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


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RATINGS: 1206   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.

raisedfist86's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raisedfist86 (12) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Valentine’s present to myself and so good... Aroma is malty as hell. Toffee, liquor, oak--it’s all there. Taste is sweet & the lightest hint of sour. It feels light on the tongue and goes down smooth. I could drink this for weeks on end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ritzn (529) - Bavaria, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2016
Beautiful dark ruby with well lasting brown head. Aroma is grapes, dark chocolate, licorice, toffee, cocoa. Taste is dark chocolate bittersweetness with some phenolic licorice. Some grape sourness as well. The sourness doesn’t fit so perfect per se but the whole thing is still well rounded. Full body, yet not knocking you over. Light in the mouth with just the right amount of little bubbles. Long finish of dried fruit and chocolate in a maybe a bit too clogging way for the daily consumption. But today is just right. So dark and beautifully complex. I am amazed! One more random thought: This reminds me a lot of the Asam Bock from Weltenburger, however it did even more things right :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Echon (386) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2016
Dark ruby. Caramel with some fruity esters and a bit of spice. Sweet taste with a dry and bitter finish. Medium body. A good old ale. It needs more malt flavour to support the sweetness. Beautiful color and great aroma, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle, gift from Mum & Dad- cheers! Brown with a thin beige head and a moderate frothy fizz. Very smooth mouthfeel. A deep and complex flavour of chocolate, wood, port, figs, raisins and plums. It’s sweet at first with a light sourness and dryness developing. The lasting woody, vinous aftertaste is not quite up to the flavour of the main body of the beer but this is still a very impressive brew- why can’t GK do more beers of this standard?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (2111) - Gdańsk, POLAND - OCT 6, 2016
33cl bottle. Brown with small head. Nice, warm aroma of dried dark fruits, brown sugar, maltose, a bit of bbq sauce, maybe some delicately smoked wood. Oily but not super thick. Beer is well balanced. It has a medium sweet, caramel-ish, roasted toast malty backbone. Fruity and spicy middle. Finish gets a bit earthy but not too much. Balanced and not super interesting. Just better beer in a boring Tesco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ArtificialCyst (610) - Szczecin, POLAND - OCT 2, 2016
Aroma: Molasses, toffee, raisins, plum, alcohol, sherry, soy sauce. Appearance: Dark ruby colour, low creamy head. Taste: Bready, sweet, caramelly, sherry, dried plum, wood, alcohol, spicy finish. Body: Medium-high, carbonation medium, finish sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatiF96 (71) - POLAND - SEP 17, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2016 Barwa ciemna, prawie czarna z czerwonymi przebłyskami. Biała piana która szybko jednak redukuje się do pierścienia. W aromacie dominuje karmel, palone słody z nutą alkoholu. Niskie wysycenie. W smaku przypiekany karmel, skórka chleba z minimalnym kwaskiem. Alkohol lekko wyczuwalny, grzeje po przełknięciu. Goryczka średnia. Smak długo utrzymuje się na języku. Piwo niezłe, stylowe choć trochę jednowymiarowe

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msbernac (1975) - Krakow, POLAND - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle Aroma-caramel Appearance-dark red, clear, white foam, Taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jultsu (753) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2016
BBE JUL-2017. 330cl pullo. Musta kohtuuvaahtoinen olomuoto, tuimahko tumma tuoksu. Suutuntuma marjaisa, dunkelmainen, alkoholi lievästi tulee läpi, maukas, tasapainoinen, kiva.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Klimaet (1978) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle thanks to Rasmusott. Thanks! Pours hazy dark brown with a medium brown head. Aromas of caramel, dark sweet fruits, bananas, malty, chocolate. Taste is caramel, malty, bready, light metallic, sweet, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasmusOtt (2389) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, slight fudge, bright chocolate and some roasted malts. The taste is rather sweet with notes of bright chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, bitter nuts and dark dried fruits.

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