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Gale's Jubilee Ale (2002) - George Gale & Company Ltd

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Gale's Jubilee Ale (2002)Gale's Jubilee Ale (2002)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
George Gale & Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2003)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, honey, and some noticeable oxidized aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour and oxidized flavors on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is fairly drinkable but is showing lots of oxidation.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -47.6%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.7%

t0rin0, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the pour is work. A collection of malt yeast at the bottom of the bottle that has lived there for a while. Nose of booze and honey. Palate of nice fig and acidic pollen qualities. An elixer quality of a malt magnitude. The honey sweet, pineapple, and brown sugar. Herbal mild bitter. Port sweet finish with a good hidden note. Grape tart but subtle... Apple pie malt. Overall consistent sugars and yeast protein development. Nice fluff on an eight year old beer. Good head. Good tart. Good malt.

rtepiak, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes Aug 14, 09

A - Poured a cloudy amber brown, nearly garnet with little bits of sediment. No worries though. 4.0

S - Extremely malty and sweet. Huge aromas of figs and raisins, very ripe fruit, and a touch of maple syrup. Alcohol as well, but this is very nice. Like a fine sherry. 4.5

T - Very similar to the smell, with a lot of maple syrup and sweet maltiness. No hop presence. Immense taste of rum-soaked raisins. Similar to Thomas Hardy's Ale from 1994 but not as smooth and rich. 4.5

M - Rich and full bodied, no carbonation at all. Dry finish. 4.5

D - Definitely a sipper. But oh so good! 4.0

DmanGTR, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of gory4d
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came across this bottle randomly at New Beer -- there weren't any others, and it was old, so I grabbed it. Shared it out with some friends after dinner tonight. Notes:

It pours a slightly clouded, deep orange color, obviously thick. A few bubbles, but no head to speak of in the snifter. The nose -- and this is a nose, not just a smell -- is huge: big sweet toffee hit, rich malts, faint minerality, altogether complex and alluring. The taste comes up sweet, with more toffee, almost buttery, notes, hefty grain, and some bitterness in the finish. It's not as complex as the nose, but has plenty of depth to it; the alcohol is pretty well muted. It's a thick, viscous mouthful, as though someone took a good Scotch and maple syrup and stirred them together. Very easy going down. Better to sip it, I think. Wish I had another.

gory4d, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured clear copper color with a diminshed and virtually no lacing. Moderate sweet complex dark fruity aroma. Medium body with a thick smooth sticky texture and flat carbonation. Moderate complex dark fruity sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and alcohol burn finish that was moderate to long lasting.

This is a good complex beer.

tmoneyba, May 19, 2009
Photo of TheDoorman
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first English Barleywine, and it is a 6 year old vintage to boot, so it is hard for me to grade this beer in the context of if style and vintage, so I am going on pure, brutal, unapologetic taste here:

Beer poured like an discolored wine, no carbonation to speak of whatsoever, and a brownsh-redish color. Almost like a cloudy purple or rasberry hue. Aroma of dark fruits and red wine. Taste was prunes, figs, day-old red wine with touch of dark chocolate and a hint of sourness. Smooth, creamy texture. Complex spectrum of flavors and a nice dry finish.

This was a nice aged ale, that might have been better a year or two earlier as evidenced by the sourness. The sweet fruit flavors were a little more muted than I would have liked and there were no hops to speak of, of course.

This is a nice sipper to be had on its own, could not stand up enough to have with any food, perfect for winter in front of a fire. In fact, it almost had a winter warmer profile.

TheDoorman, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice and well aged. Much like Thomas Hardy's brews, but with a ligher malt base and deeper esters. The pour brings a brandy-like appearance with stiff legging, no head retention, and a seriously viscous pour. Color range from deep chesnut to golden highlights. Aromas of all the dark, dehydrated fruits that we beer-folks use to describe such esters, all woven into a rum-like alcohol sweetness. A touch of dusty, musty notes dance around the nose. Flavors are much the same, but more reliant upon the sweet malts to cary the esters and other yeast-derived flavors. Lightly textured despite the added weight of low carbonation. Finishes with a long, sweet, lingering taste of figs and rum. Definately a sipper. Thanks Jeremy.

BEERchitect, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 9.8oz bottle at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan. Very thick bottle, corked. Pours a cloudy red/brown, no head whatsoever, no lacing to speak of. Smell is very sweet, very similar to Samichlaus. Almost no hops to speak of. Taste is also similar to Samichlaus, but there's some more citrus notes in there, maybe some very distant earthy bitterness toward the finish. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but sticky. I'll say what I said about Samichlaus; it's like an esoteric chilled port. It's definitely interesting and tastes very nice, but it's not something I'd drink every night.

PlaywrightSam, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Off notes from 3-2007. Pours a nice dark, but clear amber ruby with no head. Nose is woody, cherry, chalky. Flavor is sticky sweet with some wood influence there. I can’t really get any noticable alcohol off of it. Feel is standard. No bubble and a thicker almost syrup like liquid feel. Somewhat drinkable. Even after four years it seems to be a bit overdone and lacks any serious quality that would put it above the rest. God save the Queen!

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Premium bottle-conditioned ale. Brewed, matured and bottled in Horndean, Hampshire, U.K. to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen."

--rear label

Bright ochre that became dull, murky ochre with orange-cherry edges as the beer from the bottom of the bottle was added. Like most beer from ol' George, if memory serves, there's almost no head formation. At the moment, there's only a thin rim of beige where the upper edge of the liquid meets the glass.

The word that first comes to mind when assessing the nose is 'earthy'. The beer smells like dried autumn fruits and dried autumn leaves. There's also a hint of caramel and a wee dram of Irish whisky (since there's no peatiness that would make it Scotch whiskey-like).

Jubilee Ale is typical of beer from GG & C in that it's anything but bombastic. Five years in the bottle will do that, but I doubt that it was ever a rip snorter, even when newly bottled. In that respect, it's a quintessential English-style barleywine that is impressively gentle and well-mannered; especially given the ABV. Stately is another word that fits.

Caramel and butterscotch make up the malty portion of the flavor profile, lending the beer an English old ale or even a wee heavy vibe. Christmas fruitcake fruits make up the rest: candied cherries, dried orange peel, dates and golden raisins; all plumped and glistening after soaking in Bushmills. I was going to say Calvados since there's a definite apple brandy flavor as well. This is yummy stuff.

I hate to be too hard on the mouthfeel, but it just isn't hefty enough. It sure does make drinking a breeze, though. More substance would allow more flavor intensity and more flavor linger... which would, in turn, probably result in higher scores all around.

Gale's Jubilee Ale is a delicious 'little' sipper that needed to have set its sights higher. The rawness of the Sex Pistols' version of God Save The Queen wouldn't have worked, but polite and respectful will only get a barleywine so far.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not for the faint of heart or the inexperienced. This may be better per style than my scores are showing but the style makes it hard for me to be objective. If you like the J.W. Lee's barley wines then this fellow is probably right up your alley.
My first impression of this guy was "watered down Sam Adams Tripel Bock". It kinda tastes like what leather clothing smells like. No carbonation whatsoever. Hints of sherry, port wine and a decided oaky character are to be found in here. Maybe something like a scotch on the rocks after the ice has spent some time melting. If that sounds like your type of beverage, and if you can still find this brew, do feel free to give it a go. I, myself, shall leave bottles I find for others to try.

ommegangpbr, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of nvsblman
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright amber with virtually no head. Sweet aroma, strong raisin scent. A little earthy and fruity and also some bourbon notes. Biscuity flavor with some carmel. A little beat of peat and maybe cedar? It seems this one might be past its prime, it's just lacking a little something. Still tasty though. Completely flat and a syrupy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. This is an interesting beer, glad I tried it.

nvsblman, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a bottle of this at Stuffed Sandwich. I do love that beer selection!

This was one of the smoothest barleywines I have had. Definitely seemed to be an English style barleywine - but with 5 years of aging, this was infinitely drinkable.

Vinous flavors - lots of brandy, grapes and some raisins. Nice touch of caramel. Never too sweet. The hops are now completely gone. No trace of the 12%. Wow. This is one of the easiest to drink barleywines I have had (and I love barleywines too!).

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, but definitely far from being syrupy. Again, no alcohol is present, with just a touch of carbonation left.

Drinkability is too high. Seriously.

Recommended. A very easy drinking BW at this point.

rallison, May 02, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/05/07- 1000th review celebrating the birth of my first child on March 1st. Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco in 2004.

Presentation- 9.3oz bottle. Squat in size and shape. Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Queen of England. 2002 release, poured into my Old Stock Ale tulip.

Appearance- Copper-brandy colored hue. The very smallest of head which evaporates on contact pretty much. Looks kinda like a flat soda. Not unlike most English styles of this type. Cork pops out without a sound. Leaves behind a slight trace of lace.

Smell- Very brandy-esque in the nose. Dark sugary muddled fruits abound. Prunes and rasins are predominant. Mild alcohol whiff with a hearty vanilla following. Quite nice.

Taste- Fruit medly when swished around. Pippen apples, figs, prunes and rasins. Caramel candy sweetness, but not thick. Small hop bite in the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Could be a bit thicker in texture to draw my attention a bit more.

Mouthfeel- Very very slight carbonation level. Cask like for sure. Very warming with a mild slick mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Was expecting a much sweeter and succulent brew from the nose. Very restrained. Tasty, but doesn't quite grab me by the balls as I was expecting. Still a quality beer that I am glad I tried and would buy again if ever seen.

GClarkage, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a silky, yet viscous scotch amber. No head or carnonation of any kind. When I poured a little of the yeast into my snifter, it gave the brew a more deep cognac hue. Looks like Arrogant Bastard without the carbonation. The aroma reminds me of all their other Old Ales, but with a better malt profile. You get that yeasty, musty tart mixed with sweet candied fruits and alcohol. The taste is pretty unique. That musty flavor all familiar George Gale beers, and a good barleywine. Minus the musty flavor, this would be an awesome barleywine. Great prunes and candied, dark fruits with a hint of wine grapes and alcohol. Great to sip real slow. Probably won't buy it again, but very glad I tried it.

scruffwhor, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the sniffer crystal clear amber with zero head, nada, none.

The aroma was malty with a strong presence of sherry and a bourbon character and smokiness combined with an extremely high alcohol character. The aroma was fruity through the alcohol with some dark fruits, raisins, and some biscuit. The aroma also seemed to be corked.

The flavor was winey and biscuity with graham crackers and walnuts. A slight presence of smoke was notable as were definite dark fruits. The dark fruits were raisins and a bit of prunes, but the flavor was vinous and carried with it an ever so slight tartness which really detracted. Also present was strong, very strong, alcohols.

The finish was even with lasting graham cracker and harshness into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium full and devoid of any carbonation. This beer really may have had some character at one time, but without any carbonation and with the harsh alcohols the beer was not a pleasure at all.

9.3 ounce corked bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of dogfooddog
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork comes out with a small pop. Beer pours with virtually no carbonation; typical for this brewery's corked products. Nose is a rich, deep, barleywine odor with just a hint of that pervasive sweetness I associate with over-aged ale. Very inviting. No alcohol in the nose despite huge 12% abv.

Taste is a lot of sweet winey malt with just a small dose of hops in the initial taste. The over-old beer sweetness is fairly subtle, this beer at 4 years old remains very drinkable. Despite the 12% alcohol is only faintly visible in the taste. I don't know if this beer touched wood but it certainly tastes like it.

A very nicely crafted product from this now-defunct brewery, a style of beer of which very few examples remain and almost none at this ABV.

dogfooddog, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weird bareleywine. Coppery clear with barely any bubbles, nothing much going on. Smells raisiny and alcoholic, just sweet. Tastes... odd. Leather? There's a tolerable oak-agedness taste to this, but I don't really dig it. I don't hate it, but I don't love it. Mouthfeel is oily and kind of ooky. Maybe other people like this guy, but it was just not my favorite thing.

scooter231, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dead flat like ummmm wine? Deep red mahogany color, poured carefully it is quite clear 2nd pour was slightly cloudly, the bottle has a thick cake of sediment in it when all is said and done.

Appearance is remakably translucent deep red mahogany,,, did I mention no head and no carbonation.

Aroma is ripe and dried fruits not even a whiff of alcohol. Reminded me of some of the fruitier red wines.

Taste is adventurous and complex. the wine analogy is both convenient and appropriate. Lots of fruit and some earthy spice. hints of wood as well. A rather dry and tea -like finish. Complimented some unsalted almonds rather nicely.

Mouthfeel was smooth and warm. Substantial and clingy.

Very drinkable. I may have to grab a few more bottles of this to save for a special occasion.

Taste is distinctly fruity and wine like

Citadel82, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncorked May 25, 2006

A: ZERO carbonation. Appears like cider but glides like oil...Not generally pleasing but ok for this style.

S: Wow...lots of brandy on the nose. Lots of oak. Earthy aromas with brown sugar, caramel...Almost like fortified wine. Pungent. Unique. This will be interesting.

T: What a trip. Begins malty like a sherry...then things get wierd. Notes of cardboard, grapefruit, day old coffee, and loads of black pepper. Scores of oak resins and malty menthol on the front of the tongue. Not much alcohol vapors though...that's what four years of aging does I suppose.

M: Thin yet sticky. No carbonation makes it weak on the tongue but the oily base makes it somewhat thick.

D: Every sip is an adventure. Not many beers out there this truly complex. Its past its prime but well worth the trip.

Westsidethreat, May 26, 2006
Photo of ADR
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A rather limp pour, no real head to speak of. Ruddy brown and opaque, blackish sediment on the bottom of the glass. Thin rings for lace. Rich sherry-like aroma, deep and building, with those vomitous characteristics of the biggest Barleywines. Mouthfeel is plenty sturdy, carbonation is low but still there. Pretty impressive combination of woodiness, dark fruits and spices with a clove-like sharpness and huge impact. Molasses rum senses, lots of raisin and prune. Thick and sticky at the back end and with a load of aftertaste alcohol on finish. Gingery, winey, and thick, huge sticky B-Wines are becoming not real favorites of mine, but still, an impressive beer and pretty much what you would expect from its make-up.

ADR, May 14, 2006
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Gale's Jubilee Ale (2002) from George Gale & Company Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.