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


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RATINGS: 1098   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergaard (186) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 5, 2015
Dark brownish beer, light beige head. Aroma of caramel and malt, nutty taste with notes of caramel, dark malt and some dried fruit

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
pricey290483 (654) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2015
bottle very dark in colour with a strong aroma very strong full bodied taste not for me though this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoufCustom (999) - HONG KONG - MAR 28, 2015

330 ml bottle as “Greene King Strong Suffolk Dark Ale” bought at Market Place by Jasons in iSquare, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Clear dark amber copper colour with no yeast sediments; Less than one-quarter finger head with soapy beige foam which faded in 20 seconds; Good sticky lacing and near zero carbonation; Quite fragrant aroma of amber malt, with strong Port wine, red wine, caramel, light toffee, cherry, red fruits, sugar, wood barrel and faint grass; Close to medium sweet taste of rich amber malt, with very light tartness, quite strong caramel, dark bread, strong molasses notes, dark fruit notes, tasty light alcohol, traces of brown sugar, lime and light bitter grassy hops; Full body, quite thick palate; Mouth feel is wholesome amber malt with fairly good dark bread and caramel in a rightfully thick body. Dark fruits and sweet light alcohol blended well in the barrel-aged background. Simple, easy and pretty subtle!... Hoppiness is faint grassy nose, Lime and light grass in taste. Bitterness is matching moderate for a malty-bitter finish; Quite dry after taste. Fruity, malty and comfy bitter to mouth.

Comments: As a blend ale, I think this one is more than decent - amber malty with neat and nice Port wine aroma, expressive but subtle sweetness which mix seamlessly with hidden booze and fruity barrel taste. A nice winter warmer, this is a comfy and easy winner. Will buy again for sure!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThirstyBird (2013) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2015
Thanks John aka southbierbroski! Pours brown/orange with a tan head. The smell is molasses, dark fruit, slight licorice. The taste is dark fruit, caramel, molasses, very sweet in the middle ending with some dryness and tart fruitiness on the finish. Medium body, sticky with average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rkehlet (38) - - MAR 22, 2015
I Like it. Liquorice, caramel, and a faint butter like taste not diacetyl. Head retention not impressive but nice golden foam.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Larzan (10) - - MAR 20, 2015
Little head. Winelike aroma. Buttery aroma and taste. Fruity malt taste finishing with a mild bitterness and sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
InPivoVeritas (379) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark amber with medium off-white head. Aroma of biscuits, toffee, chocolate, butter with some fruitness. Medium-high body. Medium bitterness. High carbonation. Rather sweet. Quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
eluosiren (126) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAR 13, 2015
Didn’t strike me as a great beer. It’s not bad, true, but would’t call it good in any way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Defreni (2775) - Husum, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2015
Flaske: Brunrød klar øl med et stort skumhoved. Kraftig duft af sødlig malt. Smagen er meget sød med malten som den alt dominerende. Let "gammel" smag med for lidt humle til at bakke den hvinende sødme op. Ikke nok røg til at løfte øllen, men den er da drikbar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KW92 (277) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 5, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa ciemno rubinowa, zamglone. Piana drobna, ale niska i krótka.
AROMAT: Wędzona śliwka, rodzynki, karmel. Są też beczkowe akcenty. W tle niezbyt przyjemny aromat zjełczałego masła (diacetyl).
SMAK: Masło, karmel, słodowość i odrobina wędzoności. Goryczka niska. Wysycenie niskie.
OGÓLNIE: Hmm...no nie wiem. Mało być "very, very special", a wyszło "very, very rancid butter"

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