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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SarkyNorthener (4927) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
Cotteridge Convention II. Bottle shared thanks to beersiveknown, cheers Steve. 2005 Vintage. Murky brown beer. Light aroma of wood and some soy sauce. Taste is soy sauce, rich dark malts and some raisins. Decent for its age.

Mr_Pink_152 (5649) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Tried at Cotteridge 2, 2005 vintage. Deep amber colour with no real head. past its best, but had dark fruit and caramel, taste was ok but as i say not at its best.

Quack-Duck (9534) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2015
bottle, vintage 2006. Deep golden colour, no head, not syrupy in consistency, but rather thin. Intensive vinous aroma, lots of port wine and sherry. Quite light-bodied for the strength. Very low malty sweetness, quite dry and slightly tart. Sherry and shy port wine flavours present, and a dusty dry finish. No carbonation. Delicious winter warmer, perhaps a tad on the dry side.

deyholla (12461) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2015
2002 bottle shared by Jack, thanks! Pours a deep amber red with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet caramel and dark fruits with a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has a good amount of oak with a bit of dark fruits and some earthy grains backing.

jackl (8453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2015
2002 vintage shared with Deyholla. Found on the shelf of a shop in the Minneapolis burbs. Reddish pour with a small white head. Nose shows signs of age. Salt and balsamic soaked wood. Forest fruits. Cardboard and stale caramel candies. Taste is a bit stale. Tart fruits, cardboard. Sweet cRamel. Medium body, soft carb. Not drinking well, unfortunately.

jandd1983 (4637) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle from 2003. It poured a hazy dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of dark fruits, spices and malts. The taste was of fruity sweetness and acidity with wine and some bitterness with a clean finish.

drfabulous (8683) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2015
bottle shared at Todd’s. 1999 vintage. Old stuck in bottle cork. Sherry. Caramel. Lasting sweetness.

GenDV138 (7764) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle at the DC Local Gathering on 8/1/2015, shared by solidfunk. 2005 vintage. Dark amber brown. Aromas of caramel, toffee, light dark fruit. Tastes of vegetal notes, caramel, toffee. Light body with a dry finish.

nimbleprop (8827) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2015
2005 bottle pours a hazy deep red with some tight, off white head. Nose has apples and brandy, still some citrus, plum, raisin, toffee, musty, some wet wood. Flavor follows with a touch more roast than expected, green apple, raisin, tart cherry, light brandy. Finishes a bit boozy, but all in all, probably peaking.

KyotoLefty (10730) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2015
2005 bottle from A.J.s. Fruity nose, fresh plums, raisins, green apple, soy, musty barrel. Reddish brown. Flat. Nicely fruity, lightly tart, salty, Worcestershire sauce, very nice cherry/berry flavors. Apple too. Interesting. flat, oily, silky. I like it, though it is a bit of a strange bird.

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