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


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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2003
Reddish brown, lasting beige head.Malt nose. Malt flavor with not unpleasant alcohol heat. Don't get a lot from this, will rerate. Rather disappointing. Not bad but not a lot here

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Sturdy brown color (glowing ruby color when held up to a light) with a nice beige head. The aroma was full of oak, tobacco, malt, prunes, caramel, slight alcohol. The flavor was not as sweet as I had anticipated...some malty sweetness, tobacco, oak, prunes/plums, maybe cherries with a wet finish of pure tobacco. Very crisp... I would have thought this would be flatter...medium consistency. One of my favorite English ales now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Wonderful... the character of an aged strong ale with the crisp, refreshing body and finish of a pale ale. Nicely done!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2003
While the indiviudal componests are fairly impressive, I was only pleased and not overwhelmed with this beer. The beers appearance and aroma are great; however, the ber seems to lack a certain punch that the American BW's and strong ales pack. Overall a decent offering although not wowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2003
The only bad thing I can say about this one, was that it had a metallicy after taste or at least my bottle did. Other than that it had a mellowness to it with subtle fruit flavor. A dark orange to semi-brown color, this was a good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Gorgeous orange maroon color similar richness to a barley wine and with a plentiful chocolate top. Soapy aroma tightly wrapped malts never unwinding fully. Carbonated marsala taste with aged barrel notes evident. This is quite a mellow, mature beer aged to near perfection. A hint of caramel appears in the nose and flickers into the flavor mix. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2728) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Deep, dark garnet with a thick tan head and a nice lattice of lace. Aroma is slightly boozy with notes of toffee and earth. Front is smooth. Lightly carbonated. Slippery mouthfeel. Flavor is mostly toffee with some light fruity notes and a measure of bitter hops in the finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2003 Dark brown and ruby coloured with a small light-brown lacing. Very complex aroma, wood, spicy red wine, sweet malt, black currant, toffee with some peppery tones. Taste is sour and malty, with wood, plums, herbs, lemon and pepper. Long dry finish. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2003
6/15/03: bottle.
sour, malty nose. nutty red-brown body. slight amount of lacing. fruity, malty and tea-like with a touch of bitterness. mellow, creamy and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Nice hazy brownish color with a thick, tight tan head with small bubbles. The smell is very complex with lots of levels. Its a sniffer. You can smell the alcoholic grains right away, even as it pours out. Has a strong musty bread aroma, yeasty but perhaps more like a burgundy or whiskey. Has some molasses, citrus fruit, and wood-like notes. The taste echos the smell, very complex and multi layered. Its smooth and mellow with a nice fruity dryness that speaks volumes of fresh grains, lets see, had sweet caramel maltyness, some molasses, fresh bread, flour, citrus fruits, small woody and hop notes dance around helping balance out the citrus and alcohol. It has a wine-like feel in the finish and feel, sweet citrusy and dry. Highly drinkable with its complex smell and flavor you'd expect it to knock you on your ass. But its so mellow and smooth. It reminded me sort of a dry lemonade spiked with whiskey. It became more drinkable and dry as it warmed, I liked it a little more when it was colder, but had to drink slowly when it was

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