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
Robinson's Chocolate Tom (Old Tom with Chocolate)
United Kingdom
4
3.257
Durham Evensong
United Kingdom
4
3.329
Drake's Apple Brandy Barrel Olde Ale
CA, United States
4
3.343
Jack Russell Olde Ale Winter Warmer
CA, United States
4
2.986
Lost Coast Old Ale
CA, United States
3
3.350
Straight to Ale Unobtanium
AL, United States
3
3.567
Adnams Fisherman
United Kingdom
3
3.100
Thornbridge Bracia
United Kingdom
3
3.734
Alcazar Gaolers Ale
United Kingdom
3
3.484
AleSmith Decadence 2010
CA, United States
3
3.450
Nils Oscar Julöl 2004
Sweden
3
3.250
Nils Oscar Julöl 2005
Sweden
3
3.200
Odell Woodcut Oak Aged Ale No. 01
CO, United States
3
3.517
King Two Fisted Old Ale
MI, United States
3
2.834
Greene King Suffolk Springer
United Kingdom
3
3.434
Everards Original
United Kingdom
3
3.200
HaandBryggeriet Nissemor (Jule Ale)
Norway
3
3.317
Woodfordes Norfolk Nog Old Dark Ale
United Kingdom
3
3.300
George Gale Prize Old Ale Special Reserve
United Kingdom
3
3.217
Les Frères Houblon Fontaine du Diable
Canada
3
3.367