Gale's Jubilee Ale (2002) | George Gale & Company Ltd

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Gale's Jubilee Ale (2002)Gale's Jubilee Ale (2002)

Brewed by:
George Gale & Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-14-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by rallison:
Photo of rallison
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a bottle of this at Stuffed Sandwich. I do love that beer selection!

This was one of the smoothest barleywines I have had. Definitely seemed to be an English style barleywine - but with 5 years of aging, this was infinitely drinkable.

Vinous flavors - lots of brandy, grapes and some raisins. Nice touch of caramel. Never too sweet. The hops are now completely gone. No trace of the 12%. Wow. This is one of the easiest to drink barleywines I have had (and I love barleywines too!).

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, but definitely far from being syrupy. Again, no alcohol is present, with just a touch of carbonation left.

Drinkability is too high. Seriously.

Recommended. A very easy drinking BW at this point.

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky borwn with some red hue with absolutely no head to speak of here but was expected,great aromas of cocoa some sugar cookie dough and orange with some noticable nuttieness.A real sipping brew here and fruity to the hilt big orange flavors along with some sour cherry and I have to say it does have this vodka and cranberry flavor to it the first I have ever experienced that in a beer,as the beer warms a real nutty presence come out as well.A nice before bed beer very enjoyable and exremely complex.

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Photo of ADR
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A rather limp pour, no real head to speak of. Ruddy brown and opaque, blackish sediment on the bottom of the glass. Thin rings for lace. Rich sherry-like aroma, deep and building, with those vomitous characteristics of the biggest Barleywines. Mouthfeel is plenty sturdy, carbonation is low but still there. Pretty impressive combination of woodiness, dark fruits and spices with a clove-like sharpness and huge impact. Molasses rum senses, lots of raisin and prune. Thick and sticky at the back end and with a load of aftertaste alcohol on finish. Gingery, winey, and thick, huge sticky B-Wines are becoming not real favorites of mine, but still, an impressive beer and pretty much what you would expect from its make-up.

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Photo of cokes
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Still and beautiful, a jeweled, pumpkined auburn hue.
Rifles up the nose with tanned hide, rasberries, orange preserves, Shiraz, and fig jelly.
Malt bestrews the mouth with a thick layer of toffee and horse saddles. This is the foundation which the fruit shall emerge. Sour cherries, orange rinds, black and red berries, figs, and dates, and red grapes. Plum wine gains favor, as it conjoins a restatement of leather and toffee, and a lavish woodsiness comprised of sandalwood and oak. Vinousness lingers long through the finish, coupled with maple syrup and suede.
Glassy and glossy, and never fat in the mouth. It's far from brutish with it's alcohol, but a embering, warning glow is everpresent.
Finessed and capitvating. It makes Americanized versions (though I love them) seem barbaric and uncouth. Even Tom Hardy bows before this Queen.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours flat, as is to be expected from the higher alcohol Gale's beers, with no head and no lacing. And that's OK for a barleywine. It's attractive, regardless, with its hazy reddish-copper body and glowing ruby highlights. The nose expresses caramel, alcohol, and a lightly vinous note. It's viscous and smooth across the palate, but not particularily creamy. Caramel appears first in the flavor, followed by darker fruits (fig, plum, raisin), and finally a quick splash of hops before the alcohol comes forward at the swallow and lingers in the aftertaste. It's an interesting beer, and it works well as an after-dinner drink or nightcap, but there are much better barleywines out there (English or otherwise). As far as Gale's goes, my recommendation remains their Prize Old Ale.

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Photo of bditty187
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes…

Bronze with amber-gold influences, it kind of looks like apple cider, cloudiness encompasses the liquid. The head was poorly developed, the bubbles were white, and at the apex the head was nothing more then a foam cap. Head retention was poor, the bubbles faded quickly away, all that was left was a thin collar, and the liquid was left naked in the middle. I guess some of this “flatness” is do to the high abv. There was no subsequent lacing. Overall the appearance is pleasant enough if not unremarkable.

The nose is exactly what I was hoping for… the first sniff says, “I am an English Barleywine.” Well, then ma’am, what is that vodka aroma behind the delicious sweet, caramely malts and dark fruit? I also smell oranges and raisins soaked in a bready, rum mixture. There is also a hint of spice at the finish. The aromas I could smell were lovely and dead-on for the style, however the potency was really lacking here. Even at near room temperature I really have to work at it to smell it. That is a disappointment. I want my Barleywines to be loud. Nevertheless the nose is inviting.

The first sip went straight to my belly… it is feeling a tad warm down there! The abv is hidden on the tongue, for the most part, but this is a serious belly warmer. In reality this beer is not that flavorful, yes it is tasty but the flavor profile doesn’t run that deep. There is enough going on here for me to care and enjoy this beer but it lacks excitement. The palate is malty sweet; it is dripping with caramel and dark fruit. At the back is noticeable flavor of vodka soaked in oranges. Raisin bread. The palate is good but nothing more. The aftertaste is very short for a big beer, I would like the sweetness to linger a bit… it does not. Decent. It would work well with cheese.

Medium in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is slick, uneventful but (surprisingly) it works. I really don’t have any complaints even though the carbonation is so lacking. Was this by design?

The drinkability is the strongest aspect of this beer. I like drinking it, it tastes good enough, and it is easy to drink. That is a winning combination. Two things would stop me from going back to this beer. It is not available in Nebraska nor have I seen it “around.” Secondly, the price was a bit high for a 9.3 oz beer. I purchased my bottle in Milwaukee, WI for $4.50. Overall, this is a good beer but not great. It is worth a try if you see it at a price that works for you. Solid.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CRJMellor
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours absolutely dead still almost like liquor. Brown with with lighter tan color streaks.
Aroma of figs, grain, alcohol, grass and spicy yeast.
Flavors of caramel, orange, grain and pale malt. In the background there is a heavy resiny and oily hop taste.
Mouthfeel is sweet to start but then also as a powerfully puckering sourness and a big hit of spicy alcohol.
Drinkability is decent, I'm not a big fan of sourness and no carbonation in beer but this has some decent falvors especially as it warms.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9.3 oz corked bottle from 2002. Poured into a snifter, the beer is a dark purplish brown color with hues of ruby around the edge that pours with no head whatsoever. Aroma is a rich sweet malt with hints of raisins, plums, figs, port, and brandy and a slight floral hoppiness---right on for a barleywine. Taste has a big oak presence, with sweet somewhat tart fruity hints of apple, cherries, raisins, and grapes. Sweetness isn't really balanced by any hops, and becomes a little cloying as the beer progresses.Mouthfeel is medium and a little syrupy. This is an OK barleywine, but a little unbalanced towards the sweet and sour with not enough bitterness coming into play. Glad to have tried this single edition brew, but won't be seeking out any more in the future.

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Photo of scooter231
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weird bareleywine. Coppery clear with barely any bubbles, nothing much going on. Smells raisiny and alcoholic, just sweet. Tastes... odd. Leather? There's a tolerable oak-agedness taste to this, but I don't really dig it. I don't hate it, but I don't love it. Mouthfeel is oily and kind of ooky. Maybe other people like this guy, but it was just not my favorite thing.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of Rastacouere
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is a boring clear ruby brown color with no head whatsoever. Fruity aroma, complex maltiness: apples, oranges, pears, plums, peaches together with big toffee flavours and some caramel. Taste is surprisingly tart, is this a bad bottle? Red apples, pears, brown sugar, not too well melted together. No balancing bitterness, light medicinal bananas and moisture qualities. Sharp thin body, especially for a barley wine, no carbonation to speak of. Probably another bad bottle due to their silly corks which made it pretty much a "Miss" in the Hit or Miss balance.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this because it's been at the packy for 5 months and never been touched, and I finally read the ABV and decided it was worth the $4.99. Well, was it? Let's see...

This was a corked, bottle conditioned ale, but it poured out red and clear into my chalice. However, at the end of the glass, I noticed particles in the bottom of the glass. There was absolutely no head to speak of.

The aroma was of rich strong malt, fruits, oak, and hints of whisky and brandy. That boded quite well for the experience to come.

Unfortunately, the flavor was rather... well, flat, and not just in lack of carbonation. There was a taste mainly of oak tannins, slightly bitter, and strong slightly roasted malt. Hints of brandy worked their way in. But it seemed rather two-dimensional, just lacked the kind of fullness one would expect from a true barleywine. Maybe it's because it was 3 years old, and well aged... maybe not.

Mouthfeel was smooth but flat, as mentioned before, and somewhat bland.

Drinkability... well, I am glad I tried it, as it was quite a bit different than any other beer I've had before, but I don't think it was worth $4.99.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a very small bottle, after I used the corckscrew on it (that's a first for me). Pours absolutely flat, with no head whatsoever. Hazy brown in color. Smell is very raw alcohol and some roasted malt and raisin presence. Tase is very tart and bitter, slightly fruit and somewhat cloying. Needs to be laid down for a decade, IMO. Very raw, needs to age, just like the queen that it's celebrating did.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew comes in a corked bottle, already a sign I am in for something special. I pour it into a snifter and a nice glug, glug, glug emits from the bottle. The pour is a very rich clear mahogany with tints of garnet mixed in. No head to be found anywhere.
Aroma is rich and complex. I get caramel malts, raisins, plums, pears, bourbon hits and some strong alcohol esters.
First sip, very mild almost zero carbonation, thick body with almost syrupy texture. This is good!
Flavor is molasses, pears,plums, maple syrup, bourbon and no hint of alcohol for me.
This is an incredibly smooth brew for 12%abv and the complexity in the flavors is outstanding. I am stoked to have another cellaring right now and may go pick up a few more. This is an excellent beer!

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Photo of jdhilt
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours without any head (bottle was straight up) so the glass is squeaky clean. Cloudy amber color with yeast left in bottle. No carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is alcohol and vinious. Starts on the sweet side not cloying, the high abv is not noticeable, some sourness (raisin??) is there, great barleywine. The 275ml bottle is not enough, $5.49 from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first English Barleywine, and it is a 6 year old vintage to boot, so it is hard for me to grade this beer in the context of if style and vintage, so I am going on pure, brutal, unapologetic taste here:

Beer poured like an discolored wine, no carbonation to speak of whatsoever, and a brownsh-redish color. Almost like a cloudy purple or rasberry hue. Aroma of dark fruits and red wine. Taste was prunes, figs, day-old red wine with touch of dark chocolate and a hint of sourness. Smooth, creamy texture. Complex spectrum of flavors and a nice dry finish.

This was a nice aged ale, that might have been better a year or two earlier as evidenced by the sourness. The sweet fruit flavors were a little more muted than I would have liked and there were no hops to speak of, of course.

This is a nice sipper to be had on its own, could not stand up enough to have with any food, perfect for winter in front of a fire. In fact, it almost had a winter warmer profile.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice and well aged. Much like Thomas Hardy's brews, but with a ligher malt base and deeper esters. The pour brings a brandy-like appearance with stiff legging, no head retention, and a seriously viscous pour. Color range from deep chesnut to golden highlights. Aromas of all the dark, dehydrated fruits that we beer-folks use to describe such esters, all woven into a rum-like alcohol sweetness. A touch of dusty, musty notes dance around the nose. Flavors are much the same, but more reliant upon the sweet malts to cary the esters and other yeast-derived flavors. Lightly textured despite the added weight of low carbonation. Finishes with a long, sweet, lingering taste of figs and rum. Definately a sipper. Thanks Jeremy.

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Photo of Suds
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bottle, the beer has virtually no head. The tawny, woodsy colored almost completely still. The aroma is centered on alcohol and malt. It’s also very fruity, full of plumb and cherry. Also molasses. It’s a winy, warming, soft and solid beer. The alcohol is well hidden for the 12%. Sweet, spicy and full. Still, it’s not as complex as a log of English Barleywines. On the other hand, it’s dangerously drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from the 275ml bottle. No carbination or head. Initial smell was somewhat caramel, port wine, raisiny. Taste... Way better as it warms up. When cold it was tart and sour with very little complexity. As it warmed it developed some subtle port and calvados notes, prunes, figs, raisins. Not as complex as a Hardy's or JW Lees, but pretty good. Very viscous mouthfeel. Probably the best Gale's beer I've had, though I wish I had drank it a little fresher. Gale's beers don't seem to age very well.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: The usual typical looking Gales short bottle that was corked and sealed with a black plastic wrap. The label is dark purple with silver writing. Listed as “Jubilee Ale 1952-2002” with an advertised strength of 12.0% ABV. Specially brewed to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

This was the last of the beers that I shared with fellow BA’s Davo and DavidBanner during our short trip to the Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel last night.

Appearance: Poured with some carbonation, this was a very viscous brew that had a thick dark brown hazy body with little, if any, head. It has a very mundane appearance that does not look inviting.

Nose: Lots of toffee and caramel with some alcohol notes. Figs and Sultanas are evident also.

Taste: Sweet malts and rich thick toffee start the beer. The middle is a warming emulsion of raisins, plums and figs. The beer wraps up with a melted chocolate toffee and rich caramel finish. Lovely tastes that certainly improve when the beer is warmed.

Mouthfeel: Solid beer, immense presence from the beers body, but not that much from the alcohol actually. Smooth and rich with a thick feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: Easily partaken, even after several other beers, it was a pleasant sipping beer. Nice, thick and warming I thoroughly enjoyed wrapping the night up at the Stuffed Sandwich with this one. The 12% is well hidden.

Overall: Thankfully it smells and tastes much better than it looks. A very pleasing warming brew, which is a true sipper and finished the night off the right way. It went well with DavidBanner’s Fries surprisingly. I am not sure how much of this brew made it Stateside, or whether it is still available, but I was quite impressed with this.

Thanks to Sam at the Stuffed Sandwich for this one.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/05/07- 1000th review celebrating the birth of my first child on March 1st. Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco in 2004.

Presentation- 9.3oz bottle. Squat in size and shape. Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Queen of England. 2002 release, poured into my Old Stock Ale tulip.

Appearance- Copper-brandy colored hue. The very smallest of head which evaporates on contact pretty much. Looks kinda like a flat soda. Not unlike most English styles of this type. Cork pops out without a sound. Leaves behind a slight trace of lace.

Smell- Very brandy-esque in the nose. Dark sugary muddled fruits abound. Prunes and rasins are predominant. Mild alcohol whiff with a hearty vanilla following. Quite nice.

Taste- Fruit medly when swished around. Pippen apples, figs, prunes and rasins. Caramel candy sweetness, but not thick. Small hop bite in the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Could be a bit thicker in texture to draw my attention a bit more.

Mouthfeel- Very very slight carbonation level. Cask like for sure. Very warming with a mild slick mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Was expecting a much sweeter and succulent brew from the nose. Very restrained. Tasty, but doesn't quite grab me by the balls as I was expecting. Still a quality beer that I am glad I tried and would buy again if ever seen.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color. No carbonation at all here. Big, vinuous, wine lika aroma. When I sniffed it in the bottle I figured it would be a port or burgundy color thats how wine like it is. Somewhat caramel like and vanilla. Sour and tart flavors upfront. Musty and earth like flavors. Raison notes. Very complex overall. Slight alcohol harshness in the finish. Great body on this puppy. Well balanced against the complex flavors. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. A true sipper. The 12% is very well masked. Worth trying and even laying some down I would think.

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Gale's Jubilee Ale (2002) from George Gale & Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 54 ratings