Gale's Prize Old Ale (1920s - 2006)

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 673   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottle Conditioned. 275ml bottle. Corked.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and minute amounts of black malt and brewing sugar; Fuggles, Goldings and Challenger.
Matured for 12 months in wooden casks.
It is reddish in color with hops and apple fruit on the nose, spicy and malty in the mouth, and a dry, even tart fruity finish with hints of raisins and apple.
The slow work of the yeast in the bottle may increase the alcohol content to 12% or even more. After several years of aging Prize Old Ale gains a more complex palate with Calvados like character. It is said that Prize Old Ale is at its best after 20 years of maturing.
Bottled as Milestones Pale Ale to celebrate the opening of the Milestones Museum.

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jbruner (6861) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2019 2005 bottle. Pours a murky brown from the bottle with thin bubbly off-white head that leaves minimal lace. Aroma of musty dirt and caramel malt, minor oxidation. Taste follows, musty and definitely old, probably past its prime, but the oxidation is lower than I expected. Cool to try, wouldn't search it out again.

Cybercat (7785) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2019 2005 version. Pours opaque chocolate with a minimal head. Aroma gives toasted malt, caramel and earthy tones. Flavor features toasted malt, earthy, yeasty and caramel character. Texture presents fair body, but flat - well, after 14 years the fizz is not likely to last. Still a prize after all these years.

matthewsween (14) - Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2018 Clear reddish color to this beer. Almost amazingly unpleasant aroma-- acrid mustiness that made me wonder if this was the intended effect. Taste is strange but at least interesting, with its unique mélange of tart apple cider, leathery woodiness, and Christian Brothers sherry (yeah...). An interesting ale I'm glad I tried, but perhaps not for me. Maybe it grows on you.

Desverger (18440) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2018
Bottle [email protected], Copenhagen (1997 Vintage) - Dark brown pour witb almost no head. Sweet malty with lots of dried fruit, some notes of stewed apple, wooden accents,caramel, subtle notes of oxidisation, medium body, boozy warming malty into the finish. Holds up well for a ale over 20 years old.

tmrmwel (2916) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2018
Bottle, vintage 2005, 13 years after bottling, shared with Inbreak and friends. Pours cloudy brown, with no head. Aroma is intense notes of dried, dark fruits, tobacco and wooden barrels, as well as cinnamon, cardamom and British Christmas cake. Medium body, with no carbonation. Flavour is prunes and dark fruits, tobacco and wooden barrels, as well spices and Christmas cake.

Inbreak (9151) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2018
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2018 18.11.2018, 0,275l bottle (1997 vintage, bottle #0276) shared with Desverger @ Himmeriget:
Flat, just some bubbles. Aroma is slightly sweet sour-ish boozy, dried sour dark fruits, oak, minerals, raisins, alcohol, fruit stones, mocha, prunes, bitter chocolate, toffee. Taste is slightly dry sour-ish fruity, dusty raisins, fruit stones, oak, dried sour dark fruits, minerals, berry skin, old salty rope, grass, prunes, bitter chocolate, hints of salty licorice. Medium bitterness, slightly dry sour-ish fruity mouthfeel with a nice mild dry Madeira wine finish. Lovely.

05.10.2018, 0,275l bottle (2005 vintage) @ home:
Small bubbly shortlasting head, deep dark amber color. Aroma is rich and sweet sour-ish fruity, sour dark fruits, raisins, dark sugar, mild vinegar, prunes, grass, oak, fruit stones, minerals, alcohol, soil, dark malts. Taste is slightly dry sour-ish mineraly, weeds, fruit stones, oak, grass, dusty raisins, minerals, bark, alcohol, hay, sour dark fruits, prunes, soil, hints of harsh vinegar. Medium bitterness, slightly dry and harsh oaky mouthfeel, no carbonation. Lovely aroma.

ajnepple (9610) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2018
275 ml single bottle from Two Angels Liquors, vintage 1997. Clear reddish brown appearance with minimal head. Pleasant aroma of toasted malt, wood, mild caramel/toffee, light earthiness and a light fruitiness. Similar flavor, rich, malty and moderately sweet with mild oxidation and hints of acidity. Medium body with minimal carbonation and a lingering finish. Interesting.

MrTipple (10839) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2018
1980s version: Sour dark fruits, prunes, oak, wood, light citrus fruits, lemon peel. Hazy, dark brown, no head. Light sour. More sour, dark fruits, toasted malts, oak, prunes, grain malts, sour wood, burnt toast, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Decent, hardly any oxidisation present. 3.4
2002 version: Light sour citrus fruits, blood orange, oak, dark malts, prunes, blackcurrant, sweet, dark molasses. Almost clear, dark brown, tiny, frothy, white head. Light bitter. More bitter, sour dark fruits, prunes, blackcurrant, light citrus fruits, dark malts, very soft carbonation, medium bodied. Decent, but not quite as good as the 1980s version. 3.2
Bottles shared at L6 tasting - thanks to The_Osprey and Scopey!

stevoj (8041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2018
1996 vintage from Toby. Dark brown pour, minimal head. Aroma is a bit of varnish, but go beneath for some solid peaty, malty, leathery traditional old ale flavors. Hard on the nose, easy on the palate.

drpimento (4560) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2018
I had reviewed this here before but that review disappeared. Anyway this is a 2005 bottle. Aroma is musty also has lots of malt leather and isn't all that Pleasant. Flavor is where it really picks up lots of Sherry dark ripe fruits cocoa and dark malts. Body isn't too bad for almost no carbonation. Finish isn't too bad either. EDIT: 1997 Bottle. Aroma is very volatile. Lots of Sherry and old wood as soon as the bottle was poured. Flavor is earthy some of that Sherry maybe even slightly tanic. The bottle wasn't kept chilled and maybe if it had been it might be better but I think this bottle is past its prime. Body is okay finishes so so. 1996 Bottle. This is similar to the 97 just less of it. Again suffered due to not being properly stored.

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