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

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RATINGS: 1187   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.


3.3
   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 (4951) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9201) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
Dark cherry-red brown, rich aromas of sour mash, oak, brown sugar and toffee. Scotchy and winey, sour cherries, walnuts, bitter chocolate and rich roasted malt. Fantastic, complex, and worth the money.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (16927) - 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

3.8
   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

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10359) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.5
   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.


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