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


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RATINGS: 1172   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 A Mes rate: I get the impression this could be SO much more but it is being held back. Maybe I donít know enough to be more accurate in my deScription but that is what I feel. I would like to know what the Old 5x is like before they blend it, put it that way. Never the less this is decent stuff. Aroma is sweet and excellent. Apearance is even better. Dark, semi translucent and mahogany coloured. Sweet and creamy, plenty of malt with lots of dark fruit (maybe cherries) and a little hint of iron filings which I am not too keen on. Finish is dry and almost like a wine. Overall not bad at all but I just cant help but feel there are elements in there trying to come out that could make it excellent but it is being held back. Maybe itís the blending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HenrikSoegaard (12677) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2005
Bottle.Offwhite head good lacing mostly lasting, nice chestnut colour. Bitter finish woody flavour, average beer all-together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24352) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2005
Bottled. Near black, but some ruby red hints in colour. Beige creamy head. Pleasant aroma of malts, licorace, oak and some caramel. Oak, malt, licorace in flavour along with some hints of lemon and some sour thing. Pleasant and smooth flavour and palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9086) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2005
Near black but with very apparent red highlights; yellow-brown head, dissipating. Bit of molasses and non-bitter dark malts, no sourness as in Rodenbach, point of pepper. Fusels. Bitter, slightly hoppy initial taste, going over in a sweet, liquorice-like flavour, and some dry woodiness, but again no comparison to Rodenbach possible. Some fusels are obvious, certainly warming up. Medium bodied at best; rather watery impression. Palate is not its best feature, but the dry woodiness keeps going on for a long time, which is good. Interesting beer, needs higher cellar temperatures for serving. As a big fan of Rodenbach Grand Cru I would love to try the Old 5X, straight from the fermenters....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours clear reddish-mahogony in color with a creamy tan head and remarkable lacing. Aroma is vinous with notes of fig, hardwood, over-ripe fruit, leather and earth. Flavor balanced and equally complex with wood, dark fruits, green grapes and caramel/chocolate malts. Mdium-bodied, moderately carbonated and soooo easy to drink. A rare blend of session beer-drinkability and complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Hoppy nose, Rich mouthfeel with a spicy, warming effect. You can really smell and taste the oak. A great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - AUG 25, 2005
dark brown w/ beige head. malty nose and creamy texture, the flavor is a mix between coffee and caramel. well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1529) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2005
500mL "Olde Suffolk" bottle. Mahogany pour with a smallish khaki head. Aroma is fruit cakey with some cherries and other dried fruits along with hints of cinnamon and other wintery spices. My girlfriend says it smells and tastes like wine. I think it smells like itíll be flat. At least it doesnít taste that way. It really does taste like two beers in one. One is a typically malty strong ale. The other is a high ABV barley wine-like brew with a sour red wine-like tanginess and sour plums in the taste. Touches of caramel throughout. Medium-bodied and smooth. Slightly warming finish. Unique stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NosirIwont (2242) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. Vintage 2000. Pours dark red with a thick, beige/brown head. Complex aroma; wine-like in the vincinity of the glass, but stick your nose in and itíll reveal malts, alcohol and notes of plumbs, which will be complemented with notes of licorice and chocolate as it warms. Flavour is malty with notes of alcohol and plumbs, and has a resemblance of wine or sherry, which creates a íwarmí feeling. Finish is bitter with metallic notes. Ends with a faint lingering note of apple at first, but this gives way for more bitterness as it warms. Lots of body in this one. A bit too much carbonation for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
D (577) - Gdynia, POLAND - AUG 10, 2005
Head goes off fast, and this is probably the only negative thing about this beer. A tempting, caramel-like smell, reddish colour. Fantastic taste - like fruit-flavoured, caramel/toffee but not sweet at the same time; intriguing. The slightly sour end doesnít change the impression - very good, definitely recommended.

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