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

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 661   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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ryanfolty (2585) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2015
March 27, 2015 - 275 ml bottle from Blue Max. Muddy brown pour with limited bubbly head. Aroma was malty, caramel and alcohol. Taste was malty with some caramel but very thin and watery, which made this rough to drink. A little bit of the alcohol came out in the finish.

BeerViking (4989) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
2005 bottle via Denmark, murky brown and flat as a pancake, the nose is musty and oxidised nose, with a faint lactic tang. Body is oxidised barley wine, sweet and dry with very faint sourness. Not good, I guess the cork leaked. :-(

BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to Casey, with Peter, Ben, and Travis. Bottle was from 2003. Pours brown with hints of dark amber. Aroma is malty with some toffee and fig newtons. Very light carbonation. Some dark fruits, dates. Slightly sour. Flavor was a little flat. But still a really nice beer. Thanks so much, Casey!

mcberko (18573) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
2005 vintage. 275mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks a lot, Alex), pours a dirty dark brown with a tiny bubbly beige head. Aroma brings out notes of sherry oxidation, caramel, bready malts, and some dark fruits. Flavour brings out lovely tartness, without being infected, sherry oxidation, toffee and bready caramel malt. Despite the oxidation which seems to be intentional, this doesn’t appear to have gone off in any sense. Lovely beer.

Bill Becker (1343) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 23, 2014
No foam with this 2005 corked bottle. It has a rusty-murky look to it. Light Port notes with a distinct tartness and lots of booze in the nose. Same goes for the taste. Though it’s going on 10 years old, despite the lack of carbonation, I reckon it needs more time to develop. I’ll buy a few more bottles.

wlajwl (7010) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Aroma is vinous/dark fruit, scotch and black malt, somewhat odd considering it was minute. The flavor is dark/black malts, black liquorice, dark bread, scotch/peat, earthy notes, very thick/slick texture and a tart/sour/increasingly funky finish.

slowrunner77 (12586) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"1996 vintage had 3/21/13. Maybe the oldest beer I’ve ever had. Completely flat and maybe a hint o oxidation, but the pruniness and dark fruit is still pleasantly in the forefront of the aroma and flavor. Don’t think this ever had any hops. Lightly sweet. Really not too shabby. If it weren’t for the feel I’d like this quite a bit."

Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Vintage from the eighties, tasted at 20 years of age. One of the last of an old league of classic English old ales and barley wines, deep burgundy colour, no head anymore after all those years, very complex aroma, rich and reminiscent of dried apricot, balsamic vinegar, liquorice and dry sherry. Low carbonation, dried fruits, sweet chocolatey malts and the obvious oxidized taste of an old beer, but in a noble, old madera kind of way, vinous mouthfeel. You have to like old beer to enjoy this, that’s for sure, so something like this will not be to anyone’s liking, but I enjoyed the experience very much. Should taste this as a young beer too. A true world classic from a bygone era.

generallee08 (773) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2014
This beer pours with almost no carbonation and it only makes a few stray bubbles around the edge of the glass. On top there is just the finest dusting of tan yeast sediment. There is no real head and no lacing. For the style and age of the beer I would think this is an acceptable attribute. The liquid is hazy and has a brownish color with some reddish high lights. The aroma has a rich sweet bready maltiness with pleasant estery yeast which sweet and fruity. The alcohol is also noticeable in the nose and brings a refined red wine like character to the mix. In tyhe flavor there is a sour dough bready maltiness with a warming boozy port like alcohol presence to start with. In it there are also notes of sweet and tart fruit like apple, raison, white grape, and tart red raspberry mixed with dry earthy yeast. The yeast has an almost woody earthy quality to it. The dryness and some sourness comes out more in the warm wine like finish.

Ferris (16288) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2005 - Toffee and a light sourness. Cloudy brown with a thin head. Caramel and a light sourness and a nice finish. A little woody and a nice finish.

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