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


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RATINGS: 1052   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (970) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 0.5l bottle poured in a chalice. Great beer! Classic English Ale. A: Beautiful deep amber color with a thin beige head which dissipates quickly leaving very few lacings S: Caramel malts (and some notes of roasted malts), toffee, dark fruits (plums and grapes, mainly), wood, brown bread, yeasts, flowery hops and a bit of alcohol in the end. Sophisticated T: Delicious. Complex as the nose. A little bit sweet. Caramel malts and dark fruits in the beginning. Woody (reminds red wine). Very well balanced bitterness (the taste of fresh hops is impressive) M: Medium body. Low to medium carbonation which reminds a traditional English Bitter. Delicious bitterness D: High. Very mild and smooth Beer. A winner, no doubt! [ BA Review @ 6/28/2010 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1382) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Good coffee and fruit aroma. Dark, very smooth, hints of fruit, chocolate and coffee, flavours arenít too strong but itís pleasantly drinkable. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (804) - - OCT 14, 2014
Pours a dark amber color. Aroma and taste is caramel, malts, and dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1049) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
330ml bottle from Tesco. As the name suggests this beer is dark deep amber colour with a thin off white head. Aroma has sweet stewed fruit, the taste also has this, but had a alcohol warmth, that suggests more than the 6% abv. The bottle says blended with a proportion of 5X, just not sure what the proportion would be, low I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
solvaris (107) - - OCT 5, 2014
etwas bitter, sonst ok ---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired --- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1412) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 22, 2014
330ml bottle purchased from Tesco, Irvine on the 4th September 2014. Chalice glass. Pours a crystal clear dark ruby in colour with a thin white head. Strong malty aroma with creamy notes of date fruit evident in the long nose. Silky smooth mouthfeel and poor lacing throughout. Dark complex malts deliver a moist, maltloaf base with strong vinous overtones of sweet raisins and fresh figs. There is a slight hint of earthy hop resins present in the short lived aftertaste. Finish is very malty and robust with smooth boozy warmth coming through. Strong vinous fruit notes with syrupy prunes evident. This is a great example of an Old Ale, just wish there were more varieties of this ilk out there!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xtreme777 (4) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 21, 2014 does not count
This beer was bought by my wife as a gift because of a very long work week. It is delicious. Would definitely drink again. Tastes like good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (899) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2014
DAA; Bottle 330ml. Pours dark brown with a minimal to moderate, creamy, fading off-white to tan head. Aroma is heavy malt and caramel, madeira vinious, dried dark fruit, oak and spice. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a somewhat lasting and warming finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, citrus, caramel and grains. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel and grains. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Lappy (25) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2014
I was expecting a lot more from this ale. Falls well short of the Fullers and even further behind the Batemanís Vintage. For a Vintage it came across as a little thin and lacked real depth of flavour. Also pretty flat.

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