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Vancouver Island Brewing

Vancouver Island Brewing
Gladstone Brewing Collaboration Burton Ale

Category: Old Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 7.5%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended

Vancouver Island Brewing
Gladstone Brewing Collaboration Burton Ale

Category: Old Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 7.5%
Murky brick red color. Aromas and flavors of roasted brussels sprouts and lardons, stewed okra, sourdough toast, and cardboard with a supple, bright, spritzy, dryish medium body and a peppery, odd, short-to-medium finish that exhibits accents of dried fruits, pepper, apple vinaigrette on radicchio, and ground baby aspirin finish. A challenging mature ale that may have seen better days.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Malty & Funky
Aroma Aroma: roasted brussels sprouts and lardons, stewed okra, sourdough toast, and cardboard
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of dried fruits, pepper, apple vinaigrette on radicchio, and ground baby aspirin
Bitterness Bitterness: Faint
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Mushroom Cheeseburger , Veal Calvados, Roquefort
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A challenging mature ale that may have seen better days.

The Producer

Vancouver Island Brewing Co.

The Producer
2330 Government St.
Victoria, BC V8T 5G5
Canada
1 250-361-0007

Old Ale

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Serve in a Snifter
Old ales are amber to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 6-9.5%. These beers are medium-to-full bodied malt-driven ales with aged examples showing light, sweet oxidative characteristics, with extended periods of wood-aging contributing lactic or Brettanomyces characteristics. Sometime referred to as “stock” or “keeping” ales, old ales are eponymously named for being aged for months, or even years, through bottle conditioning or bulk storage in wooden tuns. Originally brewed before the Industrial Revolution as a compliment to mild ales, these beers are still brewed today and have become a specialty in some US craft brewers’ portfolios. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Robinson’s Old Tom, Island Jubilee Ale, Moorehouse’s English Owd Ale, and Great Divide Hibernation Ale.