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


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RATINGS: 1098   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
98 Vintage. Nice vintage ale with a strong dark finish including chocolatey and coffee malts. Deep and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Pours dark brown. Aroma of caramel and wood. Flavor of caramel, tea, wood, mild cola, and a slight smoke. Pretty good but that slight tea flavor I seem to get from a lot of english ales distracts me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - JUL 28, 2004
bottled vintage 2000. a very pleasant beer which was suprising from greene king (no offence GK but, lets be honest, there are much better brewers/beers around). anyway, pours with an inch of head which disperses. a very dark but reddish beer which is malty and fruity, very easy to drink, despite the abv., and not overly sweet. will definately buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Deep ruby brown hue. Soft delicate pale tan head. Woody, wine nose. Notes of oak, cherry, rusty iron, madeira, Flemish-like, malt, faint wine. Subtle tartness, gentle mouthfeel. Faintly bitter, with a sweet and sour, peppery bite, iron, lingering finish. By far one of the best old ales that has ever crossed my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1550) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Garnet colored with a tiny head. Malty, woody, fruity aroma with hints of molassas, toffee, licorice and whiskey. Smooth, full-bodied flavor. Taste yields a fruity mixture of grapes, apples, and plums with a little bit of spicyness to add to the complexity. Finishes with a malty sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2004
The nose on this brew is excellently like scotch. POurs a dark almost black color with a nice off tan head that quickly dies off. Nose is of scotch raspberries and cherries. However the palate doesn’t match the brew. It is slightly too carbonated and slightly too watery. Honestly needs more alcohol. Flavors of chickory, stewed cherries and malty goodness. Good brew but a better example is the North Coast Old Stock Ale G-rat

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Dark Brown Coloring. Chocolate. Toffee. A bit tart or bitter. Very good overall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 11, 2004
Pint bottle, goblet, 2/19/03 bottle. Large, creamy, off-white head is diminishing and leaves no lacing. Cookie, caramel, chocolate, toffee malt (H); flower and perfume hops (L); raisin, plum, prune, cask wood, and brown sugar aromas. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic finish becomes a moderately bitter, moderately acidic, moderately sweet finish. Finish is very vinous. Medium body, watery texture, average carbonation, metallic aftertaste. The bottom line is: flavor and mouthfeel were a let down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
1998 Vintage. Thanks to Oakes and mr_kimchee. Orange/red hazy, with a burnt butter creamy short head. Roasted malt aroma. Medium creamy body. Brown and burnt sugars predominate. Biscuity malts. Not enough of the oak carried through on this one. Definite apples or odd cider tendancy. Fruit tart. Caramel and peppery. Raisin. Well balanced with a bitter, refreshing finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4065) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 2003 bottle. Good chestnut brown color, clear unfortunately, but quite pleasantly colored. Good violet/brown tinges around the edges, and a good yellowish head. Smells like light oak, prunes, figs, light maple and brown sugar. Flavor is lightly sweet, dry oak, tart cherries, caramel, toffee, quite complex stuff here! The oak is just noticeable enough. A bit dry and lifeless on the finish, but a wonderful old ale, to be sure. Medium to medium full body, some thinning on the end.

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