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


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RATINGS: 1139   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2005
This Greene King offering is a delight after their thin, dreary IPA. The aroma was Christmas pudding and sweet sherry. Delicious smoky, coffee flavour with a finish reminiscent of tiramisu.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2466) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Decent dense head. Creamy on top. Very light carbonation. Great aroma. Rich, malty with a hint of bourbon and dark fruit. Color is a dark mahagony brown. Flavor is a little sweet and malty. Also a little bit thinner than expected. Bit of oak, dark fruit (grapes) again and a hint of sourness, probably from the oak. Very good though. Very little hops presence. Finish is clean and slightly sour. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2724) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2005
This one turned out to be an absolute pleasure to drink. Complex, yet very sessionable. Tasted from the bottle, it poured a deep cola brown, with ruby hints. A short tight beige head lasted until the end, and laced well down the glass. A complex malt and hop aroma wafted generously, producing smoky roasted grain and coffee, plums and some vinous aromas, with a hint of chocolate and tart hops. In the mouth, an initial lovely, creamy mouth feel, and low carbonation, gave way to a lightly sweet front, sherry and dry red wine notes, dry roasted coffee grains and a long, warming roasted malt swallow. Good union of flavours, well balanced and smooth as silk. Managed to restore my faith in Greene King, so I think I’ll have another. Lovely!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
How about a complex, smooth, balanced and very flavorful experience. Oh yeah, this hit the Old Ale spot for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geiserich (3863) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottled. 2000 Vintage.
Light sourly aroma, sherry notes. Dark brown color, small brown head. Flavor with notes of wood, resin (reminds on Retsina). Malty, fruity, sherry notes. Warming. Strange brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Thanks to rickgordon. Fruity malty aroma, ripe with plum, bordeaux, oak, Twizzlers, chocolate, raisins, and dried dates. Dark brown, hints of maroon, clear with thin light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, some carbonic burn and light warming. Starts rather dry and woody, not as malty and sweet as the nose would have you believe. Mild acidity throughout, carbonic. Decent bittering from the start, with plum and oak, some Twizzlers. Finish is woody and laced with some roasted character, medium bitterness. After is nutty and softly bitter. Nice ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1448) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
A Rolls Royce of an English vintage ale - classy, refined and very smooth. It poured a tawny colour with a moderate frothy tan head. The nose is dominated by licorice, coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied and creamy on the tongue. It has a soft chocolatey body with some dried fruit and faint winelike notes and a gentle bitter finish. This would be great with the right cheese. (Bottle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 Bottled. 2000 Vintage. Dark red/brown colour. Small to medium head. Coffeish aroma, also caramelly and toffeish. Tastes roastmalty, caramelly, slightly sweet and coffeish. Slightly woody. Mediumbodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Bitter finish with a slight lingering sweetness. I really love this stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Mahogony pour, small head. Strong notes of rich pitted fruit, malt, and whiskey. Medium body. Fruity notes, cherry and plums, long sweet aftertaste of prunes. Rich and hearty flavor, very nice, but I just don’t like it as much as it seems I would...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bottle poured dark dark brwown, almost black with a good chocolate head that faded fast. Aroma of malt, smoke,spice. Medium thin body wirh a roasty flavor and light fruits . Taste of chocolate on the palate.

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