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
HaandBryggeriet Nissemor (Jule Ale)
Norway
3
3.317
George Gale Prize Old Ale Special Reserve
United Kingdom
3
3.217
Nils Oscar Julöl 2005
Sweden
3
3.200
Odell Woodcut Oak Aged Ale No. 01
CO, United States
3
3.517
Valley Brew Old Headbanger Ale
CA, United States
2
3.340
Free State Poor Richards Ale
KS, United States
2
3.280
Village Brewer Old Raby
United Kingdom
2
3.280
Amager Danish Beerhouse Barrel Aged Series Old Mans Ale
Denmark
2
3.120
Atlantic Foonf Zane Auld Ale
ME, United States
2
3.440
Wintercoat Old Ale
Denmark
2
3.200
Terrapin The Iron Tankard
GA, United States
2
3.480
Island Brewing Jubilee Ale
CA, United States
2
3.140
Wickwar IKB
United Kingdom
2
3.220
Highland Auld Asheville Vintage Ale
NC, United States
2
3.320
Elveden Harwich Charter Ale
United Kingdom
2
3.420
McKenzie Old Salty Dog
PA, United States
2
2.820
Great Oakley Delapre Dark
United Kingdom
2
3.280
Yards Old Ale
PA, United States
2
3.100
Independence Jasperilla Old Ale
TX, United States
2
3.160
Bièropholie Azimut
Canada
2
3.140