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


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RATINGS: 1201   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Murky chestnut body with a modest, loose and short-lived beige head. Strong malty aroma of fresh wort, pleasant fruity English malt, notes of tobacco and black tea, and lots of earthy, organic tones. Flavor is of well-caramelized malt and tart plums. Has a nice full-flavored blend of light sweetness and notable tart and bitter qualities. Palate is lighter than anticipated given the ample flavor. A nice, complex but reasonably light drinking beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle. Dark black color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted. Heavy roasted malt and toffee aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture. Flavor is a heavy sweet with a light bitter finish of long duration. Very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The Etruscan (629) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 6, 2006
Beige weak head. Dark amber-mahogany color. Aroma is malty with dark fruits, caramel, nuts and roasty notes. Flavor is sweet with fruity (raisins) and light wooden tones, ending in a moderately dry bitter finish. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
pals (17) - DENMARK - JAN 4, 2006
Darkbrown reddish color, very short-lasting tanned head. Smells of red grapes/ red wine and oak. Tastes of thinned red wine, small hint of caramel and oak.. if it werent for the foam, i wouldnt call it beer... Very nice palate though, gentle and soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2005
Clear dark, dark brown - almost black. In fact, it poured a bit like a cola. Sweet berry fruits in the aroma, along with licorice. On tasting I could detect some burnt toffee, with a whiskey feel coming through on the aftertaste, probably from the oak. There is some shallow bitterness, but it seems to be layered on top rather than integrated, and a sweetness that seems to contrast rather than complement. A medium body, and average carbonation. I was hoping for a little more from this, as it didn’t live up to the aroma and tasted a little artificial.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of wood, dark fruit, and some sweetness. Flavors of whiskey?, caramel, and some faint hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mik82 (34) - ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2005
500ml bottle from Morrisons. Pleased to find this one lurking on the shelves. Reddish brown colour with a good depth of flavour and slightly sweet finish. Not really a beer to drink lots of but a nice treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
Dark cherry-red brown, rich aromas of sour mash, oak, brown sugar and toffee. Scotchy and winey, sour cherries, walnuts, bitter chocolate and rich roasted malt. Fantastic, complex, and worth the money.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17282) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2005
500ml bottle from Morrisons. Deep ruby in colour with thin beige head. Slightly sour with some liquorice. Some nice malt fruit, some brown sugar. Some sourness towards end and some hop. Not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Vintage 1996. Very dark brown, almost black, with only the tiniest head. Very full-bodied with a vinous character and a vague metallic edge. Very characterful beer, lots of personality here. 290800

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