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

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RATINGS: 1027   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2003 English yeasty, winey, spicey aroma. Palate is light and thin. This beer is obviously pasteurized. The finish is full of tobacco and it is sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Sweet malty aroma. Caramel in its flavor, somewhat fruity. A very tasty beer. Has a nice roasted coffee like texture. Would be nice with a good dessert, pecan pie?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Dark brown and slightly hazy. Big tan frothy head. Rocky. Not much lacing. Aroma is malty, yeasty, cereal, caramel, raisin fruity and a touch of alcohol. Hint of worcestershire sauce, maybe cola. Taste is sweet yeast and malt. Medium bodied. Dries out at the end with a mild hop finish. This is a keeper!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2003 this ale is dark amber in color and poured with a moderately thick head that receded after the first few sips. it tastes sweet and smokey, with oak and a hint of dark berries. this is more bubbly than i expected (which is a good thing, IMHO) with each sip tickling my tongue. this beer has me craving bauhaus.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2003
An aroma that immediately screams Marris Otter and East Kent Goldings. Similar to Fuller's 1845, but more to the quality of their Vintage ale. Does this mean that I think Old Suffolk is as good as the '99 Vintage Ale?... NO. But it is very good and is as well balanced as an Ale form the Brits could be.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2003
This truly is a good pairing of beers. A fairly strong musky clove quality is forthright, but is followed quickly by a very fresh crispness probably attributable to the un-aged beer. The flavor of the oak seems to come through rather persistently and gets to be a teensy bit irritating towards the end of the bottle, but this is a small complaint.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2003 Dark amber colored beer with quickly disipating tan head. Nutty, Malty Woody aroma. Very malty and complex. Slight smoky quality.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Excellent, complex, ale. Dark mahogony with quicky disappearing tan head. Malt aromas. Roasty flavors with noticable influence from hte oak aging. Distinct hops. Nice finish. Got even more complex, full-flavored as it warmed up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7390) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2003
This is certainly full bodied (but not chewy) but not, to my mind, the classic it is made out to be. Sampled from bottle during a brewery tour. The maturing strong ale (brewed to 13%) certainly smelt interesting, but then they cut it with a 5% beer called BPA that does not seem to be used for any other purpose to bring it down to 6% before bottling. Not too much of the special stuff in the final product then, and it is not bottle conditioned, so doesn't mature further. Very oaky and malty, but with a distinct sour/bitterness that many strong ales lack, which makes it very easy to drink. But then, at 6% this is not that strong. Said to be available on cask in the winter, so I guess this beer is something of a compromise, but very distinctive and pretty unique. Unfortunately, this batch has run out and the 13% ale for the next batch is not yet mature, so I was unable to buy any to do further research on a more reasonable volume (the sample we got at the brewery was pretty small because they were running out). Bottle, Greene King Brewery Tap, April 2003

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2003
This has to be one of the more unique beers that I have tried recently. Tastes like it came right of a smokehouse, with very dark fruit flavors and aromas. Does not have a mouthfeel like anything else really but liquor, this is really like drinking brandy or cognac perhaps that was bourbon barrel aged. That is my best way to describe it. I very nice change, to an otherwise bland night of beers.


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