Gale's Prize Old Ale - George Gale & Company Ltd
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3.94/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
09-05-2013 00:23:15 | More by KYGunner
3.55/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-07-2013 13:59:51 | More by stakem
3.39/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
06-30-2013 22:21:27 | More by 51mmz0rz
3.01/5 rDev -13.3%
9.3 fl. oz. foil wrapped, corked bottle served in my KtG snifter. Bottled in 1999. Pours a dull, plum-colored hue with a nearly opaque clarity. No head or lacing, just some bubbles that cluster around the shoulders before eventually dissipating completely. Nose reveals dark fruit, toffee, some oxidation, sugary notes, leather and a suggestion of plastic as the brew warms. Taste - well, it's past it's prime. Watery, oxidized, sugar water with some vinous notes and some vinegary acidity at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, with zero carbonation and a slight oiliness. Overall, a muddled mess and past its prime. Not quite a drain pour, but I'm glad I didn't pick up the 1997 vintage.
05-14-2013 00:55:50 | More by Jwale73
4/5 rDev +15.3%
Presented in a George Gale Old Ale flute glass. Dark ruby red gives way to dark copper in mesmerizing clarity as it radiates elegance from below a barely noticeable rocky head.
The aroma is rich with pungent cherry liqueur and earth notes. Also discernible are plum, licorice, maple syrup, port wine, and spiced rum.
This ale is tart with a light medicinal quality. Saturated with dark fruits of plum, raisin, and cherry. The finish is similar to Chianti and, while short, quite powerful.
A medium body with silky texture, this beer is almost flat with alcohol in line with expectations. However, having aged 11 years, the alcohol is surprisingly present. This one is lightly warming and super dry.
Gale’s Prize Old Ale warms well to clarify the aroma and flavor profiles. It is well suited for a cozy afternoon of reading and is the epitome of a sipping beer.
04-21-2013 14:53:07 | More by SLeffler27
Gale's Prize Old Ale from George Gale & Company Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.