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


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RATINGS: 1137   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Dark cloudy brown in color. Firm tan head. Musty aroma with caramel and plum and cardboard. Very soft on the palate with low carbonation. Malty with dark fruit in the flavor, medium body, finishes a little tart with an oaky bitterness. I have read that earth(soil) is placed on the surface of this ale in the oak vats while it ages. Apparently it floats and provides a barrier to the atmosphere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 Cask. Dark chestnut brown colour, stable head with big bubbles. Malty, fruity, salty flavour. Aftertaste fruity and liquoricy. 6 4 7 3 16

Bottle, 6.0%. Sweet fruity, malty, brown sugar aroma. Very dark brown colour. Stable and creamy light brown head. Nicely refreshing, fruity. roasted flavour. A little green apple which actually balances the flavour 6 3 7 3 17

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Interesting beer. Try it for a change. Purs dark but with little head (from bottle in US). Smeel like fermented lemon peel. Complex flavors, cooked flavor. . seems like theres a fruity (cherry?) flavor waitng to bust forth but it stays subdued making for a very nice drinking experience. very mild after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1821) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2004
2000 Vintage: dark honey in the glass, looks like golden syrup. Assertive nose, heapsof character; syrupy and honey. Great palate - like a complex red wine. Chocolate and roasted notes. Needs to be drunk over the next 6 months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
bottled 500ml. Bottle brown color. Large tan head. Sweet malty smell. Creamy medium bodied. Porter-like bitterness throughout with nice lingering aftertaste. Multiple tastings. A very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
(2000 bottle in 2004) : Very sweet apple cider protrusions harboring prunes and dark chocolate hints...Dry roastiness is not helped by the thin body and clashes with prominent cider allusions...A sociable old ale which can annoy with its repetitive fruitiness...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2004
At first sweet then vinegary, balsamic, cidery, nutty, almond aroma. Dark ruby-toned brown body with dense, tan head that recedes to fully cover. Complex flavour of roasted malts and hops but overall it seems rather flat and somewhat chewy. Somewhat thin body. Bottle (2000) enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2004 2000 issue. Light brown cover surpasses a deep brown garnet. Aroma is complex, vinous and malty. Shy balsamic cherries initially surprises until they are reached by mellower red grapes reminiding of a tart red wine. Added to the yeasty hints, this was like a liquid raisin bread with an interesting dark malt profile (roasted chocolate, nuts). Unfortunately, it didn’t really hold up in the taste department where it’s more meaty rather than richly bready and desserty and just far less complex and developping. There’s this unique fruit tartness thing going on under an apple clothe, but it heads nowhere. Flavor evolution made me think of a cone without a summit. Fine mouthfeel though, medium body with appropriate carbonation, a bit higher than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Pint bottle labeled Olde Suffolk English Ale; could be anything. Undated, stamped L3-082. Murky mahogany with garnet highlights. No carbonation. Promising barleywine aromas of molasses, licorice, dark chocolate, Mr Pibb, prune, and scotch. A hint of wet cardboard creeps in and strengthens as the beer warms. Flavors of cola and cocoa beans, traces of leather, wet wool, butterscotch. Far drier than expected from the nose. Hops are undetectable; very faint chalky roadted barley bitterness. Relatively full body, not sweet or cloying at all. Clean finish, mild maple/vanilla aftertaste with some tannins and wet cardboard again. Overall pleasant, though slightly oxidized and rather weak flavorwise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2004
Bought in a bottle from Budgens Supermarket near Kings Lynn. Definatly amongst my favorite bottles beers. Deep & rich in colour & a nice strong flavour. Malty & slightly dry. Nice & drinkable for the strength too :)

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