The Lords of the Ales: A Powerful Onslaught of Ales from the Two Towers of North America and Great Britain
Strong ales are sometimes referred to as old ales, stock ales or winter warmers. These beers are higher alcohol versions (typically between 5.5-7 percent ABV) of pale ales, though not as robust or alcoholic as barley wines. Usually a deep amber color, these brews generally have a sweet malty palate and a degree of fruitiness. If bottle conditioned, strong ales can improve for several years, in some cases eventually obtaining sherry-like notes.
Interpreting the 100-point Scale
Consumers can translate the point score to the following quality bands:
|Less than 80
- = Brewpub
- ABV = Alcohol by volume
- Date denotes the date on which the beer was tasted
94 English Owd Ale, Moorhouse’s Brewery (England). 5.9% ABV (3/10)
Hazy copper orange color. Aromas of warm honey butter on toasted pumpernickel and chocolate-covered peach follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with creamy citrus custard, savory roasted fennel and corn, molasses and dark roasted nut notes. Finishes with a long, dusty earth, cocoa and nut fade. Very complex, contemplative and delicious. Try with roasted boar.
87 Samuel Adams Longshot Old Ben Old Ale, The Boston Beer Co. (MA). 9% ABV (2/11)
Bright copper penny color. Rich cherry cola, orange-mint jelly, fruit cake and spice aromas with a supple, soft fruity medium-full body and a tangy poached pear, pepper and radish finish.