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


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RATINGS: 1183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (16846) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2005
500ml bottle from Morrisons. Deep ruby in colour with thin beige head. Slightly sour with some liquorice. Some nice malt fruit, some brown sugar. Some sourness towards end and some hop. Not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Vintage 1996. Very dark brown, almost black, with only the tiniest head. Very full-bodied with a vinous character and a vague metallic edge. Very characterful beer, lots of personality here. 290800

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 21, 2005
Very clean, fruity ale, no alcohol burn to speak of, very nice drinking this one is,pretty balanced for my liking. Will have again for sure. Woody, fruity, smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10243) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Bottle. Maple syrup and cherry aroma. Opaque black-brown color with slight head. Light sweet maple flavor with a strong hops finish. Don’t know why any English beer had a maple flavor - maybe it’s just me. Still not too bad - sweetness light and not cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Decently large beige head over dark brown (there could be purple here... or maybe not :) ). Nose is VERY sweet w/ rasins. The taste is equally sweet, all malts, that equal up to honey and more dark fruits. Theres even a little alcohol here. Good, just too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2005
Rather dark red amber coloured beer with a medium disappearing head. Light sour fruity aroma. The taste is surprisingly fresh with a bitter fruitiness. The finish is light bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3616) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2005
Red brownish colour with an off white, some what lasting head. Taste of fruit, licorice and malt. Lasting bitter taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 21, 2005
(Bottle) Pours near black, with red notes. Off-white head. Notes of oak, liquorice, malts and lemons in the taste. Fruity notes is present as well. GREAT!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
I was lucky enough to find this beer. It comes only in 16.9oz bottle, but I was prepared for the challenge. This was a dark color with a light tan head that disappeared quickly. A oak smell quickly overcomes you. The first sip is very smooth with a small alcohol bit that does not stay. Very creamy with a slight fruity aftertaste that is not unpleasant. I would definitely recommend giving this a try

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7116) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Chester’s Beers of the World in Hamilton -- Vintage 1998. Pours a bubbly dark auburn with a somewhat lasting creamy tan head. Aroma of sour fruit, melon (thanks Harry!), malt and alcohol. Flavour of malt and fruit is surprisingly fresh & smooth tasting for a 7 year old beer! Very unique and enjoyable, I hope to have it again.

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