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Gale's Prize Old Ale - George Gale & Company Ltd

Gale's Prize Old AleGale's Prize Old Ale

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356 Ratings

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 23.56%

Brewed by:
George Gale & Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2001)
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Reviews by RochefortChris:
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South Carolina

2.13/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I was very disappointed with this as I love old ales. I chipped the bottle trying to get the cork out It poured with absolutely no head despite pouring it slow. It has the aroma of a Belgian quad with a hazy reddish brown coloring. Flavor was a bit solventy with hint of raisins and prunes. Very thin body and watery mouth feel. Hard to finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 22:29:01 | More by RochefortChris
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've tried out three separate vintages, with different impressions of each one.

1997 (Opened 2014): This beer tasted seventeen years old in the best way possible. It had the qualities of a fine wine, with a lingering and ancient sweetness and an oaky quality. You'd think it had spent those seventeen years in a barrel instead of a bottle. This beer is definitely not for everybody, it comes across like a beer-wine-port hybrid. The alchohol is prominent, almost front-and-center. It was thick, and had yeast settled at the bottom of the bottle (which I barely even noticed). Enriching, satisfying, and must to try.

2005 (Opened 2014): The bottle must have been compromised in some way, because it was borderline undrinkable. This one does not contribute to my overall rating, as it was likely a fluke. It just tasted like sour, sickly sherry.

2007 (Opened 2013): You can taste the difference in age between the 1997 and the 2007. The alchohol is better-masked, and it is far more "beerish" than the other two. Elements of cherry, chocolate, red wine, and barrel-wood, with a syrupy richness reminiscent of a stout. Absolutely delicious, and has a wide-enough array of deep flavors to compliment anything from a rare steak to a dessert. This was the best of the three.

Overall: An unpleasant bottle shouldn't discourage you from trying another, because a good one is well worth enjoying. One of the better aged beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 16:52:24 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

03-24-2014 23:00:19 | More by jfcaa193
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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

03-22-2014 23:03:58 | More by afsdan
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1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

03-20-2014 18:54:06 | More by Eighty
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1.45/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

stubby vintage 2006(5?) bottle into goofy-looking tulip. review from notes

im making this review only as a word of caution: do not buy this beer. i repeat, DO NOT BUY THIS BEER. there is no enjoyment to be had here. it is flat, sour, insipid sewer water from the 9th level of hell.

maybe, MAYBE, this was once a good beer (and according to some reviews, it was), but time has not been kind in this case

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 06:43:19 | More by jimmah120
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-24-2014 01:31:34 | More by 22Blue
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-26-2013 16:06:23 | More by TerryW
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3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with no head whatsoever.
Strong predominant aroma of Port Wine
Flavor follows nose, taste of Port Wine with notes of oak, vanilla, dark fruits, balsamic vinegar and peppermint. Astringent aftertaste.
Medium body with no carbonation at all and a velvety feeling. No signs of the 9% abv.
Incredible that they could make beer taste like a port wine, got some extra points for this.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 13:13:18 | More by FLima
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

12-05-2013 03:04:04 | More by BillRoth
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

11-26-2013 03:53:36 | More by DrunkinYogi
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1.43/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a 275ml wax-sealed cork bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Brewed in 2005, the bottle says.

A- Absolutely zero head. I attribute that to the age of the beer rather than a failing. Rich chocolate-brown body. No carbonation.

S- Vinous smell with a distinct aroma of Worcestershire sauce. Uhhh that can't be good.
On second smell, a twinge of live cultures, but it can't make up for the condiment smell. I stand by my score.

T- Vile flavor. Water and steak sauce. Oh my god.
More robust flavor, but not any better.

M- Water with cloudy crap floating in it. Something wicked this way comes.

O- I'm keeping my original comments, but I will wait for the beer to come to room temperature and review it again.
I stand by my comments. One of the worst beers I've ever had. I think it was well past its best-by date.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:02:06 | More by Murrhey
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

09-12-2013 18:30:29 | More by BuckTuckian
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

09-08-2013 05:16:19 | More by mdillon86
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

09-05-2013 01:07:55 | More by DLucky
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3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a brown to almost auburn color it was Crystal clear with a kind of filtered look. The head was a rising pillow of small tight knit bubbles that sat on top for several minutes.

The nose was much like a wine with a fermented barley and malt scent. The aromas were somewhat damp smelling, almost humid, though I'm sure that makes no sense.

The flavors that come from this Old Ale are astonishing as it has a peppermint sweetness, a menthol briskness and then a candied fruit sweetness. Many may not like this combination in their ale but I found it quite alluring, very interesting and nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 00:23:15 | More by KYGunner
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

09-03-2013 20:55:41 | More by Nolen12
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-30-2013 18:02:26 | More by bradfordjohnson
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-30-2013 01:53:05 | More by jkball01
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3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1997 vintage from a 275ml corked bottle into a tulip. Unfortunately, like most of these style bottles, this was not stored on it's side so the cork snapped while removing it. The brew pours a clear mahogany color with ruby through the body. A lighter yellowish hint is seen around the edges and no bubble formation outside of the initial pour.

The aroma is leathery with caramel, toffee and some residual sweetness still seems to flirt with the nose. A bit of booze is evident and somewhat fruity in nature coupled with a hint of brown sugar. The aroma is surprisingly lacking in the expected oxidative notes.

The flavor is somewhat oxidized with a mild paper, cardboard and foliage aspect but not overly so. There are notes of leather, earth and caramel to toffee but without the accompanying sweetness. The malt is more like burnt sugar at this point and plenty of fruity alcohol keeps things warming. As it warms up, a mild tangy vinous to wild note emerges along with a slight indication of chocolate.

This is a surprisingly light bodied brew that is still. I was surprised that it was not showing its age as much as I thought it would. The alcohol is still vibrant in this and I found it to be quite enjoyable despite the packaging failure that is thise corked 9oz bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 13:59:51 | More by stakem
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-28-2013 12:54:59 | More by KevinGordon
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New York

2/5  rDev -42.5%

07-19-2013 18:30:25 | More by mborden
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

07-09-2013 19:22:18 | More by mrfrancis
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-03-2013 00:32:08 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 275mL bottle into a tulip style glass. Brewed in 2001. It says to let sit at room temperature, but I'm going to start drinking it around 50F and let it warm as I sip. Sediment stayed behind nicely during the pour.

A: Murky brown hue with no head. I would say it looks like iced tea, but even tea has more head. Not unexpected for such an old beer, however.

S: Sweet, almost nutty, port aromas. Bits of caramel and a distinctive whiff of alcohol.

T: Up front is sweetness with some port character. Astringent, acidic, but clean on the finish, almost like a sweet tea. Finishes off with a surprising malty kick followed by a long lingering alcohol.

M: Mouthfeel is slightly thick with no carbonation.

O: Very interesting beer, especially at such age. You might not call it a beer if you didn't already know what it was.

I will try to plan a vertical of younger vintages. I don't think this one (12 years) is worth a second try, however.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:21:27 | More by 51mmz0rz
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Gale's Prize Old Ale from George Gale & Company Ltd
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