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


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RATINGS: 1187   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
FrankJohansen (3616) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2005
Red brownish colour with an off white, some what lasting head. Taste of fruit, licorice and malt. Lasting bitter taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 21, 2005
(Bottle) Pours near black, with red notes. Off-white head. Notes of oak, liquorice, malts and lemons in the taste. Fruity notes is present as well. GREAT!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
I was lucky enough to find this beer. It comes only in 16.9oz bottle, but I was prepared for the challenge. This was a dark color with a light tan head that disappeared quickly. A oak smell quickly overcomes you. The first sip is very smooth with a small alcohol bit that does not stay. Very creamy with a slight fruity aftertaste that is not unpleasant. I would definitely recommend giving this a try

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Chesterís Beers of the World in Hamilton -- Vintage 1998. Pours a bubbly dark auburn with a somewhat lasting creamy tan head. Aroma of sour fruit, melon (thanks Harry!), malt and alcohol. Flavour of malt and fruit is surprisingly fresh & smooth tasting for a 7 year old beer! Very unique and enjoyable, I hope to have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
Bottle (500ml - dated 1998). Shared with blankboy at Chesterís Beers of the World, Hamilton. Poured deep clear ruby-brown with a tight creamy-foamy tan head. Aroma of sour fruit (apple, plum, raisin), a bit of white wine, a whiff of table cream - after warming and opening up, still not much malt or hop character but melon liqueur emerged. Tastes quite fruity/sour, tart cider, some woody notes. This is incredibly fresh, crisp and light for a 7-year-old bottle. Mouthfeel is very lively, somewhat acidic, average body. Overall quite mild and light for a senior citizen 6% ale, a bit one-dimensional if you donít like tart fruit beer, but I loved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 A Mes rate: I get the impression this could be SO much more but it is being held back. Maybe I donít know enough to be more accurate in my description but that is what I feel. I would like to know what the Old 5x is like before they blend it, put it that way. Never the less this is decent stuff. Aroma is sweet and excellent. Apearance is even better. Dark, semi translucent and mahogany coloured. Sweet and creamy, plenty of malt with lots of dark fruit (maybe cherries) and a little hint of iron filings which I am not too keen on. Finish is dry and almost like a wine. Overall not bad at all but I just cant help but feel there are elements in there trying to come out that could make it excellent but it is being held back. Maybe itís the blending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HenrikSoegaard (12935) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2005
Bottle.Offwhite head good lacing mostly lasting, nice chestnut colour. Bitter finish woody flavour, average beer all-together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24925) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2005
Bottled. Near black, but some ruby red hints in colour. Beige creamy head. Pleasant aroma of malts, licorace, oak and some caramel. Oak, malt, licorace in flavour along with some hints of lemon and some sour thing. Pleasant and smooth flavour and palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9253) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2005
Near black but with very apparent red highlights; yellow-brown head, dissipating. Bit of molasses and non-bitter dark malts, no sourness as in Rodenbach, point of pepper. Fusels. Bitter, slightly hoppy initial taste, going over in a sweet, liquorice-like flavour, and some dry woodiness, but again no comparison to Rodenbach possible. Some fusels are obvious, certainly warming up. Medium bodied at best; rather watery impression. Palate is not its best feature, but the dry woodiness keeps going on for a long time, which is good. Interesting beer, needs higher cellar temperatures for serving. As a big fan of Rodenbach Grand Cru I would love to try the Old 5X, straight from the fermenters....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Sampled from bottle. Pours clear reddish-mahogony in color with a creamy tan head and remarkable lacing. Aroma is vinous with notes of fig, hardwood, over-ripe fruit, leather and earth. Flavor balanced and equally complex with wood, dark fruits, green grapes and caramel/chocolate malts. Mdium-bodied, moderately carbonated and soooo easy to drink. A rare blend of session beer-drinkability and complexity.

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