AleSmith’s annual Olde Ale release is returning this Spring, but not before it spend time in some bourbon barrels.

The San Diego brewery received approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for 2016 Olde Ale, which is a bourbon barrel-aged imperial English ale.

The beer retains its 11 percent ABV rating and 750ml bottle format for 2016.

AleSmith describes the beer:

Originally brewed in 2005 as the first in our annual Decadence series, AleSmith Olde Ale follows the tradition of classic British-style Old Ales. This rich, malt-forward ale showcases soft notes of currants and dried fruit along with complex dark sugars, all of which are balanced by a subtle bitterness derived from the addition of traditional English hops. AleSmith Olde Ale is ready to be enjoyed now or it can be aged upwards of twenty years to further enhance its amazing depth of flavor. A hearty ale designed to please Bacchus himself!


Last year the company released a Bourbon and Brandy Barrel-Aged Olde Ale.