Old Ale

Old Ale

329 beers | 3.734 Avg Score

As their name implies, old ales are typically stocked or stored for long periods of time before consumption, the latter which traditionally involved blending the old ale with another "fresh" beer like a mild ale or bitter. Old ales could be viewed as strong mild ales that fall out somewhere in between strong bitters or brown porters and English barleywines. They are normally dark amber to deep brown in color with a head that may or may not impress (due to the age and relatively low carbonation). The style builds on several remaining unfermented sugars to offer chewy malty flavors (caramel, toffee, vinous, nuts, molasses, even light chocolate or roasted flavors and fruitiness), a firm and warming alcohol presence, and relatively low hop levels (especially after aging). Additionally, these beers can often take on oak, oxidized, and sour or lactic flavors after aging.

Beer | Location Reviews Score
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 40 Year Special Reserve
United Kingdom
10
4.077
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 18 Year Special Reserve
United Kingdom
14
3.964
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12 Year Special Reserve
United Kingdom
26
3.938
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 30 Year Special Reserve
United Kingdom
15
3.911
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 16 Year Special Reserve
United Kingdom
17
3.885
Greene King Strong Suffolk (Olde Suffolk)
United Kingdom
37
3.833
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Engineer's Reserve
United Kingdom
6
3.778
The Bruery Cuir
CA, United States
7
3.770
Kuhnhenn Fourth Dementia Old Ale
MI, United States
17
3.770
Fish Tale Old Woody Strong Old Ale
WA, United States
14
3.753
Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale
MI, United States
35
3.745
Robinson's Old Tom
United Kingdom
13
3.738
Thornbridge Bracia
United Kingdom
3
3.734
AleSmith Decadence 2005
CA, United States
13
3.719
Theakston Old Peculier
United Kingdom
68
3.710
Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale
NY, United States
16
3.695
Portland Benchmark Old Ale
OR, United States
10
3.685
AleSmith Barrel Aged Decadence (2005)
CA, United States
5
3.675
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Old Ale
NH, United States
11
3.672
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 1991 Vintage
United Kingdom
2
3.660