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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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Old Ale often refers to either a sweeter version of a Barley-Wine Style Ale or an aged version of what a brewery might call English Strong or Stock Ale. Burton Ale was Burton-upon-Trent’s signature beer before Pale ale and IPA. Originally, in the early 1800s, it was dark, made with brown malt–as pale malt was yet to be widely used–reasonably hopped, and fairly sweet with alcohol ranging from 7-12% abv. Brewers Michael Bass, Samuel Allsopp and William Worthington made good money shipping these beers to Russia and the Baltic but as the English Baltic trades fell apart in the early 1800s, and as trends at home went towards more hop-forward "pale ales" and "IPAs" made for the East India Company, Burton Ales became paler in color, drier in finish, and more heavily hopped, increasing to as much as 1-2 pounds per barrel of exclusively Fuggles and Goldings hops. As this new version of strong Burton Ale made it to London it was referred to as "Olde" or "Olde Burton":

Thus, we present to you "Old Burton Extra:" A large ale of considerable strength (8.9%abv), hopped with 1 pound per barrel Goldings in the kettle (77 IBUS) and another pound per barrel of Fuggles dry-hop, this ale drinks with huge citrus fruit esters, dark candied fruit, considerable dry bitterness, and faint notes of spicy hop, caramel, and fruitcake. But watch out because as the old 19th century song goes,

"Ne’er tell me of liquors from Spain or from France,
They may get in your heels and inspire you to dance.
But Ale of old Burton if mellow and right
Will get in your head and inspire you to fight."

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3.4
williamstome (2062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2017
Orange pour, small white head. Caramel aroma. Malty caramel and toasted malt flavor, with a big pine and citrus bite.

2.9
mcberko (20268) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2017
On tap at Hopshead, pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma has some floral notes and lightly sweet bready malt. Flavour is boozier, with bready malt, a touch of toasted caramel and light alcohol. Pretty restrained for something that’s 8.9%. Decent.

3.9
travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Tap at the brewery. The look is clear, off whitehead, and red in color. The smell is fruity, hoppy, fresh, nice, crisp, and good. The taste is fruit, crisp, pine, fresh, so good.

3.7
jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2015
On cask at Hogshead. Deep copper with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of biscuit, herbal hops, toffee, some apricot, and cinnamon. Taste is of herbal hops, some toffee, woody hops, some caramel.

3.9
onceblind (11135) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2015
Clear brilliant dark golden/copper with a rocky off white bubbly head. Big sweet boozy nose with roasted carame malt and dark brown sugar and floral/leafy hops and a little whiskey maltiness. Full flavor with old ale tones of whiskey grains and earthy boozy toast malts and a bit of bitter leafy hops. Nothing amazing but full and rich and clean and with some character for sure.
Earlier Rating: 11/30/2013 Total Score: 4.1
Clear copperish bronze with a small foamy off-white head. Aroma is like a strong American ipa with lots of orange zest and a bit of tropical fruitiness and a chewy malty sweetness. The taste is much lighter than the abv would imply, tastes like 5% or so. Big orange rind and zest flavor with a bit of floral resin and a strong backing pale malt sweetness. A touch of tropical sweetness on the back with a little blonde malt. Hard to believe its hopped with fuggles, tastes Americanized. Incredible balance.

3.7
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Deep orange, cream colored head. Malty up front, bready, caramel, not much hoppiness.

3.1
jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Cask at Hogshead. Pours a burnt orange color with white head. Apricot, dough, malty aromas. Bitter, hoppy, herbal, dough flavors. Decent.

2.7
cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2014
On tap @ the brewery. Dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Twangy, veggie, chewy herbal nose. Medium body. Low sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Tangy flavor. Kind of doughy, celery flavor. I’m not a fan.

2.6
Oakes (19550) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
Hazy dull tan. Aroma is really fruity, lots of pear, light apple, too. Sweet, a bit syrupy, quite estery, Honestly I’m not sure what to make of that one. Odd brew.

4
Ferris (17785) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Cask - Fruity, plum, raisin and dark fruit, cloudy brown with a huge white head. Creamy dark fruit. Stunning, these guys rock. Nice big flavours in a subtle package. A little flowery and couldn’t drink a lot, but the one was the bees knees.


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