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

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RATINGS: 1047   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2004
Vintage 2000: Poured deep brown with a tight small light brown head. Good retention. Strong aroma of fruity plums, malty caramel, chocolate and a touch of oak. Theres almost some prunes? there too. Very smooth medium mouthfeel. Starts with a sweet taste of molasses and caramel, works through to a bitter, slightly citric mid. Aftertaste is bittersweet, though slightly smoky, woody and roast. Very tasty, and unique!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 22, 2004
This bottled brew poured a foamy large sized head of light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles. The body was transparent carbonated and dark brown in color. It had a strong malt mild hop aroma with a few caramel notes. The mouth feel was tingly smooth from start to finish. The flavor was a solid caramel malt one.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 I loved this beer, such a texture of flavor is unrivaled by most beers. Wow, simply amazing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Bottle. Dark, very near opaque. Sweet smell, almost candylike. Unique and strong. Hints of cherries, apple, a touch of chocolate, with a dark malty backbone. Perfect mouthfeel, nice mellow finish. A winner!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Light, chocolate/fruity aroma ... color is a gorgeous deep brown with light head ... flavor begins with a fruity/cherry start, hints of wood, chocolate in the the middle with a smoky/malty finish ... very dry/bitter on the palate. This is one unique brew. Try it, by all means. You'll either love it, or hate it. I loved it.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
almostfrozen (26) - USA - FEB 16, 2004
Minimal head, basically flat; this is standard for the style, apparently, but I'm not wild about it. Flavour is good, like a stout but body is noticeably weaker. Pleasant, mild aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Bottle. This beer poured a small sized tan head that was creamy and smooth and consisted of fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The nose was malty, caramel and sweet. The flavor was mostly caramel with a smooth mouthfeel. This was a light-medium bodied beer with fair lacing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Bottle. Pours dark, rich brown with garnet highlights and a small tan head. Aroma dark roasted malts, molasses, earth, wood and floral hops. Really good flavor, rich and smooth, sweet and tart, figs, oak, bold hops and a lingering dry finish. Full body and mild, tingly carbonation. A real treat.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 Woody, mahogony with a thin tan collar. Oak, carmel, malt, some fruit. Mellow oak flavor. I think I write vanilla in every rating. vinuous finish reminds a bit of a cellared red...whatever, is refreshing...Expected this to be_interesting_but I love it. Dualistic red wine session beer. 4.5/5 (9,5,9,5,17). re-rate: over a year later and a few more bottles...I still find this nice, but not quite as intriguing as I once did...the last few bottles have just seemed to lack the complexity I seek in this sort of beer, and have been a little too sweet and unbalanced...the full-bodied nature of this beer isn’t one of its best features, IMO.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Drank from a St. Bernardus chalice. Dark brown/tawny color with a light head that disspipates rather quickly, lots of lacing though. The aroma has lots of notes of port & grapes, lightly sweet. The oak is strong as well as some raisin & fig. The flavor is very well rounded with creamy chocolate flavors blending with the oak barrel aging. The finish is lightly salty, full bodied and refreshing. Nice flavors, wonderful beer.


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