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Style: Old Ale
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Michael Jackson ***/**** World Classic, Pocket Guide to Beer p.107:
"The corked and bottle-conditioned Prize Old Ale has such a dry fruitiness, and alcoholic warmth, as to be reminiscent of a Calvados..."

Roger Protz, The Classic Bottled Beers of the World p. 117:
"Here is a beer that proclaims quality and antiquity. It comes in hand-corked, sealed and numbered bottles with a handsome label showing the brewery in Victorian times. It is brewed and fermented in old wooden vessels including some 'rounds' - rare iron-hooped fermenters."

Each bottle of Prize Old Ale is cork-finished, sealed, and numbered. Prize Old Ale is unfiltered and unpasteurized. It is brewed from floor malted Maris Otter and minute amounts of black malt. Hops are Fuggles, Goldings and Challenger. It is reddish in color with hops and apple fruit on the nose, spicy and malty in the mouth, and a dry, even tart fruity finish with hints of raisins and apple.

The slow work of the yeast in the bottle may increase the alcohol content to 12% or even more. After several years of aging Prize Old Ale gains a more complex palate with Calvados like character. It is said that Prize Old Ale is at its best after 20 years of maturing. e hop flavors and fruity estery flavors to predominate.



Tasting Notes

Appearance:
Almost still, and it pours dark brown with a thin collar of foam.

Aroma:
Aroma is dark and complex- Madeira, sherry, malt, rum, kola nut, plum pudding, leather, wool, and wildflowers.

Flavor:
Palate is round, soft, and dry at first, full of fruity, juicy acidity. Austere, hard hops step in to balance out the malt, keeping it dry and racy through the center.

Finish:
Short and sherry-like with a slightly acidic, woody aftertaste. Genuine classic, brewed just as it would have been 200 years ago.



Specifications
Version: 1997;
Alc./Vol.: 9.0 %
Original Gravity: 1090
IBU: 53
EBC: 90
Version: 1998;
Alc./Vol.: 9.0 %
Original Gravity: 1090
IBU: 53
EBC: 90
Version: 1999;
Alc./Vol.: 9.0 %
Original Gravity: 1090
IBU: 53
EBC: 90
Version: 2000;
Alc./Vol.: 9.0 %
Original Gravity: 1090
IBU: 53
EBC: 90
Version: 2001;
Alc./Vol.: 9.0 %
Original Gravity: 1090
IBU: 53
EBC: 90
Version: 2002;
Alc./Vol.: 9.0 %
Original Gravity: 1090
IBU: 53
EBC: 90
Version: 2003;
Alc./Vol.: 9.0 %
Original Gravity: 1090
IBU: 53
EBC: 90


Formats
Version: Type: Size: UPC/EAN:
1996 Case 24 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
1997 Case 24 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
1998 Case 24 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
1999 Case 24 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
2000 Case 24 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
2001 Case 24 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
2002 Case 24 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
2003 Case 24 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
2004 Case 24 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
2005 Case 24 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
Vintages 1996/1998/2000 Case 12 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
Vintages 2001/2003/2005 Case 12 * 9.3oz. Bottle(s) 0 10746 10221 0
Zymatore, Aged in Whiskey/Pinot Noir barrel Keg 1 * 5.3gal.
Picture: Prize Old Ale bottle
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