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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

384 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 23.56%
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2001

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Jwale73
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
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 -21%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of SLeffler27
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
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 -28.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
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 +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

Gale's Prize Old Ale from George Gale & Company Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.