Gale's Conquest Ale Master Brew - George Gale & Company Ltd

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Gale's Conquest Ale Master BrewGale's Conquest Ale Master Brew

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BA SCORE
75
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98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 24.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
George Gale & Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 80
Photo of DogFood11
1/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another Gale's brew, Another complete debacle.

No head whatsoever even with a super agressive pour. Ruddy bown to copper with little carbonation even though I got a good pop when I released the cork. No sun struck character either.

Lots of cider like qualities to this. apple pie mixed with a shot of burboun. I've never poured one down the drain and I wont start today but this is as close as I can get. Cinnamon, Burboun and some oaked or woody type backer may sound like a treat but the combination is rough and acidic.

Notes: Simply awful and this was not a bad sample as I got none of the symptoms of a beer gone bad this is just a bad beer. You taste every bit of the 9% and then some. If you like hard apple ciders with some spices and no carbonation this is for you...

Photo of jimmah120
1.52/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Bottle said brewed in 2001, consumed 2013. Review is from notes.

Pours out a deep saturated amber, with no head or bubbles whatsoever. Also, there were the strangest floaties I've ever seen: looked like chewed up dog toys. Smell is hard water, tobacco. Taste was putrid beyond belief: vinegar, stale wine, rotted black cherries. All along with a mouthfeel similar to the watery part of curdled milk.

An awful experience capped off with a drain pour. Avoid like the plague. Even after reading the reviews from 2002, its hard to believe this was ever drinkable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.57/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Kind of a brown and purple pour with no head, no bubbles, just ugly flat pond water. Aroma was of expired liquid, wet wood, sour dull notes.

Taste, pretty vile. Raisins, plums, like they're fermented next to a jail cell radiator. Really wouldn't, couldn't see anyone being into this, something that can't just be passsed its prime, but never had a prime. Sherry like alcohol notes and lack of carbonation.

I dunno about some of these beers. They're just tons of sherry like alcohol, no carbonation, disturbing yeast phenols and they're expensive to boot. Avoid. Major.

Photo of GimmeAles
1.83/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a peachy, amber hue and forms a one-finger creamy head that subsides to a ring. Clumps of suspended yeast make this look like a Belgian. No freshness date to be seen on the label, but the cork has a gooey, syrupy residue on it – curious how fresh this one is.

Nose is tart, and fruity – almost Sav-Blanc-like. Haven’t yet ventured in gueze-lambic territory, but this has a ‘sourness’ to it. A little bready yeast in the background.

Taste is of pear-grape vinegar upfront with a little malt sweetness in the back. There are wine-like qualities but still ‘not quite right’. Again with a faint, bready-yeast character in the back, but it’s fleeting and not very satisfying. Mouthfeel is thin and the finish is dry but with vaporous, vinegar-like presence that I'm not sure is normal.

Not at all enjoyable and nearly poured this one out. As my rule goes, I will try again from a source known to be fresh, but it would have to improve in many ways to make me a believer.

Photo of connecticutpoet
1.84/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Purchased in March 2009. Based on the vintage, I was hoping that it had been stored well, but I couldn't pass up the chance to try it.

Orange-red beer, clear, with a few tiny floaters. The yeast never came out of the bottle. No head to speak of, no visible carbonation, although there was the sound of a little fizz on the pour.

Aroma is... unique. Old must, teriyaki sauce, whisky, brandy, hard cider starting to turn to vinegar. Hard to believe it from the description, but I actually like the smell.

Taste... here goes. Eeesh. Tannins and hints of teriyaki sauce, as if some had been stored in an oak barrel.

Mouthfeel is flat and lifeless. Damn.

Drinkability is just not there. This is a drain pour. I can't even bring myself to take a third sip.

Photo of EPseja
1.89/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Happy Friday! Cracked open this corked 275ml bottle after dinner to unwind for the evening. This beer was vintage 2001, and was served at slightly cooler than cellar temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance: Transparent copper / carmelized apricot in color. A trace of haze from the bottle conditioning. Not even the slightest trace of carbonation even after letting the last 1/3 of the bottle *glug* into the glass. Looks flat. Very heavy sediment left at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Maple syrup with a winey overtone. Traces of smoked peat. Raisins. Currants. Prunes. Slight vanilla. Reminds me of a "light" version of a Sam Adams Triple bock.

Taste: Maple syrup right up front. Medium bodied malts. Metallic yeasty / alcohol punch right in the middle, paired with the taste of an unmatured sherry. Some hop bitterness in the finish, but can't discern what type. Smoky and tart (but unpleasant) aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Completely flat except for a whisper of effervescence (perhaps the 2001 vintage is a little bit too old to retain it's carbonation). Not a good thing for a non cask-conditioned ale. Watery on the tongue like a cheap wine. Drying in the finish. Not pleasant.

Drinkability: Nothing about this beer (save the smell) would make me want to continue sipping if it weren't for me rating it right now.

Conclusion: Drank about 1/3 of this beer before pouring it down the drain. Nasty taste aside, this beer is too strong to be a "regular drinking" beer, and too weak to make it as a "dessert" beer. Looks like I'll be making another beer selection for this evening's wind-down.

Photo of tewaris
1.9/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

2001 "vintage" poured into an NB globe in Fall 2011.

More than a review, this is a lesson. Many beers can withstand years, yeah; but! (a) Not all can withstand aging and (b) even among those that can, not all can withstand equal amount of time!

Gale's pours cloudy amber with hardly any head at all. And in spite of the cork to prevent oxidation (I suppose), laid on top of wonderful notes of sherry, there's a dirty, ugly layer of wet cardboard, yeah.

You know that something's very very wrong when an English Barleywine tastes sour and I will tell you what it is: it has turned sour. Way past it's prime, and yet reminiscent of its sweet spot, Conquest has notes of dried figs and raisins and some fruit peel tannins but a fuckin' boatload of yucky tartness to go with it.

Thin, watery, and most of all, un-beerly, this beer that could have been borderline awesome 4 years ago has turned into an abomination. Disappointed in my purchase, I brand this one a failure!

Avoid!

Photo of kkipple
1.96/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up on Mike Brawley's non-recommendation in Charlotte for $1.99. I figured for a six year old beer and two bucks, I'd take my chances.

The short version: Mike was right, this is way past its prime; if it ever had one.

A. Flat, deep copper, no head.

S. Soy sauce (Shades of Triple Bock, ugh) heavy malt, sherry-like alcohol. Sour fruit.

T. Sherry. Sour grapes, massive higher alcohol content, caramel aftertaste. Mostly sour and unpleasant though. Oh yeah, quite oxidized, too. Possibly the most sherry-like beer I've ever had... just not reminding me of a good sherry. :(

M. Thin, wine-like. No carbonation.

Yeah, I didn't care for this one. At all. It's old and comes in a cool little 275ml corked bottle... that's about it. I give it greater than a 2 mostly because I'm not entirely sure if I didn't get an off bottle -- but I suspect at 6 years out they're all like this. Won't be buying it again, but someone has to deplete Mike's stock, after all.

Photo of Alieniloquium
1.99/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No date information on the bottle, but I bought from the same case as GallowsThief, so I think it's a 2001. 275 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Mostly clear ruby amber body with no head at all. I'm not surprised, considering how old it is. Lifeless.

Smell - Sherry and caramel. Boozy with some oxidation smells. Uh oh.

Taste - Dear god. Starts off ok with some caramel malts and immediately into a rusty metallic flavor. From then on it's just tangy sourness. So old and so gross. Ugh.

Mouthfeel - Flat, astringent, metallic, horrid. Undrinkable.

Overall - A shadow of what it once was. No, a decomposing cesspool of what it once was. I drainpoured it after finishing this review.

Photo of atsprings
2.01/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Clear copper color with no head whatsoever. Aroma was quite strong and sweet, caramel and dried fruits. The taste was very stale and bland. This one did not stand up to aging at all. The beer was medium to heavy bodied with a decent amount of abrasive alcohol. I was only able to take a few sips then it was a drain pour.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.12/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: Awesome/unique 9.3 oz brown corked bottle

Appearance: Beautiful bright beer, ultra-dark burnt orange with absolutely no carbonation or head.

Smell: Intensely earthy...there are strong notes of sauteed portabella mushroom and hints of soy sauce with just the slightest hints of caramel

Taste: Strong flavors of sauteed mushrooms, damp earthy must, a touch of soy sauce, and a tiny hint of tart apple on the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and slick; NO carbonation

Drinkability: Eeesh...

Conclusion: I'm reviewing this in March 2009; the beer was brewed in 2001. The label said that this was one to put down for the long haul, but I think this is definitely past its prime and showing a bit of oxidation as well. I'm glad I tried it, since it was only brewed once and the brewery is now defunct (I loved their "Prize Old Ale," 2005 vintage) but if you see a bottle of this on the shelves somewhere, I'd pass on by.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.21/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

2nd go. The first bottle was a big fail.

It pours a hazy orange w with no foam and, duh, no lacing.

Age has taken an obvious toll on the beer's smell and I'm sure taste. Smell is of vinegar, which isn't so bad, but there's a chemical like aroma that is very off putting.

Taste IS better. Loaded with the vinegar sourness, gots some soy, and way way deep in the background, the slightest hint of what this may have tasted like. ..an Old Ale?

Light bodied with "some" carbonation.

I fully blame the crumbly cork for not protecting the contents. :^(

Photo of cbl2
2.35/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance:

A short snub nosed bottle with cork. Pours completely still, without even the slightest hint of carbonation. Body is slightly opaque brownish orange.

Smell:

A roasted caramel aroma is present along with some diacetyl fruit like quality, that doesn't mask the abundance of hops present.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

The lack of carbonation was not a good sign, and I fear that this is somewhat skunked. Has an unpleasant woody flavor and a sourness to it, that I'm sure was not intended. Alas, this one is going down the drain.

Photo of cpanossian
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle says brewed in 2001. Dead cork that disintegrated all over the place when I tried to remove it - gross.
Dull brown color - flat no carbonation. Heavy smell of fortified wine like a sherry and similar taste. Not very fun - sips only. Fortified wine alochol taste/smell overpowers any enjoyment. Not a fan of this style.

Photo of mothman
2.51/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Tewaris for bringing this over.

2001 Bottle

Pours very still. No head. Color is a clear copper amber.

Aroma: A lot of malts. Caramel and toffee stick out the most. Just a ton of malts. Smells sticky.

Taste: Much like the nose, but I taste cardboard flavors out of it. I think it has reached its prime. Very malty. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Flat and bland. No carbonation. Medium bodied. Ends clean.

Overall, this beer was probably past its prime. It had a few good flavors, but I could still taste the old.

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.54/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by afdempse. Thanks Adam.

Vintage 2000

Alas, the decrepit cork did not survive the meeting with the corkscrew. After the cork debacle, the beer appeared a rusty orange hue, bordering on copper. No head, no lacing.

The aroma was of malt, alcohol, and light citrus.

The flavor still had a healthy alcohol presence, despite the age of the bottle. Also present was a dank cardboard flavor. Malt and subtle notes of citrus comprise the rest of the flavor. All in all, pretty bland.

The feel was more akin to a liquor than a beer. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, with virtually no carbonation.

I have had several beers by George Gale over the years. Various vintages and brews, random settings. I have yet to have one that has aged well, or that I would like to have again. Overall, a disappointment.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.55/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The pour is reminiscent of seeing brandy on ice. When the ice melts, you can see the water and impurities in the ice sort of move like a light oil. This stuff looks a little viscous. The color is a depp, hazey rust at teh bottom and thick cognac at the top. You can see some liquid suspension near the bottom as well. The aroma is a vinegary, barndy and yeasty brown malt. Has that good "old" smell. The taste is a little harder to handle. Like a barley wine gone bad. Some carmelized fruits with a little vinegar and soy sauce. Then some alcoholic cabbage. Plus the thick, odd viscous palate wasn't too pleasing either. Glad I didn't let this one sit around any longer.

Photo of Knapp85
2.57/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer sounded like it was going to be awesome. I ordered a bottle of this at the Bethlehem Speakeasy and waited patiently for the waiter to bring it over. The beer was uncorked and poured into a wine glass. Flat looking brew, no bubbles at all in this thing. The color was hard to tell because the place was dark but it almost looked red. The smell was a lot like wine. The taste was pungent and tart also much like a red wine. This beer's mouthfeel was watery and flat. Not much complexity or anything going on in this. Not really impressive. Bummer.

Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.57/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2001 George Gale & Co. Ltd Masterbrew Pale Ale 275ml/9.3oz corked bottle into snifter. Pours dark mahogany, with no head whatsoever, absolutely lifeless. Smells like wine, like a bitter white wine. Taste like wine, no beer aspect at all here. I picked this "wine" up @ Michaels in Marietta GA for $3.09. When I saw the 2001 vintage I had to shell out the change to grab a few. The cork was intact and not disintegrated like some others reviews, and this beer did not reek of vinegar. Honestly the "wine" was pleasant, paired with my 1lb 3oz ribeye. I'm not much of a wine person but honestly this wasn't a bad experience, but just not what I was expecting. Ive had beers as old as 17 years properly cellared, such as Chimay grande reserve 1994 vint, Westvleteren abt12 1993 vint. Anchor Xmas 1997 and so on. This beer just wasnt up to par with other older vintages Ive had. I gave lower scores due to this brew not being anything like "beer". I wish that I could have found this beer back in early 2k, or maybe even one cellared properly. Overall If you see it grab one, its cool for the collection. I wouldn't open it unless enjoying with someone who's into wines. Cheers!

Photo of beertunes
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle from the discount table at Whidbey Beer Works. I couldn't find a date code on the bottle. Poured into 16oz balloon. Poured a very still, semi cloudy, pale brown with no head or carbonation at all.

The cork smelled vinegary and after in the glass, the beer smelled vinegary and sour. It had the aroma of an English version of a Belgian sour. The taste was mostly vinegar, I'm starting to suspect why this was on the blowout table. I poured gently at first, but with the last couple of ounces, I swirled the bottle to get all the yeast and floaties into the glass. Nope, no help at all.

Listed by the brewery as a pale, the body was typical for that style. Drinkability, would have been average, but sadly the last 3 ounces became my first drain pour.

If you see this remember, there is a reason that this beer is no longer brewed.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2001 Vintage, Sampled June 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, ruby amber color. It is quite still and as such has nothing but three bubbles sitting on top of it initially. The aroma smells quite aged with notes of sherry, port, raspberry cordial, maraschino cherry and concentrated raisin. This really reminds me of Port for some reason, it seems really appropriate as an after dinner sipper. Mind you this is all based on the aroma, as I have yet to taste this brew.

Quite light bodied, and it is really quite dry. It is perhaps a touch tart, but is ultimately quite water-like. Notes of oxidized malt round out the finish, perhaps evocative of a dry sherry. It even seems a bit chalky at times. The aroma was actually quite nice on this beer, despite the 9% alcohol though, the flavor just did not hold up. It really could have used a touch of residual malt sweetness.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.72/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lightly hazy copper with no head at all. Semms to have no carbonation as it is very still. Smells very fruity and richly malty. Hints of sherry, vanilla and plum.

Lots going on here for flavors. Plum and raisin, sherry and port, caramel. Slight alcohol burn. Alot going on here but the end result is not very tasty. A full bodied beer and absolutely flat. Not sure if it is supposed to be that way but regardless it really doesn't work for me. Not very drinkable, really had to work through this one. If flat is not your thing, steer clear.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I always appreciate the effort in a corked beer but this brew left something to be desired. Pours a pulpy amber-gold color with a medium beige head. Aroma of fruit and a little bit of hops. Medium-bodied with a highly vinous aspect to it. The bottle calls this a Pale Ale but I just don't see it. A sour-ish fruit flavor dominates, both apple and apricot. There may be other flavors lurking in the background but the tart fruit overpowers them. The finish is tart and a little oily. Not a terrible beer but I was somewhat disappointed.

Photo of fx20736
2.81/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from a corked bottle slightly chilled, into a nonic.

Turbid,blilious yellow brown no head or lacing.

Aroma of dates, honey and brandied apricots

mouthfeel; unremarkable

taste: like the aroma with some old sourness mixed in.

notes: I bought 2 bottles of this 'retired' beer after loving Gale's Prize Old Ale so much. The 1st bottle was corked and reeked of vinegar so I drainpoured. This 2nd bottle was also corked but I did not extract all the cork from the bottle. I emptied the beer into a glass and then strained it through a cotton cloth to remove the sediment. I mainly thought about what could have been, had the bottle been in better shape. I won't risk buying another of these.

Photo of jwc215
2.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2001 vintage

Pours bright copper with no head. (No head expected - taken into consideration in the score.

The smell is of super-sweet caramel with a touch of maple.

The taste is of caramel. Some maple. There is an undertone of earthiness. Astringent alcohol seems even higher than the already high abv.

The feel is astringent. Prickly despite years of aging. Rather thin, especially for the style. Sweetness lingers, almost annoyingly so.

A rough one to drink. It has something to it, including a decent aroma, but it's too unpleasant, overall, for me. Don't know that this one aged gracefully. Wonder how it tasted fresh...

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Gale's Conquest Ale Master Brew from George Gale & Company Ltd
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