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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loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 23, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Aged at least two years (I know SilkTork, but I just don't have the patience to age this thing for twenty years.)Murky brown color with hints of orange when held up to the light...very small thin beige head. The aroma was surprisingly fruity...plum, orange, and sour cherry. Also in the aroma were some great earthy/soil tones, caramel, and very sweet malt. The flavor was similar to the aroma...just a tinge of alcohol in the finish. Very soft, almost oily feel...but (oddly) it seemed crisp on the tongue. I really enjoyed this beer.

Ernest (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Virtually no head. Body is murky dark orange-brown, dense small/medium
particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses,
caramel, cookie), with notes of sherry, cask wood, butterscotch, tawny
port, raisin, and brown sugar. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately
acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, soft carbonation. I find the aroma
interesting and pleasant, but I can't get really excited about it, as
it's a bit one-sided on the sugary/malty type of elements. The sourness
doesn't work all that well for me in this context for some reason, but
the sweetness arcs up a bit as it warms to help out. Not something I'd
drink again, perhaps, but an enjoyable one to try.

Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2003
1998 vintage.Dark brown color,very nearly no head at all and what little was there dissipated fast.Mild malty aroma with more of a sweet prune raisin content.The flavor is sweet and yet mildly sour as well.Nice plum or prune attitude to it.The alcohol is mild,with only a brief appearance and the after taste is fruity,sweet and and maybe a mild hop presence but that might be a stretch for this one.The feel is pretty smooth highly drinkable when at the lower temp.but as it warms up the sweet fruit gets to be a bit much IMO.Still this is a fine brew and well worth getting a few more before they run out of this Vin.It has aged quite well.

Ungstrup (38587) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2003
[only 2 years old] The aroma is fruity with notes of grapes, yeast, wine, and alcohol. The color is dark brown - opaque with no head. The flavor is round and rather sweet and fruity with notes of plums. It is rather complex, a little acidic with no bitterness. It has a good palate, but it is very light for a 9% ABV. I had expected more, but maybe that's because of the youth of my sample.

BillKismet (4145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2003
This delectable selection kept me guessing. The pour began like guinness--cascading upwards as the turbid brown turned stately maroon--topped by a nonpareil cream head. Aromas suggested a lambic--it took time for smells and tastes to unfurl and take distinct form. Eventually, cherry punched through, followed by bananas foster. Vinegar-touched wine abounded and the lambic-saison mystery played on, with new tastes swirling into the bouquet. Quite reminiscent of fantome black ghost--though maybe not quite so complex. Alcohol filled the body, but was under control. An exquisite work.

sloth (2944) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2003
Bottled in 99, 9.3oz. Poured real flat. Dark brown/black. Musty, corkey, licoricey nose with some rubbery notes also.Med/full body. Medium sweetness. Predominant sourness, some acidity and oxydation to boot. Mainly some malt, roastiness. Finishes medium sweet with some astringency. Didnt age well i guess? Something of a let down. Was hoping for a little more.

jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2003
Rummed apple cider. Similar to scotch oak aged barrels. Dominated throughout with a box of raisins. As it warms there is more of a vinegar taste.

Linc (740) - 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.

argo0 (14127) - 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.

Spiesy (2337) - 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.

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