A primarily English style of ale
, Old ales
are rich, sweet and dark, and usually possess a fairly strong flavour. Their characteristic body, flavour and sweetness derives from the fact that they are not thoroughly fermented, leaving much of the malt
sugar in the beer
. Despite high gravity, the actual alcohol content of these beers generally remains rather modest.
Commercial examples include Theakston Old Peculier and, the amusingly named, Robinwood Old Fart.