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


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RATINGS: 1187   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyobon (1268) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2016
(Bottle - Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale) Pours clear deep ruby brown with loose short-lived tan head. Nice aroma - toffee, fruity esters and hints of veges. Medium bodied, good carbonation. Taste is unusual and pleasant. There’s a lot going on. Toffee sweetness with some light fruitiness is prominent at the start. This is steadily replaced by woody and then bitter hoppy flavours, although the toffee notes linger in the long finish. An unusual and very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Krigla (184) - SLOVENIA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle, 0.33l. Clear, dark brown colour with medium, creamy tan head. Soft carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts, raisins and some caramel. Taste follows the aroma. Aftertaste is bitter-sweet. Overall really good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cervmagpt (641) - PORTUGAL - MAY 17, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 (style 17B). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: complex aroma of malt and fruity esters with notes of caramel, toffee, some dried figs and a background vinous Port-like aroma with slight cask notes. APPEARANCE: dark amber color and translucent with ruby body against light. low light brown head with poor retention. TASTE: complex flavor with predominant vinous notes like a fine Port or Madeira, complemented by a slight cask tone. malt flavor is medium-high with notes of caramel and slight biscuit. low bitterness with an almost dry finish. slight sweet malt balance. PALATE: medium body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a very nice and complex Old Ale that is a very good style example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (6505) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2016
How: Bottle, as Green King Strong Suffolk Dark Ale.
Where: Had at home.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, liquorice.
Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, fruit, liquorice, caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8279) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2016
Bottle from Tesco, Brighouse. Dark mahogany coloured with a thin head. Has a strength but retains a lot of flavour, namely dark fruits and a small earthiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alebarasi (4) - Dobrova, SLOVENIA - APR 18, 2016 does not count
Bought in Špar (for 1.99 euros). It has the smell of sour malt, caramel and some woodiness. Pours a clear burgundy with a small tan head. Good lacing. Its taste is dry up front, with aromas of fruits, caramel, licorice, touch of coffee, butterscotch and a little hop bitterness in the end. Overall a nice old dark ale for chilly evenings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lokis333 (352) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - APR 15, 2016
Trying the Strong Suffolk Dark Ale version. Clear deep rubby color with medium almond foam. Aromas mainly of malt that then extends to aged and very lightly boozy aromas, has hints of raisins, bread, vanila and quite sweet too. Palate, medium body, not too heavy as imagened, with mouth coating texture leaving aged caramel finish. Taste is more on sweet side, of caramel and malt in a way reminding of a bitter. Overall, nice beer, smells really nice, tastes okay, could be better but not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2554) - California, USA - APR 10, 2016
Sterile filtered since 2006 - cool. Darker reddish brown color, smaller head, good lace/retention. Aroma is Madeira, caramel, light oak, wood, English yeast. Medium/light body, lightly sweet. The aroma had me excited but it went downhill after that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackisle (1922) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Poured into a half pint glass. Clear deep amber brown, small frothy beige head, mostly diminishing, minimal lacing; aroma roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel, fruit syrup; taste medium to light heavy sweet, and slightly bitter, malty, fruity, toffee, woody, with long duration, sweetbitter finish, fruity and spicy notes; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uckelman (577) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
Chestnut brown, clear. Small ring of head in glass. Aroma is reminiscent of fruitcake. Medium body. Surprisingly lively for an aged beer---lots of prickliness on the finish, along with some slate. Medium sweet.

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