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

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.18%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky borwn with some red hue with absolutely no head to speak of here but was expected,great aromas of cocoa some sugar cookie dough and orange with some noticable nuttieness.A real sipping brew here and fruity to the hilt big orange flavors along with some sour cherry and I have to say it does have this vodka and cranberry flavor to it the first I have ever experienced that in a beer,as the beer warms a real nutty presence come out as well.A nice before bed beer very enjoyable and exremely complex.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours flat, as is to be expected from the higher alcohol Gale's beers, with no head and no lacing. And that's OK for a barleywine. It's attractive, regardless, with its hazy reddish-copper body and glowing ruby highlights. The nose expresses caramel, alcohol, and a lightly vinous note. It's viscous and smooth across the palate, but not particularily creamy. Caramel appears first in the flavor, followed by darker fruits (fig, plum, raisin), and finally a quick splash of hops before the alcohol comes forward at the swallow and lingers in the aftertaste. It's an interesting beer, and it works well as an after-dinner drink or nightcap, but there are much better barleywines out there (English or otherwise). As far as Gale's goes, my recommendation remains their Prize Old Ale.

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!

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last Gale bottle from a recent splurge and I hope this one reverses the trend of negativity and gives me something to rejoice over, we hope, we hope...
I pour, and observe the color, a nice, dark plum, but very little carbonation, practically no head, and I glance at the bottle, "12 %, eh, we may be in for a ride!"
Aroma: Fruity, though faintrich in cherries, berries, grapes, and lately unfolding, becoming richer, deeper, darker, more pointed and potent. Spicy, sweet, containing a juicy sting in the nose.
Taste: Mmmmm, warm on the mouth, lushly malty, fully fruity, with small hop content, but not remiss with flavor, and the booze rides high, washing all over the taste and cascading upwards into the brain before long. Full-bodied, good texture, warm, sweet, cognac-y finish, this is a luxuriant ale, perfect for frosty January nights, keeping one company against harsh, disconsolate distractions. Rich flavor continues to loll up into the palate again and again, tossing rewards aplenty into the senses. Yum, I keep thinking, yum, yummy, yum, additional tastes enter in, and I'm getting anise and spices, cinnamon, along with the strawberry and cherry... this is a good one! My initial fears of disappointment are allayed, and I relax in the undertow as it washes over me, spreading pleasure throughout...
Again, though...worth $5.29 for a mere 9.3 ounces? Perhaps not, but this is one time that the monetary gamble was at least closer to the reward on the tongue.

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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours without any head (bottle was straight up) so the glass is squeaky clean. Cloudy amber color with yeast left in bottle. No carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is alcohol and vinious. Starts on the sweet side not cloying, the high abv is not noticeable, some sourness (raisin??) is there, great barleywine. The 275ml bottle is not enough, $5.49 from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  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.

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

Photo of cokes
4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Still and beautiful, a jeweled, pumpkined auburn hue.
Rifles up the nose with tanned hide, rasberries, orange preserves, Shiraz, and fig jelly.
Malt bestrews the mouth with a thick layer of toffee and horse saddles. This is the foundation which the fruit shall emerge. Sour cherries, orange rinds, black and red berries, figs, and dates, and red grapes. Plum wine gains favor, as it conjoins a restatement of leather and toffee, and a lavish woodsiness comprised of sandalwood and oak. Vinousness lingers long through the finish, coupled with maple syrup and suede.
Glassy and glossy, and never fat in the mouth. It's far from brutish with it's alcohol, but a embering, warning glow is everpresent.
Finessed and capitvating. It makes Americanized versions (though I love them) seem barbaric and uncouth. Even Tom Hardy bows before this Queen.

Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Suds
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bottle, the beer has virtually no head. The tawny, woodsy colored almost completely still. The aroma is centered on alcohol and malt. It’s also very fruity, full of plumb and cherry. Also molasses. It’s a winy, warming, soft and solid beer. The alcohol is well hidden for the 12%. Sweet, spicy and full. Still, it’s not as complex as a log of English Barleywines. On the other hand, it’s dangerously drinkable and very enjoyable.

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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew comes in a corked bottle, already a sign I am in for something special. I pour it into a snifter and a nice glug, glug, glug emits from the bottle. The pour is a very rich clear mahogany with tints of garnet mixed in. No head to be found anywhere.
Aroma is rich and complex. I get caramel malts, raisins, plums, pears, bourbon hits and some strong alcohol esters.
First sip, very mild almost zero carbonation, thick body with almost syrupy texture. This is good!
Flavor is molasses, pears,plums, maple syrup, bourbon and no hint of alcohol for me.
This is an incredibly smooth brew for 12%abv and the complexity in the flavors is outstanding. I am stoked to have another cellaring right now and may go pick up a few more. This is an excellent beer!

Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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.

Photo of bditty187
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color. No carbonation at all here. Big, vinuous, wine lika aroma. When I sniffed it in the bottle I figured it would be a port or burgundy color thats how wine like it is. Somewhat caramel like and vanilla. Sour and tart flavors upfront. Musty and earth like flavors. Raison notes. Very complex overall. Slight alcohol harshness in the finish. Great body on this puppy. Well balanced against the complex flavors. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. A true sipper. The 12% is very well masked. Worth trying and even laying some down I would think.

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