Gales Prize Old Ale (1920s - 2006)

Formerly brewed at Gales
Style: Old Ale
Horndean, England


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RATINGS: 660   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
Bottled 1982: I don't think this has aged quite as well as you'd expect a Cabernet Sauvignon of the smae age to. But it has shown itself to be a very robust barleywine, reddish brown colour, vinous, musty corky aroma. Very vinous, raisiny flavour with unprecedented alcohol integration. Age has let a little bit of wet cardboard find its way in, otherwise, a fine and interesting old barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13751) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2003
(Sampled 5/21/03, 1997 Bottle #6098): Murky brown body with no head -- looks like iced tea. Aroma is vinous and woodsy, cork, raisin and plum. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, malty, vinous. Completely flat, even a bit thin. So basically, the beer looks like shit and has a crappy mouthfeel, but has a great aroma and decent flavor. Tough beer to rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2003 Bottled. Pouring with a brown fluffy head and plenty of gas, it looked and smelt all the world like a Belgium double. Dark brown with reddish hue. Slightly cloudy. Sweet caramel/toffee smell. Sweet with tart background, smooth silky palate. I was very excited a first (being impressed by the cork and all) but settled down to what I think is a fair rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAY 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Cloudy amber in color, off white head. Quite carbonated. Sweet aroma - grapes, slight yeast, slight caramel/cotton candy, slight roast on finish. Sweet flavor, very wine like, a bit thin. Hard to believe this is 9%abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jayb0 (1177) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2003
A solid if not outstanding old ale. Nice packaging, pours chestnut brown with little to no head. Aroma slightly musty, malty. Barleywine flavors but kind of flat, one dimensional. medium high carbonation. Pleasant enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2003
This was a recommended by the owner of a beer store I frequent so I gave it a try. Looked promising in it's corked bottle(brewed 2001) and poured deep amber with very little head. Taste was almost like a barley wine, sweet and very malty. Mouthfeel very fizzy and carbonated. Also an alcahol taste I didn't care for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbear (48) - 3096 Oberbalm, SWITZERLAND - APR 7, 2003
Bottled 1997, great in Aroma, but only worth trying for a barley wine lover

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2003
Bottled in 1996, bottle #2902. Pruny look and taste. Oatmeal, vanilla, vodka and prune aroma. Smells damp and old in a good way. Oily near flat mouthfeel. Drank it from a brandy snifter. Malty, tart apple-butter, spice flavor. Pleasant, almost cordial-like profile, as its pretty sweet. Hops have all but vanished. Worth a try for old ale, barley wine lovers.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
hotstuff (4937) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2003
1999 bottle.This was anything but a good beer experience.Yuck is all I can say about this beer.No "thedm" it definitely did not pass the GF test!!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
thedm (5976) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This bottle was labeled from year 1999. It had a very interesting aroma. Its aroma was different than I have smelled thus far. It was hard to describe. Initial reaction to the aroma is, "What the devil is this? It poured no head at all with a very thick cloudy dark brown body. It left no lacing at all. Tastes like wine, perhaps grapes. No real fore taste and some bitterness in the after taste. It is failing the GF test and she may not drink it all. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this brew. It is definitely a different kind of brew. But not one I would buy again.

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