English 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 from centuries past were often transferred into vats to mature, hence the name. Commonly a rich, dark amber to a deep brown color, some examples are nearly black. Tamed aromatics. Although bittering levels can greatly vary, expect fruity, vinous, intense malt flavors 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 while stronger versions sometimes exhibit similarities to port wine. Brewers may also inoculate a portion of the batch with Brettanomyces lambicus and age it for an extended period of time to achieve an old-school acidic character.

ABV: 6.0–12.0% | IBU: 30–65 | Glassware: Snifter

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CurmudgeonFounders Brewing Company9.804,8144.03
Old Stock AleNorth Coast Brewing Co.12.003,2964.12
Hibernation AleGreat Divide Brewing Company8.702,9524.02
AdamHair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room10.002,5234.26
Fourth Dementia - Bourbon Barrel-AgedKuhnhenn Brewing Company13.501,9514.55
Old JubilationAvery Brewing Company8.301,7453.85
Old Man (Winter Ale)Southern Tier Brewing Company7.501,6103.68
Fuller's Vintage AleFuller Smith & Turner PLC8.501,3084.19
Curmudgeon's Better HalfFounders Brewing Company12.701,1754.31
Old Stock Cellar Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels)North Coast Brewing Co.13.161,1114.41
Fourth Dementia (4D)Kuhnhenn Brewing Company13.501,0544.29
Old PeculierT & R Theakston Ltd.5.601,0293.96
Adam From The WoodHair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room12.009994.47
Really Old Brown Dog AleSmuttynose Brewing Company11.109033.91
Alaskan Winter AleAlaskan Brewing Co.6.408723.68
Cherry Adam From The WoodHair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room13.508624.33
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.008594.11
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 16Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.006534.13
Saint Arnold Christmas AleSaint Arnold Brewing Company7.706303.7
Warmer Winter Winter WarmerCigar City Brewing11.006113.88
Autumn AleBreckenridge Brewery7.006043.58
Olde Suffolk English (Strong Suffolk Vintage) AleGreene King / Morland Brewery6.004754
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 18Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004744.18
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.004254.25
Gale's Prize Old AleGeorge Gale & Company Ltd9.004163.48
Winter WarmerLancaster Brewing Company8.903953.74
Hibernation Ale - Barrel-AgedGreat Divide Brewing Company12.403774.07
Prairie The Beer That Saved ChristmasPrairie Artisan Ales10.003753.69
Triple ExultationEel River Brewing Co.9.703363.78
Arcadia Big Dick's Olde AleArcadia Brewing Company9.002813.63
Unobtanium Barrel-Aged Old AleStraight To Ale11.502554.17
Olde AleAleSmith Brewing Company11.002044.01
Figgy PuddingBlock 15 Brewery & Restaurant11.001833.94
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.8.001784.28
Old FashionedWicked Weed Brewing10.001734.11
NissefarHaandBryggeriet7.001683.88
Devil's Teeth - CoffeeModern Times Beer10.001644.24
Robinson's Old Tom Strong AleRobinsons Family Brewers8.501533.82
Ola Dubh Special Reserve 21Harviestoun Brewery Ltd.10.501434.11
Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old AleArbor Brewing Company9.501263.73
Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate)Frederic Robinson Limited6.001243.55
Short's AphasiaShort's Brewing Company9.001144.05
Old WoodyFish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub10.001094.04
Billy The MountainUpright Brewing Company9.101083.58
Modus OperandiThe Wild Beer Co.7.001053.86
Lights Out Holiday AleBlue Mountain Brewery7.001023.58
Velvet EvilStraight To Ale11.50894.06
IlludiumStraight To Ale11.50884.29
6th Generation Stock AleSusquehanna Brewing Company5.50843.29
Private Stock AleAleSmith Brewing Company11.00843.97
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