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


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RATINGS: 1076   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2649) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Aroma is chocolate and dark raisins. Appearance is a dark brown with a reddish hue. The head is rather small. The flavor is quite complex. Some whiskey, chocolate, caramel, dark cherries and raisins. The aftertaste is rather soft and sweet. I think I had completely written off Greene King as a nonsense who cares kind of brewery. This has renewed my faith. Jolly good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Ruby red color with smallish tan head. Aroma is malty with caramel, Dark fruits, faint cherry notes, pretty sweet. Flavor is malty and sweet, some caramel, dry, slightly sour finish, a little thinner than the aroma would make you think. Palate is thinner than I’d like. A nice brew, not perfect, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5950) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Brown-black with a thin soap-sudsy head. Medicinal aroma. Light-bodied, but heartily flavored -- woody, nutty, richly sweet whisky malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Malty, fruity, some of that peculiar english character that i find in many english ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Choos (651) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
Apple, cherries, malt and hint of nutmeg were the identifiable aromas to me though their were some that I couldn’t identify. Dark red no head. Lots of competing flavours in this brew, chocolate, cherry, cinamon and nutmeg, woody, medicinal. Unusual

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
Dark ruby colour with a tan coloured medium sized rocky head. Aroma of toffee and a little vegemite. Medium to full body with lots in the taste department, meaty broth, liquorice, caramel, grapes and so on. Long finish with good lacing. Cheers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lunkie (1508) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
Strong malt aroma with dark clear red brown colour. Burnt bitter short taste with flat palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2010 Bottled. There is a bit of a musty sour roastiness to the aroma at first which did mellow through the drink to more of a smooth roasty chocolate smell. The colour is almost black but the beer has a disappointing head. The taste like the smell, improves through the experience so that towards the end of the glass the roasty almost stouty tastes come through. Score 3.4
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8 and 3.3. Average becomes 3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Bottle: Coppery brown w/ a short lived light beige head. Malty w/ some sherry and woody notes also Some light fruitiness, brown sugar and caramel. Balanced to malty w/ some nice fruitiness, caramel, toasty, woody; malty finish w/ a minimal hop flavor. Lighter carbonation w/ a little bit of alcohol warmth and a medium body. Very enjoyable! Not quite a session beer, but at 6% ABV, more than one is not out of the question.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leon919 (10) - San Jose, California, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Beautiful color. Not a strong aroma (but that could be because of my allergies) the first thing I taste is malt.

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