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

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Gale's Prize Old AleGale's Prize Old Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

382 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 24.21%
Wants: 16
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.46/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2000 Vintage

Pours a hazy plum skin color. No head (expected none) no lace. It's 13 years old, I cut it some slack. Looks good.

Very strong red wine and toffee start the smell. Some chocolate and booze come through as well. Hint of leather.

Port, toffee, leather and earth combine very elegantly. In shorts and a Carhartt hoodie, I feel very underdressed drinking this from a snifter. There is a slight vinegar sour in the aftertaste, non offensive. Only a hint of the boozy heat. The body has a nice, moderate thickness. Goes down well.

I liked it. I'd love to compare it to a newer vintage. The hunt is on! The place I grabbed this from ran out of newer vintages, though I could try a few even older.

New notes 5/18/13.

Just popped bottle #4651 from the 1996 Vintage. Still pretty damn amazing.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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1.7/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Got this last year maybe at Julio's. Oh yeah, this is a 1996 vintage! Oh lord this is going to be undrinkable...

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a murky, muddy reddish brown that had not the slightest sign of carbonation. Average and mehhhh.

S - Stale, old brown sugar, molasses, leather, raisins, plums. No real alcohol notes. Actually doesnt smell half bad. Smells good infact.

T - OH god! One sip and I don't think I can take another. Smokey, old stale leather. Old rotten dark fruits. Slight, slight sweetness. Just tastes old and bad. Ugh.

M - Like stale, rotten prune water. Ugh. This is horrendous.

O - Overall, one of the worst beers I've drank. Only reason why Overall is not a 1 is because the aroma was good, if not absurdly misleading. Disgustingly bad.

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3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage.

A: Kind of gross...Absolutely no head at all. Flat and extremely murky. Dark brown.

S: Tangy balsamic? Palm dates. Malt. Alcohol at the end. Hope it does not taste like this...

T: A lot mellower than expected. Dried/sugared dates. Oats. Has a red wine likeness. Slight bit of smokiness at the very end. plum. no hops. Some medicinal phenols. Malty and syrupy...like corn syrup. coca cola. Warming but the alcohol isnt pungent.

M: Flat yet smooth like a very thick wine. Has a beautiful softness.

O: Feels like I'm drinking wine. After a while I warmed up to the taste and body but I practically had to hold my nose drinking this :(

Gale's Prize Old Ale from George Gale & Company Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.