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Old Ale

Description:
Old Ales, also referred to in the past as "Stock" Ales, are low attenuated beers with high levels of dextrins, creating a full malt body with plenty of character. Old Ales of a hundred plus years ago were often transfered into vats to mature, hence the name.

Rich dark amber in color to a very dark brown; near black. Tamed aromatics. Although bittering levels can greatly vary, expect common fruity, vinous, intense malts and sharp alcohol characteristics. The often racy but mellow attitude of the beer may also include acidic notes, raisins and black currants. Vintage varieties may have a low level of oxidation. Stronger versions may have similarities to a port wine. Brewers may also inoculate a portion of the batch with Brettanomyces lambicus and age for an extended period of time to achieve an old-school acidic character.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-12.0%   [ ? ] 

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Name Brewery ABV Avg Hads > Bros
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Brewing Company9.803.984,542-
Old Stock AleNorth Coast Brewing Co.11.804.13,10193
Hibernation AleGreat Divide Brewing Company8.704.032,82590
AdamHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room10.004.232,38698
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth DementiaKuhnhenn Brewing Company13.504.511,843-
Old JubilationAvery Brewing Company8.303.871,654-
Old Man (Winter Ale)Southern Tier Brewing Company7.503.731,53484
Fuller's Vintage AleFuller Smith & Turner PLC8.504.171,21796
Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia (4D)Kuhnhenn Brewing Company13.504.261,034-
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)North Coast Brewing Co.13.164.351,028-
Theakston Old PeculierT & R Theakston Ltd.5.603.9499393
Adam From The WoodHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room12.004.47902-
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Brewing Company11.103.9184482
Cherry Adam From The WoodHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room13.504.27822-
Alaskan Winter AleAlaskan Brewing Co.6.403.6681085
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004.13805-
Warmer Winter Winter WarmerCigar City Brewing11.003.93599-
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004.12596-
Saint Arnold Christmas AleSaint Arnold Brewing Company7.003.71586-
Autumn AleBreckenridge Brewery6.003.5856684
Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) AleGreene King / Morland Brewery6.00445576
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004.2424-
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004.25416-
Gale's Prize Old AleGeorge Gale & Company Ltd9.003.4840995
Winter WarmerLancaster Brewing Company8.903.77377-
Prairie The Beer That Saved ChristmasPrairie Artisan Ales10.003.74371-
Triple ExultationEel River Brewing Co.9.703.79323-
Barrel Aged Hibernation AleGreat Divide Brewing Company12.403.97280-
Arcadia Big Dick's Olde AleArcadia Brewing Company9.003.59277-
Old Crafty HenGreene King / Morland Brewery6.503.7925288
Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old AleStraight To Ale11.504.12211-
Olde AleAleSmith Brewing Company11.004.01183-
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004.26174-
NissefarHaandBryggeriet7.003.87166-
Harveys Elizabethan AleHarvey & Son Ltd.8.103.9515399
Robinson's Old Tom Strong AleRobinsons Family Brewers8.503.78134-
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 21Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.10.503.95127-
Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate)Frederic Robinson Limited6.003.58119-
Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old AleArbor Brewing Company9.503.6710991
Short's AphasiaShort's Brewing Company9.004.13109-
Old WoodyFish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub10.004.0210690
Billy The MountainUpright Brewing Company9.103.42102-
VinaceousHangar 24 Brewery8.703.56101-
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #16Saint Arnold Brewing Company10.004.17101-
Jasperilla Old AleIndependence Brewing Co.9.303.4196-
Lights Out Holiday AleBlue Mountain Brewery7.003.5596-
Gentlemen's Club - New Oak AgedWidmer Brothers Brewing Company9.503.6793-
The Dark Woods (2015)Cigar City Brewing10.803.9189-
Old PerseveranceAvery Brewing Company18.404.187-
6th Generation Stock AleSusquehanna Brewing Company5.503.4383-
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