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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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
thedm (6099) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 29, 2003
provoked a response in me much like when i tried cantillon for the first time - wincing and wondering what on earth this is. dried apricots in vinegar

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 Second Rating: Dark hazy ruby color, light brown foamy head. The nose is alcohol and light fruit with a touch of phenols - also some medicinal cherry notes with a hint of cork. Alcoholic on the tongue, cherry notes with a hint of dark fruit. Smooth with a touch of leather, drying towards the end and getting a little more tart with hints of cork. Nice old ale, could use a bit of age, but not too much because, as my previous rating attests to, this beer can go off a bit with too much age. First Rating 2.1: Hazy dark brown color. Nose is tart and dusty with impressions of cork. The body was spritzy with a sweet tartness and impressions of wood. Came across as somewhat medicinal and ends with a light bitterness. I think passed its prime in terms of aging. I'll have to try a new bottle some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7301) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2004 Brown in look, slightly ruby-plumy hue. Smallish head. Quiet, sweet light aroma notes, once again plums. Sweet almost port like, dried plum fruity base, mixed with malty sugars. Alcohol is well hidden under all that sugary blanket. Medium body, slightly oily, wine like medium dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2003
Not sure whether or not to rate this beer as it had seemed to have oxidized but its quality seems to be variable at best so here goes. Hazy apple cider brown w/ fizzy head. Tart, sour apple aroma. Medium bodied. Flavour is sour, yeasty, & slightly acidic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2003
1996, #7367. Pours murky, dark, brown. Head=0. Very sweet aroma, very sweet. Bottle boasts 9% ABV, I wouldn't doubt if that's increased some since '96. Earns bonus points for the wine-like cork.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2003
I had bottle #7327 from the 1996 vintage. This beer pours into the glass with an opaque dark brown body with no head or lace. Slightly sweet syrupy aroma with strong alcohol notes and rubbery accents. Aroma is similar to baking fruitcake. Very sour malty flavor with a sour slightly smokey finish. Full bodied and relatively smooth with a warming feeling.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 19, 2003
This beer pours with no head because there is no carbonation - it is corked instead of sealed with a cap. The aroma has a bit of cherries or grapes in it. The taste was that of a very watered down version of a dark polish beer. I did not like this beer as it was a whole lot like whine mixed with bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Sampled a 1997 bottle and 1998 on draft. Pours deep red and mostly lifeless (more head from cask than from bottle). Bottle had some sour cherry flavors at the back that the cask version didn't. Lot's of black pepper and spices in this. Palate was very vinous. Finish was dry and very rough on the tongue like a whiskey. I liked it a lot, but would hesitate to have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Whether it is supposed to be a flat beer or not, I haven't determined, but it takes away from the palate immensely. Very vinous, unfortunately, like bad, flavorless wine. I wonder if this isn't a bad bottle. Grapey flavor, somewhat malty aroma.

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