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)

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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
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 Citadel82
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dead flat like ummmm wine? Deep red mahogany color, poured carefully it is quite clear 2nd pour was slightly cloudly, the bottle has a thick cake of sediment in it when all is said and done.

Appearance is remakably translucent deep red mahogany,,, did I mention no head and no carbonation.

Aroma is ripe and dried fruits not even a whiff of alcohol. Reminded me of some of the fruitier red wines.

Taste is adventurous and complex. the wine analogy is both convenient and appropriate. Lots of fruit and some earthy spice. hints of wood as well. A rather dry and tea -like finish. Complimented some unsalted almonds rather nicely.

Mouthfeel was smooth and warm. Substantial and clingy.

Very drinkable. I may have to grab a few more bottles of this to save for a special occasion.

Taste is distinctly fruity and wine like

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncorked May 25, 2006

A: ZERO carbonation. Appears like cider but glides like oil...Not generally pleasing but ok for this style.

S: Wow...lots of brandy on the nose. Lots of oak. Earthy aromas with brown sugar, caramel...Almost like fortified wine. Pungent. Unique. This will be interesting.

T: What a trip. Begins malty like a sherry...then things get wierd. Notes of cardboard, grapefruit, day old coffee, and loads of black pepper. Scores of oak resins and malty menthol on the front of the tongue. Not much alcohol vapors though...that's what four years of aging does I suppose.

M: Thin yet sticky. No carbonation makes it weak on the tongue but the oily base makes it somewhat thick.

D: Every sip is an adventure. Not many beers out there this truly complex. Its past its prime but well worth the trip.

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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 mentor
2.49/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Consumed winter 05-06. Hard pour gets no head. A clooudy dark rust colored liquid. Smells potent malt, soured grains, alcohol, tannin. Very wine-like. Maybe brandy- or sherry-like. Tastes cherry sour and potently malty. A drying alcohol. Wood chips. Potently acrid sour with a salty (almost bile-like) edge. Dry on the verge of puckering. Md-thick body and no carbonation. I had a hard time drinking enough for this review. Don't bother with this one.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tiny 9.3 oz. nip bottle - corked and bottle-conditioned. It pours an orangey chestnut with no head - looks almost like a wine. It smells vinous with alcohol, grapes, and other fruits, with a bit of a rotten fruit smell. The flavor follows suit and it feels flat with a medium body, like a wine. Interesting. Very much like a wine and hard to drink, thought the ABV is masked fairly well. Wonder what it tasted like fresh.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 UnionMade
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Well, at least the cork didn't fall into the beer with the slightest amount of pressure like the last beer I had from these folks. Uncaps neatly with a satifying little pop. The beer pours a murky, muddy, oxide red. Nary a trace of head. Upon further examination, a trace amount of miniscule bubbles line the egde of the glass. No lace, no head of note.
The aroma brings forth sweetish, sourish malt tones that dominate the beer. Lurking fruit, mainly a sourish, cidery apple with some cherry notes. A soft touch of oak and cork adds some pleasant woodiness. Really sort of unpleasant, in the traditional sense, with some odd, lambic-like qualities. A fair amount of wildness and farm quality.
The flavor opens with a soured malt sweetness, tinged with oak and cork flavors. Heady fruit adds it's presence. Sour, under-ripe white grape and cherry. The sourness continues into the finish, bolstered by a boozey, fusel sweetness. No detectable hop presence. Soured apple sweetness takes up the aftertaste, lingering with a sappy wildness more inclined toward lambic. A heavy, syrupy body, unassisted by carbonation in any way, shape or form. Subsequent burps bring up a rather sour, crabapple flavor. Gross.
As much as I spent on this small bottle, I was reluctant to toss this down the drain. I just couldn't finish the last half, the vinous sourness got too much for me. I mean, it's complex as hell, but not in quite the right way. This is something I could deal with in a lighter bodied lambic, with less booze-hound sweetness. It's so overbearing, I just can't do it. I hope the queen forgives me.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Label Lingo: Purple single labeled 9.3 fl. Oz. Brown stubby. Horndean embossed. Corked and gold plastic wrapped. “Premium bottle conditioned ale. Brewed, matured and bottled in Horndean Hampshire UK to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

Well corked, two bubble clumps that dissapear atop a russet dim, slightly clouded pour. Zero heaad cap or lace to speak of, instead a few microscopic bubbles at the ring edges.

Vodka and orange juice scents spike thru with some cocoa.

First Swigs: Woody oak and sherry. Flavors point towards Samuel Adams Triple Bock and fruit notes of cask cherries. Barrel woodiness and booze like flavors. Awl-kee-hawl cuts through easily. English style flavors. Whiskey malts and a bit of Scotch peat moss light port wine flavors. Vinous red flavors. Dry pancake batter and overly ripe brown bananas sugar aftertaste.

Smooth medium body. A bit too gin like and burning to be considered drinkable. Do not go anywhere after drinking this one.

Last Swigs: Fig or date flavor meets whiskey barrel malt sipper. Quite an offering! 12.0 % ABV. A welcomed taster but not to be sought again. Worth the try. I prefer the American style Barley Wines.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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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 putnam
4.61/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evidently this is flat, as the dark amber pour shows. Good color. Aromas are roasted and nutty, with a textured, feminine curvature. Various nut-based preparations occur on the nose: roasted Galicia-almond butter, Luebecker Marzipan, dark chocolate, red cherries soaked in Asbach Uralt, split oak, vanilla, EKU 28 eisbock (only flatter), toasted nutshell, roasted pitch, fresh cherry, ripe raspberry, sappy plum and pepper. It's quite a stunner. Buxom and sophisticated -- !
Even-textured and authoritative, like great Marsala, it bites on entry with orange-hued, roasted tannins. Sweet, near-eastern pastries, replete with pistachios and honey and rosewater, occur in an alcoholic bath of flavor. This is a remarkable acheivement for how utterly gasless it is. Fans of Metaxa, Calvados, Amontillado and botrytis-affected Gewuerztraminer should purchase every one of these that are available.
My only question is regarding the amount of trapped gas. It might seem conventional and delicious to close more in.

Shout out to Bay City River Dwellers!

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Photo of kbub6f
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Violent pour, no head on my hazy, dark tea brown beer. Interesting nose: sweet + walnutty + raisins + bread + spice = bread pudding. Waf! Tangy, spicy, sour, butter and raisins in front. Rotting fruit in the hugely intense, flat, oily middle. Tangy alcohol and fermenting raisins in the finish. Holy Cow! This is like fermented Christmas pudding. A strange, powerful, Christmasy drink. Shocking at first, but a very pleasurable experience. This is why we don't stop looking for new beers.

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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 BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a tawny brown color with no carbonation. The aroma is sweet, alcoholic, fruity; like fruit cake and raisin bread. The flavor is sweet, raisin-like with grapes and malt. It is also somewhat fruity with an alcoholic finish. This is a full-bodied beer with a complex aroma and flavor. A very tasty beer. Top notch.

Sampled 4/2/04

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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 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 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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