About Wood Aged Ale

About Wood Aged Ale
The category of wood-aged beer represents a diverse range of ale and lager styles that have been aged in neutral wood. These beers commonly range between 6-8% in alcohol with further variations depending on the interpretation of the style. These beers are characterized by wood-influenced flavors of vanilla, caramel, toast and coconut in addition to flavors and aromas of the base style. The overall character of the final beer may also included acetic, lactic or Brettanomyces flavors and aromas resultant of the barrel. A wide variety of base beer styles may be wood-aged for an additional level of complexity, although wood-aged versions of darker or more alcoholic styles are among the more common examples. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Innis & Gunn Original Oak-Aged Beer, Stone OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale and Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout.

Top Picks for Wood Aged Ale

Fremont Brewing 2020 B-Bomb Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Winter Ale
96 points
Finesse and elegance. Try this Wood Aged Ale with exceptional integration of oak and malt.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Platinum Medal - Best Wood Aged Ale
Fremont Brewing B-Bomb Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Winter Ale
93 points
A bold, rich beer with strong dessert flavors, best suited for sipping by the snifter on a chilly winter night.