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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
George Gale & Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
gales.co.uk

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-31-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,399
Reviews:
318
Ratings:
415
pDev:
23.56%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
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Photo of Czequershuus
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tried this before , but first review of it. I will be reviewing 2000 and 2001 side-by-side.

The 2000 pours a very clear amber with no head. The 2001 is darker, rather a muddy amber, also no head.

The aroma on the 2000 is very rich and sweet - maple syrup, molasses, raisin, fig, toffee, fudge, iodine, hint of soy sauce, cocoa powder, butterscotch candy, and maybe some green apple. The 2001 is way more soy heavy and funky, with less fruit. Burnt rubber, soy sauce, rum, clove, band-aid, very powerful, almost unpleasant.

The flavor is less intense and starts off quite watery, although the flavor kicks in way more to the end. It on the swallow that toffee, golden raisin, and cocoa powder show up. The 2001 is heavy with soy and iodine, probably improperly stored. Having had a few of each vintage before, there is significant bottle variation. This rating is based on the sound 2000 bottle.

Both 2000 and 2001 are very thin with no carbonation.

Overall, and ignoring the clearly flawed bottle, this is a cool beer. It may be that 16 years it a bit long for it to age, I would enjoy getting one with a little less time on it, but I still really like it.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 9.3 oz (275 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; brewed in 2005.
A: Murky brown without any discernible head and very minimal effervescence.
S: Malty with the aromas of molasses, raisin, prune, and spice and maybe a mushroom and/or nut note.
T: Tangy molasses malt flavor with a strong sherry taste and a little fudginess. A surprisingly clean, if woody aftertaste.
M: Full bodied with only minimal effervescence evident.
O: Good example of the style; not the trick if you like bubbles.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1997 - Bottle 8677

A: murky; the color of bittersweet chocolate; no head; no lacing;

S: pungent - port like; sweet; dried fruit and tobacco;

T: sweet port up front, then a combination of port and vinegar; no bitterness; finish is raisin like; a little astringent in the aftertaste;

M: medium to full bodied; no carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: perhaps a bit too old; I would have preferred less vinegar character; nonetheless, very good;

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
1.59/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Man this was a substandard beer pour from a professional brewery, its all ruddy, gritty and brown and totally devoid of carbonation. Aroma was like gasoline, alcohol and dark fruit bitterness.

Almost all alcohol in the taste. I can't do it. Its really in that small contingent of beers that I literally can't drink all of it. No hop aspect. Is there vinegar? I can't even. . . so much raisin like booziness all over it.

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Photo of gouettn
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moarmare
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickyDee21
4.42/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This bottle went bad. My rating sticks to the average
Listed in "1001 Beers"
Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers"
MJ's "Guide" gave it 3.5 of 4 stars

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.2/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of luke12345
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 275ml corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark brown and murky with no head; appropriate for the style and attractive within that context.

Smell: richly malty with a lot of sweetness and a deep raisin/tobacco character. I quite like it.

Taste: malty and sweet with plenty of oxidation, dustiness and raisins. This might turn some people off, but it's representative of the style and done well here.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with absolutely no carbonation whatsoever. The style demands low carbonation, but I need to have *something* to liven it up.

Overall: the complete and utter lack of carbonation is a bit disappointing, but the flavors and certain the aroma are very good.

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Photo of keithmurray
2.69/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2003 vintage

Appearance - murky eggplant color, with some cork sediment involved

Smell - grapes, port, balsamic vinegar

Taste - sour grapes, balsamic vinegar

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, no carbonation, sour

Overall - what a disappointing experience, took forever to open this piece and when I did, the cork disintegrated to the point I couldn't even strain it out. Tastes like old, sour balsamic vinegar. More wine like than anything else. Never again

Price Point $5/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopswagger
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Masters
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Petegrieco
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WasupBeerQueen
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jason_nwx
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutBoi
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
2.21/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

2005 vintage. Nice looking little bottle with a cork. It was fun using the corkscrew to open it.
This was one of the strangest beers I have tried yet. There was no carbonation; it poured a muddy, hazy brown, with no head. Lots of sour in the aroma, and some malt, with a bit of booziness. I tried it not long out of the fridge, and also tried it when it warmed up. It wasn't too bad cool, making it drinkable but the sour flavors seem to be more present when warm, and I am not of fan of sour flavors in beer. I think I get the 'old ale' flavor from other old ales I have had (Founder's Curmudgeon) , but this one has too many sours flavors thrown in the mix (the clerk who sold it to me basically said it has an unusual mix of sour flavors). Perhaps it is an acquired taste, but at the moment I don't like it. Still, I'm glad I tried it. I have seen even older versions out there (1997), and I may still want to try those, someday ...

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Photo of nmann08
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pathman
5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had the pleasure of trying many different vintages of this beer and will say for the record that it hits its prime around 8-11 years of age. If you are a fan of port you will love this one. Having a 1999 vintage now and I must say it is a bit past its prime. But this is a lovely and classic beer.

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