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


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RATINGS: 1131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Mahogony pour, small head. Strong notes of rich pitted fruit, malt, and whiskey. Medium body. Fruity notes, cherry and plums, long sweet aftertaste of prunes. Rich and hearty flavor, very nice, but I just don’t like it as much as it seems I would...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle poured dark dark brwown, almost black with a good chocolate head that faded fast. Aroma of malt, smoke,spice. Medium thin body wirh a roasty flavor and light fruits . Taste of chocolate on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Garrat (1314) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 From 500ml Bottle.Dark brown in colour,sweet and filled with dark fruits,roasted malt,it should taste great,but it’s not for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottled. Deep, dark amber colour. Sweet malt aroma with rustic woody tones. Doesn’t taste like 6%. Rich, satin texture. Malts from start to finish. Unimaginative to score any higher for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Dark cloudy brown in color. Firm tan head. Musty aroma with caramel and plum and cardboard. Very soft on the palate with low carbonation. Malty with dark fruit in the flavor, medium body, finishes a little tart with an oaky bitterness. I have read that earth(soil) is placed on the surface of this ale in the oak vats while it ages. Apparently it floats and provides a barrier to the atmosphere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 Cask. Dark chestnut brown colour, stable head with big bubbles. Malty, fruity, salty flavour. Aftertaste fruity and liquoricy. 6 4 7 3 16

Bottle, 6.0%. Sweet fruity, malty, brown sugar aroma. Very dark brown colour. Stable and creamy light brown head. Nicely refreshing, fruity. roasted flavour. A little green apple which actually balances the flavour 6 3 7 3 17

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Interesting beer. Try it for a change. Purs dark but with little head (from bottle in US). Smeel like fermented lemon peel. Complex flavors, cooked flavor. . seems like theres a fruity (cherry?) flavor waitng to bust forth but it stays subdued making for a very nice drinking experience. very mild after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1811) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2004
2000 Vintage: dark honey in the glass, looks like golden syrup. Assertive nose, heapsof character; syrupy and honey. Great palate - like a complex red wine. Chocolate and roasted notes. Needs to be drunk over the next 6 months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
bottled 500ml. Bottle brown color. Large tan head. Sweet malty smell. Creamy medium bodied. Porter-like bitterness throughout with nice lingering aftertaste. Multiple tastings. A very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
(2000 bottle in 2004) : Very sweet apple cider protrusions harboring prunes and dark chocolate hints...Dry roastiness is not helped by the thin body and clashes with prominent cider allusions...A sociable old ale which can annoy with its repetitive fruitiness...

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