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


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RATINGS: 1125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.

OxfordBeer's rating

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopmaestro (653) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2015
Aroma is oak, malt and fruit. Taste is really malty and Malty fruity flavor with some oak hints. Fruity finish with some bitterness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PLundsgaard (416) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2015
en rigtig god řl farven er meget fin mřrk gylden flot skum dejlig duft sĺ smager den rigtig godt

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (784) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
Here we have a stunningly beautiful ale, which is nice in the glass with a good blonde from a little thin, but persistent foam. Partly high carbonation. The aroma is not as prominent, but is malty and fruity. The taste is very vinous and distinct taste of dried fruits. Raisin and prune are most prominent but it has also a little orange peel on the sidelines along with slightly burnt caramel. Saving for 2 years in oak can be tasted a little of its malt rich fullness. It is simply a pleasure to encounter an ale of this quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elbernays (912) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle from McHughs. Pours chestnut brown with reddish hue. Very clear. Little to no head. Aroma is bread, biscuit, toffee, dark fruit, Raisins, wood. Bursting with woody estery fruit. Bread, toffee. Light body with light carbonation. This is a lovely tipple.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (5802) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2015
Cask gravity at GBBF 2015 day 2. Thanks! Brown caramel coloured pour with a halo of grey head. Aroma is sweet caramel, brown malt, mint, musty, apple. Flavour is nutty, caramel malts, flat, sugar, not bad for the age. Palate is flat, sweet, no condition. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DroolYeast (459) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle @ home. Malty aroma, caramel, oak. Reddish brown colour with tiny off-white head. Taste is a bit vinous taste, light bitterness, moderate malty sweetness. Medium body, thin texture, average- carbonation, long malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
meireteixeira (165) - Săo Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 9, 2015
Cor marrom escura, brilhante. Espuma boa, bege, cremosa e de média persistência. Aroma doce, toffe e mel. No paladar maltada, mel, caramelo e um suave toque de madeira. Retrogosto longo e adocicado.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grisza77 (127) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Piwo o barwie brązowej o słabej pianie szybko opadającej do zera. Aromat bardzo przyjemny wiśniowo-karmelowy. W smaku słodko i karmelowo, ale nie jest to przesadzona słodycz, w tle lekkie nuty drewniane. Goryczka niska. Ogólnie bardzo dobre piwo, które pokazuje, że można uzyskać rewelacyjny efekt także bez mocnego nachmielenia.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erling1000 (292) - - AUG 6, 2015
A brown blended ale with creamy head. Aroma caramel, malty, oak?, bisquits? Taste light bitter sweet. A bit watery, low carbonated, english. 13 months to old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Horny4hops (4) - DENMARK - JUL 31, 2015 does not count
Great stiff foam. Many nuances and complex beer. A little too sweet for our taste, thus, the beer could take a bit more hops.

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