Gale's Prize Old Ale (2007)

Formerly brewed at Gales

Style: Old Ale
Chiswick, England


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottle Conditioned. 500ml bottle. Crown cap.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and minute amounts of black malt and brewing sugar; Fuggles, Goldings and Challenger.
Brewed at Gales, then matured for 12 months in stainless steel tanks at Fullers.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SilkTork (5926) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, - FEB 16, 2013
Chris O’s Fullers/Gales Tasting Feb 2012. Starts sweet then sucks all dryness out of your body finishing very dry and puckering. Epic fail.

Camons (13522) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2017
Bottle @ Home. 2007 vintage. Pours very dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, leather, sweet and light sour dried fruit, plums, dates, chocolate, some oxidation if a good way, sherry notes. Flavor is sweet, light sourness, malt, caramel, wood, dried fruit, dates, little oxidated, dessert wine, sherry. Medium to full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation, sweet and light sour finish with light warming alcohol. 201117

AndySnow (8311) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2017
How: Bottle.
Where: Tasting at Björn, 2017-03-04.
Appearance: Amber colour with a small tan head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, caramel, sour, plum, vinous.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, alcohol, vinous, caramel, sour.

john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2017
Cask in Mar 2008 and Bottle 2007 Vintage - Amber Brown colour. Vinous (port/sherry-like) and vinegary. Malty (toffee, burnt sugar, roasty, caramel). Fruity (apple, dark fruits, berries). Fruitcake-like. Spicy (cinnamon). Yeasty (earthy, leather). Smooth, bitter-sweet. Sour throughout. Warming alcohol. Very long dry malty finish. Unusual (unique) but rather odd taste. (2008)

MPA (1040) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 4, 2015
Bottle. Had a case of these and must have it noted in my backlog. Dark brown with thin beige lacing. Aroma of dark ripe fruit, grapes and red wine along with some cocoa nips. Tart flavour with notes of grapes and roasted malt ending in a grapefruit bitterness. Still a classic to me and aging does this beer well.

kraddel (9338) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle thnx to matt 2007 vintage as to be expected. Pours bit clear, dark amberbrown,. Small white head. Smell is sweet, bit port. Sharp, yet round. Taste is sharp port, sugar, milkchocolate aspects ( white chocolate, even) . Bit dusty. Perhaps a bit over its most charming period, but still fine.

McNeillR (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2015 Light earnest clear dark ambery brown, lick of a off white head. Big sugary cola bottle bag, edge of oxidization. Lemon cola, vibrant malt and lightest vinegar tinge. Sourish vibrance to the mouthfeel but the light coppery finish shakes things a little. Localised crisp bitterness on the linger. I enjoyed it but I’ve no idea what happened here.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

allmyvinyl (11208) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015 Bottle at Craig’s. Pours red brown with a thick off-white head. Aromas of sweet cola, red fruit. Taste is sweet, fruity, blackcurrant. Thin texture, medium body. sweet finish. Bit of cardboard at the back, but good.

Stuu666 (15301) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours ruby, nose is oxidised sherry, caramel, taste is cherry, sour, fruity, sweet.

GuideDogSaint (1812) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle bought from the brewery some time ago. Pours dark red brown with a thin white head. Aroma of toffee and kriek. Taste sour. I think this is improving.

Fin (11069) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
Not sure where I got this from but had this at Adina Apartment Hotel, Berlin, Germany, Saturday 16th November 2013 Wonderfully tart and tangy, sour even. Six years young this has aged really well. Sour fruit on nose, Loz is convinced that this will have a meatiness but we’re both surprised that it has nothing like. One of those wonderfully quirky British beers that sort if defies a mainstream catergorisation. Lovely beer, ok it may not have such a cute corked bottle as the original but to be fair I had a few duffers with the originals, sonehow I don’t think that’ll happen here. Good beer. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 4.0

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