Old Ale Recipe
So what is an Old Ale?
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. 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.
Our Old Ale Recipe
This 8% ABV High Gravity kit is malty-sweet with a complex blend of dried-fruit, caramel, nut and toffee. The mouthfeel is medium with a lingering head that produces gorgeous Belgian lacing down your glass. If you have some control of your kegging system, you'll want to keep it on the lower end - typical of English ales.
Gale's Prize Old Ale, Burton Bridge Olde Expensive, Marston Owd Roger, J.W. Lees Moonraker, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, Fuller's Vintage Ale, Harvey's Elizabethan Ale