Old Ale (also known as “Stock” Ale), is a full-bodied beer with high levels of dextrins. In times past, this beer was typically laid up to mature, hence the name. The color varies from rich, dark amber to a very dark brown. This style features fruity, vinuous & deep, malty flavors, giving it an almost port-like qualities. Sight acidity is not uncommon. Olive, iconic mascot & spirit guide of our brewery, first appeared on our Old Brown Dog label in 1994 & returned, thirteen years later, to pose for our Really Old Brown Dog, a luscious, malt-rich, full bodied “old ale” featuring deep notes of complex fruit. Much like our beloved Olive, this beer will mellow & age gracefully.
Beer Rundown (Known Ingredients)
Style: Old Ale
Hops: Liberty, Crystal
Malts: Pilsner Malt, Pale Ale Malt, Crystal 60L, Brown Malt, Special B
Taste Expecations: Dark malts, molasses and brown sugar. Some alcohol warming in finish. A good fall/winter brew. There are some notes of age, typical of an Old Ale.
Availability: 22oz Bombers. Draft. Small Batch seasonal brew.
Cellar? Yes. Old Ales can be cellared, and benefit from extended cellaring. Smuttynose mentions the ale will mellow and age gracefully.