Brewed by Greene King
Style: Old Ale
Bury St. Edmunds, England


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RATINGS: 1139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Bottle: Filtered.
Marketed in the United States as Olde Suffolk.
dark ale
A blend of two ales: Old 5X , which is brewed to the maximum strength possible (around 12% abv) and left to mature in 100-barrel oak vats for a minimum of two years, and BPA, a dark, full-bodied freshly brewed beer which is added just before bottling. The result is a unique beer - strong (6% abv), dark, fruity, oaky and very, very special.
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4236) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2015
Bottle shared at GBBF, bottle conditioned 1995 vintage, silver foil, 6.0%. I picked this up because I once watched a Michael Jackson programme which showed the huge vats this is aged in. Dark brown, still, no real head. Aroma is jammy, blackcurrant, vimto. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is light, semisweet malts, some oak character showing up, sweet berries with a soft finish. Pretty nice for a 20 year old beer, and chuffed to finally catch up with this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strap (614) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - SEP 5, 2015
Dark...cola colored with a cherry red tint. Robust aroma of dark fruits. Nice and sweet, followed by some coffe like malty goodness. Deep and hearty. Well done

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (15393) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle shared at GBBF 2015, day 2 - London. Cheers, fellas! Vintage 1995. Pours clear brown with a bubbly, off-white head. Rich tangy ripe fruits in the aroma, faint metal, caramel. Medium sweet flavor with gooey caramel, ripe fruits, brown sugar. Full bodied and chewy, with fine soft carbonation. Lightly warming in the finish, sticky sweet, with notes of plums, dates, wood and brown sugar. Nice stuff given its advancing age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopmaestro (874) - rebro, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2015
Aroma is oak, malt and fruit. Taste is really malty and Malty fruity flavor with some oak hints. Fruity finish with some bitterness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PLundsgaard (420) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2015
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
Here we have a stunningly beautiful ale, which is nice in the glass with a good blonde from a little thin, but persistent foam. Partly high carbonation. The aroma is not as prominent, but is malty and fruity. The taste is very vinous and distinct taste of dried fruits. Raisin and prune are most prominent but it has also a little orange peel on the sidelines along with slightly burnt caramel. Saving for 2 years in oak can be tasted a little of its malt rich fullness. It is simply a pleasure to encounter an ale of this quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elbernays (1003) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle from McHughs. Pours chestnut brown with reddish hue. Very clear. Little to no head. Aroma is bread, biscuit, toffee, dark fruit, Raisins, wood. Bursting with woody estery fruit. Bread, toffee. Light body with light carbonation. This is a lovely tipple.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (6542) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2015
Cask gravity at GBBF 2015 day 2. Thanks! Brown caramel coloured pour with a halo of grey head. Aroma is sweet caramel, brown malt, mint, musty, apple. Flavour is nutty, caramel malts, flat, sugar, not bad for the age. Palate is flat, sweet, no condition. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DroolYeast (569) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle @ home. Malty aroma, caramel, oak. Reddish brown colour with tiny off-white head. Taste is a bit vinous taste, light bitterness, moderate malty sweetness. Medium body, thin texture, average- carbonation, long malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
meireteixeira (170) - So Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 9, 2015
Cor marrom escura, brilhante. Espuma boa, bege, cremosa e de média persistência. Aroma doce, toffe e mel. No paladar maltada, mel, caramelo e um suave toque de madeira. Retrogosto longo e adocicado.

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