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

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RATINGS: 1025   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silvan7 (700) - Samarate, - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle @ Centoundici. Al naso ricorda quasi una stout con deciso profumo di caffè e luppolato erbaceo, ma in più sono ben percettibili sentori alcolici / di liquirizia e di caramello. Ad una seconda annusata sento anche profumo di burro e biscotti, come il fondo di una cheese cake. Il colore è rosso rubino, solo lievemente opalescente, decisamente carbonata. Schiuma tra il paglia e il nocciola quasi cremosa. Il gusto è interessante, ricorda un whisky non torbato, ha un bel tostato di sottofondo e l’alcool anche se non forte è piacevole. Finale lungo amaro ma non pungente.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (719) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2014
DAA; Bottle 330ml. Pours dark brown with a minimal to moderate, creamy, fading off-white to tan head. Aroma is heavy malt and caramel, madeira vinious, dried dark fruit, oak and spice. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a somewhat lasting and warming finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (5750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, citrus, caramel and grains. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel and grains. Medium body, soft carbonation.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Lappy (25) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2014
I was expecting a lot more from this ale. Falls well short of the Fullers and even further behind the Bateman’s Vintage. For a Vintage it came across as a little thin and lacked real depth of flavour. Also pretty flat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dervock (501) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle - pours ruby brown with a small short lived off white head. Lost of swee caramel malt, dried fruit and burnt sugar. Sweet up front, with a transition to a mellow dried fruit and a dry lingering finish. Full palate, covers the whole mouth mild carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanCrusher (642) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle 0,33L. Dark, amber, mahagonycolour with small, light brown, frothy head. Aroma of sacher cake, cherry, chocolate and honey. Taste starts light sweet with a lot of dark fruits taste and finish light bitter, still fruity, but with a hint of chocolate. Full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Another masterpiece from Greene King.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2911) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle from Tesco; dark brown pour with zero head, dried fruit and sweet jammy aroma, taste has fortified wine, sweet jam, dark fruits, sweet caramel, Greene king can make a good beer shocker.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (2095) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle@Ølmesse, Voldby - amber coloured pour. Aroma and taste is caramel malty, toffee, dried dark fruity, medium sweet, pretty decent overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (5961) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle @ Voldby ølmesse. Pours dark amber with a tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, wood, dark fruits, light buttery notes. Flavor is malty, caramel. wood, dark fruits, nuts, raisins. Medium body, average to lively carbonation. 300814

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBHansen (97) - Køge, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle @ sisters place: Appearance: pours red/brown with small frothy off-white head and fair lacing. Aroma/taste: caramel, fruit, oak, vanilla and floral notes. Palate: low carbonation, medium to rich body with notable sweetness. medium duration and a oily texture. Overall: very good and tasteful old ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (5296) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours very dark ruby with a small creamy tanned head. Vinous aroma with dark ripe fruits, cherry and dark caramel. Taste is light dry, dark fruity with raisins and caramel, weak wood. Light oily mouthfeel with a shy herbal finish, very good.


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