Some Strong Ales were much like a London Burton or a Southern draught Old Ale: 1045º-1050º and dark brown. Others more like the stronger Northern type of Old Ale: 1060º-1080º and also dark brown. Odd ones were either weaker or much stronger than those two types. And some are quite pale.
Not really much in common amongst that group. The Ind Coope example isn’t strong at all. Even though most of them are dark, Watney Export Gold is very pale.
Final Selection was later dropped in favour of Gold Label, though for a while Chiswell Street brewed both beers.
|London Strong Ales 1953 - 1965|
|Date||Year||Beer||Price per pint d||OG||FG||ABV||App. Atten-uation||colour|
|1948||Ind Coope||No. 3 Strong Ale||57||1040.8||1010.8||3.89||73.53%||90|
|1954||Mann Crossman||Dragon Ale||24||1051.2||1019.1||4.15||62.70%||150|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|
This is an excerpt from my book on post-WW II UK brewing, Austerity!
As late as the 1970s Brains in Cardiff brewed a bottled Strong Ale. It was dark ruby / brown and was a favourite with some of my mates at the Steelworks. I was an SA man.
As well as the pint size, Brains did a half pint bottle for serving in their pubs, and the standard order across the bar was "A pint of strong and dark" which would be assembled by the bar person: a half of Brains Dark and the Strong poured in.
It may have been around 6% ??
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