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

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 664   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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Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2016
Picked this one up with 15 YEARS on it at Belmont Station, thought I’d give it a go. It appears to have lost a bunch of carbonation. It has a pretty great aroma though it is lightly tinged with a sourness. There are rich port-like notes and a lovely woodiness in the aroma. It has a heavy weight in the mouth and the sourness is a little more pronounced. Very smooth and with a long, mild finish. There is basiccally zero alcohol heat to it at this stage, just lots of lovely dried fruit flavors.
They’re not lying on the Calvados thing. Might pick up another next time I’m there.

beerplace (2158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2016
Tasting at Alex’s (thx, for sharing it, Alex!). Vintage 2005. Pours a hazy opaque brown with no head. Aroma is cherries, chocolate, woody. Taste is same with no carbonation at all. Pleasant.

PMgep (290) - Lund, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2016
1982 vintage in 2014 at Kulminator. A bit oxidized but still holding up good.

olio (10601) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2016
275 ml bottle @ Tammela Vintage Tasting. 2005 vintage (vertical with 2011 vintage).

Pours dark orange color with a minimal head. Sweet malty and caramel-y aroma, nutty, bready, dried fruits. Flavor is caramel-y malts, bread, some spice notes, raisins, also some metallic notes on the 2005 vintage. 2011 vintage is slightly better.


lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2016
275 ml bottle @ Tammela Vintage Tasting. Vintage 2005. Pours a dark brown colour without a head. Quite heavy viscosity. Aroma of sweet plums and malts. Flavour of heavy sweet malts, dates, raisins, some elegant green apple notes and grass. Medium bodied. Really smooth and velvety.

jredmond (8774) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2016
1997 vintage Bottle courtesy of Ben, at As Is NYC (huge thanks man!) Porus a deep red wine body with a brownish tint, no head or lacing. Nose is strong brandy, cherry, plum and wet wood. Oxidation definitely present. Mouthfeel is flat with notes of dark fruit, brandy, plum, sweet black cherries and melted butterscotch. A real treat to try this.

The_Osprey (9373) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
Bottle share at Cotteridge II as Gales Prize Old Ale, 2005 edition. Many thanks to Steve. Murky dirty brown, no real head. Ugly beer. Aroma is tired musty malts, sweet oxidised sherry, varnish. Body is smooth, oily, no carbonation. Taste is tired old malts, some marmite, mint, oxidised sweetness. No. (1.7)

Theydon_Bois (20929) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle split at Cotts Convention II, thanks to BIK, 05/03/16. 2005 Vintage.
Murky brown with a moderate beige cap.
Nose is soy sauce, cocoa powder, dark fruit peel, light spice.
Taste comprises chocolate biscuit, soy, papery notes, oxidisation has crept in for sure, musty.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying close.
Hasn’t aged particularly gracefully considering it’s only 11 years old but still sippable.

Garrold (5699) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle. Cotteridge Beano v2. Murky brown. Didn’t get much from this other than a cardboard vinegary character. Nice tick, though.

RichTheVillan (8325) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle at CWC II; murky dark red/brown pour, zero head, aroma has light wood and some vinous action, taste has earthy fruits, some oxidisation, great to try old beers.

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