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

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 665   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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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drpimento (3988) - 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.

TEJA (3444) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2017 bottle from Systembolaget sweden (2004). no head. clowdy solid birgundy color. kriek and light lactic aroma. aged and light lactic taste. refreshing for such an old (13 years) old ale.

wlf (790) - DENMARK - OCT 24, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2017 Bottle from 1997 tasted oktober 2017, cph; reddish brown with no head, just some bubbles like juice; aroma is very heavy, cherry, fruity, heavy and light at the same time; taste is sweet and oxidized, cherry, fruity, vinous, malty, hints of bitterness, spicy phenolic but not heavily, hints of sharp alcohol; texture is thin and silky with almost no carbonation and a light to medium body; this is like dry and drinkable port wine

jonas (8761) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 6, 2017
Backlog rating, 1982 bottle. Murky brown, no head. Geuze-like aroma, wood. Wooden flavour, light nut and cheese. Medium body, mellow mouthfeel Cognac aftertaste. Amazing.

gopherfan99 (2001) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2017
Bottle (1996, #6038); pours cloudy dark brown with no head; aroma of dark fruits with hints of caramel and wood; taste is sweet with dark fruits and caramel; dry finish with some wood notes, meh

nybol (2811) - DENMARK - JUL 13, 2017
den er eftergæret på flaske, hvilket måske gør at den har en friskhed over sig. Tør og bitter frugt i eftersmagen.

mR_fr0g (14776) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Bottle shared at Cotteridge convention 05/03/2016. Thanks to Steve I’ve known. A murky dark brown coloured pour with no nhead. Aroma is cheesey mould, cherry, apple, big oxidisation, age. Flavour is composed of soy sauace, sweet brown sugars and malt, raisin, oxidised, cardboard. Palate is fucked, no condition, papery. Absolutely fucked.

gripweed57 (3161) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2017
From old tasting notes. Translucent amber, brown color. Small beige head. Fruity, maple-like malt aroma. Soft tart earthy malt flavor has a warming, clingy mouthfeel. Very complex, with a winey character that is balanced by a big hoppy finish and a noticeable strong alcohol prescence. Outstanding!

Imaena (2295) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle 2005 vintage. This is a real disappointment. Smell of old musty figs sour patch kids. The pour is a deep copper with almost no head. The taste is tart with a hint of unripe apple. Low effervesce and light on the tongue. Very uninspiring given the aging that went into it.

Ratman197 (16028) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2016
275 ml bottle 2004 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of caramel, toffee, tobacco, spuce and light dried fruit. Oalae was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, caramel, dried fruit and light spice with a smooth lingering tobacco finish.

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