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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Style Examples - 51 to 100 (out of 564) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV Ratings > Score
GrandisOEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)12.00723.86
SauleThe Bruery16.10694.32
AdambierDESTIHL Brewery9.00683.88
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel AgedCigar City Brewing11.00664.28
Velvet EvilStraight To Ale13.00664.12
Modus VivendiThe Wild Beer Co.7.00643.9
Old TempestuousLightning Brewery9.00633.78
Olde Expensive AleBurton Bridge Brewery6.50602.98
RosebudRubicon Brewing Company7.70583.73
FestivaleTerminal Gravity Brewing Company8.40563.81
Amsterdam Vicar's Vice Old AleAmsterdam Brewing Company8.10563.74
Old Scrooge AleSilver City Brewing Co.9.00554
Robinson's Chocolate Old Tom Strong AleRobinsons Family Brewers6.00533.7
Devil's Teeth Aged In Bourbon BarrelsModern Times Beer11.00514.28
UrsusGreenbush Brewing Company8.90503.69
Snowbound English Old AleThe Tap Brewing Company8.00503.82
Anti-FreezeGreenport Harbor Brewing Company6.90493.69
Kentucky MountainOne Trick Pony9.00474.24
Papa Noel's Olde AleAlameda Brewhouse7.20473.78
Mill Street Distillery AleMill Street Brew Pub5.00423.57
McNeill's Old RingwormMcNeill's Brewery7.00423.79
Cold Nose Winter AleLaughing Dog Brewing6.90403.77
Founders Barrel Aged CurmudgeonFounders Brewing Company11.10384.24
Heini's Good CheerRoundabout Brewery10.40363.91
Schlafly English-Style Old AleThe Schlafly Tap Room8.00353.71
Outback XBend Brewing Company9.50343.87
Bourbon Barrel Old ScroogeSilver City Brewing Co.9.50334.18
Old AleIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant7.20333.89
Bishop's Barrel 17Saint Arnold Brewing Company13.20334.13
Old Freddy WalkerMoor Beer Company7.30324.01
Colossal FivePort City Brewing9.80323.86
Devil's Teeth (Bourbon Barrel Aged W/Orange Zest And Cocoa Nibs)Modern Times Beer11.00304.21
JubileeEagle Rock Brewery7.80293.68
Bad Knees Blanton Barrel Aged Old AleCambridge Brewing Company10.50284.28
AntiquityRelic Brewing Co.7.20283.85
Smugglers Vintage AleSt. Austell Brewery6.00263.85
Bishop's Barrel 19Saint Arnold Brewing Company7.60263.85
Barrel Aged Old Bat RastardFreetail Brewing Company9.10263.81
Old AleHepworth & Co. (Brewers) Ltd.4.80263.71
Charley WineMammoth Brewing Company10.00253.76
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog (Julio's BBA W/ Cinnamon And Vanilla)Smuttynose Brewing Company11.10254.09
Madness3 Stars Brewing Company12.40254.09
Old TimerWadworth and Company Ltd.5.80253.72
Miracle Off 28th StreetSchmohz Brewing Company9.20243.38
Cape Cod Old Man WinterCape Cod Beer7.00233.93
Old DishoomAmerican Solera8.50233.77
Big Bad Dog Old English AleBlue Cat Brew Pub6.50223.65
HMS Bounty Old AleDry Dock Brewing Co.6.50223.8
Old AleZero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread6.30223.64
Outback Old AleBend Brewing Company6.20223.36
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