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Gales Trafalgar 200

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle conditioned: Special - 2005.
Brewed at Gales Brewery near Portsmouth, the home of Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.

The method of producing this commemorative beer has remained largely unchanged since the days of Nelson's great victory at Trafalgar on the 21st October, 1805.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (10551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
Vintage 2005. 275mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours a cloudy dark amber brown with a tiny bubbly white head. Aroma brings out notes of sherry-like oxidation, dark fruits, and toasted nutty caramel. Flavour is similar, with loads of liqueur-like oxidation, some unfortunate cardboard notes, toasted bready and dark fruits. Very low residual sugar. The oxidation isn’t actually too off-putting, instead adding a nice character to it. Quite nice for a 10-year old beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (6478) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle shared at Leighton’s place. 25/08/2015. Many thanks to Paul for this 2005 vintage. Deep amber / orange coloured pour with frothy off white head. Viscous. Aroma is tart and funky peach, cakey malts, booze, tangy pineapple. Flavour is composed of jammy fruit, tart orange marmalade, cakey malts, pinch of sour. Viscous in the mouth and slightly dusty. Palate is chewy and viscous, sweet and sour, moderate carbonation. Lingering boozy cake. Held up really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (4165) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
275ml bottle, 10%, 2005 vintage, corked, shared at Leighton’s with thanks to Paul. Very dark orange or brown, small ring of white head. Aroma is sour lemon, buttery, sweet biscuits and dried pineapple. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tired malts, marmalade, some marmite, sour and tangy fruits with a dry finish. With some of these aged beers a sample is enough, but I would have happily had a bottle of this to myself. Very interesting stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle shared at Leighton’s. 10 year old vintage fun time. It pours cloudy red - brown with a small white head. The nose is funky, musty, spoiled peach, stewed nectarine, sherbet, earth and damp leaves. The taste is bitter, woody, light funk, stewed orange, peach, light tartness, spice, marmalade, very earthy and kumquat with a lingering dry finish. Medium+ body and fine carbonation. Great depth a rather nice funky tartness. Has aged gracefully. Really rather enjoyable stuff. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (15259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Plorna. Pours unclear orange with a very slight foamy head. Tangy citrus in the nose, some musty wood, light vinegar notes. Medium sweet flavor, oily, with some marmalade, light toffee, ripe orange, woody dryness, light acidity. Medium bodied, lightly chewy, with spritzy carbonation. Warming and drying in huge in the finish, with more tangy citrus, some bread, caramelised sugars. Very good stuff. Nicely layered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4910) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Courtesy of Fiulijn. Thanks Alex - my first new rating of 2015 :) pours a headless opaque black body. Strong nose of burnt brown sugar and soy sauce. Very rich, somewhat Apple cider meets molasses. Spicy flavour, spruce bark and a mild whiskey. Nicely mellow and sip-able. A good start to a new year. Happy 2015 everyone!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (9303) - Tel Aviv, - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks Vova & Stas. 2005 bottle. Hazy red-amber with no head. Aroma of sherry, oak, lots of dark fruits and cookies. Vinous flavor, a bit sourish, with faint sweetness, dry red wine, oak, dark fruits and a bitterish note, quite astringent. Medium-bodied, red wine mouthfeel. Nice and interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2014

Bottle 275ml. @ [ Fastelavn Smagning - Carnival Tasting, Ulfborg ].

[ As Gales Trafalgar 200 ].
Clear medium amber color with a small, open and fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide, plum, prune, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, plum. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140301]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holmen2 (2180) - NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Amber. No head. Very fruity and sweet aroma. Aroma of sour plums. Sweet and slightly astringent aftertaste of more plums.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5966) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2015 Rerate, 275 ml corked bottle, from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. ABV is 10%. Drunk at near room temperature, as recommended. Deep brownish red colour, no head nor any carbonation. Strong aroma of oak, malts, raisins and fusel alcohols. Oaky and malty flavour, notes of dark dried fruits, but not very sweet. A little carbonation would do wonders here. Original rating: Shared bottle at local tasting. Cognac coloured beer, no head nor carbonation. Malty and oaky aroma and flavour, like a barleywine, but not overly sweet. Would profit from a little carbonation.

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