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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Not sure how old my bottle was. There was absolutely no head and slight oxidation on the nose, but neither fact bothered me a lot. The aroma, surprisingly, evoked a lot of Belgian floral qualities. The flavor is sweet and somewhat tart, raisins, cherries, apple, maybe even some raspberry notes, plus a certain ale mustiness that I find appealing. Finishes like it starts. A very good old ale, which I would recommend though I’m sure it’s not for everyone, not even every beer geek.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (2105) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2017
From old tasting notes. Translucent amber, brown color. Small beige head. Fruity, maple-like malt aroma. Soft tart earthy malt flavor has a warming, clingy mouthfeel. Very complex, with a winey character that is balanced by a big hoppy finish and a noticeable strong alcohol prescence. Outstanding!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Imaena (2304) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle 2005 vintage. This is a real disappointment. Smell of old musty figs sour patch kids. The pour is a deep copper with almost no head. The taste is tart with a hint of unripe apple. Low effervesce and light on the tongue. Very uninspiring given the aging that went into it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (14500) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2016
275 ml bottle 2004 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of caramel, toffee, tobacco, spuce and light dried fruit. Oalae was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, caramel, dried fruit and light spice with a smooth lingering tobacco finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Madsen1635 (778) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2016
Bottle from 2000. Murky reddish pour with no head. Aroma has lots of cherry. Taste is stale and has fruity touch. Low carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (2232) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2016
Picked this one up with 15 YEARS on it at Belmont Station, thought I’d give it a go. It appears to have lost a bunch of carbonation. It has a pretty great aroma though it is lightly tinged with a sourness. There are rich port-like notes and a lovely woodiness in the aroma. It has a heavy weight in the mouth and the sourness is a little more pronounced. Very smooth and with a long, mild finish. There is basiccally zero alcohol heat to it at this stage, just lots of lovely dried fruit flavors. They’re not lying on the Calvados thing. Might pick up another next time I’m there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerplace (1525) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2016
Tasting at Alex’s (thx, for sharing it, Alex!). Vintage 2005. Pours a hazy opaque brown with no head. Aroma is cherries, chocolate, woody. Taste is same with no carbonation at all. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PMgep (275) - Lund, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2016
1982 vintage in 2014 at Kulminator. A bit oxidized but still holding up good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9999) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2016
275 ml bottle @ Tammela Vintage Tasting. 2005 vintage (vertical with 2011 vintage).
Pours dark orange color with a minimal head. Sweet malty and caramel-y aroma, nutty, bready, dried fruits. Flavor is caramel-y malts, bread, some spice notes, raisins, also some metallic notes on the 2005 vintage. 2011 vintage is slightly better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (7812) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2016
275 ml bottle @ Tammela Vintage Tasting. Vintage 2005. Pours a dark brown colour without a head. Quite heavy viscosity. Aroma of sweet plums and malts. Flavour of heavy sweet malts, dates, raisins, some elegant green apple notes and grass. Medium bodied. Really smooth and velvety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (8096) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2016
1997 vintage Bottle courtesy of Ben, at As Is NYC (huge thanks man!) Porus a deep red wine body with a brownish tint, no head or lacing. Nose is strong brandy, cherry, plum and wet wood. Oxidation definitely present. Mouthfeel is flat with notes of dark fruit, brandy, plum, sweet black cherries and melted butterscotch. A real treat to try this.

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