. The nose is strong boozy christmas cake, like John OíHaraís sweater the morning after. Some tobacco, rich toffee. Plenty malty. Cherries. The taste is tangy caramel, some woody vanilla, rum-soaked raisins. Hot finish. The alcohol isnít well concealed. The beerís a bit spicy, some notes of cocoa and jammy chutney. This beer drinks hot and must be sipped pretty slowly. Despite that, the beer feels a bit thin, the carbonationís soft. Overall, not a particular favorite of mine. Decent, but thereís other beerís that Iíd like to warm myself with on a cold night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadRobin (1932) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 14, 2012
This rating is for Zymatore Gale's Prize Old Ale. Part of the barrel aging Zymatore project, this beer was aged by the importer/distributor (United) in French Oak from Ransom Winery & Distillery in Oregon, which previously contained Pinot Noir. On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Hazy, dark orange, brown with small head and fair lacing that recedes quickly. Aroma of cherries, yeast, malt and dark fruit. Sweet aroma. Taste of sour cherries, sweet dark fruit and malt. Nice balance of sweet and sour, but not much complexity. Light body and carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - APR 19, 2012
Bottle. Brown colour with a medium-sized beige head. Malty aroma with caramel and dried fruits. Flavour is sweetish malt, caramel, toffee and dried fruits. Medium-bodied, some bitterness in the finish.

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