Old Ale

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 Ratings > Bros
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Brewing Company9.803.994,743-
Old Stock AleNorth Coast Brewing Co.12.004.13,22393
Hibernation AleGreat Divide Brewing Company8.704.032,89490
AdamHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room10.004.232,47498
Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel Fourth DementiaKuhnhenn Brewing Company13.504.51,916-
Old JubilationAvery Brewing Company8.303.871,707-
Old Man (Winter Ale)Southern Tier Brewing Company7.503.731,57684
Fuller's Vintage AleFuller Smith & Turner PLC8.504.171,27896
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)North Coast Brewing Co.13.164.351,087-
Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia (4D)Kuhnhenn Brewing Company13.504.261,049-
Theakston Old PeculierT & R Theakston Ltd.5.603.941,02293
Adam From The WoodHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room12.004.48970-
Really Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Brewing Company11.103.9188482
Cherry Adam From The WoodHair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room13.504.27845-
Alaskan Winter AleAlaskan Brewing Co.6.403.6584285
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004.13836-
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004.12630-
Warmer Winter Winter WarmerCigar City Brewing11.003.93607-
Saint Arnold Christmas AleSaint Arnold Brewing Company7.703.71601-
Autumn AleBreckenridge Brewery6.003.5858884
Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) AleGreene King / Morland Brewery6.00446676
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004.2459-
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004.25424-
Gale's Prize Old AleGeorge Gale & Company Ltd9.003.4841595
Winter WarmerLancaster Brewing Company8.903.77388-
Prairie The Beer That Saved ChristmasPrairie Artisan Ales10.003.74372-
Barrel Aged Hibernation AleGreat Divide Brewing Company12.404.01338-
Triple ExultationEel River Brewing Co.9.703.79327-
Arcadia Big Dick's Olde AleArcadia Brewing Company9.003.59280-
Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old AleStraight To Ale11.504.11236-
Olde AleAleSmith Brewing Company11.004.04200-
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004.26176-
Harveys Elizabethan AleHarvey & Son Ltd.8.103.9515599
Old FashionedWicked Weed Brewing10.004.13153-
Robinson's Old Tom Strong AleRobinsons Family Brewers8.503.81146-
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 21Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.10.503.96137-
Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old AleArbor Brewing Company9.503.6812291
Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate)Frederic Robinson Limited6.003.59122-
Short's AphasiaShort's Brewing Company9.004.13112-
Old WoodyFish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub10.004.0210890
Billy The MountainUpright Brewing Company9.103.44104-
Lights Out Holiday AleBlue Mountain Brewery7.003.5598-
Jasperilla Old AleIndependence Brewing Co.9.303.4196-
Gentlemen's Club - New Oak AgedWidmer Brothers Brewing Company9.503.6793-
IlludiumStraight To Ale11.504.2187-
6th Generation Stock AleSusquehanna Brewing Company5.503.4383-
Bourbon Barrel AphasiaShort's Brewing Company8.004.2377-
Old PotentateSouthern Star Brewing Company7.203.6975-
Dark & HandsomeBox Steam Brewery5.003.6573-
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