About Strong Ale

About Strong Ale
Strong ales are amber to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 7-11.5%. These beers have a sweet malty palate and a notable degree of fruitiness. They may also feature medium-to-high hop bitterness tempering the overall sweet malt character. Beers in this category may commonly be referred to as old ales, stock ales or winter warmers, but this category may also expand beyond these styles. Strong ales are higher-alcohol versions of pale ales, but are not as robust or alcoholic as barley wines. These beers lend themselves to being cellared, and in some cases can develop complex sherry-like notes over time. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale and Samuel Smiths Yorkshire Stingo.

Top Picks for Strong Ale

Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Winter Imperial Ale
89 points
Amber color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of clementine, nut brittle, pine bark, and frosted almond scone with a round, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of peach marmalade on raisin toast finish. A gentle warming strong winter ale with easy citrusy fruit flavors.
Buffalo Bill’s Brewery Tasmanian Devil Double Ale
87 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of rutabaga, honey roasted clementine, peach custard, and whole oats in a burlap sack with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with accents of peppered greens finish. A tasty, easy drinking strong ale with nice flavor and balance.