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

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RATINGS: 1194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2006
Dark red in colour almoust black. Has a off white head. The mouthful is a pleasent feeling. The taste is malty, spicy and hints of toffee. Blums is also notalble. The aroma has a spicy and malty feel. THis ale was real nice to try. A new experience. Tanx rlgk.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 21, 2006
This beer looks beautiful, it has a ruby-like caramel color with low carbonation. It smells sweet like berries, nuts and caramel and also bitter like coffe or tobacco. The head is light brown with a good lacing. Really nice!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Strong caramel, rasin, prun, and butterscotch... a little carbonation, nice head, no lace... all in all a nice smooth, easy drinking, old ale

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Murky chestnut body with a modest, loose and short-lived beige head. Strong malty aroma of fresh wort, pleasant fruity English malt, notes of tobacco and black tea, and lots of earthy, organic tones. Flavor is of well-caramelized malt and tart plums. Has a nice full-flavored blend of light sweetness and notable tart and bitter qualities. Palate is lighter than anticipated given the ample flavor. A nice, complex but reasonably light drinking beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13334) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle. Dark black color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted. Heavy roasted malt and toffee aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture. Flavor is a heavy sweet with a light bitter finish of long duration. Very good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The Etruscan (627) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 6, 2006
Beige weak head. Dark amber-mahogany color. Aroma is malty with dark fruits, caramel, nuts and roasty notes. Flavor is sweet with fruity (raisins) and light wooden tones, ending in a moderately dry bitter finish. Medium to full bodied.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
pals (17) - DENMARK - JAN 4, 2006
Darkbrown reddish color, very short-lasting tanned head. Smells of red grapes/ red wine and oak. Tastes of thinned red wine, small hint of caramel and oak.. if it werent for the foam, i wouldnt call it beer... Very nice palate though, gentle and soft.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2005
Clear dark, dark brown - almost black. In fact, it poured a bit like a cola. Sweet berry fruits in the aroma, along with licorice. On tasting I could detect some burnt toffee, with a whiskey feel coming through on the aftertaste, probably from the oak. There is some shallow bitterness, but it seems to be layered on top rather than integrated, and a sweetness that seems to contrast rather than complement. A medium body, and average carbonation. I was hoping for a little more from this, as it didn’t live up to the aroma and tasted a little artificial.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of wood, dark fruit, and some sweetness. Flavors of whiskey?, caramel, and some faint hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mik82 (34) - ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2005
500ml bottle from Morrisons. Pleased to find this one lurking on the shelves. Reddish brown colour with a good depth of flavour and slightly sweet finish. Not really a beer to drink lots of but a nice treat.


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