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

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RATINGS: 1075   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OxfordBeer (16) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 Bottle into nonic glass. Pours a clear dark brown with medium carbonation and a small tan head that fades quickly. Nose is chocolate, roasted malt and Sweet toffee. Taste is very complex, yet somewhat dull compared to aroma. Roasted malts, nuts, some warming alcohol, but the star here is the burnt toffee. Mouthfeel is thin and watery/oily with very little carbonation and not too bitter, there is some sourness though. This watery texture works very well with this beer though.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThirstyBird (1940) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2015
Thanks John aka southbierbroski! Pours brown/orange with a tan head. The smell is molasses, dark fruit, slight licorice. The taste is dark fruit, caramel, molasses, very sweet in the middle ending with some dryness and tart fruitiness on the finish. Medium body, sticky with average carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rkehlet (20) - - MAR 22, 2015
I Like it. Liquorice, caramel, and a faint butter like taste not diacetyl. Head retention not impressive but nice golden foam.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Larzan (8) - - MAR 20, 2015 does not count
Little head. Winelike aroma. Buttery aroma and taste. Fruity malt taste finishing with a mild bitterness and sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
InPivoVeritas (333) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark amber with medium off-white head. Aroma of biscuits, toffee, chocolate, butter with some fruitness. Medium-high body. Medium bitterness. High carbonation. Rather sweet. Quite good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
eluosiren (126) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAR 13, 2015
Didn’t strike me as a great beer. It’s not bad, true, but would’t call it good in any way.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Defreni (2724) - Husum, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2015
Flaske: Brunrød klar øl med et stort skumhoved. Kraftig duft af sødlig malt. Smagen er meget sød med malten som den alt dominerende. Let "gammel" smag med for lidt humle til at bakke den hvinende sødme op. Ikke nok røg til at løfte øllen, men den er da drikbar.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KW92 (186) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 5, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa ciemno rubinowa, zamglone. Piana drobna, ale niska i krótka.
AROMAT: Wędzona śliwka, rodzynki, karmel. Są też beczkowe akcenty. W tle niezbyt przyjemny aromat zjełczałego masła (diacetyl).
SMAK: Masło, karmel, słodowość i odrobina wędzoności. Goryczka niska. Wysycenie niskie.
OGÓLNIE: Hmm...no nie wiem. Mało być "very, very special", a wyszło "very, very rancid butter"

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Moolesen (280) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle 33cl. Brown with a beige head. Strong metal arome with some malt, but you have to wait a couple of minutes before getting to the malt. Quite rich taste, stillwith some metal flavour. After some time, the beer gets more drinkable and shows flavours of dried fruit, malt and candy. Medium length.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2222) - Silver Spring, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Poured from 500ml bottle. Opaque, dark brown with a 1-finger khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of toffee, dark malt, dark fruit and caramel. Taste of toffee, biscuits, dark malt, prunes, plums, mild smoked meat and caramel with a sweet nutty finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Very malty, but wit an interesting complex character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arek (421) - Zielona Góra, POLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle 0.33 l, Intermarche, Zielona Góra, Poland.
Kasztanowe piwo z pianą na dwa palce i winnym, lekko owocowym i trochę żywicznym aromacie. W smaku ciężkie, początkowo słodkawo-owocowe i karmelowe, szybko jednak zdominowane przez półwytrawne, winne i koniakowe nuty.


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