Gale's Millennium Brew

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: English Strong Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Millennium was brewed during Gales 150th Anniversary year of 1997 on the occasion of our first Royal visit. Matured over 18 months, and ready to savour now, this ale will further mature in bottle into the 1st century of the new Millennium.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (3159) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: APR 5, 2011 Rating #1000!
And glad I am that I didn’t have to resort to Harrison’s Millennium! Corked 275 ml bottle, poured into goblet. Close to a ten-year old beer, my oldest so far. Sweet wine and honey smell. Pours bubbly with a thin head and a sherry colored body. Most of the conditioning yeast stayed behind in the bottle, so mine is nicely clear. Smelling it in the glass, I pick up some of the cork. That carries through to a sort of corked red wine taste. A little sour, yes. Grape taste laced with alcohol rather than a fine wine. These impressions overwhelm any basic malt & hops notes. I liked the initial impression, but it does run too far off what I think was intended by the brewers. Or maybe this is what we should expect from a ten-year old corked ale. Still interesting, and a nice choice for my ascension to beer godhood (cue trumptes).
Thanks to kramer17801 for sending this in trade last year!

madmitch76 (25809) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2016
15th January 2016
That’ll be me 20K then @ ChrisO’s. Thanks to Paul. Hazy amber beer, small cream colour head. Nose of glue and apples! Palate is light, dry and has decent fine carbonation. Flavour, unfortunately, follows the nose. Mild spice. Cream crackered!

Theydon_Bois (20904) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2016
Bottle split at Kenny 20K, thanks to Bropey, 15/01/16.
Clear amber to chestnut brown with a moderate light beige head.
Nose is marker pen, spice, biscuit, toffee, dark fruits.
Taste comprises oxidised tunes, papery, light caramel, apple orchard, dark fruits.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close.
This one has not aged gracefuly.

Leighton (22550) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K tasting - London. Many thanks to Paul for this oldie! Pours clear amber-gold with no head. Smells strongly of solvent, glue, paint. Light sweet flavour, tangy, with more paint character, some berries. Light bodied with a smattering of carbonation. Tangy finish. Quite rough overall. Not the most enjoyable thing to drink. Certainly past its best, although still interesting.

mR_fr0g (13657) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 15/01/2016. Thanks to Paulo for this one. Aroma is tart granny Smith apple, nutty, tangy. Hazed orange golden coloured pour with a halo of white head. Flavour is composed of hot alcohol, solvent, granny Smith, tangy, nutty. Palate is low no condition, flabby, oily. No.

The_Osprey (9343) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle share at Chriso’s for Ken’s 20K. Thanks to Paulo for this 19 year old. As ’Gales Millennium Brew’. Dark orange, lightly sparkling, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is PritStik, apple, varnish, paper. Not appetising. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is sharp, vinegar, varnish, polish, drying. Rough as they come. Pretty difficult to drink.

fonefan (51593) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2016

Bottle 275ml. @ [ madmitch76 - 20K Tasting ] - chriso & Boudicca House, London.

[ As Gales Millennium Brew ].
[ Vintage 2000 ]. Clear medium amber color with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide, apple, wood, glue, tart notes. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration, old malt, oxidide, apples, wood, tart notes. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is flat. [20160115]

teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 22, 2016
33cl bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K celebrations @Chriso’s, thanks to Paul. It pours a clean copper color with minimal tan head. Aroma is big sweet fruity notes with persimmon. Taste is sweet with oxidation and plenty of cardboard. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, taste is a let down

Scopey (15879) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K. It pours clear deep red with minimal head. The nose is musty, old, dried apple, permanent marker pen, prit stick and acetone. The taste is woody, earthy, musty, leather, definite glue vibe, oxidised malt and tangy dark fruits. Medium body and fine carbonation. I prefer my beers with less of a glue character. Underwhelming.....

harrisoni (19413) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Reddy amber colour. Ring of bubbles. Some sourness. Some mustiness. Some toffee. Bit thin. Musty.

bhensonb (15843) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
From the file last updated in 2010. Pours dark brown. Little carbonation. Aroma is oxidized. Tastes oxidized. Dark fruit.

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