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


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RATINGS: 1177   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Hoppy nose, Rich mouthfeel with a spicy, warming effect. You can really smell and taste the oak. A great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1285) - TAIWAN - AUG 25, 2005
dark brown w/ beige head. malty nose and creamy texture, the flavor is a mix between coffee and caramel. well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1532) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2005
500mL "Olde Suffolk" bottle. Mahogany pour with a smallish khaki head. Aroma is fruit cakey with some cherries and other dried fruits along with hints of cinnamon and other wintery spices. My girlfriend says it smells and tastes like wine. I think it smells like it’ll be flat. At least it doesn’t taste that way. It really does taste like two beers in one. One is a typically malty strong ale. The other is a high ABV barley wine-like brew with a sour red wine-like tanginess and sour plums in the taste. Touches of caramel throughout. Medium-bodied and smooth. Slightly warming finish. Unique stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NosirIwont (2266) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. Vintage 2000. Pours dark red with a thick, beige/brown head. Complex aroma; wine-like in the vincinity of the glass, but stick your nose in and it’ll reveal malts, alcohol and notes of plumbs, which will be complemented with notes of licorice and chocolate as it warms. Flavour is malty with notes of alcohol and plumbs, and has a resemblance of wine or sherry, which creates a ’warm’ feeling. Finish is bitter with metallic notes. Ends with a faint lingering note of apple at first, but this gives way for more bitterness as it warms. Lots of body in this one. A bit too much carbonation for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
D (577) - Gdynia, POLAND - AUG 10, 2005
Head goes off fast, and this is probably the only negative thing about this beer. A tempting, caramel-like smell, reddish colour. Fantastic taste - like fruit-flavoured, caramel/toffee but not sweet at the same time; intriguing. The slightly sour end doesn’t change the impression - very good, definitely recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Poured from a 1 pint bottle. Deep brown, with no head. Few bubbles evident. Aroma of malt, oak, burbon. Taste is mild, making it easily drinkable... No bubbles on the tongue at all, nearly flat. Hints of dark caramel in the taste. The flavor itself tastes good. Maybe it’s the style, but the carbonation is so low that it seems flat to me. No bubbles in the mouth at all. A little more carbonation would have improved my perception of this brew. Unfortunately, it fell ’flat’ for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1624) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 31, 2005
interesting brew but it somehow fails to stand out, fruity notes in the malty aroma. Toffee and caramel, carbonation and malt. Fails to stand out .......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Intersting and complex taste. Semi-strong and fruity start which softens as it goes down. Has some smoky raisin taste with a bit of caramel and oak. Low carbonation. You can taste the two different brews - almost to a distinguishable difference within the sip. I like it, but I think I would rather try the older aged brew by itslef.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scotty (1131) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2005
Morrisons Wetherby. A big complex beer, sweet caramel/toffee but with an underlying spiciness, smooth and full flavoured. Lingering malty finish, spice appearing again. Great beer, surprisingly refreshing, with a light finish, not at all cloying.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5365) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Smells like barleywine; headless. This si reall nice - it taste powerful, mostly like barleywine ales, but hints of doppelbocks as well. HIghly recommend it.

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