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

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RATINGS: 1044   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rubbishystuff (1868) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
At lovely drop of beer. In a clear bottle so I was a little worried but thankfully not skunked. Malty, mineral aroma and flavor, maybe some toffee. I can like hoppy beers, I can like very oak-y beers, I can like other extreme beers but this is a testament to the power of subtlety. Smooth easy drinking but complex with out being over bearing. Serving: Bottle


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SzopPiwosz (157) - - NOV 26, 2014
Miedziane z beżową, obfitą pianą. W aromacie głównie nuty słodowe - suszone owoce, bakalie oraz toffi, rodzynki, nuta wanilii i czerwone owoce. W smaku raczej słodkie z subtelną owocową kwaśnością. Goryczka na finiszu średnia, ziołowa. Ciało dość pełne. /// Pours copper with beige head. Aroma is malty notes - dried fruits, raisins, nuts and other smells: toffee, vanilla, red berries. Taste is generally sweet with subtle fruity sourness. Bitterness is medium, herbal, mostly appears on finish. Pretty full body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (1534) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Toffees and those Werthers hard caramels mostly dominate. The lower abv and lighter body of this beer make it feel more like some kind of scotch/scottish ale middle ground rather than an Old Ale. Pretty solid.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fluxing (355) - POLAND - NOV 16, 2014
Kolor rubinowy, klarowne. Piana obfita, brazowa, szybko opada do cienkiej obraczki, ale za to niezle oblepia szklo. W aromacie glownie karmelowe i kartonowe, pojawiaja sie delikatne nuty suszonych owocow, najbardziej sliwek i daktyli, minimalne nuty drzewne. W odczuciu gladkie, lekko sliskie, choc diacetylu chyba nie ma, dosc wytrawne, a przynajmniej nie slodkie. W smaku przede wszystkim karmel, polaczony z wyrazna, dosc wysoka cierpkoscia, ktora sprawia winne, lambicowe wrazenie, do tego lekkie rozgrzewanie alkoholowe. Wysokie wysycenie, ale ogolnie calkiem niezle sie to pije.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlimHabib (207) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle pour. Dark brown with a small creamy tan head. Chocolate, toffee, and caramel aroma. Creamy full body. Smooth chocolate flavor with a toffee finish. Usually not a fan of chocolate flavor in my beer, but this is actually quite tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hkrivera (116) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - NOV 14, 2014
I know Gold when I drink it! Two Ales blended to perfection in oak barrels for two years. What else can you ask? Smooth, classy and almost perfect. If you see it, drink it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2438) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4/29/2011. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Malty aromas with dried fruit and caramel. Hints of oak, Caramel flavors, light bitterness but mostly fruity. Very well made.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kauge (252) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 5, 2014
Bottle at Pőrgu in Tallinn. Fuck all that "very-very special", "unique" and "limited" mumble. Pours brown with light beige head. Was reading something, didn’t notice if head retained or not. Nose is intense caramel, red wine kind of woody thickness, chocolaty sweet, overripe dark fruits, slight note of alcohol. Nice complexity. Taste is similarily sweet with chocolate and caramel, red wine, wood, and some faint bitterness. Palate dry and somewhat grainy, body medium, carbonation modest. Overall quite ok, but didn’t float my boat. Would actually prefer red wine over this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3328) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2014
Very dark brown. Some sweet caramel malts in the aroma. Flavour is quite sweet with caramel and a hint of liquorice.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sjoerdve (93) - - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle. I'm not really a fan of the dark beers, but this is an exception. It's really complex and if you think wine, you wouldn't be wrong. Would recommend in certain situations ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puren (53) - POLAND - OCT 22, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Piana słaba, szybko znika Aromat buczyna, słód, stare meble, skóra, troszkę koniak, estry, wędzone owoce Smak lekko kawa, karmel słodki, koniak Odczucie półpełne, słodkie, z lekką goryczką karmelowo-alkoholową Lacing szczątkowy


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