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

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RATINGS: 1117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ramboraffe (1256) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2015
500 ml bottle. Clear dark copper with off white head. Smell is malty syrup with bread and herbs. Taste is malty, bread, syrup, dark fruit, herbs and oak barrels. Semi sweet with low bitterness and low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foffern (1431) - Bodř, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2015
Bottle at home. One year old bottle. Pours a deep, reddish brown color with a light brown head. Lots of dried fruit in the aroma along with leather, oak, caramel, some alcohol, vanilla, sweet oat crackers and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with more toffee, brown sugar, dark berries, leather and oak. Medium body, silky mouth feel, and a balanced bitterness. A well-balanced, tasteful and sweet old ale. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alteregoo (318) - POLAND - JUL 1, 2015
Piana sycząca, średnio pęcherzykowa, szybko opada niemalże do zera. Barwa mahoniowa, klarowna. Aromat głównie karmelowo-czekoladowy, w tle dębina, wanilia, daktyle, kandyzowane owoce, może odrobina miodu spadziowego i syropu klonowego. Generalnie słodki, dość złożony i przyjemny aromat (niestety przykryty karmelem). W smaku jest bardzo podobnie - znów karmelowa, słodka podstawa dominuje całe bogactwo smaków starego drewna, suszonych owoców i szlachetnego miodu. Troszkę to przypomina Dubbla zmieszanego z morzem angielskiego Brown Ale. Nagazowanie średnie do niskiego. Goryczki praktycznie nie czuć, może nieco szorstko-popiołowe odczucie na języku i lekko likierowy, choć przyjemny alkohol stanowią przeciwwagę do karmelu, ale to zdecydowanie za mało. Gdyby zmienić proporcje, zwiększyć udział Old Ale 5X, wtedy zapewne to piwo "wbijałoby w ziemię". W tej jednak wersji jest zaledwie przyzwoitym piwem, nieco zbyt deserowym, słodkim, ugrzecznionym i bezchmielowym...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garry_Evans (62) - HONG KONG - JUL 1, 2015
Nice balanced dark ale, with complex taste, ideal for a winter night before a fire. 330ml bottle bought in supermarket in Hong Kong. Deep brown with big fluffy white head. Aroma is malty, liquorice, cinnamon, spice. Nice mouth feel with good balance of malt, sweetness, hoppiness with hunt of bitterness in the long finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 1/22/2015 Total Score: 3.6
A nice winter ale, quite sweet but with pleasant nutty flavours. Dark brown with fast disappearing head. Toffee on the nose with roasted barley. Soft palate, maybe a touch too sweet but with nice nutty after taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nazbion (109) - Tübingen, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2015
Pours dark red with short-lived beige head. Malty aroma, bread, plums, caramel. Taste is sweet with bitter finish. Very malty, a bit woody too. Light-medium body, light carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (315) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2015
"Strong Suffolk Dark Ale", 0,33 l bottle from bierpost, bottled in april 2014. Clear, dark red with a thin, frothy, almost stable, tan head. Pleasant, sweetish-fruity, slightly vinous aroma of dark cherries, plums, blackcurrant, caramel and molasses. Sweetish-malty taste of raisins, blackcurrant, caramel, nuts and hints of oak. Short, malty, slightly bitter and minimally vinous finish. Medium to full body, slightly oily texture, very soft carbonation. Great, delicious brew with a lovely vinous touch. Not just simply sweet, but quite complex.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nicke80 (302) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2015
33cl bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours dark copper with little head. Sweet fruity aroma with loads of caramell and oak complexity.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jamaty (1242) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 8, 2015
Marron rojiza oscura, aroma marcado a vino tinto. En boca, inicialmente dulce para pronto evolucionar al vino del aroma,que ya permanece hasta el final, acabando seca y amarga. Rara, aunque no esta mal del todo.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobroman (651) - Torun, POLAND - JUN 7, 2015
27.04.15. Quite intensive caramel, raisins and ripe fruits aroma. Completely disappearing head. Dark ruby-brown colour. Intensive caramel sweetness, noticeable bitterness and well-balanced acidity.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
colui72 (258) - HONG KONG - JUN 6, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2015 High carbonation gives a poor appearance of coke. But its intense aroma takes over.


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