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

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RATINGS: 997   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.


TheCrowsNest's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Let it warm up. What might have once been acrid roast has faded into a delicate roast surrounding rich toffee. A beautifully rounded strong ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauritsio (383) - FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle from Alko.ee, Tallinn. Dark brown with some nonlasting head. Rich malty, parfume aroma. Some sweetness. Round bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AtronSeige (520) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 15, 2014
Aroma: Sweet, rich, malty. Diecetyl, Light fruity, cherry. Vanilla, possible woody/oaky. Light port notes. Appearance: Dark copper with red highlights. Very thin head. Flavour: Licorice, woody, vanilla, medium bitterness. very dry finish. Fruity, cherry, port, Medium sweetness, Rich malt, bready, toasty, slight roasty. Dark malt bitterness. Mouthfeel: very dry finish. Medium-full body. medium creamy carbonation. Overall: Highly enjoyable. A lower alcohol old ale with all the flavours and 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 19A. Old Ale

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brnandersen (1826) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2014
50 cl. bottle poured in to a Snifter. Clear, dark red-amber with a lightly tanned dense, creamy head. Sweet aroma with toasted malts, caramel, bread, light nuts, light oak - vanilla, plums and dark dried fruits, Taste is sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes drying and fruity with a slight wooden note. Lovely beer - let it breathe and warm up in the glass for a while before drinking.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cocktus (22) - FINLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Dark brown with a little reddish tone. Small quickly dissolving head. The taste is malty with roasty caramel an toffee flavour. Nice beer and quite unique brewing process.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JefVerstraete (1194) - BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle from European Secret Santa. Thanks! Beautiful dark red/brown colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Fruity malty taste with lots of caramel and some brown sugar. Light bitter finish. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pentaz (1222) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle as "Strong Suffolk Dark Ale". Pours clear brown with a diminishing tan medium head. Aroma is burnt caramel, bread, nuts, butter, estery, candy, toffee, metals and oak. Taste is light+ sweet and bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Finishes sweet with oak.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (884) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Molasses, soy, oak, wheat, and lots of malt. Colour is a reddish brown with no head. Taste is malt, oak, a touch of sourness, and bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kita (988) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle, 0.33l. Hazy dark brown color with thick creamy light-brown head and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, nuts, mild roasted malt, wood and herbal hops. Taste starts with sweet and rich caramel malt, follows by ripe fruits, refreshing herbs, alcohol and medicinal notes. Mouthfeel is warming, while finish is moderate bitter. Full body, oily texture and soft carbonation in palate.Feels much more stronger than 6% ABV...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Karstenborg (213) - DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
Pours brown with small offwhite head. Aroma is malt, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is sweet with notes of caramel and honey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (267) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2014
Clear dark brown with red sheen. Thin beige head. Aromas of treacle and dried fruit. Taste slightly more sour than sweet and bitter. Palate quite viscous, low carbonation. For the ABV, exceptional.


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