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


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RATINGS: 1117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
First Old Ale and this is fantastic! It’s malty deep brown and full of different palate flavours including liquer, cherry, wine, honey and dark fruits like plum. Excellent Drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: APR 15, 2005 Cask at Charlies CPH. DK. Red brown colour with a small baige head. light roasted sweet malty aroma and a light sweet bitter dry hoppy taste. Medium to full body and a light sweet bitter very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ingevara (850) - SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2004
Very dark, almost like a stout but with more vigour in the flavors. Malty and round, hints of wood and raisins - mature and refreshing at the same time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (13379) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 Amber/brown with a nice brownish head. Aroma is malty with some cream, woddy and with touches of raisins. Flavor is malty, fruity and from wood. A bit aggressive in the finish, but a very good blend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6126) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown. Fresh, fuity full body and aroma with notes of oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Amazing malty, woody aroma. Complex. Raisins, figs, stone fruits, pipe tobacco in the nose. Brown color, light carbonation, nice craggy tan head that sticks around. Complex flavor that is initially malty, then hoppy. Slight metallic taste that indicates it may have been in the bottle too long or improperly cared for? Still, this is an enjoyable complex beer that I’m sure would be better in cask form.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2004
Mahogany brown, with a tan head. aroma is caramel malt, with a hint of alcohol. Taste is powerfull malty, with oak, and fruit(prunes?) elements. balanced well with a discrete hoppyness. Got a full rich aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Poured dark ruby brown with a thin, but lasting tan head...smells woody and sweet and fruity...taste is sweet and alcohol...finish thick and chewy...not bad, but intense...

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