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


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RATINGS: 994   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Nice hazy brownish color with a thick, tight tan head with small bubbles. The smell is very complex with lots of levels. Its a sniffer. You can smell the alcoholic grains right away, even as it pours out. Has a strong musty bread aroma, yeasty but perhaps more like a burgundy or whiskey. Has some molasses, citrus fruit, and wood-like notes. The taste echos the smell, very complex and multi layered. Its smooth and mellow with a nice fruity dryness that speaks volumes of fresh grains, lets see, had sweet caramel maltyness, some molasses, fresh bread, flour, citrus fruits, small woody and hop notes dance around helping balance out the citrus and alcohol. It has a wine-like feel in the finish and feel, sweet citrusy and dry. Highly drinkable with its complex smell and flavor you'd expect it to knock you on your ass. But its so mellow and smooth. It reminded me sort of a dry lemonade spiked with whiskey. It became more drinkable and dry as it warmed, I liked it a little more when it was colder, but had to drink slowly when it was

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Deep burgandy, with virtually no head. Prunes and grape juice on the aroma, with some wood as well. Grape jam flavor, as well as some oak - perhaps suggested by the label, who knows? - and a big English Hop flavor. Finallya winey, port flavor to finish. All in all, not a bad beer for #400! WooHoo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Burgundy to brown in color, pour with a large brown head. Rich malty sweet aroma, mixed with a similiar flavor of oak age red wine. Fruity flavor. Soft mouthfeel. Dry finish. Good Beer/

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
very small creamy head. aroma of malt and oak. Bitter and almost like a wine finish. taste of nuts, wine, and hint of chocolate. very complex maybe to complex

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Deep brown to black body with a sweetish malty nose. Nice malty body that finished dry and semi-sweet. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2003
My kind of ale. Full of strong flavors and aromas. Aroma is prune and raisin. Ruby color, light brown head, very good lace. Wine, prune, hops, wood, whisky, full body. Medium long lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2003
Medium brown body with a smooth, rich mouthfeel that bends beautifully with a slight dryness at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2003 Bottled. Sampled at The Bishops Arms, Malmö, Sweden. Light brown color. Some nut aroma, maybe hints of green apples too. Flavor of chocolate and also notes of fennel in the background. Slight touch of coffee in the finish. Fine one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JUN 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2003 This is a very good surprise. Can taste the oak with some sweetness. Excellent balance and very easy to drink. Maybe a little like a barley wine but not as strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Bottle: Small light brown head. Dark brown. Aroma and taste has malt, chocolate, oak and some dull cardboard. I used to love this but tend to find it less exciting each time I have it... Cask, the Cockney Pub: Chocolate and wood flavors in a lighter and softer package. Dangerously drinkable pint considering abv. Better from cask (3.8)

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