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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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very good

46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
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:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of mentor
2.49/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Consumed winter 05-06. Hard pour gets no head. A clooudy dark rust colored liquid. Smells potent malt, soured grains, alcohol, tannin. Very wine-like. Maybe brandy- or sherry-like. Tastes cherry sour and potently malty. A drying alcohol. Wood chips. Potently acrid sour with a salty (almost bile-like) edge. Dry on the verge of puckering. Md-thick body and no carbonation. I had a hard time drinking enough for this review. Don't bother with this one.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is a boring clear ruby brown color with no head whatsoever. Fruity aroma, complex maltiness: apples, oranges, pears, plums, peaches together with big toffee flavours and some caramel. Taste is surprisingly tart, is this a bad bottle? Red apples, pears, brown sugar, not too well melted together. No balancing bitterness, light medicinal bananas and moisture qualities. Sharp thin body, especially for a barley wine, no carbonation to speak of. Probably another bad bottle due to their silly corks which made it pretty much a "Miss" in the Hit or Miss balance.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Well, at least the cork didn't fall into the beer with the slightest amount of pressure like the last beer I had from these folks. Uncaps neatly with a satifying little pop. The beer pours a murky, muddy, oxide red. Nary a trace of head. Upon further examination, a trace amount of miniscule bubbles line the egde of the glass. No lace, no head of note.
The aroma brings forth sweetish, sourish malt tones that dominate the beer. Lurking fruit, mainly a sourish, cidery apple with some cherry notes. A soft touch of oak and cork adds some pleasant woodiness. Really sort of unpleasant, in the traditional sense, with some odd, lambic-like qualities. A fair amount of wildness and farm quality.
The flavor opens with a soured malt sweetness, tinged with oak and cork flavors. Heady fruit adds it's presence. Sour, under-ripe white grape and cherry. The sourness continues into the finish, bolstered by a boozey, fusel sweetness. No detectable hop presence. Soured apple sweetness takes up the aftertaste, lingering with a sappy wildness more inclined toward lambic. A heavy, syrupy body, unassisted by carbonation in any way, shape or form. Subsequent burps bring up a rather sour, crabapple flavor. Gross.
As much as I spent on this small bottle, I was reluctant to toss this down the drain. I just couldn't finish the last half, the vinous sourness got too much for me. I mean, it's complex as hell, but not in quite the right way. This is something I could deal with in a lighter bodied lambic, with less booze-hound sweetness. It's so overbearing, I just can't do it. I hope the queen forgives me.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tiny 9.3 oz. nip bottle - corked and bottle-conditioned. It pours an orangey chestnut with no head - looks almost like a wine. It smells vinous with alcohol, grapes, and other fruits, with a bit of a rotten fruit smell. The flavor follows suit and it feels flat with a medium body, like a wine. Interesting. Very much like a wine and hard to drink, thought the ABV is masked fairly well. Wonder what it tasted like fresh.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Label Lingo: Purple single labeled 9.3 fl. Oz. Brown stubby. Horndean embossed. Corked and gold plastic wrapped. “Premium bottle conditioned ale. Brewed, matured and bottled in Horndean Hampshire UK to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

Well corked, two bubble clumps that dissapear atop a russet dim, slightly clouded pour. Zero heaad cap or lace to speak of, instead a few microscopic bubbles at the ring edges.

Vodka and orange juice scents spike thru with some cocoa.

First Swigs: Woody oak and sherry. Flavors point towards Samuel Adams Triple Bock and fruit notes of cask cherries. Barrel woodiness and booze like flavors. Awl-kee-hawl cuts through easily. English style flavors. Whiskey malts and a bit of Scotch peat moss light port wine flavors. Vinous red flavors. Dry pancake batter and overly ripe brown bananas sugar aftertaste.

Smooth medium body. A bit too gin like and burning to be considered drinkable. Do not go anywhere after drinking this one.

Last Swigs: Fig or date flavor meets whiskey barrel malt sipper. Quite an offering! 12.0 % ABV. A welcomed taster but not to be sought again. Worth the try. I prefer the American style Barley Wines.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this because it's been at the packy for 5 months and never been touched, and I finally read the ABV and decided it was worth the $4.99. Well, was it? Let's see...

This was a corked, bottle conditioned ale, but it poured out red and clear into my chalice. However, at the end of the glass, I noticed particles in the bottom of the glass. There was absolutely no head to speak of.

The aroma was of rich strong malt, fruits, oak, and hints of whisky and brandy. That boded quite well for the experience to come.

Unfortunately, the flavor was rather... well, flat, and not just in lack of carbonation. There was a taste mainly of oak tannins, slightly bitter, and strong slightly roasted malt. Hints of brandy worked their way in. But it seemed rather two-dimensional, just lacked the kind of fullness one would expect from a true barleywine. Maybe it's because it was 3 years old, and well aged... maybe not.

Mouthfeel was smooth but flat, as mentioned before, and somewhat bland.

Drinkability... well, I am glad I tried it, as it was quite a bit different than any other beer I've had before, but I don't think it was worth $4.99.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of scooter231
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a very small bottle, after I used the corckscrew on it (that's a first for me). Pours absolutely flat, with no head whatsoever. Hazy brown in color. Smell is very raw alcohol and some roasted malt and raisin presence. Tase is very tart and bitter, slightly fruit and somewhat cloying. Needs to be laid down for a decade, IMO. Very raw, needs to age, just like the queen that it's celebrating did.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes…

Bronze with amber-gold influences, it kind of looks like apple cider, cloudiness encompasses the liquid. The head was poorly developed, the bubbles were white, and at the apex the head was nothing more then a foam cap. Head retention was poor, the bubbles faded quickly away, all that was left was a thin collar, and the liquid was left naked in the middle. I guess some of this “flatness” is do to the high abv. There was no subsequent lacing. Overall the appearance is pleasant enough if not unremarkable.

The nose is exactly what I was hoping for… the first sniff says, “I am an English Barleywine.” Well, then ma’am, what is that vodka aroma behind the delicious sweet, caramely malts and dark fruit? I also smell oranges and raisins soaked in a bready, rum mixture. There is also a hint of spice at the finish. The aromas I could smell were lovely and dead-on for the style, however the potency was really lacking here. Even at near room temperature I really have to work at it to smell it. That is a disappointment. I want my Barleywines to be loud. Nevertheless the nose is inviting.

The first sip went straight to my belly… it is feeling a tad warm down there! The abv is hidden on the tongue, for the most part, but this is a serious belly warmer. In reality this beer is not that flavorful, yes it is tasty but the flavor profile doesn’t run that deep. There is enough going on here for me to care and enjoy this beer but it lacks excitement. The palate is malty sweet; it is dripping with caramel and dark fruit. At the back is noticeable flavor of vodka soaked in oranges. Raisin bread. The palate is good but nothing more. The aftertaste is very short for a big beer, I would like the sweetness to linger a bit… it does not. Decent. It would work well with cheese.

Medium in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is slick, uneventful but (surprisingly) it works. I really don’t have any complaints even though the carbonation is so lacking. Was this by design?

The drinkability is the strongest aspect of this beer. I like drinking it, it tastes good enough, and it is easy to drink. That is a winning combination. Two things would stop me from going back to this beer. It is not available in Nebraska nor have I seen it “around.” Secondly, the price was a bit high for a 9.3 oz beer. I purchased my bottle in Milwaukee, WI for $4.50. Overall, this is a good beer but not great. It is worth a try if you see it at a price that works for you. Solid.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours absolutely dead still almost like liquor. Brown with with lighter tan color streaks.
Aroma of figs, grain, alcohol, grass and spicy yeast.
Flavors of caramel, orange, grain and pale malt. In the background there is a heavy resiny and oily hop taste.
Mouthfeel is sweet to start but then also as a powerfully puckering sourness and a big hit of spicy alcohol.
Drinkability is decent, I'm not a big fan of sourness and no carbonation in beer but this has some decent falvors especially as it warms.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of comat0se
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice fruity nose, full of malt goodness, hints of chocolate and cherries.
Pours a nice, hazy, flat, bubbleless brown with ruby touches. Very very little carbonation, no head. Taste starts with a raisiny, lightly sherry-like flavor, followed by some alcohol punch, livening up the stage with some light nudges from the hops crowd. The mouthfeel is nicely thick, and very smooth, nearly oily... very enjoyable. Finish is a great black cherry roundup. The alcohol was fairly smooth, but could probably stand a little more aging to round off the corners a bit. All in all a decent beer, but I was expecting a bit more complexity in the flavor.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dark pour with no head on top, but there were some bubbles in there. Big full nose loaded with spices and fruits as well as a healthy serving of alcohol.

The body is full, and the mouthfeel is smooth and rich. It has a lot of flavor. There are roasty notes with pieces of caramel. The spices are excellent with bits of cinnamon and big warming alcohol blasts. Fruits are in there as well to add to the high level of complexity. It is very drinkable even though the alcohol flavor can get big at times.

This was definitely a head turner from Gale's, as I have not really enjoyed one of their brews yet. It is definitely a great winter warmer.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9.3 oz corked bottle from 2002. Poured into a snifter, the beer is a dark purplish brown color with hues of ruby around the edge that pours with no head whatsoever. Aroma is a rich sweet malt with hints of raisins, plums, figs, port, and brandy and a slight floral hoppiness---right on for a barleywine. Taste has a big oak presence, with sweet somewhat tart fruity hints of apple, cherries, raisins, and grapes. Sweetness isn't really balanced by any hops, and becomes a little cloying as the beer progresses.Mouthfeel is medium and a little syrupy. This is an OK barleywine, but a little unbalanced towards the sweet and sour with not enough bitterness coming into play. Glad to have tried this single edition brew, but won't be seeking out any more in the future.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from the 275ml bottle. No carbination or head. Initial smell was somewhat caramel, port wine, raisiny. Taste... Way better as it warms up. When cold it was tart and sour with very little complexity. As it warmed it developed some subtle port and calvados notes, prunes, figs, raisins. Not as complex as a Hardy's or JW Lees, but pretty good. Very viscous mouthfeel. Probably the best Gale's beer I've had, though I wish I had drank it a little fresher. Gale's beers don't seem to age very well.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: The usual typical looking Gales short bottle that was corked and sealed with a black plastic wrap. The label is dark purple with silver writing. Listed as “Jubilee Ale 1952-2002” with an advertised strength of 12.0% ABV. Specially brewed to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

This was the last of the beers that I shared with fellow BA’s Davo and DavidBanner during our short trip to the Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel last night.

Appearance: Poured with some carbonation, this was a very viscous brew that had a thick dark brown hazy body with little, if any, head. It has a very mundane appearance that does not look inviting.

Nose: Lots of toffee and caramel with some alcohol notes. Figs and Sultanas are evident also.

Taste: Sweet malts and rich thick toffee start the beer. The middle is a warming emulsion of raisins, plums and figs. The beer wraps up with a melted chocolate toffee and rich caramel finish. Lovely tastes that certainly improve when the beer is warmed.

Mouthfeel: Solid beer, immense presence from the beers body, but not that much from the alcohol actually. Smooth and rich with a thick feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: Easily partaken, even after several other beers, it was a pleasant sipping beer. Nice, thick and warming I thoroughly enjoyed wrapping the night up at the Stuffed Sandwich with this one. The 12% is well hidden.

Overall: Thankfully it smells and tastes much better than it looks. A very pleasing warming brew, which is a true sipper and finished the night off the right way. It went well with DavidBanner’s Fries surprisingly. I am not sure how much of this brew made it Stateside, or whether it is still available, but I was quite impressed with this.

Thanks to Sam at the Stuffed Sandwich for this one.

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Gale's Jubilee Ale (2002) from George Gale & Company Ltd
85 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.