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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2004
This poured a deep reddish brown with a light brown head. Smells fruity and woody and a bit bitter. Has a wine like mouthfeel and tastes of caramel, dark dried fruits, and bitter hops. Seems like it was brewed from well-water. Has a nice tart finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Yes sir. A deep burgandy brown with little head (as expected) and less carbonation. A chickory malt and strong oaken tones mellowing to a light vanilla extract and anise base. Very rich toffee and an english flare that must come from the water. Olde Suffolk is weighty, smooth and classy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pours dark brown thin tan head. Aroma is woodsy. Flavor is very nice, oak, toffee, raisins and some plum. There is a slight alcoholic taste that detracts a little, but I enjoyed this much.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 20, 2004
Dark brown in colour with ruby shines, thin beige head of low persistence. Aroma is very rich with porto notes, dried fruits, plums in particular. Taste is sweet and a little sour, woody. Thin bodied and dangerously drinkable. Great beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2004
Deep reddish colour with a fairly small head. Flavor and aroma has some sweetness from dark fruits. The two years in oak barrels is evident in both flavor and aroma. Palate is very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Pours out a deep, dark brown color, under a full, lush cocoa-colored head. Generously aromatic, issuing hints of nuts, coffee, cream, toffee, butter. Malt is very prominent, hops take the backseat. Taste is smooth and delicious, with a slightly oily palate. Body is thick, rich, texture is very nice, and the finish continues the sweet, candyish flavors found initially in the nose,and they rest leisurely on the tastebuds. Puts me in mind of a brown ale, but done right, with flavor. Perfectly balanced, perfectly enjoyable, a tasty treat. A good ale with dinner, or in lieu of dessert.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
sizzles after you pour and retains a barleywine appearance. Tasty and a plus that its alcohol is dilluted. Interesting sour oak winey and malts and spice. Nicely hopped, understated.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2004
What a pleasant suprise! This poured a dark brick red color with a medium khaki head resting on top. Aroma is very sweet and full of dark fruit, with a mild pepper aroma. Flavor is sweet malts, dark fruit, tangy hop bite, a moment not untirely unlike jasmine tea, some roastyness, some woody notes, a grassy section, and a long bitter finish. Nice complexity! Reminds me of Eisbock, only far more quafable!

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is deep deep copper – amber, the medium-sized beige foam dissolves slowly into a thin lid. The liquid is clear. The smell is mild, mainly sourish with a hint of mint and some malt. The carbonation is perfect for dark ale, gentle and balanced. Refreshing! The taste is very complex: At first, a very fruity and sweet aroma with hints of cherries replaces a touch of dark rum. Then, a dry and elegant whisky-like flavour emerges with a clear savour of alcohol. The aftertaste is full of flavours; nuts, dried fruits, marzipan, a hint of lime and an increasing bitterness that seems to last forever. The only thing that stops me from a “5” in the taste-column is the almost annoying alcoholic taste. At 6%, this shouldn’t be a problem. This is a blend of a fresh ale and a strong ale that have been matured in oak casks for two years, giving it a very multifaceted taste. World class!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Pours a drab black that shows red up to light. Minimal head. Smell is woodsy, dates, malt, plums, pretty interesting. Flavor is a tad sour, very malty, a bit chocolatey with a good oak flavor. Very interesting beer, highly recommended.


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