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Gales Trafalgar 200

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Garrold (4107) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle. Cotteridge Beano v2. Murky, oxidised beyond drinkable. Could just smell vinegar. Tasted little better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (6518) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle at CWC II; murky dark brown pour with some floaters, zero head, winter fruit aroma, taste has sweet caramel along with some tart fruits, some spices, along with dreaded oxidisation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (3970) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
Cotteridge Convention II. Bottle shared thanks to beersiveknown, cheers Steve. Dark Amber beer. Aroma of caramel and malts. Taste is toffee and a little stale malt, some richness still lingers. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fin (9471) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle Share at Ratebeer meet up, Cotteridge Wines, Cotteridge, Birmingham Saturday 5th March 2016 cheers to Beersiveknown for this one. Pours a rather murky gloomy brown colour it is as if the beer is breaking down a little and colour is leaching out, a few tiny blobs of something float about. Quite oxidised, tart and sourness prevail, fruity. The beer has long gone leaving a few remnants of what once was. I have had a few aged beers of late, i.e. Pannepot Reserva, Westvleteren 8, Fullers Vintage 1999, I am coming to the realisation that ageing for the majority is pointless, yes 2-3 years maybe but any longer is a huge gamble. A5 A3 T5 P3 Ov10 2.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3621) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Tried at Cotteridge 2. Murky drown colour. Aroma is stewed fruit aroma, a touch christmas pudding. Taste is light sweet. nice considering age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12420) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle - Prune, raisin and brown sugar. Dirty brown. Prunes, rials and date. A little light on the palate. If this were a bit richer on the palate it would have been a gem, otherwise not bad for its age.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2015
Corked 27.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy dark amber with a lot of sediment and no head. Aroma and flavour are dried fruit, alcohol, and caramel - with an alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (14038) - 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 (8933) - 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 (5952) - 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.

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