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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dervock (505) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle - pours ruby brown with a small short lived off white head. Lost of swee caramel malt, dried fruit and burnt sugar. Sweet up front, with a transition to a mellow dried fruit and a dry lingering finish. Full palate, covers the whole mouth mild carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanCrusher (670) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle 0,33L. Dark, amber, mahagonycolour with small, light brown, frothy head. Aroma of sacher cake, cherry, chocolate and honey. Taste starts light sweet with a lot of dark fruits taste and finish light bitter, still fruity, but with a hint of chocolate. Full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Another masterpiece from Greene King.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (3554) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle from Tesco; dark brown pour with zero head, dried fruit and sweet jammy aroma, taste has fortified wine, sweet jam, dark fruits, sweet caramel, Greene king can make a good beer shocker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (2386) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle@Ølmesse, Voldby - amber coloured pour. Aroma and taste is caramel malty, toffee, dried dark fruity, medium sweet, pretty decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (6410) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle @ Voldby ølmesse. Pours dark amber with a tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, wood, dark fruits, light buttery notes. Flavor is malty, caramel. wood, dark fruits, nuts, raisins. Medium body, average to lively carbonation. 300814

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBHansen (173) - Køge, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle @ sisters place: Appearance: pours red/brown with small frothy off-white head and fair lacing. Aroma/taste: caramel, fruit, oak, vanilla and floral notes. Palate: low carbonation, medium to rich body with notable sweetness. medium duration and a oily texture. Overall: very good and tasteful old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (5687) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours very dark ruby with a small creamy tanned head. Vinous aroma with dark ripe fruits, cherry and dark caramel. Taste is light dry, dark fruity with raisins and caramel, weak wood. Light oily mouthfeel with a shy herbal finish, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (1707) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark brown with a medium sized light brown head. Cocoa, wood, earthy, dark fruits, dried fruits, light caramel, flowery hops. Medium body, oily texture, soft/medium carbonation, medium sweet and bitter. Ok, ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1485) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Pours a dark colour, taste is of molasses and burnt sugar, strong alcohol on the palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
Classic and leading English ale, blend of an old beer with a young one and in that sense an interesting expansion of the relatively limited but complex world of English old ales, which Michael Jackson compared to the Rodenbachs. Complex, interesting beer with lots of maltiness and dried fruits, cake and sweet caramel malts, subtle sourish note, complex finish with warming alcohol. I definitely have to try this again some time.

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