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

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312 Reviews

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Reviews: 312
Hads: 397
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 26.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
George Gale & Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2001

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Photo of Avagadro
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads: Brewed in 2001
Reviewed: 2-19-2012

A: The fact that the cork crumbled upon extraction leads me to think that this brew hasn't been stored on its side, as advised by the back label. This brew pours with the absence of any carbonation, sitting flat in its oversized wine glass. The body exhibits a bit of haze, and is of a mahogany hue.

S: The nose is magnificent, with heavy vinous notes of port and cognac. Raisins, prunes, vanilla, and caramel are elegantly combined to create an enticing experience.

T: The flavor of this brew brings on more nuances of fortified wine. The sweetness of the grapey malt is balanced well by acidity, much like a good wine.

M: Without carbonation to get in the way, this ale's true character can shine through, exhibiting a sticky viscosity reminiscent of Bristol Cream.

O: What a delight, and at the modest price of $4 at my local shop. I highly recommend picking up a bottle if you find one.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a darnk, mahogany-hued body with no carbonation or lacing.

Smell: Sweet-smelling fruity, caramel, woody, earthy notes with some red wine, and sherry sents.

Taste: Dark, malty, sweet, tart, complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Smoother and milder than the 9% ABV would indicate. Nice sipper that makes a nice diversion or accent. Not something I would go to over and over.

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Photo of Dope
2.37/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

1998, 1999 and 2002 vintages. Just had them all back to back, reviews are exactly the same.
A: Murky brown pour. No carbonation. No lacing, head, whatever.

S: Sickly sweet caramel and dark fruits. Mainly raisin. Heh, I just checked my old review from almost 2 years ago and I gave it almost the same description, including "sickly sweet". Too funny.

T: Lots of dark fruits, kind of toffee-ish malt backing it up. Tastes like old sherry, oxidized to death I guess.

M: Flat, flat flat.

O: On to the next vintage, this one is well past being any good.

1996 vintage, bottle #0662. Reviewed 01/23/2012

A: A dark brown, almost black pour. No head at all. No lacing. Almost completely flat.

S: Sickly sweet dark fruits. Cherry, raisin and fig mainly. Some caramelized sugar. Very sweet and strong.

T: As mentioned above, it's pure ultra sweet and cloying dark fruits. Sherry-like, telling me it's way past its prime.

M: Completely flat, mouthfeel consistent with pepsi left out for about a month.

O: Perhaps a decent beer but this is just too old. Being flat and oxidized doesn't do it any favors. Perhaps will try a more recent vintage and re-review.

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Photo of drabmuh
1.98/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

1999 vintage shared by Lunch. Thanks. I've seen these around and have always been curious about them. This beer is truly awful.

Beer is brown, clear, flat.

Aroma is paper, alcohol, and figs.

Beer is sweet, papery, oxidized, harsh, thin in the finish. Not a repeat. Avoid this vintage.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.06/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of Lunch. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a very dark brown color with no head really at all. Thin, thin collar without much going on. The nose carries some cardboard and a bit of booze. Sweetness as well. Plenty of malt. Flavor has loads of wet cardboard and booze. Some malt sweetness. Medium, flat body. Meh.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

1999 vintage

The beer is flat and appears a light brown hue. The aroma offers old, dank basement, cardboard, malt, booze. The flavor is just not appealing. Old, boozy liquor dipped in cardboard. Devoid of carbonation and off putting on the palate. I have tried this beer several times over the last several years and have yet to have a positive experience. Avoid.

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Photo of fx20736
4.51/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 Edition.

Poured from a 9.3 oz bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Umber brown with a thin tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: Clover honey, dates, orange blossoms. Sweetly aromatic with a mellow, rounded scent that years in the bottle conferred,

Mouthfeel: soft.

Taste: Mellow, softly sweet with notes of honey, dates & oranges. Has a soft, fading finish that is slightly wine-y and slightly clove-like but dries out on the end.

Notes: Where do I begin? This beer is in a category by itself. Rich, mellow, delicious. I am so sad that it went by so quickly. I will buy more and cellar.

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2.15/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a flat, burgundy color with almost no bubbles or head

S: Old prunes, some leahter, toffee and wood

T: Dark fruits, Earthy notes, some wood, toffee. While there is alot going on it's not going on in a good way. Rather faded on taste and blah

M: Thin, flat

O: These beers do not hold up very well.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.27/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From 10/30/11 notes. Review $1600! Poured from a 9.3oz bottle into a tulip. 1997 vintage with the following written on the back "OA1 31433".

a - Pours a hazy dark mahogany brown color with no head or carbonation evident. An agressive pour got me a few bubbles, maybe be flat already.

s - Smells of dark sweet fruits, alcohol, raisins, musty, port, and light caramel. Lots of alcohol and a little sweet; not awful not not that great.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, raisins, alcohol, caramel, musty notes, port, lightly sour. No carbonation and seems oxidized, definitely a step down from the nose and a little difficult to put down a whole bottle of.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. Unfortunately this one seems to be flat and oxidized at this point, and takes a bit away from drinking it.

o - Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer at all. It was flat and the alcohol/port wine in the taste dominated and made it hard to rpink a 9 oz. bottle of it. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Crittervision
2.72/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

275ml bottle from 1982 into a Kulminator snifter on 13 August 2011.

Transparent ruddy brown that pours flat with just a tiny ring of bubbles. 

Smells like very faint medicinal cherry syrup, country ham, sweet tea, butter, and fermented Jesus blood. 

Taste is bitter. Tart in the throat. Sherry, sugary warm raisins, diluted sweet wine, diluted old juice, faint cherry-grape syrup sourness. 

Sweet smell that transforms to tart in the finish. 

Moderate mouthfeel that is perceived as a bit thick due to the lack of carbonation. 

An interesting beer. Given a little carbonation and a concentration of aroma and flavor in stead of massive dilution, this could be much more enjoyable.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.62/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours hazy red-mahogany with virtually no head.

Aroma is rich toffee, chocolate, and dark fruit infused with alcohol warmth. Some earthy, oaky notes peek through.

Taste is oxidized toffee and dark fruit up front. Tart then sour. Woody oak notes come through cleanly, but then a stale alcohol quality spoils the mood.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

I think this one was aged a little too long. Damn shame.

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Photo of bashiba
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is from the a 1998 vintage, 13years old, nice, the most aged beer I have had.

Poured a deep dark mahagony, crystal clear with just a hint of carbonation.

Has a deep fruity sweetness, nice sherry hints and oak and sweet alcohol notes.

Very malty and slightly tart, has a bit of chocolate and light bit of grape flavor. Has some light bready qualities, the flavor is actually fairly mild and has a long tobacco and leather finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and a bit oily, no real carbonation to speak of.

Interesting and a fun drink, but nothing great.

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Photo of plfahey
4.42/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9.3 oz. bottle (1997 vintage) poured into a tulip glass (8/27/11)

Appearance-Dusty mahogany-brown hue with reddish highlights. Clarity is decent. Head is non-existant as the beer is practically still, but the beer does exhibit legs from it's high alcohol content. Looks almost port-like.

Aroma-There's a slight musty cork aroma up front along with some fusel alcohols, but the primary notes are of dried fruits-raisins, dates, and prunes, with a distinct vinous/nutty/sherry-like aroma. Candy sugar, molasses, toffee, and light toast form the background. There's a slight funk character to it, but it serves more as a point of complexity.

Flavor-The first flavors on the palate are muted and rather unimpressive, but it expands on your tongue, it reveals an incredible malt and ester profile. Toasted malt with chocolate and light coffee roast, toffee, and molasses. Vinous, dried fruit flavors-raisins and dates. In the finish, there are grape-like, winey flavors and substantial drying alcohol. Wood character is present in the finish along with nutty, sherry-like oxidation flavors and some granny smith apple tartness.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body and virtually still at this point. Moderately high alcohol warmth coats the palate. Decadent.

There's a reason this is a classic example of an Old Ale-incredible layers of dried fruit and malt with subtle sherry-oxidation notes-at 14 years old, this beer wears its age well.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In my experience these have been bottle to bottle. I have a vertical of 1996-2000, so I will review these in order of vintage and average the review score.

Vintage 1996. Bottle # 4755

A-Cork split in half and crumbled. Managed to open without getting any cork pieces in the bottle, but it took some work. Pours beautiful burgundy color with no head.

S-Toffee, caramel, candied fruit. Musty. Not a trace of oxidation.

T/M-Medium bodied and smooth, with no carbonation. Lovely flavors of rich tobacco, caramel, brown sugar, fruitcake. A touch of tart oxidation on the back end, but it's barely noticeable. The finish is earthy and musty, with lingering molasses sweetness.

O-This has held up very well over the years. When this was released, I was 14 years old.

Vintage 1997. Bottle #2320

A-This time the cork came out in one piece, though there were a few errant flecks that made their way into the bottle. Pours clear dark burgundy with no head, just a few thin bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S-Old leather, prunes,rotting wood.

T/M-The same sweet tobacco tinged caramel flavors found in the 1996 vintage, but this one has a slightly more pronounced oxidized flavor. An odd, almost salty sensation on the tip of the tongue, followed by port wine, leather and tobacco notes. The finish is lingering and earthy, with flavors of molasses.

O-Very similar to the 1996. This one is slightly more oxidized, and has more overt notes of leather.

Vintage 1998.
A-Cork came out more or less in one piece. A few crumbs made it into the bottle. Identical in color, clarity and carbonation to the previous bottles.

S-This one smells heavily of cork. Otherwise, it's largely similar to the 1996 in terms of aroma.

T/M-Oxidized/corked. Dry, chalky bitterness combined with tart acidity. Underneath is the familiar George Gale flavor profile, but this is undrinkable.

O-Drain pour.

Vintage 1999.

A-Cork came out in one piece, or so I thought. Found a fat chunk of cork floating on the surface once I poured out the dregs. Same clear burgundy appearance with no carbonation.

S-Very sweet, with aromas of leather and prunes. Less interesting than the 1996, but not as much oxidation aroma as the 1997 and 1998.

T/M-Really oxidized. Sharply acidic up front. Otherwise, this has the same basic flavor profile of the 1997. The sweetness is getting to me. Sticky cloying sweetness on the back palate.

O-I'm surprised to find these are becoming less and less drinkable the younger they get. The 1996 was so good, but they are losing character with each year. Drain pour.

Vintage 2000.

A-A very firm cork compared to all the others. Came out in one piece. Slightly darker burgundy than the previous vintages. Still completely flat and clear.

S-Sweet prunes and leather. Very similar to the previous vintages. No signs of oxidation.

T/M-Sharp oxidation flavors right off the bat, followed by cloying candied fruit sweetness. Nothing new to report here. More of the same.

O-Drain pour.

So basically, these seem to lose drinkability as the vintages get younger. I have to assume this is related to how they were stored at some point, or something to that effect. The 1996 is a clear standout. The other vintages haven't held up very well.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1996 Bottle #5562

No “Pop” heard when uncorked. Pours a deep deep brown border lining on black. No head whatsoever – maybe 60 bubbles present circling the rim and they are gone in seconds. Smells entirely of boozy dark fruits, with plums and raisins dominating what no doubt is a great nose. First sip is all raisins, plums and figs. I am struck by the total lack of carbonation as this one feels like a wine. Also noteworthy is the total lack of any lacing. Though not your typical Old Ale, there is plenty of complexity here to make this one worth seeking.

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Photo of tobelerone
1.78/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

1998 Vintage.

This was easily the worst beer I've had all year. Dark deep brown color with no head or lacing at all, totally still.

Smell is very musty, earthy and sweet...not awful...yet.

Taste however is another story. Sweet and rancid, like putrified fruit. Corky, musty, vinegar-y too.

Totally undrinkable mess. Boozy, sour, flat (no carbonation left all), no malt character. Lots of moldy cork. Just rancid.

I like old ales so I'm not a newcomer to the style or naive about what they should taste like. THis one was plainly ruined. An awful beer and one of the few drain pours I've performed in my life. That was just the last 1/3 of the beer too....gave it a chance...let it warm completely....kept sipping. Nope. Yuck. Steer clear.

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Photo of BigB415
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 1996 thrown in for free at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco to complete my mini vertical(was picking up the 97-2000.) Employee told me I have to risk it with beers this old so I figured I'd take the plunge and I'm glad I did.

A: dark brown with no head and no lacing. No carbonation what so ever which isn't surprising with a beer that's 15 years old.

S: Raisins, chocolate. It feels like I'm drinking a port or a sherry and not a beer.

T: more chocolate and raisins. All the characteristics of a port/sherry. There is also a little sour kick at the end which I would take for tannins if this were a wine.

MF: The sourness hangs around a little bit but other than that the mouthfeel is a little thin. No other flavors I can pick up besides raisins, chocolate and a tannin like taste.

O: I'm really glad I got this. I was expecting something a lot worse with something this old. It's not something I'd drink everyday though.

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Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now brewed by Fuller’s in London, this new version comes in a 500ml brown bottle, capped and supposedly still bottle-conditioned; Vintage 2008, BB 26/10/2012, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: pours a dark russet hue, coming with very find carbonation and a thin beige creamy head that settles fast to a thin sheet.
S: the aroma is dense and sweet in the malt compartments, showing mainly notes of caramel and jammy fruits (dates, raisins, prunes, rose fruits, etc.), underlined by assertive notes of fruit esters with an old-ish/stale touch… The sourness balances off the sweetness very well.
T: mildly sweet and sour fruity with plenty of spiced dried berry fruits to offer, then quickly developing into a rather hoppy, tea-ish/herbal-dry and mildly bitter finish, with warming alc. smoothly caressing the throat along with the lingering yeasty touch almost like a well-aged Oloroso - chewy and satisfying in the long finish.
M&D: finely carbonated, full-bodied and yet dangerously drinkable; this vintage, now brewed by the Fuller’s, has shown similar elements of other Fuller’s Barley Wines, with more pronounced hop contents to offer. Regardless of the difference, I find it an outstanding Old Ale for its depth, balance, and remarkable palate throughout.

* Vintage 2005 - Tasting Date: 10Dec2007
This bottle was from the last few batches of Prize Old Ale produced in Gale's old Horndean brewery before it was taken over by the Fuller’s. Bottled in 2005, served cool in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.
3.5 A: even after a force-pour, there comes very little sign of a beer head, with just sparse rimmed bubbles on top of a semi-dead, nearly black body. I suppose this long-aged ale had lost most of its carbonation before being bottled, just like many other old English ales produced in the old fashion?
3.5 S: very intense and sweet in dark maltiness at first, almost syrupy in a sense, but never short of an assertively acidic, even vinegary, edge of oxidised berry-fruit vinegar; also, unmistakable hints of fat, meaty Chinese black dates and smoked prunes, damp old barrels, a milder entry of sour apples, and a bag of interesting mixture of grated root-herbs keep aside constantly. Overall, the sticky edge of maltiness and sourness seems to suppress other elements, otherwise the complexity could’ve been more remarkable.
4 T: the flavour is so light, not at all heavy or sweet as the nose suggests… the initial taste like Chinese herb-medicine-soup come with a pretty settled taste of damp aged cider and a fading vanilla+toasted note as of old oak barrels plus tobacco, leading towards a smoked-date fruity aftertaste with a faint dry-acidic touch; a long, increasingly dry, almost sherry-like finishing touch lingers no, it's something else as of the undertone of an aged fortified wine, like Masala wine perhaps?! As the dryness fades out finally, there’s but a little touch of sour fruity hint and everlasting spicy-smokiness of Chinese smoked-prune tea. The overall flavour is utterly interesting yet very quiet.…
4 M&4 D: smooth and almost lubricating in texture against a surprisingly light body, while there is almost no sign of alcohol detectable on the palate (notable, that barely two years have passed since this ale was bottled!). Not a very tasty or quite complex old ale as I would wish it to be, but the supremely mellow mouthfeel makes it a very approachable ale worth slow savouring like a good cup of Chinese dark tea. I heard Fuller’s would keep on with production of this stuff in Chiswick, and it’ll be interesting to see whether and what the new brewery shall bring to the strengths of this very old recipe~~

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4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark red color with a hint of head that retains alright. The aroma is strong with caramel and cherries. The taste is strong with figs, cherries and caramel. The mouthfeel is nice and velvety and doesn't finish harsh at all. Overall a great beer that everyone should try.

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4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Bottled in 1997" on the label

Bought for half price at Healthy Spirits SF and they warned me "some of these are awful, some are amazing, take your chances, that's why they're half off" - stoked i took the plunge

This is by far the oldest beer i've ever had, and what an interesting, unique brew it is.

L - Pours very unexciting, flat and syrupy, but not discolored in the slightest ...hey, its 14 years old! what would you expect.

S - intense...olivey at first but dissipates into a strong prune/dried fruit driven, cocoa and vitamin nose - big oak in there too. very nice

TASTE - is fantastic - yes its a lot of prune juice and raisins, but its also loaded with dry, coffee malts, off-sour cherry/berry character and a nice cake like finish....delicious for what this is

Overall - this is a wholly unique and incredible beer...after 14 years this has gained an impeccable complexity, a lot like a nice port wine, oakey and full of rich fruit. so glad i tried this

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Photo of lionchow
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2000 vintage.

Pours a mildly hazy, dark ruby red. No head and no carbonation.

A - Fruit, oak, candi sugar, marshmallows

F - Sweet cherries, raspberries, blackberries, candi sugar. Very nice.

M - dry, with no carbonation at all.

Overall it was good, I would certainly drink another.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prize Old Ale out of a bottle and into a goblet. 2001 vintage enjoyed in April 2011, bought at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan for five dollars.

Appearance: A very thick but non-beer-like pour, no carbonation, no head, some decent lacing. Color is hazy brown, like dirty coca-cola.

Smell: Aged bitterness. Some raisins, plums and bread pudding. Rum sugars and fruit wine. Rain puddles, dampness. Flooded basement.

Taste: Not as pronounced as smell. Very flat, like flavored, spiked water. Weird! Back bitterness as it goes down. Dry fruits around the mouth, a flavor that lingers along with a taste of old sherry aged in casks.

Mouthfeel: A contentious part of this beer. Flat, watery, thin. Absolutely no carbonation. Low body but medium-to-full flavor. Hard to believe this is a beer, or even a quality alcohol product of any kind. Looks and feels more like Kool-Aid or grape juice. But once you get into it, it is oh-so-nice. Beautiful dirty sediment at the end.

Overall: Drinkability is ginormous here. It's a small bottle, the taste is fine and it drinks great. I could chug this! No heat or booze. Smooth... after spending some time in England drinking plenty of warm and flat beers, I'm glad I got to revisit this and fully enjoy it. English old ales are exactly like this, flat and musty and unlike the carbonated American old ales such as Old Stock.

Not for everyone, but a gem for those who can appreciate it. Should be tasted at room temp!

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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1996 vintage 275 ml bottle cracked in January 2011, poured into an oversized snifter. The soft and slightly crumbly cork is a sure clue that some oxidation is to be expected.

Murky cola brown body with an exceedingly brief wisp of bubbles and a short-lived ring of bubbles providing the only signs of life. Not too impressive looking, but things get better soon enough.

No need to dig down into the snifter to search for the aromas; they practically jump out of the glass. Potent sherry and vinous notes with a dash of tart cherry, toffee and booze underneath.

Quite tart, almost to a distracting level, but there's plenty to like here. Warming booze and buttery toffee somewhat smooth out the tartness. Lots of sherry and vinous flavors. A slippery and smooth body. Very little carbonation, but you won't really miss it. Pleasant notions of cherry pie, figs and chocolate make periodic appearances. Overall impression: Not a bad old ale here. I'd like to try this one both younger and older for comparison

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1.67/5  rDev -52%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

275ml, 1999 vintage

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's almost completely opaque with faint mahogany edges when held to a light source. Pours completely still with no sign of carbonation/head/bubbles.

Sweet syrupy aroma with hints of boozy bourbon(odd since it's not barrel aged), leathery, earthy malt, caramel, toffee and sweet fruit, mostly apple. Kind of smells like someone took a caramel apple and dipped it in a glass of liquor.

Thick, syrupy and completely flat without any sign of carbonation at all. Sticky sweet with a huge blast of booze up front that lingers throughout into a sweet finish with warmth in the chest. Slight diacetyl(yes, I know what that means!) with plenty of leathery malt, caramel and toffee. Again, I'm picking up that sweet apple presence found in the aroma making this beer taste like a boozy caramel apple. The combination of it being cloyingly sweet and total lack of carbonation turns this into a drain pour pretty quickly. For a beer that is supposed to aged gracefully this was a huge disappointment. It seems to have completely fallen apart.

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3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This pours a nice dark brown with a billowing, off-white head. The carbonation is fizzy, which leaves a pleasant tingling sensation. Huge aromas of plums and raisins. Very fruity up front with a slight bready malt finish. A bit sweet, full body.

Overall, a good sipping beer, but the sweetness makes the pint+ bottle a bit much to drink alone.

Vintage 2007

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Gale's Prize Old Ale from George Gale & Company Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.