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Style: Old Ale
 
Style Information
An Old Ale (or Stock Ale) is a strong, dark and malty English style of beer. The color should range from dark amber to dark brown. The aroma should have minimal hop notes, with strong malt or caramel notes apparent. Strong alcohol aromas are also usually obvious. Fruity esters and other dark fruit aromas may also be very notable. A long period of aging also contributes to the character of the sharpness of the flavors. The taste is generally complex, with very minimal hop bitterness. There should be a notable bite from the alcohol though, along with notes of vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and sherry. If the ale was aged in a barrel, tones from the barrel will be very apparent with wood, vanilla, bourbon or other flavors apparent. The feel should be full bodied. ABV should range from 6% to 9%. IBUs are medium and range from 30 to 65.

Wikipedia history for Old Ales:

"Historically, old ales served as a complement to mild ales, and in pubs of the era typically the landlord would serve the customer a blend of the sharper stock ale with the fruitier, sweeter mild ale to the customer's taste. In London especially, the aged ale would take on a sour, lactic acid note from the continuing fermentation in the cask. Because of the time required for the aging process, some investors would buy mild ale from brewers, age it into old ale, and sell it at the higher price. Eventually, brewers began to keep some beer behind at the brewery, age it themselves and sell it to the pubs. In some cases old ale was a blend of young and old. The "stock ale" was the brewery's very aged ale and was used to inject an "old" quality, and perhaps acidity to the blend."

Recommend glassware for this style
 
GlasswareDescription 
Goblet A goblet (or chalice) is a large, stemmed, bowl-shaped glass. The distinction between goblet and chalice is typically in the glass thickness. Goblets tend to be more delicate and thin, while the ... [more]
Pint Glass Pint glasses are what most people recognize as a typical beer glass. There are actually three different types of pint glasses - shaker pints, nonic pints and tulip pints.

The shaker ... [more]
Snifter Typically used for serving brandy and cognac, a snifter is ideal for capturing the volatiles of aromatic beers, such as Belgian ales, India Pale Ales, barleywines and wheat wines. The shape helps... [more]
Tulip A tulip glass not only helps trap the aroma, but also aids in maintaining large
heads, creating a visual and olfactory sensation. The body is bulbous, but the top
flares out to form... [more]

Top Consumed Old Ale
 
 BeerConsumed
1. Third Coast Old Ale by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe60
2. Adam by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company36
3. Old Stock Ale by North Coast Brewing Co.33
4. Black Biscuit by Founders Brewing Company29
5. Fourth Dementia by Kuhnhenn Brewing Company27
6. Curmudgeon by Founders Brewing Company23
7. Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia by Kuhnhenn Brewing Company19
8. Cherry Adam From the Wood by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company18
9. Decadence Anniversary Ale 2010 by AleSmith Brewing Company14
10. Old Stock Brewer's Reserve (Aged In Bourbon Barrels) by North Coast Brewing Co.14

Top Reviews Old Ale
 
 BeerAvg Score
1. Rosie's Old Ale by Barley John's Brew Pub92
2. Woodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden Ale by Odell Brewing Company92
3. Old Stock Brewer's Reserve (Aged In Brandy Barrels) by North Coast Brewing Co.91
4. Woodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson Ale by Odell Brewing Company90
5. Papier (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged) by The Bruery90
6. 5th Dementia by Kuhnhenn Brewing Company90
7. Bourbon Barrel Aged Third Coast Old Ale by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe90
8. Bourbon Imperial Brown Goose by Goose Island (Clybourn)90
9. Batch 6000 by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe89
10. Third Coast Old Ale by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe89