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


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RATINGS: 1051   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4275) - Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Bottle. This beer poured a small sized tan head that was creamy and smooth and consisted of fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The nose was malty, caramel and sweet. The flavor was mostly caramel with a smooth mouthfeel. This was a light-medium bodied beer with fair lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Bottle. Pours dark, rich brown with garnet highlights and a small tan head. Aroma dark roasted malts, molasses, earth, wood and floral hops. Really good flavor, rich and smooth, sweet and tart, figs, oak, bold hops and a lingering dry finish. Full body and mild, tingly carbonation. A real treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 Woody, mahogony with a thin tan collar. Oak, carmel, malt, some fruit. Mellow oak flavor. I think I write vanilla in every rating. vinuous finish reminds a bit of a cellared red...whatever, is refreshing...Expected this to be_interesting_but I love it. Dualistic red wine session beer. 4.5/5 (9,5,9,5,17). re-rate: over a year later and a few more bottles...I still find this nice, but not quite as intriguing as I once did...the last few bottles have just seemed to lack the complexity I seek in this sort of beer, and have been a little too sweet and unbalanced...the full-bodied nature of this beer isn’t one of its best features, IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Drank from a St. Bernardus chalice. Dark brown/tawny color with a light head that disspipates rather quickly, lots of lacing though. The aroma has lots of notes of port & grapes, lightly sweet. The oak is strong as well as some raisin & fig. The flavor is very well rounded with creamy chocolate flavors blending with the oak barrel aging. The finish is lightly salty, full bodied and refreshing. Nice flavors, wonderful beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oli (108) - DENMARK - JAN 25, 2004
This beer has never let me down.A beer you can drink slowly or just quaff it down you.The taste and aroma is just wonderful and last all the way down to the last drop.It´s an enjoment just looking at this beer.I really am in heaven when i drinking this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 (Bottled) Clear, very dark reddish brown color with a small-medium, foamy and beige head and some lace. Aroma of sweet, toffeeish and mildly oaky malt. Some alcohol present by digging deeper. Sweet, sugary-syrupy-malty flavor with dark fruit, and the matured and oaky, stronger brew clearly present in the background. Some roastiness in the aftertaste. Smooth, medium to full-bodied, but strangely thin palate with soft carbonation. A filling and reasonably enjoyable brew, but somehow it feels like the two brews have not blended very well. You can taste both the strong and syrupy 5X, and the thin, fresh beer. I suppose maturing would improve this. Well, serving the beer warmer also did the trick... (Bottled, at TOT ’04, was 7-4-7-4-15=3.7) Dark brown color. Diminishing, small, off-white head. Roasted malty aroma with leather, toffee, syrup and alcohol. Bittersweet flavor with some acidness. Long, sweet finish. Quite full-bodied with soft, dry, and syrupy palate. Pretty nice and original sweet & sour ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2004
A dark brown, cloudy beer with a medium light tan head, the nose has notes of wood and whisky. Flavor is thick at first, and full, with notes of dark fruits, and with a nice aftertaste that really lingers. Really a nice old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Medium sized, large bubbled, tan head with nice lacing and good retention.Good looking beer, Clear mahoganey with red highlights. Caramelly, vinous nose. Medium body brew, silky mouthfeel. Mild nutty , fruity flavors, malty ,dry with some oak coming through as well. Finish is dry. A very drinkable brew. Definately one of the better English beers i,ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Deep brown/copper color with a slim white head. Nice aroma of chocolate, maple, and some spice. Great taste. Malty. Good finish and nice balance. A very good brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Sweet english malt smell w/a healthy dose of applesauce,tease of chocolate,a tease of maple syrup.Very classy mohogany(wine like),weak head/lace.This reminds me of really good applesauce,choco-maple goodness.Super smooth mouth,nice tingle,well rounded.Best old I've had(though I've had few to date)

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